The Essential Kit Includes:
- Lavender essential oil – for cleaning a wound, reducing infection in cuts/grazes, reducing bruises, mild burns and for ‘soothing’ the mind after shock or a stressful situation.
- Plantain, chickweed and comfrey ointment for cuts and wound healing particularly where the skin is very broken to speed up healing and to reduce scarring.
- St. John’s Wort oil –to reduce pain and speed up healing.
- Or use Lobelia for shock and calming (coming soon under licence or via a medical herbalist).
- Essential oil antiseptic spray for cleaning wounds. This can also be used on spots/blemishes to avoid infection.
- Aloe vera gel for burns and sun burn. Use herbal ointment later to continue skin regeneration.
- Bach flower remedies ‘rescue remedy’ (‘Healing Herbs’ better than Nelson’s version)
- Echinacea tincture – cold, flu, fever, generally feeling run down/raised glands.
- Goldenseal tincture – food poisoning, upset stomach, travel bug or nausea. Or use Oregon grape root capsules, oregano tincture or capsules, ginger capsules.
- ‘Citricidal’ (grapefruit seed extract). Or use oregano oil capsules to protect against bacterial infections and support gut health.
- Probiotic (friendly bacteria to support gut health)
- Cayenne (chilli) powder – cayenne pepper powder is excellent for reducing bleeding and blood clotting. Brilliant if you accidently chop your finger. It is also very antibacterial/anti-fungal. Do not put onto burns.
- Herbal bowel capsules. Sometimes after travelling or flying our ‘toilet routine’ can go out of balance, so use herbal laxatives for a few days. For the opposite effect– use bentonite clay.
- Ginger or fennel tea to soothe an upset stomach. Tea bags are easier to travel with.
- Rosehip syrup – for coughs, colds and as overall tonic.
- Lemon balm lip balm for chapped lips or cold sores.
Essential Oil Antiseptic Spray
You will need a small 50ml spray bottle (you can buy these travel spray bottles in chemists). Re-work the quantities if filling a larger bottle. Shake each time before spraying as the essential oils and water/vodka will divide out but do not worry.
Mix together and shake:
- 25ml pure water
- 25ml vodka
- 6 drops tea tree essential oil
- 6 drops lemon essential oil
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
Rich in Vitamin C This mixture keeps for 1 week if refrigerated. You will need:
- 250g fresh rosehips
- 5 cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 500ml water
- 2 teaspoons of honey
- Crush the rosehips and place in a pan.
- Add the cloves and cinnamon stick and then add the water.
- Simmer uncovered for 25 minutes.
- Strain; then add the honey.
- Mix or re-heat till honey is dissolved.
- Add to a jar to use by the teaspoon.
Lemon Balm Lip Salve
Excellent for chapped lips and cold sores. Lemon balm is anti bacterial and anti fungal. Remember this is a base for any lip balm – experiment with other ingredients to change the healing effect or the smell.
You will need:
- 350g of fresh lemon balm leaves
- 8 drops of tea tree oil
The directions are the same to make an ointment. You will need to dry and then crush the lemon balm to make enough.
Rose lip balm makes an excellent gift! Use fresh rose petals and then dry and a little rose essential oil. Infuse the petals in the olive oil as before for the ointments.
Important: Fresh herbs in ointments will create a microbial overgrowth. Leaves must be adequately dried out. Put them in a lidded glass jar, leave for 24 hours and if droplets appear on the jar lid then continue to do so for further days until no droplets appear. They need to be bone dry.
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