It seems that right now at the change of the season many people are feeling under the weather. What I am giving my own family pretty regularly is a mix of anti- bacterial, immune boosting herbs. I am mixing Usnea, Echinacea, Grindelia (my children tend to have coughs) and Elder Flower all tinctures mixed with Choke Cherry and Elderberry Syrups. Mixing the tinctures make the medicine more palatable for my little ones but still just as effective for that extra boost they need right now. When it comes to medicines this is my way, I would rather one take a medicine with good feelings and a happy spirit than dread the time to take another dose. I want everyone to cheer when its medicine time and elderberry and choke cherry syrups can help you do just that.
Love these cherries for cough syrup and to mix with Elder berries.
I have seen the magic of choke cherries work on many occasions. It is revitalizating to a weakened condition and boosts the immune system.
Elderberries contain large amounts of vitamin C, potassium, and beta-carotene, as well as calcium and phosphorous .Elder flowers and berries are indicated to use to help heal the common cold and flu. Take as a tea to help all upper respiratory track catarrhal inflammation such as hayfever and sinusitis. The berries are diaphoretic, diuretic, and laxative. The flowers are diaphoretic, anti-catarrhal, anti-spasmodic.
Deep at the center of my being there is an infinite well of love. I now allow this love to flow to the surface. It fills my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being, and radiates out from me in all directions and returns to me multiplied. The more love I use and give the more I have to give, the supply is endless. The use of love makes Me Feel Good, it is an expression of my inner joy. I love myself therefore I take loving car of my body. I lovingly feed it nourishing foods and beverages. I lovingly groom it and dress it, and my body lovingly responds to me with vibrant health and energy. I love myself therefore I provide for myself a comfortable home, one that fills all my needs and is a pleasure to be in. I fill the rooms with the vibration of love so that all who enter, my self included, will fee this love and be nourished by it. I love myself therefore, I work at a job that I truly enjoy doing, one that uses my creative talents and abilities, working with and for people that I love and that love me, and earning a good income. I love myself therefore, I behave and think in a loving way to all people for I know that that which I give out returns to me multiplied. I love myself therefore, I forgive and totally release the past and all past experienes and I am free. I love myself therefore, I love totally in the now, experiencing each moment as good and knowing that my future is bright, and joyous, and secure for I am a beloved child of the universe and the universe lovingly takes care of me now and forever more. And so it is.
From "Heal Your Body"- by Louise L Hay
Laura Clemmons CH
There are a few different methods to making an infused oil for your salves, massage oils, lip balms, lotions, creams, etc...
The Folk Method (fresh herb)
The Digestion Method
Calendula Calendula officinalis skin healing helps hold the integrity of the skin cell as it grows back promotes wound healing
Comfrey Symphytum officinale rich in allantoin and mucilage, facilitates and activates the healing of damaged tissue. *Be careful that the affected area does not have an infection because comfrey works so fast that it could trap the infection under the skin creating a problem. Use in salves and ointments.
Dandelion Flowers Taraxacum officinale used topically for breast congestion and lumps.
Plantain Plantago lanceolata used topically as a breast cancer preventative, for staph infection, dandruff, hemorrhoids, insect bites and stings, sunburn
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis antiviral, antibacterial, used topically for herpes virus, and cold sores
Poke Root Phytolacca americana very strong lymphatic mostly used topically for breast lumps and all swollen glands
Roses Red Rosa spp (romantic and passionate love) and Pink (self love, self acceptance) : astringent and tones tissue encourages healing
St. Joan’s Wort Hypericum perforatum anti viral, anti bacterial and used for sunburns, burns, bruises, neuralgia, wounds, and trauma to the skin. It is an astringent for tissue topically and promotes healing helping with dried cracked bleeding lips or skin.
Yarrow Achillea millefolium astringent used for bleeding, dry skin, cuts and wounds.
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Hoffmann, David. The Herbal Handbook A user’s Guide to Medical Herbalism. Healing Arts Press Rochester, Vermont: 1988 pp.211
Gladstar, Rosemary. Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. Storey Publishing North Adams, MA: 1989 pp.325-372.
Green, James. The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook. The Crossing Press Berkeley, Claifornia: 2000 pp.194-199