A great starter-set of herbs and their uses distilled into a nice and tight reference.
Follow these instructions to get the most out of your concoctions:
- How to make a medicinal cup of tea: steep 1 tablespoon herb per cup of water. Cover, and let sit for 15-30 minutes. If you're using roots or bark, let sit overnight. Strain and enjoy!
- How to make a folk method tincture: fill a jar with as much herb as you can leaving space on top. Fill the jar with 80+ proof alcohol until the herbs are completely covered. Close tightly and place in a cool, dark area. Let sit for 2-6 weeks. Strain and bottle.Typical tincture dose: 1-2ml, 3 times a day (this varies depending on the herb).
- How to make a vinegar infusion: follow the same steps as a tincture, only using vinegar instead of alcohol. Just be sure to put wax paper between the lid and the vinegar. This method works well for mineral-rich herbs.
- How to make an infused oil: follow the same steps as a tincture only use oil of choice instead of alcohol. Or, place the herbs in an oven-safe pan and cover with oil. Place in the oven at 200° for 2 hours. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain and bottle. Tip: oils are easier to make with dried herbs over fresh ones.
- Calendula: Colorful addition to winter soups. Pairs well with Marshmallow, Chamomile, Dandelion, Peppermint and Plantain.
- Chamomile: Pairs well with Peppermint and other aromatic herbs. Add to other blends to improve flavor and add a relaxing quality.
- Dandelion: Add the root to other teas to add mildly bitter liver support. Useful addition to digestive teas.
- Elder: Make a syrup or tea with other sweet and spicy herbs: cinnamon, clove, cardamom, allspice, etc.
- Hawthorn: Pairs well other herbs in the Rose family. Berries make a sweet syrup. Flowers are a gentle addition to relaxing teas.
- Horehound: Pairs well with mullien, elder, yarrow and peppermint as a cold and flu season tea.
- Lemon Balm: A great addition to digestive teas. Pair well with chamomile and peppermint. Add to other teas to increase palatability.
- Marshmallow Root: Pairs well with Calendula, Chamomile, Dandelion root, Peppermint, and Plantain. Make a cold infusion by infusing the root in cold water in the fridge.
- Mullein: Pairs well with Horehound, Marshmallow, & Peppermint to support the respiratory system.
- Nettle: Add to other teas to increase nutrients. Pairs well with Dandelion leaf and Marshmallow to support the urinary tract. Often paired with Raspberry leaf during pregnancy.
- Peppermint: Add to other formulas to improve flavor. Combines well with other aromatic herbs. Useful addition to digestive teas.
- Plantain: Pairs well with aromatic herbs to support gut health. Externally, combine with calendula, chamomile or yarrow to support skin healing.
- Raspberry Leaf: Add to other teas to increase nutrients. Pairs well with Calendula or Yarrow for menstrual irregularities. Often paired with Nettle during pregnancy.
- Rosemary: Infuse into oil for a warming topical application. Pairs well with Hawthorn and Yarrow and to support cardiovascular function. Pairs well with Lemon Balm for clarity of mind. Strong flavor, use sparingly.
- Skullcap: Add to any blend to increase relaxation. Pairs well with Chamomile, Lemon Balm, and St. John's Wort.
- St. John's Wort: Add to blends to increase relaxation and support liver function. Pairs well with Lemon Balm to uplift the mood.
- Yarrow: Immune support: pair with Elder, Horehound and Peppermint. Menstrual support: pair with Chamomile or Calendula. Liver support: pair with Dandelion root and St. John's Wort. Topically: pair with Calendula or Plantain.