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Making Herbal Medicines
Making herbal tinctures at home is both fun and economical. Developing your own combinations based on your individual family needs is also very beneficial. And it is truly easy to learn. The book, Butterfly Miracles with Herbal Remedies, is an excellent resource for knowledge about many popular herbs as well as recipes for combinations to target specific systems (as we have been talking about for the past several months).

These 2 pages taken from the "herbal book" give you an idea of just how simple it is produce your tinctures at home.


BASIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING ALCOHOL OR VINEGAR TINCTURES

Measure your herb into a glass jar with a well-fitting lid. Add your menstruum (alcohol or vinegar), put on the lid and then stir very well. Set in a cool place out of direct sunlight—but not “out of sight, out of mind”. You will need to stir this concoction at least once per day for the next 10 to 14 days. Add more liquid at any time if the mixture looks dry or if some of the herb is sticking up out of the liquid. When the 10 to 14 days have passed, strain your tincture and discard the herbs. I find the herbs, in spite of the alcohol left in them, to make excellent compost material for my flower beds.

You can strain a tincture using an ordinary kitchen strainer. This leaves a lot of the menstruum behind, leaving you with less tincture than you might expect from the amount of alcohol or vinegar that you used. Straining the herbs through a cheesecloth works well, but is messy and stains your hands badly unless you wear gloves. This method, though a little more effective at removing the liquid, also leaves quite a lot of the menstruum still clinging to the herb. A centrifugal juicer, such as the Juice Man or the Omega, works very best. You will get back a much higher percentage of your expensive alcohol, vinegar, or glycerine.

A tincture stored in a cool place in a glass jar will keep indefinitely, remaining as potent as the day you made it. Evaporation and corrosion of the lids are the major enemies. The lids on the tincture bottles need to be watched closely and the lids should be changed regularly. This is especially true of vinegar tinctures. Use a plastic lid, rather than a metal one, if possible. Amber glass bottles with phenolic caps (used for essential oils and other commercial products) work very well and eliminate this problem altogether.

GENERAL INFORMATION—GLYCERITE TINCTURES

For making herbal glycerite tinctures, it is recommended that you use non-synthetic vegetable glycerine. Never use a glycerine made from animal by-products for your herbal remedies.

Glycerine has the capacity to break down and remove certain chemicals and preservatives from the body. It is an excellent medium for herbal tinctures. The sweet flavor makes it especially appropriate for children. When diluted, glycerine is demulcent, emollient, soothing, and healing. Undiluted, it is an irritant and a stimulant and difficult to use because it is so thick. Glycerine tinctures do not have the indefinite shelf life that alcohol tinctures do.

In almost all glycerine tinctures, you will need to dilute the glycerine to a 60% glycerine/40% water solution. Distilled or filtered water is best. In other words, if you need 10 ounces of liquid for your tincture, you would mix 6 ounces of glycerine with 4 ounces of water.

A word of caution: some books will tell you that 50% glycerine/50% water solution is good enough. Experience has shown me that this is not always the case. 30% to 70% glycerine is more reliable. If some alcohol is tolerable, 10% added to 50% glycerine/40% water formula is ideal. The alcohol acts as an additional preservative.

A few drops of the essential oil benzoin, added to the finished and strained glycerite at a ratio of 4 drops to each 8 cups of tincture as a preservative, is helpful. The benzoin does not interfere with the medicinal properties and greatly improves the length of time the tincture can be stored. In fact, benzoin has some good medicinal qualities of its own. A glycerite without alcohol or benzoin has a shelf life of 1 to 3 years. Benzoin adds at least an additional 2 or 3 years to the time the tincture can be stored and still be an effective remedy.

On occasion, glycerite tinctures are applied topically to help keep skin surfaces moist. Glycerine does not evaporate at either body or room temperature, and it produces a sensation of warmth to the skin or the tongue. Glycerine is very emollient and is useful for really tough dry skin problems. Glycerin is quite sticky, and since it does not evaporate, can be a little bit annoying for a few minutes until it absorbs into the skin.

