How to Heal Wounds; the Wise Farmgirl’s Pharmacy

Booboo is our oldest cat in the house right now.  He is in his second generation of kids.  He waits excitedly by the door if Maryjane arrives.  When Booboo was a kitten, our son Andrew trained him to run to his room if he played Bob Marley.  Booboo walked around sporting a tiny Jamaican hat with fake dreadlocks.  This kitty is beloved.  Apparently not so much to our young cat.

Chuck wants to be king, apparently.  Who can really understand cats?  I wonder why they are my favorite animals sometimes with all their ferocity and claws.  Or teeth, in this case.

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The night before last, we turned out the light and Booboo jumped on the bed and curled up between us as always.  We noticed a horrible smell and he was suckling madly in the dark.  We turned on the lights and noticed that he had two very defined bite marks on his hip.  Deep, about a quarter inch, and oozing with puss and infection.

These are the times I am grateful to be an herbalist.  Not much throws me.  I grabbed the wound healer, and using a dropper, applied it into the wounds.

Yesterday morning the puss was gone but the smell was there and I could see the muscle tissue in his leg.  (Chuck is grounded, by the way, and may very well become the shop cat at our new store!)  I went out to the garden and harvested calendula, yarrow, echinacea, and comfrey.  Calendula, echinacea, and yarrow are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and are natural blood cleansers and antibiotics.  Comfrey could honest to god heal the world.  It binds tissues and bones and heals quickly.  I placed these into a wide mouth pint jar with 3/4 teaspoon of sea salt and poured boiling water over the tea.  That sat and brewed for about an hour.  I left a little room to add cooler water to make it temperate.  Once it was cool, it was ready.

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Booboo was certainly a good sport and let me squeeze the fomentation into the wounds using a flat cotton pad.  I added the wound healer again.  The wound healer was used that morning as well.  A repeat application of tea and wound healer was given again last night.  This morning it looks clean and on the mend.  He will get the same treatment today and I have no doubt that by tomorrow morning he will be nearly healed.

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It is always wise to have herbs on hand to make fomentations (a tea you put on topically) or infusions (a tea you take internally for medicinal purposes), but a good wound healer can save the day.  We have used it when Doug cut his finger down to the bone with a hatchet.  We have used it for burns from the wood cook stove.  We have used it for every cut or wound.  It replaces stitches, kills infection, and helps the body heal itself quickly.  It also helps with pain.

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First start with a base.  This is an extract.  In a pint jar, fill 20% with herbs like the ones listed above and top with vodka.  Leave in the window for two weeks.  Pour some of the finished extract into a half-pint jar, about 1/4 full.  Fill the jar with filtered water.  This is your diluted base for wound healer.  (Believe me, you need to cut it.)  In a 4 ounce jelly jar, combine 1 part finished, diluted base and 1 part aloe vera gel.  (Please make sure it is actually aloe vera gel!  You’d be surprised what they put in cheap aloe vera.  You should opt for the bottle that is nearly 100% aloe vera gel with a small percentage of preservative.  Otherwise it will rot too quickly.)  I like to add about 10 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of lavender.

There you go!  You are ready to take on cat bites, sunburn, cuts, boils, and battle wounds from the garden or kitchen.  This is a great addition to your homestead pharmacy!

For more recipes and to build your own homestead pharmacy, click HERE to check out my book, “The Homesteader’s Pharmacy” on Amazon.

 

How to Kick a Virus in One Night (homemade antibiotic)

I felt it coming on.  The obvious swollen lymph node even though I felt fine.  My eyes started to get more tired.  My friend asked if I was okay.  I had rocked a sick toddler for two days before so I made a mental note to take some antibiotics when I got home.  Not pharmaceutical antibiotics, intense plant medicines.  This is the timeline of a common virus faced with its nemesis, the herbal antibiotic.  The herbal antibiotic is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-yeast, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-stay-in-bed-sick.

