I started my herbal studies course thinking of ways to use these precious gifts from the earth and in my mind, everything was separate from the things I do with essential oils. However, I'm discovering how fun it is to combine the two for maximum benefit. I've already created a healing salve with both oils and herbs that I'm using on my back surgery scar and everyone has commented how quickly it appears to be healing. I've also combined them in the tinctures and liniment I'm currently allowing to sit in a cool, dark corner and "brew" and now I'm working on a dream pillow. I like the idea of a small one that can be tucked neatly under my own at night. I'd put it above my head but that spot on the pillow is one of my cat's favorite sleeping spots and she wins. I'll be combining lavender, chamomile, roses and mugwort (the text says Mugwort is known as "the dreamer's herb") and putting in a few drops of High Altitude Lavender and just because I love it - a drop of Jasmine and maybe 1 drop of Vetiver to add that deep earthy grounding to the mix.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.