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Through my research I have come across various herbal remedies.
None of the remedies listed below have been evaluated by the
FDA for their uses.
They are not intended to cure or prevent disease or illness.
Please refer to a Health Care Provider for further advice.
They are listed for educational and entertainment purposes only.

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Salve for Itching and Rashes

Put 1 ounce of dried chickweed and 1 ounce of dried comfrey into 1 pint of olive oil and follow the instructions for the "Basic Salve Recipe." This salve is handy to have for treating diaper rash or for the itching caused by poison oak or poison ivy.


Pain Reliever Salve

Mix together 1 ounce of chickweed (reduces inflammation and aids in healing), 1 ounce of wormwood (a great pain reliever), and 1 ounce of yarrow (an anti-bacterial agent that also helps to relieve pain).  Add the mixed herbs to 2 pints of olive oil and simmer 3 hours. Strain and add 3 ounces of beeswax and 1 teaspoon of tincture of benzoin. Test for consistency before pouring into wide mouth containers.


Aloe Vera Salve

Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of pekoe tea and 1 tablespoon of Irish moss. Allow to sit until cool. Add 3 tablespoons of aloe gel. Mix well and store in labelled jar.  This salve can be used to heal burns, including sunburns.


Chickweed Salve

Add about 1 pound of chickweed to 1 pint of olive oil. Heat for 3 hours in an oven set at 150 degrees. Strain and add 1 and a half ounces of melted beeswax to the mixture. Stir mixture while it is cooling, as it will thicken.  Place in a wide mouth jar and label. Great for healing cuts burns, and abrasions.


Balm of Gilead Salve

Place 1 ounce of the buds in 1 pint of hot olive oil and allow to simmer, covered, 3 hours. Strain and add 1 and a half ounces of beeswax and a half-teaspoon of tincture of benzoin to the strained mixture. Test for consistency and place in sterile jar.  This is a good salve to use on burns, scratches, and swelling injuries.





Sedative Tincture

Place 1 and a half ounces of chamomile and 1 and a half teaspoons of powdered peppermint into a half quart of vodka. Allow to steep for 2 weeks, shaking daily. Strain and bottle. Use as a sedative for adults. Dosage is half a dropperful under the tongue, as needed.


Valerian Root Tincture

Although this tincture is a great sedative, it is also use to clean sores, clod sores, poison ivy rash, and a host of other skin ailments. It is wonderful for certain tension headaches and for sinus headaches. It is truly a great relaxant.   Since it is a great muscle relaxant, it would be helpful to take orally for sore muscles or when suffering from back injury. Dosage for adults would be half a dropperful every 4 hours or so for muscle spasms due to back pain. The smell is awful, so I place the liquid in #00 capsules and give the dosage that way.  Skullcap is a good substitute if valerian is not available. Both have a sedative effect. Just add 4 ounces of valerian (or skullcap) to 1 pint of vodka or other alcohol and allow to sit 2 weeks. Strain and bottle.


Rosemary Tincture

This tincture is good to take internally to prevent colds or to fight infections. Because of the antibiotic nature of this tincture, it is also good to use to clean cuts and scrapes. It removes bacteria and prevents infections.  Add 4 ounces of rosemary needles to 1 pint of vodka and allow to sit for 2 weeks. Strain and use a half a dropperful every 2 hours for a couple of days.  Then cut back to 2 times daily for about 2 weeks to treat infections and colds.


Tincture for Teenagers

Place a half a cup of chopped onion in 1 cup of olive oil and allow to steep for 2 weeks. Strain and bottle. Use on pimples to help dry then up. Allow the liquid to stay on the spots for 15 minutes before rinsing off.


Earache Tincture

Fill a small jar with mullein flowers and cover with olive oil. Allow to strand in the sun for 1 week, shaking daily. Strain and place in sterile jar. Apply 3 - 4 drops to affected ear as needed and cover with a warm cloth.


Clove Oil

Clove oil is great to use for toothaches. You can make your own by mixing together equal amounts of whole cloves and vegetable oil and allowing it to sit for several weeks. Cinnamon oil can be made the same way.





