Why does cold and flu season have to arrive just as we’re about to celebrate the holidays? A time that is supposed to be filled with joyful family gatherings and parties can quickly become stressful when one of your kiddos ends up sick and can no longer attend. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the old saying goes, so I’m turning to The Essential Guide to Home Herbal Remedies by Melanie Wenzel and The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon & Lora Cantele for help in keeping my family healthy.
With homemade remedies for everything from sore throats & coughs to earaches & anxiety, “Home Herbal Remedies” appeals to the growing popularity of using herbs, like our ancestors, for treatment of common ailments. Teas, tinctures, oil infusions, compresses, and vinegars are all ways to effectively use herbs for healing and Melanie Wenzel shows you how to create them with effective but easy to follow recipes. Some recipes use common household items, and others require ingredients that can be found at local health food stores & markets. There are sections in the book with specific remedies for children, women, men, stress, pain and old age. She also lists plant portraits from A-Z noting where the plant grows, what it looks like, uses, and what scientists think of it. Home Herbal Remedies becomes both a how-to, and reference guide, for your own home pharmacy.
In The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils handbook for everyday wellness, Nerys Purchon & Lora Cantele guide you through properties of 109 essential oils and show you how to use them in more than 450 remedies that soothe everything from arthritis to high blood pressure. This book is a wealth of knowledge. I feel it does a good job giving uses for particular oils while at the same time cautiously educating on the negatives of certain oils. I am interested in the therapeutic qualities of essential oils and have several remedies already bookmarked to try. My favorite oils are mint and rose because they tend to calm me and bring peace. What type of aromas calm, excite, relax or soothe you?
Last week I showed y’all how I made spice mixes as Christmas gifts this year. Well, I also made little “winter remedy” gift boxes that used the Sage Candy and Roll on Lavender recipes from Home Herbal Remedies and the Anti-Infection Blend which I made room sprays and hand sanitizer out of, from the Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Handbook. I made bath salts fragranced with essential oils, too! A word to the wise……essential oils are an investment, at least initially. Although the up front costs can be spendy, a bottle can last a very long time and make a ton of recipes. I had fun making my own concoctions. My family said I looked like I was a doctor playing in the lab! I am looking forward to trying many more of the recipes from both books.
Home Herbal Remedies and the Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook are two more great books from Robert Rose. Robert Rose is REAL MOM RECOMMENDED!!