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an herbal remedy review

Last week I attended my eighth and probably my final herbal remedy party for the season. Not only am I thankful God blessed us with the extra income while we were in limbo between unemployment and the first paycheck, but I am also very excited to report that not only has customer feedback back simply positive, but a couple of my remedies have far surpassed my hopes in their design.

Like I tell my customers, I have no further education in herbal medicine – everything I have learned has been through countless hours of research and experimenting on my family. The trouble is, experimenting on one’s family takes a long time to learn the effectiveness of a time-old remedy’s use in today’s world of over-the-counter meds. So it is very exciting to see volunteers come forward, use my remedies, and give amazing feedback.

This is not a sales pitch, but I do want to tell you about these wonderful herbs because God deserves the credit for designing them.

Many of you know that for a couple of years I have been making a diaper rash cream out of comfrey. I’ve been giving this salve away to friends with babies, and confirmed that it wasn’t just my baby’s bums it could heal (because sometimes I really do wonder if I’m just imagining the miracles this salve works), but that it really is a great alternative to store-bought creams.

This year I added a new salve to my line of products, using not only comfrey, but several othe herbs: Calendula, chamomile, yarrow, lavender, rosemary, valerian, lemon balm, thyme, and echinacea.

My hope was that this remedy could be used to treat minor wounds and replace the need for antibiotic ointment. Then Papa discovered that both salves removed pain from his elbow joints, and I was amazed to discover that the first aid salve was able to remove both joint and nerve pain from my hip (thank you pregnancy!). This really is a universal first aid product!

The second most popular remedy among my customers was the clear mind tincture, which I made from basil, oregano, lemon balm, chamomile, and valerian. This remedy was made for treating various nerve-related symptoms such as insomnia, stress, indigestion, and depression. Some of the herbs have been used historically for increasing memory and energy, but while I did say that was a potential benefit, I was excited to see that it was a quick responding treatment for memory problems! The most incredible story yet came from a customer whose son has tourette syndrome. His meds were not really helping with the tics, so she got permission from his doctor to add my clear mind tincture to his morning routine, and right away the tics were dramatically reduced!

Next year I want to work on new ideas I have, such as a cold and flu treatment for young kids, and comfrey ice pack kits, but with a new baby on the way and sleepless nights ahead, I may instead be devoting much of my herbal time to drying and combining teas. We’ll see. I am happy with how the parties went, and I still hope to start a business in the next couple years, but for now I’ll use the remedies I have and encourage family and friends to use herbs for medicine. They really work!

(if you are a family or friend of mine, I do still have TONS of salves and some tinctures available for sale, email me if you are interested!)

My Herbal Cabinet

Honestly, I’ve never had that many pills in my medicine cabinet, and most of them were vitamin supplements. Even before I learned why large amounts of medications are generally not good, Glen and I just didn’t feel that great about using them unless we REALLY needed to. But after my great success with comfrey, I was inspired to learn more about herbs as a natural alternative to drugs, a more gently approach to treating illness and discomfort in the body.

This past spring I added to my garden nettles, yarrow, and skullcap, and decided that I would try making different kinds of herbal treatments including tinctures, infusions, and salves. Unfortunately the nettles did not take, but a friend recently gave me a couple of her nettle plants so next spring I’ll try again.

I found lots of resources for different herbal recipes, and lists of uses for these herbs. Much of it was found through Google, but a few of the books in my collection include The Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, The Pregnancy Herbal, A Garden of Herbal Remedies, New Choices in Natural Healing, and The Ministry of Midwifery. Surprisingly, many of the remedies mentioned in midwifery books apply to other health challenges families face.

I printed a list to post on the wall of all the uses I found for my new remedies. Things like infections, cuts and bruises, headaches, insomnia, pms, toothaches, muscle pain and more. I think it’s very rewarding to be making my own “medications” for far less money and far less side effects.

Speaking of saving money, I started looking up prices for premade tinctures, oils, and salves. Even the ones made from regular olive oil like mine were really expensive! I currently have two quart jars of oil infusing in the closet and each one is worth about $80! I could never afford to buy this stuff already made, but doing it myself it is SO cheap. If you are concerned about the negative effects of long term use of medication, if you can’t afford over the counter drugs all the time, or you just like doing things yourself, I highly recommend making your own herbal remedies.

And they really are effective! Daphney broke out with a rash of some kind, it looked like hives, and I immediately put some of my comfrey/yarrow/skullcap salve on it. Within 45 minutes it was only faint lines instead of big puffy white lines, and shortly after disappeared. The comfrey salve clears up diaper rashes at least as quickly as medicated diaper ointment. The skullcap tincture really does take away headaches, and the comfrey ice packs, well, let’s just say, they’ve saved us at least a couple trips to the ER with Daphney!

Next year I plan to grow even more herbs, except Glen will be doing much more to help me. He has become inspired to take over much of the gardening, beginning with a green house he wants to assemble, from used materials, in the backyard. I’m so excited to see him jump in because now this truly will be a family venture! He’ll do the growing and I’ll concoct the remedies. Who knows, maybe I could even start selling a few of them now and then.