Friday, April 29, 2011

Homeopathic Remedies

Good Morning all

Today's post is going to show you some homeopathic remedies. If you need to learn more about homeopathic practices, you can find all the needed information on prior posts of this blog.


Homeopathic Remedies

Arsenicum~Arsenicum is for food poisoning where there are symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and burning stomach pains. You should use it if you are finding it hard to drink or if you have lost your appetite.

Pulsatilla~Pulsatilla is useful for people with fair hair and pale skin and is a common remedy for women and young girls. It is used to treat period problems, the onset of menopause, mumps, measles and problems where there is discharge such as phlegm.

Gelsemium~Helping to balance mood swings and put you on an even keel, gelsemium also brings harmony to your nerves, and is a primary choice for colds and flu. Symptoms indicating for gelsimium are constant weariness and a feeling of heaviness, a runny nose, headache, trembling and shivering, an inability to get warm, aching muscles, sneezing, lack of muscle coordination and a sore throat.

Chamomilla~Chamomilla is used for toothache. Its gentle action makes if the first choice for babies and young children who are teething and fretful or who have the need to be constantly carried.It also treats overwhelming debility and sensations of pain that lead to despair.

Arnica~Arnica (arnica montana) is taken for bruising, shock and trauma - it makes a useful addition to your first aid kit. You can take it before and immediately after dental treatment or an operation, to speed up the healing process and reduce the risk of bruising indications and aching and soreness.

Aconite~Aconite, or monkshood, is a poison and dangerous in its undiluted form. It is used in homeopathy, however and found to be especially useful at the onset of illness where there are sensations of anxiety and great pain. it is used for sudden high fevers or feverish colds and to treat shock. It is used as a tincture, liniment or ointment.

Coffea~Coffee mixed with homeopathic remedies called  coffea, is good for sleep disorders, over-excitability , irritability, weeping and hyperactivity. It eases headaches and pain. Coffea combats the negative side effects of drinking too much coffee.

Drosera~Drosera is indicated for those tickler night-coughs that irritate immediately upon lying down, for tight chests, for spasmodic coughs with shortness of breath and for whooping cough. It can be used for any cough that comes suddenly and violently and ends with the urge to vomit. It is also used to treat mental states such as a lack of focus, anxiety and sadness and feeling suspicious.

Hypericum~Hypericum is used for cuts, wounds and bites where there might be infection, and it helps prevent tetanus from wounds that are inflicted by rusty nails. Other indications are falls, nerve pains and concussion, and it is also used to teat depression after operations.

Belladonna~Thought poisonous, in homeopathy belladonna is useful for treating sudden high fevers where the face is flushed. It can be used in inflammation and also for infections that raise the temperature and cause the pupils to dilate. Other indications for choosing belladonna remedy are sleeplessness, a sensation of delirium and an aversion of eyes to bright light.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Personalize Your Head; Make Your Own Shampoo!

Top 'o the morning to everyone...Yesterday we covered making your own soaps and gels. Today we are going to cover making your own shampoos. Many essential oils contain active ingredient hat can benefit your hair and scalp, some can even help prevent head lice! But remember, essential oil shampoos do not lather, like regular shampoos, which is part of the problem with commercial shampoos, as the lather is actually stripping the much needed oils from your head and scalp).

You can use the oils while shampooing or use them as a pre-wash treatment by rubbing the oils into dry hair and wrapping your head in a towel for an hour before rinsing...Enjoy!


Make Your Own Aromatherapy Shampoo

Choosing Your Carrier Product

When making your shampoo keep the mixture light to avoid any leftover residue

Carrier Oils~Light base oils such as peach kernel or jojoba are ideal. Wheatgerm is also good for condition hair.

Water Rinse~You can also add essential oils to the water you use to rinse your hair, rather than adding it to the shampoo.

Store-Bought Products~Add essential oils to combat scalp conditions to your regular shampoo - for example, rosemary oil to treat dandruff. The best shampoos to use as a carrier product are those labeled with a mild PH. Theoils should be added at a ratio of six drips to 1/4 cup of shampoo.

