Herbal Formulas

Herbal Pharmacy – 10

September 9, 2016 // 1 Comment

Ease aches and pains with spices Adding 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, turmeric, paprika or ginger to your daily diet could reduce production of pain-triggering inflammation within a week. Research shows that these flavor boosters contain compounds that turn off cyclooxygenase-2 (also known as cox- 2) — an enzyme [ ...click to read more ]

How to Make a Vinegar Tincture

October 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

Dried herbs produce the most effective medicinal extract, but fresh herbs can be used as well. I prefer the dried herbs because fresh herbs have too much moisture and will water down the vinegar as the maceration process begins. You’ll need a glass jar with a non-metal lid, because during the maceration process the [ ...click to read more ]

Plantain ~ The Wonder Weed

September 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

Plantain – Plantago major, Plantaginaceae Description: Deep green, lily like plants found along streams, roadsides and lawns. The flowers are a yellow-green in appearance and when mature 7 inch spikes that resemble miniature cat-tails protrude from the center. The leaves are 8-10 inches long, oval to [ ...click to read more ]

How to Make a Vodka Tincture

September 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

. Many of the active constituents in herbal medicines are readily soluble in alcohol, which is also an effective preservative. For this reason alone, a vodka tincture is preferred by most herbalists. You may use dried herbs if fresh herbs are not available. Take care that the herbs are of the highest quality and [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 17

November 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

November’s Full Moon is called the Beaver Moon because now is the time to set beaver traps before the waters freeze over. If you want romance to heat up with a potential love interest, give him or her a cup of hot ginger tea. Its warming action on lower circulation makes for a cozy evening. The Aztec ruler [ ...click to read more ]

Herbal Pharmacy

October 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

Heal Thyself… Stuffy nose: Drink 1 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish mixed with 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice. Horseradish produces quick mucus release, and the lemon juice cuts the sting of the horseradish. Drink it quickly for fast relief. Gum pain: Rub a few whole cloves on the afflicted area. It won’t [ ...click to read more ]

How to Make Herbal Salve

May 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Getting started: The key ingredient to making herbal salve begins with infused oils. Infused oils are used to make any oil-based apothecary items, such as creams, massage oils and salves. An easy way to make infused oils is the “solar infusion method.” Use a jar with a tight fitting lid, and fill it half [ ...click to read more ]

Pleasures of the Bath

April 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Nothing is more soothing than a relaxing bath after a long day. I must admit I do my best thinking in an herb scented tub. Just make sure the water is not too hot. Here are some recipes and combinations to try. Mystical Magical Bath Herbs Basic Bath Salts. You can use this “as is” or add dried herbs or [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket – 4

December 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

How to make disinfectant wipes: 1/4 cup dried lavender flowers, 1/4 cup dried rosemary, 1/4 cup dried sage, and 2 cups of white vinegar. Add all the ingredients to a quart mason jar. Cap the jar and place it in a cool area. Infuse this mixture for seven days. Strain out the herbs, add the liquid to a spray bottle. Use [ ...click to read more ]

Staying Healthy in an Unhealthy World

May 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Healthy immune function begins with what you feed your body. Plant foods like fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the basis for healthy immune functions. Regular exercise, getting enough rest, and managing stress are the three most important aspects of a strong immune system. Certain herbs can help support [ ...click to read more ]