Comfort For A Cold

photo-2It’s that time of year where dreaded cold germs start invading our homes.  One of the things we find comforting during this time is using Tea Tree Oil to open up our sinuses.  A few of the ways we like to use it is by putting several drops of it into the shower before getting in and by adding a few drops to a sink full of hot water then covering our heads with a towel over the sink and breathing in the steam.

Lastly instead of buying already scented tissues how about make your own?  All you need is essential oil and a tissue box.  I just reach in and move the tissues to the side and put about five drops of oil on each side of the box.  It doesn’t take long for the entire box of tissues to be scented. You can control the strength of the scent by adding more or less oil too.   If tea tree oil isn’t your thing you can basically use any essential oil or combination of oils you like.  I’ve used rose oil before and it was lovely.  Here’s to a healthy winter for all!

Healing Boo-Boo Salve

With two little ones this recipe for Homemade Boo-Boo Salve from Mrs Happy Homemaker is just the perfect thing to have on hand.  Give it a try and let me know how you like it.

“Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup dried comfrey

1/4 cup dried calendula

2oz beeswax (equals out to 2 of the 1oz bars or 4 tablespoons)

2 tablespoons of honey

10 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

jars (I use these)

Instructions

In a medium pot – mix the coconut oil, olive oil, dried comfrey, & dried calendula. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Strain the herbs from the oil using a cheesecloth or coffee filter. Discard of the herbs.

Wipe any remaining herbs from the pot you used, and add the oil back to the pot. Turn the heat to medium. Stir in the honey until completely combined. Then, add in the beeswax – stirring until completely melted. Mix in the lavender essential oil, if using.

Pour the mixture into your jars. Stir it occasionally while it cools to ensure even settling. Seal once set.”

via Healing Boo-Boo Salve – aka Homemade Natural Neosporin.

Healing with Herbal Liniments

Have you ever heard of herbal liniments?  Herbal liniments are topical remedies that can help with things like arthritis pain, sprains, and cuts to name a few things on a very long list.  They are probably well known by just a few generations back but with our increasing dependence upon pharmaceuticals it has become somewhat of a forgotten skill to make them in the home.  Fortunately the trend to find ways to take better care of ourselves and be less dependent has opened the door for learning once more how to treat ourselves.  The one place I’ve found online that I find myself going to over and over again is Mountain Rose.  They have a wealth of information about how to make herbal liniments, sources for buying the herbs and explanations for their different uses.  I just love the idea of being able to treat family and myself with natural remedies.  Check them out and tell me what you think.

“Simple to make, herbal liniments are a great element for any home medicine cabinet!  They offer instant relief for pain, inflamed muscles, bruises, and sprains.”

via Herbal Liniments « The Mountain Rose Blog.