The kids were unfortunate enough to unintentionally discover a wasp's nest last week. During our road trip absence the wasps were busy building a nest under one of our deck chairs. We didn't realize this till the kids went to pick up the chair to move it.
There were tears and there was plantain, lots of plantain.
This reminded me that once upon a time I wrote about herbal remedies on the blog. These days, although I still use homemade herbal remedies (tinctures, poultices, and infusions), I don't write about it much.
Since this is the season for stings, rashes, and scrapes I thought it would be good to point you to a few of my herbal resource posts. Pin this page or bookmark it however you like. I am not a dispenser of vast herbal knowledge because I've only needed to use a few herbs to do the trick.
These posts go back a few years. Enjoy.
What herbs to grow (or buy)
- Plantain: One of the easiest herbs to use and most readily available.
- Comfrey: Super easy to grow and very handy.
- Recommendations for the beginner herbalist: My top recommendations for books (just two) to read and herbs to grow in your backyard, specifically good for skincare.
What to make with those herbs
I always have on hand my herbal salve to rub on cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, dry skin, and insect bites. We take a little container with us everywhere in the summer. I've never written a tutorial on making this particular salve but I have the ingredients listed here and a salve tutorial here. Put the two together and you'll have a healing herbal skin salve tutorial!
Herbal Insect Bite Relief: Mix up this powder and keep on hand to apply to itchy bug bites.
What about insect repellent?
I have not been successful at making an herbal insect repellent. After a few failures it's been a couple years since I've tried anything. In this blog comment I explain what we use for bugs.
What about sunscreen & burns?
I don't make an herbal sunscreen. As far as I know, herbs can't protect your skin from the sun (you'll need a real sunscreen or clothing to do that) but plant preparations can come to the rescue of burns.
Aloe vera gel, store bought or from your own plant, and a calendula salve are two herbs that come to mind for healing sunburn.
- Outdoor Kids: Herbal First Aid for the Summer - This is a podcast recorded by Learning Herbs and Aviva Romm, MD. This is such a great teaching and comes with a free pdf poster. If you're new to herbs and have young children start here.
- Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health - My go-to herb book for making remedies.
- Practical Herbalism - A more academic approach to herbal knowledge.
- The Online Introductory Herbal Course - Self study herbal program for beginners by Herbal Academy of New England.
- Making Herbs Simple DVD Set -Learn how to identify herbs, what they are good for and how to make teas, tinctures, poultices, salves, and more in this engaging (and beautiful) DVD series.
Where to buy:
What are you using this summer for herbal skincare?
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