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Herbal Toothpaste Powder

For individuals inclined to avoid all those anonymous ingredients NOT listed in commercial toothpaste, here is a simple recipe which provides cleaning power with anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties for healthy gums.

  • Baking Soda – 2 parts
  • Licorice Powder – 1 part
  • Peppermint Essential Oil – 3 drops
  • Myrrh gum Powder – 1/2 part
  • Comfrey Root Powder – 1 part
  • Plantain Leaf Powder – 1 part
  • Green Clay Powder – 2 parts
  • Sea Salt -1/2 part

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Drop in the essential oil, mixing well. Label. Store in an airtight container away from direct heat. Sprinkle powder onto a wet toothbrush and brush teeth as usual.

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Sunburn Sprizter

Soothing Summer Sunburn Blend

A soothing, cooling relief for the heat of a sunburn.

Mix all ingredients together in a spritzer bottle (100 ml or 4 ounce size). Shake well. Apply liberally. Keep cool and store in the fridge for added cooling effect. Do not ingest and keep the sprizter application away from the eyes.

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Rooibos Tea: Aspalathus linearia

Rooibos, is pronounced “roy-boss (the latin name is Aspalathus linearis), a South African flowering shrub. Rooibos contains numerous polyphenol anti-oxidants and trace amounts of the minerals: copper, iron and potassium, calcium, fluoride, zinc, manganese and magnesium. – this tea contains almost no oxalic acid, making it a good beverage for people prone to kidney stones. -it is caffeine-free, free from additives and preservatives.

Rooibos has numerous health enhancement benefits, high in antioxidants and nourishing to immune system, supportive to the nervous system, used to alleviate nervous tension, headaches, insomnia, mild depression, and an elevated blood pressure.

My favorite rooibos tea is a Belgian Chocolate Rooibos blend. Delicious hot or cold, this tea contains the health benefits of Rooibos, which flavored with cacao pieces for a smooth, velvety chocolate-like experience. Stevia can be added in during the steeping process to create a sweeter tea, and adding rice dream or soy milk creates a delicious creamy chocolate beverage.

For an informative article on Rooibos, the antioxidant and nutritional composition and health benefits visit the American Botanical Council:

Furthering Your Relationship With Plant Medicine

~ written by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, Medical Herbalist

You have heard about herbal medicine and are wondering how to begin furthering your learning?? How does one gain experience with the ancient concept of the using herbal medicine to nourish and support the bodies internal healing mechanisms.

One can easily enter into the plant/human relationship by selecting an herb to study in depth,and get to know the personality of that plant, just like you would a close friend.

  1. Select 1 herb to become familiar with and use for non-emergency situations, such as indigestion, sleep support or relaxation and continue to expand your knowledge and personal experience with each plant. Humans tend to learn through personal experience and being creatures of habit, we often reach for what is most familiar; begin incorporating herbal choices into your daily living and over time, these plants may be more likely to be used in acute situations.
  2. Spend time reading about the plant, (ideally from more then one author) and ensure that the author has in-depth training and clinical experience with plant medicine, rather than being an expert in another field and simply providing “opinions”, without personal clinical experience.
  3. Identify both the main action and secondary or supporting action of each plant. Traditionally plants, being complex be-ings, have more than one use in the body. When used in combination they can become supportive catalysts for a stronger herb, or help to restore the overall function of a specific organ. Some herbs are tonics in nature, others have sedative properties, are astringent, stimulating, or nourishing and taken like a food.
  4. Decide on the method of use for your selected herb, are you preparing a herbal tea by infusion or decoction,making an infused oil or using a cream or tincture?
  5. More is not necessarily better, once reading on the use and dosage of a plant, follow the instructions and stay within the recommended dosage.
  6. Give yourself time to use the plant on a daily basis and notice any subtle effects in the body. Develop a relationship with the plant. Identify the taste, subtle flavor and scent of the plant as well as take in the appearance, visuals can tell much about the personality of the herb; is the plant delicate in nature, or appears robust and solid, are you using a hard seed or a fragile stem or flower?
  7. Remember that herbs have consistently fewer side effects than conventional medicine yet herbal medicine does need to be respected and used mindfully.
  8. Plant medicine is subtle yet can be powerful. Tune into your body and respect the plant medicine you are using. Visualise the plant working in the body. For any chronic condition and especially when one is using medication, booking a consultation with a herbalist trained in-depth with the use of herbal medicine is always recommended.

Herbal Hair Rinse

Herbs can be prepared in a hair rinse to add shine and life to lack-luster hair, to enhance highlights, add balance to an excessively oily or dry scalp and improve scalp circulation thereby assisting with hair loss.

Healthy Shine Hair Rinse

Place water and herbs in a saucepan. Bring water to a boil then immediately reduce the heat to low.

Simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, cool  and strain. Mix in 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Store, covered, in fridge.

Use 1 cup as a final hair rinse after shampoo and conditioning. Massage into scalp and work evenly through hair. Avoid contact with eyes. Blot up excess moisture with a towel and leave in (or leave in 2-3 minutes before a quick rinse). Style hair as usual.

For added benefit, leave herbal rinse on hair overnight and rinse out in the morning.

Substitutions

Oily Hair: Horsetail herb, Lavender flowers, Rosemary leaves, Lemon Balm leaves, Peppermint leaves

Dry Scalp: Marshmallow Root, Burdock Root

Hair Loss: Yarrow herb, Sage leaves, Rosemary leaves, Horsetail herb, Nettle leaves

All Hair Types: Rosemary leaves, Horsetail herb, Nettle leaves, Thyme herb

Blond Highlights: Chamomile flowers, Elderflowers, Yarrow flowers, Lemon Juice

Red Highlights: Marigold (Calendula) flowers

Dark Hair: Rosemary leaves, Thyme leaves, Sage leaves