Bach Flower Remedies Administering Bach Flower Remedies: * If necessary put 2 drops straight from the bottle onto tongue. * If it isn’t an emergency just put 2 drops of each remedy in a small cup of water and drink at intervals. * Put a drop of the remedy (straight from the bottle) on your wrist, temples, or rub onto lips. *For convenience when taking several remedies at once, add two drops of each chosen remedy to an empty 30ml dropper bottle. Top off with mineral water, adding a teaspoonful of brandy or cider vinegar as a preservative if you wish.
From this bottle, take four drops at least four times a day. * For Rescue Remedy (if necessary) put 4 drops straight from the bottle onto tongue: Or dilute the 4 drops in a cup of water and drink at intervals. Agrimony: *Helps when in mental torment behind a brave face. *Helps people who keep their troubles hidden under a mask of pleasure and happiness. * Agrimony helps anyone who is trying not to face a trouble and using jokes and witticisms and smiles to avoid a painful reality. Aspen: *Helps fears and worries of unknown origin. *Helps cause of the fear cannot be named. Helps the Aspen fear can be no more than a sense of foreboding, an uneasy anxiety that something unpleasant or frightening is going to happen. * Helps vague unknown fears, for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. Yet the patient may be terrified of something terrible going to happen, he knows not what. These vague unexplainable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers often are afraid to tell their trouble to others. Beech: *Beech helps intolerant people. * people in a Beech state – are intolerant of people who are not just like them.
They lack compassion and understanding of the different circumstances and different paths that other people are given, and fail to see that others too are working towards perfection but in different ways. * Beech intolerance is manifested as outbursts of irritability: the remedy helps to encourage tolerance and understanding, and as this happens so the irritability also fades. Centaury: *Helps people who are weak willed and subservient. * Centaury is for people who find it difficult to say ‘no’ to other people. * People in need of Centaury are kind, gentle souls and like to be of help to others.
But sometimes other more ruthless people will take advantage of this, and instead of willing service the Centaury ends up the slave of another’s wishes. * Centaury supports the development of courage and self-determination so that Centaury people are better able to draw the line and make space where they can be themselves free of the desires and commands of others. Cerato: *Helps people who lack faith in their own judgement. * Cerato is the remedy to give people in this state more faith in their judgment so that they can listen to their inner voices and trust their intuition. Helps those who have not sufficient confidence in themselves to make their own decisions. They constantly seek advice from others, and are often misguided. Cherry Plum: *Helps with fear of mind giving way. *Helps with losing control. *Helps fear that one is going to lose control of oneself and do something dreadful, which can include injuring others and suicide. *Helps with fears of going mad and acting irrationally. * Helps with Fear of the mind being over-strained, of reason giving way, of doing fearful and dreaded things, not wished and known wrong, yet there comes the thought and impulse to do them.
Chestnut bud: *Helps people who repeat the same mistakes. *Helps people who fail to learn the lessons of life *Helps people learn from the past and then move on to genuinely new experiences Chicory: *Helps people who are very mindful of the needs of others over-full of care for children, relatives, friends, always finding something that should be put right. Clematis: *Helps lack of interest in present. *helps dreaminess Crab Apple: *Self hatred the “unclean feeling”. * For feelings of shame, uncleanliness, or a poor self-image. This essence teaches acceptance of the body and the environment.
It is also used as a physical cleanser during detoxifying, fasting, or cleansing the body. Elm: *Helps people who are overwhelmed by responsibility. * Helps people to maintain confidence. * Helps when at times there may be periods of depression when they feel that the task they have undertaken is too difficult, and not within the power of a human being. Gentian: *Helps those who are easily discouraged. They may be progressing well in illness or in the affairs of their daily life, but any small delay or hindrance to progress causes doubt and soon disheartens them. Gorse: Helps people with Hopelessness and despair. * Gorse helps people who have given up belief that there is any hope for them. It is a far stronger kind of downheartedness than the Gentian state, because Gorse people almost wilfully refuse to be encouraged, so certain are they that their case is hopeless. If ill, they may think of themselves as incurable, or say that they inherited this or that from their families so that nothing can be done for them. Holly: * Helps anger specifically on hatred, suspicion, envy or jealousy. * Holly is for very negative, aggressive feelings directed at others.