Liniment for Colds and Chest Tightness

Add 1 cup of finely chopped garlic to 1 cup of boiling lard. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 2 hours. Remove from heat and strain the garlic to the oil.  Place in a container with a tight-fitting lid.


Rheumatic Pain Ointment

Place a half-cup of rosemary leaves and 1/2 teaspoon oil of cloves in 1 cup of vegetable oil. Simmer gently for 20 minutes. Strain well and bottle. Make a poultice and use as often as necessary for rheumatic pain.


Wormwood Liniment

To 1 gallon of white vinegar, add 4 ounces wormwood herb and seed. Let sit for 2 weeks. Strain, bottle and label.  When the time comes to use this remedy beat 4 egg whites. Slowly add 1 quart of the wormwood mixture and 4 ounces of pure turpentine. Keep tightly capped. Shake well before using. Saturate bandages and wrap around the legs when needed. This is good to use for arthritis and stiffness.


Liniment for Aching Body

Add 2 ounces of powdered golden seal to 1 quart of rubbing alcohol. Let set for 2 weeks, shaking daily. Use as a massage for aching muscles.





Blood Pressure Capsules

Mix together in the blender or food processor 1-tablespoon of each of the following dried herbs:


Stinging Nettle


Elder Flowers

Powdered Valerian Root





This makes enough capsules to last about 1 and a half months if taken on a daily basis.



Memory Retention Capsules

Try this recipe for memory retention caused by poor circulation. Take the herbal capsule along with a multiple vitamin B complex tablet.  Mix together in the food processor 1-tablespoon each of the following herbs:


Butcher's Broom


Apple Pectin

Cayenne Pepper


Place in #00 capsules. Take 2 capsules morning and evening. For the first month, take a B complex tablet with the morning capsule. Thereafter, take 2 capsules daily and continue taking 1 tablet of the B complex vitamins daily.




Feverfew Tonic

Pour 1 pint boiling water over 1 ounce dried feverfew. Let steep 15 minutes, covered. Strain and sweeten. Drink in 1/2-cup doses for 1 day. This is a stimulant for the nervous system.

Mix together 1 ounce of each of the following dried herbs:




Liquorice Root

Marsh Mallow Root

Add 2 pint of water. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by 1/4. You should have about 1 an 1/2 pints of the tonic. Strain and dose with 1/2 cup of the liquid every couple of hours for 1 day of every week for a month. This tones up the respiratory tract and also stimulates and nourishes the adrenal glands.


Wine Tonic

Put 1 cup of Sage in the blender and add 1 pint of burgundy or claret. Blend until sage is in very small pieces. Allow to age for several weeks and strain. Take during times of stress or as a general tonic but the tablespoon as needed.


A Good Stimulant

Add 3 tablespoons of angelica to 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and steep 10 minutes. This really perks you up. Take when you feel the need to add "get up and go" to your system. Aids in loosening and eliminating the catarrhal discharges from the urinary and bronchial systems. Good expectorant to use during colds and to treat chest complaints. Aids in eliminating gas so would be used to treat colic and indigestion also.



Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1-teaspoon dried chamomile and steep 10 minutes. Strain. Add 1/4-teaspoon cinnamon to the tea before adding sugar to taste.






Pour 2 cups boiling water over 3 tablespoons dried primrose flowers and leaves.  Let stand, covered, about 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Drink warm or hot. 


Use 1 heaping teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers for each cup of boiling water.   Steep 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey. (Honey if prefered, but if unavailable use sugar).


Anti - Depressive

Put a handful of fresh chopped rosemary into a bottle of white wine. Let is sit about 4 days. Strain and use by the tablespoon as needed.


For Trouble Getting to Sleep

Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 1 ounce of feverfew flowers. Cover and steep until cool. Strain and sweeten with honey. Drink Cool.


Valerian Tea

Caution: Take this only once a day (at bedtime, to induce sleep). Pour 1 pint boiling water over 1 teaspoon powdered valerian root. Cover and steep 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Add a pinch of mace as flavouring if desired.

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