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Self-Heal (Prunella Vulgaris ), Also Known As: All Heal, Heart of the Earth, Sicklewort, Heal All, Hook Heal, Carpenter's Herb has such a plethora of uses that it really deserves to be a part of every herbal medicine chest.

Self heal made into a tea can be used to soothe the discomfort of sore throats, especially when mixed with honey. By extension it can also be used to ease the irritation of chest infections in general, such as bronchitis. The cold infusion of the herb can be used to soothe hot flashes.

It can be applied as a salve to speed the healing of injuries, and taken internally to improve healing from surgery and to speed the healing of internal injuries.

The herb is astringent, and is also suitable for haemorrhage, for which it can be taken internally and used externally. It can lower fevers, making it a fantastic herb for treating feverish colds and the dreaded influenza, especially where the illness has led to raised glands.

I suspect it may also have some uses in treating glandular fever as well. It can be used to return thyroid function to normal as it is an amphoteric thyroid herb.

Self Heal can be used to stimulate the immune system and soothe inflammatory responses that cause illness and pain. It can also be used to soothe allergic responses so I suspect it would probably combine well with Eyebright and Mullein in the treatment of hayfever and seasonal change related problems.

The herb can also be used for the digestive system, to relieve hepatitis, jaundice and simple diarrhoea. Some sources reckon it can also be used to improve the body's ability to cope with diabetes by having an action on the pancreas. The flowers in particular are apparently a liver restorative, though I've never used the flower tincture on its own.

In addition to all its other useful properties, the herb can be used to lower high blood pressure and resolve edema, and as a general kidney tonic as well as for haematuria.

As it has some pretty good anti viral properties, I can't help wondering if it could also be used as part of a prescription for those suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, especially where this was kicked off by a viral infection prior to the onset.

Because the herb stimulates the immune system and soothes inflammatory responses, it could possibly also be used as part of treatment for fibromyalgia.

Topically, because the plant has such a high mucilage content, it can be used to draw infection out of wounds. A spit poultice can be made of the plant if you are unlucky enough to be out and about when injury occurs, or a mortar and pestle can be used to break up the fresh herb.

In China, the herb is used as an anti cancer treatment as it has some anti mutagenic properties, as well as being anti-oxidant.
https://www.eldrumherbs.co.uk/content/content_files/profiles_self-heal_prunella-vulgaris.php?state=1

The Benefits of Prunella Vulgaris:
https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-prunella-vulgaris-88644

Mullein: The Medicinal Herb that Fights Infections & Inflammation:
https://draxe.com/mullein/

MEDICINAL QUALITIES OF EYEBRIGHT:
http://www.herballegacy.com/Hartzog_Medicinal.html

Nettle for Allergies: Relief That Is So Complete, It May Blow You Away...
https://www.freshbitesdaily.com/nettle-allergies/

https://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/herbs/stinging-nettle/

https://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/healing-allergy-inflammation-with-stinging-nettle

Dr. Axe: Benefits if Sarsaparilla:
https://draxe.com/sarsaparilla/

Hayfever/Allergy Tea Blend:

2 Parts Whole Self Heal Plant
1 Part Mullein leaf and flower
1 Part Eyebright herb
1 Part Wood Nettle or Stinging Nettle
1 Part Wild Sarsaparilla Leaf (Optional)

Mix the herbs together, store in sealed containers. To make tea, place 1 tablespoon herb blend in a cup, pour just boiled water over, and cover for 15-30 minutes. Strain, sweeten with honey, stevia, sucanat, coconut sugar, etc, and enjoy 2-3 times per day, as needed. You can also add a base tea of black, red or green tea for more flavor. Get creative, it's your medicine!

Alternatively, you can make large batches of the tea in a pot, allow to cool, strain and store in a half gallon jugs in the refrigerator. Enjoy the tea cold or re-warm it. Use within a week.

Self-Heal, An Herbalists Favorite Herb: Meet the Herbalist: Arthur Haines
http://www.herbstalk.org/blog/meet-the-herbalist-arthur-haines

Ancestral Plants Vol 2 By Arthur Haines: https://www.surthrival.com/products/ancestral-plants-vol-2-by-arthur-haines

Health benefits of mustard greens:

Mustard greens, like spinach, are the storehouse of many phytonutrients that have health promotional and disease prevention properties.

