Community Supported Herbalism
Herbs to Ease Pain
Prepared by Amber Friedman
It’s the 2nd basket of the 2018/2019 Community Supported Herbalism Basket Program. The focus for this month’s basket is Pain Relief. As an herbalist I am in the position to listen to lots of people’s complaints about what they feel are their issues, that are causing them suffering, in a quest to help find a solution. As you can imagine, it’s not always that easy. There can be about 10-15 reasons you’re not sleeping at night from your liver, to your hormones, to your vitamin and mineral intake. It’s a similar story with pain. Lots of people are in pain, for one reason or another. I thought I would touch on some products that can help bring ease to your pain, while you dig deep and find the root cause of it. Enjoy.
Rest Easy Tincture a combination of Blue Vervain, California Poppy, Lavender, Chamomile infused in Brandy and Honey. I created this tincture for you to take on a daily basis to help ease your nervous system and to work on your digestive system. Blue Vervain is a very bitter herb with a reputation of working on tension in the stomach area due to suppression of emotions, especially anger. It is also a nervine, expectorant, mild sedative and antispasmodic. Lavender is a plant many people are familiar with and was added to this formula as a nervine and antidepressant that also offers great relief for people who suffer from headaches. California Poppy is a cousin of the infamous opium poppy with similar, but way milder, sedative properties. Chamomile is another digestive herb that also treats nervous stress, fights infections and is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Muscle Ease is a mix of Cottonwood Buds, St. John’s Wort, Holy Basil and essential oils of ginger, tulsi, chamomile and frankincense designed to help relieve pain from your body. I would either use it all the time before bed, in the bathtub or save for a bit and use on an injury. It is full of anti-inflammatories, relaxants, and pain-relieving properties. Cottonwood buds are harvested here around Jan-March depending on the winter. They provide a very potent oil that I extract in Olive Oil and use for pain relief. I like that they can be thought of as topical aspirin. I also love the smell. Frankincense is another plant that offers both anti-inflammatory properties combined with grounding vibrations.
Fountain of Youth a luxurious face oil to help your skin relax and stay youthful. It is made with Tamanu, Jojoba, Sea Buckthorn, Avocado and essential oils of lavender, grapefruit and vetiver. Tamanu is from the fruit kernel of the tamanu tree, which is native to Southeast Asia. Tamanu oil helps protect the skin, reduce inflammation, lower pain levels, speed healing, fight fungal infections, boost the immune system and some say…slow the aging process.
Unlabeled beautiful rollerball is a precious formula designed to bring quick relief to headaches, migraines or tension in the neck area. I could not cover this beautiful bottle with a label, hope you’re ok with that! THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS MARIJUANA Ingredients: Cottonwood, Marijuana, St. John’s Wort, Olive, Almond, Apricot Kernel, essentials oils of eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, geranium, chamomile.