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Recipes

Arnica Salve

Aromatherapy Spritzer

Barley Water

Burn Salve

Cleansing Formula

Cold & Flu Tea

Cooling Tea

Depression Tincture

Detox Tea

Estrogen Producing Herbal Tea

Folk Remedies

Hepatitis C Herbal Blend

Insect Repellent

Joyful Rejuvenation Tea

Kava Tea

Laxative Formula

Menopause Tincture

Multi-Vitamin Capsules

Nourishing Tea

Prostate Tea

Prostate Tincture

Pure Air Spritzer

Sinus & Congestion Tea

Southernwood Moth Bags

Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee

Weight Loss Tea

 

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Arnica Salve

We have a wonderful Arnica Salve we make fresh here at The Herb Corner. Arnica is one of the best remedies for external healing of bruises and sprains. It helps relieve rheumatic pain, the pain and inflammation of phlebitis, where ever there is pain and/or inflammation on the skin.

1 cup of infused oil of Arnica
1 3/4 oz Bees wax
1/8 tsp essential oil of wintergreen

To prepare: place the infused oil in a double boiler. Warm the oil and add the bees wax. When the wax melts add wintergreen essential oil. Pour this mixture into containers and label.


It should never be used where the skin is broken. EXTERNAL USE ONLY, says David Hoffman in his best selling book, "The New Holistic Herbal".

Arnica is a perennial plant that is generally found in mountainous areas of Canada, the northern US and Europe. The dark brown rootstock sends up a slightly hairy, simple branched stem reaching 1 to 2 feet. The leaves are smaller and sessile. Each plant has one to nine large yellow daisy like flowers.

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Aromatherapy Spritzer

These three essential oils are said to kill hundreds of airborne viruses and bacteria. Just spritz your home, office, hospital room, classroom etc., and feel the difference.

  1/2 tsp. Bergamot Essential Oil
  1/2 tsp. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  1/2 tsp. Lavender Essential Oil
  Vodka

Put essential oils in a 4 oz spritzer bottle and fill with vodka. Shake and use. You can vary the oil amounts to get just the right scent for you! Enjoy!  

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Barley Water - a Biblical Recipe

Barley Water is an ancient home remedy that was supposed to clear up the complexion and stop the formation of wrinkles.

1/2 cup honey (more to taste)
8 cups water
1 cup barley
pinch of salt

Rinse barley, then combine with water and salt in a large kettle. Bring to a boil and simmer for at least 2 hours, up to 24 hours. The longer the cooking period, the thicker the barley water will be. Add water as necessary to keep the water level at about 5 cups. Strain the barley, flavor barley water with honey and serve chilled.

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Burn Salve

Make an infused oil using:

1/2 oz St Johns Wort
  Plantain
  Calendula
  Comfrey Leaf

The salve is made from:
1 cup of the infused oil
1 3/4 oz Bees wax
1/2 tsp essential oil of Lavender

To prepare: Place infused oil and Beeswax in a double boiler and melt the wax. When the wax has melted, add essential oil of lavender. Pour into cream type jars. Cover and label.
 

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Cleansing Formula

To prepare: Bring herbs and water to a simmer for 20-30 minutes. Strain off herbs and drink three cups through out the day.

1 tsp. Burdock RT.
1 tsp. Oregon Grape RT.
1 tsp. Dandelion RT.
1 tsp Licorice RT.
3 cups cold water

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Cold & Flu Tea

This is the time of the year that many of us are being bothered with a cold or the flu. For me I try to tell myself that I am "fighting" a cold instead of "catching" a cold and then I begin my fight by increasing my intake of Vitamin C and Garlic, Echinacea and Golden Seal or my Immune tincture. If I should get worse and I begin to run a fever I pull out the big guns and make myself a COLD & FLU TEA

In this tea I use equal parts of:
  Peppermint
  Elder flowers
  Yarrow

This tea increases perspiration so you sweat out the fever. I drink 1/2 of a cup every 1/2 hour until I start to sweat. Then I drink 1/2 cup every one to two hours.

