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Herbalism Education: Myrrh

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)

Essential Oil: Steam distilled or CO2 Distracted

Uses: antiseptic, anti fungal, expectorant. The Resin can be used from the essential oil, gargles/rinses, and tinctures.

Quick Tip: To make a mouthwash, mix 1/2 cup distilled water, 2 dropperfuls of peppermint tincture, and .5 dropperful of Myrrh Gum tincture together. Keep in a dark bottle in a cool place. Use to swish, do not swallow.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.

Herbalism Education: Feverfew

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

Essential Oil: None

Uses: Diaphoretic, Antiinflammatory. Fresh or dried leaves can be used as a tea or tincture

Quick Tip: Use a teaspoon of dry feverfew leaves in a boiling cup of water, along with peppermint at the beginning of a headache to prevent.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.

Herbalism Education: Black Walnut

Black Walnut, Juglans nigra

Essential Oil: none

Uses: The green hull (around the walnut) is used as antiseptic, astrigent, anti fungal, laxative, and emetic. Fresh hulls can be used in teas, tinctures, salves and infused oils.

Quick Tip: Mix Black Walnut Hull powder with arrowroot starch or baking soda to dust over athlete’s foot problems.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.

Herbalism Education: Sweet Fennel

Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: The seed is Expectorant, carminative (for intestinal gas issues), antispasmodic, Anti inflammatory, the root is a diuretic. Fresh or dried Fennel can be used in teas, tinctures, essential oils and infused oils.

Quick Tip: Snack on Fennel seed to settle a full stomach and to freshen breath.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.

Herbalism Education: Yarrow

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: Antiseptic, Astringent, Antifungal, Anti inflammatory. Fresh or dried Yarrow can be used in teas, tinctures, poultice, as essential oils and infused oils.

Quick Tip: Add dried yarrow to a muslim bag and add to a bath to help bring down a fever naturally.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.

Herbalism Education: Motherwort

Motherwort, Leonurus cardiac

Uses: Nervine, diuretic, antispasmodic, emmenagogue, uterine tonic.  Fresh or dried Motherwort can be used in teas, tinctures, poultice and infused oils.

Quick Tip: For menstrual related nerves and emotions, mix 1-2 teaspoons of motherwort in a cup of boiling water and steep for 5-10 minutes. Add spearmint or peppermint for a more pleasant taste.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.

Herbalism Education: Sage

Sage, Salvia officinalis

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: antiseptic, astringent, antibacterial, stomachic, cooling.  Fresh or dried Sage can be used in teas, tinctures, liniments and infused oils.  The essential oil is used with EXTREME caution and should be advised by a Clinical Aromatherapist.

Quick Tip: To cool a fever, steep sage leaves along with peppermint in boiling water for 5-10 minutes to make a cooling tea.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.

Herbalism Education: Lavender

Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: antiseptic, nervine, stomachic, anti-inflammatory, calming, mild sedatitive.  Fresh or dried Lavender can be used in teas, tinctures, liniments and infused oils.  The essential oil can be used in lotions, salves, oils, bath soaks, sprays or diffusers and sometimes neat (please use caution and test before using it undiluted)

Quick Tip: Make a sleep sachet by filling a muslin bag with dry or fresh lavender to hang by your bed. Rub the flowers to release any essential oils again.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones.

Herbalism Education: Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil, Ocimum basilicum

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, focusing.  Fresh or dried Basil can be used in teas, tinctures, liniments and infused oils.  The essential oil can be used in lotions, salves, oils, bath soaks, or diffusers.

Quick Tip: Boil a pot of water and drop in fresh or dried basil leaves (or a couple drops of the essential oil). Turn down so that water may not splash up, but cover your head with a towel and breathe in the aromatic steam to clear sinuses or a pick-me-up for those days you just can’t wake up.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones.

Herbalism Education: Peppermint

Peppermint, Mentha Piperita

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: anti-emetic, antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory.  Fresh or dried Peppermint can be used in teas, tinctures, liniments and infused oils.  The essential oil can be used in lotions, salves, oils, bath soaks, or diffusers.

Quick Tip: Add a cup of fresh pulverized (or 1/2 cup dried) Peppermint into your tub water for an aromatic bath to clear your head. If you don’t prefer herbs floating around you, put them in a sock or hose and hang from faucet under running hot water.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones.