RSS

Category Archives: Herbs for Medicine

Herbs In My Garden

Herbs In My Garden

This year I have planted quite a few different herbs in my garden areas, and this past week I have harvested and dried three of them.  I have comfrey, yarrow, and linden flowers.  The linden flowers are not really something that I planted myself, because it is a huge tree in the front of my yard, but every year at this time, the flowers come on strong on my tree and they are the most delightful smelling flowers ever.  Here is my process of harvesting and drying these three particular herbs for medicine value.

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Linden flowers

Linden flowers

My awesome Linden Tree

My awesome Linden Tree

Linden flowers or blossoms – great for the digestive system as a tea, commonly used in teas to soothe anxiety or panic, can be used in the bath water as a relaxing bath, and helps with insomnia when drank as a tea before bed time.  It is known to help lower blood pressure, and to help restore the liver.  Worth doing a little more research on this treasure! I like to use it in my salves that I make simply because it has the calming properties, and it makes them smell so delicious.  I think I am going to try making a perfume with it before too long.  I will post it when I do.

Here is a little blurb that someone wrote about the Linden tree, and I quote it here with the link to the original article.     “Imagine yourself sitting under a tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through it’s shiny heart shaped leaves.  High overhead you can hear honeybees lazily buzzing  in and out of it’s perfumed flowers.  The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect.  You feel relaxed and alive and aware of it’s healing energy.  This is the Linden tree.”  Love it!

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Imagine yourself sitting under a beautiful tall green tree. The soft summer breeze gently ripples through its shiny heart-shaped leaves.

High overhead, you can hear honey bees lazily buzzing in and out of its perfumed flowers. The shade is cooling and the scent has a calming effect. You feel relaxed and alive and aware of its healing energy.

This is the linden tree. Sometimes if grows 130 feet high, and produces some of the most powerful herbal medicine known to humans. You may even have one of these trees on your street because they are planted widely in cities, and are fairly common in the countryside throughout Ontario where they are usually known as basswood. – See more at: http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/the-linden-tree/#sthash.0DIROirr.dpuf

Comfrey

Comfrey

Comfrey is a well know plant for healing. I use it in my own miracle salve recipe that I make, as it has great properties for healing cuts, scrapes, bruises, and even bones. It can be used as a poultice or compress to help heal broken bones and is known for this.  There is some controversy as to whether or not it should be taken internally.  Some herbalists use it, and others will tell you not to.  Do your research before taking it internally.  It can cause damage to the liver, especially if taken often.  It is a miracle herb in itself when it comes to healing and using in my salves.

Yarrow plant

Yarrow plant

Yarrow blossoms

Yarrow blossoms

Yarrow is a great little plant, and grows wild in pretty much every prairie or empty lot, and often in lawns around here.  Yarrow is a great plant to know about.  By using its feathery leaves and crunching them up, they can be placed over a wound to stop bleeding.  It can also be drank as a tea to help stop bleeding internally and heal things like bleeding ulcers.  I also will use this in my miracle salve recipe because of its properties to speed up healing.  Yarrow also has some properties that act similar to aspirin and will help relieve pain.  It is a great herb that affects so many different parts of the body, in fact some scientists say that it affects every part of the body in some small way.  It is also known to promote sweating and is often given as a tea to help do this, to in turn break a fever.

Okay now for the drying part…….I dry the yarrow hanging upside down from my clothesline, and the comfrey and linden I just laid them flat on some trays.  Each of these were completely dry in 48 hours, but then we have been having some pretty extreme heat around here.

hanging yarrow from the clothesline

hanging yarrow from the clothesline

Linden flowers drying

Linden flowers drying

Comfrey leaves laying flat to dry.

Comfrey leaves laying flat to dry.

And the finished products………..

Linden flowers, yarrow leaves and blossoms, and comfrey leaves all ready to be used.

Linden flowers, yarrow leaves and blossoms, and comfrey leaves all ready to be used.

