Hello again, its time for the April 2020 Herbal Journals.
I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. This is a trying time for everyone.
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Thank you! Kathy
I’m a huge fan of home remedies! I know whenever I’m sick I’m putting together chicken soup with all the goodies. Turns out there is science to back up that one! My salves and balms are based on home remedies that really work. I make zesty vinegar (recipe below), bitters, cordials, all for digestion, as well as spice blends that fulfill a specific need at the time. Yes, your home cooking can also be your home remedy.
Kathy’s Zesty Vinegar
I also like to call this my “Digestion Dressing” as it’s ingredients are so wonderful in aiding digestion. Onions are great internally and externally, internally they can help to increase circulation, and externally, either raw or bruised and in a poultice can help sprains and bruises, and inhale the aroma of a fresh cut slice of onion to clear the sinuses (now we know why we always cry when cutting Onions!).
Rosemary aides the digestion in calming stomach cramps, and improving circulation – externally it can help prevent dandruff when used as a hair rinse. (Because there is some speculation that rosemary in large enough doses can help to bring on a late menstrual period, pregnant women should use caution and common sense before taking it).
Dill is a great remedy for constipation, Thyme and orange are also beneficial in helping the digestion. If your digestion seems to be sluggish, add some of this vinegar to your salad for relief!
1 tablespoon crushed dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dill seed dried
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
1 teaspoon dried orange peel
apple cider vinegar
1. Crush everything and place into a pint size jar.
2. Top with Apple Cider Vinegar.
3. Check frequently, top as necessary, but let set for one month.
4. Straining the herbs is not necessary after the month since they are all dried. If preferred, strain and decant to a bottle with cork top. (Vinegar will destroy metal).
Any combination of herbs can be used. I’ve found it helpful that when using dried herbs, don’t mix fresh herbs into the vinegar. Either all dried or all fresh.
For Constipation: simmer 1 teaspoon bruised dill seed in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Let cool to lukewarm then drink.
Enjoy! This post first appeared on my company blog at www.hilltopgrp.net)
P.S. Read below for an excellent article about great home remedies!
I am such a lucky lady! In my garden I have a number of herbs growing and three of them are in flour right now.
My feverfew, yarrow and lavender combined beautifully in this bouquet but are also extremely medicinal, and we shouldn’t ignore nature’s bounty when we get it.
Yarrow: has properties that help reduce the length of time one is suffering from a cold or flu; it helps for relaxation; and used internally can help itches, rashes, and to stop bleeding in wounds.
Feverfew: is greatly beneficial for migraines and headaches as well as helping to reduce fever and help with arthritis pain and general pain. New research is showing a possible link to helping to alleviate dizziness and tinnitus as well. This would be extremely beneficial for me!
Lavender: lavender has been known for ages as the relaxation herb. But it is also wonderful in cooking and teas. Used externally it is a skin calmer and can help ease rashes, it is also antiseptic and can be used to disinfect minor wounds (in tincture or poultice form).
I use all three of these herbs from my garden in a relaxing tea. Since I suffer from chronic pain, migraines, dizziness, tinnitus and vertigo these three herbs combine in a tes can certainly not hurt my conditions. Externally, I combine them into a mild infusion to help with mild eczema and restless leg syndrome.
Kathy’s Relaxation Tea
Steep with boiling water at least five minutes, covered. Sweeten with honey or sugar. Particularly good before bed.
NOTE: These herbs are not intended for pregnant women (no exceptions for pregnant women) or people with blood clotting disorders, who are on Coumadin, and who have kidney or liver disease. Talk to your doctor if you’re unsure if you can take this tea.
I am one excited chick! In my last post, I mentioned that I had been working on a migraine remedy using herbs. Well, I’ve been working on it for a few weeks and I’m convinced! It WORKS! I can’t tell you how exciting it is – especially since it took nearly a decade to find the right combination of medications to alleviate my migraines before. I was extremely upset when the maker of the migraine onset medication was no longer making it, I pictured myself going through years of trial and error to find one that worked. Not any more!!
Using a blend of different herbs, including Chamomile, Motherwort and several herbs that are flavor enhancers as well as medicinal, I’ve put together a migraine remedy that’s really effective. Especially after Saturday evening, we were in Walmart, after having taken a nice drive around our area, when a migraine hit. This was one of the BIG ones, a true migraine that wasn’t triggered by a food additive or stress. Completely debilitating, and of course, horribly painful.
… I pictured myself going through years of trial and error to find one that worked…
We headed home and I put the migraine tea to the test. It took two cups, about 45 minutes apart. I’m convinced this is the right choice for me – and I didn’t have a medication hangover the next morning, I slept beautifully and the pain was gone before I went to sleep. Best experience with a migraine I’ve had – ever!
(This post first appeared on my personal blog at tobenamedlater.com)