A Class at the Library: Herbs and Essential Oils

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I was asked by the Director of the Waynesfield Library to give a short introduction on herbs and essential oils. I have always used herbs and essential oils as a way to heal, pamper, and restore my health. I thought I would share my information with the blog readers as well. This information will be pretty simple, there is so much information and recipes on the internet and at your local library, let this just be a beginning for you and your family.

Herbs:

1. Golden Seal- Is a powerful tonic to the mucous membranes of the body. It is especially helpful when your body is battling an upper respiratory infection. It is used externally with great results on eczema, ringworm, earache, and eye infections. Caution!!! do not use while pregnant!!!!! p.103

2. Echinacea-  Is the remedy to go to turn to for any infection that the body might be fighting. It is able to combat both bacterial and viral infections. It is very safe to use, and is extremely useful in the following conditions: infections of the upper respiratory tract such as laryngitis, tonsillitis, and sinus infections. p.87

3.Chamomile- is world renowned for its medical use and as a home remedy. It can be used as light sedative for little ones. It is helpful as remedy for relaxation for sleep and anxiousness. It also can be used as a simple remedy for gas and indigestion. p.75

4. Elderberry- in Europe elderberry is known as a living medicinal bush. The elder flowers and berries act in the same way. They are a wonderful and safe way to treat colds and the flu. They can also be used to treat the inflammation of the sinuses during an infection. The elderberry itself is also helpful in the treatment of rheumatism. p.139

5. Garlic- Garlic is known around the world for its amazing healing power. It is able to fight off infection caused by bacteria, viruses, and alimentary parasites. The volatile oil found in garlic is able to fight off chronic bronchitis, phlegm, colds, and the flu. Garlic works on the digestive tract in an amazing way by its uncanny ability to kill pathogenic bacteria, while allowing the good bacterial flora to grow and flourish. It is also an used externally for ringworm  and threadworms. p. 57

6. Ginger-Is useful for bad circulatory problems . It can be used while the body is fighting an infection with fever to promote sweating. It is useful in cases of flatulence and colic. It is also a classic tea used for painful sore throats. p. 165

7. Peppermint- is extremely useful in the treatment of colic. It can be used to calm the stomach in cases of car sickness, and during pregnancy when you have the urge to vomit. It is an effective treatment for colds, fever, and the flu. It acts as a great reliever of anxiousness, and tension, and it can also me used during your menstrual cycle to relieve pain.  p. 113

All In formation was taken from “The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal” by David Hoffman. Published in 1996 by Barnes and Noble by arrangement with Element Books Inc.

Essential Oils:

1. Lavender- everyone seems to recognize this wonderful scent the base for many perfumes, an insect repellent, and as a wonderful essence to soothe and relax the body. This is the essential oil to have and use therapeutically for almost everything. p. 162

2. Camphor- It is very useful oil to use against infection. Especially helpful in any type of respiratory issues. p. 111

3. Palmarosa- is used as a cheaper version of geranium and rose oil. It can be used for acne, dermatitis, scars, wrinkles, and sores.  It helps with intestinal infections and nervous disorders. p. 133

4. Eucalyptus- this oil hails from Australia where it is a common house hold remedy. It is extremely useful in treating bronchitis, and the croup. In the tropics where malaria, typhoid, and cholera is found, it is used to treat the feverish conditions these diseases bring on. It is also useful in the healing of skin conditions such as burns, ulcers, and wounds. Caution this oil is only to be used externally!!!!!! p.141

5. Tea tree- Is very lethal in fighting off infectious diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It is known as a immune enhancer increasing the bodies defenses against infection. p. 169

6. Peppermint- Is used for muscular pain, neuralgia, all respiratory complaints, colic, flatulence, and the common cold. p. 175

7. Spearmint- The healing effects of spearmint are about the same as peppermint, but are considered less powerful and more suitable for children. p.177

8. Myrtle- Useful in the treatment of acne, open sores, bronchitis, chronic coughs, and because it is rather mild it can be used as safe an effective oil to use for children’s coughs and chest complaints. p. 182

All information was taken from “The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Essential Oils” by Julia Lawless. Published by Barnes and Noble Inc., By arrangement with Element Books. 1995

Epsom Salt Stress and immune Booster

1 four pound box epsom salt

1 pound sea salt

10 drops myrtle

10 drops eucalyptus

15 drops lavender

10 drops spearmint

10 drops camphor

Mix altogether in a bowl and put in a glass container and label. To use place two cups in hot bath, and relax.

Herbal Tincture

4 ounces ground or chopped dried herbs of choice

2 cups 60 proof vodka or raw apple cider vinegar

Place all the ingredients in a jar with a lid. keep in a warm place shaking the jar daily for two weeks. Strain the liquid, into a dark glass bottle, label and use as medicine, when needed.

Herbal Teas:

The Phase of the Moon Tea

1 part red clover leaf

1 part red raspberry leaf

Calming Mint Tea

1 part peppermint leaf

1 part spearmint leaf

Children’s Tea

1 cup dried chamomile flowers

1/2 cup dried spearmint

1/2 cup dried and diced apple pieces

Persian Tea

1 cup loose leaf black tea

1/3 cup dried rose petals

1/8 cup cardamom seeds from pods or ground cardamom

Adapted from “The Homemade Pantry 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making” By Alana Chernila Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division Random House, Inc., NewYork. 2012

-Starla

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