First Aid Kit Herbs

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First Aid Kit Herbs information below could just save a life

A first aid kit for herbs you may say? It’s highly likely that at least once in your life you’ll need to use basic first aid techniques.

If you go hiking or backpacking or enjoy any of a number of outdoor activities, the odds that you’ll encounter an emergency health problem go way up.

Despite those sobering odds, too few people keep first aid kits handy or know how to use them. While this article is no substitute for a good first aid course, it will provide some basic information about what herbs to use for emergencies. Being knowledgeable and prepared dispels anxiety and allows you to think clearly when an emergency situation arises and you are the caregiver.
You can use the following herbal extracts, oils, salves, and powders to augment a first aid kit you buy or already own. Just remember to write explicit instructions for the herbal medicines you include — in case someone else needs to use a remedy on you or in your absence. A thorough instruction booklet — one that starts with abrasions and ends with vomiting — can help you in emergencies when you’ll need a quick reference for remedies.

A number of companies sell herbal first aid kits, and you may want to tailor one of them to make it more specific to your needs. Or you may want the satisfaction of preparing one of your own. The following herbal items are welcome additions to any first aid kit.

HERBAL EXTRACTS

Herbal tinctures and extracts are the preferred form of medicine as they are assimilated quickly and administered easily. first aid kit herbsTincturing also extracts valuable constituents not found in teas since certain active plant properties are only soluble in alcohol. If you dislike the alcohol, you can reduce its presence somewhat by placing the drops in a half cup of hot, boiled water and allowing it to sit for 15 minutes. You can also mix the extract with juice to disguise the taste. To keep things in perspective, it has been said there’s more alcohol in a ripe banana than in the suggested dosage of herbal extracts.

Arnica. This external remedy makes a great massage liniment for sore and cramped muscles. It will decrease pain and prevent swelling and bruising associated with torn ligaments, sprains, crushed fingers and toes, and broken bones — provided the skin is not broken. Arnica works best if applied immediately after an injury and continued every couple hours for the first day.

Cayenne. Five to ten drops diluted in two ounces of water can be used internally for frostbite and hypothermia. It moves the blood from the center of the body to the peripheral areas, warming hands and feet. A couple drops under the tongue will help to revive someone in shock or trauma. Used externally for heavily bleeding lacerations, it will coagulate the blood to stanch the flow (though it stings a mite).

Valerian. As an antispasmodic and painkiller, this herb relieves intestinal and menstrual cramps, headaches and general aches or pains. As a nervine, it will bring sleep to an exhausted person. The dosage range is 30 to 60 drops.

Echinacea. Besides possessing the ability to increase the supply of white blood cells to an infected area, thus boosting the immune system, echinacea is also antibiotic and antibacterial to gram positive bacteria such as strep or staph. It’s helpful with fevers, poisoning, or any type of internal infection and has reportedly been used for poisonous insect and snake bites by many native Plains tribes. Echinacea is a good preventative and supportive herb for the onset of the flu or common cold. The dosage ranges from 30 to 60 drops, the higher ranges used for fevers and acute situations. For toothaches, it can be massaged into the surrounding gums and teeth. For poisonous bites, 60 drops every 15 minutes is appropriate.

Grindelia. As an external remedy, grindelia cools and soothes hot, irritated skin rashes, sunburns, itchy insect bites and poison ivy. When taken internally, it helps expel mucus obstruction in the bronchioles and may be useful for some types of asthma and respiratory congestion.

Milk thistle combination. This can include milk thistle, burdock and kelp in equal parts. An alternative to chaparral that acts to leach heavy metals and radiation toxicity from the thyroid, blood, and liver as well as protects the liver against further damage. Good to take before and after dental x-rays and after taking Tylenol or Advil. 

Quassia. As an antimicrobial, this herb is traditionally used for bacterial diarrhoea, dysentery, and giardia — a lower gastrin testinal complaint contracted by drinking contaminated water. The standard dose is three to five dropper full every six hours. To treat suspected bad water, add 30 drops to each quart of water.

Syrup of Ipecac. This standard remedy promotes vomiting and should only be used in certain types of poisoning. 

Flower rescue remedy. Used for emotional trauma for all ages, flower essences work quickly and effectively on symptoms ranging from hyperventilation to neurosis. Rubbing the drops on the temples and wrists of hysterical children unable to take anything orally will have an immediate calming influence. Extracts will keep their potency for several years if stored in a dark and cool place.

POWDERED HERBS.

Slippery elm capsules. Used or food poisoning, this powder combines and buffers poisons in the stomach and bowels to decrease toxic absorption. It can soothe mucous membranes and settle an upset stomach.