Leaf-mustard is very low in calories (27 calories per 100 g raw leaves) and fats. However, its dark-green leaves carry ample amounts of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Additionally, it contains a very good amount of dietary fiber that helps control cholesterol level by interfering with its absorption in the gut. Adequate fiber in the food aids in smooth bowel movements and thereby offers protection from hemorrhoids, constipation as well as colon cancer diseases.

The greens are excellent sources of vitamin-K. 100 g of fresh leaves carry about 257.5 µg or about 215% of daily requirement of vitamin K-1 (phylloquinone). Vitamin-K has been found to have a potential role in bone mass building function by promoting osteoblastic activity in the bone. It also has an established role to play in Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.

Mustard greens are a rich source of antioxidant like flavonoids, indoles, sulforaphane, carotenes, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Indoles, mainly Di-indolyl-methane (DIM) and sulforaphane have proven benefits against prostate, breast, colon and ovarian cancers by virtue of their cancer-cell growth inhibition, cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.

Fresh leaves are also a modest source of the B-complex group of vitamins such as folic acid, pyridoxine, thiamin, riboflavin, etc. 100 g fresh leaves provide about 12 µg (about 3% of RDA) of folic acid. This water-soluble vitamin has a significant role in DNA synthesis, and cell division. When supplemented to women during their peri-conception time, this vitamin may help prevent neural tube defects in their newborn babies.

Fresh mustard leaves are excellent sources of vitamin-C. 100 of fresh leaves provide 70 µg or about 117% of RDA. Vitamin-C (ascorbic acid) is a powerful natural antioxidant that offers protection against free radical injury and flu-like viral infections.

Mustard leaves are also incredible sources of vitamin-A (provide 3024 IU or 101% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin-A is an essential nutrient required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Fresh mustard greens are an excellent source of several essential minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium, and manganese.

Regular consumption of mustard greens in the diet is known to prevent arthritis, osteoporosis, iron deficiency anemia and believed to offer protection from cardiovascular diseases, asthma and colon and prostate cancers.
https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/mustard-greens.html

While the table condiment mustard does indeed come from the mustard seed, the leaves, flowers, seed pods and roots are also edible. Mustards are in the same large family with cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, kale, kohlrabi, wasabi, and others. The only problem is there are so many wild mustards its hard to tell which one you might have.

They are all edible, but some are a little more edible than others. What that means is mustard greens I used to pick in Maine were fairly tender, and not strong when cooked. The mustard greens I pick here in Florida are much tougher and spicier. They have to be chopped up more and cooked longer, but they still are delicious if a bit toothy. The point is you have to experiment a little to find your preference with your particular mustard.

Young leaves can use used raw in salads, or cooked as a potherb. As the plant ages, it becomes strong and sometimes the leaves are too bitter to eat. Tender young seeds pods can be added to salads, but are peppery. If you are so inclined, you can make mustard out of the seeds, just grind them up and mix with vinegar, salt optional. Each plant can produces 2,000 to 3,500 seeds a season and the seeds can remain dormant underground for years.

Flower buds are also tasty when boiled. One nice touch is to add raw mustard flowers to your favorite vinegar to give it a little personalized pick-me-up — like the Roman wine, after all vinegar is just tarted up wine. The ratio is about half a cup of blossoms per pint of vinegar. Oh, the shape of the blossoms — like a Maltese cross — gave name to their family, Cruciferae, or cross-like.
http://www.eattheweeds.com/cutting-the-wild-mustard-brassica-sinapis-2/

An Edible Landscape: Wild Mustard:
http://www.gwinnettmastergardeners.com/2008/05/an-edible-landscape-wild-mustard.html

The Medicinal Properties and Health Benefits of Violets:

Violets have been known throughout history as a healing herb. An example that was proven by research was that Viola odorata contains phenolic glycosides, flavonoids, saponins, alkaloids, mucilage, and tannins among other things. These compounds work in several ways to cure ailments.

Hippocrates, in the ancient times, classified the violet as a “moist” plant, which is best used for treating liver disorders as well as bad tempers. In the 16th century, the English used syrups made from violets for their laxative properties.

Violet remedies were also used for pleurisy, epilepsy, and jaundice. Culpepper, a 17th-century herbalist states that “All the violets are cold and moist while they are fresh and green, and are used to cool any heat or distemperature of the body.” He personally recommends the use of violet concoctions to treat various skin and eye disorders, as well as congestion and constipation.

