Herbal Ear Oil

1/2 ounce each:

* garlic-infused oil
* calendula-infused oil
* mullein blossom-infused oil

Use olive oil as the carrier for this infusion. Warm the oil before dropping it into the ear. Heat a spoon under hot water, dry it and drop the oil into the warm spoon; now draw the drops back into the dropper and place two drops in each ear.

Excerpted from Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, (Crossing Press)

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Lavender and Milk Bath Sachet

* 1/4 cup dried lavender flowers
* 1/4 cup instant powdered whole milk
* 1/4 cup oatmeal

Place into a muslin drawstring bag. Toss the bag into the bath water as it’s running. You can also use the bag to rub your skin as you bathe.

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Top 3 Herbs For Cholesterol Management

It is not unusual to have high cholesterol level in your blood. It happens even to the best of us. But if you suddenly find out that you have high cholesterol you must immediately take action. This is called ‘Cholesterol Management’.

It may seem a pretentious notion, but it keeps you away from heart problems. Cholesterol management involves few simple rules for lowering your cholesterol level: eat low fat (it doesn’t matter if it is saturated fat or total fat, they are wrong nonetheless) foods; lose weight; eat fruits and vegetables; grill your food instead of frying it; and start being more physically active.

Aside from these basic rules, there are some factors that can help you with your cholesterol management action. Research has shown that nature is providing us with all the necessary elements for a healthy life. In this case, plants help reducing cholesterol. You don’t have to eat the entire garden; you just need to keep in mind 3 herbs that are essential to cholesterol management.

1. Garlic Bulb


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Natural remedy for recovering from childbirth

Herbal remedy to facilitate the Third Stage of Labor and begin postnatal recovery.

What are AfterBirth Drops and how can they help you?

Once the challenges of labor and childbirth are over and you are holding your dear new baby in your arms at last, it is time for the third and last stage of labor - the delivery of the placenta. This is the last hurdle you need to cross before you are home free! While you will probably be feeling excited and elated to be seeing your baby for the first time, exhaustion is normal and understandable after all your hard work in the first two stages of labor.

To facilitate the contractions needed to expel the placenta and relax the mother after delivery of the baby, many midwives have traditionally used certain herbs known for their beneficial properties during this final stage of labor.

NaturalEco AfterBirth Drops are formulated with four natural, herbal ingredients chosen for their ability to re-energize, speed up delivery of the placenta and begin the process of recovery after childbirth. AfterBirth Drops are also wonderful for promoting production of breast-milk and calming and enhancing mood.

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The Art of Poultices

Herbal poultices were relied on in our grandparent�s day to ward off more life threatening afflictions like pleurisy, bronchitis and pneumonia. An old stand-by was the mustard poultice which was thought to “burn out” a pulmonary infection.

The 1867 British Pharmacopoeia lists the instructions for making a Cataplasm sinapsis or poultice. Two and a half ounces of powdered linseed (flax seed) is mixed with two and a half ounces of powdered mustard and hot water is added to make a paste. Put the linseed, into a coffee grinder for a minute to bruise the seed sufficiently to improve its drawing qualities.

Mustard can be obtained at the grocery store where it is still sold in little tin boxes. This mixture is then applied to a clean cotton cloth and placed face down on the chest over the lung and bronchial area. Do not leave it on the skin too long. Three to five minutes is enough for the first treatment. Make sure that all mustard is washed off. Keep the patient warm during the whole process.

Between poultices, oil of eucalyptus can be massaged on the chest, helping to disinfect the lungs. Yarrow, elderflower and peppermint tea breaks up catarrhal congestion.


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Herbal Teas To Help You Sleep

Insomnia, Tea To Help You Sleep #1

* Fragrant valerian (1 part)
* St. Johns Wort (2 parts)
* Hops (3 parts)
* Lavender flowers (5 parts)
* Primrose flowers (10 parts)

Steep 1-1/2 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. When cool enough to drink, add 1 tsp. honey. Take before going to bed.

Insomnia, Tea To Help You Sleep #2

* Hops (3 parts)
* Fragrant valerian root (2 parts)

Steep 1 tsp. mixture in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1/2 to 1 cup a day, unsweetened, in mouthful doses. Do not take for more than 2 or 3 weeks without interruption.

Insomnia, Tea To Help You Sleep #3

* Lavender flowers
* Primrose flowers
* St. Johns Wort
* Fragrant valerian root

Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 heaping tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. take shortly before going to bed, a mouthful as a time.

