2013-pestle-and-mortar-image-for-websiteI’ve been going through several old binders over the past couple of days and found a stash of things I kept from my early days exploring Wicca. It’s been quite interesting seeing the things that I felt were important enough to keep. One in particular was a list of first aid herbs that supposedly every witch is supposed to have on hand. Given that I’m still trying to just get my herbs through a single season alive, this is a list it will take me a while to get to, but it seems like a good thing to aspire to… though I freely admit, I’ve never heard of three of these. What do you think of this list?

 

  • Aloe – break off an aloe leaf and scrape the get to soothe minor burns, scalds and sunburn. Aloe has tissue regenerative properties and will help heal all wounds.
  • Arnica – arnica cream or oil can be used on bruises or sprains where the skin is not broken. Caution should be used with arnica however since it can be toxic in high doses.
  • Calendula Cream – homemade or store bought, this is an antiseptic and anti-fungal. If you make it, try adding comfrey to the cream; it will help speed the healing process.
  • Clove Oil – clove oil is an excellent antiseptic for cuts and is also useful for treating toothaches. It should be cut with a carrier oil when used on the skin since severe irritation can occur.
  • Compresses – Keep squares of gauze or cheesecloth on hand to make compresses. Use comfrey, witch hazel, or arnica for sprains; St. John’s Wort for deep cuts, comfrey or witch hazel for burns.
  • Crystallized Ginger – chew for motion sickness or morning sickness.
  • Eucalyptus Oil – This is a good inhalant for colds, coughs, and respiratory infections.
  • Rescue Remedy – This combination of 5 of the Bach Flower Remedies is effective for shocks and emotional upsets, especially in children.
  • St. John’s Wort – excellent for minor burns and sunburn.
  • Slippery Elm – slippery elm powder is used to make poultices for drawing out splinters and bringing boils to a head.
  • Tea Tree Oil – antiseptic and anti-fungal. Useful for cleansing wounds.
  • Witch Hazel Extract – use it to treat minor burns, sunburn and insect bites. Apply to nasal passages to stop nosebleeds. Wash cuts with it to help cleanse them.

 

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