JennyC wrote:Very simple things here -- mint tea for an upset stomach, rosewater which I distill from wild roses for a facial cleanser (more a cosmetic than a medicine). I do plan to dye some of the *ahem* distinguished streaks in my hair once the black walnuts are ripe (yes, I know I'll probably dye my skin, too, but I want to try).
A friend of mine is a bona fide herbalist in this area, so I buy some of her products.
Oooh, I bet the rosewater cleanser is lovely. How do you distill the petals?
I have made rosemary and sage hair rinse. Not exactly a dye but adds a lovely lustre to dark hair. The recipe I have came from a gypsy by all accounts.
I have also used chamomile and lemon for my hair which smells delicious and lightens. Let me know how you get on with the walnut when you try it and if it does cover the distinguished
Epazote reduces flatulence - I'm growing and using that.
Not a herb I am familiar with cheshire. I don't think we have it here or at least I have never come across it.
I have made elderflower juice, not for any medicinal purposes, just because it tastes lovely, but I have not tried elderberry tonic. Sounds like marvellous stuff and a good idea to freeze it. If I have time I might try that.
Is the clary sage a recent purchase? I have this and it selfseeds so readily you should not have a problem in future years with quantity. How do you make the eyedrops? Would they be useful for hayfever sufferers?
The herbs I'm most interested in are those that are for overall well being.
I tend to graze for this. Whenever I am walking around weeding, deadheading etc. I pick whatever is near to me and eat it. I try to work near things I like the taste of!
The one thing I use more than anything else out of my herb garden is the lavender. I have just harvested from one plant yesterday. I am now tying some of it into bunches to dry. These will mainly be used for bath salts. Fresh will be used for making oil which is a wonderful antiseptic and I also rub it on to anything that aches or sprains. Brilliant for my boys who always seem to be complaining of this or that hurting from all the sports they do.
For headaches I use equal parts dried lavender and cloves in a muslin bag. Inhale the fragrance when you feel a headache coming on.
I make slightly larger bags as sleep inducers, usually as Christmas presents, adding any other dried herb that helps relaxation...lemon balm, rosemary etc.
Used as a tea lavender is helpful for depression (great to sip on in the winter if you suffer from SADS) tension headaches and indigestion. Basically if you feel out of sorts drink lavender tea.
It is one of the herbs that has been extensively tested and has some amazing properties...
[In studies, lavender oil inhibits and destroys the growth of numerous harmful disease-causing bacteria, including typhoid, pneumonia, T.B. and diptheria. It is also used successfully in dentistry and veterinary medicine. French scientist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse is credited with discovering lavender's amazing healing properties on burns when he was severely burnt during a laboratory accident. He went on to treat serious burns and war injuries while he was a surgeon in the French armyThis powerful oil is a strong antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic agent, an important ally against infectious diseases. Lavender stimulates the formation of white blood cells which strengthens the body's defenses. Preventative as well as an effective remedy for most respiratory complaints, it also eases aches and pains, rheumatism, muscle spasms, nausea, cystitis, migraines and stress headaches. You may find lavender helpful if you have high blood pressure or a nervous heart disorder, or if you are prone to fainting.
This oil promotes growth of new cells, thus encouraging the development of new skin tissue, and balances sebum, so every skin can benefit from a rejuvenating treatment with lavender oil. It is particularly useful for a variety of skin irritations and disorders, including dryness, acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, bruises, dandruff, athletes foot, wounds and abscesses. Especially healing, cleansing and soothing for burns, including sunburn, it can also ease the pain of insect and snake bites. You may find it helpful to add lavender to your hair products if you are experiencing alopecia or hair loss, expressly if it is of a nervous origin.]