Insect repellent – Citronella

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Citronella and Lemongrass

The essential oils of citronella and lemongrass are very useful insect repellents. They can be used safely in the home, especially in the kitchen, or outdoors in a confined area, tent etc.

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Simply clean a spray bottle thoroughly, add 10-12 drops of lemongrass or/and citronella to a pint of water, shake well and you have an eco-friendly insect repellent which smells pleasantly of lemons. Or use the mixture in an oil burner to keep flies away.

Arnica Gel for Muscle Pain

The healing properties of Arnica are widely known and it has been used since the 11th century. Arnica grows in the mountainous regions of central Europe, where shepherds reported that sheep and goats would eat Arnica after a fall.

Even the most severely injured animal would soon be back on their feet fully recovered. The shepherds themselves then tried Arnica and, finding it helped to speed recovery from injuries, spread the word of its success.

Generally the herb is now taken internally only as >a homoeopathic remedy, mainly after injury; mental and physical shock; after operations, visits to the dentist, childbirth, etc.; Arnica is best known as an effective treatment for sprains and bruises.

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Arnica gel

Arnica gel can be used externally for aches and pains after physical pursuits such as cycling and gardening and for rheumatism and arthritis.

Arnica gel improves the local blood supply and accelerates healing. Arnica gel is made from freshly harvested, organically cultivated Arnica flower tincture.

Arnica’s herbal use as an anti-inflammatory was not widely known. Newest research is proving that Arnica is a very effective anti-inflammatory when applied topically. It helps with painful inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, stiff or sore joints, fibromalgia and RSI.

Research published in “Rheumatology International” demonstrates that Arnica gel is as effective as ibuprofen for topical treatment of osteoarthritis of the hand.

Castor Oil – A beauty secret

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Castor seeds

Castor oil is one of the best kept beauty secrets and those who do know about it can boast longer lashes, fuller eyebrows and lustrous hair!

Castor oil is high in vitamin E and contains essential unsaturated fatty acids, like omega-6 that stimulate blood circulation on the surface of the skin, promoting hair growth.

Just apply a little castor oil to the area you want to nourish before going to bed. Smooth through split hair ends, coat your lashes or dab on eyebrows and see and feel the difference.

Use externally as a ‘castor oil’ pack by soaking a flannel in warm castor oil and apply to affected area. Cover with a plastic sheet, then cover with a towel and place a hot water bottle on top for 20 minutes.

  • Castor Oil is made from organic cold-pressed castor seeds.
  • Superb for nourishing dry skin and removing impurities from the body
  • Multi-use and very versatile massage oil
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