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Common Remedies

ForCommon Needs

Colds And Flu's

Herbal teas for colds:
yarrow, rosemary,
pennyroyal (but not during pregnancy!)
or peppermint.

Bath for colds:

2 drops thyme oil,
2 drops tea-tree oil,
4 drops lemon oil,
1 drop eucalyptus oil.
Swish round in the bath water before getting in.
Don't use if you're nauseous or running a high fever.

Sore Throat Remedies

Sore throat:
Sip pineapple juice during the day;
it soothes the sore tissues without giving the
coated feeling your throat gets during bad head colds.

Sore throat tea:
equal parts of sage and rosemary,
with a spoonful of honey.
Pennyroyal tea with honey is also good,
but do not take during pregnancy.

Headache Remedies

Headache oils:
Equal parts of marjoram and lavender oils,
used in an oil diffuser or rubbed
gently into the temples,
often cure my tension headaches.

Headache teas:
any of these made into a tea and drunk will ease a headache.

Headache Inhaler:
In a small vial (preferably of dark or opaque glass)
mix 10 drops lavender oil,
10 drops peppermint oil,
10 drops marjoram oil,
10 drops rose oil,
5 drops clove oil.
Carry with you and inhale to cure a headache.

Remedies for Sunburns

Sunburn Soother Lotion:
Chop an unpeeled cucumber into milk and simmer.
Cool and apply to the affected area.

Wound Remedies

Cuts and Scrapes:
Yarrow is good to stop a bleeding cut incurred by shaving;
just bruise a fresh leaf and press it to the spot for a few minutes.

Wound Wash:
In 1/2 cup water mix 5 drops each lavender and tea tree oil.
Dip cotton wool in the mixture and swab
the area until clean of dirt and other impurities.

Sleep Remedies

Sleep Pillows can be effective;
use a small pillow a few inches square, stuffed with
the appropriate herbs and slipped inside the pillowslip on top
of your regular pillow.
Failing that,
a few drops of essential oil on a cotton wool ball or scrap of cotton
can be placed inside the pillowslip.
Neroli, camomile, marjoram,
lavender or rose are my suggestions.

Tired eyes:
cover the eyes with any of the following and lie down in a darkened room.
Be sure to keep the eyes closed!
Cold tea bags, raw potato slices, raw cucumber slices.

Herbal Sleep Pillow To Rekindle Energies During the Night:
8 parts rose petals,
4 parts mint,
4 parts rosemary,
1 part crushed clove.
Small but Strong Sleep Pillow:
Approximately equal quantities of rose petals,
camomile, mint and rose geranium.
Add a few drops of neroli essential oil (and I like a drop of clary sage
too). This ones quite strong and floral.
Interesting Dreams Pillow:
Stuff your pillow with mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). It produces truly
spectacular Technicolor dreams.
I like to add a drop or two of clary sage oil to help me get to sleep,
and because it has the quality of being able to open the third eye.
It also produces euphoria but don't overdo it because in
large quantities it can cause headaches.

Healing with Water

Herb Baths:
Directions for all herb baths:
Soak about 1/2 cup of herbs in water overnight.
The next day, simmer for about 10 minutes
and strain the liquid into the bath water.
OR: Place about 1/2 cup of herbs into a drawstring bag
made of fairly loosely woven material (cheesecloth is ideal),
or place in the centre of a circle of material,
and secure tightly.
Tie the bag on the tap so that hot water from the tap flows through it.

Rejuvenating bath:
orange peel.

Another healing bath:

Antiseptic bath:

After a workout:
bay leaf,

Itchy skin bath:
orange peel,
rose leaf.

Remedies for Hangovers

Drink heaps of water before going to bed,
and drink more every time you wake
up during the night.

Essential Oil Blend for Hangovers:
Peppermint OR 2 drops Sandalwood,
2 drops Juniper,
2 drops Grapefruit.
Both these blends are designed to reduce nausea,
refresh and uplift.

Pain Remedies

Aching muscles and joints:
comfrey root,
Or: thyme,

Aches and Pains:
Add half a cupful of bicarbonate of soda
to your bath to soothe aching muscles and joints.

Herbal Bath for Aching Joints:
Use a large handful each of camomile,
sage and comfrey root.
Simmer for 15 minutes in a litre of water,
strain and add the liquid to a warm
bath. Soak yourself for half an hour.

Aching Bodies:
Massage Oil Add to 100 ml carrier oil
(grape seed, macadamia, almond or olive)
20 drops lavender oil,
10 drops rosemary oil,
10 drops eucalyptus oil,
5 drops peppermint oil.
Shake well to mix and leave several days to blend.

Simple Massage Oil:
Take a handful of camomile flowers and add to 100 ml carrier oil.
Leave the oil in a warm place for two weeks,
and use as a massage for sore, aching bodies.
You can also make this oil by adding 40 drops essential oil
of camomile to 100 ml carrier oil.
The scent will also ensure you a good night's sleep.

Aching Back Massage Oil:
Mix 1 part lavender oil with 4 parts carrier oil
and use to massage the aching back.


Insect Bites:
For mosquitoes,
apply a dab of undiluted lavender oil or tea tree oil to the bite.
If there are many bites,
take a bath containing half a cup of cider vinegar,
10 drops lavender oil,
5 drops thyme oil.
Apply lavender or tea tree oil to all bites after the bath.
You can also dab on witch hazel, or a potion of bicarbonate of
soda dissolved in water.
Herbal Bath to Soothe Insect Bites: some or all of
orange peel,

After a workout:
bay leaf,

Mind and Air Freshener:
2 drops Rosemary,
2 drops Cedarwood,
2 drops Lemon.
Creates a nice fresh scent that
gets rid of odours and is quite masculine.

Another Mind Refresher:
2 drops Rosemary,
2 drops Juniper,
1 drop Lemon.
Like deep breaths of fresh air.

Cheer-up Oil:
2 drops Geranium,
3 drops Bergamot.
This is a flowery,
cheering blend to balance the emotions.
If you don't mind using expensive oils you can add 2 drops Rose.