Herbal Remedies

The Healing Power of Comfrey

December 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Comfrey – Symphytum officinale (Boraginaceae plant family). Native to Europe and Asia; naturalized all over the world. Loves rich soil and full sun. Under ideal conditions comfrey can grow to a height of 5 feet. Comfrey is a hardy, upright, leafy perennial that dies back in winter and re-emerges in late spring. [ ...click to read more ]

Herbal Pharmacy – 8

October 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Drinking two cups of dandelion tea several times each week could flush away up to five pounds of fluid from your tissues, lowering blood pressure the way many diuretics do — without the negative side effects of the manufactured drug. Look for loose leaf dandelion tea bags in health food stores. -oOo- In one [ ...click to read more ]

Herbal Remedies for Insomnia

October 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

While some people have no problem falling or staying asleep, others toss and turn and count sheep. Here are some suggestions and ideas for promoting a good nights sleep: Warm milk with peppermint and honey. In a sauce pan, heat one cup of milk, do not boil. Add 1/2 teaspoon dried peppermint. Remove from heat, cover [ ...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 ]

Versatile Lemon Balm

September 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Description- An upright perennial herb with attractive lemon scented leaves. Leaves are oval and serrated, about an inch long with clusters of pale yellow flowers blooming in late July. The entire plant emits a pronounced lemony scent. Lemon balm is native to southern Europe and North Africa, and grows wild throughout [ ...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 ]

Dandelions — Food and Medicine

May 14, 2015 // 6 Comments

I don’t think of them as weeds. The young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, with a mild flavor akin to spinach (leaves develop a bitter taste as they mature). The root, which has a sharp, bitter taste may be brewed into an infusion after washing and drying. This infusion promotes bile secretion, and is often [ ...click to read more ]