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Mullein for Asthma

One of the very first herbs that I was introduced to is a plant that grows in our yard. It’s a soft-leaved plant called Mullein.

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My mother had been researching alternative help for my 2yr old son’s asthma. He would get a cold and it would turn into an asthmatic cough that we couldn’t get rid of without rounds of antibiotics, steroids, and breathing treatments. I began to wonder what strain these drugs were putting on his little body and I was worried for his future. We wouldn’t leave the house for a couple of months trying to help him recover just to go back out into the world for him to get something else.

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We began putting Mullein leaves into a tea for him. At first, it did not taste very well, so we added juice to it. But now, at 5yrs, he drinks it super fast without added sugar. I also use this tea to help any of us in our family heal from respiratory colds.

Thankfully, we have also learned preventative herbs and are working on healing his body from the damage done by antibiotics, but I am thankful to have learned about Mullein. It has been a life-saver. It’s important to remember that not one herb works for everyone, but this has worked for us. There are many herbs that work to heal the same issue.

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Uses for Mullein: Ear Infections, Wounds, Hemorrhoids, Colds, Flu, Diarrhea, Migraines, Gout, Tuberculosis, Croup, Cough, Sore throat, Inflammation of the airways (bronchitis), Whooping Cough, Tuberculosis, Hoarseness, Pneumonia, Swine flu, Chills, Fever, Allergies, Tonsillitis, Colic, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, and Joint Pain. Mullein is applied to the skin for wounds, burns, hemorrhoids, bruises, frostbite, and skin infections. The leaves are used topically to soften and protect the skin.

Tinctures, capsules, lozenges, powders, and ear drops containing mullein are found in many health food stores.

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Other Herbs for Asthma: Licorice, Adhatoda, Ginkgo Biloba, Coltsfoot, Turmeric, Chinese Skullcap, Grindelia

Essential Oils for Asthma: Breathe, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankinsence, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Melalueka, Myrrh, Owie Spray, OnGuard, Oregano,  Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Thyme, Ylang ylang,

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Where to buy bulk herbs:

http://www.starwest-botanicals.com/category/bulk-herbs/

http://www.herbco.com/c-2-bulk-herbs-spices.aspx

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Climbing out of the Canyon

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Last year, I feel like I fell into this deep canyon. Many people who had the same thing that I have called it “chronic” with “no cure” adding to feelings of hopelessness. I was experiencing depression so bad my chest ached, pain in all of my joints (Chronic Pain,) nerve pain up my back (Fibromyalgia,) emotional and social pain, severe menstrual pain that made me want to throw up (Adenomyosis,) severe migraines, loss of energy (Chronic Fatigue,) fogginess, insomnia, becoming sick on most foods (Mast Cell), and dizziness to the point of passing out (POTS.) I feared for not only my quality of life, but my children’s. I would not be able to homeschool them, I would miss out on their lives, I would need a caregiver, and they would end up in the same predicament as me in the long run. If I had listened to the voices of hopelessness, I would not be where I am today and it would have affected everyone around me.

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But I prayed. I did not moan with the question, “Why me?” I wanted to know what He wanted me to learn. I sought answers. I did not give up. I listened as one man who had experienced severe allergies to everything (Mast Cell) inspired others on a support group with being able to run after one year of hard work. I have fought my way up this canyon wall learning to use many tools along the way with God, the Master Physician, leading me. It’s still tough. Sometimes, I forget to use the tools and want to quit. But I’m still fighting. Today, I am stable with very little medication (the need for it going down monthly), supplements and nutrition, herbs and essential oils, exercise, emotional healing, and I am not afraid to learn more. I am back to cleaning my house, being creative, feeling clear, excited about life, still homeschooling and teaching my kids what I have learned so they never have to experience what I went through, and rarely ever getting dizzy. (When I do, I have my emergency bag with me.) I feel I am halfway back to feeling healthy and still climbing up on this journey.

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Can I cure EDS? No. But I can live out a normal life bringing out the best in my genes and teach my kids to do the same. I am no longer lying down unable to move, no longer afraid, and definitely not hopeless. I want to bring hope to others with the things that I have learned… and last but not least, be there for my own family. NEVER Give up!!! There ARE answers. There IS Hope. You are NOT alone! May God Bless You on your journey as you Seek Him for the Answers He can lead you to.





