Materia Medica Miscellenea & Household Injuries

Wolf’s had a toothache for the last week, with serious pain bad enough to prevent sleep, but with little swelling or redness. Weird. This has happened before, but it usually goes away in a day or two. Not this time, it just went on and on, very little response to antibacterial herbs internally or locally. As usual, no response to herbal pain treatment, and we ended up resorting to some NSAIDS to keep the pain from driving him crazy, not so great on an already impaired liver. And then a strange discovery, hardcore massage and pressure point therapy relieved the pain better than NSAIDS, and for a longer period of time. I started doing long sessions of jamming my knuckles into pressure points on his neck and head, which resulted in radical reduction of pain...

The Practica of Larrea 1 – External

For external use, much of Larrea’s exceptional healing properties can be extracted into a fragrant infused oil. I use the standard fresh plant oil proportions of one part fresh plant (twigs, leaves and flowers if in season) to two parts oil. Actually, I usually just fill a jar with plant bits and fill again with the oil, stir out the air bubbles and let sit in a warm spot (top of the fridge if you have one, wood stove warmer if you have one, sunny spot etc) for a few weeks. A waterbath would work fine too. A lovely aspect of Larrea oil is that it’s so packed with antioxidants that it essentially never goes bad. In fact, I add a few dropperfulls of Larrea oil to other herbal oils that might go off much in the same way that many people add Vitamin E....