Welcome to Beth's Botanical Shoppe! The use of herbs for healing and cleansing is an old practice that dates back to the earliest times. When most homes were make of clay brick or logs, and floors were dirt, it was common to use clean rushes which had a pleasing, clean scent to scatter across the dirt floors. Candles were made from lengths of cotton twine and dipped in beeswax; this method, along with rolling sheets of beeswax and pouring jar candles are popular methods used today. Lavender and euchalyptus are common in even modern cleansers and soaps as both antibacterial agents and decongestants. One of the most common household treatments for colds is still Vicks Vapo Rub, the main ingredients in which are camphor and menthol, both are essential oils with many uses.