We would also suggest the following herbs:
Hawthorne berry: Crataegus spp.: Helpful for a heart that is damaged/weakened by chemical substance abuse. *Tincture form*. Effects will be felt within 6 weeks. If you would like to remove the alcohol. Place the dosage of tincture into recently boiled water and the alcohol will evaporate, leaving the medicine behind.
Dandelion: Taraxacum Officinale: Supports the spleen, which helps with warding off infection, managing red blood cell count and keeping body fluids in balance. Eating disorders and chemicals can be very damaging to the spleen. Helps relieve spleen swelling and congestion. Supports the liver and kidneys as well. And replaces lost nutrients like Potassium. *Leaves /Roots / Fresh / dried / Capsule / Tincture*.
Milk Thistle: Silybum marianum: Heals the liver after chemical abuse. Soothes the liver but does not hinder the liver’s ability to eliminate drugs and harmful agents. * Alcohol/glycerite form*. Stimulates bile flow so may cause mild diarrhoea (especially if you eat a high-fat diet). Back off until the bowels normalise, then start slowly and gently and increase the dosage slowly.
Burdock: Arctium lappa: A blood purifier, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and tonic for the liver and kidneys. A natural diuretic, stimulates the body’s release of water, flushing out the kidneys. Also stimulates digestion and gastric juices. Nutritive: loaded with minerals that are often flushed from the body when the kidneys are not functioning optimally. *Capsule * Tincture/extract*.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
For stress and tension:
Chamomile / Valerian: These are very calming for the nervous system and can help dynamically with the anxiety/stress associated. *Tea or Tincture*. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
It is important to balance the mind and body again. It will help with stress and anxiety. Endorphins (happy hormones) are released and it is good for heart health.
Yoga: Or any form of exercise, but yoga allows for gentle therapeutic stretches, at your own pace. Helps muscles release blocked energy. Balances left and right body, mind and soul.
Meditation: Just focusing on your in-breath and you’re out-breath. Your mind will wander. Just gently keep focusing on your breath. It sometimes helps to focus on a mantra or sound to aid the focus. It takes practice and to start will only be a short while. But with time and continual practice, you will get longer and will feel the benefits physically and emotionally.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
We would suggest the following:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 5 drops of Lavender, 2 drops of Tea Tree, 2 drops of Lemon and 1 drop of Peppermint. Rub the mixture over the body, as required. Especially effective after a bath.
Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:
- Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oils into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender, 1 drop of Tea Tree and 1 drop of Lemon. Add Epsom salts.
- Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.
Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.
Diffuser/Burner – Add 5 drops in total of your choice. A drop of each and 2 drops of lavender for relaxation is lovely.
Inhalation – If nausea is experienced, a drop of Peppermint onto a tissue/cloth and inhale as necessary.
Inhalation – (for relaxation). A drop of Lavender onto a tissue/cloth and inhale as necessary.
** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **
If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.
** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **
** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **
** Lemon – Avoid if pregnant/lactating, Avoid sun exposure after application for 12 hours. Avoid if on prescription medication. Avoid use on children below 5 **
** Tea Tree – Avoid up to the age of 5. Can irritate the skin and be very drying on its own **
** Peppermint – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, or if on homoeopathic remedies. Avoid use in children under 5. Use low doses, it’s a very cooling oil and strong. May irritate the skin. It is a stimulant, so do not add it to the bath before bed. Safe all around for inhaling. Peppermint is very strong and potent, do not use more than 1-2 drops **