Now is a good time to go foraging for dandelions, nettles and other edible weeds. Here are a few easy ways to use your wildcrafted herbs at home.
Edible weeds are essentially free, nutritious food that might even grow right on your doorstep.
Based on its traditional uses and its nickname “fever grass,” lemongrass is the perfect choice for herbal infusions during the cold and flu season.
This is the best method for delicate herbs that would lose some of their flavor and quality in hot infusions: herbs such as lemon balm or lemon verbena, and many flowers.
Herbs have been used in the traditional medical systems of many different civilizations for thousands of years. Medicinal herbs are perfect for treating everyday ailments at home, and many medicinal herbs grow well in your own herb garden.
Stinging nettles grow everywhere in the spring and early summer, so now is the best time to use this amazing edible weed. Nettles are full of health benefits; they contain vitamins including C and E, minerals such as iron and magnesium, and they detoxify the body and purify the blood. Boil nettles quickly in a […]
Chamomile is a versatile herb that has been used for centuries in herbal medicine and as a home remedy. Herbal medicine uses two types of chamomile: Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), and although these varieties are slightly different, they can be mostly used for the same purposes. The easiest way to […]
Digestive upsets are common in the festive season, but they easily treated with herbal remedies. Indigestion and many other stomach problems respond well to simple home remedies. Keep bags of chamomile, peppermint and ginger teas in the cupboard for the holiday season – or make your own herbal infusions with dried or fresh herbs. […]
Herb teas and herbal infusions are healthy and refreshing drinks on hot summer days. Most herbal teas taste great cold; add a few ice cubes, a little honey or a few slices of lemon to ice cold herbal tea for a thirst quencher. If you grow a few common medicinal herbs in your herb garden, […]
Many plants that are considered garden weeds are packed with nutrition. In fact, many also have medicinal properties and are great for DIY herbal infusions and tea blends. When picking wildcrafted herbs, pick from non-polluted areas – avoid busy roads or areas where chemical fertilizers have been used. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) You can use all […]
I make my own homemade tea blend to relieve menstrual problems, such as period pain and heavy period. I use the following four herbs that are easily found around where my parents live. They are all used traditionally in my native country (Finland) as natural remedies for women and to relieve “women’s problems.” If you […]
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a valuable plant in cooking and in home herbal remedies. All parts of dandelion are usable: flowers, leaves and roots. Dandelion is a blood cleanser and good for the liver, and a great addition to homemade spring detox tea blends.