Herbal Teas – Here is a small list of herbs that you can combine to make your own tea.
When making tea, mix the amount that you want in a mason jar (if you don't like the smell then you won't like the taste...add more peppermint!), add boiling water and let steep. I usually let mine sit in a mason jar to steep for quite some time when making tea. Just remember to use wooden spoons rather than metal ones.
A good mixture for overall health/not feeling well is nettles, dandelion, peppermint, and a little bit of pau d'arco bark. Most herbs are safe to mix but you have to use some caution. Like, if you are addressing hormonal issues, you would not mix vitex (chaste berry) with other hormonal herbs (especially the cohoshes) unless you really knew what you were doing. I think those on this list are safe and can be used together as long as you use common sense. St. John's Wort can make meds leave the blood stream so do not mix with meds. A large amount of boswellia can thin the blood so someone on blood thinner meds should not use or only in small amts.
Calendula – reduces swelling in lymph glands, can help with PMS, helps sunburn/derm problems
Dandelion – kidney/liver cleanse
Elderberry – colds
Lavendar – antibacterial/inflammatory, reduces fever, kills lice, sore throats, analgesic
Milk thistle – aids in mild digestive problems, liver cleanse
Mullein – lung issues, use the leaf in making your own cough syrup, use the powder in making your own capsules to help with chest stuff
Nettles – rich in minerals (good to add to bone broths), kidney/bladder infections/cleanse, clearing sinuses
Peppermint – flatulence, colic, abdominal cramps, antiinflammatory, add to most all of my teas as it gives good flavor and covers up the nasty tasting herbs!
Pau D'arco Bark – antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antitumor, bronchitis, colistis, ringworm
Red Raspberry – uterine health
Rose Hips – vitamin C, tastes good – want at least one per cup of tea
Herbal Remedy for Ear Infections/Congestion/Colds: (Given in ear)
St. John's Wort
Olive oil – high quality
Use in equal parts – use a mortal and pestal to pound thoroughly – not metal. Never use metal with herbs – they lose effectiveness when in contact with metal. Simmer on low in a double broiler for 30 minutes then put pounded ingredients in a glass jar. Cover with olive oil and close the lid. Place on cabinet shelf for one month. Strain herbs – not through metal – and store the liquid in a mason jar for future ear infections.
Homemade Cough Syrup:
1/2 cup elder berries
2 cups water ( I also like to add mullein, rose hips, peppermint, nettles).
Simmer berries and other herbs in glass pot, covered with lid for 20-40 minutes. Turn heat off and let sit for 2-4 hours. Strain. Add 1 tbsp honey. Keep in mason jar in refrigerator. 1 tbsp 3-5 x per day for young children. 1/4 - 1/3 cup for adults.
HERBS WORTH KNOWING:
Alfalfa – source of vit K, and trace minerals. Meds can destroy vit K. It is a by-product of probiotics. Use small amounts in teas or throw into bone broth pots and dog food.
Bilberry – eyes and diabetes – make teas- historically used to lower blood sugar. Can be used for intestinal issues.
Calendula –(marigold) – use in a poultice for burns. I use it in children's teas for stomach aches. Can put in a winter colds blend – helps clear congestion from lymph glands.
Cascara Sagrada – use only in a premade blend in capsules for constipation.
Chamomile – children's herb – tummy aches, calming. Use in burn poultices.
Cranberry – add to uva ursi for urinary/kidney health.
Dandelion – lots of nutrients – vitamins and minerals – used for anemia, constipation. The root is a known detoxifier – cleanses the liver, prostate, urinary tract, gallbladder. I use in bone broths and teas.
Echinacea – I use only homeopathically or as a poultice for burns.
Elder berries and flowers – Use this for infections instead of Echinacea – Powerful immune stimulant, fights bacteria and viruses – studies show promising results in fighting cancer – used on cancer patients in Israel.
Ginko – known for helping brain function mainly because it helps the capillaries function properly. Tonic for the heart. Great for the elderly to ease brain function loss, stroke, varicose veins, etc.
Gotu Kola – Stimulates central nervous system, thyroid, pituitary gland. Helps with learning, memory, focus, and hormone balance.
Hibiscus – vit C and taste (also looks pretty like a potpourri)
Hops – makes beer. Antispasmodic so it helps cramps. Really puts you to sleep. Make a tea but put lots of peppermint in it because it tastes terrible. Some people use it to make dilly pillows along with lavender and give as baby gifts. Popular in Europe.
Lavender – Calming, anti-inflammatory, great for the skin. Add to the burn poultice. Good in children's tea – mild analgesic, antibacterial properties.
Marshmallow – really anti-inflammatory properties. Great for intestinal disorders like colitis. Make a poultice with the powder and colloidal silver for skin infections. Can add oregano oil. Tea is good for so many things – urinary issues, kidneys, GI tract, lowers blood sugar levels.
Mullein – powerful for lungs and ears. Make ear oil (olive oil, mullein, garlic and St. John's Wort). Take in capsule form for major lung issues (pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma). I use routinely as it detoxes the glands. Tastes pretty good. Add to bone broth or make a tea.
Nettles – respiratory (allergies) – acts as an antihistamine. Also good for brain, moods, and improves circulation. Good for colds and hayfever.
Oatstraw – I use it as a nerve tonic. Helps to rebuild the delicate myelin sheath outside the nerves. I add it to children's tea. Antidepressant, good for the skin and hair because it contains silicon. Mild tasting – good to add to most tea mixtures and bone broths.
Parsley – nutrition – add to broth, dog food. Liver cleanser, blood cleanser
Passion flower – NOT a libido enhancer – the name refers to the passion of Christ. Works on nervous disorders (like oatstraw)- tics, hyperactivity, anxiety, headaches, etc. Also good as a sleep aid. They say it kills mold but I do not have experience with that.
