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MsDebbieP

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04-13-2012 02:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: herbs herbal medicine recipe organic

This is a GATEWAY to everything posted at GardenTenders.com tagged as “HERBAL”

Feel free to add any info (technical or practical) here as well.
Do you make your own shampoos, toothpaste, etc? Share your recipes.

 

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-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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04-13-2012 02:21 AM

this is a great story about using comfrey and plantain as herbal medicine.
(Robin, you might especially like this because it is a story about healing a goat’s injury)

the medicine: the person took some leaves of comfrey and plantain, chewed them up and applied them to the wound. Comfrey repairs the wound, and plantain cleans the blood and stops the bleeding.

I think I’ll make a little herbal garden outside the door with “emergency” plants!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Vince Kirchner

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04-15-2012 05:37 AM

I add a few more recipes, they were provided during a seminar presented by Vicki Abrams Motz, PhD Assistant Professor Biological and Applied Health Sciences, Ohio Northern University.

Recipes:

Herbal sore throat gargle Make a strong tea out of thyme harvested from sunny area not shade Add peppermint leaves to the tea if you desire for taste Sweeten it with honey Cool and strain to remove tea leaves Store in a clean container, gargle for sore throat and laryngitis

Herbal cough syrup Add ¼ cup fresh horehound leaves or 1/8 cup dried Bring to a boil Remove from the heat and allow steeping for 10 minutes Strain to remove the leaves Add 1 cup honey or to taste, mixing well Store in a clean container, this will last months at room temperature

Rosemary disinfectant To make a natural disinfectant spray chop up fresh rosemary sprigs, add them to boiling water for about 3-5 minutes, strain, and put into a spray bottle. Use it in your kitchen and bathroom.

Rosemary hair rinse Do a cold steep of rosemary twigs in filtered or distilled water for several days, if you do not want to what that long then create a batch of rosemary tea, dilute the tea 50/50 with additional filtered water. Use the rosemary rinse after shampooing for a fresh clean natural shine.

Rosemary is a perennial herb in the south, the only variety that I have been able to grow in zone 5 and 6 is the Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Arp’ or rosemary arp.

Herbal Vapo-rub Infuse 3.5 oz. of base oil (i.e. olive or coconut oil) with ¼ teaspoon of dried mint, thyme, eucalyptus, and rosemary over gentle heat fro 15-30 minutes. Remember to use glass or ceramic to eliminate any reactions between the herbs and metal including utensils. An alternate to the heating of the oil and herbs would be a cold infusion for about a week. Strain the herbs from the oil, reserving the oil. Gently heat the herb infused oil in a double boiler, add small chunks of bees was, about 5/8 inch cube. Stir until everything has melted together. Pour into a glass jar to store.

Vince Note: The Vapo-rub recipe is provided just as it was provided to me, when my Wife Cindy and I made this we felt that did not quite have the aromatic effect that commercial products have. So we have been modifying ingredients to try and increase the aromatic qualities of this recipe which could just be personal preference. Make your own decision after you make the recipe using the supplied measurements.

Herbal poultice Place a ½ cup whole herb in a small saucepan covered with water.
Simmer for 2 minutes. Do not drain.
Arrange a clean piece of gauze, muslin, linen, or white cotton sheeting on a clean flat surface.
Pour the herbal solution over the cloth
Cleanse the affected area and place the poultice over the area
Wrap a towel around the poultice and fasten a safety pin
Herbal poultices should be kept in place for 1-24 hours, or as needed

During this period, you may experience a throbbing pain as the poultice draws out infection and neutralizes toxins.

Suggestion – Use a glass cooking dish or pan and utensils to eliminate any interactions between the herbs and metal pans or utensils

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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MsDebbieP

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04-15-2012 10:07 AM

fantastic.
I have a Vicks plant it would help with the Vapo-rub recipe. (It smells just like Vicks)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Vince Kirchner

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04-23-2012 04:43 PM

That would be a good addition to the recipe. Believe it or not, I am fair with the outside plants, but I struggle to keep the inside plants over the winter with low light conditions and dry air. But I am willing to give this one a try.

