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11 Must-Have Healing Remedies

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Calendula Cream

Good for: Insect bites, stings or skin irritation

Because: Calendula (made from marigolds) is a centuries-old remedy for any skin itch or ouch, from bee stings to sunburn to eczema. The plant’s skin-relieving properties come from its mixture of essential oils, which are both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.

How to: Apply an ointment containing 2 to 5 percent calendula, as needed, up to four times daily.

Tip: If you have ragweed allergies, apply a dime-size test patch the first time and watch for an allergic reaction (red or itchy bumps). Why? Because calendula (i.e., marigolds) and ragweed are both members of the Aster (Compositae) family and may cause an allergic reaction in those who are hypersensitive.

Related: Toothpaste for Bug Bites and 14 Other Brilliant Uses

Lavender & Tea Tree Oil

Good for: Cuts, burns, athlete’s foot, minor infections or as a natural disinfectant

Because: Both are natural antiseptics, so they are great for killing germs, and each has its own medicinal prowess. Although best known for its relaxing aroma, which is proven to quell anxiety, lavender can also cool the pain of minor kitchen burns and sunburns, as well as prevent scarring. Meanwhile, tea tree oil is an equally powerful disinfectant, so a drop or two of essential oil can be smoothed onto cuts to stave off infection. Plus, its antifungal properties make it a natural weapon against the common toe fungus that causes athlete’s foot. In one randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, tea tree oil was more than twice as effective as a placebo in relieving the burning and itching of athlete’s foot.

How to: Both essential oils are natural antiseptics, and too much may dry the skin, so use sparingly.

Tip: Add a few drops of lavender and tea tree essential oil to a spray bottle filled with water to make a disinfecting spritz for countertops, doorknobs and even yoga mats.

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1:35AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

Thank you :)

4:54AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

great .....thanks

11:18AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

Great tips,thanks.

3:07AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

love Homeopathy!

10:42PM PST on Dec 28, 2012


9:24PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Wow! I have almost all of these on the list. I'm doing better than I thought I was. :) Thanks.

9:58AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

I was also unaware of the fact Tea Tree Oil was toxic to cats..thank you for giving us this information.This entire article was full of very useful information and was self explanatory.I am trying to get into a more healthy life style and found many things I will make use of.Thanks again!

3:40PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Your personal interests in health care may dictate the content of your medicine cabinet. Ours contains predominantly homeopathic remedies. Interesting comment by Mary-Beth that Tea Tree Oil is toxic for cats - I didn't know that.

1:35PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

We use many of these and they do work, for humans and pets. A word of caution regarding Tea Tree Oil-it is toxic to cats. Thanks!

1:29PM PST on Dec 4, 2012


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