Community-Supported Herbalism – Box 1

Congratulations – you have just received the first of your 4 CSH boxes for this season. We hope you are as excited as we are with this box of herbal goodies. We have brought forward the mosquito repellant that was meant to be in box 2 and put it in this box as the mosquitoes seem quite bad right now and we thought it could be useful immediately. Don’t worry, there will be another product to replace it next month.

Below is some information on how to use the products - please let us know if you have questions.

Healing Salve (Calendula, Comfrey & Plantain oils, Beeswax, Lavender EO)---

This is a general purpose, all around ‘owie’ salve. Safe for children and pets.
Anti-inflammatory - Calendula and Lavender
Anti-itch – Lavender
Skin healing – Comfrey and Plantain
Anti-microbial – Plantain and Lavender
Use on scrapes, abrasions, scratches and small cuts. Do not use on puncture wounds or dirty cuts.

Cooling After Sun Lotion (Aloe gel, Chickweed oil, Lavender hydrosol, colloidal silver)

This can be used for any minor burns – sunburn, kitchen burns. Not a sun block but a soothing, cooling, anti-inflammatory for any hot spots

Mosquito Repellant Oil (Grapeseed oil, essential oils)

Essential oils of Citronella, Bay laurel, Eucalyptus and Rosemary in a grapeseed oil base for staying power on your skin. Smells great to you but mosquitoes hate it! Apply generously before going outside. Caution – oil may stain clothing.

Sore Muscles Liniment (Fir tip oil, Poke root in castor oil, Arnica oil, Cramp bark tincture, Cayenne tincture, Lobelia tincture, Black pepper, Spruce, Marjoram, Naiouli essential oils)

Warming and local circulatory stimulant – Fir tips, Castor oil, Cayenne, Black pepper, Marjoram, Naiouli
Penetrating - Poke root, Castor oil
Antispasmodic / muscle relaxing – Cramp bark, Lobelia
Analgesic – Arnica, Lobelia
This is a deeply penetrating, warming muscle rub. Use it for any tightness and soreness or cramping. After working in the garden or doing a big hike, night time leg cramps, menstrual cramps or even on the back of the neck and the temples for a tension headache.
Wash hands well after use.

Headaches Tea (Willow bark, Butterbur root, Ginger, Peppermint)

Analgesic – Willow, Butterbur
Anti-nausea – Ginger, Peppermint
Refreshing and invigorating – Peppermint
For tension headaches, stress headaches and migraines.
Make it with 1 heaped teaspoon of herbal tea covered with 1 cup boiling water and steeped for 10 – 15 minutes.
If the headache is throbbing and it feels like your head is too full or if you feel hot then drink it as a cold tea.
If the headache is constrictive like a tight band or if you feel chilled then drink it as a hot tea. 

Spring Allergies Tea (Nettle leaf, Plantain, Goldenrod, Elderflower, Eyebright)

Despite the name this tea is not restricted to spring use only!  Useful for any sinus congestion or sinus / ear infections. Helps to regulate mucus production, reduce red and irritated eyes, open the nasal passages and reduce inflammation of the mucus membranes.
Make it with 1 heaped teaspoon of herbal tea covered with 1 cup boiling water and steeped for 10 – 15 minutes.

Enjoy these herbal products from Innisfree !