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Homemade Arnica Cream

muscle-relief-creamArnica stimulates the activity of white blood cells, which not only strengthens the immune system, but also digests congested blood and displaces congested fluids in injured tissues, joints, and muscles.

Dealing with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, we have a LOT of bruising! I used to get so frantic fighting with my children to keep ice on for a half hour to keep the hematomas down. My mom brought over this cream that she made and I thought, “Why not?” I first began to use it on the bruises all over my kids’ legs. Once or twice a day seemed okay to get the bruises gone within a week. I thought it was neat, but didn’t really know how awesome it was.

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The next time my child got a forehead injury with a lump, I could not fight him to keep the ice on. My mom kindly reminded me to use the Arnica cream. The lump had gone down and did not have a lasting bruise. I was shocked. I did the same the next time I had an injury and I could feel the cream “zinging” (circulating the blood.) After we’d run out, my mom made another batch and added in Comfrey and Yarrow. I noticed that the healing of bruises went down to a couple days for me.

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Not long after, I strained my side for the second time. I decided to try the Arnica cream on it. The previous time that had strained it, my side had taken about 6 weeks to recover. This time it took a couple of days. I then used it on the ankle that I kept spraining and my knee that I kept injuring, to my hips subluxing. I am so impressed by how fast I can heal as long as I keep applying it 2-3 times/day.

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Here are a couple recipes to do plain Arnica cream. You can add other herbs, also to your cream. Make sure that it is the same part of each: If you do Callendula, Arnica, and Comfrey, make sure that its the same amount of each. Example: 1/4 cup Callendula, 1/4 cup Arnica, and 1/4 cup Comfrey. Just don’t let it go above the top of the mason jar and keep room for your oil. (I do not know what is in other store-bought Arnica creams, but I do know that this one has worked for me. I try to be self-sufficient vs. store bought if possible because I do not like additives. Better and Cheaper together equals better over all in my book. My body is very sensitive to harmful additives and I need to be careful.

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WARNING: Do NOT use it on open wounds. It could irritate the wound or cause a rash.

WARNING: Do NOT use while pregnant as it can cause miscarriages.



My favorite way of using the Arnica cream is in a roll up bottle like the ones they make for deoderant (for home) or chapstick (for travel). This way we don’t have to touch it and make a mess.

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Here are a couple of options to buy your dried herbs from:

http://www.starwest-botanicals.com/category/bulk-herbs/

http://www.herbco.com/c-2-bulk-herbs-spices.aspx



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It doesn’t work for me!

What I DIDN’T tell you when my friend first brought over Frankincense essential oil for me to try, is that she brought over a FEW that could help me. She brought over On Guard cough drops, Lemon essential oil, and Breathe essential oil blend, as well as, the Frankincense. The On Guard cough drops felt amazing on my throat and so did the Lemon. The Breathe blend did NOTHING for me.

Wounds: Clove, Melalueca, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Purify, Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint (after wound has closed,) Myrrh, Rose, Sandalwood, Thyme, Juniper Berry, Bergamot

If you’ve ever tried herbs or essential oils for healing, you’re going to realize that not EVERY herb is for you. There are a few herbs, sometimes up to 10 or more, that can help with the SAME problem. I would go with “smell.” If you smell a few that could work for a particular problem and one makes you feel sick to smell it, DON’T use it. If you smell a few of them and one of them smells REALLY good to you, use that one first. Every body is different.

Also realize that you need to treat herbs and essential oils JUST as respectful as you would medicine.

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1) Research exactly HOW to use it. You can use them in a few different ways: Internally, Aromatic, Topically… sometimes you need to dilute it and other times you don’t. Make sure that you research if it can be used on children or if it just needs diluted first. My first way of researching is my Modern Essentials book.

2) You can read others blogs on how they used the oils.

3) Please pay attention to the dosage. I read a person’s blog where said a particular oil was so nasty; they took a teaspoonful of the oil with a bowlful of ice cream just to get it down. The dosage was a couple drops of oil in a veggie capsule.

