Heavenly muscle soak bath bags

Heavenly muscle soak bath bags from Herbalist Scotland

To end a long day in the garden, why not soak tired muscles in a hot bath with Calendula and Epsom salts muscle soak bath bags, available from Herbalist Scotland.  Each bag contains 60g epsom salts for releasing cramps and muscle stiffness, 15g pink Himalayan salt for detoxifying, and a generous handful of Calendula blossoms, to heal and nourish the skin.  These giant draw-string ‘teabags’ can be just tossed in the bath or used in a foot bath as a healing treat for tired, aching feet.

Epsom salts contain magnesium, used medically for muscle cramps and aches, for relaxing mind and body, and for aiding sleep.  Taken in through the skin, magnesium works even better than taken in tablet form, which is why epsom salts baths are so popular.  Himalayan salt is a marvellous detoxifier, aiding muscles to release build-up of lactic acid and other waste products.  It leaves the skin feeling silky smooth.  Calendula has long been used for its anti-microbial and skin healing properties, and a handful of dried calendula blossoms is placed on top of the salts in each of the hand-made bath bags, to allow its healing properties to soak into the skin with the salts.

Easy to make yourself, I recommend placing the ingredients in bags, otherwise you will be coated with Calendula blossoms when you get out of the bath!

Get in touch with us at Herbalist Scotland if you would like to buy some (8 bags for £2.95).  They are also available with Rose petals or chamomile blossoms – my favourites are the Calendula blossoms.

 

 

Soothing salve for strains, sprains, bashes and bruises

Duck Poo is here again!  This healing, soothing salve contains no duck products at all, just Comfrey herb, also known as ‘bone knit’, for tissue healing, Arnica montana for bruising, and Gaultheria procumbens or Wintergreen for its anti-inflammatory salicilates, bound together with organic beeswax.  Available from Herbalist Scotland – just send me a message from this page or from the website.  For those who feel queasy at the thought of duck poo, this medicated salve is also lovingly known as ‘Arnagreen’.

Duck Poo salve

For strains, sprains, bashes and bruises from Herbalist Scotland

One of the loveliest things about being a herbalist is having the opportunity to make healing salves and creams, with a solid background of knowledge about what works and why it works.  This means I can combine my creative, crafty, hand-made yearnings with my solid academic nerdy side.  Bliss!

Duck Poo is used partly for its effect on bruising, helping tissue to remove debris from bashes or strains quickly, and restoring good blood flow to the area;  the anti-inflammatory effect of the Wintergreen combines with the Arnica to reduce pain and swelling, whilst Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), has been confirmed in numerous clinical trials to be an effective therapy option for topical treatment of painful muscle and joint complaints including pain, inflammation and swelling of muscles and joints in degenerative arthritis, acute myalgia in the back, and in sprains, contusions and strains after sports injuries and accidents.  Just one of those trials can be viewed here.

Best of all, Comfrey grows readily in almost anyone’s back garden!  This is no exotic foreign import.  Right now, I am looking out onto a patch of magnificent Comfrey shooting up by the compost heap, which will be giving me leaves to macerate in safflower oil for the next batch of Duck Poo.

 

Muscle, bone and joint salve

One of the best things about being a herbalist is that I can make my own salves, balms and ointments.  One of our best-sellers is the marvellously named ‘Duck Poo’ – it does really look rather greenish in the jar!  Its magic lies in the Arnica (for bruising), Symphytum (for healing tissue: it contains allantoin, which the body produces itself to aid tissue repair), and Gaultheria or Wintergreen, a very rich source of anti-inflammatory salicylic acid, similar to the acetyl salicylic acid in aspirin.  The fragrance is divinely medicinal.  Am rubbing this on my own sore back, helping to relieve muscle tension, and it works well on all muscle, bone and joint conditions, for soothing pain relief and healing.  Get in touch with me at Herbalist Scotland if you would like some yourself .  We still have a few jars left of this batch.