Learn to make an all-natural witch hazel + herbal liniment can be used for varicose veins, muscle pains, strains, and aches.
This recipe was kindly shared by Dawn Combs, author of the book, Heal Local. It’s a great book centered around 20 homegrown or regionally sourced herbs that you can use to build a complete home apothecary.
Tucked throughout the pages and paragraphs are great little recipes for everything from heartburn lozenges, to headaches pills, to this liniment for varicose veins and muscle pains shared below.
Since Dawn is an amazingly nice person, she’s letting me share her recipe on The Nerdy Farm Wife site. (Thanks Dawn!) You can learn more about Dawn at her web site, Mockingbird Meadows.
Now, on to the recipe!
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Liniment for Varicose Veins, Muscle Pains & Strains
- 1 part yarrow
- 1 part calendula flowers
- 1 part St. John’s wort (fresh is ideal, but can use dried)
- 1/4 part cayenne or ginger
- witch hazel
This recipe is given in parts. That means that you can scale it up or down depending on how much you want to make. It doesn’t have to be precise, at all.
You really can’t mess up this recipe by putting a bit more of one ingredient than another.
I used generous pinches, but you can use a measuring cup, tablespoons, small food scoops or whatever you’d like.
Place roughly equal amounts of yarrow, calendula and St. John’s wort in a glass jar and then add the smaller amount of cayenne or ginger.
Dried calendula and yarrow are fine to use, but if possible, use fresh St John’s wort. You can use whole dried pieces or ground spice.
If using fresh herbs, be sure to chop them into smaller pieces before infusing, so that more surface area of the herb is exposed.
Pour witch hazel over the herbs until covered and let it infuse for 2 to 3 weeks. Strain and rebottle. (I didn’t have quite enough witch hazel on hand, so added a bit of vinegar to mine to make up the shortage.)
This liniment can be used for varicose veins, muscle pains, strains, and aches.
Use once in the morning or evening, or at both times of day.
Always rub it towards the heart to help tighten and tone varicose veins and improve blood flow.
Isn’t that a great recipe? I’ve been using it on my family and it really is effective.
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