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Basil

Basil
Ocimum basilicum
Basil is also known as Ocimum basilicum, and has certain therapeutic properties and the reported benefits of using it internally, in the form of a herbal tea (infusion) are listed below.
Basil is used for the following
Ocimum basilicum benefits:
• lowering blood pressure
• antispasmodic
• easing tension
• general detoxifier
• cleansing the blood
• lowering blood sugar levels
• lowering stress levels
• anti-inflammatory
• lowering cholesterol
• can be used as an “adaptogen”
Making herbal tea
The standard way to make an infusion, unless otherwise specified, is to pour a cup of boiling water over the material to be infused, let it stand for 5 minutes, strain it, and drink it.
• Fresh plant material
o When the recipe refers to fresh plant material to be used, a 1/4 cup fresh material is used, following the method above.
• Dried material
o When the recipe refers to using dried material, use 2 teaspoons of material when making it.
• Bark or seeds
o Should the recipe call for bark or seeds to be used, use 2 teaspoons of seeds or 1 tablespoon of bark.
• Sweetening your infusion
o You could sweeten your health drink with honey, should you so require, and a dash of fresh lemon juice may also enhance the taste.
General warning when using herbal infusions
• Only use the herbal material if you are 100% sure that it really the herb in question.
• If you are ill or have any health concerns, consult your health practitioner.
• Only have one cup of herbal infusion per day, except during acute periods – such as when you have a cold or flu, you can then have it three times a day, but for a maximum of 4 days.
• When you use herbal remedies, be aware that they can be extremely powerful, and should you have any side effects when taking these infusions, immediately stop using the herb and consult your health practitioner right away.

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Rose Hip Jam

After the first frost or under the October full moon, harvest fresh rose hips. Make sure the bush has not been treated or sprayed with pesticides etc.

4 cups pf pureed rose hips

5 cups sugar

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

5  washed and sterilized 1/2 pint jars

Wash the rose hips and put them in a sauce pan of water to simmer over low heat until they are soft, then puree them in a food processor or blender.

Combine the rose hip puree, sugar and lemon juice in a sauce pan. Bring this to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and let the mixture thicken to the desired consistency. Ladle into hot sterilized jars and seal according to the manufacture’s directions.  Then hot water bath method for canning, for 5 minutes to seal the jars.

 

Rose hips are very high in vitamin C

Makes 3-5   half pints of jam


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The wonders of Milky Oats

Avena sativa, Poaceae

 

Milky Oats Oats, as well as making a nutritious porridge, is one of the best remedies for “nourishing” the nervous system, particularly when one is under stress. Avena sativa is one of about twenty five different species of oats in the family Poaceae (Gramineae). Avena is the Latin name for oats and sativa means sown or cultivated. The mature seed of the oat plant is used as a popular cereal grain and is harvested in late summer or early autumn. The ground husks surrounding the mature seeds become oat bran. Eating oats and oat bran is a positive contribution to anyone’s diet, providing vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, & complex carbohydrates in abundance. Herbalists use the premature, “milky” seed . The seeds are harvested, usually in late August, depending on geographical location and growing season, while they are in a liquid or “milky stage”. At this time the oats have the highest concentration of nutrients and active chemical constituents.

 

These constituents include starch, alkaloids such as avenine and trigonelline, saponins, flavonoids, sterols, β-carotene, vitamins B1(thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), D, & E (tocopherols), as well as calcium, mucin, and silicic acid. The fresh milky oats are then extracted in a solution of grain alcohol to be used as a nervine tonic. Herbalists also make use of the oatstraw, which is harvested after the mature seeds have been collected, and it is cut up and used to make tea. Milky oats extracts are one of the best remedies available for treating nervous debility and exhaustion, especially when associated with depression, stress, and mental and emotional fatigue. It is used as a nervine tonic to strengthen the whole of the nervous system. It can be taken for recovery from nervous and emotional exhaustion with accompanying depression and lethargy, or it can be taken as a preventative measure when coping with stressful situations.

 

When treating nervous exhaustion, keep in mind that one should avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and illicit drugs since they all contribute to the problem. Stress management and relaxation should be emphasized.Milky oats can be used safely on a daily basis and have no toxic side effects or drug interactions. People with Celiac’s disease should not use any oat products as oats contain gluten. Oats have also been used traditionally in topical applications. Oatmeal baths are quite popular treatments for many external skin conditions such as poison ivy, poison oak, rashes, eczema, shingles, chicken pox, and sores.

I have been using Milky Oats Glycerite, since buying it from David Winston. I now make the product to sell to others. It is wonderful at keeping your nerves calm and easy going. It has done amazing things for people suffering from shingles, hives and other skin “itch burn” disorders.Image