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Topical Herbal Medicine This Thursday - And an excerpt of a healing story

By Robin Bennett
Posted in Blog, Recipes
On February 02, 2021

(Originally posted as a newsletter 2/2/21. If you are not signed up for my newsletters, signup here!

And an excerpt of a healing story and a recipe!

Hello Friends!

Though I may not be the first herbalist that
comes to mind for topical first aid medicine,
I've actually had a good amount of successful experience with it.
In addition to applications for wounds and bruises,
topical herbal medicine offers another essential means of self-care.

It gives us the opportunity to give ourselves the gift of hands-on, loving touch.
Or, if someone else is tending to us, perhaps placing a mullein leaf poultice over our lungs to help ease pain and break up congestion, it allows us to open to receive help and loving touch from another.

Join me this Thursday!

If you can't attend in real time,
a recording will be available after the class.

Thursday, February 4 @ 6 - 8 PM EST
Part of the Bloom webinar series
Register HERE!

Learn to use common herbs from the outside in, as well as the inside out. We'll discuss a variety of first aid uses for injuries such as sprains, cuts, and impact bruises; herbs can help ease bleeding, swelling, and pain, and promote tissue healing. We'll explore fresh and dried poultices, oils and ointments, fomentations, washes and foot and body baths. We can also talk about using topical herbs for specific conditions, such as dissolving cysts and soothing skin rashes, and of beautiful ways to use topical herbs to support healing from emotional pain as well.

Bloom is a monthly subscription webinar series
with a fantastic array of classes and teachers!
Click here to find out more.

Here's an excerpt from one woman's story of healing her
ovarian cysts with herbs, followed by her poultice recipe.
It exemplifies a great use of topical medicine.

Violet is an herb that is effective for dissolving cysts. It is cooling and moistening. It can be used internally as infusion or tincture, but in this case I chose to have her use it externally to complement her internal herbal medicines. Whenever it's possible for hands-on healing to be part of a person's journey, I encourage it because it makes it very personal. In the case of a woman bringing healing to her reproductive area or breasts, I consider it almost essential. This is working on two different levels-first, to put plant medicine directly over the area that needs healing, to be absorbed through the skin, and secondly to bring your own loving touch to your body.

(excerpt from "The Gift of Healing Herbs")


Fresh or dried violet leaves (Viola odorata)

Use enough violet leaves to generously cover the area. If you are using fresh leaves, tear, pound, or cut them up into small pieces. Pour boiling water over the dried or fresh leaves, using just enough water to cover them. Let them sit for 5-10 minutes, then remove the leaves, squeeze them out, and apply them directly over the area being treated-in this case, the ovary and womb. Fresh leaves can also simply be macerated (chewed) and applied directly. If you have plenty of leaves, you can place them over the whole lower belly, covering both ovaries and the womb. Relax and imagine cysts getting smaller and smaller. Visualize the entire area sparkling with good, vibrant health. 

Love and Green Blessings,
Robin Rose

Robin Bennett

Robin Bennett

Robin Rose Bennett is a writer, teacher, green witch, herbalist, and a wisewoman… one who loves the earth and gives voice to the healing wild food and medicine plants which surround us. She has been a practicing herbalism for over 30 years, based in New Jersey & NYC. Robin focuses on the spiritual and ecological lessons of plants and treatment of illness.