Last night I had a wonderful time at our Ladies Homestead Gathering! A few times per year, we do a medicinal swap and for last night we swapped first aid items. Each of us made 15 herbal remedies so we went home with 15 different remedies to stock our apothecary. Much better than a cookies swap!!!!

So here is what I got:

Bug Off Spray, Feverfew capsules, First Aid Cream, Witch Hazel, Bentonite Clay, Elder Berry Elixer, Garlic Oil, Usnea Tincture, Plantain Tincture, Organic Nettle, Jewelweed Salve, Poison Ivy Ointment, Mosquito Repelling Lotion Bar, Neem Soap and Peppermint Lip Balm. Here are a few descriptions:

Bug Off Spray, made by Owl Moon Farms, contains Witch Hazel, Citronella essential oil, Eucalyptus essential oil and Lemongrass essential oil.

Feverfew, made by me, is a capsule filled with organic feverfew(chrysanthemum parthenium) and primarily used for fevers, headaches and taken daily as a preventitive for migraines.

First Aid Cream, sorry not sure who made this, contains coconut oil(an awesome medicinal in iteself!), Lavender essential oil and TeaTree essential oil. Used for minor cuts and scrapes, eczema, cradle cap, diaper rash, cracked winter skin, minor burns, insect bites, athletes foot and acne.

I added all of these amazing remedies to my shelves in the laundry room right with all my loose herbs, beeswax, natural cleansers and soaps.

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Oops! I should have told you about a remedy I invented/concocted on my own. I had been reading lots of books about essential oils and home remedies, and knew the characteristics of a lot of the oils, so for an all-purpose remedy for stings, bites, cuts, scrapes, scratches, etc., I mixed several drops of each, of lavender, calendula, chamomile, peppermint, and tea tree essential oils, and alcohol to keep it suspended and to preserve it. It’s mostly tea tree and alcohol, but with maybe 20-30 drops of the other oils, in about a two-ounce bottle. I refill smaller bottles with dropper-caps as needed with the large bottle. I even carry this mixture in my purse! I can’t tell you how many times we have used this stuff! My husband got stung while cutting the grass recently and he said this fixed him right up. The worst thing I have used it on so far was a terrible rope burn I got recently, on my shins (one more than the other). My Golden Retriever decided he wanted to chase a cat–right after he made a circle around me and lassoed my legs. The rope really bit into my left leg! All the nerves about three inches out from the gash were screaming for the next few days. I kept applying this mixture, though, and it scabbed over and dried up. It took a few weeks for the new pink skin to be revealed again, but I was worried about infection at first. That rope gets dragged through some nasty stuff! lol But it healed up and didn’t get infected. The oil-alcohol mixture was the only thing I used on it.

BTW, I went out and bought two retractable leashes for our dogs. They have brakes built in! They don’t drag through…um…stuff…in the yard, and the dogs can’t easily pee on them. It’s also shorter than the ropes we were using. They have all kinds of dire warnings, about possible fractures or amputation of fingers. Or eye injury if it breaks. But so far, so good. At least I don’t have to hold the tape like I did the rope, which burned my fingers, before it burned my legs. There’s something to be said for a nice, smooth handle!


That looks like a great remedy! I have been using the coconut oil first aid cream and it is too amazing!!! My hubby got attacked by briars allover his legs and arms and he has been putting the cream on to heal the scratches and soothe the skin.


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