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post #101 of 358
Hey! I am trying to decide between a diffuser and a nebulizer (from mountain rose herbs...) and of the one you recommend, how many of each to take care of an entire house. We have almost 3000 sq ft, but it is an old house, so the layout is very choppy and I wonder how the benefits would reach each room.

TIA!

Jamie
post #102 of 358
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Originally Posted by bluebirdmama1 View Post
Since you are using glycerine, I would let it go for atleast 6 weeks. You could muscle test or dowse each tincture to know the specific times for each. Roots will need to sit longer than flowers to pull out the medicine.
Just saw this. K, thanks, good reminder that flowers may take less time than the roots.

Everything is smelling and looking good so far. (No mold, yay!)

Had to top up the liquid in some of the jars as some of the herbs absorbed more mentruum than others and the amount needed tweaking a day or so after starting them. I also had to scoop out a little of some of the herbs as some of them expanded in the liquid and there was too little movement when the jar was shaken, had a feeling that was not a good thing.

Since this is my first time making tinctures with vinegar and glycerin (separately, not in the same blend), I am learning as I go. Alcohol was much easier! But learning lots and looking forward to some sweet tasting tinctures (oh, my, can't hardly wait for the Valerian Passionflower one to be ready, I am craving it already!!)

Thanks for the input so far!
post #103 of 358
Hi! I am hoping you all can help me out a little. I have no experience with herbal remedies and such, but I am very interested in learning! I have a DS who is 7 mo., and my DP is always so quick to suggest giving him tylenol when it seems like he doesn't feel well or is in pain from teething. I try to make it a last resort (unfortunately due to sleep deprivation I've caved a few times) but it would help if we had some other things around. I am wondering are there some basic things I need to know? And what are some of the things you always make sure you have around? Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
post #104 of 358
can't write a lot now...almost shabbat...

But...
lavender essential oil (burns)
clove essential oil (teething)
olive oil infused with garlic (fever)

remember that essential oils need to be cut in a carrier oil. I'll tell you more later. xoxo
post #105 of 358
Check out this article:
Herbal Remedies for Children
Also, you may want to get a good book on homeopathy. IMO homeopathy is wonderful for babes.
fp
post #106 of 358
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Originally Posted by crunchierbytheday View Post
Hi! I am hoping you all can help me out a little. I have no experience with herbal remedies and such, but I am very interested in learning! I have a DS who is 7 mo., and my DP is always so quick to suggest giving him tylenol when it seems like he doesn't feel well or is in pain from teething. I try to make it a last resort (unfortunately due to sleep deprivation I've caved a few times) but it would help if we had some other things around. I am wondering are there some basic things I need to know? And what are some of the things you always make sure you have around? Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
Hi! Welcome to the thread. For the intense teething pain that nothing else can soothe, we have used Motrin for our little guys. But really, haven't had to use it much as other remedies have worked very well in most cases for teething.

Teething can be stressful for little ones! (for Mom and Dad, too)

One homeopathic remedy that has worked well for my kids is Hyland's Teething Tablets. They dissolve very easily, and there is a gel form available, too. Those calmed our kids down and helped them feel a bit better. Sometimes I had to give a dose, wait an hour or two, then another dose, and then saw results, and sometimes gave it all day off and on. We've had good results with it. Chamomilla is another remedy that is all natural and homeopathic and is very calming.

Bach's Rescue Remedy, maybe a drop or two rubbed on baby's gums, was great for calming a baby who needed a little "extra" comfort.

Lastly, and you should put a drop of this one on your finger and put it on your gums to determine the strength to give your own baby: Herbs for Kids Gum-omile oil. You put a drop on your finger and rub it into baby's gums sparingly. It's strong, as it has clove oil in it (as a pp suggested), but it works great to numb pain as those teeth start to break through the gums, like an all-natural Baby Orajel. (analgesic)

