I often tell my students that the most frustrating, the most difficult part of being an herbalist is not being asked for help. I see on Facebook cousins who are always sick, cousins going in for surgery, people in pain, friends under some constant barrage of bacterial infection. With bottles of incredibly effective medicines at the ready, I wait. And wait. People just don’t know how amazing real plant medicine made by real herbalists can be. I may not be able to help everyone but I can teach you how to help yourself. What if I told you that this winter you would be blissfully cold and flu free? Bacterial infections cannot stand up against this antibiotic either so it is a really great medicine to keep in your cupboard!
There are lots of places you can purchase the herbs. I highly recommend that you plant what you can. We would be wise to be more sustainable as herbalists. Until then you can purchase dried, ready to go herbs from reputable companies such as Mountain Rose Herbs, Starwest Botanicals, Penn Herb Company, Frontier Herbs and many others online.
In a canning jar combine 3 Tablespoons of Oregon Grape Root, 2 Tablespoons of Echinacea, 1 clove of garlic (just one, trust me), 2 Tablespoons of Mint, 1 Tablespoon of Juniper Berries, 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1 teaspoon of turmeric. Everything but the garlic is dried in this recipe. Fill 3/4 full with vodka. Add a few dried apples or plums for flavor and more cold fighting antioxidants then fill rest of jar with honey. Place in sunny spot for a month. Shake the jar when you notice it. Do not strain.
Take 1 teaspoon if you feel like you are getting sick. Take 1-2 teaspoons 4x a day for a full blown infection or illness. Halve the dosage for children. Omit the juniper berries if you are in the early part of your pregnancy. This concoction’s shelf life is forever.
Now that we know we won’t be wasting any time getting sick this season, we can start planning things we want to do, like weaving and cheese making and candle making, and soap making, and…
(If you don’t make your own you can always order some of our incredibly effective White Wolf Medicine Antibiotic at http://whitewolfherbs.com. Thanks for supporting your working herbalists!)