we're using one with calendula and lavender for my husband and it's working well. next up, I'm going to try to make one myself, with horsechestnuts in it as well.
I have James Wong's book and Sarah gave me some idea as to how to make calendula oil. I've tried the calendula full heads and they are beautifully crisp now, so I'll go back and look up what to do next.
However, my son has a UK girlfriend, and she is not on internet. She has some serious varicose veins behing the knees. Can anyone tell me where she might be able to buy a good herbal salve in the UK. She goes to shops and they look at her blankly, but there must be somewhere, so if someone has an address or company that I can have my son tell her on the phone, with a brand of herbal salve/cream - whatever you think best in UK, could you please put it here?
Now, for me.
I've done the calendulas, and am about to make the oil.
I do have a lavendar plant which is 20+ years old, so next step will be to look up how to make lavendar oil, or I guess I can use essential oil?
Then I will find some way to massacre horse chestnuts finely, to do that!
I've scoured several recipes. Some advise using both calendula oil AND tincture.. lavendar oil and tincture (?) as well as horsechestnut tincture.
Does anyone have a good cream recipe which uses all three in the right quantities? Does anyone know of one posted anywhere on line?
Also, I've heard that lavendar oil shouldn't be used by males. I've googled it, and can't work out whether this is in the realm of urban myths.
Does anyone have any thoughts? I don't think it matters for my husband... that cream seems to be working. It's a bought one, but I have this "need" to make it myself! I will continue to buy until such time as I can make.
If you go to Napier's website,into the Health Advice section and scroll down
to varicose veins you will get the required advice,marigold ointment.
While you are in the site you can also read the clearest explanation of what is going to happen to herbal OTC medicines in April 2011.Looks like there wont be any!Seems to me this EU Directive only applies to the U.K.I suspect Weleda,Dr.Vogel's,Akropharma etc.will still be in business selling herbal medicines throughout the rest of Europe.