The basic problem is an absence of love, and the remedy works to encourage generosity of spirit and openness towards others. Heather: *Helps self-centeredness and self concern. * Helps people who are obsessed with themselves, but who do not like to be alone. Dr Bach called them ‘buttonholers’ because they do anything to keep people with them, all the time talking at exhaustive length about their problems and illnesses, great and small, until people begin actively to avoid them. Thus the thing Heather people fear – loneliness – is brought about because of their own behavior. Heather helps those who are always seeking the companionship of anyone who may be available, as they find it necessary to discuss their own affairs with others, no matter whom it may be. They are very unhappy if they have to be alone for any length of time. Honeysuckle: * Helps people who live in the past. * People in need of honeysuckle feel that their best days are behind them and that there is little to look forward to, and as a consequence they prefer to dwell on past happiness (or past misfortunes). At a more minor key, homesickness and nostalgia are also Honeysuckle states. The remedy helps the person in this state to learn from the past without needing to relive it, so that the person can progress on into the present and take joy from today and tomorrow. Hornbeam: * For those who feel that they have not sufficient strength, mentally or physically, to carry the burden of life placed upon them; the affairs of every day seem too much for them to accomplish, though they generally succeed in fulfilling their task. For those who believe that some part, of mind or body, needs to be strengthened before they can easily fulfill their work. Monday Morning Feeling all the time. Impatiens: *helps with impatience * helps with frustration and irritability * Calms agitated thoughts and feelings. Larch: * Helps lack of confidence helps anxiety. * Helps people who feel that they are not as good as others and that they are bound to fail. They lack confidence in their ability to succeed and so often do not even bother trying. * The remedy helps people in this state to go ahead regardless of thoughts of success and failure. More able to take risks and be involved in life, they get more out of living.
Mimulus: * whenever you are frightened of something or you are anxious about something, and you can say what that something is, then Mimulus is the remedy to take. Mimulus fears are everyday fears – fear of public speaking, of the dark, of aggressive dogs, or of illness or pain. *Helps phobias such as the fear of spiders or of birds are also Mimulus fears, since the cause of the fear can be named. * Helps fear of worldly things, illness, pain, accidents, poverty, of dark, of being alone, of misfortune. Mimulus helps fears of everyday life. Mustard: People in this state often list all the reasons they have to feel happy and contented, but still everything looks black and hopeless to them. * The remedy helps to dispel the clouds so that the person can once again find joy and peace in life. * Those that are liable to times of gloom or even despair, as though a cold dark cloud overshadowed them and hid the light and the joy of life. It may not be possible to give any reason or explanation for such attacks. Under these conditions it is almost impossible to appear happy or cheerful. Oak: Oak is for strong, steady people who never give up under adversity. Instead they plod on with determination, and never consider resting until they are past the point of exhaustion. Because they are so steady they often have many people relying on them, and their sense of duty is strong, so that they can feel frustrated and unhappy if illness or exhaustion get in the way of discharging duties. * So much is positive about the Oak person, but the negative side is the stubborn refusal to rest or sit back when the need for rest is obvious to all around.
The remedy is used to help the Oak remain strong in adversity and not crack under the strain, while at the same time a different wisdom is learned, so that the person in this state can learn when not to strive. Olive: *Olive’s the Bach Flower Remedy for tiredness and exhaustion after an effort of some kind, such as hard physical or mental labor, or the long struggle against illness. It can be usefully contrasted with Hornbeam, which is the remedy for tiredness felt even before an effort has been made.
