The Lost Book of Remedies
If you are interested in starting creating your own herbal remedies, allow me to recommend some products that I have used myself.
I CAN’T RECOMMEND THIS BOOK HIGHLY ENOUGH
I purchased this a while ago so allow me to show you one of the herbs described in the book. You just can’t go wrong possessing it.
“I first began harvesting chamomile as a young boy. It was Aiyana’s favorite
remedy, and she taught me early how to harvest the blossoms and leaves.
When the flowers were blooming, we would pick only the most perfect
blooms each day, coming back every afternoon to find the flowers at their
peak. I became less exacting as I got older, but I still remember Aiyana
carefully studying every flower to pick it at its peak.
Chamomile is an ancient remedy still in use today. Its longevity testifies to
its usefulness and effectiveness. I think of it as a calming plant, and it does
have sedative properties.
The plant has daisy-like flowers with a hollow, cone-shaped receptacle, and
tiny yellow disk flowers covering the cone. The cone is surrounded by more
than ten (probably 10 to 20) white, down-curving ray flowers, giving it the ultimate appearance of a miniature daisy.
You can distinguish the plant from similar flowers by the pattern in which the flowers grow, each flower on an independent stem. The most common way of identifying the Chamomile is by plucking a small amount of the blossom and crushing it in between your fingers. Chamomile has a faintly fruity scent.
I find chamomile plants easily along the east coast states. It thrives in open, sunny locations like roadsides, pastures, cornfields, and in well-drained soil. It will not tolerate excessive heat or dry conditions.
Matricaria chamomilla is German chamomile. English chamomile is similar and has similar medicinal uses. The two plants can be distinguished by their leaves.
German chamomile leaves appear to be very thin and hairy while those of the English Chamomile are larger and thicker.
The leaves of the German chamomile are also bipinnate; each blade can be divided again into smaller leaf sections. German chamomile stems are somewhat feathery while English Chamomile is hairless.
Depending on the growing conditions chamomile can grow to between 2 feet and 3 ½ feet tall.
Harvesting of the Chamomile should be done as soon as the flower petals are full, and they lay flat around the center of the flower. Each bloom must be picked at its peak for the best flavor and benefit. I prefer to pick chamomile in the early afternoon, after the dew has evaporated and before the real heat of the day. Select flowers that are fully open and pinch or clip the flower head off at the top of the stalk. Dry the leaves and flowers for future use.
I collect both flowers and leaves for medicinal use, but the flowers make the best tea. The flowers have a milled apple flavor, while the leaves have a delicate grassy flavor. I also make a delicate liqueur with dried chamomile flowers and vodka.
Most often, I prescribe chamomile tea as a treatment. I have had a few patients who preferred taking the remedy as a tincture or as a dried herb. To give chamomile as a dried herb, I divide 2 to 3 grams of dried chamomile into 3 to 4 capsules or the divided daily dose.
Chamomile relaxes the muscles, including the digestive muscles. This makes it a good treatment for abdominal pain,indigestion, gastritis and bloating. I have also used it with success for patients with Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. I recommend chamomile tea for digestive issues: 1 cup, 3 to 4 times daily.
Chamomile is safe for use with babies and is my preferred treatment for colic. I recommend adding a cup of tea to thebabies bath at night to soothe colic and help the baby sleep.
The antispasmodic action of chamomile relaxes muscle tension. It soothes aching muscles and body aches.
Chamomile is soothing and contains sedatives. One cup of chamomile tea, taken at bedtime or during the night, helps patients sleep. If more help is needed, use the tincture.
Eyewash, Conjunctivitis, and Pinkeye
For eye problems, I recommend an eyewash made by dissolving 5 to 10 drops of Chamomile tincture in some boiled and cooled water. This mixture relieves eye strain and treats infections.
Asthma, Bronchitis, Whooping Cough, and Congestion
I prefer a steam treatment for congestion and other respiratory conditions. Add two teaspoons of chamomile flower petals to a pot of boiling water. Inhale the steam until the phlegm is released or the condition is improved. Alternately, add 2 to 3 drops of Chamomile essential oil to a vaporizer and use in the room overnight.
Allergies and Eczema
For allergic conditions, including itchy skin and eczema, I prefer to use Chamomile Essential Oil remedies. The steam distillation process alters the chemical properties of the remedy, giving it anti-allergenic properties. Use the diluted essential oil directly on the skin or inhale it.
While it is uncommon, I have had patients with an allergic reaction to chamomile. Patients with allergies to the Asteraceae family, including ragweed and chrysanthemums, should not take chamomile.”
Now I won’t give the recipes here as you probably don’t know how to prepare tinctures, salves, oils etc. but there are some wonderful recipes and I’ll be giving you some too. There are some other books that will teach you how to prepare your herbs for use too.