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A New Resolution: Taking Care of Yourself

Whether or not you make resolutions, it’s become more important than ever to take care of yourself. Besides living a long life and being around for your loved ones (including children), don’t you want your long life to be as stress-free as possible? Many people are probably laughing at that last thought, but of all the things you can  control: How to relieve your body of unwanted stress.

Have you heard of 21st Century Stress? Yes, it’s a real thing. Whether we want to admit it or not, our lives are a constant buzzing around, checking emails, posting on facebook, tweeting this and texting that. We’ve actually somehow added to the day to day stress of just living, working, and even playing.

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Aromatherapy Education: Balsam Fir

Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea canadensis) is associated with winter time and the holidays, but it can also be a refreshing aroma for any time of the year! Some benefits:

  • grounding
  • great for aching muscles

The essential oil is distilled from the needles. It’s great diluted and used topically for achy muscles and joints. Diffused it is said to help tight coughs and congestion as well as calming and grounding.

Herbalism Education: Herbs in Massage

Did you know you can add food into the mix without being messy?
Did you know you can make massage oils without buying expensive essential oils?

Making your own herbal infused massage oil is actually very easy! You only need 3 supplies and a good 6 weeks to make it happen.
Read below to see which type of massage oil you would like to make.

Pick an herb
Lavender – relaxing
Chamomile – relaxing
Comfrey – soothing
Ginger – warming
Calendula – hydrating
Rosemary – muscle rub
or pick an herb to experiment with. There are SO many!
Pick a carrier oil
Almond Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Olive Oil
Jojoba Oil
or pick another carrier oil that you love.
Mason Jar with Lid

Directions: You can use dried or fresh herbs (make sure you leave no space for any bacteria to grow if you are using fresh). Fill the jar with chopped herb, cover completely with your carrier oil, cap the jar tight and set in a sunny area in the house. You will notice infusion with some herbs with the oil changes color (depending on the herb) or just wait 6 weeks until it’s ready. Strain the oil through cheesecloth and bottle your lovely, new herbal massage oil and keep it in a dark, cool cabinet when not in use.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Herbalism Education: Calendula

Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Essential Oil: CO2 extracted

Uses: anti inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antispasmodic, anti fungal, astringent, antimicrobial. Fresh or dried leaves and flowers can be used in essential oils, teas, tinctures, salves and infused oils.

Quick Tip: To have on hand for minor scrapes and bruises, fill a sterilized mason jar with fresh Calendula flowers and top off with any carrier oil (such as Olive oil or jojoba). Let sit in the sun from 2-4 weeks. Strain flowers and keep oil in a dark, cool cabinet. (Compost your flowers!)

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: 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: 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.