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 aid and common illnesses with your homemade remedies.
Tucked throughout the pages and paragraphs are great little recipes for everything from heartburn lozenges to headaches pills to this liniment for varicose veins and muscle pains shared below.
Since Dawn is an amazingly nice person, she’s letting me give away a copy of this wonderful book to one of my readers! (UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Sharon G!)
Dawn also writes a column called The Prescription Gardener at Hobby Farms you may enjoy reading. You can learn more about her Herbal Institute and Ohio farm at her web site, Mockingbird Meadows. She’s a kindred spirit, so if you like my stuff, I think you’ll love her!
Now, on to the recipe!
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Liniment for Varicose Veins, Muscle Pains & Strains
- 1 part yarrow
- 1 part calendula flowers
- 1 part St. John’s wort
- 1/4 part cayenne or ginger
- witch hazel
This recipe is given in parts. That means that you can scale it up or down depending on how much you want to make. It doesn’t have to be precise, at all. You really can’t mess up this recipe by putting a bit more of one ingredient than another.
I used pinches, but you can use a measuring cup, tablespoons, small food scoops or whatever you’d like. Place equal amounts of yarrow, calendula and St. John’s wort in a glass jar and then add the smaller amount of cayenne or ginger. You can use whole dried pieces or ground spice.
Pour witch hazel over the herbs until covered and let it infuse for 2 to 3 weeks. Strain and rebottle. Shelf life is indefinite. (I didn’t have quite enough witch hazel on hand, so added a bit of vinegar to mine to make up the shortage.)
This liniment can be used for varicose veins, muscle pains, strains and aches. Use once in the morning or evening, or at both times of day. Always rub it towards the heart to help tighten and tone varicose veins and improve blood flow.
Isn’t that a great recipe? I’ve been using it on my family and it really is effective.
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