Essential Oil and Herbal First Aid Kit

What Herbal Remedies Do I Need?

With so many herbs and the diverse information out there how do we choose what is right for us and how do we know if it is working? This is not designed to be a full listing of what anyone needs to treat disorders and disease, This is literally a first aid kit of natural herbal remedies with universal uses. What each household should have and possibly what you may not want to leave the house without once you become accustomed to their uses.

 

Basic Herbal First Aid Kit

Peppermint oil, Eucalyptus oil, Wintergreen oil, Hyssop oil, Geranium oil, Clove oil, Rosemary oil
Peppermint oil, Eucalyptus oil, Wintergreen oil, Hyssop oil, Geranium oil, Clove oil, Rosemary oil

Why Should I Use Herbal Remedies?

All cures, pills, salves and prescriptions are actually herbal based. On all of these products they list the "active" ingredients, these are the part of the product that actually addresses the issue we are buying the product for. The difference is that we do not always pay attention to what is in them or as in the case of prescriptions we do not know. The other difference is that they are mixed in with all kinds of "inactive" ingredients we do not need and may have their own adverse effects. They are also extremely diluted and sometimes polluted from the preservatives and bases that are added to them. Pay attention next time you buy any of these first aid products and read how much is active and how much is inactive ingredients as well as what the active ingredients actually are. You will be pleasantly surprised to find that the active ingredients are almost always an herbal product.

We are all using herbal remedies everyday, but they are called Ben-Gay, Foot Powder, antacids etc. The recommendations below are to use exactly the same medicinal remedies, minus the additives. Using pure herbal products is also more cost effective as we realize the numerous uses of herbs overlap into many over the counter products. One oil can replace up to ten different products and the amount used is always a drop or two so it lasts for quite a long time.

Typical First Aid Kit

In a typical first aid kit, we want something for pain, aches and pains, cuts, wounds and injuries. An herbal first aid kit takes care of all of these typical things. The basics For your Herbal First Aid Kit would be: Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Wintergreen, Hyssop, Geranium, Clove and Rosemary preferably in 100% pure oil form. However, if you have any of these available in herbal plant form they would also work. Oils are the most pure concentrated form available, and you can dilute it yourself if you decide to with non toxic products like other oils (IE.olive oil) or water. Oils are absorbed through the skin and distributed to the entire body through the blood system within 5 minutes. Following will expand on exactly what each one is used for.

Peppermint

Peppermint

Peppermint is used for headaches, digestive issues and increased energy. Peppermint is recommended to be used for preventative as well as curative properties. Peppermint is naturally found in foot powders, and in rubs like Ben-gay as well as in some antacids. Peppermint after meal mints are not just nice to our taste buds they are used to aid in the digestive properties. Peppermint is also the "icy" in "icy hot" muscle rub.

Use Peppermint for any digestive disorder including lactose intolerance, IBS, or anything that causes heartburn. Peppermint is highly recommended for any one receiving chemotherapy. To use as a preventative, apply pure peppermint oil to the bottom of your feet each morning. This will eliminate foot odor, as well as bad breath issues, it will provide even energy throughout the day, This will also keep your digestive system running smoothly and prevent headaches. After prolonged use you will just get used to feeling good and will no longer experience headaches or digestive issues at all. If you experience heartburn, apply a drop to the tongue for instant relief. If you experience a headache apply a drop to the temples it will go away quickly. If you experience any type of abdominal discomfort, gas, bloating etc. apply directly to the affected abdominal area to alleviate the discomfort or cramping. Long term continual use will almost completely alleviate any digestive issues to include all symptoms of irritable bowel.

 

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus aids with all breathing issues and boosts the immune system. Eucalyptus is best used as a preventative measure. Each morning apply undiluted to the chest area and rub in. This is like a barrier against colds, flue's and other viruses considered to be communicable. It will keep the airways open and clear. Eucalyptus can be used as an aid to overcome and decrease recovery time if any of these viruses are contracted, also to open the airways and restore free breathing. Use to treat symptoms and to overcome the same way by applying directly to the chest and rubbing in. Use eucalyptus on you and your children each morning and have the healthiest immune systems in the neighborhood, while everyone else is recovering, you can just be maintaining and enjoying everyday life. Also very helpful for any and all breathing disorders to include asthma and COPD.

