Juniper

April 3, 2018

WAYS TO USE JUNIPER MEDICINALLY:

As a medicine, juniper extracts can be taken internally, inhaled, or applied topically. You can use Juniper berries fresh or dried as well as in a supplement form or as an oil. Many health food stores carry juniper berries in the herbs and spice section and can usually be purchased either dried, fresh, crushed, or whole. The leaves can be burnt on top of a hot wood stove to create an incense which is said to be helpful in the treatment of colds. The average dosage for this herb is 2 to 10 grams, or 1 to 3 teaspoons of crushed berries made into a tea by pouring boiling water over them and steeping for 10 minutes. Drinking the tea 1 – 2 times per day over the course of 4 – 6 weeks is considered generally safe. The extracts of this berry contain terpinene-4-ol, which is a compound that stimulates the kidneys, as well as amentoflavone, a compound with anti-viral properties. Juniper is often ingested in tea or supplement form. The t

May 10, 2017

YARROW

(Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow is often used internally to treat excessive bleeding, indigestion, and diarrhoea amongst other ailments, and externally to help heal minor cuts and scrapes. Yarrow is also used in cosmetics to treat oily skin and as a cleanser. It is a flowering plant in the Asteraceae (aster, daisy, or sunflower) family and is native to temperate regions of Asia, Europe, and North America. Its name is derived from the Greek hero Achilles as he supposedly used it to heal soldier’s wounds during the Trojan War. It is also known as: blood wort, carpenter’s weed, knight’s milfoil, old man’s pepper, nosebleed, and staunch grass.  

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Reduces fevers by inducing sweating
  • Has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Aids with diarrhoea, indigestion, flatulence, and dyspepsia by getting the bile and pancreatic juices required for digestion flowing
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Treats colds and the flu
  • Lessens menstrual bleeding
  • Relieves tooth aches
  • Acts as a decongestant to clear up coughs and sinus infections
  • Treats skin conditions such as eczema
  • Alleviates allergies
  • Prevents haemorrhaging and treats varicose veins by toning blood vessels and dilating capi

December 27, 2015

Massage Oils –

  Some essential oils are very toxic and should only be used internally on the advice of a qualified aroma therapist or naturopath.   Many of the oils are unsuitable to use if certain conditions exist, such as epilepsy or pregnancy.  Please note the caution contained at the end of each relevant entry.  

Peppermint (Mentha pipereita)

  MASSAGE APPLICATIONS: Asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu and fever. Collic, indigestion, nausea. Fainting, headache, mental fatigue, nervous stress, palpitations. Bad breath. Muscular pain, neuralgia. CAUTION: Use in smaller quantities than other oils – 1% is plenty.  Never use during pregnancy  

Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

  MASSAGE APPLICATIONS:  The properties and uses of spearmint are similar to those of peppermint but  are less powerful, making the oil more suitable for children.