Tag Archives: Herb

Herbal Medicine Kit – Fainting & Dizziness

 

“Our passion for plant’s it runs through our veins

Our passion for healing and to help ease the pain”

Welcome Back…

 …to another posting of the Herbal Medicine Kit.  Today we are looking Fainting & Dizziness.  We will be talking about the lovely herb Lavender and making Lavender smelling salts and a Lavender Compress.

Let’s get to it…

 

Fainting & Dizziness

A “Fainting” Spell

 What IS Fainting, exactly?  Fainting happens because your brain is not receiving enough blood.

 Fainting is characterized by a cold and sweaty feeling, an uncomfortable sensation in the pit of the stomach.

 Why does this happen??  Well, standing up too quickly or overexerting yourself can cause you to feel faint.  A strong emotional shock or the sight of blood is enough to cause some people to feel faint!

A Fainting Episode!

 Dizziness

Dizziness!

Dizziness is a word that is often used to describe two different feelings, lightheadedness and vertigo. It’s important to know exactly what you mean when you say “I feel dizzy.”

 Lightheadedness is a feeling that you are about to faint or “pass out.” Although you may feel dizzy, you do not feel as though you or your surroundings are moving. Lightheadedness often goes away or improves when you lie down. If lightheadedness gets worse, it can lead to a feeling of almost fainting or a fainting spell. You may sometimes feel nauseated or vomit when you are lightheaded.

Vertigo is a feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when there is no actual movement. You may feel as though you are spinning, whirling, falling, or tilting. When you have severe vertigo, you may feel very nauseated or vomit. You may have trouble walking or standing, and you may lose your balance and fall.

 

 Lavender to the rescue!

Lavender Salts

 Probably nobody was as prepared as the Victorians when it came to fainting “spells!”

There herb of choice was Lavender, for everything from sniffing Lavender & Camphor salts to inhaling the aroma of “swooning” pillows…or sachets as we call them now.  Although fainting is not nearly as common these days, almost everyone has a dizzy spell or becomes somewhat “faint” at times.

Lavender salts…

 Lavender is still the herb of choice these days to relieve the occasional dizziness and fainting spell, although any herb with a sharp fragrance such as rosemary, eucalyptus or tea tree will do the trick as well.

 Lavender Compress

Lavender compresses, rolled and ready to use!

 

Lavender Compress Recipe

Click HERE to print

 

 

 

Keep chilled in the refrigerator.

To take advantage of herbs revivifying effects, place a hot compress on the back of the neck and another on the forehead.  The fragrance of the herbs, and the heat work together to increase circulation.  Combine compresses with the more traditional advice from doctors and place your head between your knees or lie down to get blood flowing into your brain again.

Compresses are also excellent used chilled in hot, humid and sunny weather.  They will help bring down your temperature to alleviate any possibility of those nasty “fainting” spells from heat and over-exertion.

Lavender Smelling Salts Recipe

Click HERE to print

 

Smelling salts can be any scent that you actually prefer.  Essential oils are messy to transport around, especially in a ladies purse!  Lids come off, oils seep out, bad thing happen and all of a sudden you are a walking rosemary plant!

Here’s an idea; use any essential oil that you like to have around whether that is lavender, rosemary, thieves, a rescue remedy of some sort…and turn it into smelling salts.  No mess, no fuss…no walking rosemary plant!

 

Recap:  Today we looked at the lovely herb Lavender, made Lavender Smelling Salts and a Lavender Compress.  We talked all about Fainting & Dizziness.

Looking ahead:  Next week we will take a look at Frostbite and Heatstroke.  Our talks will center around many herbs and spices; Cayenne, Ginger, Mulberry, Peony, Peppermint, Licorice and Ginseng.  We will also be making a Foot Warming Powder and a Heat Exhaustion Tea

Reminder:  Gather all your herbs and spices mentioned above.

 

 I am participating in the following Blog Hops:

            

Until next post…

Blessings to you and yours,

 http://smplyliving.wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/smplylvng

www.twitter.com/@katyorba

smplylvng@gmail.com

I am also a Contributing Author at:

CHECK OUT THE GENERAL STORE!!!

 

www.modernhomesteaders.net

Herbal Medicine Kit – Bleeding

“Roots and herbs she gathers,

Morning, night and noon,

By the raising dog-star,

Underneath the moon.”

~ Eleanor C. Koenig

 
 

Welcome Back…

…to another posting of the Herbal Medicine Kit. Today we continue on with our series with looking at “Bleeding.” We will discuss the herb Agrimony and Yarrow. Make an Herbal Compress to stop Bleeding and a Tincture of Yarrow.

Let’s get to it…

 BLEEDING

Some people can handle the sight of blood, some can’t. I am one of those who can’t. But I find that being prepared…knowing ahead of time what to do and having my supplies on hand enables me to feel better about the whole issue.

Let’s better understand what bleeding does. Bleeding has it’s advantages. It’s the bodies way of cleaning dire and foreign particles from a wound, and when exposed to air it forms a fibrous substance called fibrin. This fiber creates a netting that entangles other blood cells so that they clot into a scab…your bodies natural band-aid!

