Breathing and Pain essential oil blend

This is a fun blend.  It’s definitely minty.  If you’re breastfeeding, you need to stay away from this.  Mint essential oils will decimate your supply.  So I guess if you’re trying to wean, rock on.  I first started using this blend (diluted of course, I err on the side of caution with that one) for my asthma.  I’ve had asthma for over thirty years now, it’s not a new thing.  My asthma is greatly irritated when I get sick or have allergies.  Every few years I’ve gotten really sick, with a nasty cold making it’s way down into my lungs.  It’s something I prefer to avoid, to be honest.  When I start feeling sick, or a cold may be trying to make it’s way into my lungs, I’ll slather this all over my chest and neck.  When I keep on it, and keep applying it, it greatly helps.  Between this and my thieves blend, I’ve managed to keep colds out of my lungs for a few years so far (knock on wood!).
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As an added bonus tip for those of you suffering from colds, I use bee pollen as my antihistamine rather than OTC meds.  Bee pollen doesn’t dry out mucousal membranes like OTC meds do, and it typically takes effect in 15-30 minutes.   That’s as close to magic as I can get, and I very much appreciate it.  I’ll get into more cold/sickness tricks I have, along with my typical go-to’s for seasonal allergies (which I’ve also had for over twenty-five years) in future posts.

How I use it for pain?  I’m lucky and rarely get headaches.  But when I do, this is what I turn to first.  I found out it’s efficacy on accident, I was too lazy to go find another essential oil blend, but had this one right by me and ready to go (asthma!).  So I rolled it on.  Headaches starting at the base of my neck?  On my temples?  I roll this blend on, and the pain calms down within 15-20 minutes typically.  Lasts for a few hours, then reapply as needed.  I like the short use-life of my remedies – I can easily see if something was just a one-time issue, or ongoing and needing a different approach.  My 13yo has also used it for headaches with good success, too.  I think also my sister?  Again, I’m only going to sell products I’ve used myself, and let my family and friends use.  If I don’t feel comfortable with it, I’m not going to sell it.

Anywho.  You can find the Breathing/Pain blend all by itself, in the tiny, cute little roller bottles, soon to be available in 5ml and 10ml roller bottles.  Possibly upon request.

They can appear in custom first aid kit tins as well.
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Plantain Salve

Today’s spotlight is on my plantain salve.  Plantain is great for healing cuts, and can be soothing.

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I harvest the plantain from random spots in my non-chemical yard.  Sometimes even the kids get in on the harvesting, they’re pretty good at finding it sometimes.  Again, simple ingredients.  Dried plantain steeped in olive oil, and I add coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter until I get the consistency I want.  Super scientific, I know, it kind of reminds me of baking bread.  You just keep mixing/adding until you feel it’s right.  I have a tendency to wing it until I’m happy with it, not always just because all the ingredients are in there.

Plantain salve can be purchased on it’s own, or in various combinations as below.

Both regular and mini salve tube sets…
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Big first aid kit tins…
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Or smaller mint-tin sized kits.
All the kits can be customized to suit your whim.
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Yarrow Salve

Another single-herb salve!  How about that, me and my simpleness.  Yarrow is great for soothing.  As just an herb, it’s great for stopping or starting bleeding, soothing itching, all depending on what you need at the moment, and which part of the plant you use.
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I’ve used it on overzealous cuts before – just chewed up some leaves, put on the cut, and put a bandage over it, all poultice like.  I believe one time I did this to my youngest from a cut received in the yard, a neighbor kid was over playing, and one of my children told him “My mom’s magic” when the neighbor child asked what on earth I was doing.  Again, super simple ingredients.  You could eat this salve if you really, really wanted to.  I wouldn’t recommend it, but you could.  Yarrow-steeped olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter.  Sure, easy ingredients, just takes time to put together and time to steep the herbs.  I’m fairly impatient with things sometimes, so I understand the not wanting to wait and make it yourself.  Hence why I’m making all these goodies.  Saves you some of the effort, and ideally, I can bring home some income.   Win win.

Not only can you purchase yarrow salve on it’s own, you can also find it in a variety of fun ways.  In salve bundles, complete with cute little bag…
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But you can also find salves in some of my premade first aid kit tins, big or small.  These can be customized to some degree as well.
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Example of a kit available at Coeur d’Alene Fresh.  Why yes, I sometimes put bows on things.  Why not?  Also, yes, you can tell I wing things completely, and try to use what I have around first.  In order to package these kits where customers can view what’s inside, I had to be creative.  Enter my food saver and some old Cabela’s bags that I wasn’t fond of for food packaging.  They totally work for first aid kits though, which I like.
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