Skin rashes that are caused by a bacterial or fungal infection should be treated using the herbs in tea form. Glycerine and carrier type oils contain protein molecules which are “food” for the fungus. These remedies may actually make the condition worse.

BASIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING A GLYCERITE TINCTURE

Use a 60% glycerine, 40% distilled water menstruum (as described above) and a ratio of 1:8 to 1:10. This means that you will use 8 to 10 ounces of menstruum (combined glycerine and alcohol) for each 1 ounce of herb. Stir the glycerine and water together thoroughly first, then place the herb and liquid in a canning jar. Place a tight lid on the bottle and cold pack can it, much like you would do for fruit. The water need only come to the neck of the jar. Leave in the canner with the water lightly boiling for 2 hours. Remove the jar from hot water and allow it to cool. You will need to take off the lid a couple of times while it is cooking so that you can stir the mixture. Try to get all of the herb under the liquid as soon as possible.

I have done this with a variety of herbs, including peppermint, and the heat does not destroy the medicinal properties of the herbs. Glycerine is a heavy medium, even diluted, and with a tightly fitting lid, the medicinal properties cannot dissipate into the air. Tinctures made this way are very potent and effective. In making peppermint tea, perhaps the loss of the volatile oils and their properties is due to diffusion into the air rather than destruction by heat. Perhaps we should make all our teas with lids on.

Glycerites (glycerine tinctures) have the added advantage of being ready to use in a few hours instead of in two weeks. This can be a very great advantage.

***Note: Wild Cherry Bark cannot be heated under any conditions. In the Wild Cherry Cough Syrup Recipe the Wild Cherry is placed in the glycerine/water mixture 24 hours before the batch is going to be processed. It is simply allowed to sit. It is not heated with the rest of the ingredients. Strain the wild cherry bark when you strain the rest of the batch and mix them together.

TINCTURE DOSAGES

An alcohol tincture is taken 12 to 20 drops in a little bit of water. It is usually advisable to take tinctures along with a meal. The nutrients are more likely to be absorbed that way. With something in your stomach, the tincture will be less likely to cause an upset tummy. Depending on the severity of the problem, tinctures should be taken 2 to 5 times a day.

Tinctures are administered in drops, and at least half of those few drops are just water if you used vodka to make the tincture. The alcohol consumed when taking an herbal remedy is negligible. It is far less than that contained in over the counter remedies such as cold and cough remedies, even those for children. In fact, you will be consuming less alcohol taking herbal remedies that you consume when adding vanilla to your favorite frosting recipe.

Alcohol dissipates very rapidly with heat. Since you will be adding the tincture to a couple of tablespoons of water to take it anyway, just make sure the water is very hot when you put the tincture into it. The alcohol will dissipate instantly. You will have completely eliminated the alcohol with this simple step.

A good starting spot for tinctures might be KNA (kelp, nettles, alfalfa).
It is a great supplement for almost anyone to take, especially people suffering from a struggling thyroid or low metabolism.

KNA

(Formerly Kelp/Nettles/Alfalfa)

1.00 kelp
1.00 stinging nettle
1.00 alfalfa

These three herbs contain all of the trace minerals, in adequate amounts and excellent proportions, that have been identified as vital to good health. These herbs are particularly high in absorbable calcium, natural iron that does not cause constipation, iodine, vitamin C, and vitamin A. In addition, alfalfa contains a lot of a very usable form of protein, which is unusual in herbs. Vegans should pay particular attention and make it a habit to supplement their diets with kelp.

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Immune System
by LaRee Westover & Sharon Moran
Butterfly Expressions, LLC

 
In last December's article I wrote, "A systematic way to work through this vast amount of information is imperative. Knowledge of the physiology of the body and how the body's systems interact with each other is imperative." Continuing with this line of thought, each month's newsletter this year will deal with a different body system.

The following is a excerpt from the book "Butterfly Miracles with Herbal Remedies"

IMMUNE SYSTEM

BONE MARROW, THYMUS, SPLEEN

The immune system is the body’s defense against foreign invaders. It also protects us from damage created by an out-of-balance inner environment—to some extent. The immune system is supposed to distinguish between what is “us” and worthy of protection and support and what is “foreign” and should be destroyed immediately.