So, your in a serious situation and bleeding needs to be stopped right away. Certain herbs can be applied directly to the wounded area. If this does not stop the bleeding, apply an herbal compress with pressure. While administering herbal remedies, you should also try to slow the flow of blood by raising the injured area higher than the heart.

Agrimony, plantain and yarrow are versatile herbs that can arrest bleeding and encourage scabbing.

Keep in mind that treatments made with these herbs in the form of powders or poutices are an emergency tactic only. Although herbs quickly arrest bleeding, they are not antiseptic enough so proper cleaning and disinfecting will also need to be done. Use your discretion but seek medical attentionwhen necessary!

Herbal Compress to Stop Bleeding:

Click HERE to print recipe!

Agrimony

Agrimony

Defined

Agrimonia gryposepala: species native to North America commonly known as tall hairy agrimony was used by the Among the Iroquois people, Cherokee, The Ojibwe and other indegious peoples for much the same purposes of the common agrimony Agrimonia eupatoria which was naturalized from europe. Hemp Agrimony, Eupatorium Cannabinum (Linn.)and the Water Agrimony Eupatorium Aquaticum mas, have somewhat similar properties but are not botanically related.

Therapeutic Uses

Agrimony’s astringency is effective against diarrhea, especially in small children, and because of its low toxicity, the herb is particularly suitable for children’s illnesses. Agrimony stops irritation of the urinary tract that may increase a child’s urge to urinate and, therefore, may be useful in the treatment of bladder leakage (cannot hold urine), bed-wetting and adult incontinence.

Agrimony is perhaps best known as a wound herb used on medieval battlefields to staunch bleeding.This same property helps to staunch heavy menstrual bleeding as well. Agrimony is most used in modern herbal practice as a mild astringent and a tonic, the tannins it contains tone the mucus membranes making it is useful for alleviating the symptoms of coughs and sore throats. The combination of being a bitter tonic as well as an astringent herb make agrimony a valuable tonic for the digestive system and a useful remedy for healing peptic ulcers. The bitter principles in the plant support the function of the liver and gallbladder. The herbal tea can be used as a skin wash; it is thought to improve minor injuries and chronic skin conditions.

Recipe:

Skin Wash/Tea/Infused Liquid for Creams or Gargle :

Standard brew using 1 teaspoon of dried herb to each cup hot water. The longer you let it steep, the more tannins are extracted. Make a stronger decoction for external use in baths and skin washes Drink 2 to 3 cups per day. Used in ointment form for skin rashes, and as a gargle for sore throat.

Yarrow

Yarrow

Description:

Yarrow was once known as “nosebleed”, it’s feathery leaves making an ideal astringent swab to encourage clotting. Yarrow skin washes and leaf poultices can staunch bleeding and help to disinfect cuts and scrapes; taken as a tea it can help slow heavy menstrual bleeding as well. Yarrow is a good herb to have on hand to treat winter colds and flu; a hot cup of yarrow tea makes you sweat and helps the body expel toxins while reducing fever. The chemical makeup of yarrow is complex, and it contains many active medicinal compounds in addition to the tannins and volatile oil azulene. These compounds are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and help relax blood vessels. Yarrow should be on everyone’s list of remedies since the herb makes itself useful for everything from brewing beer to a hair rinse to preventing baldness. In China, yarrow is used fresh as a poultice for healing wounds. A decoction of the whole plant is prescribed for stomach ulcers, amenorrhoea, and abscesses.

Side Effects:

Avoid in pregnancy, can cause allergic skin reactions in sensitive people who suffer from allergies related to the Asteraceae family. Moderation is the key to safe use, the thujone content can be toxic over an extended period of time

Recipe:

Yarrow Spritzer

For a tonic that soothes the nerves and uplifts at the same time, this is a good combination for an aroma lamp or mister. Also use as a facial steam for the benefits of yarrow that is skin healing and for spruce that helps the respiratory system.

Variations: Use lime instead of orange.

3 drops-Orange

4 drops-Spruce

2 drops -Ylang-Ylang

6 drops -Yarrow

How to Use:

Lamps/Diffusers:

15 to 20 drops of a blend can be used at a time in most standard sized aroma lamps.

Mist Spray:

As a general rule use 15-30 drops per cup (8 oz.) of liquid for mist sprays, depending on your preference and the strength of the essential oils.

Yarrow Tincture

Click HERE to print!

Recap: That concludes our look at “Bleeding”. Today we learned a little more about the herbs; Agrimony & Yarrow. We made a Herbal Compress to stop Bleeding and also Yarrow Tincture.

Looking ahead: Next post we will be learning all about “Bruises”. We will first talk about Arnica, Witch Hazel and Chamomile. Then move on to several recipes; Bruise Compress, Tincture of Arnica & a Herbal Ice.

Reminder: Have on hand St. John’s wort flower tops, Witch Hazel Bark, Chamomile Flowers, Lavender Flowers, Lavender Essential Oil, Distilled Water, Washcloth for Compress.

I am participating in the following Blog Hops:

Until next post…

Blessings to you and yours,

http://smplyliving.wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/smplylvng

http://www.twitter.com/@katyorba

smplylvng@gmail.com

I am also a Contributing Author at:

http://modernhomesteaders.net