****Safety Note: Avoid using the following oils with commercial shampoos as it will react****
  • Cedarwood
  • Cypress
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Orange
  • Pine

Shampoo Recipes

For Clean And Healthy Hair~The following blend of oils in this recipe can be used on any hair type:
  • 1 pt. clean water
  • 5 drops geranium
  • 5 drops pettigrain
  • 5 drops rosemary
1. Blend the oils together in a jug and stir before pouring onto wet hair.

2. Massage into the scalp and hair and leaves for five min.

3. Rise hair thoroughly until all the oil residue has been removed

If your hair is oily, use the following blend
  • 1 pt. clean water
  • 5 drops bergamot
  • 5 drops frankencense
  • 5 drops rosemary

Lavender Rejuvenating Hair Tonic~Use the following to brighten up dull hair:

1. Boil mineral or distilled water.

2. Pour into a jug containing a tbsp of dried lavender flowers and add the juice of a lemon. Strain after 30 min.

3. Regularly use this aromatherapy hair tonic as a final rinse after shampooing.

For extra shine and vitality, blend the following essential oils with vinegar and add this mix to the final rinse after shampooing:
  • 15ml cider vinegar
  • 2 drops geranium
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 drop petitgrain

Best Oils For Hair Care

  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree

Dry Hair:
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang

Head Lice:
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Lavender

Oily Hair:
  • Bergamot
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Petitgrain
  • Rosemary
  • Wheatgerm

Scalp Problems:
  • Frankincense
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme

Scalp Care

Massaging your scalp with oils can stimulate blood circulation and improve your hair's condition. Use the following recipes according to your needs:

Prevent Dandruff:
  • 1/4 cup slightly warm coconut oil
  • 5 drops lemongrass oil
  • 25 drops tea tree oil

Reduce Hair Loss:
  • 1/4 cup slightly warm extra virgin olive oil
  • 10-12 drops lavender oil

Improve Oily Hair:
  • 5 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 10-12 drops rosemary oil

Treat Head Lice: (comb through with a fine-toothed comb and repeat every three days until the condition clears up)
  • 2 tbsp water and 6 tbsp vodka
  • 1 tsp lavender oil
  • 1 tsp tea tree oil

Instructions for recipes

1. Massage the blend into your scalp thoroughly

2. Wrap your hair in a warm towel for at least one hour before rinsing out the blend thoroughly.

3. Now wash as normal to keep your hair from remaining oily.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Why Buy? You Can Make Your Own Soaps And Shower Gels

Welcome to my page, where I strive to share pertinent information to help ease your body, spirit, emotion and mind....

Today I am going to share with you how you can make your own aromatherapy soap and shower gels...the benefit of making your own is that you can tailor it to match your herbal needs. So grab your coffee, sit back and enjoy!


Handcrafted Soap And Shower Gels

Choosing Your Base Products

Glycerin Base~Pure glycerin, which forms the base of most soaps, can be bought at aromatherapy suppliers or beauty stores. Some supermarkets sell pure glycerin soap.

Aloe Vera~As well as soaps, you can make effective gels to tone your skin. Aloe vera is a good un-fragranced base - use in a ratio of 4 tbsp to 10 drops.

Exfoliating Scrubs~To benefit from exfoliation as well as cleaning, add a few rosemary or poppy seeds, a vanilla pod or cornmeal.

Wheatgerm Oil~This is a good ingredient for soaps as it's rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps keep the skin in good condition.

Commercial Soaps~It's perfectly possible to add a few drops of oil to ready-made soaps and gels too. Simply substitute them for the specialist products mentioned in the recipes.

Sponge Or Cloth~Sprinkle 4 to 6 drops an essential oil on a wet cloth or sponge in the shower. The steam will carry the aroma, helping you to receive its full benefits.

Bathing Water~Essential oils can be added directly to your bath water or dissolved first in vegetable oil or even full-fat milk. Add 7 to 10 drops and make sure that they are well dispersed by giving them a good swish around.

