Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

PMS

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If you’re reading this section, you probably know firsthand that headaches, mood swings, bloating, and fatigue are just some of the symptoms that accompany PMS. Triggered by hormonal changes associated with your monthly cycle, symptoms can start two weeks prior to your period and make you miserable for days on end once it starts. Next time you’re suffering, seek relief using these simple herbal remedies, either alone or as a complement to others.

Black Cohosh–Raspberry Leaf Infusion

YIELD: 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 10 MINUTES

Black cohosh and raspberry leaf combine to balance hormonal levels and relieve discomfort caused by tension and cramping.

1 tablespoon dried black cohosh

1 tablespoon dried raspberry leaf, crumbled

1 tablespoon honey

1¼ cups water

1.In a small saucepan, add the black cohosh, raspberry leaf, and honey to the water. Bring to a boil.

2.Reduce the heat and simmer the mixture for 10 minutes.

3.Strain into a mug, using the back of a spoon to press the liquid from the herbs before discarding them.

4.Drink 2 to 3 cups daily while suffering from PMS symptoms.

Herbal PMS Bath Salt

YIELD: 4 CUPS
STORAGE: AIRTIGHT CONTAINER
TIME: 20 MINUTES

This essential oil blend will lift your mood and fight depression, while the warm bath water will help ease discomfort. Make this bath salt ahead of time for convenience.

4 cups Epsom salt

40 drops geranium essential oil

20 drops chamomile essential oil

12 drops clary sage essential oil

8 drops marjoram essential oil

1.In an airtight container, add all the ingredients. Stir well to combine.

2.Draw a warm bath.

3.Add 1 cup of the bath salt and let it dissolve.

4.Spend 15 to 20 minutes soaking. Breathe deeply while enjoying.

5.Repeat as often as you like.

All–Around PMS Massage Oil

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 10 MINUTES

Targeting both cramps and mood swings, this six-oil blend is a powerful way to address all of the symptoms of PMS. If you’re missing an oil or two, don’t worry. This remedy works best with all ingredients, but it will provide some relief even if one or two ingredients are left out.

1 ounce coconut oil, warmed to 90 degrees

2 drops chamomile essential oil

2 drops clary sage essential oil

2 drops geranium essential oil

2 drops ginger essential oil

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops marjoram essential oil

1.In a small dish, combine the warm coconut oil with all of the essential oils.

2.Using your fingertips, massage generously into the lower abdomen, hips, and lower back.

3.Allow the treatment to fully absorb.

4.Apply the massage oil once or twice daily while PMS symptoms persist. If you have time, enjoy a hot bath before applying it.