Community Supported Herbalism
Monthly Basket Program. November 2016
Prepared by Amber Friedman
The third basket is here! We are half way through the basket program. Don’t worry if you’re freaking out that there is only 3 months left, I do a Spring Detox that starts when this program ends and I still have spots available! My focus for this month is on REST + RELAXATION. It is so easy for us to get stressed out over what we think is normal life. Work, Families, House Chores and Personal Work…”not enough hours in the day” can be heard ringing out through the voices at gatherings. We have to take care of ourselves, our body, our mind and our souls, needs attention and nurturing. It is important to make this time. Here are some herbs to help you kick back and relax in the darkness.
This month I made an amazing relaxing and infection fighting soap, from Lavender essential oil and almost all the lavender I wild harvested last summer. It smells amazing and looks so pretty that I made another batch with roses a few days later just to keep up the herb infused soap theme.
Calcium Rich Tea Blend is beneficial for women and men at all stages of life. Calcium really helps people who have a hard time sleeping, people who have heavy and painful bleeding cycles, and really anyone! Lots of herbs you could probably find in your region, over a few seasons. Horsetails, Nettles, Raspberry Leaves and Peppermint are all easy to grow or find in the region that I live in. It’s worth looking around for these herbs, or planting them, where you live so you can always be strong. Try this tea before bed or in the afternoon.
Herbed Salt & Pepper is a tasty salt to sprinkle on just about anything. I am sure it would be delicious on roasted potatoes, we ate it with tacos one night and it was amazing! Roses have strong healing powers they help you relax, fight infection in digestive tracts and intestines, they also help to heal a broken heart. I think the winter season is the perfect time to get into our hearts and do some work.
St. John’s Wort Tincture is another wonderful herb for this time of year to keep your mood high, to help ease any muscular pain from the weather and it tastes great! This batch of St. John’s Wort is tinctured in Grande Marnier for an extra tasty natural medicine. It is safe for children. I find St. John’s Wort works best when you take it on a regular basis. If you have pain at night, try it before bed for a more restful sleep.
Throat Coat Balls could natural medicine ever taste so flavorful and actually kill strep throat and other evil viruses that you might come in contact with?? YES!! These throat coat balls are a longtime favorite of mine. I have seen them work miracles, and my kids love them. I suggest taking a few a day if you have an infection or strep throat, otherwise you can use them as a preventative and eat one a day. Cut them in half for kids. The are made from powdered licorice, slippery elm, marshmallow, goldenseal, peppermint essential oil, carob and honey. I rolled them in slippery elm for their magic finishing touch. ENJOY!
Amber Friedman. http://www.solarinfusedbeauty.wordpress.com