Tag: Spa

Tips for Donating Blood The Practical Herbalist Way

Nettle is an herb that’s high in iron, so I drink a cup of nettle tea every day. I prefer to combine the nettle with green tea to help control my allergies. Raspberry leaf and horsetail also are high in iron, so I often throw a scoop of these herbs in the mix as an easily digestible supplement. I like to drink a cup of Iron Booster Tea every day when I’m feeling weary. It helps give me the charge I need to get through me day without relying on caffeine whether I am donating blood or not.

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Gardener’s Hand Soak Recipe

Many gardeners love to stick their hands in the soil as they work. The feeling of soft, loamy dirt is so satisfying. The problem is this delightful practice leaves our hands feeling rough and chapped. Working with wood or working in damp, cold weather also draws the moisture out of my skin despite wearing gloves. I got tired of my nails getting brittle and chipped each year around April so I devised this simple hand soak to heal the cracks and soften my neglected fingers.

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Antibacterial Soap Recipe

This recipe is designed to deliver antibacterial properties that prevent bacterial infections while not harming the helpful, natural bacteria our skin needs to survive. The trouble with so many commercial antibacterial cleansing products on the market is they kill both harmful and friendly bacteria, which creates imbalance in the body and weakens the immune system. The essential oils in this formula promote health and balance while protecting against the kinds of bacteria that cause infections.

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Poison Oak Spray

My daughter and I share a well-honed talent for seeking out poison oak. Over the years, we have tried many remedies for keeping the rash from itching and spreading. This blend works the best. It is always best to be proactive but Poison Oak Spray does the job when the symptoms have gotten away from us. Just a little goes a long way with this formula. The symptoms should disappear within 24 -48 hours with regular use.

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Bug Spray – Oil-Free Formula

Mosquitoes are not my favorite part of summer. I know they serve as food for wildlife I prize but I resent the fact that mosquitoes consider my skin as a their prime picnicking grounds. This recipe does a fine job of keeping the critters at bay without the overpowering scent other mixes offer. This formula also works to repel other biting insects like gnats and fleas.

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Deep Cleansing Facial Spa Mix Recipe

Facial Spas or herbal steams are an easy way to open pores and leave the skin feeling refreshed. This mix is specifically formulated for oily skin and skin congestion around the nose and chin. If you’re interested in other Herbal Steam/Facial Spa recipes, see The Practical Herbalist Remedies section.This is when organic ingredients are truly best. Pesticides reside on the surface of plants which would transfer to the steam, so avoid non-organic herbs all around and especially if you’re immune system is compromised by illness, stress, or allergies. For the procedure for doing an herbal steam, see The Practical Herbalist Herbal How To section.

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