4) If you are taking any medications, type the herb or oil in a search on the internet with your medication and see if it conflicts with it.


I LOVE herbs and essential oils! I’m amazing at how God created so many different kinds knowing that we would all be different. While again, use Modern Medicine when needed, it’s been around for only the last 150 years or so. I try natural first, so that I don’t poison my body or my children’s bodies.

Wildcraft! The Game

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Wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or “wild” habitat, for food or medicinal purposes. It applies to uncultivated plants wherever they may be found, and is not necessarily limited to wilderness areas. Ethical considerations are often involved, such as protecting endangered species. When wildcrafting is done sustainably with proper respect, generally only the fruit, flowers or branches from plants are taken and the living plant is left, or if it is necessary to take the whole plant, seeds of the plant are placed in the empty hole from which the plant was taken. Care is taken to only remove a few plants, flowers, or branches, so plenty remains to continue the supply.

So, I have been interested in herbs for a LONG time. I was excited when a friend told me about this game! I finally decided to buy it when my kids were studying Botany. I have not regretted it!

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First, we are all at Grandma’s house and she wants us to go collect huckleberries from the top of the mountain. She has already taught us how to wildcraft, so we gather herbs along the mountain trail. (We pick up herb cards)

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Sometimes, we land on a spot to draw an ailment card. Hopefully, we’ve collected the herbs listed on the ailment card that can help to heal it. (matching the pictures on the two cards.) There are many herbs that help to heal the same ailment. If we don’t have an herb to heal ourselves, another player can help us out.  I love how the game encourages not only learning, but working together to accomplish the goal. It has been fun for the whole family.

So, while this game is not specifically for homeschoolers, it is a great help for instilling a love of learning about herbs.

If you purchase this game through the original site, you get a whole lot more with it… a chapter book, recipes, etc. Check it out!

http://learningherbs.com/wildcraft-game


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Healing Infections, Sicknesses, and Cuts

In the beginning of learning about essential oils, I had an AMAZING experience with Frankincense! I have asthma and at the time, I had what I didn’t know was pneumonia on top of that. A friend gave me a sample and I put Frankincense on my feet. Within 5 minutes I was able to cough it up without pain in my ribs. That was the start of my amazing journey with EO’s in Feb 2014. Yep, I’m a newbie, but I have a few kids that get sick or hurt super fast, so I’ve had a LOT of practice in just a few months!

First of all, my mom found a “too-good-to-be-true” article on an “ouchie spray.” She followed the article’s recipe and made a bottle of it for our family. Now, my kids and I have Classical type Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and our skin cuts open easy, takes a long time to heal, and scars bad. So, to us, it seemed more beneficial than just for the occasional “ouchie.” And it has proved itself on more than one occasion for many things! I carry it with us EVERYWHERE! I’ve also made more than one bottle in case we split up.

This “ouchie spray” includes only 3 essential oils: Lavender, Melalueka (Tea Tree), and Frankincense. It calms, disinfects, and heals. Since my kids and I heal a little slower, it brings our healing back to normal.

When my son had an ear infection, I remembered a friend talking about how her family member had healed her son’s ear infection with essential oils. She still went to the doctor to confirm that he had it and later confirmed that it was gone, but did not use antibiotics. We’ve used so many antibiotics on my little guy that his stomach lining is worn causing more infections and allergies to get worse. I decided to research it, why not… only two ingredients: Lavender and Melalueka. I put it around the outside of his ear and the pain subsided within a day. I kept putting it on a few times a day for a couple days after that to make sure it stayed gone.

Another instance, bronchitis started getting passed on like the plague. When you have more than one child, it’s within days sometimes hours of each other. Because it had to do with breathing, I thought of the Frankincense, but wasn’t sure if it was an infection, yet…. “ouchie spray” on the back and chest a few times a day. I now also use it for my son and my asthma attacks. Our breathing calms down right away. I LOVE this stuff!


Now, ANY time you have a sickness, I would also suggest using Oregano essential oil. I always put it on the bottoms of our feet (after being dilluted in a carrier oil-1drop to 1Tbsp carrier oil) before bed with clean socks on. I find that I may smell like spaghetti, but it works best while sleeping. Oregano is also a natural antibiotic and extremely strong. It’s AWESOME!


