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A new year…Let’s have more Thyme please…

Thymus is derived from the Greek word thymon , meaning ‘courage’, and many traditions relate to this virtue. Roman soldiers, for example, bathed in thyme water to give themselves vigour. Now, who of us could do with a bit more courage and bit more vigour? Here at EHP we could both do with a great … Continue reading A new year…Let’s have more Thyme please…

Yay it’s Spring!…Ugh it’s Spring…!

Yay! Spring! Ugh Spring! We all have different reactions when the seasons change, and for many, the coming of Spring brings on the allergies which were happily silent during Winter. Out comes the allergy medication and we live our lives in a daze. There are some natural remedies which we have found very helpful. For … Continue reading Yay it’s Spring!…Ugh it’s Spring…!

Do you like a squeaky clean bathroom area?…Here are some natural recipes to help…

Anne Medlin, in her helpful little book, Natural Cleaning Made Simple, gives some helpful, easy recipes for cleaning our bathrooms. I don't know about you, but I dislike a dirty bathroom and toilet area and am so fussy about squeaky clean toilet bowls and shower doors. I am often tempted to use a powerful thick … Continue reading Do you like a squeaky clean bathroom area?…Here are some natural recipes to help…

Our list of 100% pure essential oils for your easy reference

Our list of 100% pure essential oils is extensive. Here is a list for your easy reference. Basil: Mental fatigue, nervous insomnia, stimulant Benzoin: Coughs and colds, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, mentally soothing Bergamot: Antiseptic, clears acne, boils, eczema, nervous indigestion, relaxant, good for lost appetite Camphor: Decongestant, antiseptic, disinfectant, stimulant Cedarwood (Atlas): Antiseptic, gentle … Continue reading Our list of 100% pure essential oils for your easy reference

Herbs for colds, flu and sinus congestion…Teas, infusions, together or singley…

A couple of weeks ago, we posted an article on essential oils and synergistic blends which can be used externally to help with nasal and chest congestion. Today, we will look at herbs which can be taken internally to help our bodies heal. Colds and Flu herbal tea blend: This herbal blend works very well … Continue reading Herbs for colds, flu and sinus congestion…Teas, infusions, together or singley…

Winter is on its way… Sinuses start acting up…what can you do?

Here in Durban, South Africa, our winters are very mild indeed. Our autumn is still like Summer and our Winter is like Autumn and, if we're very fortunate, we'll have one week some time in July/August that is freezing cold (well for us it's freezing cold as the temperature drops below 15°C). I can hear … Continue reading Winter is on its way… Sinuses start acting up…what can you do?

Anxiety and Depression can be very debilitating and can affect us without warning…for different reasons…grief, divorce, stressful work…the list is endless…

Herbs for Treating Anxiety and Depression Valerian is used for general anxiety and nervousness with irritation. It also helps in treating the insomnia that occurs as a consequence of anxiety. Valerian is also useful in the case of heart failure accompanied with palpitations and a sense of fear. As a tranquilizer, Valerian is used alone … Continue reading Anxiety and Depression can be very debilitating and can affect us without warning…for different reasons…grief, divorce, stressful work…the list is endless…

Tea Tree and Thyme complete the basic care kit…

Tea Tree: This a strong antiseptic oil which is non-poisonous to humans.It also has strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is very useful for a range of conditions from ringworm to athlete's foot.     Thyme: This oil has anti-viral, antibiotic and antiseptic properties and must be used with great care. Over-use of this oil can … Continue reading Tea Tree and Thyme complete the basic care kit…

Lavender, Thyme and Neem…All used in one day and all successfully…

Today has been a day for using a number of our essential oils. This morning my husband showed me his back...It was RED! He had been gardening yesterday and had done so shirtless and without any sunscreen. Thank goodness for the healing power of Lavender. This is truly an all round healing herb and essential … Continue reading Lavender, Thyme and Neem…All used in one day and all successfully…