Herbs for Natural Health
Making Herbal Healing Medicines
Hello Friends In Herbal Health,
I am sending plant spirit energy for your learning needs!
Thanks so much for joining me for this no-sweat, straight forward class to help you step into the amazing world of creating your own herbal medicines and understanding a few herbs that will enhance each body system's health.
I want to remind you of wisdom that is inherent in all of us: plants have been used as healing medicine for as long as humans have been on this earth. Women have created healing blends in their own homes with ease and simplicity like we make soups and stews. Embrace the time honored wisdom that is your heritage and know that the process is simple and healing (both in the act of actually making the herbal medicines and in using them!).
In this course you will find your videos for
- simple instructions on how to make your own herbal medicines,
- 3-5 herbs specific for each body system, slide show video format, and
- a PDF file for more learning and links to products, where to buy bulk herbs, books for further learning, schools to deepen your studies of herbs, etc.
My learning suggestion: Dedicate a notebook for your herbal learning. Take notes while watching these videos writing down pearls of wisdom you want to remember and have quick access to. Also, make note of the video the pearl came from and the time on the video recording. This will help you locate the information again, quickly, and without frustrations. Happy herbal healing learning!
Video #1 teaches you how to make medicinal infusions (teas), alcohol tinctures, and vinegar tinctures. To make a liniment you do the exact same thing as to make a vodka tincture substituting rubbing alcohol for the vodka. I have always made my liniments with vodka to avoid having rubbing alcohol tinctures about the house that someone could mistake for a tincture meant for internal use. If you make rubbing alcohol based liniments label the jar with a cross & skull bones and make it very clear the contents are NOT intended for oral consumption. I speak of peppermint and mints as being used to add flavor to teas and tinctures. Please do not let my words underestimate the healing powers of mints. Mints are great healers and nourishers for digestive tract, nervous system, and circulatory health.
Video #2 is a short bonus walk around my yard to look at a few wild plants. This video was made in May and displays Spring plants. I also speak about making a simple poultice by chewing up plantain and applying directly to the skin.
Video #3: Making Herbal Infused Oils for Lotions, Ointments, Salves, and Balms.
To grate the beeswax use the large holes on a cheese grater or a vegetable peeler. I prefer the vegetable peeler as it is easier to clean up. A poultice could be made out of the mash of slippery elm bark, wild yam root, and calendula flowers that were soaking in the oil (The menopausal vaginal salve I made). Simply place the herb mash onto a piece of muslin material and fold it over so herbs do not fall out. Place onto the area of the body you want to do a medicinal poultice (this one would be good for inflamed vulva area) and cover with a warm towel. If you pre-warmed the area of the body being poulticed, this will also help with movement of the plants healing chemical constituents into the tissues. Warm skin and mucus membranes brings circulation to the area and increases absorption of herbal plant materials. Another easy way to make a poultice is to warm 2-4 tablespoons of oil, add the herb materials, and apply as stated above. Marshmallow, the plant in my yard herb walk, is a good herb to use to soothe inflamed skin. Perhaps make a poultice with aloe juice, raw honey, marshmallow, and plantain to soothe a sunburn or burn from fire or heat. Keep this in the refrigerator for extra cooling relief when applied to the skin.
Video #4 is on medicinal infusions made with hard plant parts (root, bark, and seeds), poultices, syrups, and something I call my Embellished Aloe. The syrup I made in the video is for coughs. I often also add organic lemon juice concentrate to the honey and slippery elm bark powder to make this cough syrup extra special. The PDF file will contain a recipe for a flu, cold, & plague vinegar tincture that can be made into syrup with a bit of raw, local honey.
Here's the slide show video on herbs for specific body systems: It is 1:24 minutes long. Do not panic. Take as long to watch as you need: in 10 minute intervals if need be, take notes, sink into the world of plants, watch as many times as you like and need as the video is yours for life.
This is a Great blog post on the common actions of herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs; a great place to buy herbal products when you cannot find them locally.
If you have questions, comments, etc. email me and I will post them below ASAP.
Thanks again for joining me in this class. Herbs and natural healing are a passion for me and I am grateful to share plant medicine fun with others.
Blessing of Plant Spirit Love, Paula
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Comments, Questions & Answers
1. Question & Comment
I received a quick question in regards to the coffee. Coffee, hot and creamy from lots of full fat milk, is quite a temptation for me. The caffeine... well, I do function better without it. I have found a 1/2 caffeine coffee called Sumatra Half Caf. It is a coffee bean that naturally has 1/2 the caffeine (no nasty decaf processing going on).
I also prefer to buy organic & shade grown coffee from fair trade companies.
- no toxic chemicals
- shade grown is better for the coffee plant (soil is more nutritious if the rain forest is not clear cut to grow coffee) and the farmers. More nutritious soil means more nutritious coffee beans because, yes, coffee beans do have nutritious anti-oxidants in them.
- fair trade means the farmers are given fair prices for their coffee, creating fair wages globally
As I always say: listen, read, learn new information and use it in your life how it works for you.
2. Q: Companies you recommend for body care products?
A: 4 companies that make natural body & hair care products: (making everything from scratch is ideal but hey, we all could use a break and help!)
- Wild Carrot Herbals
- My Body Utopia Located near me in Nicholville, NY I have used their toothpaste in the tub (which seconds quite nicely as an underarm deodorant, if you have sensitive skin be cautious with the peppermint toothpaste as my youngest son finds it too irritating to his skin. I do not.) Their roll up tube deodorants get a bit soft in the summer heat so I advice keeping them in the fridge OR asking the company to put it into a tub instead of a tube for you and putting on with your fingers.
- Morrocco Method Hair Care The 5 pack of shampoo lasted me 7-8 months. I used about a tbsp per shampoo and put it into a 3 oz. travel bottle with about 1/4 cup water before using to shampoo my scalp only. Short hair would use less. No conditioner is required although in winter I use a split pea sized amount of conditioner and comb through the ends of my hair (leave in).
- Aubrey Organics
Hello Friends in Herbs!
I received this email and wanted to share:
I’m a Master Preserver thru Cornell. One word of warning on using raw garlic in oils is that it can cause botulism. If you put raw garlic in olive oil it should be refrigerated, and used within a couple days. We saw a horror story of a whole family who died from this practice. Frankly, I just stay away from putting raw garlic in oil unless it’s going to be used within 24 hours. Better safe than dead!
This is truly life saving information as botulism does still exist in our modern day (and not just for zapping facial wrinkles). Sometimes I have panic attacks about my home canned tomatoes despite knowing I am safe. A phone call to Mom usually eases my stress level.
Making the cold flu remedy with apple cider vinegar provides a acidic environment that botulism cannot grow in.
I am attaching a pdf included with the above email.
I then wondered if ascorbic acid (vitamin C) would work as a preservative and found another Cornell Extension informative PDF: (short answer: NO, do not use vitamin C powder to try and acidify and preserve any food stuff.)
Always be safe when creating kitchen herbal magic, Paula