Chamomile

Herbs for Pregnancy and Childbirth

The following herbs are said to be good for pregnancy and childbirth:

  • Alfalfa

This is one of the few plant sources of vitamin K (necessary for blood clotting). It also contains eight digestive enzymes, numerous trace minerals and high quantities of vitamins A, D and E.

  • Chamomile

This is a great calming agent and helps with digestive disorders including nausea. It also has some anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Nettles

These contain high levels of calcium, iron and protein, and is an excellent herb for nourishing mothers who are feeling depleted.

  • Oatstraw

This is high in calcium and magnesium. It also calms nervous stress and tension, and is an effective remedy for yeast infections.

  • Red Raspberry Leaf

This is an herb rich in numerous vitamins and minerals, especially iron. It also nourishes the uterus, soothes nausea, helps prevent miscarriage, eases labor pains and builds a healthy breast milk supply.

  • Rose Hips

These are a great source of vitamin C and help fight infection and exhaustion.

10 Best Essential Oils for the Bath

Adding oils to a bath really doesn’t need to be completed, you can start by adding a single essential oil to your bath water. Essential oils normally last about 2 years if kept in a cool dark place and you literally only need a few drops so they are very cost effective.

I’ve listed below those that I would recommend as the best singular all rounders that can be used and enjoyed at any time of the year.

Tips

  • Before adding any oils to the bath make sure you close the bathroom door so that you can keep as much of the scent in the room as possible.
  • Add the oils drop by drop and don’t be tempted to add more, working on the theory that adding twice as much will get rid of a headache quicker doesn’t work and may just end up irritating the skin.
  • On average you will need about 10 drops per bath, but with some of the stronger smelling oils you will only need 5 drops. Stronger smelling oils include; eucalyptus, peppermint, bay, basil, lime, lemon, thyme, rosemary.

10 Best Essential Oils for the Bath

  • Bergamot for depression – 5 drops
  • Chamomile for insomnia or itchy skin – 7 drops
  • Frankincense for sedative, calming and mood sweetening – 8 drops
  • Geranium for relaxing yet uplifting and energizing – 10 drops
  • Jasmine for apathy, stress or fatigue – 8 drops
  • Lavender positive, soothing and relaxing – 10 drops
  • Neroli for hypnotic with antidepressant properties – 8 drops
  • Patchouli for energizing and invigorating – 5 drops
  • Rose for happiness and pleasure very romantic – 10 drops
  • Sandalwood for sensual and mellowing a good aphrodisiac – 8 drops

Borrowed from: The Prosperity Project

A Floral Facial

Facial steams can help improve circulation to the face and open pores, while this blend can help soothe skin. Plus, treating yourself to a facial steam can be incredibly relaxing. The petals of the calendula flower, also commonly called marigold or pot marigold, are anti-inflammatory. The chamomile has been shown to have calming properties.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dried calendula petals
  • 1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers

Instructions:

Boil 2 quarts of water and remove from heat. Add the flowers and let them steep for two minutes. Then, place your face at least 12 inches over the pot (getting too close can burn), and drape a towel over your head to create a tent over the pot.

For an even more relaxing experience, you can add a few drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil. Allow the steam to bathe your skin for a minute and then come out for a few breaths of fresh air. You can repeat this process about five times.

After the steam, you can rinse your face with cool (not cold) water or a mild cleanser, and follow with a moisturizer.

Borrowed from: The Prosperity Project

Massage Oil Blend for Arthitis

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Swollen, puffy joints, especially in the hands and knuckles are a sure sign of an active flareup. This blend of essential oils is formulated to cool inflammation and ease pain.

Ingredients:

  • 5 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Dilute with carrier oil for massage. For a very strong blend use 2 tablespoon of the carrier oil. For milder blends use more oil. A nice salve can be made by mixing these essential oils with a cup of warm Coconut oil, and then allowing it to harden as it cools.

Peppermint Headache Tincture

ginger-tincture-in-glass-bottle-928x1024This remedy is especially helpful for those who are prone to headaches that stem from indigestion.

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts peppermint leaf
  • 1 part chamomile flower
  • 1 part feverfew flower and leaf
  • 1 part hops
  • vodka or brandy

Cover herbs with alcohol in a jar or bottle & leave closed in warm dark place for a 2-4 weeks. Strain.Bottle again.

Take ¼ – ½ tsp before and after meals.

Source

Chamomile for Digestive Problems

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“Chamomile tea, perhaps the best-known herbal tisane, is widely employed as a digestive remedy throughout Europe, and its therapeutic use is well documented,” says David Hoffman, author of Medical Herbalism. The herb relaxes spasms of the smooth muscles and counters inflammation in the gut lining; it also has antiseptic and vasodilatory effects. When making the tea, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb per cup of boiling water, steeped for 10 minutes. Allergic reactions are possible, especially if you’re sensitive to ragweed.

~Michael Castleman, Natural Health

A Simple Lotion

homemade-lotion-or-cream-to-help-leg-cramps-and-growing-painsIngredients:

  • A handful of fresh Chamomile, Meadowsweet, Elder, or Lime flowers
  • 2 1/2 ounces warm Milk, Cream, Buttermilk, or Whey
  • Honey
  • Oatmeal, Bran, or Wheatgerm (optional)

Soak the flowers in the liquid in a covered pan for 3 hours. Strain, reheat and dissolve a little honey in the liquid. A spoonful of oatmeal, bran or wheatgerm will thicken the lotion. Keep refrigerated and use within a week.

From: The Complete Book of Herbs and Spices
For information about the individual herbs visit: The Encyclopedia of Herbology

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