A friend asked me to create something for shingles for a woman who's about two weeks away from delivering a baby and is miserable. I told her that as long as she notified her physician of the product, I would make her something that might help. The physician gave her a topical cream but it apparently has not helped. So I took Sunflower Oil, Kukui Nut Oil and Tamanu Oil and infused this mix with Calendula flowers, Lemon Balm leaves, Passionflower leaves, St. John's Wort and Chamomile then added essential oils of Lavender, Bergamot, Ravintsara, Tea Tree and Peppermint in a 1% dilution.
Women Healers of the World by Holly Bellabuono is a beautiful addition to my library. I expected it to be a very pretty coffee table-type book with little to no good information that I didn't already have in a dozen other books. I was mistaken. It has a unique perspective on herbalism, giving personal stories of herbal healers from their countries, how they practice, how they learned, interesting perspectives on herbalism and its future and, most of all, engaging stories of their own doubts, fears and changing ideas. It's inspiring to find that you have something in common with the best of the best and that if they can succeed, you need to keep at it, too.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.