I usually don't stay sick too long using this tea.

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Cooling Tea

My goodness it's HOT! Let's make a BIG pitcher of ice tea to cool ourselves down. Here is a nice refreshing healthful blend just right for these scorching days of summer.

 2 oz Chrysanthemum flower (cooling)
 1 oz Chamomile flower (nervine)
 1 oz Slippery Elm (soothing to tummy)
 1/2 oz Oatstraw (rich in calcium)
 1 oz Astragalus (adaptogen)
 1 oz Spearmint (cooling)
 1/2 oz Cleavers (lymph cleanser)
 1/2 oz Red Clover (blood purifier)
 1/2 oz Dandelion Leaf (liver/kidneys)

Mix all herbs together and store in tight fitting glass jar. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large pan. Turn off heat and add two good size handfuls of herb mixture. Cover and steep overnight. You can add honey or pure maple syrup to sweeten if you like. In the morning, strain off full strength into ice tea pitcher and chill.

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Depression Tincture

2 oz. St. Johns Wort
1 oz. Passion flower
1 oz. Skullcap
1/2 oz. Elethuro

Fill a wide mouth jar half full with herbs. Fill jar up to top with a good vodka. Cover tightly and shake daily for 2 weeks. Strain and bottle in dark bottles.

Traditional dosage is 1 tsp. 3 times a day!

If there is a lot of anxiety add 1/2 oz. of Valerian root to the blend.

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Detox Tea

1 tsp. Burdock RT
1 tsp. Pau d Arco
1 tsp. Dandelion RT.
1 tsp Ginger RT.
1 tsp. Licorice
1 tsp. Echinacea Purp. Rt.
1 tsp. Roasted Dandelion RT.
8 cups cold water

To prepare: Bring herbs and water to a simmer for 20-30 min. Strain, Drink at least 4 cups through out the day.

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Estrogen Producing Herbal Tea

1 part Licorice 1 part Ginger
1 part Wild Yam 1 part Cinnamon
3 parts Sarsaparilla 1 part Dandelion
1 part Vitex 1/2 part Orange Peel
1/2 part Dong Quai  

Looking for alternative means of hormone replacement? Plants do not actually contain human hormones but they do contain lignans, coumetain, isoflavones and other chemicals that are plant based. When these chemicals come into contact with the good bacteria in the digestive system, they provide the needed building blocks to convert plant chemicals, phyto-esterols, into human estrogen and progesterone. See our article on Hormone Replacement Alternative Therapy for more information.

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Folk Remedies

For Shining Hair: After shampooing, rub in a mixture of olive oil and egg yolk, juice of a lemon and a little beer. Leave in for 5 minutes and wash out.

To Prevent Dandruff: Rub in mixture of olive oil and cologne into the hair and scalp. Rinse.

For Dry Skin: Make a face mask with an avocado and olive oil. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse.

To Prevent Wrinkles: Rub a mixture of olive oil and the juice of a lemon into the skin before going to bed.

For Aching Muscles: Massage with a mixture of olive oil and rosemary.

To Clear Acne: Massage face with a mixture of 8 ounces of olive oil and 10 drops of lavender oil.

To Prevent Hangover Distress: Take 2 teaspoons of olive oil before drinking.

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Hepatitis C Herbal Blend

I am seeing a large increase in the number of clients with Hepatitis C which is why I have been studying and researching this area so intensely. If you recall in my last newsletter I told you about Stephen Buhner's book on the subject. Stephen uses a great herbal blend that I now make up and have available at the shop.

This formula is a combination of 12 different organic herbs in an easy to use powdered form to help heal and rejuvenate the liver.

Come by the shop for more details.

Read the article: Hepatitis C? What You May Not Know

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Insect Repellant

3/4 oz Olive oil
3 oz vodka
Essential oils
1/4 tsp each Citronella
  Eucalyptus
  Lemon grass
1/8 tsp each Clove oil
  Cedar wood
  Peppermint

Place all ingredients in a 4 oz spray bottle - Shake and use.

