1) Calendula tincture
TASTE/Qualities: Pungent, Sweet, Bitter, Decongesting, Astringing, Warming and Cooling
USE: Calendula has great uses externally and internally for any type of inflammatory, infectious wound and/or ulcerations. Calendula especially has an affinity to the lymph and indicated for swollen lymph glands. I’ve used it in a protocol to help heal damaged gut. It also helps to reduce liver congestion in that it stimulates bile flow as well reduces fevers, and moderates menstruation in which there is early or heavy periods with dull pains.
DOSAGE: As an ongoing tonic internally for liver stimulation, uterine support, or gut healing, use 30 drops 1 x a day. Also apply externally to an infectious wound as needed for acute situation. For a cold/flu and/or swollen lymph use 30 drops 3 x a day.
2) Mouth rinse
Plantain leaf, Oak bark + Spilanthes
USE: To help support a healthy gum line and teeth, not excluding the importance of a healthy diet! Plantain does a remarkable job of reducing inflammation and promoting detoxification. Oak bark is a strong astringent that helps to tonify and tighten up the gums. Spilanthes is a strong antiseptic herb that helps stimulate salivation and helps cleanse the mouth.
DOSAGE: A dropperful in the morning after breakfast and a dropperful at night before bedtime. Swish around the mouth for at least 30 seconds and spit out afterwards. Preferably done after having brushed teeth.
3) Sitz bath
Epsom salt, Lavender flowers, Yarrow, Raspberry leaf
USE: This sitz bath formula is helpful for general aches and pains in the body with the Epsom salts full of Magnesium. The herbal preparation is great for promoting relaxation with the Lavender flowers, while the other herbs are supportive to heal any wounds or damaged tissue as well as for colds/flu.
Preparation: For bath use add 1 cup of formula to 2 quarts of boiling water. Remove water from heat and let sit for 20 minutes. Strain and add to a bath and soak for 20 minutes. Can also have formula in a cloth bag in the pot or just place the bag of formula into the hot bath, but the herbs will not be as heavily extracted or potent.
4) St. John’s Wort Oil
USE: St. John’s wort as an oil is remarkable for its uses topically for muscle tension, cramps, headache, burns, scalds, insect stings and neuralgias. It can also be indicated for treating viral skin conditions such as herpes, cold sores and shingles. I use it all Summer for sunburns.