Wintergreen

Wintergreen

Wintergreen is the "Hot" in "Icy Hot" muscle rub. Use wintergreen oil on any injury or pain that does Not break the skin. Wintergreen is not intended for use on broken skin or applied directly to the tongue, sinuses or any other sensitive areas.Wintergreen is for muscles aches or injuries, whether from falling down, working out and even including broken bones. Wintergreen will reduce pain and highly accelerate recovery from any of this type of injuries. Wintergreen is the perfect choice for reducing swelling or inflammation. Wintergreen can be applied directly either 100% or diluted with another oil, or put a few drops into a hot bath and soak in the oils (Epsom salt added helps too). If there is bruising included with the injury use in conjunction with hyssop oil, they are compatible for use together.

Hyssop

Hyssop

Hyssop oil is used for breathing disorders, colds associated with breathing disorders and for bruising. A few drops of Hyssop in a pot of steeping water or a bath for breathing and absorbing into the lungs will help with all breathing disorders. For any bruising apply oil directly to the bruise, this greatly reduces healing time and dissipates bruising very quickly. The sooner it is applied the greater the effectiveness. Hyssop can be used repeatedly until bruising is gone a couple of times a day. If Hyssop is applied within a couple of hours of being bruised, the bruising can be gone as quickly as 24 hrs. Remember to use wintergreen for any swelling, pain or inflammation on a closed injury. Hyssop and Wintergreen are compatible for use together.

Geranium

Geranium

Geranium is for us on all open wounds, cuts and abrasions. Not to be used in the eyes. Geranium has antibacterial properties as well as for clotting. Apply oil directly to any open wound or burn immediately. Geranium will cause a pure clotting action, stop bleeding and create a smooth protective surface rather than a scab. The healing process begins immediately and any open would would will heal in less than half the usual time, and reduce the possibility of infection. The best part is it will also reduce the possibility of scarring. You usually won't even need a band aid or covering unless the wound is very deep with a possibility of breaking open again. Re-use geranium oil as needed if the wound breaks open again. Geranium oil is compatible to be used in conjunction with clove oil and both are equally effective on burns as open wounds. Apply both immediately to any burns.

Cloves

Cloves

Clove is one of the most diverse universal medicinal remedies. Cloves combats, prevents and treats infections naturally instead of using antibiotics. Cloves is also a natural painkiller and sedative. Cloves is a large portion of what the dentist uses to numb your mouth to do dental work. Applying cloves directly to any open wound or burn will numb the pain immediately! Cloves can also be used orally for a toothache or even an abscess. Applying cloves repeatedly to an abscess will not only numb the pain it will take care of the infection without the use of antibiotics so the dentist can do the work needed. Mix cloves with baking soda for the most effective toothpaste with no chemicals it will give you great breath, reduce bacteria and help your digestive system. Use clove oil liberally with geranium oil on all open wounds, cuts, abrasions and burns. Used early on, clove will prevent infection, used later on it will clear up an infection.

Rosemary oil and spray bottle

Rosemary

The final basic for your herbal first aid kit is Rosemary with its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Mix a few drops of rosemary with water and a little bit of alcohol to help them mix in a small spray bottle. Use this spray in place of hand sanitizer and Lysol spray. Spray on doorknobs, children's toys, hands, anywhere you would feel the need to use a disinfectant. Also add a few drops in with dentures to keep them fresh and disinfected. Rosemary also promotes healthy hair growth, so add a little to your shampoo.

My Personal Testimonial

This is what is in my medicine cabinet and first aid kit. I am 45 years old, I do not take any medications prescribed or over the counter. I do not own any tylenol, advil, nyquil, foot powders, toothpastes, bengay, neosporin or any of those "usual" items. I do not receive vaccinations. I have been using these oils for about five years now as I instructed above. Prior to their use I got colds, the flu, viruses, scars and had aches and pains for a while when I received injuries. I can honestly say I have not had any viruses, colds, flu, or trips to the doctor for injuries or had any need for any antibiotics for anything. This not only applies to me but it applies to any one in my family who has taken these tips and uses them and many others who have taken this advice and tips. These few oils can change your life to a healthier way of living, reduce trips to the Doctors office, and less down time from the job and less school days missed for your children.

As with anything else try it out and make sure you do not have allergies, although I have not run into any one yet with an allergy to any of these this does not mean you may not be. Always inform your physician of any herbal remedies you are using so they can be aware just as you would any other medications. When in doubt, ask or do not do it. Use your own common sense and as always, if it does not feel right to you, it is not right for you.

