Healing Herbal Bath Recipes

home remedyTreat yourself to a home-made herbal bath to ease a variety of conditions. I’ve included herbs for muscle aches and pains, to relieve itchy skin, and those helpful for a restful night’s sleep.

Preparation
Herbal baths are simple to prepare by adding 4 litres of boiling water to (generally) 200 to 500g of dried herbs, letting it infuse for 30 minutes, then straining out the herb and adding the herbal water to a full bath.

Alternatively you can fill a muslin pouch with a handful of dried herbs, and let it hang under the pouring hot water faucet as you fill your tub. Then add cold water until the bath is at a comfortable temperature before you step in to soak.

In choosing a herb and the recommended quantity for you, seek the advice of a trained professional (often found at your local herbal farm or store). Since you’ll be soaking in the scent of this herb…you may wish to smell it too!

For Restful Sleep
Lime Blossom, Elder Flowers, Chamomile, Valerian (combine with pleasant-scented herb) or Lavender

To Relieve Itchy Skin
Chickweed or Oats

If You Have Muscle Pain
Nettle, Lobelia or Cramp Bark

Note: Articles are not intended as medical advice or cure. Please ensure there are no contraindications to your health; it is recommended that herbs are only used for a maximum of 8 weeks at a time, followed by 2 weeks off. | Copyright © 2013 InnerVitality, All rights reserved | Visit our website at www.InnerVitality.com and we invite you to follow us on Twitter!

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Healing Crystals

HOW TO USE CRYSTALS   CRYSTALS FOR CHAKRAS   CRYSTALS FOR AILMENTS
CHOOSING CRYSTALS   STORING & CLEANSING CRYSTALS

HOW TO USE CRYSTALS
Crystals can be used to bring body, mind, emotion and spirit back into harmony through their vibration and mineral constituents. Crystals gently interact with our energy field to calm, stimulate or adjust our flow of energy to bring us back into balance on all levels, thereby putting the body in a optimal state for healing.

A simple technique for crystal healing is to place a crystal by the affected chakra or body part for about 20 minutes daily. As you get more advanced in your use of crystals, you can program your crystal with an intention/information and use sacred geometry and colour therapy techniques to enhance effectiveness. InnerVitality offers a wonderful Crystal Therapy Treatment you may enjoy.

inner vitality healing crystals for chakras, ailmentsGEMSTONES FOR YOUR CHAKRAS, by Colour

  • Crown Chakra 
~ theme: spirituality, awareness
    Violet (or white) crystals ~ Amethyst, Charoite, Purple Fluorite, Selenite, Snow Quartz, Sugilite, White Calcite

  • Third Eye Chakra ~ theme: mind, intuition
    Indigo crystals ~ Covellite, Iolite, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Sodalite


  • Throat Chakra 
~ theme: communication
    Blue crystals ~ Angelite, Aquamarine, Azurite, Blue Calcite, Blue Fluorite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Opal, Blue Topaz, Turquoise


  • Heart Chakra 
~ theme: love, trust
    Green (or pink) crystals ~ Amazonite, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Chrysocolla, Emerald, Fuchsite, Green Calcite, Kunzite, Malachite, Moss Agate, Nephrite, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Jade, Serpentine

  • Solar Plexus Chakra 
~ theme: personal power, boundaries
    Yellow crystals ~ Amber, Citrine, Yellow Jasper, Yellow Tiger’s Eye
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  • Sacral Chakra
 
~ theme: creativity, sexuality
    Orange crystals ~ Carnelian, Halite, Crocoite, Orange Calcite

  • Root Chakra 
~ theme: survival, abundance
    Red crystals ~ Cinnabar, Red Calcite, Red Jasper, Red Tiger’s Eye


Read more about Chakras

GEMSTONES FOR AILMENTS*

  • Arthritis ~ Amethyst, Azurite, Blue Lace Agate, Carnelian, Fluorite, Garnet, Malachite, Rhodonite, Turquoise
  • Asthma ~ Amber, Apophyllite, Carnelian, Jade, Malachite, Rose Quartz, Sapphire, Tiger’s Eye
  • Bladder complaints ~ Amber, Bloodstone, Jade, Jasper, Red Jasper, Topaz, Tourmaline
  • Blood disorders ~ Almandine, Amethyst, Bloodstone, Chrysocolla, Hematite, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Ruby, Sapphire
  • Bronchitis ~ Amber, Black Onyx, Carnelian, Chrysocolla, Jasper, Nebula Stone, Pyrite, Tourmaline, Turquoise
  • Catarrh ~ Amber, Topaz
  • Colic ~ Coral, Hessonite, Jade, Nephrite
  • Common cold ~ Amethyst, Carnelian, Emerald, Fluorite, Green Opal, Labradorite, Topaz
  • Depression ~ Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz
  • Digestive issues ~ Carnelian, Citrine, Orange Calcite, Pyrite, Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Jasper
  • Earache ~ Amber, Sapphire, Tourmaline
  • Eczema ~ Fuchsite, Kyanite, Sapphire, Selenite
  • Eye issues ~ Emerald, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, Opal, Topaz
  • Fatigue ~ Amber, Blue Opal, Hematite, Opal, Rose Quartz
  • Fever ~ Amber, Aquamarine, Chiastolite, Green Opal, Moonstone, Pyrite, Ruby
  • Flu ~ Fluorite, Green Moss Agate, Green Opal, Jasper, Rose Quartz, Turquoise
  • Headaches ~ Amber, Amethyst, Cathedral Quartz, Hematite, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz, Sugilite, Turquoise
  • High Blood Pressure ~ Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Jade, Kunzite, Sodalite
  • Insomnia ~ Amethyst, Malachite, Sodalite
  • Kidney issues ~ Amber, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Emerald, Jade, Malachite, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz
  • Laryngitis ~ Blue Calcite, Hawk’s Eye, Stilbite
  • Low Blood Pressure ~ Garnet, Ruby, Tourmaline
  • Nervousness ~ Amazonite, Jade, Sapphire
  • Nosebleeds ~ Bloodstone, Magnetite, Ruby, Sapphire
  • Rheumatism ~ Azurite, Chrysocolla, Copper, Garnet, Malachite, Turquoise
  • Stomach ailments ~ Amethyst, Citrine, Jade, Sapphire, Tiger’s Eye
  • Stress ~ Citrine, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, Topaz, Turquoise
  • Swollen glands ~ Aquamarine, Sapphire, Topaz
  • Thyroid issues ~ Aquamarine, Carnelian, Citrine, Indicolite, Lapis Lazuli, Rhodonite
  • Tonsillitis ~ Amber, Shattuckite, Tourmaline
  • Urinary complaints ~ Aventurine, Dolomite, Jade, Kyanite
  • Varicose Veins ~ Amber, Aquamarine, Dioptase, Opal, Pyrite, Rose Quartz

