Program Recipes

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.

             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.

Making Teas
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
Linden flowers
elder flowers
rose hips
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.

Plantain tea
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.

Plantain Salve
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 moisturizer cream.

Medicinal Tea Mixture for Cold Prevention & Relief
1 1/2 ounces rose hips
3/4 ounce marshmallow root
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 leaves
3/4 ounce goldenrod leaves
3/4 ounce horsetail leaves

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 nervous system.

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