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Herbal Medicine Kit – Fainting & Dizziness

 

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 …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.

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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

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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

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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.

 

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