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When we were living on our herb farm, we used the plants and their oils in skin-and hair care products, healing creams, and as remedies for ourselves, our pets, and our gardens. My heart-shaped first-aid box seemed to contain a panacea for one and all – visitor with a headache, a friend feeling stressed, a child with a cut or bruise. In fact, sometimes the mere sight and smell of the box seemed to bring about an almost improvement! The art of home herbalism is simple and effective, and more and more people turning to this age-old and well-proven skills to empower themselves and heal their families. I believe that it is empowering and comforting to know that you can deal with complaints, common ailments, and first-aid box situations promptly at home. I hope you will feel enriched when you, your family, and friends are using the gifts of the earth to improve your health and well-being. These remedies are not intended to take the place of advice from your health practitioner, and you need to remember that even seemingly simple symptoms can mask serious complaints. If symptoms are severe or of long duration, the condition needs to be assessed professionally. What herbs and essential oils can do is assist the body to heal itself. They can help you:

    • Treat everyday ailments.
    • Strengthen your immune system, organs, and glands to fight invading bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
    • Lower your stress levels.
    • Tone, relax, and strengthen your muscles.

Anyone with more serious complaints can also benefit from using herbs and essential oils. Where appropriate you can them as an adjunct to the treatment you are receiving. Of course it is important to discuss this with your health practitioner. It is important to take careful note of the cautions for using particular essential oils and the suggestions for quantities to use. The difference in action between one and two drops is very great. Always use the appropriate proportions of the essential oils and the carrier oil. The total amount of essential oils should rarely exceed three to four percent of the total amount, and some oils should be used in far smaller amounts. Many of my recipes suggest that you leave the blends for four days to synergize or combine well. This isn’t absolutely essential, but leaving the blends to synergize in this way increases their potency and enhances their therapeutic action.