The last one is something I just recently learned about. I was afraid to try “blends” because our family has had so many allergy problems with food, medications, and even outdoor. I wanted to try the oils individually. And then… Hand Food Mouth Disease went around and we went down with it. When I already heard that it was going around, we stayed away from most people, and researched generally what the heck it was.

My son, yes… the one who was constantly sick all the time, had been outside in the pool and came in freezing. We all ate dinner together and he wanted to cuddle with me. He’s normally a cuddler, but not at dinner. I thought, maybe he had a fever, but didn’t think much about it after that. He watched a movie while he cuddled under a blanket, but wanted me… sure sign something was up. He complained of his feet hurting. I looked at the bottoms of his feet and it was covered in what I thought was “hives.” I gave him Benadryl and my husband tucked him in bed. He woke up screaming about his feet in the middle of the night. I gave him more Benadryl and went back to bed telling him there’s nothing more that I could do.

I walked downstairs half zombie-like and worried about the weird reaction that should have gone away by now. I crawled into bed and it hit me… Hand Foot Mouth Disease! I got back out of bed and researched more… adding essential oils to the search. One lady had done a variation with 3 different things… one every hour during awake hours. I decided that it would be worth it. The next morning, I got up, mixed the oils I’d need into spray bottles so I didn’t need to even touch it, and got ready for a day filled with oils. Realizing how fast it spreads, I decided to do it on ALL of our family members and not to leave the house until I was sure it was gone! Both of my girls had ONE tiny spot…. one on her mouth, and the other one on her foot. I also had a sore throat, but didn’t want to say anything. I felt like I was fighting a battle… I had set a timer and every time the timer went off, OIL TIME! I had the oils set up in a row, so I could remember which oil I was doing. But I didn’t see much of a difference. (It hadn’t spread, though) The second day, I did the same thing and the bright redness started going out of my son’s hives.

In the meantime, I talked to someone in passing who asked me how I was. I mentioned that I was doing well, but battling HFMD at home with my son. She exclaimed that she was so sorry and had battled that with her son when he was a teen. He had hurt so bad that he would crawl from the bed to the bathroom and moan for 2 weeks hardly eating. I was so grateful that I had something to help us… I can’t imagine the pain we would all go through if it got to be that strong… and with littles.

The third day, the girls’ spots were GONE, and my son’s were going away. I was getting tired, so I did it at meal times only (every couple of hours) It still was going away and by the end of the week was GONE. Nobody else got it. Whew! That was CRAZY!

What were the oils I used? 1) “ouchie spray,” (Frankinsence, Lavender, and Melaleuka) 2) at the time, I made my own mix for the second one which is the same as On Guard, and 3) Oregano.

I had heard about On Guard before, but this time decided to try it to PREVENT sicknesses. I put a drop of it in a Tbsp of carrier oil and put it on sore throats, runny noses, and around the ears after going to church or the grocery store to prevent getting sick. We have been virus free for a while now except for the littlest of our clan who can’t tell me if she has a sore throat, yet. For her, I’ve used the On Guard a few times during the day and Oregano oil at night when I know she’s sick.

I am no longer scared of leaving our house and getting a virus.


This is just my experience with essential oils. It’s important to remember that not ONE herb can heal every person. If you cannot handle the smell of a particular herb, stay AWAY from it. There were many herbs created that heal the same thing. God knew that each of our bodies are different and accommodated for that. It is also important to make sure that we watch our diet and exercise, as well. Research your ailment, medications that may interact, and potential allergies. Essential oils are potent, so use them the way they were intended. Some are only aromatic or topical, and many are able to be ingested. Some you can use without diluting them, others are not for children. Other oils that can help with these ailments include:

Asthma Attacks: Breathe, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, and Marjoram.
Healing Asthma: Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Peppermint, Thyme, Breathe, Oregano, Lemon, Myrrh, Lavender, Geranium, Cypress, Clary sage, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Helichrysum, Marjoram, and Rosemary.

