Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday Backwards Edition - Herbally Impaired

Alrighty people. The herbal train has come to town and I'm afraid I'm gonna miss it! I need help in the herbal-all natural-organic-essential oil kinda way. Real bad.

I've learned quite a few things about herbs/essential oils/healthy eating, etc...over the past few years. This doesn't mean I've given up my Lay's Potato Chips with Dean's French Onion Dip. It just means that I now know what kind of garbage I'm consuming and what it will eventually do to me. I also consume less of it. I do use a lot of whole wheat flour, organic unrefined coconut oil and am moving to paraben- free toiletries, does that count?

Whoa. I digress.

So, I want to learn more about herbs and essential oils and how to use them. I ordered Eucalyptus Essential Oil from Mountain Rose Herbs the other day and now I have no idea what in tarnation I'm supposed to do with the stuff. Bright, I know.

You should see my math skills.

Anyone have any cheap inexpensive ways to go about doing this? Websites? Personal blogs? Anything? Bueller? Bueller?

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Jenni said...

You could put a couple drops in a little water and heat it on your stove to make your house smell nice. You could put a few drops in a homemade cleanser (1 part water to 1 part vinegar). I dunno what else.

I love tea tree oil! It's a natural antibacterial, so it's good for cleaning and deodorizing. I put a few drops of it in my laundry to help un-funk my dirty kitchen washcloths. I put it in the diaper pail to make the baby's room smell fresh. It works as well on zits as benzoyl (sp) peroxide!

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Someone much more oil savvy than I once gave me this tip and it works wonders... For help to cure congestion and colds... Use a large crock pot filled with water and left on high with the lid off in a room with the "sicky". In the crock pot, put drops of tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint oil. It will clear up the congestion. When my daughter was little, she would get bad congestion and ear infections all the time. Once I learned this trick, she was usually well without medicine or a doctor's appointment within just 1 or 2 days.

PufferfishMommy said...

I refer to the website quite frequently to find natural remedies for various ailments. Check it out and see if they have anything like what you're looking for. You're sure to learn something from just reading the articles there, too.