The five herbal winter healing remedies every homestead needs to stay on top of most common ailments.
Homesteading is a lot of hard work therefore aches, pains, coughs, rashes, scrapes and even insect bites can sometime slow us down on chores that just need to get done.
Livestock needs fresh water and feed no matter how bad we are hurting so use these five healing remedies to keep you feeling ship shape.
• Fire Cider – They help with heartburn, viruses, and other aches. Fill a mason jar with a chopped onion and garlic cloves, peppers and horseradish, and some squeezed lemon and orange juice. Add in apple cider vinegar and cover with a plastic lid for a few weeks. Drain with a touch of honey to the process.
• Elderberry Syrup – is an amazing cough syrup and help soothe sore throats. Get 3 cups of frozen elderberries, 1 sliced lemon, a slice of ginger, 5 cardamom pods, and a few drops of vanilla extract. Add a cup of water to the pan and simmer the mix for an hour. That’s it.
• All Purpose Salve –This if for our face, hands, and feet to sooth scrapes, bites, and rashes. With ¼ oz. each of plantain, chickweed, and calendula flowers, plus 6 oz. of olive oil, 2 tbsp. of beeswax, and 50 drops of lavender essential oil, mix and let it melt in the pan for 25 minutes. That’s it.
• Warming Winter Tea – This helps sore throats more than the chemical medicines we get at the pharmacy. Get 6 sage leaves, a sprig of thyme, half a lemon, 1 tbsp. of honey, and 1 pint of hot water. To take it up a notch for advanced colds, add in a tbsp. each of elm bark, chopped ginger root, and elecampane dry root.
• Cough Syrup – It is self-explanatory. Break up 3 pieces of osha root, 2 elecampane root chunks, 6-inch pieces of cinnamon and licorice, a slice of lemon, 1 ginger root, wild cherry, and dissolve it in 3-4 cups of water in a simmering pan for an hour. It can be drained with the addition of either honey or sugar.
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