Oils To Use

Sunburned/Damaged Skin:
  • Chamomile
  • Tea tree
  • Sandalwood
  • Lavender

  • Bergamot
  • Neroli
  • Cypress
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender

  • Bergamot
  • Peppermint
  • Grapefruit

  •  Sandalwood
  • Lavender
  • Geranium
  • Rose
  • Wheatgerm
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Chamomile


Aromatherapy Soap~Add your favorite oils, specific to your skin type, to a bar of soap to customize it exclusively to your needs:

1. Your first step in making your own aromatherapy soap is to buy a tub of glycerin soap base from a specialist supplier - if you can't find one,  a bar of pure glycerin soap will do.

3. Melt 8oz of glycerin in a nonstick pan over a very low heat until liquidized.

4. Mix in 30-40 drops of your chosen essential oils, plus any herbs or flowers you desire, then pour into a container to set (a small margarine tub is a good substitute if you can't find a mold)

5. After an hour, the soap should have set and is ready to use. You can cut it into smaller bars if you need to, and give some to friends as gifts.

Aromatherapy soaps often don't produce as much of a lather as store-bought ones, but don't let this deter you. Foam may feel nice, but its effects in helping you to keep clean are actually minimal. By making your own soaps you know exactly what ingredients you are using on your skin.

Feel free to experiment with added herbs and flower, these make wonderful, thoughtful gifts for family and friends.

Cleansing Gels

Soothing Bath Gel:
  • 10 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops Tea tree
  • 4 tbsp aloe vera

Gel For Sunburn And Blisters
  • 15 drops lavender oil
  • 4 tbsp aloe vera

Exfoliating Soaps

Dry-Normal Skin:
  • 20 drops lavender
  • 10 drops rose
  • 2 tsp cornmeal
  • 8oz glycerin base

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Treat Your Vital System With Herbs!

Hello there! Welcome to today's post.

Today I am going to share with you recipes you can use to improve the health of your vital systems; from your reproductive system to your circulation around the body. Enjoy


Reproductive System

Rose Punch~Use the following ingredients to create a delicious and healthy fruit punch to revitalize your reproductive system:

  • Rose and geranium petals
  • 1 apple and 1 mango
  • 1 bottle of red or white wine

1. Gather and wash a handful of rose petals and scented geranium petals.

2. Slice an apple and a mango, pour a bottle of wine into a large jug, then mix in the fruit and add the rose and geranium petals.

3. Allow to soak for 30 minutes while chilling the wine. drink, relax and regenerate!

Muscles In The Body

Rejuvenating Bath~Use the following bath to soothe tired over-worked muscles:
  • Muslin
  • Small amounts of rosemary, lavender, marjoram and chamomile

1. In a circle of muslin, place the rosemary, lavender, marjoram and chamomile, then secure the bag using some colored ribbon.

2. Hang your bath bag under the faucet while the water is running.

3. Soak in the warm, scented water.

Excretory System

Fruit Breakfast~To help a sluggish excretory system and to help it get rid of toxins, that would otherwise build up in your system, start your morning with the following  fruit breakfast:
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Yogurt
1. Slice and mix any three of these fruits daily: apple, orange, mango, pear, strawberry, kiwi fruit, grapes, fresh or dried apricots.

2. Top with fresh yogurt for a revitalized system.

Respiratory System

Clarifying Incense~With all the pollutants in the air, including chemicals, stuffy central heating and air-conditioners, even in your own home, these will degrade the efficiency of your lungs. You can use garlic and onions in your diet to strengthen your lungs, and  make an eucalyptus inhalation occasionally to clear and detoxify the whole of your respiratory system. To create an inhalation that will help you with breathing difficulties and tightness of chest, you will need:
  • A flame proof dish
  • Incense charcoal
  • Dried Sage, eucalyptus and lavender
1. On a fire proof dish, burn a block of incense charcoal until it turns white (the self-igniting charcoal is much easier to keep lit)

2. Sprinkle crushed sage, eucalyptus leaves,  and lavender flowers onto the burner.

3. Allow the fragrance to permeate your home and regenerate you. You can keep the remedy for several months.

Circulation Around The Body

Circulation Salad~Combine the following to make yourself a delicious salad that will also help to improve your circulation:
  • A selection of greens (lettuce, spinach leaves, watercress, cucumbers and chives)
  • Garlic
  • Radishes
  • Olive oil and vinegar.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Leaves Of Health

G'morning everyone....Welcome to Monday.

