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Bug Repellent

by Lauren C.

February 2011

Dried herbs and essential oils can be very effective in shielding your pets from fleas and ticks. For example, you can blend 5 drops of juniper oil, 10 drops of lavender oil, and 2 drops of eucalyptus oil in a 8-ounce spritzer bottle of water and spray your pet/areas the pet frequents. You can also make an herbal bug-repellent pillow for a cat or a dog (not a kitten or puppy) by adding equal amounts of lavender flowers, cederwood chips, and pennyroyal herb (not oil) to the stuffing of a pillow or small homemade pet bed mattress. ~Taken from: "Storey's Basic Country Skills"

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Hi, I just wanted to share with you a testimony about how I was able to help someone with the comfrey herb that I bought from you. A friend came over with a really bruised and swollen knee from falling on it that day. She said she couldn't stay long, because she needed to get to the Urgent Care center for treatment on her knee. I remembered I had ordered some Comfrey in my last order and stuck it in the freezer "just in case", so I asked her if she would let me try it on her to see if it works. Since I'm new to herbs I was looking for a chance to try some of my new herbs on someone. She agreed to be my guinea pig. So, I made a poultice and she held it on her knee all evening during our meeting. I gave her some more to use at home with instructions on how to make the poultice. Well, she just let me know the her knee is much better! She only has a small bruise and a little tenderness when she touches it. I'm so glad to hear that it really works!! ~Heather Gebbia


Did You Know?

After childbirth, a mama's body is gearing up for breastfeeding. It also begins a cleansing process as chemicals, hormones, and nutrients are all adjusting to proper levels as before the pregnancy. The liver, kidneys, colon, etc. are all very involved in this cleansing. Herbs that aid in this process are known as liver cleansers and as blood purifiers. Amazingly enough, many of the liver cleansers and blood purifiers also promote milk production. Some of these herbs are: Fennel, Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, and Dandelion. Most of us may not see the relation between breastfeeding and cleansing. However, God provided the herbs that aid the new mother to get both jobs done. The Mama's Milk Tea recipe was contributed by one of our readers, and includes herbs for after birth.