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A few days ago I stared at my ragged dish cloths and contemplated purchasing new ones. I realized that I did not want just any “plain old” dish cloth. I wanted a product that was handmade, all cotton, and durable.

I ended up making the natural dish cloth that I wanted – just one so far. All it took was a few minutes short of an hour and the opening up of my memory banks. The real plus is that I didn’t have to pay someone to crochet the cloth for me.

For those of you that make handcrafted soap, or even those that have a back-to-basic creative yearning in life, I can guarantee you these are easy to make. And if you aren’t so perfect with a crochet hook who really cares?! We’ll just call it au’ abiance! Right?

Pssst…inside the paper wrapper are simple instructions.  All you need to do is learn how to crochet a chain, and single and double crochets.

Another pssst…I can see these as a colorful addition, in the right pattern and yarn hues,  to a gift set.

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Arnica (Arnica montana) is a perennial herb that is often an ingredient used (diluted) in liniments, ointments, and other preparations for strains, sprains, and bruises.

I believe in the the use of medicinal plant materials, the practice of aromatherapy, but only with education and caution.

Arnica is a poison when eaten, and can cause irritation when applied to the skin.

I suffered from an ankle sprain three weeks ago. My treatments so far have included: ice packs applied to various parts of my foot 20 minutes each hour (during the first week), soaks in Epsom salts and warm water, and raising of the foot above heart level at least twice a day. And, each day I have taken anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medications, such as Ibuprofen.

The bruising continues, and so does the pain. Apparently it takes much longer for deep tears and bruising to heal, especially when it involves ligaments that are torn in areas above the ankle.

Today, I began using my own dilution of arnica cream, about 2 ounces of cream, 7 drops of Arnica Flower ExCO2 extract. I lightly applied the cream to the bruised and sore areas of my leg, foot, and ankle. After two treatments I am feeling a noticeable difference.

Arnica treatments are not for everyone, but in my case, it seems to be helping. It isn’t the first time I have had better results from plant-based materials.




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