Herbs: Natural healings Holy grail


Herbs: Natural healings Holy grail

You need not stray too far down a google search to unlock the wonderfully enticing world of herbs and their medicinal uses.  Bumps, bruises, fevers and other illnesses, there isn’t much that can’t be healed with magic herbal remedies derived from the age-old wisdom of our grandmothers, and instead of a stroll down an online path rather a meander around our own garden might produce some heroic herbal solutions for almost every ailment.





AUTUMN WELLNESS TEA RECIPE

First up, is the incredible healing properties of natural teas, who doesn’t love a warm brew first thing in the morning.  Try this wellness tea recipe which is a tasty way to provide deep nourishment, soothe your nervous system and broadly support your immune system. For best results, enjoy regularly.



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What you’ll need…

  • 15 grams dried Huang Qi available from Clicks
  • 10 grams dried Avena sativa also available from Clicks
  • 10 grams dried de-seeded rose hips
  • 10 grams dried roasted dandelion root
  • 1 cinnamon stick broken into pieces
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup apple juice

Directions:

  • Place the herbs and water into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, covered. Turn off the heat and add the apple juice. Let stand for 5 minutes. Strain. Drink warm or cold as desired. Drink within 48 hours. Yield: 4 cups






GOLDEN TURMERIC PASTE

The benefits of glorious turmeric are endless, said to assist with all sorts of ailments including healing ulcers, arthritis, alzheimer's, eczema and even diabetes. Try this yummy paste recipe that can be enjoyed on everything from a warm slice of toast, as a dip or add it to a crunchy health cracker.



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What you’ll need…

  • 200 ml sesame tahini  
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame oil (or other)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  •  1/2 cup turmeric powder

Directions:

  • Simply mix all the ingredients together and enjoy!






MIRACULOUS ECHINACEA



There is nothing worse than a sore throat that creeps up on you at night and keeps you from a restful nights sleep, try this amazing throat spray recipe that you can’t overdose on which should ease the pain and get rid of any miserable germs lurking behind your tonsils!



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What you’ll need…

  • 1/3 cup finely cut and dried cultivated Echinacea angustifolia roots
  • 1/4 cup dried elderberries
  • 2 firmly packed tablespoons dried sage leaves
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 2 teaspoons dried licorice root
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • About 1 2/3 cups brandy OR 1 cup vegetable glycerine
  • 2/3 cup water

Directions:

  • Place all the herbs and honey into a pint size jar. If using alcohol, add it to the jar, leaving about a 1/4 inch headspace. If using glycerine and water, then first mix together the glycerin and water before pouring into the jar. Stir well. Reserve any leftover liquid (alcohol or glycerine/water). Cover the jar tightly with a lid and label. For the next week, shake the mixture every day. If necessary, as the dried herbs soak up the liquid, add more of either the alcohol or the glycerine/water mixture. Let it steep for a total of 4 weeks. Strain using a fine mesh strainer and cheesecloth. Squeeze or press the herbs well to release as much liquid as possible. Pour the liquid into containers and attach spray toppers. Label. To use: spray directly to your throat as needed to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Yield: About 1 1/4 cup






ELECTROLYTE ENERGY INFUSED DRINK

Do you feel like the walking dead? Tired all the time? Why not make your own electrolyte energy infused drink? They’re delicious, satisfying, good for you, and will give you the wonderful long-lasting energy you’re after!



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Ingredients: Lemons, limes, oranges, salt, honey, water, coconut water, sugar, strawberries.

Bright ‘n Early Recipe
You will need…
-1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
-1 ½ to 2 cups of fresh water
-1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
-2 tablespoons natural sugar or honey, to taste

Directions
Same as above. You can halve or double the recipe as you need, and feel free to experiment with flavours. Keep in mind citrus fruits, especially oranges, are a good source of electrolytes.



You might be wondering if you can ever combine herbs in an unsafe way or by combining two or more herbs it could end up with a toxic result! The answer is a definite no. As long as the herbs you are using are generally regarded as harmless and are given in limited doses, then the end result will be harmless.  The great thing about herbs is not only are these recipes doable and quick to make, growing your own herbs is also a wonderful creative outlet and so easy to get right!  There is a growing awareness of the importance of returning to the use of whole foods and healthy herbs into our modern lives. Try it, it will certainly lower your pharmacy bills and should keep your family healthy and happy during the colder months ahead of us!


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