Sunday, January 13, 2013
Well, now that I have bombarded you with one recipe after another I am going to refresh you with another way to perceive the different factions in Herbalism. I do not cling to anyone of these because it is a recipe for a closed minded opinion. Each herbal faction no matter if it be Chinese Herbalism, Ayurveda, or Western Herbalism. They have been tested tried and true. But they all have gaps. But looking from an objective prospective they all fill each others holes so to speak. By not clinging to any one idea of herbal medicine, you have the opportunity to offer a wide variety of treatments that you wouldn’t if you had limited your self to a single ideology.
Really its simple, herbs do not limit themselves to being used only one way, why should think that they do? Think about it. Sincerely, Herbal Em.
Monday, January 7, 2013
~Fill a jar with chopped fresh bee balm
~Fill it 1/4 with local honey
~Fill the rest of the jar with apple cider vinegar
~Cover with a PLASTIC lid
Let sit for about 4 to 6 weeks shaking every day. Use as needed for coughs, congested lungs, and sore throats. It is especially good when there is a lot of congestion present.
This recipe is quite simple (as the title implies). Pick roughly four cups of fresh Violets, and gentle rinse off any dust and dirt. Then put them in deep bowl and pour 2 cups of boiling water over the blooms. Cover the bowl and let it sit in a warm place until the same time the next day. Strain off the liquid through a strainer lined with cheese-cloth (Considering it quarts-like properties I have thought of using Linen). In a sauce-pan or small pot boil 2 cups of plain water with six cups of sugar and the juice of one lemon until it makes a nice THICK syrup. Add the violet water and boil another ten minutes. And wa-la you have Violet Syrup!
Take a spoonful if this syrup whenever you need to. You can make a really refreshing drink with this also, by putting a few spoonfuls in a glass with ice cubes and sparkling water. But I would caution you about using to much. As in large quantities Sweet Violets can be emetic (makes you vomit)! But it does take a lot to cause this but I though I would let you know.
2 Parts Colloidal Silver
1 part St. Johns wart flowers
Blend in high powered blender until is a paste. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for multiple uses. For burns apply immediately after the burning feeling is gone. (in this case 24 hours after with their hand in a bucket of clean, cold water. Even while sleeping). Apply herbal pack and then wrap. Let herbs dry out. This brings the burn out of the skin and gives new skin cells what they need to heal properly. Change that pack twice a day, until all blisters are peeled off, naturally (do not manually peel the blisters). Then graduate to changing once a day when new skin is revealed.
An infusion of equal parts of Peppermint and Elderflowers (to which either Yarrow or Boneset may be added). Will banish a cold or a mild attack of the flu within 36 hours and there is no danger of an over-dose or harmful action on the heart.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Thinly slice on red onion. Layer the slices in a bowl, sprinkling each layer generously with brown sugar. Once you’ve finished cover the bowl and set it in the fridge overnight. The next day strain off the brown syrup and take 1 tablespoon as needed for coughs.
Peel off the outer-most bark and allow to sit in a warm, dry place for three days to reduce the moisture content. After that divide it into two equal piles. Add one pile of bark into a preheated double boiler, cover with oil, and let it infuse for about two hours. After that strain off the oil and add the second pile of bark to the double boiler and add the infused oil back into the pot for another two hours. (You might need to top of the oil a bit the second time around.) After that strain off the oil dispose of the second batch of bark like the first, ADD IT TO THE COMPOST! Take the finished oil and again in the double boiler, add 1 ounce of bees wax to every 8 ounces of oil. Once melted together pour it into tins and allow it to cool (Do NOT forget to label.)
Uses for Rose Vinegar:
Soak a cloth a solution of 1 part vinegar to 7-10 part water. It can be applied to the forehead for headaches (especially thouse caused by head), wrapped around a spranged ankle, or used to wash bug bites and heat rashes. It is excellent for pulling heat from an inflaimed area in a short amount of time. It is REALLY good for rapidly quenching the reddness and pain from sunburn! A medium if caught within the first 24 hours can literally be ERASED in three of four applications of vinegar. Even when there is the threat of sun poisoning and blistering skin it can and lessen the pain and reduce the trauma to the body. While NOT a replacment for emergency car for HORRIBLY sunburns, it is always MASSIVELY helpfull!
Wild Cherry and Rose Liniment:
1 part Chokecherry bark tincture
1 part Rose petal tincture (Wild or another fragrant species.)
Combine, and apply generously to the afflicted area. Easy? You could also macerate equal parts of both plants in rubbing-alcohol for a cheap but smelly solution. You could add whole rose hips for a stronger affect.
I hope you enjoy this recipe!
I recently acquired this and it is a DREAM!!! Its nice and heavy! (Don't drop it on your foot!) and it grinds leaves like a coffee grinder in 2 minute without the noise! I am in LOVE with mine and I hope you buy it and enjoy it for years to come. Here are some instructions on general mortar and pestle care:
1. Don't use a lot of soap. I mean sticking in in your dishwater isn't going to hurt it but don't smear it full because if you do it could absorb some of that soap and make your herbal tea taste of soap.
2. Lemon Juice! It kills bacteria, it adds to patina, and if your grinding something that doesn't smell real nice, it takes care of that pretty good.
3. To protect your counter be sure to either use this on a folded towel or glue a peace of something non-slip to the bottom. (You don't want to be chasing your pesto all over the counter.)
Well, that's about it for this review and I hope you enjoyed it. Happy Gardening!
P.S. You can get this particular Mortar and Pestle here.