DISEASES AND SYMPTOMS

AIDS, allergies, candida, Epstein Barr, gastritis, lupus (more than 50 medications list lupus as a possible side effect!), depression, lack of energy, blood, bone and every other type of cancer (Really, everything that goes wrong in the body that is not structural is probably immune related.)

STRESSORS

Drugs that weaken: vaccinations (all vaccinations come with built-in immune suppressants), antibiotics, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, hypertension medications

Pesticides, heavy metals, toxins, chlorine, stress, refined oils, caffeine, Dioxin (a widely used chlorine bleach used by industry to whiten toilet paper, paper towels, milk cartons, tea bags, and paper plates.)

VITAMINS / MINERALS / FOODS

L-arginine, L-lysine, vitamin C, B-Complex, bioflavonoids, magnesium, calcium, zinc, amino acids from fresh foods and fruit juices, acidophilus

HERBS / SUPPLEMENTS

Astragalus, bayberry, blessed thistle, calendula, cinnamon, cloves, echinacea, eleuthero, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, goldenseal, ginseng, hawthorn, hyssop, kelp, lemon balm, licorice root, lobelia, myrrh, stinging nettle, Oregon grape root, plantain, poke root, pleurisy root, red clover, rosemary, St. Johns wort, thyme, and yarrow, IB herb combination tincture is a good all around formula. It is helpful to supplement vitamin A and C.

EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS

All parts of the immune system are adversely affected by emotions such as grief and loneliness. Anything which damages one’s sense of self, feelings of self-worth, or causes one to doubt or lose confidence in the core beliefs by which they have lived their lives thus far will also have a negative impact on the immune system. When the immune system is at a low ebb, a person may find themselves unusually susceptible to the opinions or manipulations of others.

AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS: Disorders in which the immune system turns on the body as though it were the enemy have become increasingly common. The key question with any such disorder, from allergies through lupus and AIDS, is why we have become enemies to ourselves. These are not easy questions. They require honest evaluation of past behaviors and current thought patterns.

If there is nothing in the past which is burdening us with guilt, blame, or shame, we should probably analyze our feelings of worthiness to have our needs met and even ask ourselves if we feel that we are of sufficient value to be allowed to have needs at all. We might find some clues in our behavior. How do we spend our time? Do we spend our time helping others but refuse to spend any time on ourselves? Service is a good thing, no doubt about that. In fact, it is a very good thing for heart energy and, therefore, the immune system. There must, however, be a balance and many of us, especially if we are female, tend to lose sight of this balance.

Other questions to ask ourselves might include considering whether or not there is someone or something in our lives that is wearing away our self respect or chipping away at our self-esteem. Have we lost the ability to see clearly, living our own beliefs, or are we letting someone else influence too deeply what we think and feel and how we act.

INFLAMMATION: When the immune system is actively fighting off an invasion of some kind, there is often inflammation somewhere in the body tissues. There is a war being waged between our immune systems and the non-self invaders. Perhaps there is an emotional war going on within ourselves as well as we try to determine what beliefs are our own and which ones are being imposed on us by the need to please others. It may be necessary to acknowledge that we have acted against our own beliefs. We may need to make amends or make apologies.

Thymus

GENERAL COMMENTS

The thymus is the key gland in our body’s system of defense. It is interesting to note that the thymus in an infant takes up as much room in the chest as the heart. The thymus (weighing about 15 grams at birth in an average newborn) continues to grow with the child until puberty, when it starts to atrophy. Scientists speculate that the hormones of puberty are responsible for this atrophy in some unexplained manner. I personally speculate that it is not the normal hormones of puberty that cause this shrinking, but something else. I wonder about this because in less developed parts of the world, the thymus remains relatively large into old age. Did these people not go through the normal stages of hormonal development? Perhaps the something else is the immune suppressants added to vaccinations and required by law in more sophisticated and developed nations. Or maybe it has to do with pesticides, fertilizers, toxins, and pollutants.

