Stories on herbal care & health

Oct. 8, 2021
Today I'm making lobelia oil and lobelia tincture...
A favorite of Dr. Richard Schulze..
An herb to research and respect...
I've used it for asthma and angina...
I make no medical claims and am just sharing my personal experience...
I'm making the oil for chest congestion and joint pain...
My oil recipe today: Use dried ingredients:
4 parts lobelia herb,
I part cayenne powder,
1 tablespoon pepper flakes,
dried jalapenos (a few pieces),
2 dried orange slices,
grapeseed or other good oil,
1 tablespoon vodka and a pint jar...
Combine ingredients and stir in vodka to set for a day...
The next day pour in the oil and cap...
Let it sit for six weeks and strain...
I test it on a small area on my skin before using...
The tincture is made with lobelia and 100 proof vodka which also sits for 6 weeks before I strain and use...
This herb has been invaluable to me and my family in many instances...
I wish you well and again...I only share my personal experience with my lovely herbs and I am not advising...
Too much of this herb can make you vomit and it is a low dose at a time herb...
Sep. 19, 2021
Yes, you can do it too!
Goldenrod...a great herb for tea, salve, a bath soak, oil or tincture...
Pick your Goldenrod, hang it upside down to dry...
When it's dry, cut and clip it and then it's ready to do any of the above...
Store in your favorite jars or ziplock bags...
She has a wonderful spicy scent and it makes a great tea...
So many health benefits...
Ps...she is given a bad rap for being an allergen when it is usually ragweed that blooms at the same time...
Goldenrod actually helps most people with their allergy issues...
However...just remember, yes...
Yes, you can do it!
Aug. 15, 2021
Run run as fast as you can you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man...
I'm still working on my items for the stove top simmering potpourri...
This gingerbread man is made with powdered cinnamon, ginger and cloves with a bit of applesauce and a drop or two cinnamon oil...
I'm hoping that it will hold together and so far so good...
It smells like fall and apple butter...
I will try a pumpkin or apple mold on my next batch and I may also ad in some pumpkin pie spice...
Last year I rolled it into small balls...
Along with the dried apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves and whatever else I decide to put in it...
It makes the house smell like grandma's house when she's got a fresh pie in the oven...
It's a feel good smell...
I love to experiment...
I will be putting the simmering potpourri for sale in my booth at Centsible Treasures Again...
Aug. 4, 2021
A sweet treat and a message from the marvelous mint...
Everyone always seems to have mint in the garden and nowadays I see it in the produce section...
I've taken fresh mint and flowers and used my mortar and pestle to grind the flavor in the sugar...
I will put it in the jar and it's ready to go...
Although you can also layer the sugar and leaves in a jar and shake it daily for a few weeks to let the sugar infuse....
After 2 weeks pull out the leaves and enjoy...
It's a lovely treat for tea, drink rims, sprinkled on cupcake frostings and more...
A spoonful in water is refreshing and good for a tummy ache...
I've also pictured the bent mint and shared a message about myself not being perfect and being
okay with that...
Jul. 22, 2021
The Rose of sharon tree is said to lower blood pressure.
The plant contains vitamin C, and anthocyanins which are antioxidants...
The flowers are edible and used in salads and smoothies...
She's from the mallow family...
The leaves are an expectorant and a diuretic...
Like mallow the Rose of Sharon is mucilaginous...
It's good for the skin and it is a benefit to your intestinal health...
She soothes...
There are many other benefits...
You can make a tea from the leaves and flowers...
One to 2 tablespoons of the herb unto your liking...
Rose of Sharon blooming now in NW Ohio...