The remedy is given to restore feelings of strength and the faith needed to continue. Pine: *Helps self reproach and guilt. * Helps people who blame themselves for something they feel they have done in the past, some neglect of a parent, some fault in themselves, something they have left undone, and for those who reproach themselves that, even though they may have been successful in their work, they should have done better. They also at times tend to claim responsibility for the mistakes made by other people. Red Chestnut: *Helps fear, and over concern of others. Helps people who feel fear for the well-being of others: the husband afraid when his wife goes out alone after dark, the mother fretting over what may happen to her child at school. Red Chestnut fears are natural, normal concerns magnified to the point where they may have a negative effect on the person who is the object of concern, destroying confidence and undermining self-belief. The remedy helps people in this state to send out calm, unworried thoughts to their loved ones, so that instead of making everyone anxious they are rocks of strength on which others lean. Rock Rose: Extreme terror or fear Rock Water: *Helps those who are very strict in their way of living; they deny themselves many of the joys and pleasures of life because they consider it might interfere with their work. They are hard masters to themselves. They wish to be well and strong and active, and will do anything which they believe will keep them so. They hope to be examples which will appeal to others who may then follow their ideas and be better as a result. Scleranthus: *Helps people who find it difficult to make up their minds which option of two or more they ought to choose.
The Scleranthus indecision commonly affects the small decisions of life as much as the big ones: ‘should I marry Joe or Peter? ‘ and ‘should I buy a red notebook or a blue one? ‘ are both Scleranthus states. Sometimes the chronic uncertainty of the Scleranthus person manifests itself in other ways. There may be mood swings and even motion sickness: although these symptoms are not in themselves infallible guides to Scleranthus, but only signs that this is a remedy to consider. In any case, the remedy is given to help the person to act more decisively and know his or her own mind.
Star of Bethlehem: *Helps with after effects of shock. * can be used just as well for the effects of a shock received many years ago, even very early in childhood. * Helps with the sense of emptiness and loss that sometimes occurs when a loved one dies or moves away. * Helps with for those in great distress under conditions which for a time produce great unhappiness. Also the shock of serious news, loss of some one dear, the fright following an accident. For those who for a time refuse to be consoled this remedy brings comfort. Sweet Chestnut: Helps people who have reached the limits of their endurance, who have explored all avenues but see no way out of their difficulties, and who feel that there is nothing left for them but annihilation and emptiness. *The person in a Sweet Chestnut state is genuinely at the end of the line: theirs is appalling, final despair. Vervain: * Helps people are perfectionists with a keen sense of justice and extreme mental energy that they willingly throw behind those causes that they believe in. Their enthusiasm can be infectious, and they feel a strong need to persuade others to their own point of view.
At an extreme, Vervain people can become fanatics, unable to listen to alternative points of view, and they may put themselves under a great deal of stress because they find it so hard to switch off and relax. The remedy is given to help people in this state to pull back from time to time so that body and mind and be restored. It encourages the wisdom to enjoy life and the passage of time instead of always feeling the need to be active. Vine: *Helps very capable people, certain of their own ability, confident of success.
Being so assured, they think that it would be for the benefit of others if they could be persuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right. Even in illness they will direct their attendants. They may be of great value in emergency. Walnut: *Helps people who are fulfilling their purpose in life but who under the influence of the opinions, theories or beliefs of others, or of external circumstances in general, may be led to doubt their path. * The remedy gives constancy and protection from outside influences. Water Violet: Helps talented, capable people whose independence and self-reliance can make them seem to be proud and disdainful of others. True Water Violet people are quiet and dignified and prefer their own company or that of a few close friends, but where their natural reserve has built a barrier between them and others they may actually become lonely and be unable to make contact with others. When this happens the remedy can help to bring them back into balance so that they can be more involved with humanity. * For those who in health or illness like to be alone. Very quiet people, who move about without noise, speak little.
White Chestnut: * Helps unwanted thoughts, worries and mental arguments, which intrude into the mind and stop people from concentrating on things that they should be doing. White Chestnut thoughts are repetitive and go nowhere, simply circling round and round in the head like a stuck gramophone record. *The remedy is used to help people control their thoughts again so that they can deal calmly and rationally with any underlying problems that might be causing the trouble. Wild Oat: *Helps people who feel that they want to do something worthwhile with their lives but do not know in which direction they should move.