Pau d'Arco – almost like taking a multivitamin, antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, antitumor and anti-good taste. Use lots of peppermint to cover up the taste. Fights candida and is used as a major detox ingredient. Even helps kill parasites. Stimulates immune system, cleanses lymphatic system as
well as the liver. Clears mucous. Use as a poultice on ringworm, eczema, psoriasis.
Peppermint – taste, mild body tonic, helps stomach cramps, use in children's tea.
Plantain – Great Herb – use a lot!! Good for so many things – detoxes blood, liver , kidneys, helps sinuses, lungs, fights infections, phlegm, candida, anti-inflammatory, helps sinus headaches (I know about this one). Famed for skin infections and bug bites. Make a poison ivy remedy with it. Even
Shakespeare mentions plantain. American Indians called it snakeweed because it draws out toxins from bites.
Raspberry leaf- Women's uterus tonic. It is also nutritious and can be added to broths.
Rose Hips – lots of vit. C and other nutrients. Good to mix with plantain, peppermint and elderberries for a daily winter drink.
Saw Palmetto – use only the berries. Mostly used for prostate and female libido issues. Just buy the capsules. I tried the berries but they are so hard to deal with.
Slippery Elm – Great for cleansing the bowel but I only purchase it as an ingredient in blended capsules. Don't want to take too much.
Uva Ursi – Urinary tract infections. Cleanses uric acid from kidneys. Only take for two weeks at a time. I buy the capsules.
White Oak – detoxes candida. Use small amount in blends.
Wood Betony – lowers blood sugar, helps nervous system disorders and brain function.
Yarrow – regulates menstrual cycles, use in skin poultice for skin infections, causes you to sweat out toxins – use during a Makers Diet cleanse.
Yerba Mate – energy, boosts metabolism, aids nervous system, helps libido, huge source of nutrition, stimulates adrenal glands. Only the roasted mate tastes good.
Burn poultice – calendula, chamomile, Echinacea, aloe vera, elder flowers.
Heat water, add herbs 4:1 ratio with the water. Add aloe after the mixture cools. Then add honey. Place herb mixture on a gauze or cotton strip. Make sure it is VERY moist. Place on burn and secure with other gauze strips. When moisture begins to dry, renew with fresh herb poultice. DO NOT let the
poultice dry out. Only put room temp or cooled herbs on the wound. Apply vit E oil only after the burn has begun to heal – not on blisters or open skin. It works to fade the scar. Cool homemade kefir is good also after a day of the poultices. Remember, no metals such as bowls or spoons.
Infusion – a tea – Used mainly for leaves. Do not boil – use boiling water and let steep for 20 or more minutes. Strain. May let sit overnight. Store in mason jar in refrigerator. Infusions are also used as skin washes and hair rinses.
Baths – Make a strong infusion and strain. Pour into bath water.
Tinctures – herbs are distilled with alcohol (usually vodka) or vinegar.
Poison Ivy/Bug bite tincture – Fill a glass jar 1/3 plantain and 2/3 apple cider vinegar. Seal and allow to sit in a dark place for 4 weeks. Shake the jar each day. Strain into small jars for use.
Herb oil – gently warm the herbs in a non-reactive pan in olive oil for 1 hour. Allow to cool. Strain into jars.
Ear oil – equal parts mullein, St. John's wort (optional) and several chopped cloves of garlic. One part herbs to two parts oil.
First aid oil – calendula, plantain, yarrow in olive oil. After straining may add grated beeswax to make into a cream or balm.
Glycerite – Roots and dense herbs are simmered in a non-reactive pot with the lid on until condensed. Allow to cool. Strain. Add to 1/3 veg. glycerine. May use honey. Seal in glass jar and keep in frige.
Elderberry Cold and Flu Syrup – elderberries, pau d'arco, rosehips, peppermint, elder flowers, lavender, calendula, marshmallow, honey. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let sit for 30 minutes. Strain, add honey.
Skin healer – lavender, Echinacea, oatstraw, rosehips, chamomile, marshmallow, calendula. Simmer, cool, strain. Add to ¼ amount of herbs witch hazel and to 1/5 honey or glycerine. Refrigerate. Works really well on acne, skin infections, old wounds.
Detox tea – white oak bark (small amount), pau d'arco, dandelion, yarrow, plantain, peppermint, parsley, oatstraw, rose hips.
Blood sugar tea – dandelion, bilberry, wood betony, marshmallow, peppermint
Brain tea – ginko, gotu kola, oatstraw, wood betony, peppermint
Pregnancy tea – dandelion (calcium), red raspberry (uterus support), oatstraw (nutrition and nerves), nettles (provides iron, folate, magnesium, potassium)
Stress tea – Peppermint, ginko, hops, dandelion, oatstraw, lavender, rose hips, gotu kola.
Respiratory tea – ginko, nettles, parsley, plantain, thyme, mullein, peppermint - the thyme tastes terrible to me. I leave it out.
Peter Rabbit tea – peppermint, chamomile, calendula, oatstraw
PMS tea – peppermint, red raspberry, oat straw, dandelion, hops, chamomile
Anti-inflammatory tea – wild yam root, oatstraw, rosehips, nettles, peppermint, alfalfa, chamomile, bilberry, shavegrass, marshmallow, pau d'arco
Sleep tea – chamomile, peppermint, passionflower, oatstraw, hops
Sinus tea – rosehips, peppermint, mullein, alfalfa, nettles, elderberry and flowers, yarrow. May add grated ginger to sinus tea if you like. Works well. Leave out peppermint.
**Cautions – not for pregnancy – elderberry, yarrow
If low breastmilk, use hibiscus instead of peppermint