Herbal Essential Oils also used for Wound Care.

   by Jean Patton


   Using natural botanical skin care is a wonderful experience. With uplifting aromatic essential oils and other natural carrier ingredients, it is easy to nourish the skin in a very special way. While dramatic effects can sometimes be had using synthetically created products, natural botanical blends can bring about a lasting healthy glow free from the possibility of side-effects.

   While some of the most highly regarded therapeutic grade oils may seem expensive at first, they are effective in such small concentrations as to really make them worthwhile. And their efficacy is well-known; that’s why so many laboratory-made preparations use components of essential oils in their formulas. With a one or two ounce bottle to mix in, and an eye dropper, you can easily mix your own blend with the aroma and actions you desire most.

Herbalist, Camille EdwardsCertifed Family Herbalist, Camille Edwards, gave a great disscussion on plants most would consider weeds. It's surprising what some weeds are good for. A word of caution; don't just go out and start picking weeds, if you don't know what your doing. Some beneficial herbs and toxic plants look almost alike.

Growing Chinese HerbsWe videotaped Brian Kramer,  MS, Lic.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CPT, during his live talk at Herbfest 2008. He shared some great tips and resources for growing Chinese Medicinal Herbs. We appreciate Brian's vast knowledge of Chinese herbs.

So many people of my generation know of this herb plant as the "Vick's Vapor Rub" plant.  When one had a bad cold the first remedy Mom selected came in a blue jar and was like Vaseline Petroleum jelly except it was impregnated with eucalyptus oil as well as mint oils.  It was also known as "the cold plant".  There was that big first word - Eucalyptus

  Tea Tree Oil, Melaleuca alternifolia, was discovered by Captain Cook in South Wales about 1770.  His crew dropped anchor and went ashore finding a tree and proceeded to make tea from the leaves, thus the name "Tea Tree".   It was learned that the native aboriginals used the oil for skin infections, insect bites, athlete's foot etc. ( The Honest Herbal by Varro Tyler ).