- ease stress, anxiety, or depression
- reduce inflammation
- treat insomnia
- heal eczema
- balance hormonal function (PMS, etc.)
- enhance immune function
- neutralize nausea
- ease aches and pains
- manage migraines and other headaches
- treat upset stomach
- work as an antiseptic and antibacterial
Monday, January 28, 2013
Ah Aromatherapy! Try Dr. Willow McQuade's Favorite Herb
I've written several books on natural remedies (The Country Almanac of Home Remedies and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Natural Remedies) but I was still surprised about what I learned writing Scent to Kill, the second book in my natural remedies mystery series. Did you know that aromatherapy can:
That's a lot of benefits!
In each chapter of Scent to Kill, I've included a specific herb, noted its healing properties and how you can use it. The first chapter begins with information about lavender (you can see a large bottle of lavender on the left side of the cover above and lavender fields in the background). Lavender plays a big part in Scent to Kill. It's also my favorite herb.
Willow McQuade, naturopathic doctor, loves it too. Here's what she says in Scent to Kill: Lavender (the Latin verb lavare means “to wash”) is my favorite herb. Not only does it smell terrific, it’s calming and soothing and good for cuts and burns, insomnia, diaper rash, tension headache, PMS and cramps (use with clary sage and Roman chamomile). The phytochemicals (plant-based chemicals linalool and linalyl acetate) in lavender are absorbed in the skin and in the membranes inside your nose, slowing nerve impulses, and reducing stress. An easy way to start using lavender is to put five to ten drops of essential oil in your bath. Add the oil after you have filled the tub so you can enjoy the full benefits of this wonderful aroma.
Why not try it yourself?
For a chance to win a copy of Scent to Kill: A Natural Remedies Mystery just leave a comment about your favorite natural remedy below. I'll be doing a giveaway each week until Feb. 26th when the book is officially published so stop by each Monday for a chance to win! Until then, I'm yours naturally! Chrystle