Tuesday, January 8, 2019


Essential oils consist of chemical compounds which have hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen as their building blocks. These can be subdivided into two groups: The hydrocarbons which are made up almost exclusively of terpenes and the oxygenated compounds which are mainly esters.
Oxygenated compounds
Esters are probably the most widespread group found in essential oils, which includes linalyl acetate found in Lavender, bergamot and clary sage. They are characteristically fungicidal and a sedative often having a fruity aroma.
Alcohol, another oxygenated compound is one of the most useful groups, it has good antiseptic and anti viral properties with an uplifting aroma, they are also non-toxic. Some of the most common terpene alcohols include linalool which is found in Lavender.
Lavender has been recorded in aromatherapy as one of the most functional oils to help strengthen the immune system and to help us fight the flu. This universal oil has been used to comfort the stomach. It is gentle enough to apply directly on the belly without diluting it.
Lavender is an adaptagen virtually used to revive, strengthen, and restore and yet it is a soothing oil. It will comfort us while it restores and assists in healing. It is also a tonic, for faint, weak systems, palpitations, weak giddiness, spasms and colic.
Lavender assists the nervous system during depression, headaches, hypertension, insomnia, migrane, nervous tension and stress related conditions.
The application of essential oils is a science. Our blood and essential oils share several common properties. They fight infection, contain hormone like compounds, and initiate regeneration. The ability of lavender to bring balance, generate new skin tissue, promote hair growth, and relieve inflammatory conditions in order to bring balance to many physiological systems of our body is due to the fact that both essential oils and human blood contain the same chemical structures.. The ability of some essential oils to work as hormones helps them bring balance to the 9 different systems of our body.
It’s a comforting feeling to know we are protected with natures bounty. This compatibility with human protein makes essential oils identity acceptable by our body.
The lipid soluble structure of essential oils is very similar to our cell membranes. The molecules of essential oils are so small, their ability to penetrate into our cells happens quickly. When applied to the feet essential oils can travel throughout the body in a matter of minutes.
In the human body, essential oils stimulate the secretion of antibodies, neurotransmitters, endorphins, hormones, and enzymes. Oils containing limonene have been shown to prevent and slow the progression of cancer. Other oils, like lavender, have been shown to promote the growth of hair and increase the rate of wound healing. They increase the uptake of oxygen and ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the fuel for individual cells. Research indicates that when essential oils are diffused, they can increase atmospheric oxygen and provide negative ions, which in turn inhibits bacterial growth. This suggests that essential oils could play an important role in air purification and neutralizing odors. Because of their ionizing action, essential oils have the ability to break down and render potentially harmful chemicals nontoxic.
Because essential oils are composites of hundreds of different chemicals, they can exert many different effects on the body. Lavender oil can be used for burns, insect bites, headaches, stress and PMS, all at the same time.
Essential oils do not disturb the bodies natural balance or homeostasis, if one constituent exerts too strong an effect, another constituent may block or counteract it. Synthetic chemicals in contrast, usually have only one action and often disrupt the bodies homeostasis.
Lavenders’ compounds are so complex they can have more than one action at a time and can work on more than one system in our body at a time.

Lavenders’ compounds are complex and have the potential to work on more than one system in our body at a time.

For skincare lavender benefits abscesses, skin rashes caused by allergies, athlete’s foot, acne, boils, bruises, burns, dandruff, dermatitis, earache, eczema, inflammations, insect bites and stings, insect repellent, lice, psoriasis, ringworm, scabies, sores, spots, al skin types, sunburn, and wounds.

Lavender is beneficial to our circulation, muscles, and joints: For muscular aches and pains, lumbago, rheumatism, sprains.

For the respiratory system lavender benefits asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, halitosis, laryngitis, throat infections, and whooping cough.

The digestive system is comforted for abdominal cramps, colic, dyspepsia, flatulence, and nausea.

Genito-Urinary system: Cystitis, dysmenorrhea, and leucorrhoea.

Immunes system is strengthened and equipped to heal the flu.

Nervous system is supported to help defeat depression, headaches, hypertension, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension and stress-related conditions, sciatica, shock, and vertigo.

Lavenders actions are medically labeled as:  Analgesic, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antimicrobial, anti rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, carminative, cholagogue, choleretic, cicatrisant, cordial, cytophylactic, insecticide, nervine, parasiticide, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant, sudorific, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary.

Monday, September 17, 2018

How to Make Home Made Poison Ivy Remedies With Jewelweed Herb 
Jewelweed Extract
You can make it into a tincture as described above. Although the blend below is more effective. To skip all the trouble of making it you can get the remedies already made at https://store.creationsoap.com/jewetore.html 
Supplies & Ingredients: 
  • quart sized jar 
  • stems, leaves, and flowers of Jewelweed – chopped 
  • alcohol - 80 proof vodka or 60% everclear and 40% water 
  • a few leaves of plantain, chickweed, cleavers, or comfrey – cut up the leaves 
  1. Place the Jewelweed and herbs in the jar, filling it about half full. 
  1. Cover with alcohol – enough to cover the leaves by at least a quarter of an inch. 
  1. Place the cap on the jar, making sure it is tight. Shake well. 
  1. Place in the sun and shake every day. Leave for at least three weeks. 
  1. When it is finished, strain and store the tincture in a cool, dark place. 
Jewelweed Poison Ivy Blend
Then I use the Jewelweed tincture to make this Jewelweed poison ivy solution. 
Supplies & Ingredients: 

  1. Pour the tincture into the pint jar. Add enough distilled water to double the volume. This will give you a 20% alcohol solution. If you find this too drying, you can add more distilled water. 
  1. Add the essential oils and cap tightly. Shake well,
  1. Store any remaining Jewelweed Poison Ivy Solution for up to 4 months or longer in a refrigerator.

