Calming Tinctures Ideas

A friend recommended taking some Skullcap tincture to help quiet the mind. I’ll be honest, this recommendation came over 6 months ago. I only recently decided to purchase the tincture. I’ve used it the last couple of days and I really like the calming I do receive from it. It’s not drowsy like Kava, but it does quiet the mind. So, I started thinking about making a Skullcap tincture, especially because I’m considering adding this to my needed tincture list. I am considering making an Eleuthero tincture as well. I wasn’t intending on making them together. I had separate reasons for why I was making each one. I was reading an article for skullcap, on this great resources of a blog called Methow Valley Herbs Herbal Remedies Advice and from what I understand about Eleuthero, I’m now considering mixing the two together. I’ll probably add other things like Oat tops and Holy Basil.

I started searching for more information on different relaxing and calming recipes. I came across a post from Mountain Rose Herbs, “5 Calming Gifts For Mom“. They have a tea that sounds tasty along with a tincture. Neither have Eleuthero, but it doesn’t mean I can’t make something of my own. I love how herbs can be so adaptable. If you understand what each herb does you can actually read a recipe and tweak it to make it fit what you need. Like you can with every recipe. But, it’s just fun.

Off to do more research and some studying. I think I’ll have a final recipe idea in a few weeks.  Do you have any ideas or thoughts with what I could add to this calming tincture recipe?


Keeping Busy

Work has been crazy lately. I’ve been working long hours and it seems as though it’s been non-stop for months. In thinking about it in more detail, I honestly haven’t slowed down since November 2013. I’m really hoping that after this cycle the long hours will lessen.

I started working on an art journal and I added a photography class to my list. And you would think that this is just adding on to my work. It might actually be adding work. But, the art journal and focusing on things that I like or enjoy, almost makes it feel as though it’s not work. It’s more relaxing. I find myself not thinking about the stresses and allow myself to take my focus elsewhere. Which helps a great deal.

I have a stabilized decoction and a salve to make over the weekend. My eye started to develop eczema. So, I’ll be making a salve to help with that issue. The decoction is to continue my allergy treatment. I’m working with my nutritionist / master herbalist on my congestion. In conjunction with my allergist. This right now is priority for my health. Progress has been really good. But, I still have a lot to work through. I definitely wasn’t expecting that I would feel any relief from the congestion, especially considering how long I’ve dealt with my allergies and asthma. I knew it would take sometime and wasn’t expecting quick results. But, after a week, my congestion started to go away. I am still congested, just not as bad. It took about 3 years to get myself better with asthma and allergies in general, I know this too will take some time. I’m in no rush. My body is healing.




Sinus Headache Tincture

Migraines are awful. Sinus migraines are worse. I am so congested and I can feel the start of a headache coming on. And if it’s truly sinus related this will turn into a migraine. Luckily, I started these tinctures a few weeks ago. The photo is of the tinctures when I first started them. They came out a lot darker.

Sinus Tincture Mix

I have to admit, I never thought that I would find myself tincturing the herbs individually. Especially, because I really enjoy the blend that comes through. But, I know so many who tincture herbs individually and then use the tinctures to create wonderful blends.  I started adding individual tinctures to my tea. And after paying $12 for a one ounce bottle of an individual tincture, well I had to try making my own. And I think I’m hooked. I have Lavender, Wood Betony and Meadowsweet ready to go.  I created a blend with a 40/40/20 mix.

*Review – The taste and smell is earthy. I was afraid that the Lavender would be soapy. I’m not a fan of Lavender. But, it wasn’t. I actually ended up with a very strong headache. The tincture helped. I was fine after 15 minutes. This was seriously a great tincture to make!!

Next tinctures coming up are Mullien and Dandelion. Two tinctures I use often in my teas.

Burdock for Acne, Eczema and Skin Care

I have bad skin. After my first child my acne had got worse. I found out I had Cystic acne. I have seen a dermatologist and I have also tried almost every product for acne on the market, from the cheap stuff to the expensive stuff. And from many years of trial and error I have learned a lot about my skin. I have also learned about how certain products react on my skin.

My skin type is very oily. With really bad acne you’re always looking for something that’s going to cover up your face really well without it running off of your face. A few foundations that I like are Mac Pro Long Wear Foundation. But, you actually need a really nice base for this. None of the bases from Mac worked well with my skin. So, I actually found that the Sephora matte or the Laura Mercier work really well. I’ll talk more about make up in a different post. Today I want to talk about skin care.

While I have spent so much money trying different things. I finally found some things that really helped my skin. I do believe that there isn’t just one product on the market that works on everyone’s skin.  Unfortunately, you have to test and try the different ones on the market to see what works with your skin. The ones that I do like are Fresh and Peter Thomas Roth (PTR). I love the cleanser and clay mask from Fresh. PTR has a great sulfur mask and acne spot treatment. Both these products really helped lessen my acne. But, I still have really deep cystic acne.

Matthew on the other hand has eczema, just like Jarred. When Jarred was younger we had taken him to a dermatologist. And the stuff they wanted to give him, with side effects of thinning skin and you couldn’t be exposed to sunlight for longer than 1/2 hour. First thing I thought, “Are you kidding me? You’re going to tell me my  6 year old can’t be outside in the sun for longer than 1/2 hour a day?”. I had to search for something that would help the eczema and still allowed my son to be a kid. What we found for Jarred was Emu oil. And it worked great. But, not so much on Matthew. So, a new search to find something to help Matthew began.

Taking the Herbal Allergy class with Master Herbalist, Julie James has given me a better understanding of why his eczema occurs, we are treating it with an herbal tincture for allergies and with a toner for his body.  Aside from this, he is a teenager and he also has Acne. It’s a combination of it sucks to be a teenager.

I made a strong stabilized decoction out of Burdock.  We use it as a toner day and night for the eczema and acne. The results have been great. The toner is gentle and it clears and heals our skin. It’s also clearing my cystic acne. My skin is still oily. Don’t get me wrong. People think oily skin is bad. But seriously it’s what keeps us from getting dry and wrinkled. The natural oils are good. So, my skin does have the oil. But, the acne is gone. Both our skins are healthier looking. This was a cheaper alternative than all the medications out there.  It’s herbal, so it’s natural. And it worked the best.

I just ordered more Burdock. I think I’m going to experiment and try a mix of Burdock, Calendula and Rose.

Once I figure out the recipe what works well, I’ll post it and share.

Arnica Salve

My friend sent me this link to make an Arnica Salve. She got it from the Health Impact News site. It’s called Pain Relieving Coconut Oil Arnica Salve Recipe.

I used the crockpot method to create the salve. It was fairly easy to make. I did double the recipe.

I didn’t have any Peppermint so I used Tea Tree Oil instead.  Here they are cooling:

I have had a shoulder injury for the last several months and I’m seeing a physical therapist for it. So, when my shoulder hurts after I do the exercises, I actually rub some of this on it and it does lessen the pain.

I want to make other salves, but this is great for now!