According to author Susanne Fischer-Rizzi, lavender oil has 167 medicinal uses that have been tested! Today we’ll talk about just a few of these uses and why lavender oil is so good to have around. If I had to sum it up, I would say lavender oil is the most valuable, versatile oil because there’s so much overlap in what it treats– If used for one condition, you can be sure it’s helping you out in many other ways at the same time. I tend to keep a small bottle of lavender oil in the medicine cabinet, at the bedside, and in my carrying bag first aid kit. It is my top, most essential essential oil to have on hand at home, work, and in the great outdoors. Read more…
St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum
You’ve probably heard of this herb as a treatment for depression. And it’s true, St. John’s Wort extract can be helpful for mild or temporary depressions, particularly Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is not as useful for more serious depression, or other mood disorders, and can mix badly with prescription anti-depressants. But on its own it can certainly help lift one’s spirits during a difficult time.
Digestive distress is all too common among Americans. There are probably plenty of reasons for it: stress, eating on the run, eating over-processed food, eating too much or too little or the wrong foods for our body type. There are some digestive issues that are more serious, but for most of us it’s the everyday discomforts that make getting through our days just that much harder. Gas, bloating, nausea, occasional heartburn, abdominal cramps, or just feeling a bit “off”. Fortunately, there’s an herb for that! Below are some of my all-time favorite herbs for the stomach.
Plantain is an herb that has made itself so widely available to us, it practically calls out to be of use. City sidewalks, roadsides, fields, practically any place with lots of sunshine, Plantain will be there, and its uses are precious and practical.
One of Plantain’s finest uses is as a first aid herb. One of its names is “Soldier’s Wort” because of its heroism on the battlefield in the first aid capacity. The leaf is chewed or chopped up and applied wounds to stop bleeding, ease pain, protect the wound and promote tissue healing. If you ever find yourself in need of a band-aid, scan your feet for Plantain, and more likely than not it will be right there, ready to help. Read more…
It’s great to know that there are so many plants that help remove toxins from the air inside our homes. But for pet lovers, there’s always the question: what happens if my cat or dog nibbles on this? We want our homes to be as safe and welcoming to our pets as they are for us! So here is a list of plants that clear the air and are safe for cats and dogs.