So instead they drift from occupation to occupation, but without finding their true path, which leads in turn to feelings of frustration and consequent depression. * The remedy helps people to find their true role, putting them back in touch with their own basic purpose in life so that the way ahead seems obvious. Wild Rose: *Helps those who without apparently sufficient reason become resigned to all that happens, and just glide through life, take it as it is, without any effort to improve things and find some joy. They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint. The remedy is given to reawaken interest in life. The positive Wild Rose person will still be a happy-go-lucky type, but instead of apathy will feel a sense of purpose that will bring increased happiness and enjoyment. Willow: *Helps resentment, self-pity and bitterness. Most people feel more or less put-upon at times; this remedy helps to neutralize resentment and regain a sense of humor and proportion Rescue Remedy A mix of cherry plum, clematis, impatiens, Rock rose, and star of Bethlehem. For emergencies, shock, trauma, scare, terror, fright, panic, and stress.
Rescue Remedy should be taken in 4 drops minimum. **It is impossible to overdose on Bach Flower Remedies** Blending Basics: Essential oils can be categorized in groups based on their aromas (not therapeutic benefits). Floral: • Lavender, Neroli, Jasmine Woodsy: • Pine, Cedar Earthy: • Oakmoss, Vetiver, Patchouli Herbaceous: • Marjoram, Rosemary, Basil Minty: • Peppermint, Spearmint Medicinal/Camphorous: • Eucalyptus, Cajuput, Tea Tree Spicy: • Nutmeg, Clove, Cinnamon Oriental: • Ginger, Patchouli Citrus: • Orange, Lemon, and Lime *Oils in the same category blend well together.
Blend whatever you want, but here is a list of some categories that generally blend well together: *Florals blend well with Citrus, Spicy, and Woodsy oils. *Woodsy oils generally blend well with all categories. *Spicy and Oriental oils blend well with Florals, Orientals, and Citrus oils. Be careful not to overpower the blend with the Spicy or Oriental oils. *Minty oils blend well with Citrus, Woodsy, Herbaceous, and Earthy oils. Diluting Substances: • Water • Sweet Almond oil • Apricot oil • Jojoba oil • Olive oil • Hazelnut oil • Rosehip Seed oil * Never put essential oils on your skin without diluting them first! ** Harmonizing Your Blend: Some essential oils evaporate more quickly than others. As the oils in a blend evaporate, the aroma will change to reflect the aroma of the remaining oils. Oils that evaporate the quickest, usually within 1-2 hours, are called “top notes. ” Oils that evaporate within 2-4 hours are considered “middle notes. ” Oils that take the longest time to evaporate are referred to as “base notes. ” Some base notes can take several days to evaporate! Top Notes:
Anise Galbanum Orange Basil Grapefruit Peppermint Bergamot Lavendin Petitgrain Bergamot Mint Lemon Spearmint Citronella Lemongrass Tagetes Eucalyptus Lime Tangerine Middle Notes: Cajeput Cypress Neroli Chamomile Fennel Nutmeg Cinnamon Geranium Parsley
Clary Sage Jasmine Rose/Rose Geranium Clove Bud Juniper Berry Rosemary Rosewood Tea Tree Thyme Yarrow Ylang Ylang Base Notes: Angelica Root Frankincense Patchouli Beeswax Ginger Vanilla Cedarwood Myrrh Vetiver Tips to help get you to a fine start: • When creating a new blend, start out small with a total number of drops of 5, 10, 20, or 25 drops. 25 drops should be the most that you start with.
By starting small you waste less oil in your experiments. • Start creating your blend by only using essential oils, absolutes, or CO2’s. After you have designed the blend, then you can dilute it by adding carrier oils, alcohol etc. If you dislike the blend you created, you have then not wasted any carrier oils or alcohol. • Keep a notebook that lists each oil that you used with the number of drops used for each oil. It’s easy to get carried away and later forget the exact recipe for your blend; One drop too much or too little can drastically change the aroma of your blend. To reduplicate it is nearly impossible without taking notes.
It’s also a good idea to write down the name of the vendor you bought your oils from. Or shop around and write the name of the vendors with good and bad quality oils. • To store your blends 2ml amber “shortie” bottles are very inexpensive and can often be bought at aromatherapy vendors and glass bottle companies. • Label your blends carefully. If you don’t have enough space, label it with a number that corresponds with a number in your notebook. • Guideline in your blend: 30% top note oils 50% middle note oils and 20% base note oils. • Some oils are stronger than others especially the absolutes and CO2s.
