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The Medicinal Uses & Health Benefits of Lavender

The health benefits of lavender are so profound making it a perfect addition to your home apothecary. Learn all about the medicinal uses of lavender & make yourself a restorative bath soak! This post is an excerpt from my book…

Nervine Herbs: Hops for Relaxation & a Restful Night’s Sleep

Hops, best known for beer-making, is actually a premier herb for relaxation. Make a hops pillow sachet with other sedating herbs for a deep & restful sleep. Hops (Humulus lupulus) Energetics: cool/dry Therapeutic Actions: anodyne, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anxiolytic, astringent, diuretic,…

Nervine Herbs: Kava Kava for Deep Relaxation

Kava kava is an extraordinary herb for relieving deep tension and anxiety. A simple infused massage oil with kava, lavender, and rose promotes relaxation. Kava Kava (Piper methysticum) Energetics: hot/dry Therapeutic Actions: anesthetic, antifungal, antispasmodic, anti-anxiolytic, nervine, sedative Kava is…

First Aid Herbs: Arnica for Bruising, Strains & Sprains

Arnica is the ultimate first aid herb for bruising, sprains, and strains. This salve is ideal for the accident prone and active athletes alike! Arnica (Arnica montana) Energetics: very warm/dry Therapeutic Actions: anti-hematoma, anti-inflammatory (ultimately), counter-irritant, immune-stimulant I may have…

Plantain Medicinal Uses & Herbal Drawing Salve

Plantain is an herb with many uses. Make this plantain weed drawing salve to relieve all your bug bites, bee stings, slivers, and rashes. Plantain Weed  (Plantago major, P. lanceolata) Energetics: cool, somewhat moist Therapeutic Actions: anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-obtrusive, astringent, demulcent,…

Herbs for Skin, Hair & Nails: Calendula & All-Purpose Healing Salve

Calendula a renowned healing herb. Create an exceptional all-purpose healing salve with calendula & honey for all your cuts, scrapes and assorted boo-boos. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Energetics: Neutral (after reviewing a variety of sources with differing opinions of calendula energetics,…

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