There is another interesting anomaly involving the immune systems and thymus glands of infants compared with those of adults. There is a type of white blood cell, called a macrophage, which is found in the lymph nodes and connective tissues of adults. Infants, however, do not have any macrophages at birth. It is believed that it takes most children several years to develop a sufficient macrophages.

Infants get macrophage-type protection from their mother’s milk. Non-breast fed infants are statistically more susceptible to infections than breast fed infants. Further, it is known that in an infant with a damaged or nonexistent thymus, the immune response collapses entirely and the baby dies. An adult, however, will live because other parts of the immune system, including macrophages, pick up the slack. The thymus is important to adults because it is here that T-cells mature.

EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS

It has become obvious that the emotional state of the heart impacts the health and well-being of the thymus, either energizing or depleting this key gland. The thymus, because it is the “school of the blood” where messages are composed for interpretation by other organs, glands, tissues, and cells, has a profound effect on the stability and vitality of the immune system.

Heart energy is about the capacity to love and be loved. Having a system of loving and supportive people in your life, and loving and serving them in return, are the best things that you can do for your thymus and for your overall immune response.

Spleen

GENERAL COMMENTS

The spleen filters the blood with several tasks in mind. The first task is to remove anything foreign such as bacteria, viruses, or cancer cells from the blood. The second role of the spleen is to take old or damaged cells and cellular debris out of circulation, making room for brand new replacement cells as they are manufactured. The spleen is filled with a variety of cells essential to proper immune response. People whose spleens have been removed are more susceptible to illness that they were previously.

EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS

Difficulties in the spleen sometimes indicate that, emotionally, instead of filtering out and throwing away the trash, we are harboring old, stagnant, or destructive thoughts and feelings. Doing so inevitably creates irritability and indigestion. A strong and healthy spleen, as it cleanses the blood of impurities, encourages feelings of compassion, sympathy, and patience.

The immune system is comprised of the lymph glands, nodes, the thymus gland, tonsils, spleen and even the white blood cells. Our immune system was designed to protect the body – to be a first line of defense against attack. A properly functioning immune system should be able to fight off germs, bacteria and viruses in order to keep them from proliferating within the body to detrimentally high levels. The immune system is adversely affected by emotional extremes such as stress, grief, depression, loneliness and even repressed feelings. When evaluating how well your immune system is functioning, it may be advantageous to find where you are repressing some of your negative feelings and find ways to release them.

There is always room for improvement where the immune system is concerned. We should be very vigilant in regards to our immune system, always striving to cleanse and improve its function. Autoimmune disorders are on the rise. If you have an autoimmune disorder some of the questions you may need to investigate are “How have you become an enemy to yourself? To what extent do you allow others to influence you in denial of your own thoughts and feelings?” Complete, honest answers to these questions will be integral in developing a plan for overall improvement of the immune system.

Oils which have an affinity for the immune system include: Ageless, Angel, Bountiful, Breezey, Cherish, CinnamonBear, Deliverance, EndoRelief, Grateful Heart, Housewarming, Journey, LifeForce, LiteN, QuietEssence, Reflections, Revitalize, SpiceC, Sunburst, Synopsis, UnDone, Vitality, cistus, hinoki, ledum, mountain savory, orange sweet, oregano, patchouli, saro

Herbs which have an affinity for the immune system include: CF, IB, IF, KNA, LT, MIN, NS, NT, NV, NVC, RC, RC-L, Super C, astragalus, bayberry, blessed thistle, calendula, cinnamon, cloves, Echinacea, eleurhero, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, goldenseal, ginseng, hawthorn, hyssop, kelp, lemon balm, licorice root, lobelia, myrrh, stinging nettle, Oregon grape root, plantain, poke root, pleurisy root, red clover, St. John’s wort, thyme, yarrow, and poke root. Vitamin A and C intakes should be supplemented as needed.

Also look for all the oils and herbs regarding the emotional drivers such as depression, stress and grief.