Grow or Wild Picking Jewelweed 
Most likely, if you have a moist semi shady area in your yard, you may have Jewelweed growing there. Look in marsh areas, wetlands, along rivers and creeks or damp areas along the roadside. I’ve seen stands up to 8-feet-tall near our home. 
To harvest, I take the top ⅓ of the plant, leaving the rest to continue growing. Never harvest all the Jewelweed in one place, or there won’t be any the next year. Jewelweed is a tropical annual that dies as soon as the frost hits it. It needs to be able to set seed to propagate more. 
If you want to grow it, it is very easy. You can find the seeds in many places, including online. Sow directly in the soil in a moist, shady area. It will germinate quickly and you’ll see two oval, pale green leaves that kind of look like fat kidney beans. These are the first seeds. Your plants will grow quickly and need very little care except watering when young. Or you can get the Jewelweed Herb already dried and ready to use at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0774ZCW89
Want a natural Jewelweed Poison Ivy Treatment, but don’t want to make it yourself? 
If you don’t have the time or resources to make a poison ivy treatment with jewelweed, you can find a few natural options already made for you: 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Jewel Weed for Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac, Bug Bites, and Swimmers Itch


     Jewel Weed Topical Spray contains a synergistic blend of herbal plants to knock out the itch and swelling associated with inflammatory rashes from swimmer's itch, poison ivy, oak, and sumac.  
 Also, it is soothing for bee stings and bug bites.  

     Little children go into shock and scream bloody murder when they get stung by a yellow jacket!  As a vendor at many harvest festivals and farmers markets;  when the apples are for sale the yellow jackets are swarming.  Cool weather and fresh apples drives= the yellow jackets into a frenzy! The sun shining on the fruit, in a child's hand, appears to be a target for bees.  It doesn't take long before a child is stung.  For this reason, we leave a sample bottle of Jewel Weed Topical Spray at the first aid station, and on our table. Word spreads fast that there is an antidote for bee stings and mosquito bites at the fair.  Jewel Weed Topical Spray  has to be applied in many intervals, numerous times, before the child is comforted. I can hear it in their cry and see the expressions they make and know it is working. Sooner than later, in about 10 minutes or so, they lay their head down on the parent's shoulder, sobbing and sniffling.  The parents show their gratitude and look around our booth with curiosity and conversation. Whole plants for whole people, work the majority of the time. 

     Prevention is the best cure. Jewel Weed Topical Spray may be used as a preventative.  Spray on the exposed areas of skin before you approach nature, and spray again, 15 minutes after you have been exposed to skin allergen plants.  I tested this theory on myself, I am highly reactive to poison ivy. There is a bank I had to walk down to get to the bike path, which is covered with poison ivy. With sandals and shorts on I braved it.  To my surprised, it worked.  I have used this regimen for many years now. We make the Jewel Weed Topical Spray 2 oz. bottle,  a practical pocket size to take on  outdoor excursions.  It also neutralizes the oil on your dogs. I sprayed my dogs after our walks so I wouldn't get poison ivy after touching them. It works! 
          What if you get a case of poison ivy, oak, or sumac?  It's more involved. You have to spray Jewel Weed Topical about every 15 minutes to knock it out.  If it’s a bad flare up try making a paste with our Jewel Weed Soap and Topical Spray.  Spray the soap and mix with your finger until you have a paste consistency. Rub on the blisters and inflamed areas, let it dry and keep it on.  Or, shave the Jewel Weed Soap and mix the Topical Spray until it is the consistency of paste; and store in a glass jar. It is ready to use this way. 
Rub the paste over the blisters and let dry. Leave it on. It knocks the itch out and dries up the blisters. As soon as it starts to itch again, rinse off the soap and Jewel Weed Topical and apply fresh. You will be glad you did. Stay on top of this regimen.  
      Stay out of direct sun light while the skin is inflamed from allergen plants.  It takes longer to dry up if the blisters are exposed to sun light. The sun reactivates the condition.  I learned this the hard way. We were fishing up north for a week. I put the soap paste on, above my knees. The blisters disappeared. By the time we got off the boat, 6 hours later, the blisters were back. I reapplied the paste and they disappeared. Out in the sun, they reappeared. This went on the whole week. Finally, I figured it out. My skin suffered from exposing poison ivy to direct sunlight.  The skin above my knees, turned to saggy elephant skin. My skin recovered and tightened up in about 4 months.  
     What did I do for it? I applied Anna's Skin Repair Serum. Then again, this is another subject for a different blog. I will give you the link in case you have this issue though. 

                               Anna's Secret Skin Repairing Serum. 
     Keep in mind, prevention is the best cure. Take Jewel Weed Topical Spray with you on your outings in the country.  Also, stay out of the sun, or keep your skin covered where the inflammation has caused blisters. 
By Anna Sangemino