Nourishing Plant Infusions :: A Migraine Headache Herbal Remedy Tea

Nourishing Plant Infusions -- A Migraine Headache Herbal Remedy Tea

The past couple of days I’ve been in this weird tea-making mode!

I call it weird because — even though I’ve always relished a good cup of herbal tea — these days I can’t seem to get enough. And by that I mean, I’m drinking quarts of various teas daily! My body asks for it, I provide it.

This intense craving for nourishing plant infusions has naturally caused my creative juices to flow…thereby producing a ton of new, super fun recipes — most of which I’ll be sharing with you in the coming days.

So…I really hope you like herbal tea!

Today I want to share with you an amazing botanical blend of flowers, leaves, and bark specifically combined to treat migraine headaches.

Check out this link to purchase
this handcrafted Free-To-Be-Me Herbal Tea Blend.

What does this tea do?

My intention was to handcraft something that would bring swift + calming relief from migraine pain (and body pain in general for that matter). I had my Mom in mind — and therefore knew I needed this remedy to multitask by increasing circulation while soothing the effects anxiety caused by a irritated nervous system.

Based on my medical knowledge, I am well aware that conventional, Western medicine attempts to prevent and treat severe headaches and migraines with medications such as: analgesics, NSAIDs (i.e. naproxen, ibuprofen, etc.), triptans, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and serotonin antagonists.

These medications — although often effective in their efforts — frequently come with damaging side effects.

A few natural remedies you can use to
treat migraine headaches.

Thankfully, the revival of plant-based healing is freeing us from our dependence on pharmaceuticals.

And rest assured, the burden and pain of a migraine can be eased with a variety of all-natural and herbal remedies.

Consider the following ::

  • Magnesium. People who experience migraines are repeatedly found deficient in magnesium. Current research has shown that people who experience migraines can reduce the frequency of occurrence by oral and transdermal magnesium supplementation. Taking magnesium tabs and soaking in bath with magnesium bath flakes has proven to provide marked improvement for the chronic migraine sufferer. Likewise, I couldn’t more highly recommend Hylands Homeopathic Magnesia Phosphoric Tablets — this homeopathic remedy is SUPER effective in treating tension headaches and headaches caused by neck/shoulder muscle spasms (it’s also amazing for menstrual cramps…but that’s for another day)
  • Vitamin Protocol. Add the following vitamin protocol to your diet as set forth in Rosemary Gladstar’s book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family

    At the first signs of a migraine, begin taking niacinamide, 3oo mg daily; vitamin B6, 200 mg daily; and rutin, 200 mg daily. Divide the doses and take two or three times during the day. Alacer’s Emergen-C is also very effective in helping prevent migraines when taken at the onset of the symptoms. Take two packages (2,000 mg) Emergen-C twice a day.

  • Omega 3s. Omega 3s help the body to fight off inflammation — the likely culprit to most severe headaches. Increase your daily intake by consuming flax seeds, pastured eggs, salmon, and fish oil supplements.
  • Herbs. Herbs such as…feverfew, willow bark, kava kava, skullcap, poppy, and rosemary are among some of the oldest remedies for migraines. Feverfew, namely, grows easily in the home garden and can even be eaten raw. Grow your own strictly medicinal herbs with seeds from Horizon Herbs.

Migraine Headache
Herbal Remedy Tea

Ingredients
*Purchase organically-grown or wildharvested herbs whenever possible.
*Parts are measured by volume not weight.

Method

  1. Measure the parts of each of the herbs listed and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Grab your single serving tea carafe (this is my absolute favorite way to make a quick cup of loose leaf tea), tea infusers, and/or tea pots…and brew a cup! OR make a larger batch by adding 4 tablespoons of the herbal blend to a quart-size glass jar, fill the jar with just boiled water, steep for a few minutes, strain and enjoy. (Note: I get all of my loose leaf tea-making supplies online from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
  3. This herbal tea blend will keep stored in a cool, dark place for approximately 6 months. (Note: I like to store all of my teas in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.)

For a quick and easy remedy, consider using this blend to create an herbal tincture. Click this link to read my instructions for making a tincture.

Tips + Recommendations 

-Drink 1-3 cups of this herbal tea at the onset of migraine aura or headache.

-Use caution! Drinking this tea may cause drowsiness. Do not participate in activities that require precision and focus after consumption (i.e. driving, operating machinery, etc.)

