Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

BLISTER

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Friction—like the kind caused by those cute new shoes you just had to have—can lead to blisters. Although they look bad and feel worse, it’s rarely a good idea to pop these sores as the liquid inside helps protect skin underneath. These herbal remedies can ease the pain when delicate tissue has been pinched or irritated. Watch for signs of infection as your blister heals. Pus or red streaks radiating from the area are signs that you should see your doctor.

Chamomile Blister Balm

YIELD: 4 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS JAR OR TIN
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Chamomile soothes pain while helping blisters to heal. This balm is also useful for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

3 ounces organic olive oil

1 ounce coconut oil

20 drops chamomile essential oil

1.In a double boiler, combine the olive oil and coconut oil over low heat.

2.Stir until the coconut oil is completely melted.

3.Remove from the heat and cool for 2 minutes.

4.Stir in the chamomile essential oil.

5.Pour into a small jar or tin.

6.Cool completely, then cap tightly.

7.Apply a thin layer of balm to the blister. Top with a bandage or blister pad if needed.

8.Reapply as needed. Keep the balm in a cool, dry place between uses.

Calendula–Lavender Blister Salve

YIELD: 4 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS JAR OR TIN
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Use this simple salve for blisters and other minor injuries to skin. It is useful for bug bites, bruises, and burns.

3 ounces coconut oil

1 ounce calendula oil

20 drops lavender essential oil

1.In a double boiler, combine the coconut oil and calendula oil over low heat.

2.Stir until the coconut oil is completely melted.

3.Remove from the heat and cool for 2 minutes.

4.Stir in the lavender essential oil.

5.Pour into a small jar or tin.

6.Cool completely, then cap tightly.

7.Apply a thin layer of salve to the blister. Top with a bandage or blister pad if needed.

8.Reapply as needed. Keep the salve in a cool, dry place between uses.

Cool Tea Tree Compress

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 5 MINUTES

The tea tree essential oil in this simple compress has antibacterial properties to help prevent infection and, because it is an astringent, it will help dry the blister, bringing relief faster.

½ cup crushed ice

½ cup cold water

3 drops tea tree essential oil

1 ice cube

1.In a small dish, combine the crushed ice and cold water.

2.Soak a cotton pad or soft cloth in the ice and water mixture. Wring out the excess moisture.

3.Drip the tea tree essential oil onto the pad or cloth.

4.Apply the pad or cloth to the blister and top it with an ice cube.

5.Use another cloth to hold the ice cube in place for up to 5 minutes.

6.Repeat this treatment 1 to 2 times each day while waiting for a blister to heal. Follow up with a blister balm or salve.