We’re going to address ways to be more comfortable in this “backside” of winter. We’ll soothe our skin, our nerves, and our immune systems as the days grow longer in the Northern Hemisphere, or shorter in the Southern. In my part of the country, we are finally getting a little sun, and my mood was in need!!!
For a quick blend, try equal parts (1 T) rose, lavender, and elderflowers. To those, add 1/4 cup oatmeal and 1 T powdered milk. Steep in a muslin bag in a pitcher of very hot water, and then add the contents of the pitcher to the bath. Oats
Latin name: Avena sativa
Common Name(s): Wild Oats, Common Oats, Milky Oats, Oatstraw
Parts used: Aerial parts
Medicinal Uses: Oats are wonderful and skin-soothing when
used in bathwater. When the whole plant is harvested and dried while green, including the seeds, it is called oatstraw.
Oats are a rejuvenating and restorative mineral tonic. They are grounding, helping fortify people during grief, and promoting emotional well-being. Oatmeal is the ripe seed. It provides nourishment to the body and the skin while supporting the nervous system.
Latin name: Zingiber officinale
Parts used: root, with root and leaves used for essential oil(s)
Ginger’s best known use is on various forms of nausea, including sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery, and morning sickness. It stimulates digestion, and has been found
to cause the stomach to empty faster, and move food through the system more rapidly, while soothing and relaxing the entire digestive system. Ginger heats up and improves the metabolism.
It may help with menstrual pain, migraine headaches, and improve gum health. Regular use of ginger may help relieve pain and swelling of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis and
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