-Grow feverfew in your home herb garden and eat 2-3 leaves daily. Purchase strictly medicinal feverfew seeds by clicking this link. Note: To be highly effective in migraine prevention…feverfew must be used over a period of at least 3 months.

-Here are a couple additional recipes for added migraine relief:

Where can I get this stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

Check out this link to purchase
this handcrafted Free-To-Be-Me Herbal Tea Blend.

DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although plants and medicinal herbs are generally considered safe, it may not be true for everyone. It is always the best practice and highly advised that you consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any other herbal preparation.

Sacred Smudge Bar Soap :: How to Make Your Own Body Smudge Soap

How to make your own Sacred Smudge body bar soap. Use this handcrafted bar soap whenever you need to rid your body of negative energy. And turn your daily cleansing into a magical ceremonial ritual!

I have to share with you my newest, most FAVE body bar soap!!! You guys…this stuff is super AWESOME! And, coupled with oiling in the shower, using this soap has transformed my shower experience!

We can smudge our spaces + our homes + our bodies with the the smoke of a variety of sacred botanicals.

Now, we can smudge in the shower!

Use this handcrafted bar soap whenever you need to rid your body of negative energy. And turn your daily cleansing into a magical ceremonial ritual!

Using this Sacred Smudge soap is a wonderful way to restore positive, healing vibes with ease!

Check out this link to purchase
this handcrafted Sacred Smudge Body Bar Soap. 

Sacred Smudge Body Bar Soap

Ingredients
*It is super important to use organic ingredients when creating this soap. I have linked to the products I personally use as a reference. 

Oils

Liquids

  • 10 ounces water
  • 4.5 ounces lye (7% excess fat)

I purchase lye for soap-making online
through this reputable source.

Add-Ins

Method

Soap-Making Basics
*
Thanks to the Internet and amazing people who are willing to share their wisdom so freely…I was able to learn the skill. I primarily use the hot processed method…however, choose the method you feel most comfortable with:

  • Wardeh, who runs Gnowfglins, on her personal blog Such Treasures gives the clearest, most easy to follow directions ever! This is the exact post that got me started. She uses the hot processed method and I highly recommend that you read her recipe if you are even the slightest bit interested in making your own soap.
  • Renee of Fimby was also very inspirational and such a great resource! Watch her awesome video that describes the cold processed method for making a simple soap by clicking here.

If you are new to soap-making, I strongly suggest you read through these very informative articles and find what will work for you:

I would also recommend borrowing a few of these books from the library if you really find yourself wanting to know more:

 

Make your own body smudge bar soap.

Hot Process Method
*Remember…there are 2 different methods for soap-making — hot and cold process — this is the Hot Process Method.

  1. Begin by grinding the botanicals, producing a fine powder. Measure palo santo (Simply use a knife to whittle off thin shavings if using Palo Santo Sticks OR I like to purchase Palo Santo Powder here), white sage, and cedar tips into electric grinder or mortar+ pestle — grind until powdered. Set powdered botanicals to the side.
  2. Measure both the lye and water – each in separate bowls — using a kitchen scale. Note: Always run your recipe through a lye calculator to be sure that you are using the proper amount of oils, lye, and liquid.
  3. Carefully combine the lye and water by pouring the lye into the liquid (never pour liquid into the lye) and stir liquid until lye is completely dissolved. The liquid is caustic and not to be touched in any way. The outside of the bowl will be extremely hot as well. Be careful when working with lye and follow all of the recommended precautions. Note: What I’m trying to say is, I can not be held responsible for any craziness, mishaps, explosions, etc. that may happen when making this recipe.
  4. Allow the lye mixture to stay under a vent and cool down while you prepare the oils.
  5. Measure the oils – by weight – and then place in a crock pot — or large stock pot strictly devoted to soap-making (set over the stove) — to melt on low heat.
  6. Once melted, add the lye/water mixture to the oils in the crock pot — or stock pot — and stir. Note: Any equipment the lye touches needs to be neutralized in a mixture of white vinegar, soap, and water.
  7. After a brief stir, grab your immersion blender (this is the one I use and have dedicated to soap-making) and get to work! Blend the oils and liquid in the crock pot for at least 1-2 minutes. We are working toward “trace.”
  8. Continue stirring and blending for 2-3 minutes more – until the mixture becomes a thick, pudding like consistency.
  9. Once the mixture is pudding-like, add the powdered botanicals and stir well to combine.
  10. Cover the crock pot/stock pot and “cook” the soap, on low heat, for approximately 1 hour.
  11. Prepare your mold. Note: I use these silicon loaf pans and absolutely LOVE them! This recipe is enough to fill one of these molds.
  12. Once the soap is done “cooking” remove from heat allow to cool on the counter for 3-5 minutes before adding the essential oils (if using).
  13. Stir until well combined.
  14. Spoon soap mixture into mold.
  15. Allow soap to cool and harden for 24 hours.
  16. Remove from mold on to cutting board and cut into bars.
  17. Place bars on a tray with good airflow so that they can harden further (I use these super inexpensive cooling racks to dry my soap).

