Medicinal Herb Swap Box

You have heard me say this a bunch of times but I LOVE my Ladies Homestead Gathering group!! Each month we are doing a swap of some sort where each person makes about 20 like items to swap with 19 other people and we all go home with 20 different items. For December, we did a medicinal swap and it was a wonderful Christmas present!

Here is a picture of what we received.
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Lavender Eye Pillow
Lemon Sugar Scrub
Coconut Salt Foot Scrub
Calendula Salve
First Aid Salve
Usnea Tincture
Heachache Tincture
Pine Sap Tincture
Holy Basil Tincture
Oregano Oil
Comfrey Oil
Rosemary Bath Soak
Eucalyptus Shower Disk
Ginger Syrup
Candied Ginger
Cough Drops
Lip Balms
Cough and Cold Remedy
Eucalyptus Bath Soak

So what ya think? Would you like to do a swap with a group of friends? So much fun and I cannot wait until later in the month when we do a food swap!

Here is a recipe for the Headache Migraine Tincture, let me know how you like it!
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Headache Migraine Tincture
1 part California poppy OR poppy seeds
1 part feverfew leaf
1 part lavender bud
80 proof alcohol(I use vodka)

OK first get a mason jar, any size will do, just depends on how much you wish to make. 1 part can equal 1 Tablespoon, 1/4 cup, whatever you want but make sure each part is equal to the other, not perfect just close is fine.

Add the herbs to the jar(I used dried for the recipe), then cover with the alcohol. Squish the herbs down a bit and add more alcohol until the liquid covers the herbs by at least 2 inches. Cover and let sit for 4-6 weeks, shake daily or when you remember. Keep it somewhere you see it every day and I keep mine on the shelf above my kitchen sink. After the 4-6 weeks, strain well with cheesecloth, squeezing the cheesecloth to get every last drop into a measuring cup. Find a few dark colored GLASS 1 ounce bottles to fill and add a cap or a dropper.

To use: Label each jar so you don’t forget what is inside. Take 1/2 teaspoon 2x/day for up to 3 months for migraine prevention. Stop for a few weeks, then start again.

For acute headaches, take 1/4 teaspoon every 20-30 minutes for up to 2 hours.
***Important, while these remedies are natural, some precautions are necessary with feverfew. If you are on blood thinners consult your doctor. You may not want to take it during your menstrual cycle.
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Note: Tinctures don’t taste very good on their own so add your dose to a small shot glass of juice or tea.

Herbal Eye Pillow

Here is my recipe for the pillow because I am not sure how Amy made hers exactly.

Very simple, take equal parts of chamomile and lavender and put into a cotton or silk sleeve, sew shut. When in need of a little down time or in addition to taking your tincture during a headache, lay down with the eye pillow and rest for a few minutes. Enjoy!

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