Make sure you know which are the strongest, and unless you want that aroma to dominate your blend, you want to use dramatically less. Oils for Helping or Matching Feelings ** Negative emotions are helped by the oils** Anger: Bergamot, Jasmine, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang Anxiety: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Larch, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Yarrow Confidence: Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Cypress, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Orange, Rosemary Depression:
Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang Exhaustion, Fatigue, Burnout: Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lemon, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver Extreme Terror or Fear: Rock Rose Fear: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Vetiver Grief: Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver Insecurity:
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vetiver Irritability: Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood Lack of Happiness and Peace: Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang Lack of Memory and Concentration: Basil, Blackpepper, Cypress, Hissop, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary Loneliness: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Roman Chamomile, Rose Nervousness: Before a show or exam, take a few drops of Mimulus each day a week before the test. Yarrow Panic and Panic Attacks: Elm, Frankincense, Gentian, Helichrysum, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Yarrow
Stress: Benzoin, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang Problems and Natural Remedies: Clear Head Remedy: *1 drop of Peppermint Triple Distilled, 3 drops of Lavender Absolute, 1 drop of Rose Morocco Absolute, 1 tbsp of Apricot Carrier Oil. Mix all ingredients together. Massage into the temples and the base of the skull. Cold and Flu Fighter: *4 drops of Pine Needle, 3 drops of Lemon oil, 4 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus. Add to a large bowl of steaming water.
Covering your head lean over the bowl and inhale deeply for 2-5 minutes. For children and elderly use Eucalyptus Smithii. Cough Be Gone: *3 drops of Lavender Absolute, 8 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus, 3 drops of Lavandin, 4 drops of Tea Tree New Zealand Organic, 30 ml Carrier/base oil. Apply to neck, chest, back, wrists, and soles of feet. Exam Stress Massage Oil: *3 drops of Bergamot, 1 drop of Marjoram Organic, 2 drops of Geranium Bourbon, 10 drops of Apricot Carrier Oil. Massage into neck and shoulders or full body. Germ Fighter Spray: *6 drops Eucalyptus Globulus, 12 drops Tea Tree, 6 drops Lemon oil, 2oz distilled water.
Combine ingredients add to spray bottle. Shake gently before use. Use on cuts and scrapes, or as a room spray. Headache: *10 drops of Lavender French, 5 drops of Peppermint, 1 tbsp of Sweet Almond Carrier Oil. Mix all ingredients together. Massage into the temples and the base of the skull. Or: * Feverfew is the most well known herbal treatment for headaches when the leaves are brewed into a tea. The leaves should not be taken directly because of risk of irritation. Two to eight leaves make a great tea – however never boil the leaves themselves or they will lose effectiveness.
This remedy should NOT be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding under any circumstances. Heartburn: * For immediate relief of heartburn, make yourself a cup of ginger tea. Put 1/2 teaspoon of shredded fresh ginger in a cup of boiling water. Then let the ginger steep for about 10 minutes, strain the tea so that no ginger remains, cool to a drinkable temperature, and drink. Add two teaspoons of anise seeds, fennel seeds, or dill seeds to one cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 5 to 10 minutes, then strain, allow the tea to cool, and drink a few teaspoons every few minutes. Helps with Congestion: 2 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata Organic, 2 drops of Lavender French, 2 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus, 2 drops of Rosemary, 2 drops of Tea Tree, 2 tbsp of Carrier Oil. They loosen congestion, help fight viral and bacterial infections while lifting the spirits. Mix all ingriedients together, and massage upper chest and back. Inhalation for Coughs: *6 drops Rosemary, 6 drops Pine Black, 6 drops Cinnamon Leaf, 3 drops Thyme Red. Blend the oils together then use 4-5 drops in 18 oz of hot water. Use a towel to make a tent, inhale. Insomnia Aromatherapy Blend: *5 drops of Clary Sage, 10 drops of Chamomile Roman, and 5 drops of Bergamot.