***Because this is a hot processed soap…these bars are ready to use 24 hours after cutting. 

Not ready to DIY soap?

This handcrafted Sacred Smudge Body Bar Soap
can be purchased in via Roots + Reverie on Etsy
by clicking this link.

I thank you for your love and support of quality handmade products!

And as always…if you really enjoyed this post I would be so honored if you’d click this link and subscribe to the blog! To those of you who have been committed readers, I sincerely thank you.

Moonrise Herbal Tea Blend :: How to Make an Herbal Sleep Aid Tea

Sleepless nights? Make your own herbal sleep aid loose leaf tea blend easily at home! #herbalmedicine #planthealers #frugallysustainable

So, this past week was pretty crazy!

And if you follow me on Instagram @frugallysustain chances are you know why!

For at least the last bazillion years, I’ve been looking, but not super intensely, but sorta intensely — for a vintage camping trailer…

…and miraculously enough — a couple days ago the vintage camping trailer stars aligned and today I have the sweetest ole’ girl sitting in my driveway!

Now the process of restoration begins! And my mind is spinning with plans and ideas!

All of this excitement has made for a bit of sleeplessness. So…I whipped up a quick batch of herbal tea to remedy the situation.

Throughout the realms of folklore, there have been several plant-based remedies created with herbs known to help induce a restorative sleep. One of the most common remedies has always been an herbal tea blend — one designed specifically with harmonious herbs that produce a sedative effect…taken just as the moon rises — before bedtime.

Herbs such as:

In addition to this lovely tea, there have been a few other extremely powerful natural remedies that have transformed the way I sleep. And those have been:

You can find the recipe for those remedies above by clicking the links.

Now…on to the recipe.

Moonrise Herbal Tea Blend

Ingredients
*Purchase organically-grown or wildcrafted herbs whenever possible.
*Parts are measured by volume not weight.

Method

  1. Measure the parts of each of the herbs listed and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Grab your single serving tea carafe (this is my absolute favorite way to make loose leaf tea), tea infusers, and/or tea pots…and brew a cup! (Note: I get all of my loose leaf tea-making supplies online from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
  3. This herbal tea blend will keep stored in a cool, dark place for approximately 6 months. (Note: I like to store all of my teas in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.)
  4. This tea is mild enough to use nightly. Take a cup 30 minutes before bed.

Where Can I Get This Stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

Moonrise tea blend

 

This herbal tea blend
— and my Valerian Herbal Tincture

are both available for purchase via Roots + Reverie.

Silk Shampoo Bar Soap Recipe :: Calendula + Honey Herbal Silk Shampoo Bar Soap

How to make herbal silk shampoo bars! These are by far the BEST shampoo bars I've ever created!

There are few all-natural, Earth ingredients as nourishing as the combination of calendula flowers + raw honey.

Science — in all of its glory — has yet to recreate nature’s most amazing ingredients!

Calendula + honey provide a super nourishing, protective, and germ-killing barrier that improve the health of our skin and hair by locking in moisture and guarding against environmental contaminates.

I love combining these beauties in salves, balms, ointments, and now…soaps!

With the lovely addition of cruelty-free tussah silk fiber…

…believe me when I say, the shampoo is AMAZING!

Created out of pure, organic ingredients — this bar soap is handcrafted using the hot process method. And when used as a shampoo and/or body bar, it is SUPER luxurious and radically healing!

Ready to make some soap?!?

Calendula + Honey Herbal Silk Shampoo Bar

Ingredients
*It is super important to use organic ingredients when creating this blend. I have linked to the products I personally use as a reference. 

Oils

Liquids

  • 10 ounces water
  • 4.51 ounces lye (7% excess fat)

I purchase lye for soap-making online through this reputable source.

