Motherwort Tincture

Motherwort Tincture by Lisa's Herb Remedies

This is one of the tinctures I’m making today.  Motherwort is a favorite of mine and I use it everyday.

It has many uses, but these are reasons I use it:

  • cramps
  • heart palpitations
  • nervousness
  • insomnia
  • high blood pressure

 

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It’s very bitter, and a tea is hard to swallow, so, I make a tincture.  Here is the easy recipe:

  • pint glass jar and lid
  • Motherwort herb, fresh or dried
  • Vodka

Make sure the jar and lid is very clean and dry.  Add the Motherwort to the jar.  When using fresh, lightly pack to half full, 1/4 full if using dry.  I’m using dry Motherwort today since the growing season is over.

Fill the jar with Vodka.  Lid, shake the jar, and label.  Don’t forget to date, because you have to leave the jar in a dark place for 3-6 weeks, the longer the better results.  Shake every day or when you think of it like I do.

When the time is up, strain through cheesecloth or coffee filter.  Bottle in a dark glass dropper bottle.  Leave the rest of the tincture in a clean jar in the dark.

 

Use 1 dropperful 1 to 3 times daily as needed in a cup of water.

 

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If you are taking a high blood pressure medicine, talk to your doctor before taking Motherwort or any other herbs.

 

You can buy Motherwort HERE

 

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Homemade Pain And Varicose Veins Liniment

This is a great recipe for varicose veins, joint pain, muscle aches, and it’s all natural.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 oz. yarrow (like this)
  • 1/2 oz. calendula (like this)
  • 1/2 oz. St. John’s Wort (like this)
  • .10 oz. cayenne (like this)
  • .10 oz. ginger, ground or pieces
  • witch hazel (like this)

 

Three Easy Steps
Infusion

Lightly pack all the herbs and spices to a glass jar with lid.  Pour witch hazel over the herbs to cover plus 2 inches .  With a wooden spoon, stir to remove air bubbles, and place lid on tightly.  Label your jar and infuse for 2 to 3 weeks, shaking your jar everyday.

 

Straining and Bottling

After the 2 to 3 weeks is up, strain your finished liniment through cheese cloth or coffee filter.  Using a funnel, pour your liniment in a small mouth bottle.  I use a recycled bottle with a recycled wine cork.  Label your bottle.  You can date it, but shelf life is indefinite.  Store in a cool, dark cabinet.

 

Using Your Liniment

Once or twice daily, rub a little into varicose veins, muscle aches, and joint pain.  Always rub towards the heart to improve blood flow.

 

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Hide your liniment if you don’t want to share.  It works wonders, so your may not want to share.

 

You can get all your herbs and spices at Sage Hill Botanicals Herb Company

 

Herbs and Spices Simmering Pot

Make your home smell wonderful with dried herbs simmering on the stove or in an electric simmering pot.  Choose the herbs according to the season.  With Thanksgiving and Christmas upon us again, fill your home with warm delicious aromas of cinnamon, cloves, oranges, fennel seed, star anise, fir and needles, and pine needles.

Lavender flowers and rose petals are calming and smell lovely.  Peppermint  and Spearmint leaves are minty and refreshing.  You get the picture?  Experiment with your favorite herbs and spices.

How to simmer

There are several ways you can simmer your herbs.  My favorite is an electric pot  I’ve been using for a while.  Pour it about half full with distilled or fresh water, add herbs, and plug it in.  It slowly simmers all day, and the herbs can be reused another day.  I prefer this method because I don’t have to watch it.

Another popular method is to simmer herbs on the stove.  Using a old pot, fill half way with fresh water, add herbs, and simmer on low heat.  You have to check the pot often because the water cooks down, and more has to be added.

Simmering Recipes

Recipes is for one simmering, but may be used several days in a electric simmering pot.  These recipes use dried whole herbs and spices, and orange peel ribbons.  It makes it easier to clean out pot.  You can use some fresh fruit and herbs if you wish.

k8068827 Orange Spice

  • 1/4 cup orange peels
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick

k8068827Floral

  • 1/8 cup lavender
  • 1/8 cup rose petals
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves

k8068827Holiday Spice

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup star anise
  • 1 tablespoon cloves

k8068827Woodsy Winter

  • 1/4 cup juniper berries
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary

k8068827Ginger Citrus

  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1/2 cup orange peel
  • 1 bay leaf

k8068827Lavender Spice

  • 1/4 cup lavender
  • 1 teaspoon anise
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick

k8068827Manly Spice

  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick

k8068827You can also add fennel seeds, lemon peels, cranberries, apples, vanilla bean, pine needles, and whatever you can think up.  Be creative!

 

You can buy all these dried herbs and spices at

Sage Hill Botanicals Herb Company

 

 

Gorgeous simmering pots!

   

 

 

Free Herbal Lessons

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I excited to offer free lessons on herbalism to you!

When you sign up for my free herbal lessons, you will receive a weekly email.  You will never get overwhelmed with too much information.  The lessons are simple, step-by-step instructions on how to make an herbal remedy such as infusions, teas, salves, syrups, and great herb information.

When your lesson is complete, you can proudly post your finished herbal project on our group page My Herbal Remedies Student Community

In addition, you will receive a 20% off coupon discount from Sage Hill Botanicals Herb Company for herbs, spices, and herbal supplies.

Become a herbie today!

 

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Herbal Face Steam

26027280431_799094cc6e_bWeekly herbal face steaming is very beneficial to your skin, and it’s easy to do at home.

Forget the expensive facial treatments, and opt for this herbal face steam instead.

With all of the dirt, pollution and toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis, our skin can really take a beating.  The nutrients from the herbs get deep into pores to clear them out, and give your skin its natural glow back.

Not all skin is the same, right?  There are herbs for different skin types.  Below is a list of herbs that will detox dry, oily, mature, and sensitive skin.  You’ll also find herbs for acne and other problem skin.

Herbal facials are also very relaxing, blissful, and rejuvenating.  Who needs a little of these after a long day?  Be good to yourself.

 

DIY Herbal Face Steam

To make your own face steam, you will need:

  • Boiling water, distilled if possible
  • Choice of herbs
  • large bowl
  • towel

Place herbs in bowl, and carefully pour boiling water over herbs.  Leaning your head over the bowl, drape a towel over your head and around the bowl.  By doing this, the steam will surround your face and head.

Always keep your eyes closed, because the steam will be too hot for your eyes.  You can raise the towel to allow air in if you get too hot.

After the facial, rinse with cool water, and apply a good oil as listed below.

This is a great method if you have sinus problems or an ear ache.

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Uva Ursi

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Common Names – Uva Ursi , Bearberry

Botanical Name – Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Family – ERICACEAE

 

Uva Ursi, also known as Bearberry, has beenwidely  used for several hundred years as a diuretic, astringent, and antiseptic.

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5 Herbal Remedies For Dry Nose

Here are some ways I heal the inside of my dry and cracked nose.

 

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1. Coconut oil

My favorite, I use solid coconut oil on my face, lips, and up my nose all fall and winter.

Coconut oil is simple, natural, effective, and soothing.

 

You will need…

  • Virgin coconut oil, solid or oil
  • Cotton swab
  • Dish

 

Directions…

Place a little coconut in a dish.  Dip a cotton swab into it and generously cover it. Apply to the inside of each nostril so that there is a good through coating. Don’t worry about the glob of coconut, it melts when it touches your skin.  Apply up to 3 times a day, especially before bed and when you get up.