I'm Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh growing herbs is a passion I've had for more than 20 years now. The Backyard Patch is my own herb business started in 1995. I specialize in fresh, amazing, organic blended herbs. Those for cooking, tea and bath -- and they are all home-grown and hand-blended. In the last 20 years I have gained a knowledge of herbs and their flavors that I share here.
This page will feature recipes and "extra" recipes from recent programs I have presented through the Backyard Patch. My most recent programs will be at the top, but do not be afraid to scroll down for other programs and different recipes. For information on programs available, check out My Program Listing.
DIY Natural Gifts and Edible Gifts week of Nov 5, 2018
If you want a chart to list your Sweet, Savory and Pungent check out this
If you want details on Sweet, Savory and Pungent herbs, see this blog post.
PROGRAM - NATIVE AMERICAN HEALING HERBS -
3/11/2018 - Dist 128
Disclaimer: These statements have
not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and we make no medical
claims, nor intend to diagnose, treat, or heal medical conditions. Women who
are pregnant or nursing, or persons with known medical conditions should
consult their physician before taking any herbal products.
When brewing a tea (tisane) you need to realize
that unlike black tea a brewing time of 2 minutes is not long enough. If you use a root, like Echinacea, you
may need to steep as long as 15 minutes to extract the medicinal properties and
flavors. Generally 5 to 7 minutes is needed but up to 10 may be required.
Different palates also demand different strengths so when trying a new herb,
sample it after just a few minutes of steeping. It can always be diluted if it
gets too strong. The standard formula is one teaspoon of herbs for each eight
ounces of water.
Soothing Throat herbal tea
marsh mallow flowers
Combine herbs in equal amounts in an
airtight container. Use 1 to 2 tsp. per cup pf hot water and steep
for 7 to 10 minutes. This blend is perfect for sore throats and as a
boost in immunity.
2 cups water
2 Tbls. fresh cut up plantain leaves
Bring water to a boil and then add
cut-up, fresh plantain leaves. Cover and steep for five minutes. Sweeten with
honey if needed. Sip tea throughout the day to fight congestion and other
symptoms of cold and flu.
If you would like to use plantain
year-round, your best bet is to make a salve.
1 lb. plantain leaves, fresh, cut up
1 cup olive oil or coconut oil
Place one pound of fresh cut-up
plantain leaves in a large non-metallic pan. Add olive oil or raw coconut oil.
Put the lid on the pot and cook on low until all the leaves are soft and mushy
and the oil looks green.
Then strain the leaves out of the
mixture while the oil is still warm.The
salve will form as the oil cools.Store
the store it in an airtight container. Add a drop or two of essential oil after
the mixture has cooled, if you wish to have some scent. You can use the salve
on bug bites, skin conditions, burns and wounds. You also can use it as a
Medicinal Tea Mixture
for Cold Prevention & Relief
1 1/2 ounces rose hips
3/4 ounce marshmallow
3/4 ounce mullein
flowers and leaves
This tea stimulates
the immune system, loosens bronchial mucus and makes coughs more productive.
For a cup of tea, use 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of the tea blend.
Medicinal Tea to
Relieve Gout & Kidney Gravel
1 1/2 ounces rose hips
3/4 ounce nettle
3/4 ounce goldenrod
3/4 ounce horsetail
This tea flushes
gravel from the kidneys, combats chronic urinary-tract infections and helps
eliminate uric acid assisting gout patients. For each cup of tea use 1 cup of
boiling water and 2 teaspoons of the tea mixture. Strain and enjoy!
Herbs with healing properties for the bath:
To craft an herbal bath, use 3 to 4 ounces of herbs per
tub. Use the herbs to make an extra strong herbal tea; strain and add the
tea to the bathwater. Or you can bundle the mixed herbs in a swatch of
cotton fabric and tie it directly onto the nozzle of the tub. Run hot
water through the herbal bundle until the tub is
half-filled, then toss the bundle in the tub and adjust the temperature with
cold water. Soak in the bath for 20 to 30 minutes to enjoy the full
benefits of the herbs.
Native American herbs for the Bath:
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)- a building immune system
herb especially through the rebuilding of bone marrow. It has been used
for preventing and treating long-term infections including colds and flu.
Because it helps regulate metabolism and circulation it is good with dietary
sugars and may be used by some to treat diabetes.
Black cohosh - has many estrogen-like qualities and is used often
by menopausal women. It is especially good at relieving the stress and
nervous tension that often accompanies the menstrual cycle. Black Cohosh
should not be used during pregnancy.
Burdock - is used often in tea and tinctures. In
the bath it is great for itchy, irritated skin.
Dandelion – this herb is bitter and not always the best tasting,
however it has restorative and rejuvenating properties that you can use in the
bath and avoid the bitter taste.
Mullein – known for its ability to speed healing and ease pain
from bruising this can be useful in a bath blend.
Rose petals - are soothing both for the skin and for the