Quick & Easy Help For Rosacea

Now that the summer sun and pollution are revving up, you can use this simple recipe that some of my clients say really helps within a couple of days. Make some…

Rosacea Tea

1 Chamomile teabag (or 1 t. loose herb)
1 t. dried parsley (or a full sprig of fresh, if you have it)
1/2 c. boiling water

Take the boiling water off the heat and let it sit for just a moment, as leaves and blossoms don’t need the higher heat that tea leaves, roots and stems do. Add your herbs and let them steep for four minutes, then strain into a glass jar and allow to cool.

Take a cotton cloth, wet it and as a compress, lay it across your face for a few moments a couple of times a day. This will help the inflamed capillaries externally.

For nutritional support on the inside, put a heaping teaspoonful of turmeric into your diet every day. In soups, salad dressings, rice, mayonnaise for sandwiches and salads, just get it in there. Or before bedtime, make

Golden Milk

1 c. very hot milk (heat releases turmeric’s power)
1 t. of turmeric
1 t. raw honey

If you have achy joints, you will find that turmeric soothes them as well. I find that 400 mg. of SAM-e with the daily turmeric regimen is also very helpful with inflammation of the joints.

If you have a real problem with turmeric, try its cousin, ginger root.

Natural Dental Care

You go to the dentist, they clean your teeth, then send you home with a new tube of toothpaste. Six months later you are back in their chair, and here is at least part of the reason why.

The next time you find yourself holding a tube of toothpaste, read the ingredients. One will likely be sodium lauryl sulfate. If so, throw it into your cleaning basket for scrubbing grout in your bathroom or for ring-around-the-collar in your laundry. That is an industrial-strength detergent originally developed for cleaning munitions factory floors during the war, so they wouldn’t have to miss a shift over mopping the grease up. They could just spray down the floor during lunch break and run 24-hour shifts.

jimmy smiling  Nice teeth, Jimmy!

As a trans-dermal carrier for emergency situations, it’s a life-saver that passed out of the liver in four days. But if you are brushing your teeth with it, washing your hair with it, using body wash made with it, and washing your dishes without gloves, it is always in your liver. And the properties that make it trans-dermal shear cell walls away from each other, so your gums are not so firm and healthy as they could be.

If your gums are in really bad shape and you have deep pockets, toss the commercial toothpaste and do what the Aussies do; brush your teeth with Tea Tree Oil (but don’t swallow). Myrrh Essential Oil is also especially good for gums, so rub a drop of Myrrh Essential Oil diluted with 3 drops of an extra-virgin cooking oil onto your gums before you go to bed. Your gums should improve within a few weeks. But be advised that if you use the Tea Tree for too long, though, your teeth will start to discolour.

I used this regimen after my gums were surgically stripped, simply because it desensitized the now-exposed roots. But switching from commercial toothpaste, the gums grew back and have been healthy ever since. And my teeth are white.

So go to the health store and get a toothpaste without the sodium lauryl sulfate…or make your own tooth-care products.

Gentle Toothpaste

1 T. Bentonite Clay (for internal use)
1 T. Baking Soda
1 t. Glycerine (for internal use)
1 drop Peppermint or Clove Essential Oil

Mix together well, and apply to a clean toothbrush. If you have problems with your gums, use a drop of Tea Tree Oil and a drop of Myrrh Essential Oil instead. Not so tasty, but your gums will love you for it. When they improve, then use the Peppermint or Clove.

Tooth Whitener

1 T. Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
1 T. Salt
1/4 t. Citric Acid
Hydrogen Peroxide, for internal use (in a spray bottle )

Put the dry ingredients into a small sterile jar. Dampen your brush with the Hydrogen peroxide and dip your brush into the powder and spritz it again if too dry. Brush your teeth with this until you have the degree of glaring brilliance you desire, then go back to using your more gentle toothpaste.

Happy Teeth

Toothache Oil

2 T. Almond Oil
2 Aspirin, ground very fine with a mortar and pestle
3 drops Clove Oil (from a pharmacy is best)

Mix and keep in a sterile dropper bottle. Put one drop on cavity or abscess as needed until the unhappy patient can get to the dentist.

Mouthwash
6 oz. Distilled Water
2 oz. Vodka
3 drops Peppermint or Clove Essential Oil
3 drops Thyme Essential Oil (during cold & flu season)

Keep this in a sterile food-grade plastic bottle, and use as needed.

HerbsPlusBeadWorks Tooth Restorer

2 c. water
1 t. TSP (Trisodium Phosphate)
1 T. Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)

Shake it all up and swish a little in your mouth. I squirt this into the tank of my Waterpik and have been doing so for many months, It stopped my aging teeth from hurting and tightened them right up.
If the idea of using TSP concerns you, remember that you need some phosphate for strong bones and teeth. You will be amazed how quickly this works.

