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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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I love your website... Thank you for all your help. I love my herb books, and headed off an ear infection (my four year old) with a clove of garlic. Within 15 minutes, she was pain free whereas she had been holding her ear in horrible pain. Thanks again.

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Did You Know?

Split ends and frail hair can be drastically reduced by simply consuming Horsetail cut and/or powder. Also, weak and thin fingernails can be stronger and thicker after just a few weeks. The nutritional structure of Horsetail is well known as one of the best cures for such annoyances. Just add a bit of the cut herb to any tea combination. In a tincture, it would even be more effective. The powder can also be encapsulated, if you prefer. Continue usage even after you see improvements to make them more permanent.

Kelp would be our second choice as a nutritional powerhouse that can make a noticeable difference. Consuming both would be the best way to tackle it.