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My herbal vinegar is sitting in the cupboard, with a mix of sage and rosemary. It has been there for about two weeks now. It took a bit of time to ensure no bubbles were left, but there was no mould so far so looks to be going well. Overall, a nice process to add herbs to vinegar. In about a week I will remove the herbs and have a taste of it. 🙂
Hi, so commenting on the equipment I might need, it’s really useful to have a list, as often what stops me is the idea that I don’t have the equipment I need and it can feel overwhelming thinking about the bits and pieces. When looking at the list, I have a majority of it around the house, that I just need to dig out. I will start to collect my glass jars and paper bags again when I shop as now a lot go to the recycling. The only things I don’t have is the funnel and integral sieve and herb dry rack. We used to have a bread maker that we used daily but since having kids I cannot make bread fast enough so it’s easier to buy the volume needed!!
below are a few herbs I have been taking recently.
Use: lowering cortisol and inflammation (stress)
Interaction: May decrease the effectiveness of immunosuppressant drugs and avoid taking them with sleeping tablets
Side effects: in large doses can cause stomach upset, diarrhea & vomiting or impact the liver
Use brain tonic; mental function, memory, and concentration.
side effects: can cause Nausea or Gastrointestinal upset
Use: to help sleep
Interaction: patients with an allergic reaction to Ragweed should be warned about the cross-sensitivity to Chamomile
Use: to calm the nervous system
Should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women and if used externally can cause irritation at high doses.
1: Do you remember using or do you still use any traditional remedies?
Traditional remedies that I used:
1. Tumeric to help with my overall mood/managing anxiety usually drunk in the form of a hot milk drink with black pepper and other herbs such as ground ginger and cinnamon.
2. Fresh ginger (normally drunk with lemon and Honey), especially during the winter to help with immunity
3. As a child my mother used to give me Echinecha when I was coming down with a cold or another sickness.
4. I sometimes use lavender oil on my temples before I am going to sleep.
4. I use pure almond oil as a body moisturizer every day for about 10 years and I have had very limited skin problems since then.
2: Note down a few herbs which you see for sale locally (therapeutic herbs).
I often visit the local health food store near where I live and they supply a majority of the most used herbs such as: echinacea, St. John’s wort, ginkgo Biloba, garlic, saw palmetto, ginseng, goldenseal, aloe and valerian, lavender.
Also spices such as: Tumeric, Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, Cumin, and Ginger.
At the supermarket of course they sell herbs such as Parsley, thyme, rosemary etc
4: Briefly describe what you understand the Doctrine of Signatures to mean.
The Doctrine of signatures was when it was believed that the shape of herb resembling the shape of the body part could heal/help it. i.e. Lungwort for the lungs, Liverwort for the liver, Walunuts for the head / brain.
The doctrine was flawed and caused some serious health issues when followed. Therefore the Doctrine has lost its credibility.