Thank you, thank you, Tony! Click on the link in this title to watch herbalist Tony’s instructional videos on YouTube. Especially if you want to learn how to make your own colloidal silver…

Soothing Balm For Eczema

If you have struggled for years with eczema or psoriasis, you know how frustrating it is, especially when cold weather exacerbates it. Here is a balm I think you will like, though its ingredients may cost a bit to get you up and going.

100 ml Andiroba, Calendula or Oat Oil
25 ml Borage Oil
25 ml Rosehip Oil
15 ml Beeswax (or Castor Wax, if you are vegan)
50 drops Essential Oil Blend (see below).

  • Sterilize a small glass bottle.
  • Count out your 50 drops (25 if for a child) into the bottle.
  • Heat the oil in a small pot very gently, with the wax.
  • As soon as the wax is melted, take it off the heat.
  • When it just begins to cloud over, pour it into the bottle and cap.
  • Apply to lesions up to three times daily.

The EO blend will be made up of Chamomile, Cypress, Juniper Berry, and Sandalwood (so long as it is not weeping eczema).

Five drops of Melissa, if you have it, may be added to the 150 ml above, but you want very little as it is very powerful.

Turmeric is also anti-inflammatory and may be used in place of the blend (or as a part of it).

People with eczema and psoriasis are often stressed and deficient in B vitamins, so make sure to get whole grains into the daily diet, and make time for fun and relaxation.

Tattoo Cream

My son owns a tattoo parlour and is a tattoo artist who specializes in correcting bad tattoos, reconstructive work after surgery, and portraits. This is the light, non greasy cream I make for his clientèle. Though I say non-greasy, it does protect the scabbing without softening it and can be applied up to four times a day.

In one pot gently heat:

60 ml     Emulsifying Wax

10 ml     Shea Butter

40 ml     Hemp Seed Oil

20 ml     Black Seed Oil

 

In another pot, heat: 

350 ml   Distilled Water

Both must come to 170˚ to kill microbes, the you turn off the heat and let them cool until you can hold your hands to the sides of the pots. Then using a sterile whisk add:

2.5 ml    Vitamin E

2.5 ml    Grapefruit Seed Extract

2.5 ml    Tea Tree (Essential) Oil

2.5 ml    Patchouli Essential Oil

Using two sterile pitchers, pour these combined liquids back and forth, from as great a height you can manage without spilling, while holding the bottom pitcher on an angle. As the liquids cool they will begin to emulsify. When they are fully emulsified, pour into sterile ointment jars (I used 12, 60-ml jars for this).

Another method of emulsifying is to use a stick blender, which some prefer over the 2-pitcher method…just make sure the stick blender has been completely sprayed with alcohol  so that it is sterile.

Place caps on, but do not move them for 18-24 hours when they will be set.

As I said, this makes a very light cream that leaves a nice feel on the skin. Its scent is reminiscent of a woodshop.

Skin Tag Removal

There is a very expensive skin-tag remover on the internet, which in my thinking is outrageously expensive for what is in it. It is made from three natural oils that can be used on their own, or in combination. The reviews indicate that in combination is fairly successful, so here I will list those oils.

In a small, sterile vial put:

30 drops Castor Oil
30 drops Tea Tree Oil
30 drops Thuja Essential Oil

Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and dab onto the skin tags up to 3 times a day. They should disappear without scarring with a couple of weeks.

Other remedies are:

Apply nail polish to them morning and night (this was what my doctor suggested for getting rid of a horrendous wart on my daughter’s knee, and though it took several weeks, it did work!)

Cover the skin tag with duct tape, and leave on until the duct tape peels off naturally. If the skin tag is still there, do it again.

Four Thieves Oil

Recently it has been learned that using this type of blend of essential oils in hospital patients’ rooms during outbreaks of C-Difficile and MRSA may have eradicated them and other microorganisms dangerous to weakened immune systems (e.g., E. Coli, Nosocomial Pneumonia, and Norwalk) among patients with treated rooms.

100 drops / 1 t. Cinnamon Bark Oil
200 drops / 2 t. Clove Bud Essential Oil
75 drops / ¾ t. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
175 drops / 1-3/4 t. Lemon Essential Oil
50 drops / ½ t. Rosemary Essential Oil

Put these into a sterile glass bottle, amber if possible, and keep in the medicine chest.

Note: You can also use equal parts of the oils to make your blend. Some recipes call for the addition of Oregano Essential Oil.

As you will read below, the original thieves used garlic as well.

