Lavender Bath

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One of my favorite assignments for my anatomy & physiology class was to take a bath with lavender essential oil in it.  Now, the rest of my assignments have not been this glamorous!  Basically, I was to write about my experience.

I took the baths three nights in a row.  I’m not a bath person.  I usually say that I just don’t have time.  I ran a hot bath and added six drops of pure lavender essential oil to it.  I really didn’t know what to expect, other than it possibly relaxing me.  Going into the bath, I was having lower back pains (shoveling large amounts of snow) and menstrual cramps (sorry to the men reading this).  Both of these pains were extreme.

I set a timer for 20 minutes.  Like I said, I have a very busy schedule.  I got in the bath, and grabbed a textbook to read for homework.  As I started reading, I felt my body start relaxing.  The discomfort in my pelvic and lower back areas were starting to subside.  My eyes actually started closing, and it was becoming difficult to keep reading.  I felt my body fully relaxing.  It was truly amazing!

My son has joined the track team at school, and I mentioned he may want to try a lavender bath, because he was very sore after his first couple of practices.  He took the bath, and I asked him how it went.  He said his body felt a lot better, and he wasn’t feeling sore.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), often called English Lavender, is the most common species of lavender used.  It is a beautiful herb that has so many healing qualities, especially as an essential oil.  It is healing for sunburns, burns, bee stings, allergies (amazing for allergies), eczema, and more.  Lavender is also calming and helps relax the body for sleeping.  In my bath experience, it provided muscle and joint pain relief that I have read in my research.

I definitely recommend trying a lavender bath.  My son takes one every night now!

This website is for educational purposes only. We do not diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are suffering from any disease, illness, or injury it is your responsibility to consult with your physician. The above statements concerning essential oils have not been evaluated by the FDA.

What else can I do with Peppermint Essential Oil?

Hello there!  It’s been ages since I’ve posted, but I have a good reason.  I promise.  I am back in college, and work on my school work after a full-time day job.  So, I have been very busy.  I am majoring in herbal medicine and aromatherapy.  Right up my alley, right?

Today I would like to share some of an essay I wrote about my recent uses for peppermint essential oil.  I changed it up a bit for this post, since it was a little formal:

Peppermint Toothpaste

I did some research and found a couple recipes for toothpaste using peppermint essential oil.  I was happy to see this seeing as I ran out of my homemade toothpaste just recently.

I combined two tablespoons of baking soda, two tablespoons of salt, and 4 drops of peppermint (Mentha ×piperita) essential oil.  I put this mixture in a small, 4 ounce mason jar.  After mixing the combination of ingredients, I put the cover on and shook the mixture as well.  I did this the night before I was going to start using the toothpaste.

I knew this would be a salty toothpaste.  The toothpaste I have made in the past had coconut oil in it.  I liked the idea of not having coconut oil in my toothpaste this time, because the oil tends to harden when it is cold.  It has been very cold here, and it has been hard to get the toothpaste out of the jar once the coconut oil hardens.  So, I used the new toothpaste that I made.  I wet my toothbrush and dipped it into the mixture.  I will be the only one to use this mixture, so it was ok to dip my toothbrush in it (eeew germs!).  It definitely tasted very salty, but there was a nice taste of peppermint in there as well.  I liked the peppermint a lot.  Once I was finished brushing, I had to rinse well.  The salt liked to sit at the bottom of my gums and collect there.  Rinsing thoroughly is key in this process!

My teeth felt so clean after using this new toothpaste recipe.  I felt as though my breath smelled good, and my mouth felt refreshed.  This one is a keeper!

More uses:

Nausea and cramping are two of my favorite uses for peppermint (Mentha ×piperita) essential oil.  I put one drop of peppermint essential oil in 20 ounces of water and drink it (always be sure that your essential oil is 100% pure, therapeutic grade).  Any type of nausea, vomiting and indigestion can be aided by using peppermint essential oil.

Some people like to put peppermint essential oil on the back of their neck for hot flashes, or heating up during a workout.  Congestion and bronchial issues can be helped as well.  There are so many ways to use peppermint essential oil.  The list goes on and on!