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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04-24-2012 03:09 AM

best of luck!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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sharad

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04-26-2012 06:49 AM

I will highly recommend all of you to read the book ‘The Green Pharmacy Anti-Aging Prescriptions’ by James A. Duke, Ph.D., RODALE, ISBN 1-57954-198-4, if you have not seen it before.
His garden is in 6 acres of land divided into terraces and contains plants for all sorts of ailments that occur from infancy to old age. The top terrace constitutes herbs for Alzheimer’s disease, prostate enlargement, dizziness, hyperthyroidism, menopause, osteoporosis, glaucoma, and ulcers. The second terrace contains herbs for cancer prevention and treatment, heartburn, heart disease, high BP, diabetes, obesity, depression, fibromyalgia, and insomnia. Herbs for various ailments like allergies, arthritis, gout, asthma, bronchitis, bursitis and tendinitis urinary tract infection, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, laryngitis, sinus infection, vaginitis, yeast infection, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and gallstones are included in the third terrace. In the fourth terrace he grows herbs for burns, cuts, and bruises, ear problems, fever, colds and flu, and herpes and herbs that stimulate the immune system. Below the fourth terrace is the pond which houses a few aquatic medicines like water lotus. This is just a brief description of his Garden of Youth I am giving to motivate you to read the book and incorporate some of the features in your garden if space allows! His garden is a farm consisting of 80 plots of medicinal plants and much more and is located in rural Fulton, Maryland.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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04-27-2012 10:10 AM

The story of the goat shows how herbal medicines can sometimes do wonders. The above book states that Comfrey is one of the hazardous herb if taken internally though it is safe for external use as has been used on the goat. It lists several other hazardous herbs.
Thank you Vince for the list of herbal recipes.
Debbie it was fascinating to see the Vicks plant because of popular use of Vicks Veporub.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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05-18-2012 06:17 AM

Dandelion Tea – I didn’t make my own, although it seems simple enough, but I found a package at the grocery store, in the organic aisle. I don’t drink coffee (nor tea) but I can imagine that there is a similar taste, I guess. It’s not bitter, seems a little “woody” but perhaps that is just the aroma of the roasted root. I’ll try it again but with a little sweetener next time to see if it makes me go “yum”.
But, with the story of the dandelion tear curing a man’s terminal cancer, I can definitely add this to my beverage list.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Vince Kirchner

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05-22-2012 01:48 PM

You mentioned curing cancer, Russian herbal protocols include the use of Chaga mushroom as part of the regime. If you look at the ORAC scale for antioxidants, Chaga mushroom is at the top of the list. So I have been on a hunt for the elusive Chaga mushroom. But until then I have added more Goji berries around the house.

Blueberries 2,500 ORAC Value
Goji Berry 25,000 ORAC Value
Chaga 366,000 ORAC Value

Courtesy – Mushroom Collecting

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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MsDebbieP

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05-22-2012 01:49 PM

still trying on the goji berries … no luck
but I can buy them at the store

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Vince Kirchner

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05-22-2012 02:33 PM

Cheater, foul, foul. LOL

Nobody around here sells them, they look at me like I am from a strange planet when I ask for them.

-- If you wouldn't spray it in your mouth, why would you spray it on your food?

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MsDebbieP

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05-22-2012 02:42 PM

sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! :)

here… you can order them online!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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sharad

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05-22-2012 11:32 PM

They are also sold under the names Tibetan goji and Himalayan goji.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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07-01-2012 06:28 AM

another salve recipe using comfrey and plantain and more …. LINK

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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MsDebbieP

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08-06-2013 05:14 PM

free books re: wildcrafting http://jubilee101.com/subscription/wildcrafting-books/

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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