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LeAcknowledge

INGREDIENTS: bergamot, frankincense, geranium, melissa blend, neroli, palmarosa, rosewood, sandalwood

AFFINITY FOR: nervous system, liver, liver meridian, heart chakra, throat chakra, sacral chakra

RESONANCE: physical, emotional, spiritual

APPLICATION: LeAcknowledge should be applied over the liver when the liver is toxic and the mind and emotions are sluggish or slow. Other particularly effective places for application are behind the ears, on the face, neck, thymus, or wrists. I especially like applying oils to the wrists because I frequently wave my wrists in front of my face for one reason or another.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: This blend has a pleasant enough aroma to be worn as a perfume and is especially nice used in a bath when one is feeling overwhelmed or discouraged by life. The aroma of this blend can promote feelings of calmness, courage, and increased self-confidence.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: LeAcknowledge nourishes and strengthens the nervous system, helping to quiet feelings of fear and discouragement. Another benefit of this blend is in enabling us to see the “reality” of life or health situations. Accepting what will be or will not be in our lives can allow us to move forward with healing and peace instead of discouragement and despair. Recognizing what it is that we are feeling, and knowing that it is acceptable to feel that way for the moment, often allows us to move through that feeling and move on with our lives.

LeAcknowledge may also give us increased confidence in social situations and enhanced creativity in our attitudes and skills. One aspect of this blend concerns a better balance in attitudes and desires in sexual matters. LeAcknowledge is also one of the great oils for depression.

Because it balances the heart and sacral chakras, LeAcknowledge can help us recognize and accept the love and sympathy that people around us are trying to express. For those of us with very independent natures, it may help us with the ability to let others be of service to us. Increased balance in the throat chakra allows us to express our own feelings and needs and to express feelings of appreciation and gratitude for the services we receive.

Balance in these areas may also bring relief from feelings of frustration, self-pity, insecurity, hopelessness, inadequacy, and feeling that we are being overwhelmed by the responsibilities of our lives. This allows us to feel enthusiasm for new things and to expect to find joy and abundance in our lives.

LeAcknowledge, like LeBountiful, may change the way that we feel toward material possessions, making us both more appreciative of them and less focused on their acquisition.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Because LeAcknowledge has a cleansing effect on the liver it may be useful for allergies and other mild immune system dysfunctions. Any ailment that has anger as an underlying emotional component, which many physical ailments do, would benefit from the use of LeAcknowledge. Kidney and bladder problems such as frequent infections and cystitis, with their emotional connection to fear and feelings of inadequacy, often respond favorably to this blend. The use of this essential oil blend may not only relieve the discomfort of the moment, but will also help lessen the likelihood and frequency of future attacks. LeAcknowledge is an excellent oil when applied as a deodorant and is considered a mild hormone balancer.

LeEverlasting

INGREDIENTS: A very unusual oil—it is a blend of 5 other blends: LeDreams, LeHeartSong, LeTrust, LeUnity, LeWisdom

AFFINITY FOR: emotional and spiritual health

RESONANCE: emotional, spiritual, physical

APPLICATION: LeEverlasting can be applied, diluted, to the chest, over the heart, on the forehead, and down the sternum (for allergy relief). This blend is very nice worn as a perfume or diluted as a massage oil. LeEverlasting is relaxing in a tub, especially when life is being a little stressful.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of LeEverlasting balances energy and improves both mood and mental outlook. Diffuse LeEverlasting while sleeping for a restful night’s sleep and to wake up refreshed and invigorated. LeEverlasting helps one to see and seek their highest potential and best good for themselves and others.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Each of the five blends contained in LeEverlasting is in the mid to very high frequency range. Each one targets a specific range of emotions. Blending these five blends together into another essential oil blend is an amazing example of synergy. LeEverlasting is a lower frequency (physical range) blend which displays the ability to act on the emotions. A person using LeEverlasting receives the emotional impact of each separate high frequency blend. At the same time, the lower frequency of the whole carries the healing more deeply into the physical body. The negative emotions are released clear down to the cellular level.

This amazing mixture relieves feelings of hopelessness and self-pity.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeEverlasting promotes a most wonderful relaxation that is followed by high levels of optimism, vigor, and energy.

