04 Mar 2013 Leave a comment
I have become the Master Chemist (ok maybe only in my mind) & am replacing `Homemade for Store Bought`in our house. Today in my lab I created Calamine Lotion. Calamine lotion is helpful in soothing & protecting extremely itchy skin irritations such as poison ivy, mosquito bites, rashes & eczema…it is also able to dry up acne.
Ingredients: 1 Tbsp sea salt, 1 Tbsp baking soda, 1 Tbsp bentonite clay & 15 drops lavender essential oil
FYI This magic lotion does not treat the problem, only the symptoms.
28 Feb 2013 1 Comment
I am lucky enough to have Darlene (A Herbalist) from The Natural Flow to Health (her website http://www.naturalflowtohealth.ca/en/) in my backyard, but for those of you who do not have a Darlene of your own, I’ve asked her about daily supplements to which she commented:
“Ok here we go. Yes you are correct a good diet and water is very important (we should be drinking half our body weight in ounces daily)!
If a person does not eat well enough and they lack nutrients then this is what I
would suggest no matter their health history:
-Bifidophilus: (a live probiotic) 1-3 per day @ bed
-Chlorophyll: For greens, nutrients for blood, lowers inflammation etc (comes in liquid form).
Preferably Chlorophyll with no artificial preservatives. Chlorophyll is also very high in calcium (one of the best sources actually).
-B100: At breakfast maybe noon as well. Great for energy and mood stabilizer
-VIt D: 1000-4000 depending on the weight and age
-Mineral combination: A good one! (we are all depleted in minerals due to
sugar and carb intake). I like “Real Minerals @ Last” 1-3 per day
-Magnesium complex: Relaxes bowels and muscles and helps with nerves (stress is huge
in life now a days).
For me, these are the basics if not diet related!
A good/clean diet would reduce the dosages”
Thxs Darlene…great info!
Here’s the sitch, there is no one-size-fits-all supplement prescription, but there are some basics that will help to get you started. You might be asking yourself, why can’t I get everything my body needs from a well-balanced diet? I sure wish we could. Unfortunately, that often isn’t the case in today’s world. Modern farming practices and environmental issues have depleted the vitamins and nutrients in our food. Plus, everyone’s nutritional needs are unique, especially when facing a health challenge. Think of supplements as your insurance policy. This is why I completely agree that the best way to proceed with creating a supplement program is with the guidance of a trained professional. Magazine articles and cleansing fads can lead you down a confusing road that wastes your time and money. A trained professional will look under your hood and carefully analyze where you’re deficient and why. They’ll also offer nutrition advice to complement your protocol.
My story is a perfect example of how a trained professional needed to assess my mental & physical well being….or shall I say Not Well Being!!! That was 7 years ago & now that my body & mind (some would not agree with this…haha) are normal, I am on a few daily herbs & minerals that Darlene has recommended.
Word to the wise (and let’s take a deep breath together): It’s easy to get overwhelmed by supplements, but integrating them into your life doesn’t need to become a second job. I did take a lot of supplements over the past years, but I am now on a few to fill in the gaps where diet & envirnoment don’t fill the bill.
26 Feb 2013 Leave a comment
Calendula blossoms are bright orange (we call them Marigolds) and contain oils that are very soothing and nourishing to the skin. A salve can be made with Calendula oils to help relieve skin irritations that require moisture, such as eczema or psoriasis.
Calendula is beneficial for a multitude of ailments. When taken internally – as a tea or tincture – it has the ability to reduce the inflammation of the digestive system. When applied topically — as a lotion, salve, ointment, herbal bath, or compress — it is one of the best herbs for treating skin issues like burns, inflammation, cuts, scrapes, bruises, bee stings, minor wounds, diaper rashes, conjunctivitis, eczema, athlete’s foot, and acne. It works just like any anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory would.
Here’s How To Make:
4 oz. Sweet Almond Oil
4 oz. Distilled Infused Calendula water
1/2 oz. Beeswax
1/2 oz. vegetable Glycerin
1/2 oz. Witch Hazel
15 Drops of Peace & Calming
Prepare Calendula distilled water by pouring water over dried Calendula flowers (I bought at Community but in the summer I will use Marigold Flowers) and steep until room temperature. Strain & reserve 4 oz. Measure out the oils & beeswax. Add them to mason jar & put in double boiler, melt over low heat stirring occasionally. Remove from pot after melting & allow to cool. Once room temperature slowly add vegetable glycerin, witch hazel, herbal infused water & essential oil while blending. As the lotion cools further, it will thicken.
Pour into containers & ENJOY♥