This year I was able to harvest over thirty different medicinal herbs from my gardens. There are three of them right now that would serve you well for the winter if you can find them, and if not, plant some next year!
The first one is Burdock. There are three kinds of docks; yellow dock that grows in the marshes and on the sides of roads. Curly dock is the same, it loves willow trees. I have some popping up in my yard unexpectedly. Then there is burdock. They will all work the same. Burdock has those annoying round burrs. I harvested mine before their growth. I planted seeds in the spring and had a beautiful crop. The roots won’t let you pull them completely which assures that you will have some more next year. Perennials are a beautiful thing and this perennial could save your life.
Docks have pretty amazing blood cleansing abilities. They are used to detoxify the body and to kill cancer. Their long tap roots are eaten in many cultures. Just chop them up like carrots or parsnips. They are also available in the health food store at times in the produce section.
The leaves of the burdock are green which tells us that it is specific to organs as well. They are very nutritious and will make a lovely tea to help cleanse the liver, gallbladder, and kidneys as well as the entire lymphatic system. I dried mine in a large box because they were so huge.
You can add both leaves and roots to a canning jar with rum, vodka, brandy, etc. and let brew for four weeks but don’t strain it as you want it as strong as possible. Put one teaspoon in a shot glass of orange juice to take in the mornings as an immunity booster and preventative. Enjoy the tea with other green herbs like mint and lemon verbena.
Rose Hips contain the highest amount of Vitamin C of any fruit and are specific to Arthritis and as an anti-inflammatory. They contain anthocyanins for heart health and the prevention of cancers. We harvested a lot of roses off of nearly-hundred-year old bushes during the year. I always leave some of the roses. One, they look beautiful, and two, they will produce hips which contain their seeds and are a delicious fruit. These can be dried in paper bags and used in extracts or teas. Or for fun they make a lovely jelly or liqueur. They take down swelling quickly and taste delicious.
The third medicinal plant is the humble onion. The onion contains over 150 phytochemicals, quercetin (anti-inflammatory and pain reliever), and saponin (soap to help clean the organs and blood) and is anti-viral, anti-biotic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-yeast, and kills the flu quick. Forget chicken soup, if the household is coming down with colds or flu make French onion soup with lots of onions and garlic!
These three autumn plants will keep you healthy, strong, and feeling your best to take on the winter days ahead.
If you prefer to use plant medicines already made you can do so by ordering from my website http://whitewolfherbs.com. My daughter and I handcraft powerful medicines that we know will work! You can find the burdock in our Detox and rose hips in our Arthritis. Thanks for supporting traditional herbalists!