Ginger & Lemon Balm Cold & Flu Syrup

Herbal syrups are one of the easiest (and tastiest) things you can make for your natural medicine cabinet. Basically, they’re composed of a strong herbal tea, mixed with at least an equal measure of raw honey. (The high amount of honey helps preserve it longer than a normal herbal tea would last.) Because they’re so delicious, patient compliance with taking herbal syrups is high, especially when it comes to trying to treat kids and picky husbands! … Continue reading

Foraging & Using Goldenrod

Foraging & Using Goldenrod to Make Tincture, Tea, Oil & Salve

Goldenrod blooms right around the time ragweed pollen starts causing trouble, so is often unjustly blamed for causing allergies. The fact though is that goldenrod pollen is heavy and spread by insects, instead of the wind like ragweed is, making it pretty difficult to trigger symptoms of hay fever. You would have to deeply sniff the flower to get the pollen in your nose. Anything – natural or synthetic – that you put on or in your … Continue reading

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

How to Make Homemade Elderberry Syrup for Cold & Flu Season

Over the past week or two, I’ve been harvesting from my elder bushes, making: Elderberry Syrup, excellent for treating colds and flu, Elder Leaf Salve, for bruises, muscle strains and old injuries (recipe HERE), Elderberry Tincture, more concentrated than syrup, plus sugar/honey-free (recipe coming soon-ish)   Elderberry Syrup is the best thing ever and I couldn’t imagine facing cold/flu season without it! There are quite a few studies on its effectiveness against influenza, like THIS ONE (“Patients received 15 ml … Continue reading

Liniment for Varicose Veins & Muscle Pains

Herbal Liniment for Varicose Veins Muscle Pains and Strains Recipe

This recipe comes from my new-favorite book, Heal Local by Dawn Combs. It’s a book centered around 20 homegrown or regionally sourced herbs that you can use to build a complete home apothecary. I can’t even begin to describe how useful I’ve found this reference to be in the past month that I’ve owned it! Besides giving detailed descriptions of each herb, the book is further broken down into sections for naturally treating emergency first … Continue reading

Violet Flower Glycerite

Lovely Violet Flower Glycerite Soothes and Cools Inflammation

Considered by some to be nothing more than a weed, the common violet actually has many health benefits to offer us. The edible flowers and leaves are: high in mucilage (a plant substance that cools and moistens) nourishing, and high in vitamins A & C excellent lymph movers a demulcent (something that forms a protective layer over irritated mucous membranes), making them a wonderful remedy for mild sore throats, coughs and the like. a mild … Continue reading

DIY Herbal Deodorant for Women’s Health

Homemade DIY Herbal Deodorant for Women's Health

This homemade deodorant is specially designed for women. It contains herbs that are used to promote lymph flow and prevent or treat issues with inflamed or cystic breast tissue. Instead of applying a chemical laden, potentially toxic-to-your-breasts product under your arms each day, try this healthy herbal alternative instead! To make this deodorant, you’ll first need to infuse coconut oil with herbs. Coconut oil is most often used because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. … Continue reading

Garlic Ear Oil (for humans & their pets)

Garlic Ear Oil (for humans & their pets)

I’ve recently been working on an article about herbal remedies for aging dogs – at the request of several readers and also because I too have a dog in his golden years.  While writing, I realized that I haven’t shared a recipe yet for one of my go-to pet (and human) basics: garlic ear oil. This oil can be used for humans, dogs, cats, horses, goats and other mammals. It can also be used to … Continue reading