HTH
post #107 of 358
Going to follow you all around. I really want to learn more about alternative therapies. I have dabbled with homeopathic meds and some herbals. Just gets a little : for me trying to figure it all out.
post #108 of 358
Thanks so much for all the info!! I'm so excited to start learning all about homeopathy! Are good books on the subject easy to find? Is there a certain one that I should make sure to keep on hand? Oh, and if there is a website or book that answers my next question, just point me in the right direction.. But I am planning on nursing my DS for a while, and a friend of mine is pregnant, so is most of this stuff safe while nursing and/or expecting? I have so much to learn...
post #109 of 358
Wanted to pass on this great article:
Just Say No to Synthetic Vitamins and Processed Foods
At the end there's a list of what vitamins & minerals are found in specific herbs.
post #110 of 358
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Originally Posted by SandyMom View Post
Wanted to pass on this great article:
Just Say No to Synthetic Vitamins and Processed Foods
At the end there's a list of what vitamins & minerals are found in specific herbs.
Great article - thanks!

crunchierbytheday,
Yes, homeopathy is safe while pregnant and nursing.
abchomeopathy.com is a good site imo.
And there are loads of good books. Check to see what your library has to offer maybe.
fp
post #111 of 358
Thread Starter 
a drop of clove essential oil does WONDERS for tooth & gum pain. I also used to use the chamomilla homeopathy tablets with my kiddos. Another great thing to try is some catnip tea. It's an analgesic and is a great thing to use for teething. You can just put it in a bottle/sippy if he will take one.

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Originally Posted by crunchierbytheday View Post
Hi! I am hoping you all can help me out a little. I have no experience with herbal remedies and such, but I am very interested in learning! I have a DS who is 7 mo., and my DP is always so quick to suggest giving him tylenol when it seems like he doesn't feel well or is in pain from teething. I try to make it a last resort (unfortunately due to sleep deprivation I've caved a few times) but it would help if we had some other things around. I am wondering are there some basic things I need to know? And what are some of the things you always make sure you have around? Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
post #112 of 358
Thread Starter 
just an FYI that clove oil is to be applied neat (no dilution) for teething pain.

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Originally Posted by jul511riv View Post
can't write a lot now...almost shabbat...

But...
lavender essential oil (burns)
clove essential oil (teething)
olive oil infused with garlic (fever)

remember that essential oils need to be cut in a carrier oil. I'll tell you more later. xoxo
post #113 of 358
Thread Starter 
no need to deseed. rosehips make wonderful jelly!!!

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Originally Posted by FrannieP View Post
For those of you who gather your own rose hips, do you seed before drying or do you use them whole?
Also, aside from in tea blends, what else do you do with them?
fp
post #114 of 358
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Originally Posted by rainbowmoon View Post
just an FYI that clove oil is to be applied neat (no dilution) for teething pain.
I'm going to disagree here. I, too, use these oils "neat" every now and again, But would NEVER recommend that approach, because whenever you do that, you run a HUGE risk of sensitizing your skin to the oil and causing serious adverse reactions later on down the line (you can google this...probably something like "never use essential oils neat" or "skin sensitizing to eo's" or something like that). Nearly ALL reputiable essential oil certified persons or their distributors will tell you the very same thing.

As for clove oil, specifically, I find that mixing a drop or two in a tablespoon of olive oil is just as effective and carries none of the risks of using neat.
post #115 of 358
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Originally Posted by FrannieP View Post
For those of you who gather your own rose hips, do you seed before drying or do you use them whole?
Also, aside from in tea blends, what else do you do with them?
fp
Just made some rosehip syrup with hips and honey as a tonic for the kids during cold and flu season. They're taking a tsp a day in warm water (as `roseberry tea') or in lemonade (which makes it taste like orange juice).

They love the taste and it is lovely for me to have them excited about taking an herbal for a change! They helped me pick the hips and watched me make it and I think that the connection they have to this tonic will help them get the most good out of it. Even if it is `just the placebo effect' at work, I'll take it
post #116 of 358
Thread Starter 
Well I have used and recommended clove oil in the mouth neat on plenty of occasions with NO adverse reactions for both teething and tooth infections.. We are talking ONE drop here. It is also very common to use lavender oil neat on burns, blisters,cuts,etc. (agin ONE drop) I have used tea tree oil neat successfully on fungal infections of the fingers (after removal of artificial nails and on the toes. These are the only instances I ever used oils neat.

I have been using essential oils for 15 years now and have studied it in depth so it's not like I recommend these without any knowledge or working experience. The companies will tell you NEVER to use neat as they are just covering their butt. Any reputable aromatherapist worth their salt can tell you which oils CAN be used neat and under what circumstances. The 3 listed above are the exceptions to the rule of never using essential oils undiluted. I have never heard of anyone having problems with these specific applications.