Ginger root capsules. Use two caps for motion and morning sickness. It’s also effective for nausea caused by flu or bad food. 

Marshmallow-peppermint oil capsules. This is an easy-to-make combination of four parts marshmallow powder to one part peppermint oil. The powder in this formula is basically a vehicle for the peppermint oil to reach the small intestines without dissolving in the stomach. The capsules reduce intestinal cramping that can accompany any gastrointestinal tract infection.

For children not able to swallow capsules, you can dissolve the contents in four cups of juice or sweetened water.

Poultice combination power.

This should consist of at least one antibacterial herb, one antifungal, an emollient, and an astringent. first aid kit herbsA possible combination can contain equal parts gentian, myrrh gum, goldenseal, and marshmallow. This powder can be stored in a zip-lock plastic bag and makes a nice dust for sore feet, lacerations (it will stop excess bleeding), diaper rash, infections, insect bites, or inflamed eyes (it is cooling and soothing). A tea of these herbs can be used externally as a wash. For foreign objects in the eye, make a paste by adding water to the mix and bandage it over the closed eyelid to draw the object out and soothe the eye simultaneously.

OILS

Peppermint. A little on the temples can help you stay awake and a few drops in water will settle an upset stomach.

Tea tree oil. Called a “first aid kit in a bottle,” tea tree (Melaleuca leucadendron) it has strong antifungal and antibiotic properties with antiseptic abilities. It can be used for fungal infections, pus-filled wounds or burns, cold sores, and herpes lesions. For use with earaches and on sensitive skin, dilute with equal parts olive oil. Use sparingly — tea tree oil goes a long way. 

SALVES.

A good all-purpose salve is essential. You want one that will draw and shrink swollen tissues, fight bacteria, and soothe compromised tissues. Here is a list of common herbs that fall in each category: 

Emollients — marshmallow, slippery elm, plantain, comfrey, and mullein;
Antimicrobials — echinacea, goldenseal, yerba mansa, Oregon grape, osha, propolis, myrrh gum, garlic, calendula, chamomile, chaparral, gentian, and usnea;
Astringents — hose tail, bistort, geranium, rose, alum, yarrow, witch hazel, yellow dock, and St. John’s wort.
A combination of one herb from each category is a good disinfectant for anaerobic bacteria and is soothing to epithelial cells. The mixture will also cut down on bleeding and slow the scarring process. It will speed up the healing time and can be used anywhere a salve is needed to coat and protect.

All of the herbal products mentioned are available at most health food stores or by mail order herb businesses .

All of the hardware can be found at your local pharmacy. first aid kit herbsIf you are making your own extracts, start with either fresh or whole plants and cut to near powder yourself. The herb will be more potent. If you are buying your extracts and bulk herbs, look to see that they are either organically grown or ethically wild harvested, which means they were gathered in a conservative, sustainable manner that does no harm to the full survival of the plant species. If this is not written on the label ask your retailer to provide you with documentation as this information should always be available to the customer. Be sure to include dosage information on the bottles as well as in the instruction booklet, which can be nothing more than 3×5 cards that you can cover with see-through packing tape to waterproof and keep clean. The actual kit can be made out of many different things: a cigar box, a gutted cassette case, or something you make out of durable canvas material with a Velcro closure. Keep your first aid kit compact and organized with dividers or see-through nylon mesh so everything can be found quickly. I’m working on ideas, someday I may post mine

Using herbal remedies

Either those you prepare yourself or ones that are made by environmentally responsible companies — is self-empowering. And it’s rewarding to know you had a hand in the healing process.

Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any adverse reactions to any recipes displayed on this website proceed at your own risk.


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Law of the land

Law of the land

Law of the Land as it is forever

 “Tis the Old Law and the most important of all laws, that no one may do anything which will endanger any of the craft, or bring them into contact with the law of the land or any persecutors.
In any dispute between Brethren, no one may invoke any laws but those of the craft.
Or any tribunal but that of the Priestess, Priest and Elders.

Discussion of Witchcraft

 It is not forbidden to say as Christians do, “There be witchcraft in the land,” because our oppressors of old make it a heresy not to believe in witchcraft and so a crime to deny it which thereby puts you under suspicion.
But ever say, “I know not of it here, perchance there may be but afar off, I know not where.”
But ever speak of them as old crones, consorting with the devil and riding through the air.
And ever say, “But how may many ride the air if they be not as light as thistledown.”
But the curse of the Goddess be on any who cast suspicion on any of the Brotherhood.

Or who speak of any real meeting-place or where they bide.

