Herb Basics: Tips On Skin Sprays, Ear Infection Remedies, and More

We share our secrets to using herbs correctly and effectively.

| September/October 2002

  • C. Hobbs


In their book Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art (The Crossing, 1995), herbalists and aromatherapists Kathi Keville and Mindy Green write that a spray of diluted essential oils makes an excellent antiseptic. “The germ-killing abilities of essential oils high in terpenes, such as tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, and lemon, increase when a 2 percent solution is sprayed through the air,” they write.


Makes 21/2 ounces

15 drops tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops helichrysum essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
2 ounces distilled water
1/2 ounce grain alcohol or goldenseal tincture

Combine all of the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before each use to help disperse the oils. Spray as needed on minor cuts, burns, and abrasions to prevent infection and speed healing.

Source: Keville, Kathi and Mindy Green. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art. Freedom, California: The Crossing, 1995.


Natural medicines that can help diarrhea contain one or more of three natural substances: tannins, pectin, and mucilage. Tannins give herbs their astringency (their ability to bind up or contract tissues). This astringent action reduces intestinal inflammation. Pectin is a soluble fiber that adds bulk to the stool and soothes the gut. Mucilage soothes the digestive tract and adds bulk to the stool by absorbing water.

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