As science advanced through time it has been it has been theorized that a lot of these known medicinal powers of violets in the history of folklore have been exaggerated and could not merit enough scientific evidence. However, further advancement in medical studies of the present period has found that the flowers, as well as the leaves and the roots of violets, in fact, do contain various healing compounds.

An example that was proven by research was that Viola odorata contains phenolic glycosides, flavonoids, saponins, alkaloids, mucilage, and tannins among other things. These compounds work in several ways to cure ailments.

• The flavonoids act as diuretics to help treat individuals who suffer from elevated blood pressure.

• The alkaloids have vasodilating effects, causing blood vessels to relax, allowing the blood to flow easier; thus, it helps decrease blood pressure.

• The mucilage and saponins are soothing expectorants that help relieve coughs and other bronchial ailments.

• The salicylic acid in violets acts as painkillers and as an anti-inflammatory compound similar to the active ingredient in aspirin which helps people reduce arthritis discomforts or other discomfort felt in the joints.

• James A. Duke, a herbalist and a plant expert, states that the significant amounts of rutin, a compound that strengthens capillaries, are found in violet flowers. This compound prevents “leakage” from the blood vessels resulting in less swelling in pain, which benefits people who suffer from inflammation.

• Violets contain rich anti-oxidant compounds in the form of beta-carotene and ascorbic acid. A 140 ml serving of violet leaves provides as much vitamin C equivalent to 4 oranges.

1. SKIN CARE
Violet essential oil is gentle acting on the skin and is well-known for its ability to help with a number of skin conditions. The leaf, as well as its flowers, has been used traditionally to treat a host of skin issues, so before spending even more money on those commercial skin care products, give this natural treatment a try.

2. INFLAMMATION
Violet essential oil can be used with great effect on the body to deal with conditions caused by inflammation. Violet essential oil has anti-inflammatory compounds and many sufferers of rheumatism and arthritis have found it to be an effective remedy when massaged into their painful muscles and joints.
Violet essential oil can also help stimulate circulation of blood to the muscles.

3. HEADACHES AND STRESS
Violet essential oil has comforting and calming properties and can be used to help ease a number of conditions. It is said to be able to ease headaches and migraines as well as dizziness, anxiety and nervous exhaustion.

4. COLDS AND SINUS PROBLEMS
Violet essential oil can be very effective in getting rid of some of the more troublesome symptoms of the common cold like respiratory congestion blocked sinuses and sore throats.Because of its expectorant properties, violet oil can be diffused near your bed at night and the vapors inhaled to help clear your lungs of phlegm and any other congestion.
https://goodwitcheshomestead.com/2018/02/04/the-medicinal-properties-and-health-benefits-of-violets/

Proven Foods and Herbs to Cleanse Your Blood:
https://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/best-herbs-and-foods-to-cleanse-your-blood/

Violet's Edible and Medicinal Uses:
https://chestnutherbs.com/violets-edible-and-medicinal-uses/

How to Make Violet Syrup:
https://seekingjoyfulsimplicity.com/how-to-make-violet-syrup/

12 Health Benefits of Turmeric:

Antioxidant: Curcumin has the ability to quench free radicals that can cause mutation in our DNA.

Cancer Preventative: The cancer-causing effects of cigarette smoke, barbequing, and smoke of any kind are suppressed by curcumin.

Anti-Inflammatory: Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory powers are as effective as many anti-inflammatory drugs, including effective as phenylbutazone and cortisone without the side effects.

Liver Protective: Curcumin has been shown to have a protective effect on the liver and is incredibly effective at increasing bile release, which helps with fat digestion.

Wound Healing: Natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties to keep the infection away from cuts and burns.

Super Brain Function: Curcumin greatly reduces the rate of mental decline. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

Kills the Bad Guys: Curcumin has anti-microbial properties that fight the nasty guys such as Clostridium, Streptococcus, Entamoeba histolytica, and several pathogenic fungi.

Natural Pain Killer: Helps reduce sensations of chronic pain. Yay more of this!
Promote Weightloss: Helps manage weight, and aid in fat metabolism.

Reduce Depression: A staple in Chinese medicine for helping lift mood in cases of depression.