This website is for educational purposes only. We do not diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are suffering from any disease, illness, or injury it is your responsibility to consult with your physician. The above statements concerning essential oils have not been evaluated by the FDA.

All Natural Make-Up Remover

Coconut Oil

I read somewhere that coconut oil can be used as an all natural make-up remover. Now, I had a hard time believing this at first, as I am someone who will wear dark eyeliner and thick mascara on stage while performing in a band. I didn’t bother trying, thinking that it can’t possibly work for me.

I mentioned to a group of women that I had read this somewhere. One of the women said that it was true, it really did work. Still, I had my doubts, and did not try it right away.

This past Friday, I went out and wore my dark eyeliner with thick mascara. When I got home, I was about to go find my make-up remover, and stopped. I thought…why not?

Taking a paper towel (one of the thicker kinds) and wetting it with warm water, I put a small amount of coconut oil on it. Then, I proceeded to rub the coconut oil all over my make-up on one eye. I wiped, then folded the towel.  I repeated this a couple of times. And you know what? It worked! It totally took off all of the eyeliner and the mascara…clumps and all! I couldn’t believe it.

Talk about an easy, money saving, chemical-free way to remove make-up.  Perfect!

Tea for the cold season!

Well, I was going to move into blogging about Winter Blues, but as I run into more and more people that are catching the colds going around, I decided that I should post a good tea recipe.  This is a post that I had on another blog, but it’s such a good tea, that I have to post it on this blog.  

Now mind you, I have been trying to keep myself from getting sick all season.  At the beginning of December, I went to a holiday party where someone was still fighting a cold.  Then, the next two nights I didn’t get sleep.  With those two combined, I could not keep the cold away.  So, every day I made this tea, and I was able to keep myself from going to the doctor or buying over-the-counter medicine.  Of course, it’s my preference to avoid the doctor and medicine.  You must decide for yourselves.  Here is my blog post from last Winter:

I started getting a bad sinus cold and researched the herbs I already knew a lot about to come up with a tea that I could drink.  After a few recipes, and adding new ingredients, I came up with a blend that has worked wonderfully.  This tea has not only helped through the tough colds that knocked us all down during the holiday season, but has kept my household from getting the flu.  And, we have lots of friends who have caught the flu, so it’s definitely been around us.

 

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Flu Season Tea Ingredients

Ingredients:

Fresh ginger root

Fresh turmeric

One lemon

Local Honey

Cayenne pepper

Recipe:

  • Pour 1 quart of water in a saucepan
  • Turn the burner on high to start warming the water quickly
  • Grate about 1 inch of the ginger root (I use a zester)
  • Grate a piece of the turmeric, about a 1 inch piece (I use a zester, and wear a glove to keep my hand from turning yellow)
  • Place the grated ginger and turmeric in the pan with the water, and add three shakes of cayenne
  • Turn the water down to a simmer, and stir the mixture
  • Simmer the tea for 20 minutes
  • While the tea is simmering, juice the lemon into the measuring cup you used to measure the quart of water
  • Add 5 tablespoons of honey to the lemon juice
  • When the tea is done simmering, strain it through a fine strainer into the lemon and honey mixture
  • Mix it all, start drinking and enjoy!

I like to fill a thermos to take to work with me.  I drink the quart of tea all morning at work.  On the weekends, I enjoy drinking it in the morning.  It’s a refreshing blend, and is very healing.

I will blog about each ingredient in different posts, but wanted you all to have this recipe to try.

This website is for educational purposes only. We do not diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are suffering from any disease, illness, or injury it is your responsibility to consult with your physician. The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

Exciting news!

I am so excited to share that I have an article published in the winter edition of the Herb Quarterly!  My article is called “10 Herbs for Winter Health”.  This means a lot to me, because it is my goal to help educate others in natural remedies.  The herbs that I wrote about are herbs that I love using regularly.

If you don’t have a subscription, you may find this in herb stores or in some stores that sell magazines.  This is a great magazine with articles that teach you something new for each season.  A fantastic read!!

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