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Joyful Rejuvenation Tea

In her book, Breast Cancer, Breast Health, Susan Weed tells us that green tea checks the initiation, promotion and growth of breast cancer and eight other cancers including lung and liver. Contains antimutagenic, anti-cancer tannins and antioxidant polyphenols. It is the strongest antimutagen of any plant yet tested, completely suppressing solid tumor formation in mice at risk and protecting habitual drinkers in Japan from many cancers.

Joy Gatto, a past student and good friend, put together this wonderfully healing tea blend. In addition to the green tea there are herbs to support the heart, liver, kidneys and blood as well as lots of vitamins and bone building minerals.

I have enjoyed it so much that with her permission we have added it to our line of blends here at the shop. This tea tastes great hot or iced. Drink to your health!

Rejuvenating Tea

3 oz. Green tea

1 oz. Oatstraw

3 oz. Dandelion leaf

1 oz. Horsetail

2 oz. nettle

1 oz. Alfalfa

2 oz. Hawthorn leaf & blossom

1 oz. Stevia

1oz. Lemon balm

1 oz. Peppermint

Bring a large pan of pure water to a boil. Turn off heat and add herb mixture (1 tsp - tbsp per cup) Put lid on quickly and let steep 15-20 minutes or overnight. Drink and enjoy.

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Kava Tea

  6 tbs. Kava Kava Root
  3 tsp. Cinnamon
  3 tsp. Cardamon
  1 tsp. Nutmeg
  pinch of allspice
  1 gallon pure water
  1 or 2 cups milk, rice milk, or soymilk
  4 tbs. Honey

Bring all ingredients except milk & honey to a boil in a tightly covered non-aluminum pan. Reduce heat and simmer on low for 1 hour. Strain through cheesecloth. Add milk and honey (you can add more milk and honey to desired taste).

The Islanders say Kava is best consumed under circumstances when you are reasonably relaxed and free of the cares of the day. You should not overeat beforehand, nor should you consume vast quantities of alcohol.

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Strong Laxative Formula

oz. Aniseed 
1 oz Dandelion Rt.
1 oz Rhubarb Rt.
oz. Fennel seed
1 Licorice Rt.
oz Senna

To prepare: Use 8 oz of water with every 1 tsp of the herbal mixture. Simmer 20-30 min. Strain. Drink 1-2 cups before bed.

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Menopause Tincture

2 parts Wild Yam Root
1 part Sarsaparilla
1 part Blue Cohosh
2 parts False Unicorn
1 part Dong Quai
3 parts Sage
3 parts Licorice
3 parts Dandelion Root

Looking for alternative means of hormone replacement? Plants do not actually contain human hormones but they do contain lignans, coumetain, isoflavones and other chemicals that are plant based. When these chemicals come into contact with the good bacteria in the digestive system, they provide the needed building blocks to convert plant chemicals, phytoesterols, into human estrogen and progesterone. See our article on Hormone Replacement Alternative Therapy for more information.

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Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Capsules

3 parts Alfalfa - Biotin, calcium, choline, inositol, iron, magnesium, PABA, Phosphorus, potassium, protein, sodium, sulfur, tryptophan (amino acid),vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E, K, & U.

3 parts Dandelion - Biotin, calcium, choline, iron, lactupicrine, linoleic acid, magnesium, niacin, PABA, phosphorus, potash, proteins, resin, sulfur, potassium, vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B9, B12, C, E, P & zinc.

1 part Kelp - Alginic acid, biotin, bromine, calcium, choline, copper,iodine, potassium, selenium, vitamins A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, E, zinc

Put herbs in coffee grinder or food processor and grind to powder. Put in "00" caps.

If you make these each month they will remain fresh and vital. You get everything you need and compared to health food store prices these cost pennies!!!

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Nourishing Tea

A nice building nourishing tea full of vitamins and minerals.