I also want to add the use of oils neat is not very often. I can count on one hand the times I have used oils neat on myself for instance. Not very often at all.

You really must use common sense and outweigh the risks for yourself but I have no problem using oils in the ways listed above or even recommending using them those ways to other.

As another example my partner uses lavender oil neat ALL the time on cuts, scrapes, bites,etc. Again no adverse reactions. I really think it depends on the oil. I would NEVER suggest using say citrus based oils neat. BIG RISK there.
Also if you do dilute oils for said applications above they become MUCH less effective in my experience.

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Originally Posted by jul511riv View Post
I'm going to disagree here. I, too, use these oils "neat" every now and again, But would NEVER recommend that approach, because whenever you do that, you run a HUGE risk of sensitizing your skin to the oil and causing serious adverse reactions later on down the line (you can google this...probably something like "never use essential oils neat" or "skin sensitizing to eo's" or something like that). Nearly ALL reputiable essential oil certified persons or their distributors will tell you the very same thing.

As for clove oil, specifically, I find that mixing a drop or two in a tablespoon of olive oil is just as effective and carries none of the risks of using neat.
post #117 of 358
Well, I just wrote a huge post and the forums logged me out so it didn't post. grr. Let's see if I can remember it.

I have dabbled in herbs but mostly for hair and skin care, not as much for actual healing and very rarely taken internally. So I mostly have only experimented with salves and oils. I read this whole thread and have a lot of links to go through. I have some questions and I'm sorry if this gets long:

For me: I have something wrong with my skin. I bruise easily, scar badly and take forever to heal. I actually have a slow clotting time and the drs aren't sure why. Because of all this, I get infections frequently. Right now, maybe from the weather changing, I am having a tough time. My legs are covered in bruises (it looks like I was running through a forest backward) and every little cut or scrape becomes red, itchy and hot. I got three infected hair follicles last week and though they are gone now, I immediately grew concerned for my 3 month old eyebrow piecing and I was right to be concerned. It got red, inflamed and pussy. I cleared out as much pus as possible without being too jarring (for fear of rejection) and I have ben cleaning and doing salt water soaks. The other day I made a salve of 1 t. honey, 1 t. castor, 1 drop rosemary EO and 1 drop TTO. I soaked a flannel baby wipe in it and have been placing it over my eyebrow for 30-60 mins three times a day. I wear a hat with it for the added heat and last night I used a heating pad over it as well. I started on garlic last night too. The redness seems to be gone but I am still scared the infection is still there, i'm also scared it will reject the piercing now as well. My question is, is there anything else I can be doing? How long should I continue what I am doing?

For my BFF: My friend Seth has had an awful couple of weeks. He was in tremendous pain and went to the ER to discover bad gall stones which the dr broke up with an ultrasound but they still couldn't clear out so they had to remove his gall bladder. He was sent home and was still in way too much pain. He went back to the hospital where they discovered a gall stone had lodged in the bile duct so they removed the stone. He's home now and is healing though still really weak and in pain. Because the stone had been lodged in the bile duct, his liver was holding in all the bad stuff and his liver enzymes were off the charts. The drs are now testing to make sure his liver is functioning properly again and his body has a lot of crap to get rid off. Can anyone advice anything I can make for him?

For my son: My 4 year old has severe anxiety and sensory problems. Officially he has autism though not in the traditional sense. He is always upset, has trouble sleeping and internalizes everything. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas to help lift his mood and release tension. He loves tea so that might be a good idea.

Thanks so much.

Liz
post #118 of 358
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Originally Posted by eallen View Post
My 4 year old has severe anxiety and sensory problems. Officially he has autism though not in the traditional sense. He is always upset, has trouble sleeping and internalizes everything. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas to help lift his mood and release tension. He loves tea so that might be a good idea.
Here's a good article:
Natural Remedies for Anxiety
Have you tried any homeopathic remedies? Others here are way more knowledgeable than I about homeopathy - but it seems like they might be good for such a young one.