We all know how wonderful flowers are visually, the scent of their perfume; we even know they can heal, but did you know the leaves can heal us as well? Read on for your reference chart for Healing Leaves...


Leaves Of Health

Dandelion (taraxacum officinalis)

The first leaves of this familiar weed can be added to a green salad for a nutritious spring tonic. They are rich in minerals, especially iron and potassium, and vitamins A, B, C and D. The leaves have powerful detoxifying actions. Bitter compounds in the leaves stimulate digestive juices, which regulates digestion. dandelion's diuretic actions treat cellulite, water retention and urinary infections. Dandelion reduces uric acid, which relieves gout and arthritis. It is a blood-building herb that is helpful for anemics, strengthens circulation and reduces cholesterol.

Vervain (verbena officinalis)

The leaves of this slender herb are a tonic for 21st-century living. Their gentle relaxant action is a remedy for anxiety, nervous tension and depression. Their use strengthens the nervous system in cases of nervous exhaustion. Vervain can treat colds and fever headaches and helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. It strengthens digestion and supports the function of the liver, making it an excellent herb for convalescents. It can also stimulate the production of milk in nursing mothers. One of vervain's most important uses, however, is as a tonic for the nervous system, helping you to get going again after an illness and preventing nervous exhaustion or breakdown.

Feverfew (tanacetum parthenium)

This herbs name is derived from its ability to lower body temperature, cooling fevers. Its natural protection against migraine is due to to parthenolides that tighten the cerebral blood vessels. Taken at the beginning of an attack,it reduces severity and associated symptoms, such as dizziness and vomiting. Feverfew helps rheumatoid arthritis by inhibiting the formation of prostalandins and leukotrienes that cause inflammation. The herb has also been used as a woman's tonic for thousands of years to stimulate the uterus.

Lady's Mantle (alchemilla vulgaris)

Lady's mantle has been prized by women for many centuries. It has been cultivated in kitchen gardens as well as collected from meadows and moorlands. Taken as a decoction or infusion, lady's mantle helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce the flow of heavy periods. It is often used to treat vaginal itching, fibroids and endometriosis.

Lady's mantle has a decongestant action on the liver, and its astringent properties make it helpful for treating diarrhea and gastroenteritis. An ointment preparedd from the leaves serves to staunch blood flow from wounds. It also makes a cream to dry up weeping eczema.

Watercress (nasturtium officinale)

Watercress has nutritious leaves packed with minerals and vitamins. They make a healthy addition to salads, boosting mental and physical  vitality, mental and physical vitality. Watercress is thought to enhance stamina. It reduces mucus production in respiratory  infections and is an expectorant for chesty coughs. It stimulates digestion by enhancing enzyme secretions. externally, it treats eruptive skin infections and reduces pimples.

Coltsfoot (tussilago farfara)

Having been uses as a traditional cough syrup for thousands of years, coltsfoot remains one of the best remedies for stubborn coughs. A decoction or syrup is an effective decongestant and is antiseptic for respiratory ailments, including bronchitis and asthma. Its anti-inflammatory action soothes the respiratory tract. It is an expectorant for the treatment of chronic coughs that can linger for weeks.

Coltsfoot is rich in zinc, which is used by the body to boost immunity to infection. The fresh leaves, applied as a poultice are useful fr sores and wounds that are slow to heal. coltsfoot is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and stimulant for the immune system.

Yarrow ( achillea millefolium)

The leaves of yarrow are packed with healing volatile oils, tannins and resins. These give the herb a vast array of applications. Yarrow is an ideal ointment for cuts and bruises. It staunches bleeding, is antiseptic and contains silica, which promotes tissue repair. Its bitter compounds regulate digestion and stimulate the liver and gall bladder. It stimulates circulation, lowers blood pressure, improves varicose circulation and tines varicose veins. A remedy for chickenpox and measles, yarrow helps to bring out the rashes in eruptive diseases.