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Comments 43 comments

JagranKiran 6 years ago

this is very interesting, ive always preferred to use more natural products instead of man made chemicals, but some of these ive not tried yet so i will definitely try some of these after reading this, thanks for sharing this natural first aid kit :)


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

Wow, JagranKiran you are very fast! Thank you for reading and giving me feedback on the helpful nature of this hub. Please come back and share results you experience as well. I know are already very much into natural products so glad to have had the opportunity to expand options available to you. Much health and wellness for you my friend. Thanks, Sue


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

Sue, how in the world did you know this is the exact kind of info I need! (smile) Thank you for the first aid kit of herbal oils. I forgot all about peppermint, but will be sure to get some. I didn't know about its use for foot odor, my husband will appreciate that one. I love this hub! Thanks so much for putting it together.


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Wonderful article, great informations, well presented; you should definitely win today's contest. Rated, saved, bookmarked and stumbled. Very, very well done emohealer. :)


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

emohealer as the name suggests is a wonderful hubber who always writes excellent articles on healing. This is one of the best example of that.


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dar!!! How did I know? This is the advice I dispense daily and the peppermint and eucalyptus I almost preach. I have wanted to get this written for some time and finally all of my excuses got taken away (the contest). Please do get the peppermint it will help you, it will help all of society. You can put the peppermint anywhere on the body, the reason for the bottom of the feet is because of its "icy" properties, wherever you put it will feel "icy" for a good couple of hours and the skin in the bottom of the feet is thick enough it only feels "tingly". peppermint also helps a lot with circulation.

Thank You for letting me know how much it is appreciated and my apologies for not writing before now. Please refer back or personally let me know the results you get. This really is the "first aid kit". Much Love and a big hug for you as you keep smiling and sharing it with all of us! =)


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

hypnodude, Thank you so much as I humbly lower my head. So glad you appreciated the information and find it useful, I truly live and breath by these 7 oils and this is the advice I constantly share. BTW, it would be very nice to win a little in this contest I could use the income a lot. There are many other great hubs out there too and I am glad to see hubpages promoting such useful topics. May each day blessed as you share healing with others and stay healthy and well yourself. your friend, Sue


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

soni2006, Nice to see you again! Your appreciation and compliments are also humbling. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and appreciation with me. You also write many great hubs about being healthy and fit. May your life continue to bless you with health and I am so glad this information has been useful. Sue


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Very informative hub.


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

Will do Sue. I used peppermints for my upset stomach, but the feet? Never knew. Can't wait to get some and give it a try. Anticipating the shock my husband will show when I tell him what I've learned from you today. (smile) He'll be glad to give it a try though.


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

Sandyspider, thank you for stopping by and letting me know you appreciated the information. Much health and blessings for you and your life! sue


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks Dar...looking forward to the shock on your husbands face and the pleasure you both enjoy as you both have better health and his feet smell wonderful...Peppermint is the active ingredient in almost all foot talcs, but the powder is not always needed by everyone and the amount of peppermint is just not enough. I am excited for yoru new adventure... =) Love you friens, Sue


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

This is a very good hub with some new information for me. I use all those herbs but didn't know all the positive effects.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

I think herbal remedies have a place. If iit works don't knock it. You have to be careful with peppermint and heart problems, don't you?


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WriteAngled 6 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Really good information here. I know some of the uses and have most of the oils, but didn't realise some were as versatile as you describe. I find neat lavender is also very good for burns. I keep a little bottle next to the cooker!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Sue:I have bookmarked this hub and will share with Phil! I happened to mention to him a couple of months ago, that we should have natural remedies in the house as a first aid kit; will order various of the oils you suggested as we have a business and can get wholesale prices on the products. As much as I enjoy using herbs, I learned more today from you article. I love the Rosemary and alcohol tip, didn't know this could be used as a sanitizer. I am always using Lysol to disinfect the house and hand sanitizers. The geranium tip is another one I learned of today.

Thank you for promoting healing for everyone!

Thumbs up!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

I especially love Geranium... Great Hub, Sue.

Thumbs up.