For your friend who has the gallbladder/ liver issues - maybe some milk thistle?
sandy
post #119 of 358
Thread Starter 
Oh no your poor friend!!!!!! I had a gallstone stuck in my common bile duct after my c/s. It tured into pancreatitis quickly. It is sooo VERY painful and it took me 5 months to recover. I still have some mild issues 5+ years later! I can deeply sympathize.

I would recommend burdock and dandelion for detoxing and strengthening. Milk thistle is definitely good for cleansing too. Herb Pharm carries a liver tonic too you might look into.

I think a good diet (no junk or high in fats) and lots and lots of water will help too.

As for your son have you tried catnip tea? It is a very gentle nervine! I have a high energy 5yo with sensory issues and it works WONDERS for him!

As for your bruising issues I might suggest arnica topically? If you can apply it immedietley after banging yourself or whatever it should prevent bruising somewhat. (maybe you have tried this though). Are you anemic? Have you looked into iron absorption issues at all or do you think it's more a clotting disorder of some sort? Maybe try some Floridix or some herbs rich in iron such as nettles/catnip (tea)? Yellow dock might me useful.

For infections I like to use olive leaf. You could also try lavender oil compresses. (just put a few drops in a small dish of water and soak your flannel and voila! )

HTH!

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Originally Posted by eallen View Post
Well, I just wrote a huge post and the forums logged me out so it didn't post. grr. Let's see if I can remember it.

I have dabbled in herbs but mostly for hair and skin care, not as much for actual healing and very rarely taken internally. So I mostly have only experimented with salves and oils. I read this whole thread and have a lot of links to go through. I have some questions and I'm sorry if this gets long:

For me: I have something wrong with my skin. I bruise easily, scar badly and take forever to heal. I actually have a slow clotting time and the drs aren't sure why. Because of all this, I get infections frequently. Right now, maybe from the weather changing, I am having a tough time. My legs are covered in bruises (it looks like I was running through a forest backward) and every little cut or scrape becomes red, itchy and hot. I got three infected hair follicles last week and though they are gone now, I immediately grew concerned for my 3 month old eyebrow piecing and I was right to be concerned. It got red, inflamed and pussy. I cleared out as much pus as possible without being too jarring (for fear of rejection) and I have ben cleaning and doing salt water soaks. The other day I made a salve of 1 t. honey, 1 t. castor, 1 drop rosemary EO and 1 drop TTO. I soaked a flannel baby wipe in it and have been placing it over my eyebrow for 30-60 mins three times a day. I wear a hat with it for the added heat and last night I used a heating pad over it as well. I started on garlic last night too. The redness seems to be gone but I am still scared the infection is still there, i'm also scared it will reject the piercing now as well. My question is, is there anything else I can be doing? How long should I continue what I am doing?

For my BFF: My friend Seth has had an awful couple of weeks. He was in tremendous pain and went to the ER to discover bad gall stones which the dr broke up with an ultrasound but they still couldn't clear out so they had to remove his gall bladder. He was sent home and was still in way too much pain. He went back to the hospital where they discovered a gall stone had lodged in the bile duct so they removed the stone. He's home now and is healing though still really weak and in pain. Because the stone had been lodged in the bile duct, his liver was holding in all the bad stuff and his liver enzymes were off the charts. The drs are now testing to make sure his liver is functioning properly again and his body has a lot of crap to get rid off. Can anyone advice anything I can make for him?

For my son: My 4 year old has severe anxiety and sensory problems. Officially he has autism though not in the traditional sense. He is always upset, has trouble sleeping and internalizes everything. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas to help lift his mood and release tension. He loves tea so that might be a good idea.

Thanks so much.

Liz
post #120 of 358
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Originally Posted by rainbowmoon View Post
Well I have used and recommended clove oil in the mouth neat on plenty of occasions with NO adverse reactions for both teething and tooth infections.. We are talking ONE drop here. It is also very common to use lavender oil neat on burns, blisters,cuts,etc. (agin ONE drop) I have used tea tree oil neat successfully on fungal infections of the fingers (after removal of artificial nails and on the toes. These are the only instances I ever used oils neat.

I have been using essential oils for 15 years now and have studied it in depth so it's not like I recommend these without any knowledge or working experience. The companies will tell you NEVER to use neat as they are just covering their butt. Any reputable aromatherapist worth their salt can tell you which oils CAN be used neat and under what circumstances. The 3 listed above are the exceptions to the rule of never using essential oils undiluted. I have never heard of anyone having problems with these specific applications.

