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Apothecary skills- The Herbal Kitchen

Apothecary skills: The Herbal Kitchen
For many of us, our first experience with herbs was in the kitchen. We did not always see them as medicine, but they absolutely are! In this class, we will learn how to incorporate more gerbs into our diets. From herbal seasoning blends to add to soups, salads, or sauces….to broths and teas…to sweet treats with nuts and dried fruits….there are numerous ways to increase the flavor, nutrition, and medicine of your everyday meals. Come play in the spices, learn a little history, and be inspired to include more herbs into your everyday. Take home a customized spice blend to enjoy and get your flavor on!

 

Great Immune Booster Recipes For You To Enjoy!

Anti-infection Tincture

2 parts Echinacea root tincture

2 parts Echinacea leaf and flower tincture

1 part ginger root tincture

1/2 part usnea tincture

1/2 part licorice root tincture

1 part Oregon grape root tincture

You can tincture this all together or separately. Excellent for hard to shake infections of all kinds and tasty!

Shared by the late and beloved Cascade Anderson Geller

Elderberry Wellness Syrup

1 cup elderberries (fresh or dried)

1/2 cup Echinacea root

2 Tbsp. Ginger root dried or 2-3 inch slice fresh

4 cups water

2 cups raw local honey

Place herbs in water and decoct for 30 minutes-1 hour, until reduced by half. Strain and add to the 2 cups elder tea, 2 cups of honey. Mix together well and add a splash of brandy if desired. Store in the fridge.

Fire Cider Zest

Illegal Medicine

1 good sized ginseng root

1/4 cup fresh grated ginger root

Cayenne to taste

Honey

apple cider vinegar

1/8 cup fresh garlic, minced

1/4 cup fresh grated horseradish root

*also consider: mushrooms, fresh turmeric root, hibiscus, orange slices, peppercorns, Echinacea, etc.

Place all herbs in a glass jar and pour in enough vinegar to completely cover. Let sit for 4 weeks. Strain and sweeten with honey to taste. Take a teaspoon daily or add to soups, salads, etc.

Flu Buster Tea

An old gypsy formula

1 part peppermint leaf

1 part elderflowers

1 part yarrow

Blend together and add 1 tsp. per cup of hot water. Infuse and enjoy!

It’s Hawthorn Time

It's Hawthorn Time!

As the fall rolls in…a friend and I went out to harvest hawthorn berries. Hawthorn is one of my most beloved herbs. A wonderful heart tonic, it is both soothing and delicious. Here is a couple of recipes to inspire your herbal explorations this fall.
 

Hawthorn Rose Conserve

 
This is a recipe I have made for years, it is so very addictively delicious! This recipe is from Healing Tonics by Jeanine Pollak (a book I highly recommend) :
1/2 cup hawthorn berries (fresh if possible)
1 cup dried rose hips (cut and sifted)
3/4 cup honey
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1+ Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
Add hawthorn berries to 2 cups boiling water and simmer over medium low heat for 1 hour. Stir often. Once decocted, let sit for another 30 minutes to 1 hour. Strain and while still hot, pour over the rosehips and let sit for half hour or so. Place 1/2 of the hawthorn rose into a blender and add honey, lemon juice, vanilla and cinnamon. Add more hawthorn rose as needed to get the right consistency….it should be like a thick pudding or jam. Store in the refrigerator and this should last a couple of weeks.
*Notes- Eat daily for best results, this is not only great for the heart, but high in vitamin c and helpful during the cold and flu season.
If you want to amp up the heart love in this formula, you could add tinctures of hawthorn, linden, motherwort, etc.
Enjoy!