Grandma's Gardens, the land of fairies, flowers and beautiful dreams !
Her philosophy was that anything that grew of the earth was a sacred gift from Mother Earth.
Grandma would give me a hand mirror and we would go out to her gardens. She would pick flowers and plants and sitting for hours, I would look backwards through the mirror for garden fairies ! I don't remember seeing any but today when I am in my own gardens, looking around at the beauty, I can only smile and think, thank you Grandma for sharing!
There are three main cooking methods used for creating your own Herbal Remedies.
Tinctures: Will keep for up to 2 years if maintained properly.
Fresh Herbs; Use a large glass jar with a good sealing lid. Macerate your herbs in a blender. Measure your quantity eg. 3 cups and put the same amount of 40% alcohol in jar. I prefer Brandy but a good Jamaican Rum or a Vodka will also work for adequate extraction and preservation. Keep your jar sealed tightly, stored in a warm dark place and shake every 24 hrs for 2 weeks. Strain and store in a brown glass bottle in a dark cool place until ready for use.
Dried Herbs; Make sure your herbs are chopped finely. One ounce of dried herb to 8 ounces of alcohol Use a large glass jar with a good sealing lid. Macerate your herbs in a blender. Measure your quantity eg. 3 cups and put the same amount of 40% alcohol in jar. I prefer Brandy but a good Jamaican Rum or a Vodka will also work for adequate extraction and preservation. Keep your jar sealed tightly, stored in a warm dark place and shake every 24 hrs for 2 weeks. Strain and store in a brown glass bottle in a dark cool place until ready for use..
Infusions : Perishable and should be used within 24 hours.Store in fridge. Hot; Use a good teapot with a tight fitting lid. Usually 1 ounce of herbs to 1 pint of boiled distilled water. Steep 15-30 min .wrap your teapot well with a cozy or towel while steeping. Strain, add honey to sweeten, take warm or cold. Cold; In a glass sealer jar put 1 ounce of herb to 1 pint of distilled water. Seal and steep in the fridge for 8 -10 hours. Strain and press herbs to extract all the fluids. Pour extraction into a glass pot and boil 2 minutes. drink warm.
Decoctions: Perishable and should be used within 24 hrs. Store in Fridge.
Used to make a stronger extraction of herbs. Mainly for hard stems and roots. Chop very fine or subject them to a clean coffee bean grinder. 2 - 3 ounces of dried herbs to 2 -3 cups cold distilled water. Place in stainless steel or glass pot and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 - 30 min. Strain and press the herb to release all fluids, Filter , drink warm or cold within twenty-four hours.
REMEMBER !!! Hang your fresh herbs/plant upside down to dry. Best in direct sunlight but dark and dry is fine also !
Grandma had about 50 favorite plants she liked to work with. We will only cover 10.
1. Dandelion - Grows wild everywhere. Leaves contain vitamins A, B, C and G. Potassium content is higher than garden vegetable. Is great in salads, or dried for teas. Terrific bowel cleanser, removes toxins from swollen lymph nodes, diuretic and a great general tonic for liver and kidney maintenance
2. Coltsfoot - Grows wild everywhere. Dry and chop to make an infusion/Tea. Great for colds, coughing, asthma and chest congestion. It is recommended that consumption is minimized to 3-4 times weekly as it can be hard on your liver.
3.Plantain - The best herb for skin. Next bug bite don't reach for the chemicals go out pick some plantain crush the leaves and apply. Pick the whole herb with root chop and dice. This instant medicine chest is good for all respiratory ailments. such as gastritus, enteritus, chronic catarrah, ant-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, expectorant,decreases uric acids, anti-allergic, cardiovascular tonic, skin irritations and hemorrhoids.
4. Mullein - Typically 5 - 6 ft tall, the leaves are soft and absorbent. Used at one time for toilet paper, bandages and insoles to keep feet warm.The flowers are good for expectorants, hard coughs, skin inflammations, earaches, eczema and hemorrhoids. Leaves and Root are good for antispasmodic, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, throat inflammations and to promote sweating due to fever chills.
5. St. John's Wort - Mainly used as an antidepressant , good for calming, de-stressing, sleep and relaxation. It is a pain relieving sedative, an antiviral, even against retroviruses. proven to increase sexual satisfaction in menopausal women. Oil extracts can be used internally for intestinal problem, lung congestion and externally for burns, sores, bruises, muscular aches especially for the sciatic nerves. Each government trial of this herb has passed with flying colors !
6. Oat Straw - Green tops should be cut and dried quickly. Made into teas, it is great for nervous exhaustion and stress. Calming and nourishing with no side effects. This herb is good in the bath for irritated skin, rheumatic pain, back and kidney aches.
7. Lemon Balm - Smells like lemon furniture polish, great for pomanders for the closets to keep bugs away. Recommended for children with upset stomachs. Make into a tea with a pinch of peppermint and a teaspoon of honey. this herb is an antispasmodic, calmative, diaphoretic, wonderful for upset stomachs of any kind.
8. Burdock - Our favorite from burrs to root ! it is a great choice if you face a chronic illness, gets right to the root of the problem and is probably the active ingredient in Eissac, the herbal cancer treatment. 2nd year roots should be gathered in the fall after 1st frost. 2nd year = large leaves and no seeds. Burdock root eliminates and neutralizes toxins in the system, is a diuretic, soothes the kidneys and is a mild laxative. The seeds are great for chronic skin problems and the seeds may relieve psoriasis, eczema and acne. The leaves are great on poison ivy and oak. Has a mild licorice taste and is great mixed with wild rose petals or dandelion leaves. Steeped as tea with honey, cooled and served cold.
9. Red Clover - Grows all over. Dried and infused as tea, Red clover, taken internally is good for psoriasis, eczema and other skin disorders. Is a terrific blood cleanser for Cancer, is helpful for bone mass retention and minimizing menopausal symptoms.
10. Red Hibiscus Flowers - Jamaican Red Hibiscus preferred. Dry and cut flowers. Stuff a large tea diffuser and steep in 2 Qt/|L of boiled water. Let cool, store in fridge and drink as juice. Add honey to sweeten. High in vitamin C , this juice is a very nice way to detox your body in preparation for diets or other herbal treatments.
Tea - Combo Pak - Available for purchase in our store
Consists of six different types of teas
1. Jasmine - Use for de-stressing, relaxation , clearing and strengthening the mind.
2. Rose Hip and Burdock - Detox formula, tastes great, purifies and purges your system of any and all impurities.
3. Chamomile - Sleep, uninterrupted, thoughtless, body relaxing Sleep !
4. Ojibwe Healing - Upset stomach, acid reflux, indigestion, food poisoning and ulcer attacks.
5. Ojibwe Weekay - Heal all, strengthens the auto-immune system and re-energizes the body.
6. Ojibwe Cold and Flu - Chronic cough, congestion and sinus pain.
Tea Tin Designs subject to change based on availability.