Boost Effectiveness of Cancer Drugs: Studies have shown that turmeric can boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

Skin Healing: Can help internally and topically with psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Turmeric Wine Tonic Recipe:

10 oz grain alcohol or vodka
10 oz port wine
12 teaspoons turmeric powder
5 teaspoons cinnamon powder
4 teaspoons cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons piper logum
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine all ingredients in a jar except port. Attach lid and shake well. Store for 24 hours. After 24 hours, add port and shake. Tonic is ready for use as is, or you can strain it. Take up to 1/2 oz with evening meal.

Benefits of Piper Logum (Long Pepper)
https://www.curejoy.com/content/health-benefits-of-pippli-piper-longum/

Benefits of Taking Turmeric:
https://www.naturalnews.com/turmeric.html

20 Health Benefits of Turmeric:
https://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html

Dr. Axe on Turmeric
https://draxe.com/turmeric-benefits/

Benefits of Cinnamon:
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-cinnamon

Mercola on Cinnamon:
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/11/09/surprising-cinnamon-benefits.aspx

Benefits of Cloves:
https://www.naturalfoodseries.com/17-benefits-cloves/

The ubiquitous turkey tail is not a gourmet mushroom. You won't see them on a five star menu sauteed with wild leeks. This species has one main claim to fame: as a medicinal mushroom. And a powerful one at that.

What makes it so potent? It's full of a protein-bound molecule known as PSK, or polysaccharide K. A polysaccharide is simply a complex carbohydrate that is made up of a repeating chain of simple sugars.

Not a very sexy definition, but many polysaccharides (including PSK) have been shown to boost the immune system to fight infection and many different types of cancers.

PSK works by suppressing the growth of tumor cells, inhibiting the expression of genes that have the potential to cause cancer, and stimulating the immune system to produce more of the body's own cells that attack foreign cells.

You can read more about the mechanism of action of PSK, as well as find lots of reference links to various studies, at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center page here. (Note: this site may make you agree to a disclaimer before they let you in. Go ahead and agree. It's safe and they have lots of great info).

Yet this mushroom contains more benefits than Coriolus versicolor PSK. The various constituents work together to reportedly:
Reduce inflammation throughout the body
Fight viral infections and diseases such as herpes and hepatitis
Reduce the growth of tumors and prevent new ones
Lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
Increase stamina and energy

Studies into this medicinal mushroom are ongoing, including a $5.4 million prostate cancer study done through Bastyr University and the NIH (National Institute of Health).

The evidence for the positive benefit of Trametes versicolor on personal health is definitely there. It will be interesting to see what more we can learn in the near future!
https://www.mushroom-appreciation.com/trametes-versicolor.html

Dr. Axe on Turkey Tail Mushroom:
https://draxe.com/turkey-tail-mushroom/

Turkey Tail Mushroom Extract for Cancer Treatment
http://medicinal-mushrooms.net/turkey-tail-mushroom-extract-for-cancer-treatment/

"Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) (Dipsacus sylvestris) has the ability to restore a life broken down by Lyme disease. The first six years were characterized by undiagnosed neuroborreliosis without the more well known Lyme symptoms of joint and muscle problems. However, after a re-infection six years later, the physical problems also appeared. A treatment with Tincture of Teasel Root lasting for 7 ½ months on a low dosage (altogether two 30 ml bottles) cured all the problems. Two brain scans, one taken during years of illness and another taken after the treatment was completed, provide indisputable evidence of teasel’s effectiveness..."
https://www.flaatthjelp.net/to-sma-fl...

Ingredients for Teasel Alcohol Extraction:

2 cups fresh clean teasel root
1 Quart menstruum (highest content alcohol you can get like moonshine or grain alcohol. Best quality vodka will work.)
Clean Quart jar with non-metal lid

Ingredients for Teasel Glycerine Extract:

2 cups fresh clean teasel root
2 cups vegetable glycerine
2 pint canning jars with lids and rings
Quart Jar with lid
Pot

Teasel Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients: iridoids, saponins, derivates of coffeic acid, potash salt, inulin, bitters, and the glycoside scabiodise

Teasel is used widely in the treatment of Lyme Disease.
Teasel warms the cells and muscles, inviting Lyme Disease bacteria into the bloodstream for the immune system to do its work
Teasel addresses chronic inflammation of the muscles as an anti-inflammatory for "Lyme arthritis"
Teasel is a general analgesic for pain
Teasel works as a stimulant similar to caffeine to alleviate feelings of lethargy

Making Teasel Root Tincture:
https://ladybarbarasgarden.wordpress....

