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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

Skin Soothe Healing Salve

Uses: Hives, Skin Dryness, Splinters, Insect Bites, Dog Bites, Lip Dryness, Cuts, Scars

Comments:
1/4 oz. powdered Comfrey root
1/4 oz. Calendula flowers, dried
1/4 oz. Chamomile flowers, dried
1/4 oz. Plantain leaves, dried
8 drops Tea Tree oil
4 ounces olive oil
1/4 oz. chopped beeswax or enough to make the salve form

This formula can be prepared one of two ways:
Method One
In a crock pot or an enamel pot combine the herbs and the olive oil. Bring to a very slow cooking temperature (around 80 degrees Ferehnheit) and cook for 1/2 a day (8-12 hours). When dark in color, strain the herbs through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Pour the oil back into a cleaned pot on low heat. Add in the chopped beeswax and allow to melt. Pour a tespoonful into a jar lid so that it may solidify. Check for consistency. It should be firm but spreadable. Add more beeswax, if necessary. The Tea Tree oil can be added at the end. Pour the mixture into clean, glass jars and allow to set up.

Method Two
The herbs can be gathered fresh and placed in a jar with olive oil poured over them to cover. Top the jar with cheesecloth and a rubberband and allow the mixture to sit for 2 weeks. Strain off the herbs and proceed as above, by pouring the oil back into a clean pot. Bring the heat up to a low melting temperature and add the beeswax and Tea Tree oil.

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