Blend the oils well in a clean dark-colored glass bottle. Add 1-2 drops to a tissue and place inside your pillow to aid you in falling asleep. Lavender can also provide relaxation and drowsiness but using more than 2 drops will have the opposite effect. Knees and Elbows: *Take a freshly cut lemon and rub gently on rough elbows and knees. The acid in the lemon will soften rough spots on skin and also lighten any dark areas. Muscle Pain Massage Oil: *2 drops of Rosemary Organic, 2 drops of Lavender Russia Organic, 4 teaspoons of Massage Oil unscented. Add the oils into the massage oil. Use for a gentle body massage.
Soothing Scrub: *1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup raw oatmeal, 1 cup olive oil, mix all the ingredients together and then apply on dry skin, using your hands. You want to perform slow circles—this treatment is to be enjoyed and not rushed. (The real key is standing over a plastic bag or towel to catch the remains. ) After scrubbing gently all over, step into the shower and rinse off. Your skin will be like butter. ” Stress Relieving Massage Oil: *2 drops of Geranium, 2 drops of Frankincense, 5 drops of Bergamot, 4 ounces of Massage Oil unscented. Mix all ingredients together. Massage into neck and shoulders or full body.
Tired Feet Bath: *4 drops of Lemon oil, 3 drops of Lavender French, 3 drops of Rosemary, 1 tbsp of Sweet Almond Oil. Mix all ingredients together. Add oils to 2 gallons of warm water and mix well. This blend comes in handy when you have been on your feet all day. The Lavender soothes the feet, the rosemary and lemon refresh, revive, and stimulate circulation. Virus Disinfectant Spray: *10 drops of Pine Black, 10 drops of Tea Tree Organic, 10 drops of Thyme White, 10 drops of Clove Leaf, 6 ounces of water (180ml) ? teaspoon of Exuberance Conditioner. Dissolve essential oils in conditioner and mix well.
Add conditioner and essential oil mixture to the water. Pour into a spray bottle, shake well before use. Herb Poultice Poultices are an old time remedy that is still just as effective today with helping to draw out infection and to speed healing. Poultices help by increasing blood flow, relax tense muscles, soothing inflamed tissues, or drawing toxins from an infected area and are used with great success. One of the reasons poultices are successful is that the skin, the largest organ of the body, and one of the first line of defense against disease, has the ability of absorption.
Applying an herbal poultices to the painful area of the skin absorbs the medicinal benefits of the substance almost immediately. There have been many products developed to take advantage of this fact, body creams, salves, baths products, liniments, oil, compress and poultices. Poultices can be used for the following conditions: • Joint pain and inflammation • Abscesses • Boils • Bruises • Carbuncles • Fibrocystic disease • Fractures • Enlarged glands in the neck, breast or prostate • Leg ulcers • Sprains • Sunburn • Tumors • Ulcerated eyelids They are also used to break up congestion, draw out pus, and remove embedded particles from the skin.
How to Make an Herb Poultice By making your poultice with the appropriate herbs or other substances, you will help ensure that the treatment is effective. An herbal poultice may be made with dried or fresh herbs. The two types of poultices are prepared in slightly different ways. Preparing a Dried Herb Poultice If you are using dried herbs, use a mortar and pestle to grind the herbs to a powder. Place the herbs in a bowl, and add enough warm water to make a thick paste that can be easily applied. Make a quantity sufficient to cover the affected area. The ratio of ground herbs to water will vary according to the herb being used.
Add the water in small increments, just until the mixture is thick but not stiff. Arrange a clean piece of gauze, muslin, linen, or white cotton sheeting on a clean, flat surface. The material should be large enough to cover the affected area completely. Spread the herbal paste over the cloth. Cleanse the affected area with hydrogen peroxide, and place the poultice over the area. Wrap a towel around the poultice to prevent the soiling of clothes or sheets. Use a pin or other fastener to secure the poultice in place. You can use a hot water bottle in order to keep a poultice warm. Preparing a Fresh Herb Poultice
If using fresh herbs for your poultice, place 2 ounces of the whole herb – about 1/2 cup – and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Simmer for 2 minutes. Do not drain. Arrange a clean piece of gauze, muslin, linen, or white cotton sheeting on a clean, flat surface. The material should be large enough to cover the affected area completely. Pour the herbal solution over the cloth. Cleanse the affected area with hydrogen peroxide, and place the poultice over the area. Wrap a towel around the poultice to prevent the soiling of clothes or sheets. Use a pin or other fastener to secure the poultice in place.
