My Top 4 Herbal Remedies
I've learned to make tinctures and salves myself, and I have started to create my home apothecary with the things I use for my own first aid and heath care. This is in no way intended to offer medical advice. This is just what I use myself. Please do your own research and consult a health care professional if needed.
Here are 4 I always keep on hand. What would you add?
- Elderberry syrup - you can find many recipes on line and in books. Great for cold and flu season.
- Cottonwood salve - I gather sticky and fragrant winter cottonwood buds from downed limbs, and cover them with olive oil for at least 6 weeks. I've gone a full year before straining them to make salve. I gently heat the strained oil, adding 1 ounce of bees wax beads for each cup of oil. I add more for a harder salve. When the wax is melted, I pour into small containers and keep for cuts, bruises, abrasions - anything but puncture wounds. Also great for sore muscles!
- Mullein oil and Garlic oil - I buy these at my local herb store and combine for ear aches. A few drops in the affected ear several times a day helps quite a lot.
- Oregon Grape tincture - I make with vodka and use for infections that I feel confident I can treat at home. It's a great remedy for ingrown toenails that have become inflamed, and I use it for sore throats, too.