Herbal Recipes, Highlights, and Warnings

So much has been written about the efficacy of herbs for health, beauty, nutrition, and so on, that I think herbs deserve a page here.  I’m going to experiment with various herbs and let you know the outcome.

Nettle and Oat Straw–The Magic Duo  (from http://www.earthmedicine.ca/index.html)

I’m presently drinking 3 cups a day of an infusion made with these two dried herbs.  The recipe is use about 6 tablespoons of each dried herb in a quart mason jar and pour almost boiling water over them.  Stir and close the lid.  Put a towel around the jar and leave for 24 hours.  So far, so good, right?  Too easy.  Then the next day strain the liquid through a fine strainer into a pan or something and push down on the herbs left behind to get every last drop of liquid out of them.  Pour the liquid back in the quart jar and stick it in the fridge.

Later:  gently heat up a mug full of the liquid and drink it.  It doesn’t taste too bad, but not too exciting either.  I guess you could add some fruit to it and whisk it, but I drink it straight.

Benefits: And after you read these, I defy you to come up with a condition that cannot be cured by these two herbs!!!  (Well, I’m sure you can if you tried hard, but the point is they are very good for you, so drink it up!)

Oatstraw (Avena sativa)

  • everyone’s favourite herb
  • very nutritive and an excellent source of calcium
  • strengthens bones, hair, nails, teeth
  • nourishes the nerves to relieve stress, emotional uproar, depression
  • provides a deep delicious sleep
  • reduces night sweats, hot flashes
  • nourishes the liver
  • strengthens the adrenals
  • provides energy
  • stabilizes blood sugar levels
  • reduces cholesterol and risk of heart disease
  • nourishes the musculo-skeletal system and makes treatments easier
  • and more

Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica)

  • valuable nourishing and tonic herb
  • lung ally for respiratory conditions: hay fever, asthma, allergies
  • nourishes and energizes endocrine glands
  • nourishes and strengthen nervous system
  • relieves stress
  • reduces fatigue
  • excellent kidney ally, eases cystitis, bloat, incontinence
  • eases and prevents sore joints: arthritis, rheumatism
  • rejuvenates cardio-vascular system: high blood pressure, hardened arteries, weakened veins
  • digestive restorative
  • stabilizes blood sugar
  • creates strong flexible bones
  • reduces hot flashes and night sweats
  • reduces flooding
  • provides iron to reduce anemia
  • re-hydrates dry vaginal tissues
  • and more  (More?  What more could you want?)

Mint Tea

Put some fresh dried mint (about a tablespoon) in a cup of nearly boiling water and let it steep for 5 minutes or so.  Does absolute wonders for an uncomfortable stomach.  If you use lemon balm mint, it also puts you to sleep.  An added bonus!

What is fresh dried mint?  Get fresh mint and dry it yourself in your oven.  spread the washed and patted dry mint leaves on a baking tray and leave in a 170 deg. oven for about 10 minutes, or until the leaves feel dry and a bit crumbly.  Then take them out immediately.  It doesn’t take long.  Keep checking them every few minutes after the initial 10 minutes are up.  I’m going to be testing oat straw tea next.  The grapevine says great things about it.


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