Add-Ins

Method

Soap-Making Basics
*
Thanks to the Internet and amazing people who are willing to share their wisdom so freely…I was able to learn the skill. I primarily use the hot processed method…however, choose the method you feel most comfortable with:

  • Wardeh, who runs Gnowfglins, on her personal blog Such Treasures gives the clearest, most easy to follow directions ever! This is the exact post that got me started. She uses the hot processed method and I highly recommend that you read her recipe if you are even the slightest bit interested in making your own soap.
  • Renee of Fimby was also very inspirational and such a great resource! Watch her awesome video that describes the cold processed method for making a simple soap by clicking here.

If you are new to soap-making, I strongly suggest you read through these very informative articles and find what will work for you:

I would also recommend borrowing a few of these books from the library if you really find yourself wanting to know more:

How to make calendula honey silk shampoo bars.

Hot Process Method
*Remember…there are 2 different methods for soap-making — hot and cold process — this is the Hot Process Method.

  1. Measure both the lye and water – each in separate bowls — using a kitchen scale. Note: Always run your recipe through a lye calculator to be sure that you are using the proper amount of oils, lye, and liquid.
  2. Carefully combine the lye and water by pouring the lye into the liquid (never pour liquid into the lye) and stir liquid until lye is completely dissolved. The liquid is caustic and not to be touched in any way. The outside of the bowl will be extremely hot as well. Be careful when working with lye and follow all of the recommended precautions. Note: What I’m trying to say is, I can not be held responsible for any craziness, mishaps, explosions, etc. that may happen when making this recipe.
  3. Add the silk to the hot lye solution and stir until dissolved.
  4. Allow the lye mixture to stay under a vent and cool down while you prepare the oils.
  5. Measure the oils (withholding the jojoba…we’ll add that later) – by weight – and then place in a crock pot — or large stock pot strictly devoted to soap-making (set over the stove) — to melt on low heat.
  6. Once melted, add the lye/water mixture to the oils in the crock pot — or stock pot — and stir. Note: Any equipment the lye touches needs to be neutralized in a mixture of white vinegar, soap, and water.
  7. After a brief stir, grab your immersion blender (this is the one I use and have dedicated to soap-making) and get to work! Blend the oils and liquid in the crock pot for at least 1-2 minutes. We are working toward “trace.”
  8. Continue stirring and blending for 2-3 minutes more – until the mixture becomes a thick, pudding like consistency.
  9. Once the mixture is pudding-like, add the powdered herbs and stir well to combine.
  10. Cover the crock pot/stock pot and “cook” the soap, on low heat, for approximately 1 hour.
  11. Prepare your mold. Note: I use these silicon loaf pans and absolutely LOVE them! This recipe is enough to fill one of these molds.
  12. Once the soap is done “cooking” remove from heat allow to cool on the counter for 3-5 minutes before adding the honey, jojoba oil, and essential oils (if using).
  13. Stir until well combined.
  14. Spoon soap mixture into mold.
  15. Allow soap to cool and harden for 24 hours.
  16. Remove from mold on to cutting board and cut into bars.
  17. Place bars on a tray with good airflow so that they can harden further (I use these super inexpensive cooling racks to dry my soap).

***Because this is a hot processed soap…these shampoo bars are ready to use 24 hours after cutting. 

Tips

-I’m telling you, this is the most amazing natural hair product I have used! My hair is so shiny, soft, and manageable.

-When showering, be sure to complete the use of this shampoo bar soap with a 1 part apple cider vinegar and 3 part water conditioning hair rinse. I like to put this in a spray bottle and spray my hair with it just prior to leaving the shower. I do not rinse it out (more conditioning that way). The smell of vinegar will dissipate once the hair dries.

Chances are…if shampoo bars haven’t worked well for you in the past, it has everything to do with your water quality! I have super hard water here in Phoenix and I have changed my showerhead to this awesome filter that removes all the heavy minerals. I couldn’t be without it!

Not ready to DIY soap?

This handcrafted Calendula + Honey Shampoo Bar
can be purchased in via Roots + Reverie on Etsy
by clicking this link.

I thank you for your love and support of quality handmade products!

And as always…if you really enjoyed this post I would be so honored if you’d click this link and subscribe to the blog! To those of you who have been committed readers, I sincerely thank you.

How to Make Your Own Loose Incense Smudge Blend

 

How to make a herbal loose incense smudge blend...to clear negative energy + cleanse the air. Bring warmth and sweet Earth scents into your home.

