2. Cover jar with paper bag or towel. Place the jar in a warm, sunny windowsill and shake
once or more per day.
3. After 2 weeks, strain the herbs out using cheesecloth. Pour the infused oil into glass
bottles and store in a cool dark place.
The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent and activity of witch hazel may help shrink and heal inflamed sore throats, gums, and larynx. A simple home remedy to treat Gingivitis, Laryngitis and sore throat is to make a tea by boiling one teaspoon of witch hazel in one cup of water for about 10 minutes. Or mix 1/2 a teaspoon to a teaspoon of witch hazel extract and 2 or 3 drops of clove oil in a cup of lukewarm water. Use this mixture for gargling and as a mouth wash 3 - 4 times daily.
1 cup coconut oil
15 gr St. John's Wort
15 gr Lemon Balm
2 tablespoons bees wax
2 tablespoons cacao butter
10 drops Melissa essential oil (lemon balm)
2 drops clove oil
4 drops peppermint essential oil
2 drops tea tree oil
1. Melt coconut oil in a double boiler in a glass bowl over water that has just reached a simmer, add herbs
to oil and mix well. Leave in heat for 2 hours.
2. Strain, wring out the herbs to get every little drop out
3. In a double boiler, combine 60 ml of the herbal oil you just made with the bees wax and cacao butter
until everything is melted and combined, stir frequently.
4. Remove from heat, let it cool a little, add the essential oils and pour into containers. Set in the fridge.
The caffeic and rosemarinic acids in lemon balm offer profound antibacterial and antiviral properties when taken in both oral and topical form. These acids are particularly effective against strep throat, mumps and herpes among other things.
Recent studies have demonstrated that Lemon Balm is extremely effective at reducing the herpes simplex virus on the skin, gram-positive bacteria and candida albicans. In addition, studies have shown that Lemon Balm treated people did not have a single recurrence of the infection and that Lemon Balm reduces the healing time of both genital and oral herpes.
Elder flowers (Sambucus canadensis, S. nigra) are soothing and healing for the skin. Try this fresh, easy-to-make herbal recipe to smooth your skin, condition your hair, and rejuvenate your entire body.
Place elderflowers in a stainless steel or enamel saucepan and cover with fresh spring or distilled water. Cover and slowly heat to just below a simmer. Turn the heat as low as it will go and continue heating for about ten minutes tightly covered. Turn off the heat and allow all to sit, covered, overnight. The next morning, strain the infusion off. You will need to strain at least twice through muslin or kitchen towel to remove all the floating debris. Add a quarter of the volume in alcohol as a preservative. Bottle and keep in a cool dark place.
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.