Should Christians Use Herbs? (part 2)

Should Christians Use Herbs? @jasminejlucero

Should Christians Use Herbs? (part 2) has been moved to my new herbal site, The Christian Herbal.

Should Christians Use Herbs? (part 1)

Should Christians Use Herbs? @jasminejlucero

Should Christians Use Herbs? (part 1) has been moved to my new herbal site, The Christian Herbal.

High Five Moms: Bringing in the Plants (Herbal Recipe)

One of my biggest dreams is to grow a huge garden and be able to supply our family with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. I have wanted a garden for years, but for various reasons it just hasn’t happened. It’s not that I haven’t tried. In fact, most years I have tried. I am afraid I have a “black” thumb!

Several years ago we had a backyard the size of a postage stamp. We were able to use a garden plot on the base, but the location of it made it difficult to get out there every day. The weeds were horrendous and crept up on us faster than we could pull them out. Then we had a bought of extreme heat and we just couldn’t keep up with the watering. We did get some nice produce, but nothing spectacular.

A couple of years ago we moved to Spain. We were able to rent a home with a bit of land. I was so excited, I thought I would finally get to do some real gardening. Because of the weed problems we had experienced before, we decided to try square foot gardening. My husband built some really nice 4×4 planters. We followed the prescribed method, buying the correct soil, mixing and adding everything we needed. I purchased my heirloom seeds and planted them according to each recommended depth.

I thought this might be the year for a really great garden.

I guess all the critters thought my garden was really great. Especially the Cabbage caterpillars. My garden was destroyed before it even got going. I don’t think we were able to eat anything from the garden that year.

So, I am still dreaming of having wonderful garden.

In the mean time, the only plants I deal with are the dried varieties. And since we are coming upon the cold and flu season, I thought I would share a quick herbal recipe with you. This is my go to herbal remedy, the one I always keep on hand and use on all my kids at the first sign of illness. This recipe is an old, old recipe that has probably saved countless lives.

It is a fever reduces, an infection fighter, full of antioxidants, nourishing, soothing, and it taste good too!

One last thing…it’s easy to make!

Triple Threat Cold and Flu Fighter

You will need dried:

25 grams yarrow
25 grams elderberries
25 grams peppermint
25 grams elderflowers
240 millilitres glycerin
160 millilitres distilled water

1. Mix herbs in a large jar.  Even though the picture above shows the herbs almost filling the jar, I like to leave at least half of the jar empty to make room for the water/glycerin mixture.  Also, it is best to grind the herbs to powder.  This can be done in a coffee grinder (dedicated to herbal grinding) or possibly a food processor (although I have never tried it).

2. Prepare menstruum (the liquid substance that will extract the herbal constituents from the herbs) by mixing thoroughly the glycerin and distilled water.

3.  Pour menstruum (glycerin/water mixture) over the herbs in the jar.  Stir well making sure everything is mixed up.

4. Leave the mixture in the jar for 2 weeks, shaking each day.

5. At the end of 2 weeks, strain the liquid from the herbs.  Muslin fabric works best for this.

6. Label and store liquid glycerite.

Congratulations!  You have just made a 1:4 herbal glycerite to treat your family with.

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Visit the other High Five Moms!

Brandy @ The Marathon Mom

Keri Mae @ The Happy Home

Andie @ Happy Andersons

Stacy @ A Delightful Home

Learn the Herbs: Garlic

I am creating a series of herbal fact sheets to aid in learning individual herbs. To learn about garlic, click here to download the PDF fact sheet.

Garlic is a powerhouse of an herb, with so many uses it is hard to know where to start in describing it. It is gentle enough for even young children and yet powerful enough to kill resistant strains of bacteria. I have used garlic in place of antibiotics for both strep throat infections and mastitis.

In fact, I had heard for years that nursing babies enjoy the taste of garlic in their mother’s milk. However, as I was doing research on garlic, I found that there was an actual study done to determine the validity of this claim. The result of the study confirmed that infants nursing habits improved when the mother’s breast milk contained garlic volatiles. That is great news for us mommies that don’t want to have to subject our little ones to antibiotics.

Another property of garlic is its normalizing effect. Garlic is used to lower blood glucose, but not below normal levels as some other herbs can do. Garlic inhibits platelet aggregation, but doesn’t thin the blood.

Garlic really is a great all around herb. It has so many practical uses and very few contraindications. Another benefit is that it is very inexpensive and readily available. This makes it perfect for the beginning herbalist to practice using!

Review: Botany in a Day

Botany in a Day Review has been moved to my new herbal site, The Christian Herbal.

Mama’s Pregnancy Tea

Mama's Pregnancy Tea @jasminejlucero

Mama’s Pregnancy Tea has been moved to my new herbal site, The Christian Herbal.