How can herbs help me?
This is a question that I hear every day 😊 Herbs can help you in a variety of ways, through their active ingredients. First, they have to find a way into or on our bodies to help us heal. There are three way that herbs interact with us. They are topically (absorption), drinking or eating (ingestion), or by breathing (inhalation).
Each individual herb has a list of active ingredients that makes up the structure of the cells in the particular herb and it is these active ingredients that helps our bodies to get the required tools to heal what is wrong with it. Through scientific testing, we have found that there are herbs that can heal almost any kind of ailment or dis-ease, even ones that are potentially fatal (these have not been scientifically tested as strongly as they are not wanting to release it to the general public).
There are herbs that can help with acne, cuts, bruises, eczema, colds, flu, arthritis, etc the list is always growing as new testing is done. Some herbs smell really bad, but work wonders; there are other herbs that are dangerous to ingest but are safe to put on the skin; and then there are others that can cause harm to the skin but is safe to ingest. Herbs can be weird like that 😊
Ingesting a herb through teas or meals is a great way of getting the active ingredients into our bodies. Some herbs require heating to release their active ingredients and others attach themselves to food molecules to be absorbed into our blood stream. Most herbs are absorbed through the digestive tract via the intestines, not the stomach, which is where they enter the blood stream. Teas such as peppermint absorb in the stomach and the intestines, so they act faster on upset stomachs. If you find that you hate the taste of a herb but need its help to heal, then look at using it topically.
Topically using a herb can be done in a number of ways, such as baths, compress, mixed in lotions or herb directly on the skin. The active ingredients of the herb is then absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream that way. Chewing on plantain and putting straight onto ant bites help soothe it straight away, chamomile in a hand cream can help with insomnia. Otherwise you can inhale the herb.
Inhalation can also be done in a number of ways, the most popular being in a diffuser or misting machine. It can also be burning resin or dried herbs on a fire, herbs in a pot of water, bath salts, as a perfume or just a steam bath. When using essential oils for inhalation, you are not always getting the active ingredients, so double check which part of the plant is the area that has the active ingredients needed.
Can be made a number of ways, herb brewed as a drink, then placed in the bath; herb placed directly into the bath; or mixed with other salts such as Epsom salts and Himalayan salts and then put into the bath. Quick tip – put into organza bag to keep herbs away from bath and body. If you don’t have a bath, place in organza bag and tie over the shower rose; or add some coconut or sweet almond oil and use as a shower scrub using the organza bag as an exfoliant.
Never put essential oils into a bath neat, always mix with an oil (coconut is great) or alcohol to break up the oil molecules so that they can be disbursed.
Oil infused with Herbs
A glass jar full of herbs (dried or straight from garden is fine) and top up the jar with oil such as coconut, sweet almond, or olive oil (do not use a vegetable oil). This can then be placed in a warm sunny area for 6 weeks to infuse, or in a slow cooker of water for 12-15 hours. This will release the active ingredients into the oil and the oil can be used on the skin, in cooking or as an ingredient in cosmetics or creams. Once done, drain through cheese cloth or coffee filters and put he herb in the rubbish as the oil is no good for composting.
If using essential oils, leave the oil in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks before using so the essential oil can infuse in the with carrier oil and be a more mature smell.
Using the oil from above, you can make solid perfumes or creams. Just by adding some beeswax to the oil you can turn it into a solidified perfume to use at any time. Depending on the oil used, you can turn the oil into a medicinal cream or a cosmetic. There are great recipes all over the internet that will show you how to do it, recipes will be included in the blogs soon 😊
Please note that information supplied on this website is general information only. If you have a medical problem, please seek advice from your health care professional.