Arnica is famous for its pain relieving abilities. It can relieve sore muscles, inflammation for strains and sprains, and pain. It can sooth a sunburn and painful diaper rash. Applying arnica right after injury can help with pain and reduce bruising. It is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antimicrobial.
*Do not use on open wounds
*For external use only
Calendula is a favorite for using with babies and healing mamas. It is so gentle and yet filled with antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Its main benefactor is the skin and helps calm irritated, rashy, calloused and dry areas.
There is nothing more relaxing than the thought of a warm mug of chamomile tea, and not without good reason. This herb has a long history of its calming effects. It calms muscles, eases anxiety and stress, is helpful to ease into sleep, is great for skin irritations, soothing for children, and helps both headaches and menstrual cramps. Chamomile is a go to for everyday help.
Comfrey is right up there in the healing realm of Arnica montana. It is used extensively in herbal medicine. It has long been recognized for its ability to reduce inflammation and reduce pain. It is beneficial for skin irritations and rashes and helps speed wound recovery. It is high in both antioxidants and vitamin c and has shown to be beneficial in boosting the immune system as a topical.
Cottonwood Buds have a strong balsamic scent that is earthy and comforting. The buds are antimicrobial and modulates inflammation while relieving pain. Preparations made from cottonwood buds soothes aches and pains, relieves sore and strained muscles and eases the pain of bruising. It is wonderful for soothing rashes and bug bites, too.
Echinacea Angustifolia Root
Echinacea Angustifolia Root has so many properties that make it one of the best when it comes to cold, flu and infection. It promotes blood flow and circulation. It can lower fevers by reducing the spread of infection. When taken at the first sign of illness, it can help stop the progression and lessen the duration. It is good for acne and boils due to its antiseptic properties. Echinacea is a lymphagogue and therefore increases the flow of lymphatic fluids. Echinacea also has been found to increase phagocytosis. This is the act of destroying micro-organisms. This is enormous for the immune system in removing the pathogens and bacteria, which effects the immune system at the white blood cell level. Preparations made from Echinacea Angustifolia can be a powerful way to improve your health.
Elderberry preparations are made of the fruit and the flowers of the plant. The berries contain natural flavonoids which help both reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. This is a must have during cold and flu season. It acts as protection against bacterial and viral infections, and is antiviral, immunomodulating, anti-inflammatory, and an antioxidant. Many clinical trials are beginning to prove the efficiency and benefits of elderberry. It can shorten the duration of illness when taken upon first signs of onset.
Elderflower is another great way to boost your immune system. It is antiviral, a relaxing nervine, a relaxing diaphoretic, diuretic, skin protectant and antioxidant. That’s a lot of power for a tiny little flower. The two main areas elderflower excels in are promoting healthy skin and reducing fevers. Being a diaphoretic, it encourages sweating during illness to safely reduce a fever. This is a major player during flu season. A strong infusion of elderflower at the first sign of illness can help immensely. Since elderflower encourages sweating, it acts as a natural detoxifier for the skin, which is extremely clarifying. Made into a tea or syrup, elderflower an be a great way to increase intake of antioxidants as well as decrease inflammation.
Eucalyptus is best known for its soothing of respiratory discomfort and pain relief. It is used to reduce symptoms of coughs, cold, and congestion. It is also very effective for relieving muscle and joint pain. The herb contains antioxidants which can aid the immune system to fight illness. The aroma can help ease stress and anxiety by relieving tension. The antibiotic properties in the tree make it a great agent for preventing skin infections.
*Do not use with young children.
This herb is useful in almost every arena of life. One of my favorites. It can be used for everything from perfume and replacing cleaning products, to wound healing and calming an anxious mind. It is extremely calming, and relaxes the mind, and can help induce sleep. It can calm skin irritations, sooth bug bites, is an insect repellent, and can decrease pain. It has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which address germs, infection and pain. This should be a staple herb in every household.
The word balm implies healing and comfort. Lemon balm does just that. It is part of the mint family and has many calming and relaxing properties. It is a relaxing nervine, which means that it is an herb which actively soothes the nervous system. It is antiviral, antispasmodic and a relaxing diaphoretic. Lemon Balm can help anxiety and stress, insomnia, hyperactivity, calm heart palpitations, and calm a generally frazzled mindset.
Passion flower is one of the most beautiful flowers both inside and out. It is known for its great calming effects on the mind and body. It can help with calming a stressed body and an anxious mind. As a topical solution it is useful in calming irritated skin and inflammation.
Peppermints high menthol levels create a wonderful cooling sensation that soothes and calms. It will calm the digestive system, helping with both nausea and pain. It will also calm gas pains and heartburn, help relieve a tension headache and calm frazzled nerves. You can even use peppermint-soaked leaves to deter insects and spiders front entering your home!
*We recommend that you consult with a licensed healthcare practitioner before using any herbal product.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or disease. The statements made by Restoring the Garden are for educational purposes only.