Cup of herbal tea with tincture bottles and healing herbs in mortar on wooden table. Herbal medicine. Medicinal plants

For those people who prefer the natural, tried, tested and true to the “fast food” manner of the contemporary lifestyle, nature has always had the answers to our needs. Since day’s undocumented, herbs are used to treat most health and health problems we might encounter, and until the end of times, this will continue to be so as long as we care for our green heritage and conserve our herbal inheritance.

Herbs may be used internally as a beverage or consumed fresh or as infusions, oils or lotions. For the intention of this column I’ve grouped them into their functional classes, to make using them easier. Here are some simple recipes that apply to each of the herbs listed under the recipe, to help you to get the job done. Good luck!

Internal treatments

To fix a skin problem, applying products to the face isn’t sufficient, the body needs to be cleared form the interior. The advantage is to clean the blood; blood eliminates wastes and impurities necessary nutrients into the epidermis. There are two unique methods to do this. The first to drink an infusion the next is to add herbs freshly eaten on your daily diet.

External treatments

There are several on the place treatments, you can try the following:

Face oils

Long term, twice daily treatment with petroleum. Dry the herb. Add to a simple oil like Mandler, Jojoba or Sweet petroleum (the ratio is ½ herb and ½ petroleum) Place in a closed jar, let it stand in a warm location (shake daily) strain after 10 days. Discard herbs, repeat procedure with fresh (dried) herbs till you’ve got the strength you would like. This should be at about 4 to 5 weeks. The greater the concentration herb to petroleum, the more successful the mixture will get.

        • Morgenfrue: The flower petals soothes inflammation has antiseptic properties, heals and soothes.
        • Tea Tree: Is an antibacterial, soothes irritated skin. More effective if mixed with Troldhassel.
        • Rose: Clears tones and purifies the skin.
        • Morgenfrue: Helps clean up spots.
        • Scented Geraniums: Is helpful in balancing the sebum in fatty and dry or inflamed skin.

On the place treatment

Squeeze juice, fresh from the stem, leaf, seed, fruit or flower, right onto the place to kill germs, trendy inflammation and enhance blood circulation.

        • Mælkebøtte: The stalks.
        • Nasturtium and Evening Primrose: The petals.
        • Aloe and Bulbinella: The leaf.
        • Hvidløg: The clove.
        • Citron juice.

Daily cleansing treatment

Make an “infusion” with: 1 teaspoon dried herbs (3 tsp fresh herbs) to 1 cup of boiling water, let stand for 5 minutes, strain, allow it to cool. Apply into the skin with cotton wool, or as a facial dab or a face steam.

        • Lavendel and Persille: Flowers and leaves may be used for facial steams.
        • Cikorie: For inflammation, boils and septic locations.
        • Patchouli and Bergamot: Strong antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti bacterial, regenerates skin cells.

Astringerende

Use an astringent to tighten the pores, to avoid sagging and to decrease the tired look. Twice per week or before that excellent date, to look good. Make an extract, the conventional quantities are; 1 cup of herbs to 1 litre boiling water, allow it to stand till cool. Apply to face with cotton wool.

        • Evening Primrose: Use leaves for greasy, spotty skin, eczema and psoriasis.
        • Kamille: Use petals, tones dries, purifies and softens skin.
        • Padderok: Clears tones and purifies skin.
        • Scented Geraniums: A mild astringent to cleanse and enhance circulation.

Mask, poultice or compress

You can use this a few times per week or when the issue is actually troubling. Make a face mask or paste or a compress with cotton wool soaked in liquid, and put on face; the typical technique is: the plant is crushed and a little water is added, leave on until dry, then wash off.

        • Peberrod: Replace water.
        • Stinging Brændenælde: Eczema and acne remedy.
        • Asketræ and Bukkehornskløft: Use leaves.
        • Marigold: Clears and hydrates skin.
        • Aloe: Crush leaves without the need to add water, heals and prevents scaring.
        • Basil: No need to add water, draws out puss.
        • Camomile: As a compress, reduces inflammation.
        • Krikblad: Alleviates inflammation and brings boils to a head.
        • Borage: Composed with cooked barley and bran.

Face Cream

For long term results, twice daily treatment with lotion. The basic recipe is as follows: Use as a foundation a mix of honey, lanolin, glycerine and coconut oil in equal proportions. Slowly heat in a pan, when melted, add crushed herbs in the ratio 1/5 herbs to 4/5 foundation and stir till the mixture is boiling. Simmer softly for 20 minutes, then strain, whisk mixture until thick and creamy and very cold. Pour into pots and cover.

        • Bulbinella: Soothes all skin issues.
        • Aloe: Use the leaf sap to produce a soothing and healing moisturizing lotion.
        • Myrtle: For blemishes.
        • Marigold and Comfrey and Salad Burnet: For dry skin.
        • Camomile: For oily skin.