Wort cunning

 Let the craft keep books with the names of all herbs which are good, and all cures so all may learn.
  But keep another book with all the Bales and Apies and let only the Elders and other trustworthy people have this knowledge. So be it ordained.
  And may the blessings of the gods be on all who keep these Laws, and the curses of both the God and the Goddess be on all who break them.

Use of the Art

 Remember the art is the secret of the gods and may only be used in earnest and never for show or vainglory.
Magicians and Christians may taunt us saying, “You have no power, show us your power. Do magic before our eyes, then only will we believe,” seeking to cause us to betray the art before them.
Heed them not, for the art is holy and may only be used in need, and the curse of the gods be on any who break this Law.


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Ritual Bath

Ritual Bath

You do not have to be preparing for a ritual to take a ritual bath.

You do not even have to be associated with any Earth based religion either, for a ritual bath is a great way of unwinding at the end of your busy day and can be enjoyed by any one from any walk of life.

I as a wiccan do take a ritual bath before my rituals, sabbats, and just when I feel like treating myself. If I have a tiresome day ahead I can plan my bath in my mind while carrying out my daily chores something to look forward to of my own making creating the atmosphere I desire when the time for my ritual bath arrives.

Many in the craft feel that the process of a ritual bath is to basically wash away all the negative energy that we have collected during our daily routine more of a spiritual event is seen in the bathing, but never should we pull the plug out of the used bath water until we are out and dried with our towel then and only then should we pull the plug out and let the water flow away with all the negative energy.

Myself and others I know have their very own ritual bath robes that only come out of the airing cupboard for the soul purpose of the ritual bath, I have seen special slippers, bath caps robes, towels, candles, incense, lotions, bubble bath, herbal shampoos, herbal bath salts all are tools or props to make our ritual bath a special occasion and why not we are worth it. You can allocate a special night just for yourself when your home is quiet, pick a time to take your ritual bath and also allocate just what time you will spend in your ritual bath. A good idea I use is to take my kitchen timer into the bathroom and sit it set to the bath time I require on the toilet cistern with toilet lid down lol, I forgot once and had to fish the timer out of the loo when it went off the vibration had made it move along the top of the cistern and drop in.

You can play music on your battery appliance NO MAINS VOLTAGE ALLOWED IN THE BATHROOM. The preparation of your ritual bath can be fun you can make it as elaborate or simple as you require for after all it is your bath your time and your energy.

Ok say I’m going to take my ritual bath just before one of my craft workings I will prepare the bath room in the following manner: my robe will be laid out in the bathroom with slippers and towel, candles are then placed each side of the bath taps and the bath water is slowly run after the plug is put in. I will then light my incense after which I will light one tea light candle and carefully move the candle deosil over the running water saying my own personal ritual words after which I will place the tea light candle down and move my hand in a deosil manner slowly through the smoke of the incense, now I place my kitchen timer in place and when the bath is to the leave I require the taps are turned off.

I now sprinkle a touch of salt of my choice into the water, this can be sea salt, or Epson salt. I sprinkle it into the bath in a deosil motion saying my magical words as I go. Depending on the type of ritual I will be performing I will pick my bath oil accordingly, I have a good stock of ready mixed oils, herbs, tinctures and salts to choose from many I have made myself which can be fun, but they can always be purchased from your local new age store, even choosing your bath treats can be fun. I would say that a ritual bath is a rite in its self and before getting into the bath I set my kitchen timer and give a few words of thanks to the elements that be then switching the light off continue with my ritual bath.

p.s. don’t forget to put the lid down on the loo lol.


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Write your own spells

Write your own spells

I would encourage anyone to write their own spells to give that personal magic needed for spell casting

Ok you can use others spells or buy spells from the internet etc. but to create your own is magik if done correctly.

I would say from my own experience that by writing my own spell/s I have created the most powerful spells I have encountered to date as they contain my own personal feelings, are composed at the time I wish, in the safety of the cast circle and at the right time of the month for me.

When considering writing a spell be creative and don’t expect the words to simply flow from your writing tool.

There is an art to writing your own spells, an art that will induce power, magic and beauty into your life.
By all means have a look at other spells and how they are constructed there are plenty to view on the internet or books from the book store. I will share my knowledge of spell workings with you but do remember we all have our own way of writing spells.

 I have always placed new written spells into my book of shadows, the time, date, moon phase, and allowed 21 to 27 days for the spell to manifest. I always compose my spells when the moon is waxing for this is a time of positive magic that works for me, I am protected from harm while composing my new spell/s in the cast circle at the altar where I have my white spirit candle lit and all I need with me at the time of writing, note paper, pencil, pen, book of shadows, crystals and the item related to the new spell with me (material components) if I am writing a spell to the Goddess I place a candle near my note paper, if I am writing a spell for earth I will take an handful of earth into the circle with me and discard it back outside once the spell is cast, this is just my way and may be an idea for you.

