- children under 16 who have the flu or chickenpox symptoms (because of the rare but serious Reye’s syndrome)
- people with asthma (may stimulate bronchial spasms)
- people who are allergic to aspirin
- As with many herbs Meadowsweet should be avoided when pregnant or breastfeeding.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/8 cup baking soda
2 Tbls. cornstarch
- 1/2 cup basic starter
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/4 cup lavender
Friday, February 20, 2015
To prevent or ease the winter blues, take 1/2 -1 tsp. three times daily.
2 parts hawthorn berry, plus flower and leaf if available
2 parts lemon balm
1 part St. John's wort
1 part milky green oat tops
Place the herbs in a lidded jar and pour in enough vodka/brandy to cover. Steep the herbs for several weeks in the vodka/brandy and strain prior to use. If you are in a hurry to use this, give it a week to steep and strain out only what you need for a couple days at a time.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
honey, to taste
Warm your teapot and rinse clean. Add the lungwort leaves to the pot and pour over the 300ml boiling water. Cover and set aside to infuse for 10 minutes. Strain into a cup or mug, sweeten to taste with honey and serve. Herbalists recommend that this is taken three times a day. Whether or not the tea has any medicinal benefits, the mucilage from the lungwort leaves combined with the honey will help relieve a sore throat.
1 part Anise seed
Steep 2 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add this tea to 1-1/2 cups althea tea which has been prepared by soaking 1 tbsp. althea root, leaves and/or flowers in 1/2 cup cold water for 8 hours. Take the mixture with honey, in mouthful doses.
This is an old recipe and I would consult a doctor or herb practitioner before making this to self-treat. See my post earlier this month on Coltsfoot.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
- Chopped nuts
- Sesame seeds
- Crumbled cooked bacon mixed with paprika
- Chopped fresh herbs
- Dried crumbled herbs (or Herb Mix, like Herbal Spread by the Backyard Patch)
- Chopped dried raisins or cranberries (very Valentine's Day festive!)
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Green Goddess Dressing
1/2 cup butter milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tbls. lemon juice
1 anchovy filet (for authentic flavor)
2 Tbls. BYP Green Chervil dressing mix
1 fresh garlic clove, minced (optional)
Blend together in a jar or cruet and shake well. Serve over greens.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
½ cup dried lemon balm
½ cup dried chamomile flowers
½ cup dried rose petals
Mix all ingredients together and package into small muslin sacks (3” x 3”). Add about ½ cup to each bag. Tie a ribbon around a stack of four to give with the following directions.
Bring about 2 quarts of water to a boil in a saucepan and add the pouch of herb tea. Let steep for 30 minutes. Draw a nice warm bath. Just before stepping in, pour in bath “tea” along with the pouch of herbs. Relax as long as you want in this wonderful bath. Rub the pouch of herbs on your skin for added pleasure.