“May your hands be cleansed,
that they may create
beautiful things.

May your feet be cleansed,
that they may take you
where you most need to be,

May your heart be cleansed,
that you may hear
its message clearly,

May your throat be cleansed,
that you might speak rightly
when words are needed.

May your eyes be cleansed,
that you may see
the signs and wonders
of this world.

May this person and this space
be washed clean
by the smoke
of these fragrant plants,

And may that smoke
carry our prayers,
spiraling to heaven.”

-Smudging Prayer

The burning of raw + natural + sacred botanicals is not a new idea.

For millennia, people from a variety of cultures have been purifying the air and clearing negativity through smudging.

Why do people
smudge their homes?

The primary purpose of burning these fragrant + magic materials is to remove or modify negative energies that invade a space — namely our homes — over time. How do these energies get there? It’s as simple as hosting a negative person in your personal space — or as troubling as having a negative experience take place within that same space.

Whether we acknowledge it or not, negative energy is influential…having a direct affect on our spirit + mood.

Just like we form habits for washing the dishes, sweeping the floors, and wiping down the counters — I encourage you to make smudging your home a routine practice.

Besides…

…who doesn’t love a fresh + sweet smelling + fragrant home? And a natural one at that! Smudging your home with plants such as white sage, palo santo, cedar tips, and lavender flowers is an EXCELLENT alternative to burning chemical-laden candles, or using toxic air fresheners.

And especially as the Winter deepens — just before the hope of Spring ignites the light of warmth — it is not uncommon to crave the blessing of a clean + fresh space.

How to make your own
loose incense smudge blend — the recipe.

While burning the plant material in its natural state needs little instruction…

…I totally enjoy blending ingredients and have crafted a handmade loose incense that I have been burning 1-2 times a day.

And oh.my.goodness. I’m in love!

The plants’ sacred + magical purposes

-Sandalwood — burning medium, clears negative energy, induces relaxation, protects + heals
-Palo Santo — clears negative energy, produces an intoxicating + uplifting scent, increases positive + healing vibrations
-White Sage – cleanses, dispels negative energy, purifies sacred spaces, promotes wisdom + clarity, kills bacteria and germs in the air, aids in the healing
-Cedar Tips – promotes healing, air purification, protects against negativity, balance, grounding, clarity
-Lavender Flowers — cleanses the air, brings healing, happiness, and relaxation

How to make loose incense smudge blend...to clear negative energy + cleanse the air. Bring warmth and sweet Earth scents into your home

Ingredients

*It is super important to use organic ingredients when creating this blend. I have linked to the products I personally use as a reference. 

Optional Add-ins

  • 4-5 drops essential oils (any combination of palo santo, sage, cedar tips, and lavender), optional

Method

  1. Measure palo santo (Simply use a knife to whittle off thin shavings if using Palo Santo Sticks OR I like to purchase Palo Santo Powder here), white sage, cedar tips, and lavender flowers into electric grinder or mortar+ pestle — omit sandalwood powder at this time.
  2. Grind the botanicals, producing a fine powder.
  3. If using a mortar + pestle, add sandalwood powder and essential oils and combine. If using an electric grinder, transfer herbs to a glass bowl, add sandalwood powder and essential oils, use a small wire whisk to combine.
  4. Store incense in a glass container, in a cool, dark place.

How to Smudge
*See my Pin on Pinterest for a picture tutorial.

  1. Place a layer of sand and then a charcoal round in a heat-proof dish. Note: These are the charcoal rounds and the sand I use, and the brass incense burner I have in my home.
  2. Light the charcoal round. Note: You will know that it has caught light because the disc will start to crackle a bit.
  3. Add a small-ish amount of loose incense atop the center of the disc. Repeat as often as desired.
  4. Enjoy the aroma while you allow the smoke to cleanse + heal.

When burning this blend, it is vitally important to remember to set an intention. By that I mean…no matter if you are attempting to heal, purify the air, or clear negative energy, you should clearly verbalize — speaking the words out loud — your desire. Smudging without verbally setting an intention is meaningless. If it’s healing you seek…ask for it. If it’s energy clearing you need…tell that energy to leave. It is also best practice — but not essential — to use a smudging feather to distribute the smoke throughout your space.

Read more :: Follow my “Sacramental Smoke” Pinterest Board for continued inspiration along your incense burning journey!

References :: 

Purchase :: Find this handcrafted Herbal Loose Incense Smudge Blend available for purchase via Roots + Reverie on Etsy.

