Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

CUTS & SCRAPES

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These simple remedies are best for small injuries, the kinds of cuts and scrapes you get by going about your normal day in the kitchen, during the commute, or working at the office (paper cuts, this means you). Start by cleaning the affected area, and then apply the salve or poultice. If a wound is deep, involves severe bleeding, or contains deeply embedded dirt, gravel, or splinters, you may need professional treatment.

Lavender–Eucalyptus Salve

YIELD: 8 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS JAR OR TIN
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Lavender and eucalyptus combine with calendula to prevent infection while helping minor cuts and scrapes to heal faster.

3 ounces coconut oil

1 ounce beeswax, grated

3 ounces calendula oil

30 drops lavender essential oil

20 drops eucalyptus essential oil

1.In a double boiler, combine the coconut oil and beeswax. Stir gently until the beeswax is completely melted.

2.Remove from the heat.

3.Add the calendula oil.

4.Cool for 2 minutes.

5.Add the lavender and eucalyptus essential oils.

6.Pour into a glass jar or tin and cool completely before capping tightly.

7.Use your fingertips to apply a thin layer of salve to the affected area.

8.Repeat 2 to 3 times daily until wounds heal. Store in a cool, dark place between uses.

Burdock–Yarrow Poultice

YIELD: 1 POULTICE
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 30 MINUTES

Burdock and yarrow combine with comfrey to ease pain and promote healing while cleansing wounds.

1 tablespoon dried burdock root, chopped or 3 tablespoons fresh burdock root, chopped

1 tablespoon dried yarrow or 3 tablespoons fresh yarrow

1 tablespoon dried comfrey or 3 tablespoons fresh comfrey

½ cup water

4 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

4 drops eucalyptus essential oil (optional)

1.In a small saucepan, add the burdock, yarrow, and comfrey to the water. Bring to a boil.

2.Simmer the herbs for 10 minutes.

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

4.Add the lavender and eucalyptus essential oils, if using.

5.Dip a soft cloth into the bowl, soak it, and wring out the excess liquid.

6.Place the poultice over the affected area.

7.Leave the treatment in place for 20 minutes, refreshing the poultice with additional liquid as needed.

8.Repeat in 1 hour if needed. Switch to a salve when a scab forms.

Coconut–Lavender First Aid Salve

YIELD: 1 OUNCE
STORAGE: JAR OR TIN IN REFRIGERATOR
OR COOL, DRY PLACE
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Make a batch of this couldn’t-be-easier salve to keep on hand for treating minor wounds. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that help cuts and scrapes heal faster, while lavender essential oil is a powerful antibacterial agent.

1 ounce coconut oil, melted

20 drops lavender essential oil

1.In a small container, combine the melted coconut oil and lavender essential oil.

2.Cap tightly and refrigerate or store in a cool, dry place.

3.If needed immediately, clean the wound with soap and water, and rinse it. Then apply a thin layer of the oil and lavender salve with a clean fingertip. Or, if you plan to apply an adhesive bandage, just put a dab on the bandage before using it to cover the wound.

4.Apply the salve to the wound 2 to 3 times daily.