Duh. (Or, YAY! Herbs!!)
The other day, I stood on tippy toe, to pull down a box razor blades (to remove fuzz from a sweater), and down tumbled a small ziploc with two hunks of raw beeswax in it. I was more than a little surprised; I thought I’d used up all my beeswax in the various home remedies/salves I’ve made over the years.
Well, in a comment on my last post, Daja suggested trying herbal remedies. I’d already been giving the kids colloidal silver (both in their drinks and as drops in ears), and doubling up on vitamins, but hadn’t thought of herbs.
I believe that many herbal remedies are as good or better than standard medicine here in the U.S., but I am by no means an expert, and am really still such a newbie at any kind of homeopathic medicine that it just isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. So, thank God for Daja, whose comment made me think, “Hm. I wonder what else is up there with that beeswax?”
So, I drug over a stool and climbed up to investigate. Lo and behold, I had a gallon ziploc, half-full with some New Mama’s Tea I had made for myself when I was nearly due with Audrey, which was nearly three years ago. Now, I had made it as a bath tea — to put in cotton “tea” bags that hold roughly 1/2 cup of herbs. That, and to put in a sitz bottle. In other words, I hadn’t crafted it to drink. So, I wasn’t sure if it would be safe or helpful for drinking.
Fortunately, I knew I had made a document that listed what all I put in there, so I pulled it up, and researched in both a book I have, and online, to see if I could possibly make a decoction to give to my family.
Well, it turns out that not only are all the ingredients safe, but it appears that many of them are particularly helpful! The only thing that’s sort of neutral is the myrrh resin in it; it doesn’t seem like it would be specific to our needs. But, that’s OK. A couple of the items have minor warnings; the St. John’s Wort causes dermatitis in some people, and the yarrow flower should be used in moderation. And several of these ingredients should not be used when one is pregnant.
I am cautiously optimistic that the batch I have, which is currently boiling on the stove, is going to be of great help. I’m going to give it to Fiala in concentrated drops, and to everyone else, as a tea.
I’ll let y’all know how it works out, because EVERYONE is still sick here, except for Grant, who just has an occasional lingering cough.
Here’s what’s in it. (If anyone reading has some knowledge of herbs, I’d be happy to know your thoughts.) My original recipe was one ounce of everything, and two ounces of comfrey leaf.
- Plantain leaf
- Comfrey leaf
- Calendula flower
- White oak bark
- Oregon grape root
- Myrrh resin
- Witch hazel
- Yarrow flower
- St. John’s Wort