Peaceful Warrior’s Herbal Pain Relieving Salve :: How to Make Your Own Herbal Pain Relieving Salve that REALLY Works!

Make your own Peaceful Warrior's Salve

A well-made herbal pain relieving salve has a multitude beneficial and healing uses.

And this Peaceful Warrior’s Salve is a soothing salve full of super potent anti-inflammatory herbs + analgesic essential oils that can be applied topically — and from personal use and experience:

  • can be massage into muscles, both before and after physical activity
  • it stimulates circulation
  • soothes and heals bruising
  • relieves the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and tension headaches
  • has the power to strengthen, protect, and prepare the body for and during exertion
  • repairs overworked muscles, tendon injuries, and sprains
  • acts as an anti-inflammatory by reducing inflammation and relieving the associated pain and swelling
  • provides really relief from fibromyalgia symptoms

It is a must-have in the herbal medicine chest of…

athletes.
gardeners.
avid hikers.
manual laborers.
outdoor enthusiasts.
families with young children.
and those who suffer from joint disorders.
Basically, anyone who ever has or will suffer from pain.

What’s in the Salve?

So before we get into the details on how to make your own Peaceful Warrior’s Salve…let’s talk about all of the amazing ingredients we’re going to be working with.

The Herbs

Plants such as CBD-rich hemp buds + flowers, arnica flowers, comfrey root, helichrysum flowers, St. John’s wort, devil’s claw root, ginger root, cayenne pepper, and turmeric root are all well-known for their:

  • anti-inflammatory properties
  • analgesic properties
  • sedative properties
  • antispasmodic properties
  • anti-microbial properties

The Essential Oils

Essential Oils such as eucalyptus, wintergreen, ravensara, lavender, juniper berry, sandalwood, helichrysum italicum, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, peppermint, yarrow, vetiver, and marjoram are all able to treat and relieve:

  • muscle pain, tension, and spasms
  • low back pain
  • tension headaches
  • migraine headaches
  • pain caused by PMS (cramps)
  • joint pain caused by rheumatism + osteoarthritis
  • stiffness
  • nerve pain
  • fibromyalgia pain

DIY Peaceful Warrior’s Salve Recipe

Ingredients
*Choose as many organic ingredients as possible. I have linked to the products I use personally for this recipe. 

Optional Add-Ins

Method 

  1. Using the same method I shared with you for making my homemade CBD-rich oil (read that article here) — choose the herbs you will use to infuse into the oil you have available (for this salve I use a combo of this AMAZING organic olive oil + this AMAZING organic coconut oil). I infuse CBD-rich hemp buds + flowers, arnica flowers, comfrey root, helichrysum flowers, St. John’s wort, devil’s claw root, ginger root, cayenne pepper, and turmeric root…use whatever you have on hand. Please note :: The CBD-rich hemp + arnica are the secret to this salve! Use these two if you use nothing else.
  2. Once infusion is complete, be sure you collect at least 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of herb infused oil after straining.
  3. In a saucepan (made of non-reactive material), over low heat, melt 0.5-1 ounce (depending on how hard you’d like your salve) of beeswax into the herbal oil. I suggest starting with the lesser amount of wax — adding more if needed. Note: To check if the mixture is the right consistency, because the salve hardens as it cools, Rosemary Gladstar again suggests placing a “tablespoon of the mixture in the freezer for just a minute or two. If it’s soft, add more beeswax; if too hard, add more oil.”
  4. When the consistency is to your liking, remove saucepan from heat.
  5. Allow salve to cool slightly on the counter.
  6. Using a spoon or wire whisk, stir while adding camphor + menthol (if using) and essential oils. Whisk until well combined. A Note on Essential Oils :: I love using essential oils that hold anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, and sedative properties. Generally I add to this salve essential oils of eucalyptus, wintergreen, ravensara, lavender, juniper berry, sandalwood, helichrysum italicum, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, peppermint, yarrow, vetiver, and marjoram. For maximum medicinal potency, I add them at a concentration of approximately 25-40 drops per 4 ounces of oil. Choose the oils you have on hand or readily available. (I highly recommend the organic essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs…check out their extensive selection of oils here.)
  7. Pour ointment into storage containers —  click here to purchase new tins or jars. Salve will keep for 2-3 years when stored in a cool, dark place.

To Use

Rub salve liberally on your aches and pains. Add heating pad or ice pack to enhance therapeutic benefits.

