Tried and tested by yours truly, staples in our household and our herbal first aid kits (yes, we have several). Naturally, to protect my rearend, I have to say that spill about the FDA not approving and blah, blah, blah. Read as "use at your own risk". Now that all of the "legal" goo is out of the way, we use these regularly in this house. Not that we are forever getting hurt (well, the screamers are but that is a whole other can of worms) but scratches and bruises do happen. So ready or not, here we go!
~Used externally as an antiseptic. Excellent for acne, sunburns, warts, athlete's foot, insect bites, ringworm and chilblains.
~A warm tea with lemon juice, garlic and cinnamon is wonderful for helping ease the nasty of colds and flu.
~Gargles containing lemon juice assist in healing mouth ulcers and treating sore throats and bleeding gums.
Tea Tree Oil
~One of THE all-purpose herbals. Useful on infected burns, wounds, insect bites, stings, athlete's foot, mouth ulcers, sore throats, fungal infections, inhaled to treat coughs and colds.
Lavender Essential Oil
~The other all-purpose oil. Assists in calming nerves/irritability, treating insomnia, healing burns/wounds/sores. Rubbed on insect bites it relieves pain and inflammation. Can also be used to treat head lice and scabies. An infusion of the FLOWERS aids in relieving indigestion/colic/gas.
~has a drying effect that assists in creating a protective covering for the skin. Use on insect bites/minor cuts/bruises.
~useful for treating delicate skin sensitivities like eczema.
I could go on and on, but really I want to give a couple of recipes that I enjoy using here. Please note, that all of the measurements are NOT exact by any means.
Onion Cough Syrup
1 medium onion, peeled and sliced thinly
Sugar (brown or white, your choice)
Spread thinly sliced onion on a lined baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with sugar. Cover well and set in a warm place for no less than 24hrs. Strain juice into a container. Take 1tblspn (adults) as needed for cough. (children 12 and under: 1/4 to 1tsp as needed)
Ozark Momma's Hubby is an dufus sunburn ease
1 bottle of witch hazel approx. 2/3 full
enough lemon juice to fill above bottle most of the way
Dump approx. 1/2 tsp of each of the above herbs into witch hazel bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with lemon juice. Shake well and store in the fridge. Apply liberally to sunburn with clean cotton cloth. (note that this is VERY cold and will likely cause yelps of "dang baby, that is freezing". Simply ignore these yelps and apply as needed.)
For those that don't want to go into all of the mess involved with ordering massive amounts of beeswax, oils, herbs and the such...I've found the perfect solution for you! Go visit The Gallagher's to check out their DIY herbal pharmacy kit. Scroll all the way down to the bottom (reading as you go) and sign up for the notification, you'll also get get a free audio lesson on botanicals. While the cost may be off-putting you have to remember that to get a decent discount on materials that you don't have or don't grown yourself you have to order a lot. It all evens out (actually the kit is the better end of the deal, imo).
I am off to assist my mother in the great fruit preserving race tomorrow, so should have more than one anecdote for you when I get back! Remember...just keep preppin! (that's for you Mayberry...lmao)
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