Shepherd's Purse (capsella bursa-pastoris)

This tiny, annual, wayside wild plant is easily overlooked, yet it has potent properties for preventing hemorrhages. It was employed during the First World War for treating major wounds. It stems internal and external bleeding and is useful for treating nosebleeds and blood in the urine.

Shepherd's purse is an astringent disinfectant for the urinary tract, giving relief from cystitis, diarrhea nd dysentery as well as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and their similar upsets of the bowel. It also constricts the blood vessels, helping to regulate blood pressure and promoting healing action. It is valued for its ability to cool fevers.

Burdock (arctium lappa)

A traditional cleansing tonic, burdock leaves detox the digestion and skin by enhancing the elimination of waste products. It has antibiotic and antifungle properties and s an effective healer for cold sores, ringworm and athlete's foot. It heals boils rashes and chronic skin inflammation, and speeds recovery from infections such as mumps, measles nd chickenpox. It re-establishes a healthy bacteria population in the gut after antibiotics.

Agrimony (agrimonia eupatoria)

The leaves of this meadow herb were once used as a battle herb for healing the wounds of our ancestors, sustained on the battlefield,. The astringent leaves staunch bleeding and encourage blood to clot. Use them to treat skin sores ulcers, minor wounds, eczema and skin inflammations.

An infusion is astringent to sore throats and make an effective eyewash for conjunctivitis. Taken internally, agrimony is a gently cleaning diuretic. It fortifies the kidneys, liver and gall bladder assisting the assimilation of food. Its use reduces the risk of stomach ulcers. Agrimony is also believed to help strengthen and tone body muscle.

Yellow Dock (rumex cripis)

The stout leaves of this perennial weed are used for their revitalizing detoxing properties,. Doc is cooling an healing for inflamed skin conditions. Wash with a decoction for weeping eczema and psoriasis, boils ulcrs and fungal skin infections. An infusion will mobilize a congested circulation and chronic lymphatic congestion. It is a tonic for the liver, helping the body to overcome debility and lethargy. Use for cystitis water retention, constipation, as well as rheumatic conditions, ulcers and gum infections and as a gargle to heal sore throats and laryngitis.

Betony (stachys officinalis)

The aromatic, slightly hairy leaves of betony were used as a tonic in anglo-Saxon medicine. They are employed today in the relief of headaches and neck pain. The herb relaxes the nervous system and gives calming relief to stress and nervous tension, often the cause of headaches.

Nettle (urtical dioica)

Nettle leaves as a vegetable or in a soup are a natural, nourishing food. They are rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamins A ad C, iron, potassium and silica, and are  restorative for anemic and convalescents. Nettle's diuretic properties cleanse the urinary tract, giving relief from fluid retention, cystitis and kidney stones. It is astringent for the respiratory system, clearing nasal congestion from viruses, hay fever and asthma.

Plantain (plantago ianceolata)

Plantain leaves have healing properties for respiratory ailments. They  are antiseptic and reduce the secretion of mucus. Use them to treat colds and flu, bronchial infections,glue ear and pneumonia. They are also helpful at drying congestion in chronic  allergic conditions, such as hay fever  and asthma

Plantain is soothing for stomach and bowel infections. It is a remedy for cystitis urethritis, and urinary infections. It relaxes digestive spasms, relieving heartburn ad flatulence. Its laxative action relieves chronic constipation and Iritable Bowel Syndrome. Plantain is rich in silica and zinc, which stem bleeding. Use as first aid for minor injuries.

Silverweed (potentilla anserna)

The toothed leaves of this widespread plant are rich in healing ellagitannin, flavonoids and bitters. Silverweed is a potent astringent and is anti-inflammatory for the respiratory and urinary tracts. It can be employed to treat diarrhea and gastroenteritis ad is a remedy for painful menstruation. A decoction of silverweed has been used in the pat to staunch minor cuts and wounds.