Here’s something that you might not know about Barry and me….we don’t like taking medicine. In fact, it’s so bad that when we’re sick, we usually just go without anything in order to avoid taking medicines. For some reason, pharmaceuticals give me the freak out. Yes, I know they have their place and they do marvelous work! But, I have issues with plugging my body full of them any time I get a sniffle. Annie is 2 ½ years old and she’s never had an antibiotic. I know that’s because of the grace of God.
Do I have problems with people that use antibiotics? Nope. We just try to avoid them if at all possible – I know they have their place, and I’m thankful to know they’re around if/when I need them. That paragraph might be one of the most controversial things you ever hear me say….except for my stance on tithe. Ha!
Recently I’ve become very interested in herbs and their medicinal properties. I’ve been trying to learn new things about them here and there – and I have a wonderful tutor, the fabulous Carrie who also taught me to make Kefir Cottage Cheese. I purchased Herbal Remedies for Dummies with Swagbucks to start teaching myself (Thanks Carrie!) and it’s a great starter book. The world of herbs and essential herbs is so overwhelming!!! Really.
And something you might not know about me either….I freak out. I really freak out. If Annie or Barry gets sick, I freak out first and think later. Do you know that when you’re in freaking-out mode, you can forget what you would normally know? So, to help myself out, I created my own Herbal Remedies book to keep at home.
I took a three ring binder and got some page protectors to get started (I’m a nerd and I like page protectors). Some of my favorite blogs post herbal remedies and such all the time! Since I love all things in print form, I printed out the materials to keep instead of just reading them online. Did you know if you NEED to get to something online, the power will go out or your internet won’t be working? Murphy’s Law. Barry, using his awesome Photoshop skills, created a cover page for me and it says “Herbal Remedies: Recipes for Sickness and Health.”
Here is my disclaimer: you have to be careful with herbs, just like you have to be careful with medicines…..but, there is less worry with overdosing. Some herbs can’t be used with certain medicines….some herbs cannot be taken during pregnancy…some herbs are not for children under certain ages. So, proceed with caution – that’s why it’s good to get a book if you’re first starting out, so you make sure not to make a major boo-boo.
Another disclaimer: herbs are expensive. I’ve been slowly growing my collection, month by month as I had extra money in the budget. Then last month, we budgeted in $100 specifically so I could finish out the things I really wanted – some essential oils and teas that I bought from Vitacost. So, don’t go out and buy a ton of herbs all at once, unless you like emptying out your bank account. Start slowly – buy a few things here and there. Your supply will slowly be filled.
So, now I’m going to tell you what is currently in my binder and where the “recipes” are located. Is my collection complete? Nope. As I find new concoctions, I add them to the book. It will always be a work in progress.
Homemade Herbal Vapor Rub (Vicks) from Keeper of the Home
Keeping Healthy During Cold and Flu Season from The Marathon Mom
Flu Fighting Kit from Authentic Simplicity
Healing Ear Infections Holistically from The Humbled Homemaker
Thieves Oil from Heartland Renaissance
Herbal Cold and Cough Syrup from Frugally Sustainable
Elderberry Syrup from Frugally Sustainable
Homemade Vapo Rub from Modern Alternative Mama
Sore Throat Spray from Jo’s Health Corner
Horehound Lozenges from Frugally Sustainable
First Aid Antiseptic Ointment from Frugally Sustainable
Grapefruit Seed Extract and Its Many Uses from The Family Homestead
Do you see any BIG ones that I’m lacking? If so, please list them below with the link to the website so I can add them to my collection and this list. Thanks!
*This post is linked at Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager, at Frugal Days Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday on Day2Day Joys, at Wildcrafting Wednesday on Mind Body and Sole, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFGLINS, and at Hearth and Soul Blog Hop on Penniless Parenting.