The article below is worth reading for ideas as to how to use the blend should a loved one become ill, or just for around the house; but please remember not to ingest any essential oils without the advice of a licensed health-care practitioner, and even then only use those oils which are certified as food-grade.

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Have You Heard Of Thieves Oil? –Breath Of Life Blog

Here’s the legend:

Century after century, bubonic plague outbreaks decimated the population of Asia and Europe for the better part of a thousand years. Out of this period emerged a legend of four Thieves who were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims. When the Thieves were tried, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they resisted contracting the infection as they performed their gruesome acts. They told of a special concoction of aromatic herbs, including garlic, cloves and rosemary, that they rubbed on themselves before committing their crimes.

Studies conducted at Weber State University in 1997 showed it to have a 99.96% success rate against airborne bacteria. The bacteria cultures were sprayed in an enclosed area, and Thieves Oil Blend was diffused for a given amount of time.

After only 10 minutes of exposure, there was a reduction of

82% in Micrococcus luteus
96% in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
44% in Staphylococcus aureus

Thieves Oil For Common Ailments

When Warding Off Illness, massage Thieves undiluted or “neat” to lower back, and on the top back of thighs for relief if not sensitive; otherwise, dilute it at ratios of 15 drops with 15 drops of carrier oil.

Immune support: Dilute 1 drop of Thieves to 4 drops carrier oil and apply to feet. Apply twice daily, morning and night, for extra support during cold and flu season (especially if leaving for school, work, or going out in public).

Bronchitis: Apply to lower back, sternum, chest and throat, sinus and bronchial points.

Insect Bites (Mosquito, Bee & Wasp Stings): Apply 1 part blend and 1 part water to the bite or sting to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and counteract toxins.

Cuts And Scrapes: Dilute 1 drop of the blend to 4 drops of vegetable or carrier oil and apply to wounds to help prevent infection and speed healing.

Headache: Place a drop on your thumb and place on the roof of your mouth. May require repeated applications. Be careful not to lick your lips as this can burn. Use vegetable or carrier oil to wipe off if you do. Only use oils certified as food grade for this!

Head And Lung Congestion: Place a few drops in a steaming bowl of hot water, cover head with towel and inhale vapors.

Poison Ivy: 2 drops of Thieves dilute in 2 drops of water, but if there is swelling add 2 drops of lavender.

Acne: Apply 1 part to 1 part grapeseed or jojoba oil.

A Stronger Antibiotic Blend:

10 drops of Thieves Oil
6 drops of oregano
2 drops of frankincense

For Oral Care (Tea Tree Oil works equally well for dental care):

Put a drop on your toothbrush before brushing to kill cavity producing germs and to sanitize your toothbrush.

Mouthwash: Add 1 drop per ounce of water, shake well before use.

Toothpaste: Add 2 drops to 4 T. of baking soda, place in small container (not plastic) and shake well. Dip toothbrush in mixture and brush.

For protection against colds, flu, and other infectious disease apply to the bottom of feet.

Help For The Flu:

6 drops of Thieves Essential Oil
4 drops Oregano Essential Oil
2 drops of Thyme Essential Oil.

Help For Sore Throat:

Thyme, Tea Tree, or 1 drop of Thieves Blend to 1 ounce of water and spray throat; or add 2 – 3 drops to 2 T. of water and gargle, then spit out.

Thieves Oil Recipes For Household Use

Stuffed Animals – To disinfect and clean, place toy inside pillowcase and tie shut. Fill washer with detergent, use fabric softener if desired. Add 5 – 10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil, (for small load) to washing machine. Wash on gentle cycle.

Cell phones – Spray Thieves cleaning solution very lightly on a cloth and gently wipe phone.

Dishwasher – add 4 – 5 drops to thoroughly clean dishes, eliminate bacteria and odors.

Laundry – add 5 – 6 drops per load to freshen and disinfect.

Pet Bedding – Spray down cat boxes, dog houses, and pet cages to clean and disinfect.

Pet Dishes – Add 1 – 2 drops to soapy water and wash dishes. Rinse well.

Plants – To repel aphids spray plants with a mixture of 2 drops Thieves to every 4 ounces of water.

Floors – add a 10 – 15 drops to ½ bucket of cleaning water.

Surface Disinfectant – To clean and sanitize surfaces – add 8 drops to 8 oz. of water in spray bottle.

Fragrance – Add a few drops to potpourri or cinnamon sticks to fragrance your home.

Add several drops of oil onto a cotton ball and place in home, office, car, or hotel air vents to mask odor and purify the air.

Drop 4–5 drops onto a cloth and place in clothes dryer to freshen laundry.

Bed Bugs – Spray mattresses to help dispel bed bugs.

Add 4 – 5 drops to sink water and wash children’s toys to clean and disinfect.