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Wanda Knows First-Aid

by Wanda H.

March 2006

I just wanted to thank you for your quality products. I notice that your herbs are much fresher than those I get elsewhere and much more economical.

Two items I now keep in my first aid kit are the Plantain leaf and Bentonite clay.

My 5-year-old burned his finger while camping. I didn't have any hot water handy to soften the Plantain leaf, so I just put some in my mouth and chewed until soft. It wasn't very sterile, but I applied the softened leaves under a bandage. Immediately, he looked at me with surprised relief, "It doesn't hurt any more!" The finger didn't blister, and he discarded the bandage the next day.

I keep a ziplock bag with about a tablespoon or so of the Bentonite clay mixed with distilled water. Whenever someone gets a festered place, pimple, infected sore, etc., I plaster some of the prepared clay onto the area and cover with a bandage. The clay draws out any infection and speeds healing. This works well for infected paper cuts on hands as it provides a protective covering for the area and keeps it from painfully breaking open before it has time to mend.

Thank you again for all you do.

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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.