Firstly I consider just what it is I am composing my spell for.

It could be for: a better understanding of new gadgets, a healthy future, for others around me, as long as I am clear in my writing of the spell it will be more powerful. I then proceed to pick the items relevant for the particular spell, if it is to be a health related spell I will choose herbs, other spells candles, others crystals and so on. I like to write in rhyme when composing a new spell using key words (hypnotic) beginning in S and containing a Z and I do always consider very carefully what I wish for as what we send out comes back in other ways and my intention is to harm no one. I like to call on the gods for assistance when writing for the emotional side of the spell and the spirit of which it is intended to manifest, I’m not saying that my home made spell will work first time for in the past I have had several attempts at the same spell, I have changed the content of the spell the time of month and still do to this day to get the stated spell to work, keep at it is my advice.

Visualization is the main aspect of spell casting for me to bring form to my spell/s.

I feel it brings reality from my workings after all the working of a spell is a magical act intended to cause an effect on our daily lives and that of others, I always memorize a new spell before casting it, I carve my intentions into the candle I have chosen for the particular spell, (the colour of the candle is important) I have incense burning all these issues help to create the positive aspects I need to create a spell and when I have completed my spell on paper and memorized it then I crumple the paper up tightly chanting as I go and throw it into my metal cauldron which is already a light saying the following words:

“spell be strong, spell be good, spell do work, spell be gone”

Use your own words to suit the occasion and when the paper has finished burning my spell is cast. After composing my new spell and casting it I always have my cooling down time a time to gather my thoughts and relax.
You can make your spell casting as elaborate as you wish, take your time to compose and above all be true in what you wish for and harm none. Remember to clean up after you so as when you return to the place of the spell again you have a fresh start.

Happy spell casting.


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Cakes And Ale Ritual

Cakes And Ale Ritual

Cakes And Ale Ritual you may ask? So what is this cake and ale thing

The wiccan communion that consists of natural beverage. Cakes and ale are offered to each participant at the end of a ritual or ceremony.

Personally I like the cakes and ale ceremony.

We carry out our rituals not just for the food and drink involved more as a tribute to the God and Goddess. A way for all to come together after an event to chill out and enjoy life. It is a great social function.
I have enjoyed with others many such events. I still do to this day after my own spell castings and magical workings.

We do not have to spend a fortune on food or drink for our Cakes and Ale ceremony.

Members contribute occasionally as much can and is made at home. The Ale part of it can consist of fruit juice, apple cider, water, wine, or even milk. I must admit that the crescent moon shaped biscuits are quite quaint. The whole idea in my mind is to put a spread on yes, but don’t knock yourself out in the process keep it humble, saves on the washing up loll.

If you have been raised as a Christian as I your church visits usually on a Sunday will probably had consisted of the holy communion service symbolizing the body and blood of Christ where the small round wafer thin piece of bread is given after which a sip of wine from a splendid silver or gold goblet. We are told through our readings that the cakes and ale ceremony was practiced by the early pagans thousands of years ago so it’s not a new thing. Even in Hinduism milk is used in communion service because cows are classed as sacred animals in Hinduism.

Not so very long ago I attended a coven meeting at Grantham and not really knowing the nature of the person preparing the food and ale with me being a fussy eater and all I decided to take my own to consume after the events of the evening. The evening rituals ended and we all gathered to eat drink and be merry and no one even gave a mention as to why I was consuming my own food, on the contrary I actually shared part of my food with the hostess, so if you are a bit picky with food as I just take along your own, less for the hostess to prepare as well. Must just mention that I find the cakes and ale a ritual in its self for me anyway, a chance for me to remember my dedication and invocation and cakes or bread should never contain artificial flavours or colouring. There are several good books on this subject one I would recommend is: Cakes and Ale for the Pagan Soul: Spells, Recipes, and Reflections from Neopagan Elders and Teachers, by, Patricia Telesco.

Cakes and Ale is a traditional ending to the Esbat or Sabbat ritual but nothing to say you cannot perform this act at the end of every ritual and ceremony as I do.

The “Cakes and Ale” Ritual is charged by breaking the bread, cake or biscuit while honouring the God and Goddess thanking the elements and finally, dissolving the circle. The cake representing the Earth and the physical while the wine is the representation of the spirit, so we are offering these gifts to thank the God and Goddess for being present in our lives, you can also include in your offerings Herbs: Rosemary, thyme each coven or solitary has his her own way… blessed Be.

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