CHOOSING CRYSTALS
Trust your instincts. If you are in a crystal shop, sense which crystal(s) you are naturally drawn to and that feel good in your palm. Each crystal has a unique energy field ~ you’ll notice that certain crystals will ‘speak to you’ or you may feel an ideal temperature or tingling in your hand when you touch it. Research which crystals are good for any ailments/situations you are experiencing. If you find yourself repelled by one of the listed crystals when you feel its energy or view it…connect in and intuit whether it is actually a good fit for you (sometimes we are repelled by what we most need in order to heal). You may also wish to use a pendulum or muscle testing to determine whether a crystal will be beneficial for you to work with.

Buy your crystals from a reputable supplier, preferably in-store, or if you prefer to order on-line, get a referral from someone else who has used that particular company.

HOW TO STORE & CLEANSE YOUR CRYSTALS
Crystals love to be stored in sunlight and open spaces. When transporting your crystal, store it in a natural fabric such as silk or cotton, and/or a wood container. Remember to protect the points of crystals (and never aim a pointed end directly at a person or animal without previous training in the use of crystals).

After using a crystal in healing, or after bringing a crystal out of storage, you will want to cleanse it by:

  • Placing it in the sun (some crystals alternatively do well in the moonlight)
  • Performing Reiki on it or visualizing white light surrounding it
  • Using your breath or smudging (ie. sweetgrass or sage) to clear it
  • Placing it near a Quartz Crystal or inside a Geode
  • Covering it in sea salt, brown rice, or in the earth for a few days

Trust your instincts on when a crystal needs cleansing, and which method will work best for that particular crystal (or research it).

For more on the Chakras or Healing Therapies, please visit InnerVitality’s website.

Excerpt copyright © 2010 InnerVitality, All rights reserved. | *Note: InnerVitality does not offer or imply medical diagnosis or treatment; please consult your medical doctor. Ask your Holistic Health Care practitioner for tips in using crystals as part of your healing regimen. Malachite and Sulphur are considered toxic, and should not be placed directly on the skin. | Visit InnerVitality’s health and wellness website at www.InnerVitality.com. If you’re interested in intuitive development resources and angelic messages, we invite you to hop over to our sister blog, SatyaSoul. | Follow us on Twitter: @Inner_Vitality, @SatyaSoul.

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Tonic Herbs for Your Health

inner vitality herbal remediesTonic herbs are considered to be body normalizers, usually mild and subtle in action, and often taken in small doses. These herbs are often used in prevention, to aid and tone glands and organs, and restore balance to organ systems under stress:

Whole Body System Tonics
• Echinacea • Astragalus • Licorice • Siberian Ginseng • Hawthorn • Sarsaparilla • Aloe Vera • Ginger Root • Lapacho

Reproductive System Tonics
MALE • Pygeum • Saw Palmetto • Sarsaparilla • Damiana • Siberian Ginseng
FEMALE • Dong Quai • Black Haw • Cramp Bark • Valerian • Ginger • Fenugreek • Red Raspberry • False Unicorn • Licorice • Black Cohosh • Chaste Berries • uterine tonics

Immune System Tonics
• Echinacea • Siberian Ginseng • Panax Ginseng • Astragalus • Gotu Kola • Licorice • Taheebo • Garlic • Bearberry

Cardiovascular System Tonics
• Hawthorn • Motherwort • Butcher’s Broom • Turmeric • Gotu Kola • Rosemary • Siberian Ginseng • Bilberry • Buckwheat • Linden • Valerian • Garlic

Respiratory System Tonics
• Mullein • Elecampane • Coltsfoot • Thyme • Plantain

Digestive System Tonics
• Gentian • Agrimony • Dandelion • Milk Thistle • Artichoke • Ginger • Turmeric • bitter tonics

Urinary System Tonics
• Buchu • Bearberry • Cornsilk

Nervous System Tonics
• Valerian • Oats • Skullcap • Vervain • Mugwort • St. John’s Wort • Siberian Ginseng • Ginkgo Biloba • Hops • Peppermint • Chamomile • Linden • Passionflower • Lemon Balm

Musculoskeletal System Tonics
• Horsetail • Alfalfa • Devil’s Claw • Comfrey • Nettles • Bogbean • Celery Seed • Yarrow • Saw Palmetto • Wild Yam • Sarsaparilla • Echinacea • Licorice Root

Skin Tonics
• Cleavers • Nettles • Red Clover • most alteratives

Source: Herbalist Peter Laker. Not intended as medical advice or cure; it is recommended that herbs are only used under the advice of a trained professional, and for a maximum of 8 weeks at a time, followed by 2 weeks off.

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