Wednesday, July 6, 2011


"I'm gonna soak up the sun..."
Ahhh sunshine! Those wonderful summer rays beating down on you and I! I love playing around in water or sunbathing during the summer! Working on your tan can be great until your skin gets a little too kissed by that blessed sun. Then it causes you to turn red, peel, itch and just be absolutely miserable! Thankfully there are several herbs and natural remedies you can use to lessen the pain and time of a burn.

    I think Aloe Vera is one of the best known gels.  My mom used to smother me in it as a child. I grew to detest that sticky green stuff!  But yet it really does work.  Other things you can do is rub down the skin in Apple Cider Vinegar, it draws the heat out of the skin. Just soak a thin towel and apply where needed.  Many swear by Vitamin E oil, which if apply frequently will not leave scars.  Witch Hazel is often looked over, but I have used it with success!  It speeds the healing process and puts peeling to a minimum.  Calendula petals, St John's wort oil, Chamomile, Lavender oil, and even Oatmeal are some other remedies that are known to work.  Comfrey is a great skin healer, remember to use externally only, unless you are familiar with this herb.   A very good burn paste for any type of burn is to use equal parts of Comfrey (powdered), Honey (raw preferably), and Wheat Germ oil. Mix these together and apply to the burn. Leave on until dried and replace with new paste as needed.

NOTE:  Anyone who is using oils on the skin is much better off diluting in a carrier oil like Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, Sweet Almond oil, etc, as it can be too strong for the skin.

Be safe and enjoy your Summer!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Wow, it's been awhile! Beautiful Spring is already here with Summer just around the corner! Unfortunately with the warmth comes bugs, many varieties of biting ones including my least favorite, the tick. Ticks seem to be pretty bad this year so here are some handy ideas to keep those nasty critters at bay!

Natural herb repellents work great and my favorite way to use them is in an oil, just a dab here and there on your clothes or even rub alittle in your hair. The herbs that I like to use are; Pennyroyal, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. Tansy mixed with Elder leaves is good to keep fly's away. Taking garlic internally will deter bugs as they don't like the smell of your skin, but then again, you might not either! Cinnamon, Cloves, Lavender, Lemon Grass, Peppermint, Cedar, and Sage are also some good herbal oils to have on hand. You can make a mix of any of these to suit your sense of smell. Good luck and hope you stay bug free!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

~Arnica-A gift for the bruised~

Common Name: Arnica
Latin Name: Arnica montana

 Arnica is one of the first herbs that comes to mind when a bruise plays it's colorful pattern across the skin.  It has also been used for reducing inflammation, healing wounds, and soothing muscles aches.  It is not to be taken internally as it can have nasty side effects, instead it is applied topically as a cream, ointment, liniment, salve or tincture.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Just getting started!

Hello and welcome!
I have decided to open this blog to teach others about herbs!  I hope you will enjoy learning with me about all the wonderful God given plants!