I also want to add the use of oils neat is not very often. I can count on one hand the times I have used oils neat on myself for instance. Not very often at all.

You really must use common sense and outweigh the risks for yourself but I have no problem using oils in the ways listed above or even recommending using them those ways to other.

As another example my partner uses lavender oil neat ALL the time on cuts, scrapes, bites,etc. Again no adverse reactions. I really think it depends on the oil. I would NEVER suggest using say citrus based oils neat. BIG RISK there.
Also if you do dilute oils for said applications above they become MUCH less effective in my experience.
Okay, I am going to say my piece and then we will agree to disagree and I will have done my part to forwarn everyone that using oils "neat" is entirely at their own risk. A quick search of sensitization and going from there will turn up all of this information. But, it is commonly held and believed that Lavendar EO and TTO are a "risk free" oil, where sensitization will not occur. This is not true and there have been cases (that you will likely be able to search) where the sensitization has occured, sometimes after 20-30 years of using an oil neat. Just all of a sudden, one day, the body has a total reaction. And this is not a little red mark where the contact with the oil was made, though that may very well be there, too...though blistering and festering...but affecting the entire body in a totally systemic way.

I happen to study closely (and have for some many years) with a large amount of essential oil suppliers, all of whom would only stand to gain by telling those who buy from them that using EO's "neat" is a perfectly fine thing to do. After all, the more EO you use, the more you will need to buy...but they don't...I could rattle off about 15 of them right now who advise against it...strongly...because of the sensitization issue. This is not to protect their butts. Particularly when we discuss among friends. This is because there are cases out there where people got sick...REALLY REALLY sick (even after having been fine for weeks, months, or years of using the EO neat with no issue whatsoever.)

It is worth it to cut your chance of sensitizing to much much smaller statistic amounts by cutting the oil with a carrier oil whenever possible. And every time you use an oil neat, you take a risk. Why risk it if you could get the job done without that risk?

For example, I COULD use clove eo on my baby's mouth (and for babies you should NEVER use anything neat...or not HIGHLY diluted because baby skin and baby reactions/allergies are totally unknown) and risk a severe reaction, or I could use a drop of clove eo in a tablespoon of olive oil, get the job done...gentler on the system if there WAS an allergy...and make my clove EO last longer (and have another tablespoon's worth to use for the next WEEK!!!) it's simply a reasonable precaution and makes good sense on the wallet.

Now, I had a situation where my ds had a SEVERE burn...as in, the skin began blistering immediately and patches were literally turning black and peeling up. After taking off the clothes (the burn was on the entire rigth side of his body..very major) and applying cold water immediately, I used many drops of Lavendar neat on the part that was turning black and blistering and then I diluted some more and applied it to all the rest. He was only 2 years old, and even in doing this I was taking an enormous risk, imho. But, the possibility of the burn becoming severe and infected, etc...outweighted what I had to try in the moment.

I also put new soft clothes over that and applied ice to the entire side of his body and gave him plenty of homeopathic remedy Arnica...and treated him with SA (in proper doses, which I have taken upon myself to learn based on weight and other factors in children) and some chamomile EO HIGHLY diluted in wheat germ carrier oil and, amazingly and thanks to G-d, the blisters stopped immediately and the black skin just peeled right off. That was a life saving measure where the good outweighed the potential bad. A teething baby is NOT. Nor is clove oil thought to be safe used neat in the way that Lavendar and TTO are.

Anyways, I absolutely agree that common sense is key, but even in light of that, there are issues far beyond "butt covering" that need to be considered before using any EO "neat".

Even if you feel a repuatable company (there is one in particular but many who do this and are also being taken under legal action for it), or person is advising you to do so. Please just check it out first.

Rainbowmom, you are a totally awesome mom and I thoroughly enjoy learning from you. Thank you for sharing all your wisdom and absolutely, people can and DO use eo's neat...you are definately not alone in that recommendation, but there is another side to it that I really needed to say or I would have never been able to live with myself (knowing that I didn't give everyone a heads up first about something that I know to be a real issue and real concern amongst those in the industry.)

Thanks again for helping so many of us!!!

Peace.
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