Insomnia, Tea To Help You Sleep #4

(This mixture is especially good for nervous insomnia)

* Dill seed (2 parts)
* Anise seed (2 parts)
* Chamomile (1 part)
* Hops (1 part)


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The Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Charcoal is an amazing substance. It adsorbs more poisons than any other substance known to mankind.

It can adsorb lead acetate, strychnine, DDT, many drugs (including cocaine, iodine, penicillin, aspirin, phenobarbital), and inorganic substances (chlorine, lead, and mercury).

It can adsorb thousands of times its own weight in gases, heavy metals, poisons, and other chemicals; thus it renders them ineffective and harmless.

It can adsorb intestinal gas and deodorizes foul-smelling gases of various kinds.

Charcoal can do these various things because of its ability to attract other substances to its surface and hold them there. This is called “adsorption” (not absorption). Charcoal can adsorb thousands of times its own weight in harmful substances. One teaspoonful of it has a surface area of more than 10,000 square feet.

The British medical journal, Lancet, discusses the amazing ability of the human skin to allow transfer of liquids, gases, and even micro-particles through its permeable membrane and pores, by the application of moist, activated charcoal compresses and poultices which actually draw bacteria and poisons through the skin and into the poultice or compress! The article describes the use of charcoal compresses to speed the healing of wounds and eliminate their odors. But the poultices must be kept moist and warm for this healing process to occur.


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Herbal Cold and Flu Remedies

Adaptogens: which include Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng), Asian ginseng, Astragalus, and Schizandra, are thought to help keep various body systems—including the immune system—functioning optimally. Take Siberian ginseng in tincture, herbal granules or in capsules. Capsule doses of 500mg three times a day. Another immune stimulant, Boneset, helps fight off minor viral infections, such as the common cold.

Echinacea: Patients primarily use echinacea to prevent and treat the common cold. The alkylamide, alkaloid, and polyacetylene fractions are thought responsible for stimulating leukocytes and increasing the release of TNF and interleukin 1. A double-blind, randomized studies for the treatment of the common cold suggest that, if initiated within 24 hours of onset, echinacea may shorten the duration of colds, but may not reduce the severity of symptoms. More research is needed. Fresh pressed juice of the flowers of Echinacea (E. purpurea) preserved with alcohol and tinctures of root of echinacea (E. pallida) have been shown to reduce symptoms of the common cold.


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Herbs to Help Skin, Hair and Nails

Adapted from Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, by David Winston and Steven Maimes (Healing Arts Press, 2007). http://www.care2.com/

Which herbs are best to help problem hair, nails, and skin? And which not only heal but protect from skin cancer, hair loss and inflammation?

The skin, hair, nails and oil and sweat glands are all part of one system, known as the integumentary system. “The skin is the largest organ in our body, and its function involves the regulation of body temperature, elimination of wastes and reception of temperature, pressure and pain signals. The skin, as a sense organ, also has a connection with the nervous system. In ayurveda, skin is believed to support both physiology and psychology.

There are specific herbs, called adaptogens, that work especially well for problems of the integumentary system.

Amla has been used as a hair tonic, enriching hair growth and hair pigmentation. It strengthens the roots of the hair and helps maintain color and luster.

Astragalus treats disorders of the skin including burns. It also has been used for the treatment of skin tumors. For topical use, mix the powder with sesame oil and apply.


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Herbs for the Adrenal Glands

Alternative medicine abounds in ideas about the adrenal glands and remedies for their ills. The two adrenals sit astride the kidneys, deep in the back of the abdomen. Each of these glands has two parts, a cortex or outer part, and a medulla or central portion.

Herbs for the Adrenal Cortex

Herbal medicines can have an impact on the adrenal cortex in a variety of ways. Most important is the direct effect of plants that are rich in a specific variety of saponin. One such plant, licorice, is proving to be a controversial remedy because of its effects upon the adrenal cortex. Aldosterone, the substance secreted by the cortex, is part of a hormonal homeostatic complex that regulates electrolyte balance in the blood as well as the volume of urine passed.

When licorice is eaten or taken in great excess, it has a direct impact upon aldosterone, leading to potassium depletion. This is a very rare occurrence, but pharmacology books have pointed to it insistently to demonstrate the dangers of herbal medicine. Yet, British patients with Addison’s disease have benefited greatly from this herb. However, to be completely safe, licorice should be avoided in overactivity; it is indicated in underactivity.


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