Herbal Recipes

by Stephen LaBounty (2007-10-21)

Cold Sunburn Compress
Take about 1- 3 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers (up to 5 tablespoons of fresh) and slow boil in a non-aluminum pot for about 10 minutes. Let the tea steep for about another 15 minutes and then strain flowers out using a very fine strainer, or clean cloth (preferred). Take a "flour sack" towel, found in most kitchens, or a clean linen cloth and fold to size of burn. Immerse cloth in cold tea and apply. If you place a wet towel in the refrigerator for 15 minutes and place it over the compress, it will keep the tea cold and enhance soothing. If the burn is blistered or about to blister see qualified health professional for emergency treatment. But as the skin begins to heal this compress will sooth and relax the area.

Aching & Sore Muscles
One of my favorites is one of the easiest. Best taken as a bath, it can also be applied to local soreness for relief. Go out to your garden or to the store and pick a stalk of Rosemary. Chop it up coarsely (to about 3 tablespoons) and repeat the procedure above. The difference would be to warm the compress and keep it warm using the wet towel method, only warmed in a micro wave, or soaked in hot water, and placed over the Rosemary compress. Generally, I leave the compresses on for about 20 minutes, or until I feel the relief. A light massage to the sore areas after the compress treatment is always recommended. Using any kind of vegetable oil, Olive, Sesame, Canola, to assist in the glide, stretch, or "iron" the muscle out. Use any of these oils sparingly. They will stain clothes, bed sheets, towels and so on. Plus, a little goes a long way.