Notes

-For the herbs that I can’t grow myself, I love to purchase them in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs or a local health food store. Mountain Rose Herbs is also my go to for medicinal-grade essential oils!

-Please watch my salve-making video tutorial for additional help in learning how to make medicinal salves.

Ready to purchase this lovingly handcrafted salve!?!
Check out Roots + Reverie on Etsy.

Peaceful Warrior’s Salve
can be
purchased via Etsy
by clicking this link.

Note: Naturally the results will be different for everyone. This is by no means a cure-all. I’m just happy to share with you my experience with these plants and/or oils. Please use conventional wisdom and consult with your medical professional prior to using this or any other herbal remedy. And as we know all too well the FDA doesn’t like any type of claim…therefore, take it for what it is, and remember, this information is purely educational in its purpose.

DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my knowledge-sharing/writing/blogging activities, I occasionally may receive monetary compensation for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this article. However, I only recommend products or services I have personally used myself and trust.

The Benefits of Womb + Breast Massage for Women :: And a Recipe for a Women’s Herbal Massage Oil

The benefits of womb + breast massage and a recipe for a women's herbal massage oil

In today’s modern society…

…with all of its expectations, responsibilities, and distractions.

I have the sense that we have been conditioned to interpret many issues surrounding women’s health (mental, physical, and spiritual) as a hinderence…bothersome obligations, issues that we can’t change, and things we must accept lest we lose our way in this crazy world.

Issues such as ::

  • painful menstruation
  • high stress
  • crippling anxiety
  • lack of self-love
  • never-ending feelings of failure
  • hormone imbalances
  • chronic fatigue
  • insecurities
  • over-burdened mothering
  • reproductive ailments
  • lack of sleep

They have all become things that women experience as deviations from health that we have been told to “just to deal with” or push aside…rather than signs that our bodies’ are begging for a deeper connection + our minds’ are craving a greater understanding for the joys of womanhood.

I suggest…that each of the above mentioned maladies — with their negative connotations and all — actually present opportunities for personal growth and positive experience.

And I want to share with you a magical, self-healing practice that has the power to assist us all in that very transition of thought.

The Benefits of Womb + Breast Massage

Historically women have understood the benefits of massaging the areas over the womb + the breasts…

…they knew this type of touch had the ability to help them heal + reconnect with their core + divine feminine energy.

Benefits of womb + breast massage include ::

  • increased body awareness + empowerment
  • hormonal balance
  • reduction in chronic pain
  • improved lymphatic circulation + drainage
  • removal of toxin build up
  • emotional balance
  • healing from sexual trauma
  • support of healthy circulation to the reproductive system
  • releases stagnant and/or negative energy held in the reproductive organs
  • tonification for the uterus
  • nurtures healthy cells
  • softens + strengthens tissues
  • immune system boost
  • helps to dissolve ovarian + breast cysts
  • minimizes the appearance of stretch marks + scar tissue
  • soothes sore breasts + premenstrual tenderness
  • eases abdominal cramping
  • relieves the more powerful sensations of your moon (i.e. PMS symptoms)
  • aids in restorative sleep

Now…

…in order to reap the full benefits of womb + breast massage — we need a medium.

A little blessing I lovingly refer to as Women’s Moon Magic Herbal Massage Oil

I first shared with you nearly one year ago, my simpler version of this oil. Today, you get the new + super improved recipe!

What’s in the Oil?

For as long as folklore has told us, herb-infused oils have been used by women for a multitude of healing purposes. Following in that same tradition, I have crafted this oil with leaves, flowers, roots, plant-based oils, and essential oils all known as strong herbal allies — ready to support women of all ages through the ebbs + flows of life.

Please Note :: While the recipe calls for a multitude of ingredients — always remember — it is better that we intuitively work with what is available to us, rather than focusing on the things we do not have. 

Calendula Flowers — Calendula flowers are best known for their excellent ability to heal ailments of the skin. BUT did you know that much of calendula’s magic works to support healthy fertility! While calendula is pure nourishment for the skin — she is also a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent and natural detoxifier for the tissues of the body (primarily those of the lymphatic system). Calendula aids the body in establishing regular menstrual cycles, she can ease the discomfort of menstruation, and dispels uterine + breast congestion thereby dissolving cysts.

