Monday, June 23, 2008

Lavender essential oil, tea; For healing headache and migraine

For healing:

· allergies

· anxiety & tension

· burns

· bites & stings

· cold sores

· cuts and grazes

· earache

· headaches

· hiccup

· itchiness

· joint pains

· muscle aches

· period pains

· poor sleep

· shingles

· sunburn

· teething

Lavender is a gentle pain reliever and should be part of every first aid kit. Lavender oil (unlike most essential oils) can be applied neat – rub a few drops into the temples for headache and migraine, or put it directly onto insect bites and stings. It will also act as a mild insect repellent. For larger areas dilute the oil – 5 drops to 1 teaspoon of Almond or Sunflower oil – and rub firmly into painful areas, e.g. over the womb for period pains.

Lavender oil helps to heal burns – gently spread neat oil onto sunburnt and sunburnt skin. 5 drops in a bath will help relieve tension and encourage a good night’s sleep.

Lavender tea has much the same properties as the oil but is much less concentrated and so can be taken internally – for anxiety, tension and low spirits, and for difficulty in sleeping. Take 1 cup up to 2 times a day.

Garlic fresh, capsules, tablets; A natural antibiotic for infection those affecting the nose, throat and chest

For healing:

· acne

· athlete’s foot

· asthma

· bites & stings

· bronchitis

· catarrh & sinus problems

· colds & flu’s

· cold sores

· coughs

· digestive infections

· earache

· gum problems

· mouth ulcers

· shingles

· sore throat

· thrush

· warts

· wind

Garlic is one of nature’s wonders. A natural antibiotic it can be taken in all types of infection, particularly those affecting the nose, throat and chest. Best to take a raw clove of Garlic chopped or crushed in with food 2-3 times a day for infections (or follow the recipe below). Tablets and capsules are fine too. Mouth ulcers, infected gums and sore throats will all respond to a clove of Garlic sucked and held in the cheek – for the brave or the Garlic lover only!

Garlic is strongly anti-fungal and can help with thrush and athlete’s foot. Like Echinacea it can be taken with antibiotics to reduce their side-effects. For ear infections put 2-4 drops of Garlic oil - from a garlic capsule - on a cotton wool plug and put it carefully in to the ear oily end first.

An excellent mixture for colds and flu’s:

1. Add 1 chopped clove of Garlic

2. half a tsp fresh or dried Ginger

3. fresh Lemon juice and 1 tsp of Honey – mix together

4. Cover with hot water and drink it all down.

5. Take up to 3 times a day.

For long term use as a food supplement take 1 clove a day.