WILD MEDICINE

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Wild Medicine

I started growing herbs when I was in my early 20’s. I primarily grew types that were for culinary and for skin purposes (I loved to cook when I was younger and I had an obsession with having healthy looking skin). It wasn’t until about 6 years ago (and feeling jaded by the healthcare industry) I started looking in my backyard and the fields on identifying different wild plants for overall health (besides just having healthy looking skin). I am amazed with all that grows with each season.

My youngest likes to accompany me when I go out on my herb walks. He considers it our special time as he learns the different plants and what they are good for. As I journey through my herbal studies I have become more and more interested in what nature provides us. It is all right there. Nature’s medicine to treat whatever ails you. Each plant has a myriad of different uses and when combined with other plants you create something magical.

I cannot explain the feeling I have when I am out walking. I sense the presence of all those before me who have gone out and collected wild medicine to stock their pantry. Recipes and knowledge passed down from generations back. The plants themselves have a way of communicating. If you listen you can hear what they have to say. I never know what I will come back with after communing with the plants.

On this particular day I only planned on checking on the elderberries for winemaking. That led me instead to grabbing my basket and filling it with elderberries, goldenrod, and mullein leaf + flowers. Back at the house I gathered some sage, feverfew flowers, and peppermint leaf + flower from my herb garden. I combined all of that in a quart jar until about 2/3’s full. Topped it with vodka and now letting it steep for 6-8 weeks. This blend will provide a wonderful addition to my arsenal of remedies for the upcoming winter season.

Natures Medicine:

Elderberry
A medicine chest by itself. A reliable remedy for cold, flu, fever, upper respiratory infections, hayfever, sinusitis, tension, constipation, and rheumatic discomfort.

Goldenrod
A go to for upper respiratory catarrh. Often used in combination with other herbs in the treatment of influenza. Also used for stomach sickness, convalescence from severe diarrhea, dysentery, dropsy, gravel, and urinary difficulties.

Mullein Leaf + Flower
All parts of this plant can be used including the seeds. The leaves are used most often for cough formulas, respiratory infections, bronchial infections, asthma, and glandular imbalances. The flowers are good for lymphatic congestion.

Feverfew
Traditionally used for stomach ailments, fevers, menstrual irregularities, and headache. It is effective for all pain in the head.

Peppermint Leaf + Flower
More than just a flavoring agent. Good for gas, nausea, cramps, and irritable bowel. Uplifting to the nervous system and cooling to the body while helping to bring down a fever.

Sage
An excellent herb that is warming and strengthening for rebuilding vitality during long-term illness. Clears congestion, soothes sore throats, tonsillitis, and laryngitis.

Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This recipe is not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Personally, I make these home remedies that I have researched and used myself. I encourage you to empower yourself with your own health and do your own research.

References:

Herbal Renaissance by Steven Foster

Holistic Herbal "A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies" by David Hoffman

Shaker Medicinal Herbs by Amy Bess Miller

The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook "A Home Manuel" by James Green

The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra, L.Ac., O.M.D.

 

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