wishwandersong-deactivated20110 asked: I've just developed an interest in medicinal herbs after picking up one of my mum's books on the topic, and I am so glad that I found your blog! It's absolutely lovely. I look forward to more posts, and to testing out herbal remedies<3
The day I first realized my affinity towards herbs was the day i took charge of my own health and well-being. I must warn you though; Once you start down this path, you may never return…
I thought because my last post dealt with the bitter herb Oregon Grape, that I would share my recipe for a Bitters Infusion. Bitter herbs are really awesome! I use them for acute and cronic stomach pains, jet-lag, hangovers, headaches, loss of appitite, stimulating digestion, or a general liver tonic. I also find a few drops in a vodka soda to be just perfect!
For this infusion I use a 100 proof vodka. You aren’t making a cocktail so you don’t need anything fancy, but you are making medicine to heal and strengthen your body so I would avoid the charcoal distilled crap.
As for the herbs, I mix a combination of Gentian Root, Dandelion Root, Orange Peel, Ginger Root and Peppermint. I like using these bitter herbs because they are potent while still maintaining a sweet essence. Combine equal parts of the plant matter in a jar, filling it to just over half full.
Cover herbs in vodka, filling your jar to the top. Close the jar tightly and store in a cool dark place for 2-6 weeks. Shake the jar well at least every other day. When you are ready to decant your infusion, open the jar, strain out the marc (used plant matter) and throw it in the compost. Be sure the label the jar clearly and restore the infusion to its dark place.
Viola! Yummy Bitters for your every need!
Yesterday I attended my first herb walk of 2011 guided by local herbalist William Broen. On this late January hike we aquainted ourselves with the local flora of O’Melvney Park just outside of Granada Hills, CA.
The day was clear and bright, aided by the moderate winds and thus a completely clear sky. Over our three hour stroll, we came across more than a dozen medicinal plants and herbs growing right here in our back yard! Though we would never think of harvesting plants from any location other than our own home gardens, we did have a delicious time trying, masticating, chewing, spitting and swallowing tiny bits of the lovely treats we observed along our path. Please remember to always be 400 percent sure of what a plant is and its properties before ever consuming any part of it. I must confess that I would most likely never try anything on a hike unless with William or another experiences herbalist.
Over the next couple weeks I will be posting pictures of the medicinal herbs and plants that we found on our hike along with a brief description of their properties and uses. What a wonder it is to find all the things our bodies need and crave right outside our doorstep!
Today I started this blog
It took all I had to write something about myself and you should check it out under the ABOUT link
However the blog looked so sad without any posts so I wrote this
We’ll get into the herbal fun soon
Today we bask in the smaller triumphs