Herbs That Heal


Calendula Tincture for the Relief of Hemmorroids…

1 – 16 ounce bottle of witch hazel

2 – tablespoons of dried calendula flowers

In a glass jar or ceramic bowl, add the witch hazel and calendula flowers. Cover the jar or bowl and let the mixture stand for eight hours at room temperature. Using a tea strainer, pour the calendula infused witch hazel through the strainer into a spray bottle.

Spray hemorroids after showering and before bedtime. This tincture can also be applied with cotton balls or gauze pads.

Store the tincture at room temperature. For external use only.

Herbal Compress for Sunburn

1 tablespoon dried mint leaves

1 tablespoon dried lavender buds

1 tablespoon of rosemary leaves

3 whole bay leaves

Place the herbs in a muslin bag, white hankerchief, or bandana. Tie the cloth up with string or ribbon to form a small bundle.

In a basin or glass bowl, add the herb bundle, 1 cup of boiling water, and 1 cup of white vinegar. Let the herbs infuse in the vinegar water for 30 minutes. Remove the herb bundle before using the water.

Dip a soft wash cloth in the water, and wring it out slightly. For larger sunburned areas, use a hand towel. Gently apply the cloth to the sunburned area. Repeat every hour or so until the sting and redness has diminished.

Healing Blisters and Cracks on Your feet

2 tablespoons dried mint leaves

1 tablespoon dried thyme

3 tablespoons of Epsom salts

1/2 cup white vinegar

Place the herbs and Epsom salts inside a muslin bag, a bandana, or white hankerchief. Tie the cloth up with string to make a bundle.

In a large basin, foot tub, or a big disposal aluminum pan, add the herb bundle, the white vinegar and 2 gallons of very warm water. Soak your feet in the fragrant water about 15 minutes. This foot soak is good for softening toemails before trimming the mails. Be sure to dry your feet after the foot soak.

~ Meadow Walker

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