Lemon Balm, also known as Melissa officinalis, is a leafy green herb that flowers. It has been used for centuries to treat viruses, such as herpes outbreaks (cold sores), help soothe upset stomachs, help relax nerves and calm racing minds, and promote restful sleep. This herb is frequently added to herbal teas for flavoring to help cover up other herbs that arent so tasty, due to its light lemon flavor.
I have mentioned in the past how I wanted to start working toward my certified herbalist degree. Well the day has finally come. We saved up the money I needed finally and I enrolled last night! I am so stinking excited to get started. My textbooks cant come soon enough.
I have been doing an informal study of herbs for the past 2 years and am ready to begin adding onto the knowledge i have gained already in this field. I hope this will show my dedication to bringing you the highest quality products that can help heal and change your life. I hope to use my knowledge to help others cultivate their love for herbs and making remedies at home for their families. I will update you as I go along in this journey.
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Lavender is a flowering herb that not only smells good, but has many helpful uses as well in herbalism. It is part of the mint family actually. It is found in southern Europe, northern Africa, the Mediterranean, southeast Asia to India. It is cultivated for use as an ornamental plant in gardens, medicinal uses in herbalism, and the making of essential oils.
The majority of lavender is cultivated for the making of lavender essential oil. In that state it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. This is why it is a vital component in our sanitizing room spray. It can also be used in salves and balms in this state to lend its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to those as well.
Lavender is used extensively with herbs and aromatherapy. Infusions are believed to soothe insect bites, burns, and headaches. Bunches of lavender repel insects. In pillows, lavender seeds and flowers aid sleep and relaxation. An infusion of flower heads added to a cup of boiling water is used to soothe and relax at bedtime. Lavender oil (or extract of Lavender) is used to treat acne when diluted 1:10 with water, rosewater, or witch hazel; it also treats skin burns and inflammatory conditions. Lavender can also be very useful with wounds, but research has found that lavender honey, made by bees collecting pollen from the lavender plants, can actually be used very effectively in treating non infected wounds.
Lavender has also been shown to be very calming when diffused throughout a room and would be useful in helping little ones sleep better at night. This very versatile herb is used in many of our products and we hope you will find it soothing, calming, and healing in your uses.
Chamomile is a flower in the Asteraceae family. They appear to be daisies but are not. The flower petals are the most commonly used parts of this flower. The word chamomile comes from a combination of French and Latin words and roughly translated means "earth apple". Chamomile is commonly used as a tea to help calm upset stomachs and help induce sleep. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is a fungicide, meaning it has been shown to kill fungi, like candida (yeast).
Due to its wonderful calming properties, we have infused our (soon to be released!) baby bottom balm with chamomile to help soothe irritated skin and calm rashes. This flower lends a nice light yellow color to the balm and a pleasant scent. Chamomile makes a great tea to drink as well for those with stomach issues or insomnia. Its even safe to give to little ones who are having a hard time sleeping due to teething as it helps with the inflammation they are feeling, cla
Comfrey is an herb that is very versatile. You can use the leaf, the flower, or the roots. Comfrey is sometimes known as bone-knit, as it contains a compound that has been used over the centuries to help broken bones heal, once set properly. Today it is mostly used a topical treatment. It has been shown to help heal bones, treat various bronchial illnesses, help heal sprains, reduce arthritis pain, help with burns, ulcers, acne, and other skin conditions, including diaper rash and ezcema.
The main protein found in Comfrey, allantoin, is responsible for all those wonderful treatments. Comfrey's latin name is Symphytum officinale. The prefix, Symph, comes from a Greek term that means "to join". This speaks to its ability to help broken bones become joined again.
Due to its ability to help with so many different things, including rashes and ezcema, we include comfrey in our (to be released later this year) baby bottom balm. It helps treat and soothe diaper rashes very effectively. It is a very dark colored herb and lends its color nicely to our balm. Keep an eye out for the announcement for the release date of the baby bottom balm.
Calendula, also known as marigold, is an herb that has been used for centuries and is renowned for its ability to heal and reduce inflammation. It is also used sometimes for yellow dye for clothing. This handy herb is great to have around the house as it has endless uses.
During ear infections, adding calendula to garlic ear oil can bring pain relief by reducing the inflammation. It assists in wound healing and is valuable for a new mom with a cesarean incision or a sore perineum. That is why we add it to our soon to be released c section and perineum salve. It is also good at treating minor cuts, scrapes, and injuries. It is also good for treating eczema and other irritated skin conditions.
Our calendula salve is made with organic, responsibly harvested, calendula, organic extra virgin olive oil, and essential oils. This is a great all purpose salve to use on everyday cuts, scrapes, and injuries around the house. It is also great to use on diaper rash. Our salve comes in 2 sizes, a 1 ounce sample size, and a regular 2 ounce size. Give it a try and we hope you like it.
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