Yarrow Leaves + Flowers — Yarrow, similar to calendula, relieves congestion of the tissues. I add yarrow to my infusion for its ability to detoxify the reproductive organs, soothe pain (tapping into its power a nerve tonic), dissolve cysts + uterine fibroids, increase circulation, balance menstruation, reduce bouts of heavy bleeding, and tonify the uterus.

Mugwort — This sacred herb contains within its leaves + stalks the gift of awakening! For the physical body, mugwort tones and steadies our nerves, she makes us strong, balances hormones, is a tonic for the ovaries + uterus, eases cramping + PMS symptoms. Mugwort will also awaken our wild + free feminine spirit. She gives us the courage + strength we need to dive deep into the sea of self-love + acceptance.

Damiana — Damiana helps to increase circulation and opens blood flow to the uterus + vagina. It’s a huge boost to our libido.

Violet Leaves + Flowers – Violet is gentle healer of women. I love this herb for her ability to move the fluid of the lymph system — often relieving breast tenderness. One of my favorite benefits of violet comes at an emotional level — violet has the to ability to help body + mind reconnect with the heart. Dissolving anger, frustration, judgment, stress, grief, and resentment its a beautiful addition to this oil.

Clary Sage Essential Oil — known as a nerve tonic with its ability to calm and balance the spirit — has a sedating effect. Additionally, since the Middle Ages, it has been used to treat female complaints such as: abdominal cramps, dysmenorrhea, emotional stress, endometriosis, hormonal imbalance, hot flashes, infertility, PMS, postpartum depression, irregular cycles, and pre-menopause.

Basil Essential Oil — is anticatarrhal, antidepressant, energizing, and restorative. Commonly used in the treatment of amenorrhea, chronic fatigue, abdominal cramps, infertility, lactation (increase milk production), mental fatigue, migraines, and ovarian cyst

Bergamot Essential Oil — among its many benefits, for women specifically, this oil is used primarily for depression, anxiety, emotional stress, physical energy, physical stress, and PMS

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil — has influence over sexual energy and enhances relationships. It may also help to stimulate the adrenal glands.

Cypress Essential Oil — common primary uses include dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, menopause, menorrhagia, fatigue, and environmental stress.

Geranium Essential Oil — historically women found this oil useful for a variety of inflammations, heavy menstrual flow, hormonal imbalances, depression, and possibly even cancer.

Frankincense — is so important for all of us women…it is a wonderful tonic for our breast tissues and a well known anti-tumoral.

Above information obtained, and quoted from, Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils (The NEW 5th Edition)

Women’s Moon Magic Herbal Massage Oil

Ingredients
*Whenever possible, use organic ingredients. I have linked to the products I personally use and recommend. 

*The essential oils listed here are suggestions…please note, you may use any combination of 25-30 drops of the above essential oils you have on hand.

Method

  1. Following my method for a homemade medicinal oil, create your herb-infused sesame oil.
  2. Pour the oil into a clean glass bottle (I like these glass bottles in combination with these lotion pump tops), add the remain ingredients.
  3. Shake vigorously.
  4. Label + keep on the bathroom counter for ease of use.

To Use

While there are those who formally teach techniques for womb + breast massage (like the The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®)…I simply encourage you to use your intuition and wisdom regarding your own body to guide you in this very personal and intimate practice.

Use 2-4 pumps of oil and apply topically to one area (i.e. the abdomen in a clockwise direction around the navel) or to the entire body (i.e. ankles, wrists, bottoms of feet, the neck, breasts, abdomen, the low back) and massage as often as desired (my favorite time is after showering). This can be performed lying (preferred), sitting, or standing. This oil can also be added directly to a bath.

Giving myself the time — even if its only a few moments — to massage my womb, my breasts, and my body has been one of the most amazing sources of comfort I’ve known as a woman! I only wish I had this knowledge earlier in my life…but thankfully my daughters do! Teaching our daughters this practice of love + attention is of vital importance.

Tip :: Want to increase the healing power of this oil? Use a rose quartz wand when massaging, or add a small piece of moonstone to the oil when bottled.  

Note :: If your uterus has been surgically removed, this oil meets you on another level! Use this oil and self-massage practice to reclaim the sacred energy of your womb space. They can take the physical aspect of the womb…but not the energy!  

Where Can I Get This Stuff

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need by way of Organic Oils, Essential Oils, and Natural Products for Healthy, Natural Living! It’s your one-stop-shop!

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So what do you say?!?

Are you ready to make the practice of womb + breast massage a regular part of your self-care routine!