Herbs for Life

Spring Tonics for food, teas tinctures and more! Herbs For Life Segment 4/26/12

Nettle, Urtica dioica

Chickweed, Mouse eared, Stellaria media

Plantain, Plantago major

Horstail, Equistem arvense

I forgot to mention this spring green, but makes a wonderful fresh tea or tincture. It must be harvested when the “needles” are in a “V” form once they are horizontal it will contain too much silica for us to absorb. But when harvested early it has an incredible amount of silica great for hair, skin, nails and joint health!

Violet, Viola odorataDandelion, Taraxacum officinale

Even though I am TWO weeks behind, tonight’s segment is all about the “Love”! We’ll talk about ways to use herbs as aphrodisiacs, libido enhancers and some fun ideas with herbs to take into the bedroom!

Infused Honey recipe: Take it into the bedroom with you and get creative! Drink with your tea use in your cooking- or do all of the above!

Herbs to use:Rose, Jasmine, Cinnamon, Clove, Vanilla Bean, Cardamom, Anise, Fresh Ginger, Damiana- or any combination!

Get your crock pot out and fill with water about 3/4 filled. Put on medium heat until pretty warm (use a thermometer to make sure temperature doesn’t exceed 100 degrees) Get a mason jar of any size and fill the jar with herbs & honey (1:4 ratio herbs:honey). Make sure your honey is raw and unheated. Cap your mason jar tightly and place into crock pot. Heat for 6-8 hrs no higher than 100 degrees. Take jar out and shake (use a towel -it will be hot!) sporadically throughout the 6-8hrs. When the time is up, strain honey into a new mason jar and enjoy!

Foot/Body Scrub:

You’ll need essential oils (Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Lavender, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Anise, Cedarwood- any combination), sea salt (fine grain) unrefined oil of your choice.

Use any container that you like ( I prefer glass so I use a mason jar)  Make sure you take the size of your container you’ll be using into account when getting your ingredients together, so  you’ll have enough to fill it. Start with pouring a splash of oil into your container- about 3-4 tablespoons. Add your essential oils or blend of essential oils keeping in mind that you will only be using 10-15 drops per ONE OUNCE container. Add your eo’s accordingly. Take note that Rose, Cinnamon & Vanilla essential oils are very strong so you won’t need as many drops as other essential oils. Now grab a chop stick and begin to pour in your sea salt slowly. Mix it all up in your jar little by little until you get the consistency you like. It should be easy to scoop up in your hand to use.  This is  a perfect way to exfoliate your whole body while in the tub or shower an makes an especially great foot scrub for you and your honey to enjoy!

Herbal Whipped Cream or Chocolate Sauce! I’m sure you can use you imagination for this one!

You’ll need 1-2 tsp of dry powdered herb of choice (Rose, Lavender, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Anise or any combo) or (only for whipped cream-not chocolate!)1-2 Tables spoons of Flower water (hydrosol)- Rose, Lavender, Lemonbalm, Orange Blossom or Neroli. It is important to buy high quality flower waters that have no fragrance added. Rose can be found in most health food stores or Middle Eastern food markets. But be sure to check the label for additives.

Whipped Cream: Simply add powdered herb or flower water of choice to whipped cream (smallest container sold in stores- 8oz?? I think) And whip away! Try sweetening with pure maple syrup or agave for a lovely healthier alternative to white sugar!

Chocolate Sauce: Melt high quality cooking chocolate (12oz)- the darker the chocolate the healthier:) in a double boiler on med heat, being careful not to burn it , stirring frequently. Turn down on low heat when completely melted. Now add your powdered herbs. Thoroughly mix. Now to make your chocolate stay liquid-y add about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of unrefined coconut oil into the herbal chocolate until blended completely. Let cool to the touch and then go have your fun with your honey!

Mulled Wine

What you’ll need: Red or White whine, cheese cloth or muslin bag, dried herbs of your choice: Cinnamon, Clove, Anise, Cardamom, Vanilla Bean, Rose, Damiana, Ginger…

Empty wine into a stove top or crock pot on low. Fill your muslin bag or cheese cloth half way (about 1/4 -1/2 cup) with herbs- tie tightly to keep herbs contained and toss into pan or crockpot. Heat for 1hr or longer on low- medium heat.  Then enjoy!

 

 

Hi Everyone! I am very excited to have a page for the “Herbs for Life” segment here! I am hoping to be posting often. As always, I am happy to hear from all of you, whether it’s questions, comments, criticisms or suggestions! All is welcomed and appreciated!

With herbal love, Amanda.

Here is a sneak peak of what I will be talking about tonight: 2-2-12  Plants are helpers in more ways than one!

http://invasiveplantmedicine.com/

http://www.ehow.com/info_8174401_flower-plants-clean-air.html

http://www.zone10.com/nasa-study-house-plants-clean-air.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/29/magazine/29weeds-t.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.ecosystemgardening.com/invasive-plants-beneficial-really.html

Gerbera Daisy

Areca Palm

Janet Craig Plant

Chinese Evergreen