Category: Medicinal Herbs


Borage

This herb is known for producing gorgeous flowers, but it is not used enough to appreciate the flavor that is similar to that of a cucumber. Borage is best used in salads and soups for a fresh and vibrant flavor.

Also known as the starflower contains high amounts of omega 6 fatty acids which are known to promote healthy joints and skin as well as a boost to the immune system. Borage can also be used as a diuretic to help remove unwanted water and toxins from the body.

 

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Trametes versicolor

Photo by Michael Kuo

Always check with herbalist before preparing and with your doctor to not conflict with prescribed meds or any other herbal intakes 

This bracket FUNGI IS NOT EDIBLE PER SE  fungi isn’t edible per se but you can use these to make a health nourishing tea. Some people dry these then grind them into powder and sprinkle some on their meals or make pills as these are medicinal.

When collecting BE SURE you have found turkey tails by following the info in the link I am posting below.

Science shows that turkey tails contain several cancer-blasting compounds. Two polysaccharide complexes in turkey tail are getting a great deal of scientific attention, PSK (or “Kreskin”) and PSP, making it the most extensively researched of all medicinal mushrooms with large scale clinical trials.

A seven-year, $2 million NIH-funded clinical study in 2011 found that turkey tail mycelium improves immune function when dosed daily to women with stage I–III breast cancer. Immune response was dose-dependent, with no adverse effects.

In addition to breast cancer other cancers may be treated by turkey tails. PSP has been shown to significantly enhance immune status in 70 to 97 percent of cancer patients. Turkey tail is also being used to treat many different infections, including aspergillus niger, Candida albicans, E. coli, HIV, Herpes, and streptococcus pneumonia, and is hepatoprotective.

Golden Milk

Traditional Ayurvedic healing drink used to treat inflammation, such as in arthritis and bursitis, and to support the immune system.

1/4 cup turmeric root powder

Almond oil

Milk (cow’s, almond or coconut)

Honey (optional)

To make:  combine the turmeric with 1/2 cup water in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the mixture turns into a thick paste.  Cool, scoop into a glass jar, and store in the refrigerator.

To use:   To make one serving, combine 1/2 to 1 teaspoon turmeric paste, 1 teaspoon almond oil, and 1 cup milk in  a blender.  Add honey to sweeten, if you wish.  Blend to make a frothy drink.

Variation:  You can add other herbs to this basic recipe, simmering them with the tumeric.  Traditional additions include adaptogenic tonics, such as ashwagandha, astragalus, cinnamon, and ginger
Reprinted from Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs.

4-6 tablespoons freshly grated gingerroot

1-2 lemons

Honey to taste

Combine the ginger with 1 quart cold water in a saucepan.  Cover the pan tightly and bring just to a boil.  Remove from the heat and let steep 10 to 15 minutes.  While the ginger is steeping, squeeze the juice from one or two lemons.  Strain the ginger from the tea, if you like, and then stir in the lemon juice and honey to taste for the finishing.

To use:   Drink warm or hot.

This is a herbal remedy for cramps, colds, congestion and fevers.  You can use bottled lemon juice, but in the bottling process much of what’s good about lemons has been cooked out.  Fresh lemons are the way to go.

This recipe is from Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal herbs.

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