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The Herbal Medic Medicine Bundle

I always have my medicine bag, not just the spiritual one but my bundle of medicines.  I do tend to notice that when approached by a child that has fallen and scraped his arm up or my daughter with her eye cut open after an accident that my bag is magically missing bandages, salve, and who knows what else I gave away or didn’t put back!  I am going to give you a few ideas of things to put in a medicine bundle (old purse, gardening bag, box) to keep in the car and in the house.

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  • We are not always in a position to run off and get stitches.  This powder is poured into the open wound.  It will kill bacteria and infection and as the tissues heal the powder is pushed up into the scab.

In a coffee grinder combine 1 part either Chaparral, Goldenseal, or Oregon Grape and 1 part Yarrow, Plantain, or Calendula.  The first are your strong wound healer/anti-bacterial, the second are tissue healers and anti-viral.  Place in a ziplock bag or small container.

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  • Next we need a wound healer.  This is used to heal burns overnight, to place on scrapes and wounds and any manner of irritation.

You have the witch hazel I taught you to make the other day brewing, right?  Now when that is finished pour it into a container, half witch hazel extract, half aloe vera gel.  You can optionally add a few drops of tea tree and lavender essential oils to help boost the healing.

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  • Let’s make a quick liniment for sprains.

Either prepare a full extract of plants with volatile oils such as pine, mints, eucalyptus, et cetera, or “cheat” by placing ten drops of pine and ten of peppermint esssential oil in 1 ounce of vodka.  Place that on sprains or strains to help heal quickly and get rid of pain.  Apply with a cotton pad or fabric.

  • Bandages, gauze, tape, cotton pads need to be in place.

You can add in herbal pain relievers, bone healers, digestive helper, cold or allergy medicine, stress relievers, and cough drops.  You will be ready whenever someone needs something!  (If you come in my shop and build a medicine kit, I will give you 10% off the whole purchase.)

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Here is a Holiday present for all of you!  Order my book, “Homesteader’s Pharmacy; the Recipes of The Garden Fairy Apothecary” today or tomorrow and I will send you some free herbs to make your first medicine.  My book is filled with every recipe I had for my old company.  Tried and true medicines for any ailment.  I will get it to you before Christmas!  It is only $20 with $6 shipping and handling in the US.  Call 303-617-3370, come into the shop, or pay via Paypal to Katie@gardenfairyherbal.com

Plant medicine is still the strongest.

 

 

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When the World Stops (and next week’s Herbal Medic Kit lesson)

 

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My beautiful daughter, Shyanne, was in a bad car accident last night.  As I raced down the highway to Colorado Springs, in what felt like slow motion, I realized that though where we want to live, what we do, and how big our gardens are important, well, no, no, they really aren’t.  What is important is that my little girl who has been connected to my hip since birth and my spirit since long before be okay.  That my children are well.  That my husband is well.  That my family and dear ones are okay.

As she made her way through a green light during traffic, a young man did a U-turn in front of her and she collided quickly and harshly into their side door.  Her face slammed into the steering wheel.  Her Jeep totaled, the passenger of the other car taken quickly to the hospital, the driver was left with a bleeding knee and panic.  Shyanne, in her own shock, ran around trying to help before folks started to calm her and took the phone from her to speak to me.  Her eyelid bled and bulged and swelled shut.  Her body still in rigid shock.

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Four hours later the hospital staff stated the obvious, found as many people to charge as possible, and sent us on our way.  By then Shyanne’s tears fell through her swollen face as the gravity of the situation took toll.  How would she get to work?  How would she get anywhere?  Her pain starting to waft in.

Emily stayed with her last night.  I will take my medicines and food to her today.  I wish we all lived closer.  But I am thankful because I know that the result of that accident could have been so much worse.  So. Much. Worse.  And so this holiday season, and beyond, I will remember what is really important and be grateful each day.  Oh Gi Daw Da, Wado, for my family.

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Next week I will show you how to prepare an herbal medic kit.  We need to be ready when needed.