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I took two droppers of my antibiotic (1 teaspoon).  I use the alcohol based one because it goes straight to the blood stream.  A half hour later I did it again.  All through the night I would wake up feeling the illness coming on and would take two more droppers, letting them hover in the back of my throat until I swallowed.  None of this, “Take 5 drops of watered down tincture crap” as stated in some herbal books and bottles.  People, this is war.  Take your medicine!  The plants want to help you.  They won’t harm you.  The viruses get stronger and stronger each year.  Let’s outsmart them with what was intended to protect us.

So, here is the ugly part.  Come early morning you will run to the sink and start hocking up everything that was going to try and lodge in your lungs and become a wretched cough.  Continue taking the antibiotic mixed with an elderberry syrup or honey (click here for recipe) as needed.  If the cold has already taken hold before one can attack it, then take the antibiotic and elderberry concoction several times a day.  But, fighting early is always the best attack.

Tried and True Antibiotic

This concoction contains berberine which inhibits the growth of bacteria and effectively breaks down the protective wall of staph infections.  This extract is effective against common viruses as well as severe infections. 

1 Tablespoon of goldenseal

1/2 Tablespoon of Oregon grape root

1/2 Tablespoon of Barberry

1/2 Tablespoon of Echinacea

Combine in a pint sized canning jar and fill to 1/2 inch from lid with vodka, rum, or brandy. Let sit in sun for a week.  This will work at that point but it will be much stronger if you let it then sit in a cupboard for two weeks and place it in the full moon (frequency change).  A total of four weeks is good measure.  Pray over your medicine and have a happy heart and good intentions as you make it.  It does make a difference.

Take 2 droppers at a time.  They can be added to a small shot glass of orange juice for ease of taking.  This is safe for children.  One can add it to small glasses of juice to hide it.  Small children would take half the dose.

(You are also welcome to come to my store or order by phone if you wish someone else to make it! http://whitewolfherbs.com)

Making Extracts (cold medicine and vanilla)

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One for cooking, one for health:

For Health: Garlic and Herb with Echinacea Extract

Feel a cold coming on?  You will only have to start taking your new cold extract and you will feel better in no time!  The herbs in this mixture are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-biotic, and specific to the lymphatic system and to the upper respiratory system.  And most of the herbs are in your cupboard!

In a pint jar add 1 clove of garlic (whole is fine), 1 Tb of basil, 1/2 ts of rosemary, 1/4 t thyme, pinch of ginger.  If you grow purple coneflower, aka Echinacea, then place 1 Tb of crushed leaves or a big flower of it.  You can get it from the health food store or online if necessary.  Fill jar with vodka, rum, brandy, or apple cider vinegar if you are averse to alcohol (the alcohol works the fastest though).  Shake daily and keep in window for a week.  Place in cupboard.  After four weeks, strain.  It is ready after a week, however.  Just dip your teaspoon in there.  You can put your teaspoon of ‘maybe not the yummiest concoction you ever made’ into a tablespoon of orange juice to help it go down! This works as cold medicine as well.  Take 1 ts as needed.  You cannot overdose!

For Cooking: Vanilla Extract

This one is much tastier.  In fact I insist that you put a little in your batter and have a thimble yourself.  Delicious! (And helps libido if you wanted it for health reasons!)  When recipes call for a teaspoon of vanilla extract I always double it.  This stuff is too good not to use plenty.  When you get to the store, check out the ingredients of store-bought vanilla extract.  You are making the same thing only fresher and more fabulous and you will save so much money!

In a pint jar place one whole vanilla bean (health food stores, online).  Add 1/4 cup of brown sugar.  Fill with brandy.  Let sit for a week in the cupboard before using it.  Don’t strain it!  When it gets half way down, add another bean, a touch of brown sugar, and top with rum.

Try adding a splash of vanilla extract and orange juice while making scrambled eggs.  We call them “sweet eggs”.  They are very good!