Yay!  I love harvesting and drying the herbs, and then using them in the medicines that I make.  It is kind of a cool feeling to know that I actually understand what to know and use these things for.  I love it!

Today, I am heading over to a small  park that is not too far from my house and I will be harvesting some plantain. Plantain grows wild pretty much everywhere, but this one particular park it is thick and beautiful.  I will take pictures.

 

Advertisements
 

Tags: , , , , ,

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of those miracle wonder, cure all, heal all kind of foods.  I think we are only just starting to scratch the surface of the amazing benefits of this wonder food.  It is being shown to be one of the most heart healthy foods that we can eat.  For quite a long time, coconut oil got a bad rap and was considered an unhealthy oil.  Some still say it is just a fad.   However, the proof is there.  The research is there, and the testimonies of users are there.  Here are just some of the many things that this wonder food is shown to do:

  • energy boost – eat a spoonful – boost thyroid function and restore normal function
  • help stabilize blood sugar levels
  • helps absorb fat soluable vitamins
  • helps increase healthy cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol
  • as a base for many home made scrubs and salves
  • to treat wooden tools
  • as a conditioner on your hair
  •  actually shown to help reduce weight by eating 1 – 2 tbsp per day before meals
  • powerful antioxidant – add to a protein shake or other smoothies
  • replace baby oil
  • kills candida
  • as a hair straightener – just rub a little onto your hands and into your hair lightly to calm down fuzzy hair
  • use as a skin moisturizer
  • use it for oil pulling
  • use for a natural deodorant for under arms
  • use instead of shaving cream
  • use as a makeup remover
  • use as a nutritional supplement
  • use for a massage oil
  • baby diaper rash cream
  • reduce the scaring of stretch marks
  • home made toothpaste
  • for nursing moms as a soothing cream
  • apply to bee stings or bug bites
  • a spoonful with each meal will help with digestion
  • inside of nostrils to help prevent nose bleeds
  • soothe hemorrhoids
  • help reduce or eliminate migranes
  • base for home made vapor rub
  • base for insect repellent
  • mixed with baking soda for goo gone
  • detox during cleansing fasts
  • metal polish
  • leather moisturizer
  • season your cast iron pans
  • grease baking pans and sheets
  • takes gum out of hair
  • instead of WD-40
  • helps heartburn and acid reflux
  • natural sunscreen
  • mixed with lemon oil as a furniture polish
  • melt with butter over popcorn
  • use on rough cracked heels
  • base for home made candy
  • boost immune function
  • strengthens nails and cuticles
  • massage into aching muscles
  • mix with tea tree oil and use on athlete’s foot / fungus
  • helpful for colitis
  • makeup brush cleaner
  • useful for acne
  • use on toast instead of butter
  • helpful to Alzheimers and Parkinsons
  • on damp cloth to clean shower, then wipe clean with vinegar
  • treat head lice
  • prevent stretch marks
  • in cooking instead of margarine and butter
  • carrier oil for baby wipes
  • warts and moles
  • as a base in lotions and creams
  • as a hair treatment
  • soothe burns
  • on cuts to help with healing
  • help reduce eczema and psoriasis
  • dogs dry skin
  • add to dog food to help with arthritis
  • flea treatment
  • a spoonful before a meal to help curb appetite
  • treat thrush
  • treat bladder infections
  • smooth wrinkles and shrink pores
  • helps with yeast infections
  • use to clean brushes after using oil based paints
  • treat ringworm
  • treat ADD and autism
  • make home made soap
  • home made lip balm
  • soothe sore throats
  • as a treatment for ear infections
  • with oil of oregano to treat cold sores
  • with lavender to treat other ailments
  • to clean inside of dogs ears
  • treat styes
  • to get lipstick of a rug
  • help with menopausal dryness
  • plants leaves instead of leaf shine chemicals
  • on a canker sore
  • help heal ulcers
  • add to soups for nutrition
  • add to baked goods for flavor
  • mix with blended peanuts for peanut butter
  • use in home made baby formula
 
 
%d bloggers like this: