6 Herbal Recipes with Simple Ingredients Plucked Right From Your Garden
Are you feeling run down? Under the weather?
Believe it or not, the cure might be growing in your home garden.
Many popular and effective herbal remedies are made from commonly found plants, some of which are overlooked as unwanted weeds! So, before you pick up that pill bottle, give this article a thorough read.
You might be surprised at how easy these herbal recipes are. And, while they generally won’t replace prescription drugs, they may soothe your symptoms.
Keep reading for all the information you’ll need to feel better fast.
Our Favorite Herbal Recipes
No matter which of these home herbal remedies you’re hoping to whip up, it’s absolutely vital to ensure that you’re utilizing the proper plants.
This can be easily accomplished with a bit of training. And, when in doubt, you can opt for an FDA approved supplement that you know was manufactured using safe ingredients.
1. Cold Fighting Lemon Thyme Tea
1 Tbsp fresh thyme
1 cup water
1 lemon wedge
Local honey to taste
Bring water to a low boil and remove from heat immediately. Add thyme and allow it to steep for 15-20 minutes. Use a strainer or cheesecloth to remove the thyme. Squeeze the lemon directly into this mixture and add honey to taste.
Using raw, local honey rather than store-bought will give your immune system a boost and soothe a sore throat.
Women who are pregnant or nursing should not drink thyme tea. It can cause mild uterine contractions and decrease milk supply.
2. Immune Boosting Echinacea Tincture
1 1/2 cup fresh echinacea
Neutral tasting spirits like vodka with around 40% alcohol content
Pack the fresh echinacea into a mason jar or other glass container with a resealable lid. Then, pour in enough alcohol to cover the plant matter entirely, leaving a small amount of air space at the top of your jar.
Seal the jar and shake thoroughly. Store this mixture in a cool dark place for at least one month, shaking every few days.
Once your infusion is finished, strain all of the solid material out, conserving the liquid. This tincture should be stored in a cool, dry place and will last for months if properly cared for.
Tinctures make for extremely effective herbal cures but are often strong tasting. You can mask the flavor by mixing this liquid into your favorite drink, like juice or hot tea.
For proper dosage, consume 1 drop for every 2 pounds of body weight.
3. Lavender Oil for Sleep
8 Tsp freshly dried lavender
2 cups olive or almond oil
Finely chop the dried lavender and add it to the oil in a large glass jar. Gently stir this mixture to combine.
Seal the jar and place it in a crockpot or slow cooker. Then, create a water bath by filling the cooking device with water until it reaches halfway up the side of your jar.
Secure your cooking appliance’s lid and gently heat the water and oil for 3-5 days. For the best results, maintain an internal temperature of around 110 degrees. The “warm” setting on most slow cookers and crackpots is ideal.
Once your oil has finished its infusion, strain it, and discard any solids. Store your oil in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to one year, using for evening massages or as needed for sleep.
4. Homemade Herbal Cough Medicine
4 cups water
1/4 cup fresh grated ginger
1/4 cup fresh or dried chamomile flowers
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup local honey
In a medium saucepan, combine the water and herbs. Bring this mixture to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Continue cooking over low heat until the volume is reduced by half.
Strain this mixture and add lemon and honey while it is still warm. Keep your cough medicine in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
5. Hot Basil Steamer for Headaches
2 Tbsp fresh basil
2 cups water
Boil water in a large pot. Remove from heat, add basil, and carefully lean over the mixture. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam for 5-10 minutes or until your headache starts to subside.
Steam treatment is one of the easiest types of herbal medicine for beginners. And there are tons of variations!
Try this recipe with peppermint for appetite control, eucalyptus as a strong nasal decongestant, or chamomile to soothe irritated or sensitive skin.
6. Dandelion and Honey Tummy Tamer
1 cup fresh dandelion flowers – stems and leaves removed
1 cup local honey
Combine flowers and honey in a glass jar and mix well. Use a knife or toothpick to remove any air bubbles. This will extend your product’s life and prevent mold or spoilage.
Store this mixture in a dark cupboard or cabinet for several days to one week, allowing the flowers to infuse into the honey. Then, strain and discard any solids.
If properly stored, this mixture will last for up to a year. Use 1-2 spoonfuls to ease an upset stomach, boost immunity, and reduce some seasonal allergy symptoms. Or, mix into a soothing tea like chamomile.
Garden to Table
Now that you’ve got a few herbal recipes to work from, you’re ready to put that garden to good use.
Keep in mind that there are hundreds of variations on these remedies, and so long as you use safe ingredients and proper dosage, you’re free to experiment.
Check out our other blog posts and articles for more herbal recipes for healing, information on herbal cures, and online courses covering all things herbal.