1 part Oatstraw
1 part Nettle
1 part Raspberry
1 part Damiana (add if you suffer with PMS symptoms)

Put 1 tsp. to 1 tbsp herb mixture in a cup. Fill cup with boiling water. Cover and steep 20 minutes. Strain and drink. Traditionally 2-4 cups are drunk per day.

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Prostate Tincture

5 parts saw palmetto
1 part red clover blossom
1 part dandelion
1 part astragalus
1 part Elethuro

To make tincture, place the herbs in a jar along with a menstruum of alcohol, vinegar or glycerin. It should steep for at least 2 weeks. After 2 weeks the herbs are strained off and the liquid is put in a dark bottle.

Prostate Tea

1 part corn silk
1 part marshmallow
3 parts damiana
1 part horsetail

At the Herb Corner we carry a Male Blend Tea containing: damiana, nettle, gotu kola, comfrey, cinnamon, raspberry leaf, spearmint, peppermint, orange peel, ginger and stevia. I encourage you to read more about these herbs and stop by for a bit of tea.

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Pure Air Spritzer

These three essential oils are said to kill hundreds of airborne viruses and bacteria.
Just spray your home, office, hospital room, classroom, etc. and enjoy the difference.

1/2 tsp Bergamot Essential oil
1/2 tsp Eucalyptus Essential oil
1/2 tsp Lavender Essential oil
2oz pure distilled water
2oz vodka (acts as a preservative)

Put the essential oils in a 4 oz. spritzer bottle and fill with vodka and water. Shake and use as often as you like. You can vary the amounts of oils to get the right scent for you.

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Sinus & Congestion Tea

Here is a nice formula to use for sinus headaches and congestion. It works like a charm!

1oz. Elder flower

1 oz. Eyebright

1 oz. Echinacea herb

1/2 oz. Orange peel

1/2 oz. Dandelion leaf

1/4 oz. Goldenrod

To make: Mix all herbs together in a jar. Put 1 tsp. herb in a cup and fill with boiling water. Cover and steep about 20 minutes.

Traditionally dosage is 1 cup, 3-4 times a day.

You should get relief within a day but continue to take for a number of days if you know when allergies are worst for you (Spring, Fall), you take 3-4 months before that season begins as a preventative.

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Southernwood Moth Bags

1 cup dried southernwood
1 cup dried rosemary
1 cup dried lavender
1/4 cup ground cloves
1/4 cup crushed cinnamon sticks

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Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee

8 oz of half and half
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 whole egg
1 vanilla bean
8 egg yolks
5 oz sugar
1 cup sugar as needed
8 ramekins or custard cups

Heat half and half with vanilla bean extract until warm. Whisk together yolks, eggs, and sugar. Pour a small amount of the hot milk liquid into the egg mixture to temper it so the eggs won't scramble. Add remaining half and half. When cooled, add in cream. Cool completely. Remove vanilla bean. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Fill ramekins with mixture and place in baking dish. Fill the baking dish with hot water halfway up the side of the ramekins, cover with foil tightly and bake 35 minutes. Cool well. Sprinkle sugar over surface of creme. Place under broiler and broil until nicely browned and caramelized. Yield 8 portions.

bulletDon't throw your vanilla bean away. Wash it off and dry it, put it in with a jar of sugar. Use it on cereal or coffee...or anywhere you use sugar and want to add the flavor of vanilla!

bulletYou can make your own vanilla extract by splitting four vanilla beans and scraping the seeds. Add the seeds and beans to 2 cups of brandy or vodka. Let stand in a cool place for at least two months.
 

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Weight Loss Tea

Trying to lose weight in the winter is always tough because we are fighting our body's natural need to hold onto fat for extra warmth. As the weather warms up our bodies naturally want to shed those extra pounds.

Drinking 3-4 cups of our "Weight Loss Tea" will help assist your body to do just that. Chickweed herb, which is the base of this blend is rich in saponins which attach to and move fat from the cells. Of course eating a balanced diet and exercising are essential to this process too. Come on in and try a cup

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