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

Pamela 99, Thannk you so much! All of those herbs have many other uses that I did not cover in this hub which is probably the way you have utilized them. This is all from personal experience. The books would not list all of that information because they are going from a text book perspective. I took the text book information and put it into practical application then shared the resultant outcome not just for me but for everyone who uses them this way. Enjoy your herbs and remedies and a healthy life to you! Sue


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

Ethel, Great input and good question. Peppermint has no ill effects for the heart, you do not need to have any concerns with peppermint and heart conditions. Once again from personal knowledge. I had heard that rumour and because I have mitral valve prolapse and had a heart attack about 25 yrs ago I practiced moderation. I can say that my heart is in better condition now than it has ever been. I am now five years off of beat blockers I took for almost 20 yrs. One time I spilled the peppermint oil all on me as I was using it for my usual morning application . Oil absorbs quickly rather that just wiping off, so to say the least I got a lot of peppermint that day. I was so concerned, but it did not effect my heart rate or blood pressure in any way. I smelled like a candy cane for at least 5 days and did not use any peppermint until it all wore off and out of my system. Worst side effect was that everyone I came in to contact with said the aroma made them hungry...LOL

So in short, no worries with peppermint in relationship to the heart. Stay healthy and try what works for you. Sue


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

WriteAngled, You had a great article on herbs and oils too! you already have the oils, now you have some fantastic new uses for them. I used to use the neat lavender for burns and it is very effective, but have found the geranium and clove mix works twice as well. Especially the clove as it kills the pain instantly and ensures no infection. Very cool that you keep your oils out for emergency use, once others get used to it, they will do the same. Thanks so much for contributing to this article. Health and wellness to you! sue


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

Marie, Awesome to get your oils at wholesale, I usually order mine from Mountain Rose Herbs they are located in the area you live. That is so interesting you were just talking about an herbal first aid kit, I have been talking about writing this article for some time now. So glad I was able to get it finished and you and so many others are finding it useful. The rosemary spray bottle is one I carry with me everywhere and it smells wonderful too. About 20 drops to a 2oz bottle fill almost full with water and use a small amount of alcohol (I usually use vodka not the other type of alcohol) so water and oil will mix. Looking forward to hearing how some of these work for you as well as some of your herbal recipes maybe? Mucho Amor y Luz mi amigo! Sue =)


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

Tatjana, Thanks for the thumbs up, from an expert like you that means alot! Doesn't geranium smell wonderful? I have been using it in my baths lately, so aromatic and healing. Keep sharing your healing light the work you do is so needed and you do it so well. Sue


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My dear Sue...

This is great material! Easy to follow and nicely illustrated!

I have always been an "herb freak". I believe very much in the power of Nature, and as an Earth sign, I am in love with Mother Earth. Very well done, my friend!

Warmest regards, love, light and blessings galore,

your friend,

Al


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Sue! Bookmarked! And intending to share with friends who love alternative medicine too. Now if we want to create the herbal first aid kit, the next is to discover where we can buy one in our city...hmmm! Thanks for this easy to read yet powerful hub! Hugs and blessings.


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

Al, I thought you may be an herb freak, you are so into everything natural and appreciating all that life has to offer us. Thanks for your appreciation and feedback, so glad you foud ituseful. Amor Y Luz my amigo! Sue


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

Michelle, So glad you found it useful enough to share with friends as well. These really are the basics and excellent first aid tools. I don't know about in your city, unlike many herbal remedies these are more typical and easier to locate than some herbs, if you do not have a shop nearby, maybe internet shopping would work better. I shop online at Mountain Rose Herbs, excellent quality and reasonably priced. Hope you have success in finding them. Thanks for sharing your appreciation and feedback. =) Hugs in return, Much Love and Light my friend. Sue


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HWP 6 years ago from my own world

I LOVE esential oils and over the last couple of years have moved away from "conventional" medicine as much as possible. I wouldn't be without my tea tree oil or grapefruit seed extract - they are my best friends!! There are so many powerful healing gifts that nature gives us, we just have to know where to look and how to use them.


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

HWP, Thank you for sharing even more essential oil tips, tea tree is another basic in my kit, it just didn't fit with this particular topic. Never tried grapefruit seed extract...maybe write a hub and share more about that, I would be very interested. As you say, nature has given us everything already, and there in lies the most powerful healing gifts. Continued health and wellness to you as you travel downs natures path...Sue


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

emohealer, what a very informative and instructive hub, I loved it. I am going to print, bookmark, stumble and digg it. I am glad to see you back and publishing hubs.


oilynana 6 years ago

I'm kind of new to this hub thing. Just thought that I would join in if that's okay. I have used essential oils for over 10 years. I head for the oils for just about every issue there is...emotionally and physically. Sometimes just because it smells good. My grandkids come to nana and say 'I need oils'. Sometimes they know what they need other times nana has to fix them. This knowledge is my gift to them.


