In todays society where natural remedies seem to be everywhere from women’s magazines to blogs;) the topic of holistic healing has become as natural (pun intended) to speak about as modern day medicine. But while there are constantly new discoveries in health and healing, the topic of holistic health should not be discussed without mentioning the godfather of holistic health, Edgar Cayce.
My son is a ball of energy. He’s a busy little man who never stops, even when it comes to bedtime. However, I am the same way. Mind always going, thoughts always racing, and energy always moving. So when I discovered a tincture called ‘Chamomile Calm’ I was pretty excited to give it a try for him and for myself.
What I really liked about the Chamomile Calm tincture was that it was soothing and relaxing as opposed to just putting you to sleep. It’s more of an aid to help calm rather then a sleeping drug. The taste is also pretty good and it worked really, really well.
What I didn’t like about it was the price tag! over $10 for 1oz which may not seem like a lot but when two people are taking one dropper a day it runs out pretty quick. So I decided to make it from scratch.
This was very easy to make, a little timely, but well worth it! My son LOVES the taste and actually runs to get it when I pick up the bottle. It’s soothing for him and myself and is way more cost efficient when I make it. From what I have heard most herbs are okay for children two years and up but it’s always a good idea to check with your trusted health person. My son was twenty months when I started giving this to him and he had no issue. So if you, or your little one need a better nights sleep, or more relaxation, give this tincture a try. I hope it works miracles for you like it has for us!
Organic, High Grade Chamomile
Organic, High Grade Lemon Balm
Organic, High Grade Catnip
Organic, High Grade Fennel
Organic, Food Grade Vegetable Glycerine
1 Glass Jar of desired size
Note* I purchase all my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs which you can check out HERE
1. Fill whatever size jar you are using about halfway full of herbs.
2. Fill jar the rest of the way with Vegetable Glycerine leaving about 1 inch of space from the top.
3. Place lid on jar
4. Fill a crockpot with just enough water so that it sits right below the top of the jar and is covering all of the mixture in the jar.
5. Place a hand towel or washcloth on the bottom of the crockpot and place the jar on top of it. This will prevent the mixture from burning.
6. Set your crockpot to the lowest setting.
7. Leave your crockpot on for about three days, mixing your herb mixture once a day.
8. Once the mixture is done fill dropper bottle 3/4 way with mixture and add filtered water to the top. The glycerine can be sweet so add more or less water depending on your sweets preference.
Do you have a favorite relaxing technique or herbal tincture? Let me know below!
In my first part of Essential Oils 101 I covered the history of essential oils, the many ways we can use them, safety and much more. In this part two I would like to share with you the dilution ratios for application, a Top Ten list of essential oils, and what their uses and benefits are. In case you missed it you can read Essential Oils 101 Part 1 HERE, otherwise read on for a more in depth introduction to essential oils.
Dilutions & Applications
Massage oil/lotion Use 12-14 drops with 1 oz of carrier oil such as almond, apricot kernel, or jojoba
Compress Use 5-7 drops with 1 oz of water
Bath Use 4-8 drops of essential oil in a full tub of water
Foot Bath Add 2-4 drops of essential oil in a large bowl of water
Facial Steam 2-3 drops in bowl of hot water
Face Oil 1-2 drops per 1/3 oz of oil
Hair Oil Use 5-7 drops of essential oil in one once carrier oil
The belief, respect, and use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes can be traced back to countless ancient civilizations including the Aztec, Egyptians, the Chinese, Indians, Greeks, and Romans. Essential oils are a marvelous tool for health and wellness with examples and experiments documented throughout history.
In 1910 a chemist named Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, burned his hand terribly and responded by sticking it in a large vat of lavender oil. The burn subsided and he treated it with lavender oil without burn, or scars. A French surgeon, named Jean Valet wrote many works and case studies about aromatherapy healing in the medical world and established great credibility of aromatherapy and medicinal use of essential oils. Valet used as antiseptics in the treatment of wounded soldiers during World War ll which profound results which did not go unnoticed.
There are endless examples of the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy but with all the information throughout history information can be skewed and lost in translation leaving a novice aromatherapist confused as to where to start and which information to trust. In this ‘Essentials of Essential Oils Part 1’ I’ll cover the types of oils to use, proper uses, safety, and best ratios for the combinations you can make yourself. Stay tuned to Part 2 where I’ll discuss the Top Ten Oils to have on hand, their benefits and best uses for each type of oil.Continue Reading