I recently heard that the flu season has started off with a sledge hammer in Nevada and so I decided it was time to do some preventive work and make a super strong tincture to combat the colds and flu that are going around. I used my favorite glycerin and water base and then used the following herbs: Echinacea, Ginger, Elderberry, Goldenseal, Licorice, Marshmallow, Mullein, Astragalus, Lemon Balm, a little dried Shiitake mushroom and Eucalyptus leaf. Hopefully that covers all possibilities and keeps me safe this winter.
I had a client ask me to create something for a combination of arthritis, neuropathy and fibromyalgia. Whew! That's a helluva combination. I've tried to hit it with all kinds of fixed oils, herbs and essential oils in a soothing salve. So I started with fixed oils of Jojoba, Macadamia Nut, Evening Primrose and Tamanu. Then I added the following herbs in equal parts: St. John's Wort, Willow Bark, Lobelia, Ginger Root, Nettle and Prickly Ash Bark. Finally, I added essential oils of Peppermint, German Chamomile and Rosemary verbenon and used beeswax to make it a salve consistency. I'll be interested to hear if it's effective for any or all of those debilitating issues.
In this crazy holiday season, I felt the need to create something for myself. So I took a cheap 5ml clear spritzer bottle and blended 3 drops of High Altitude Lavender, 2 drops of Jasmine sambac and 1 drop of Neroli in 5ml of Jojoba. I must say it's sort of addictive. I might alter the ingredients a tad next time around but I love it and it lasts longer than I expected. Of course, the added benefit is the relaxation it offers my emotions.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.