LeEZTraveler

INGREDIENTS: birch, chamomile Roman, frankincense, lavender, myrrh, orange sweet, peppermint, ylang ylang

AFFINITY FOR: digestive system, nervous system

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

APPLICATION: LeEZ Traveler should be carried with you whenever you are traveling if you are inclined to motion sickness. An inhaler is a convenient way to carry LeEZ Traveler, or you can place a few drops on a cotton ball and carry it in a small plastic bag. You can also apply this oil diluted to the soft areas of the skin such as the wrists, inner thighs, or behind the ears. It can also be diffused or added to the tub.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma alone is often enough to stop the symptoms of motion sickness. This oil is calming and restful, providing a hint of humor and a sense of gladness to be alive.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Besides alleviating the physical symptoms of motion sickness, LeEZ Traveler promotes feelings of calmness, emotional strength, and the ability to cope with the day’s events and responsibilities. It has been used to treat anorexia.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: LeEZ Traveler was originally created to assist with motion sickness during airplane travel. This is a good oil to use in the days before traveling to avoid sickness while traveling. It has proven effective against other forms of motion sickness and unrelated incidences of nausea, dizziness, and vertigo. This blend often brings relief from morning sickness.

Anthopogon

(Rhododendron anthopogon)

INGREDIENT IN: LeGrateful Heart, LeReconciliation

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, balsamic, depurative, hepatic, immunostimulant, nervine, restorative, sedative, tonic, antineuralgia, decongestant, nervous system tonic

AFFINITY FOR: immune system, ligaments, bones, skin, digestive system, hair, liver, spleen meridian, all four fire meridians, heart and crown chakras

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY:Ericaceae

PART UTILIZED: flowers & leaves, wild

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Anthopogon has a unique and very appealing fragrance which hangs in the air, becoming softer and more lovely as time passes. It is described as being fresh, green, and balsamic with undertones of vanilla and conifers. I would simply describe it as delightful. It creates a feeling of openness, love, and connection, especially to family members and old friends.

APPLICATION: Anthopogon should be diffused, worn as a perfume, or diluted and applied anywhere on the body.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Anthopogon essential oil is very warming emotionally. It pulls one immediately into a mood of remembering, but with the blessing of a focus on the good times and the good in people. This oil is especially good for people whose lives have carried them far away from home and heritage. Anthopogon, and blends to which it has been added, are important and amazing oils for loss or bereavement of any kind.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Perhaps anthopogon’s most important characteristic in the physical realm is on the immune system. It has been used in Nepal for various types of blood disorders and systemic infections for a very long time. The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Padova in Italy has done extensive research as well as gas chromatography and mass spectrometry on this essential oil. Their results, published in a renowned scholarly scientific journal which targets important new discoveries, claim that anthopogon essential oil reduced cancer cell growth in all types of cells tested, using varying treatment protocols and varying concentrations of essential oil. The cancers anthopogon was tested against were ovarian, cervical, and colon—certainly three of the deadliest and fastest moving cancers known. The research team speculated that the high pinene content was responsible, at least in part, for this action. This is truly important new research!

Anthopogon was also shown effective against candida, e-coli, and several other strains of bacteria. Anthopogon is a stimulant essential oil, with a particular affinity for the liver and digestive system. It can stimulate appetite during illness or convalescence. This oil is useful for gouty arthritic conditions. It is strongly anti-inflammatory when applied to fibrous tissues, ligaments, and joints.

In Nepal, where anthopogon has been used for many years, it is considered a symbol of balance in the fire meridian. Anthopogon’s therapeutic properties certainly indicate that it affects this meridian in all of its aspects; physically, mentally, and emotionally. It relieves headaches, backaches, and joint and muscle pains that were brought about by excesses of some kind (over-the-top activity or consumption of food and drink). This oil is of great benefit to people whose illnesses are aggravated by windy or stormy conditions.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Anthopogon is the national symbol of Nepal, where it is used in meditation and healing.

