Monday, July 26, 2010
Roses are seldom thought of as a medicinal option.
There is a saying that roses are good for "the skin and the soul." and they do have a long tradition in medicinal use.
In Roman times the wild rose was used to counter the bites of rabid dogs.
Roses continued as an official medicine well into the 1930's.
It has been known for its ability to ease a sore throat in a hasty manner.
Today the oil of rose is highly prized, being the most expensive of all essential oils. It is one of the most important oils in aromatherapy. In Ayurvedic medicine, roses are considered cooling and a tonic for the mind.
Rose oil contains vitamins C, B, E, and K., and about 300 chemical constituents, of which about 100 have been identified so far.
Rose Hips are a major source of vitamin C and make the most fabulous tea.
The petals are edible and can be used in many food choices...tossed into a fruit salad, frozen in cube trays for drinks, and sugared for cake toppings.
A rose is a rose is a rose...except when it's a cup of tea~
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Tea has become such a familiar drink that we have forgot it is also a potent medicinal herb.
The Chinese have been drinking tea since around 3000 B.C. and regard it as a good stimulant, an astringent for clearing phlegm, and a digestive remedy.
The three types of tea--green, black, and oolong are made from the same species.
Research shows that some green teas appear to reduce the risk of stomach cancer.
"Herbal Tea" is not a correct term...herbal infusions are called "Tisanes" if they are blended with a tea leaf then they are termed "herbal blends."
I believe there is a lot to be said for blends...the best of both benefits.
Many think herb tisanes and herbal blends only work for hot drinks...this is so not true. Ice cold herbal tisanes and blends are awesome.
Experiment...add a bit of stevia for sweetness and some fruit slices such as orange, strawberries and blueberries....yummy~
Visit Sage Hill Farms website for all your herbal needs...including Tisanes and herbal blends. They pack a powerful punch in many ways.
Bea Kunz...have a peaceful Sunday.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Calendula...also known as Pot Marigold.
** Do not confuse this plant with the common garden variety of Marigold ( French, Tagetes patula, and other related species) that is used for warts, insecticides and weed killer.**
The golden flower of Calendula is a favorite among herbalist.
Macer's 12Th-century herbal recommends simply looking at the plant to improve eyesight, clear the head, and encourage cheerfulness.
In Culpepper's day, marigold was taken to "strengthen the heart," and was highly regarded for smallpox and measles.
Today it is widely used in patent homeopathic remedies.
The petals, leaves, flower head and the oil can be used in different manners for different needs;
Tea infusion for menopausal issues and inflammation of the esophagus
Tincture for good digestion and a liver flushing
Compress for healing wounds and for varicose veins
Essential oil of Calendula is awesome in the bath for nervous anxiety or depression.
Calendula is growing all around my gardens, it is indeed a pleasure to look upon and to partake of in its many wonderful ways of healing.
Monday, July 19, 2010
I get many request for advice on using herbs as medicine.
I follow this example for my self and my family...however, I'm not trained to offer medicinal advice...so know that this information is only a place for you to start your research and not intended as medicinal advice. If you are sick visit a doctor...and I would suggest a doctor in natural medicine applications...I think I can share that opinion ?
This will be a ten day series...I hope you enjoy the offering.
Garlic...has been used for at least 5,000 years as a medicine, long been known for reducing blood cholesterol levels. Even orthodox medicine acknowledges that the plant reduces the risk of further heart attacks in cardiac patients.
Garlic is also a stimulant for the immune system and an antibiotic.
Aloe...( Aloe vera )Originates from tropical Africa where related species are used as antidotes to poison arrow wounds.
Aloe promotes bile flow from the body, heals wounds, stops bleeding, and can be a simple sedative.
Celery...a very important medicinal herb in Eastern medicine.
The whole plant is gently stimulant, nourishing, and restorative.
It has wonderful anti toxic properties, a great cleansing tonic in the spring.
A homeopathic extract of the seeds is widely used in France to relieve retention of fluid.
Herbs in our food can be a great maintenance tool as well as flavor and aromatic additions.
Sage Hill Farms offers the very best in Culinary herbs for your healthy table~
Monday, July 12, 2010
I enjoy walking the path from then to now...hope you do also~
The following is taken from Phillips " Kitchen garden" printed in 1831; " French epicures keep their fish in Fennel herb to make them firm.
The American Indians also believed herbs were necessary with certain foods.
The best known botanical was the root of wild Ginger. It was used in foods with poor flavor. Wild Ginger is mentioned in several early American accounts. One record, written in 1782, tells after being captured by Indians, the author made an escape-then found his way back to civilization, feeding on weeds, roots, berries, and raw meats. He wrote; " When food sat heavy on my stomach, I would eat a little wild Ginger root, which put all to rights."
There is a great deal of truth in the old saying that, " the best doctor is the cook."
The value of herbs and spices as medicine has never been disputed, special virtues being accredited to the value of herbs in food.
Visit our website and add a dose of good medicine to your family foods.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
And a sweet smelling kitchen it is !
From Bee-Balm to Lavender...Ice cold tea to hot tea cakes, herbs are a summer season must have.
Look for recipes, articles and product choices at Sage Hill Farms website.
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We are always available for consultations if they are desired.
Have a fun and healthy summer~
Sage Hill Farms