Treatment Duration Herbal poultices should be kept in place for 1 to 24 hours, or as needed. During this period, you may experience a throbbing pain as the poultice draws out infection and neutralizes toxins. When the pain subsides, you will know that the poultice has accomplished its task and should be removed. Apply fresh poultices as needed until the desired level of healing has been reached. Herbs Commonly Used in Poultices: Chaparral, Dandelion, and Yellow Dock: Can be used to treat skin disorders such as acne, eczema, itchy or dry skin, psoriasis, and rashes. You can use one herb, or combine two or three.
The greatest benefit will be obtained from using all three. Use chaparral only if you grow it yourself or purchase it from a reputable organic grower. Elderberry: Can relieve pain associated with hemorrhoids. Fenugreek, Flaxseed, and Slippery Elm: Can be combined to treat inflammation. Slippery elm can also be used alone for the inflamed gangrenous sores often associated with diabetes, and for leg ulcers. The use of a slippery elm poultice upon the appearance of sores and ulcers can help prevent gangrene. Slippery Elm and Lobelia: Can be used to treat abscesses, blood poisoning and rheumatism. Goldenseal:
Is good for inflammations of all kinds. Lobelia and Charcoal: Charcoal is available in health food stores. These are combined and used to treat insect bites, bee stings, and almost all wounds. Mullein: Is used for inflamed hemorrhoids, lung disorders, mumps, tonsillitis, and sore throat. To make the poultice, mix 4 parts mullein with 1 part hot apple cider vinegar and 1 part water. Mustard: This is beneficial for inflammation, lung congestion, and swelling, and can help relax tense muscles. Because mustard is an irritant, place the mixture between 2 pieces of cloth, rather than placing it in direct contact with the skin.
Onion: Is good for ear infections, and for boils and sores that have difficulty healing. To make this poultice, place finely chopped onion between 2 pieces of cloth, rather than placing it in direct contact with the skin. Pau d’arco, Ragweed, and Wood Sage: Can be combined and used to treat tumors and external cancers. Poke Root: Is good for an inflamed or sore breast. Sage: Like poke root, can help relieve breast inflammation and soreness. ** When the mixture used to make the poultice contains an irritant, such as mustard, it should not come into direct contact with the skin, but should be placed between pieces of cloth. * Aromatherapy Bath To make an aromatherapy bath, you can drop the essential oils right into the tub and use your hand or foot to swish them around just before entering the bathtub, this method however at times can produce hot spots and cause irritation. If you have grain alcohol on hand you can add the essential oils to a small bit of alcohol and mix, the alcohol will help disperse the EO’s into the bath water. or Add the EO’s to a small amount of carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, or one of my favorites, cold pressed sweet cherry kernel oil, stir well and add the mixture just before entering the bath.
Whatever method you choose, be sure to fill the tub with warm water, then add the essential oils, right before you are ready to step in. Essential oils penetrate our skin, pass into the bloodstream and circulate through our bodies. The formulas listed here are for adults and are NOT intended for use with children, pregnant women or those with health related conditions, use and proceed with care. Simple formulas based on bathtub size/full capacity: • Standard Size, 5-10 drops (total) • Garden Style, 10-15 drops (total) • Larger Size, 15-20 drops (total) Rest & Relax Bath • Lavender • Chamomile Neroli • Ylang Ylang Dry Skin Bath • Cedarwood • Lavender • Rose • Ylang Ylang Stress-Less Bath • Chamomile • Eucalyptus • Lavender • Spearmint Detox Bath • Geranium • Helichrysum • Lime • Juniper Astringent Bath • Cedarwood • Frankincense • Myrhh • Rosemary **Feel free to add salts, herbs, oats, clays, etc. to complement your bath. When using chunky style salts, it is best to add them after being situated in the bathtub. With this method, there is no discomfort involved, should you make weight bearing contact with them before they dissolve. ** Commonly Used Homeopathic Remedies