Basil

(Ocimum basilicum)

INGREDIENT IN: LeBreezey, LeCrystal Clear, LeDelicate, LeJourney, LeWarmDown, LeWeightless

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antispasmodic, restorative (stimulant for nerves and adrenal cortex), general stimulant, emmenagogue, digestive tonic, intestinal antiseptic, carminative, antibiotic

AFFINITY FOR: cardiovascular system, respiratory system, hormone balance, muscles, bones, pericardium meridian, large intestine meridian, deficient yang energy, throat chakra

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY:Labiatae

PART UTILIZED: stems, leaves, flowers

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Basil should be diluted well. It may be applied to any area of concern or on the feet.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Basil is strongly antiseptic when diffused. Basil helps open the mind to ideas, possibilities, and opportunities. Basil helps us to act with integrity, from our hearts, in a straightforward manner.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: Emotionally, basil is both stimulating and soothing. It energizes the mind while, at the same time, relieves doubts and fears and lightens our burdens. Basil moderates a tendency to be too blunt, outspoken, or independent. Basil is used in treatments for depression, hysteria, nervous tension, and mental fatigue.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Basil stimulates the adrenal cortex and strengthens the nerves, making it beneficial for mental fatigue, headaches, insomnia, fainting, loss of the sense of smell, memory loss, and poor concentration. Basil strengthens the digestive function, being of particular use with hiccups, flatulence, indigestion, and vomiting. Basil has strong antispasmodic and expectorant properties. It calms muscle spasms from injury or fatigue and alleviates coughs. The antispasmodic properties quiet dry coughs. The expectorant properties keep mucus from building up in the lungs.

Basil is also analgesic, providing pain relief when applied to the body. Basil is excellent applied undiluted to insect bites and stings, and in Indian (Eastern) medical lore, is listed as a remedy for snake bite. Many people like basil, either diluted and applied to the chest, or inhaled, in the treatment of chronic colds, earaches, and mucus. The hormonal properties of basil, being yang moving toward yin, have a specific affinity for prostate problems in men.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The action of basil on the system resembles both peppermint and thyme in many ways. In a bath, even a drop or two produces an interesting sensation of tiny pin pricks as it increases circulation to the capillaries just under the skin.

CAUTIONS: Basil should be avoided if pregnant or epileptic. Undiluted, basil may irritate sensitive skin.

Rose Geranium

(Pelargonium roseum)

INGREDIENT IN: LeAngel, LeBaby Me, LeBalance, LeBenediction, LeEverlasting, LeHeartSong, LeUnity

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, diuretic, deodorant, hemostatic, styptic, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary

AFFINITY FOR: nervous system, lymphatic system, hormones, adrenal cortex, skin, solar plexus chakra, brow chakra, heart chakra, yin energy

RESONANCE: physical, emotional

PLANT FAMILY:Geraniaceae

PART UTILIZED: leaves

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Rose geranium has quite a lovely aroma. It is sweeter and lighter than geranium. It has an herbal undertone and a rosy overtone that geranium lacks. When diffused, rose geranium can help us feel joy in our journey.

APPLICATION: Can be worn as perfume, used in a bath, or diluted and massaged on the body.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: One aspect of rose geranium is for emotional work with those who feel burdened by, or resentful of, the necessity to work so very hard. This situation may be perception or reality. Rose geranium can benefit those who have found themselves in a real position of never ending work, with no rest, no pause, and maybe even with very little reward.

Rose geranium is a call to attention. It requires us to analyze our lives, streamline them, and then enables us to do with joy those things that are required of us. Rose geranium soothes the nervous system. It relieves depression and anxiety, making the world look like a much friendlier and supportive place.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Rose geranium stimulates the lymphatic system, relieving congestion and pain throughout the body. As the body detoxifies, symptoms of PMS such as water retention, bloating, and headache disappear. Rose geranium is useful for treating jaundice and gallstones. On the skin, rose geranium balances the secretion of sebum. It is antiseptic and healing to the skin for acne, burns, and wounds.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The uses of rose geranium are very similar to those of geranium.

CAUTIONS: Rose geranium has mild hormonal properties; care should be used during pregnancy.