Herbal medicine is also known as Herbalism and Botanical Medicine, as it lends its name to its basis of using plant materials for healing purposes. There are literally thousands of herbaceous plants, trees and flowers that aide in alternative treatments to virtually any medical condition or ailment. Making your own herbal remedies at home requires patience, knowledge and practice.
Healing Bath for Muscles
To make a soothing bath time soak for achy muscles, you will first need about 4 pounds of fresh or dried lavender flowers and leaves. Put the lavender into a 5 gallon bucket and pour 2 gallons of boiling water onto the flowers. Separate the plant material from the liquid with a strainer and dispose of the plants. Simmer the water for 40 minutes or until there is only about 1 cup of liquid left. Add the cup of remaining liquid to a medium glass bowl and add about 1/4 cup of emulsifying vitamin E oil. Put the mixture into a glass bottle and seal it tightly. Shake it vigorously before adding a couple of tablespoons to your bathwater.
For Bunions and Calluses
You need 2 pounds of fresh mint, 1/2 cup of fresh ground rosemary and 2 tbsp. of grated guava seeds in a glass bowl. In a separate container, mix 1/4 cup vitamin E oil, 1/4 cup emulsifying beeswax pellets and eight drops of essential tree tea oil. Microwave the mixture for about 40 seconds, until it is melted. Set the dish in a shallow pan of hot water to keep it melted, and grind the dry materials that are in the other bowl. Once the mint is ground with the rest of the ingredients, pour the dry contents into the bowl of wax and oil. Mix it thoroughly and put into a secure container. Use the mixture to massage into rough and scaly feet.
For Menstrual Cramps
If you experience heavy menstruation that is accompanied painful cramps and muscle pains, drinking a tea made of raspberry leaves can help with this issue. Stuff a couple of tablespoons of dried raspberry leaves into a loose tea steeper. Place the steeper into a cup and pour boiling water over the steeper. Let it sit for about 2 minutes and drink with honey and cream. It tastes great and will relieve some of the pain associated with menstrual cramps.