Wounds: Clove, Melalueca, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemongrass, Purify, Basil, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint (after wound has closed,) Myrrh, Rose, Sandalwood, Thyme, Juniper Berry, Bergamot

Infections: Cinnamon, Clary Sage, On Guard, Bergamot, Myrrh (with Oregano), Basil, Cypress, Rosemary (with Myrrh for oral infection), Thyme (for urinary infection), Lemongrass, Lime, Patchouli, Lavender, Oregano, Juniper Berry, Fennel, Peppermint

Plantain for Stings

common_plantain_largeMedicinal Action and Properties—Refrigerant, diuretic, deobstruent and somewhat astringent. Has been used in inflammation of the skin, malignant ulcers, intermittent fever, etc., and as a vulnerary, and externally as a stimulant application to sores. Applied to a bleeding surface, the leaves are of some value in arresting haemorrhage, but they are useless in internal haemorrhage, although they were formerly used for bleeding of the lungs and stomach, consumption and dysentery. The fresh leaves are applied whole or bruised in the form of a poultice. Rubbed on parts of the body stung by insects, nettles, etc., or as an application to burns and scalds, the leaves will afford relief and will stay the bleeding of minor wounds.

Okay, so I don’t know much about anything with this plant except what I’ve experienced with it. My mom told me that it was for mosquito bites and made an infusion out of it for our mosquito bites, but it didn’t work for me. She showed it to me ALL OVER THE GRASS. Now mind you, we don’t put pesticides on our grass…. yeah, I could say that I’m trying to keep it looking natural… I do the best I can, I really just don’t have time. I’m lucky if my lawn looks nice. Mom also told me that another use was for bee and wasp stings and spider bites. I’d never had to deal with that in my kids, so I thought we were fine…. until… we did.

We were playing at a park with a wooden swing and other playground equipment. We would all sit on the swing with our sandwiches and then the kids would go play. It just so happened the wooden swing was a home of some wasps. My little 2 year old got stung on the ankle. I decided to try it out. I ran out in the grass and quickly located some plantain and grabbed a few leaves. I chewed one up in my mouth and spit it out on the sting. Then I covered it with another leaf and tried to distract him. About 20 minutes later, he wanted to put his sock and shoe back on and headed off to play again. The red part that had been spreading quickly went right back to a small pink area.

At the time, a family member had watched the scene with interest and was shocked. He’d mentioned how painful a wasp sting was for him and that it had swollen his leg for days. I was thankful for that knowledge!

But…. for some reason, I was not convinced. The next year, my then 3 year old ran out into the grass without shoes or socks on. I was a little distracted with our new little one and the church service. He came back screaming. I realized he had stepped on a bee and I chastised him about taking his shoes and socks off. (Grass would be so soft to run in if not for the thorns and other harmful things that prick you; like bees!)

I frantically asked everyone around me if they had any sting stuff in their purses or on them. I knew they probably wouldn’t, but I was desperate. Praying, the knowledge came back into my head and I ran out to look for some plantain in the grass. Sure enough, there was some, I chewed it in my mouth, put it on the sting, and put another leaf on top of it…. again, healed within 20 min. at the most. (I don’t think he sat still that long this time) Again, people around me were shocked and interested at my crazy behavior. A mother will do anything to save her child! lol.

That same summer, my daughter came in stung by a mud dauber. I decided to try baking soda first… and failed. A couple hours later, I tried the plantain and it did not work. I guess I waited too long because the plantain did not work this time. In fact, she complained for a couple days straight about the harsh sting in the middle of her chest. I’m glad I know to do it first, but it was no fun.

Yep, we’ve dealt with stingers a couple of times since then, but they all heal fast with plantain… chew it up, spit it on the sting, and wait for the magic to happen.

To look for Plantain, go out on your lawn (as long as it’s not been treated) and look for leaves with the veins running straight up. There are two different types of plantain that I’ve noticed on my lawn, but they both do the same thing.

Wide Leaves                                               Narrow Leaves

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Other Herbs for Stings include:

Wasp and Hornet Stings: White Willow, Stinging Nettle, Chickweed, Plantain, and Yellow Dock

Bee Stings: White Willow, Stinging Nettle, Chickweed, Plantain, Yellow Dock, and Dandelion