We’ve all seen Burdock’s large, green, slightly fuzzy leaves, in the woods or in the park. If you have pets you may have spent long hours, as I have, picking pesky burrs out of fur (or clothes, or hair *sigh*). It is a hardy, stubborn plant that will grow just about anywhere. And I have learned, in my years as an herbalist, that those tough weeds, the ones we just can’t get rid of, often have the best medicine. Burdock is no exception.
Burdock, Arctium lappa, is a biennial plant native to Eurasia, that has naturalized all over the world, including the United States. It is widely used as food, medicine, and for various practical purposes.
Lemon Eucalyptus Mosquito Repellent
Summer is coming to the East coast, and with it comes…Mosquitoes.
Herbalists and aromatherapists have been saying for years that there are plenty of less toxic and more pleasant natural alternatives to the average bug spray, but until recently the CDC has only recommend DEET as a mosquito repellent.
Of course we want to protect our kids and ourselves from mosquitoes and the potential for mosquito-borne illnesses, but there haven’t seemed to be a lot of alternatives.
But now the CDC has officially announced that Essential Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is an effective mosquito repellent. And we’re overjoyed to hear it. We’ve been using Eucalyptus, Holy Basil, Geranium, Patchouli, and Lemongrass oils for years, in the garden and the woods, to repel bugs, but now it’s official!
Try the following recipe for your very own great-smelling and super-effective mosquito repellent!
Bug Repellent Spray, recipe by Olivia MacMillan, Clinical Aromatherapist
2 oz spray bottle filled with water
10 drops Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops Geranium essential oil
5 drops Patchouli essential oil
5 drops Lemongrass essential oil
Add the essential oil to the bottle, shake well and mist over everything from hair to skin to clothes to dogs and beyond as a natural bug repellent. Essential oils are not good for cats, and of course be careful not to get it in your eyes!
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Aloe is a great plant to have around. I was reminded of this the other night when I spilled some boiling water on my foot and found myself yowling in pain. Fortunately the burn wasn’t serious, and fortunately I had some aloe leaves in the fridge that I had cut that day. After applying Lavender essential oil and rosewater to the burn, I cut a piece of aloe leaf and sliced it lengthwise, exposing the inner gel. I fastened it to the burn with gauze, gel-side down. The pain vanished immediately, and by morning there was no sign of an injury. Thank you, Aloe!
Aloe’s reputation for soothing and healing skin injuries is age-old, and of course it’s wonderful for moisturizing and cleansing the skin even when there isn’t an injury. It rejuvenates dry skin and smooths out rough patches and wrinkles. Read more…
Passion Flower’s fantastic beauty is a medicine in itself, but this lovely vine has much more to offer than its stunning, dramatic blooms.
This time of year in the garden, Passion Flower vines are 4-5 inches tall with a few tiny leaves. But given time, sunlight, and water, they will climb as high as any trellis you can provide for them and produce a bountiful supply of flower buds and leaves that can be snipped and made into a powerfully relaxing brew. Read more…