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Eucalyptus Oil November 8, 2010

Filed under: essesntial oil — keeralynn @ 2:21 pm
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 Eucalyptus Oil has a Great Many Uses.  But what I’m focusing on today is treating some of the symptoms of a cold. 

  •      Putting 15-20 drops into a bowl of steaming hot water and leaning over the bowl and covering your head with a towel and breathing deeply will help clear up those nasal passages.
  • so will sprinkling a few drops of oil onto a hankerchief and inhaling deeply
  • Mix equal parts eucalyptus oil and baby oil (sometimes I use olive oil) and rub in the upper chest to help alleviate chest congestion.
  • You can also use the same concoction and put a small smear of it under your nose to clear up a stuffy nose.
  • Got a sore throat? gargle with warm salt water mixed with one or two drops of eucalyptus to help ease the pain.

My family has tried these and they really work! I hope you will consider trying them for your family next time you have a cold. And if you do, let us know. We would love to hear from you!

 

Cayenne tincture…A must for every herbal moms collection! November 4, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kerri Valtinson @ 1:36 am
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Cayenne tincture is something I just recently came across when my cousin Heidi came to visit this past summer. Heidi is a great source of information for herbal healing. What we use cayenne for the most in our house is cold season! For my two little boys (Ages: 2years and 6 months) we mix the cayenne tincture with olive oile and massage it into their clean bare feet. Then we take a generous amount of baby vapor rub and place a layer of that over the cayenne and oil mixture. Put comfortable white socks on over the mixture and let them enjoy it! Having done this to myself, I know that it feels wonderful! The cayenne even so far from your sinus area clears your sinuses. That and the vapor rub make a wonderful clearing and comforting sensation. We tend to do it most before bedtime. As an adult with a cold it also comes in handy. I recently had a horrible struggle with bronchitis. My husband warmed our kettle and filled a mug with steaming water. He then added fresh lemon juice and local honey, along with just a few drops of cayenne. The lemon and honey combo is lovely and soothing. The Cayenne has a warming effect and the added benefit of helping to clear out your airways and ease your breathing. From the Greene family..it is most definitely a must have in our kitchen! Give it a shot the next time you or your little one has a cold. (Cayenne tincture can be found at whole foods and some health food stores for approximately 11.00 dollars)