White Willow Bark Tincture
by Deb McCracken
Although I’ve made many tinctures over the years, this is my first try with white willow bark. I’m curious to see how it will work for easing pains—headaches, menstrual cramps, joint pain, etc. » Read more
Dandelion Root & Flowers Tincture
by Jill McClean
Herb used: Dandelion
Method: Folk method
Menstruum: 100 proof vodka
I decided to create a Dandelion tincture because I love the idea of it being a liver cleanser. I’m sure that I’m not alone in thinking, that the body needs a little help with detoxing. » Read more
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) Syrup
by Liane Moccia
Elderberries have antiviral properties, helping prevent and speed recovery from colds and flu. This syrup is a convenient and tasty way to ingest the medicinal properties of the berries. » Read more
Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale) Herbal Tincture
by Liane Moccia
Dandelion root is a key detoxifying herb that gently stimulates the liver and gall bladder to clear waste products from the body. This tincture will be used as a gentle liver tonic in the following dosage (as recommended in James Green’s The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook): » Read more
Poison Ivy & Insect Bite Paste
by Kirstin Biery
Herbal preparations project: For this project, I chose to make a paste to use for poison ivy &/or insect bites. However, there are several items in my home that I already make for myself that also fall into this category. » Read more
Dandelion Leaf, Root, & Artichoke Leaf Glycerite
by Kirstin Biery
For my herbal preparations project, I chose to make a glycerite instead of a tincture. We have an alcohol-free house, so making a standard alcohol-based tincture would not work for us. » Read more
Cinnamon & Honey Syrup
A Cough and Cold Remedy by Petra Whisenhunt
Ingredients: Raw Honey and Freshly Ground Cinnamon
Step one: Mix 1 tablespoon Raw Honey and ¼ teaspoon of Cinnamon in a bowl
Step two: WARM UP the mixture to form a syrup. DO NOT BOIL.
This is the perfect “no-cough” syrup!
My kids have been suffering from a night-time cough with the cold going around. This Cinnamon-honey syrup is both effective and tastes wonderful.
Oregano Alcohol Tincture
by Petra Whisenhunt
Used for Respiratory tract GI disorders and menstrual cramps and Urinary tract Disorders, Acne and Dandruff
Step one: Fill a jar ½ full with fresh Oregano leaves, then fill up the remainder of the jar with 80 proof vodka.
Step two: Let stand 3-6 weeks. Shake one minute each day to maximize extraction.
I felt like this was the best herb to use to maintain my health because everyone around me has been coughing. Oregano opened my respiratory system! Dosage: Two droppers full
Comfrey (Symphytum Officianale) &
English Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata) Salve
by Tanja Hurt
Comfrey is a plant of the borage family that grows in moist areas, most commonly found along creeks and rivers. The dark brown roots of the plant push out fast-growing sprouts in the late spring. The bristly stalk and leaves bring forth bell-shaped violet or white-yellow blossoms that hang downward in a weeping manner. The leaves are so well bound to the stalk that they are nearly impossible to rip off the plant with bare hands. Medicinal herbalists have traditionally associated comfrey’s ability to heal its own wounds with the plant’s ability to heal human wounds. » Read more