Grow your own medicine
Many of the common herbs you grow to add to your cooking can also be prepared and used as your medicine. They can be used to relieve many acute symptoms and consumed regularly as part of your daily preventative medicine practices.
The simplest way to use the herbs in your garden is to brew them as a tea – these are called Infusions or Tisanes. Boiling water is an extremely effective way of extracting the healing properties from most herbs. These do not have a shelf life and therefore need to be made fresh each day.
Infusions suit herbs where it is the leaves, flowers, stems, some crushed seeds and powdered roots that are being used.
To make an infusion
Use 1 teaspoon of dried or 2-3 teaspoons of fresh herbs, roughly cut or crushed. Place in a teapot or cup.
Add 1 cup of boiling water and immediately cover with a lid or saucer. Often the volatile oils in the plant are an important healing component and these will escape if the infusion is not covered.
Leave to steep for 5 minutes, strain and drink warm or cold. A little honey can be added to sweeten if desired.
I will write regularly in my blog about which herbs you can use to help certain ailments.
Please click here to find out how you can book me for a Herbal Medicine talk.