Natural Home Remedies

Natural Home Remedies

This winter we have been very fortunate in avoiding the flu but some in the family did have a few days of fighting a cold.  So, out came my remedies!  I was determined this year to not use over the counter drugs to stay healthy and so ordered some herbs from www.mountainroseherbs.com to get ready for the cold season.  I follow WellnessMama and got a lot of these recipes from her, as well as from from GrowingUpHerbal.  Here are some of the recipes. The Ultimate Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup Ingredients: 1/4 c. Elder Berries Whole Organic (Frontier) 1/4 c. dried bilberries 1/4 c. dried rosehips 1/4 c. dried hibiscus flowers 2 TBSP. fresh ginger root (1 TBSP. dried ginger root) 1 TBSP. dried echinacea root 1 cinnamon stick 5 whole cloves 1 c. raw honey (1 c. maple syrup for children under 12 mo.) 4 c. pure water Instructions: Pour water in a saucepan and heat on high until water comes to a full boil. Combine all herbs together in a bowl. When water comes to a boil, turn heat down until water is simmering (steaming, not boiling) and add herbs. Mix well and allow mixture to simmer for 30-45 minutes or until water is reduced in half (2 cups).Strain herbs using a mesh strainer. Press the herb mixture into the strainer using a wooden spoon to extract as much juice from the herbs as possible. Allow liquid to cool to room temperature. Measure honey and add it to your liquid. Mix well. Bottle, label, and store in the refrigerator. Dosage: For prevention, adults take 1 TBSP daily and...

Essential oils: Lavender & Lemon

One of the blogs I follow is http://theorganicmomma.com/the-5-essential-oils-every-medicine-cabinet-needs/ She has wonderful  information about the essential oils and living toxin free.  I copied some of her info about the oils that I love to use but you can go to her site and learn even more!    Essential Oil Every Medicine Cabinet Needs: Lavender Lavender is an adaptogen, which means it helps your body respond to stress in a healthy way.  Lavender oil literally has hundreds of uses- from treating burns, cuts, skin irritations and scrapes, to cleaning the air or surfaces due to its antiseptic properties, to promoting restful, deep sleep at night.  Its pleasant floral scent is very calming, and helps to calm children down and get them to sleep.  If they resist you putting it on their feet or chests, a few drops on a favorite blanket or teddy bear will also do the trick! It is also excellent for sinus congestion, ear infections and allergies. If you rub a little over your sinus passageways and nose, you feel immediate relief from congestion.  And it contains antibacterial properties AND anti inflammatory properties as well!  This oil is extremely versatile and deserves a place in everyone’s medicine cabinets!  Oh, and though I’ve yet to try it, I’ve heard lavender tea with organic raw honey is delightful!  Essential Oil Every Medicine Cabinet Needs: Lemon If the sun had a smell, I would be willing to bet it smells like lemon essential oil.  Just breathing in a whiff on a cloudy, dark day is enough to brighten things up.  And there’s a reason for that- lemon oil is known as the “rational” oil...

Relief from the bugs!

We are getting into those buggy nights, what are you going to put on?  Hopefully not those sprays that have DEET  in them.   They are full of such harsh chemicals that are so bad for your body.  So here is a recipe for a bug repellent spray and an herbal moisturizing bug repellent bar from http://wellnessmama.com/5170/bug-off-lotion-bars/ The Ingredients: 1 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup  shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter (or a mix of all three equal to 1 part) 1/2 cup beeswax + 2 tablespoons 1/4 cup fresh or dried rosemary leaves 1 teaspoon dried whole cloves 2 tablespoons dried or fresh thyme 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder 1/4 cup dried catnip leaf 1 (or more) tablespoons of mint leaf (optional but adds great scent) optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oilto preserve. Essential Oils (optional but good): Bug off blend (contains all of the above), lavender and lemon (10+ drops of each) All ingredients available at Mountain Rose Herbs. What To Do: This version has an extra step that the original Lotion Bars didn’t have. To save money on essential oils, we actually infuse the herbs into the coconut oil. Using a double boiler or glass bowl on top of a small saucepan, heat about 1 inch of water (in bottom pan) until starting to boil. Place the dried rosemary, cloves, thyme, cinnamon, catnip and mint in the top part of the double boiler and add the coconut oil (can also use almond, olive or other oil but you will need to add more beeswax later on to get the bars to firm. Cover the bowl or top part of the double boiler and keep the water at medium/high temperature for at...
Essential Oils Uses and Applications

Essential Oils Uses and Applications

    Several years ago I purchased the book The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood  and several essential oils from www.Beeyoutiful.com  and started my journey of natural healing.  Valerie’s book really helped by giving me practical advice about how to use the essential oils.  I started with the Lavender oil, Eucalyptus oil, Peppermint oil, and Lemon oil in looking for the oils that I needed at first.  I used them for cleaning and air fresheners and practical uses. Then as I was reading more about the chemicals in bug spray I started looking for a remedy both as a repellant and to rub on when we did get bit.  Lavender oil was wonderful to put on after we got bit if we forgot to put any spray on, but the bug spray I made was wonderful in keeping us from getting bit.   I purchased a small blue glass spray bottle from www.mountainroseherbs.com My recipe for bug repellant is to make a blend of these oils then add 5 drops of this blend to every 4 T of water. Lavender 10 drops Thyme 20 drops Eucalyptus 10 drops Spray on as needed (especially the ankles and neck!)    This book, The Aromatherapy Handbook I got as a free kindle edition this week and have really enjoyed reading more about the oils and their uses.  I would recommend either of these books when you want to get started!...