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

fastfreta, I have missed you too. It is Great to be back reading and writing hubs, just needed to get things in order after my "big" move and getting used to snow again. As always humbled by your appreciation and sharing what I write, a pleasure to give the knowledge to the world so we can all swim in the waters together. Wishing you health and wellness, Sue


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

oilynana, love the name...always welcome to join in, that is what it is all about here, sharing, giving and receiving in the most wonderful place! 10 years, that is fantastic, and you bring out many of the other gifts oils have for us in their many uses. That is so cool your grandkids are growing up with that knowledge what a heritage to leave for them. My nephews are the same way and my family has called enough to get the basics down...Write and share some of your experiences and knowledge here at hubpages, giving the gift of your knowledge to the world and an even larger legacy to your grandchildren. Blessings to you and your family, Best of continued wellness!!! Sue


oilynana 6 years ago

I'm so custom to just using oils as needed that I have to think about what I do use. I guess first and foremost is safety. 1. Don’t get in eyes, if you do…use pure vegetable oil NOT water. 2. Sample a drop on your wrist and wait about 20 minutes to see if you have a reaction before using elsewhere. A reaction may not mean you are allergic. It may be an indication that you need to do some detoxifying or the essential oil may not be pure. I would say that Lavender is the most used by my grandkids. It can stop bleeding in seconds. Great for any booboo like cuts, scratches and scrapes. I have avoided blisters from a burn by immediately applying Lavender and continuing the application every time it starts hurting. It’s great to put in Epson salt and use in a bath. You can put a couple of drops on your wrist and just sniff to relax. Many use it with Roman Chamomile for allergy attacks. I put a drop in a glass of water and sip to calm a cough. Well, I didn’t plan to get on my soap box. So I guess I’ll quit while I’m ahead! Nana


Tony 6 years ago

I've always been interested in herbs and have tried some in the past. Thanks for even more insight.


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

oilynanna, You are indeed a wealth of information, having these tips added here are such a blessing to everyone, I hope they all read your additional tips and advice, because I know that it is all accurate. Please, please begin writing hubs and sharing your knowledge with the world. As much as I appreciate them being added for everyones knoweldge here. you are such a blessing, Thanks!!! Sue


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

Tony, Thank you so much for participating in this information. Best of wishes as you pursue herbal oil remedies rather than pharmaceutical and over the counter medicines. Return for feedback on your results, would love to hear more testimonials! Health and wellness to you, Sue


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

Emohealer. Hi. What a wonderful hub with great information, some of these herbs I have used and some I have not, Now I will make up a Herbal First Aid Kit. Thank you it is a thoroughly enjoyable read. :) :)


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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi oliversmum! So excited to hear from another herbalist now expanding your first aid kit to a healthier way of life. So glad you appreciated it and found the information useful for you. Health and wellness to you always! Sue


emergencyresponse 6 years ago

I was wondering about some expiration dates on some herbs around here. Found some resources here to search, thanks!


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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Great article - I've been using peppermint and clove together in olive oil for years. The combination clears my sinus's if I have a head cold as well and clears my lungs. Just rub chest as you would with vicks and get 10 times better results. I use 100 drops of both clove and peppermint in 2 ounces of olive oil. A little goes a long ways.... but use heavy on chest if you do not catch infection in lungs early.

I also rub this combination on sore muscles with success as well. I use peppermint as you described for heartburn.

Simmering rosemary leaves on the stove in water, kills many air born bacteria and smells great too. Clove oil is one of the most potent anti-oxidants there is.... guess that's why it helps me clear up lungs when infected in cold season.

Keep on sharing - great hub!

Love - Light - Laughter

Neil


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

This is such a good source of information on these natural resources of healing that we have. I have been using them more the past few years, but have always had an interest in them, I also touch on this very topic in my Hub's on meditation and a Hub on aroma therapy. So nice to find other Hubbers that share your same interests, love it!


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Jenny30 5 years ago from Canada

Great info! I operate my own spa and use essential oils in my treatments! I am all about using natural products! Thanks so much!


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SquidooLens 4 years ago

Eucalyptus aids in many of things. That's why i love it.

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