Teasel Root Protocols:
https://www.crescentmoonherbals.com/T...

IN DEPTH HEALING STRATEGIES FOR LYME DISEASE:
https://fiveelementhealing.net/in-dep...

Swedish Bitters – The Long Life Elixir!

SWEDISH BITTERS HEALTH BENEFITS:

Having bitter foods as a part of your daily diet can be very beneficial to your health. Many studies confirmed that getting a proper amount of bitter flavor foods is a key benefit to your digestive health and many important health benefits. Swedish Bitters contain high level of bitterness and taking it diluted with water, tea or juice regularly can help you to:

Fight Sugar cravings
Relive Gas and bloating
Sooth Occasional heartburn
Increase digestive enzymes, bile & HCL production
Calm upset stomach and nausea
Promote absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K
Help maintain healthy blood sugar levels
Balance appetite
Ease constipation and regulate bowel movements
Support liver function and healthy skin
Improve biliary, pancreatic and gastric secretion
Sooth digestive tract
Relieve bloating, flatulence, gas, cramps and nausea
Help with toxin elimination
Tonify and regenerate digestive tract
Acting as a gentle laxative
Restore natural acid balance in the stomach
Stimulate blood circulation
Stimulate liver function
Using Swedish Bitters externally will help alleviate inflammations of all kinds if applied to spots, wounds, bruises, scars and contusions.

WHAT IS SWEDISH BITTERS AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?

Swedish Bitters is a mix of herbs that are used to make an ethanolic remedy. In addition to Theriak and camphor, bitter drugs are typical components of the various Swedish Bitters formulas that help fight various diseases; an infusion can be taken for pain or problems in the digestive tract, for the normalization of digestion, helps to cleanse liver and blood and some say it was effective as a treatment for Candida. Can be helpful in the treatment of allergies, skin conditions and some hemorrhoids.

Bitters mix has also been used as a mild laxative tonic. Taking tonic mix may help those who suffer with inflammation such as arthritis, swollen joints and sprains. There are also reviews, testimonies and recommendations that this specific tinctures of herbs can clean the body of toxins. In addition, the reception of bitterness helps to cope with the symptoms of some diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, heaviness in the stomach, bloating, heartburn, constipation, etc.).

Apart from bittering agents, Swedish Bitters herbs according to Maria Treben mainly contain anthranoid drugs. As most herbal tonics, they are claimed to cure a large variety of ailments and are still being used in a traditional medicine today.
https://www.wellbeingherbs.com/blogs/swedish-bitters/everything-you-need-to-know-about-swedish-bitters/

Our Maria Treben's Authentic™ Swedish Bitters Dry Mixture (3.5oz/100g)

Ingredients:

10 grams Wormwood
5 grams Myrrh
2 grams Saffron
10 grams Senna leaves
10 grams Camphor**
10 grams Rhubarb roots
10 grams Manna
10 grams Theriac venezian
5 grams Carline Thistle roots
10 grams Angelica roots
10 grams Zedoary roots

This mixture is put into a wide-necked 2 liter bottle and 1.5 liter of 38% to 40% rye or fruit spirit are poured over it.

The bottle is left standing in the sun or near the stove for 14 days and shaken daily. The liquid is then strained and poured into small bottles, well stoppered and stored in cool place. This way it can be kept for many years. The longer it stands the more effective it becomes! Shake well before use!

Alternatively some of the liquid can be strained into a small bottle and the rest left in the bottle until required.
https://www.swedishbitters.com/making-swedish-bitters

Homemade Swedish Bitters - The Easy, Modern Recipe:
http://self-healing-herbs.com/swedish-bitters.html

How to Make Wild Mead Like a Viking

Wild yeast gets a bad rap in modern homebrewing. Because commercial yeast strains have been developed in laboratories for specific flavor profiles and other parameters, brewers are encouraged to sanitize excessively and bring mead to high heat levels (and then cooling) before adding yeast to kill off any wild yeast or other microbes.

Traditionally, the entire goal would have been to keep these yeasts and microbes alive, as they wanted to harness these “brew spirits” for a strong fermentation. There’s nothing wrong with using wild yeast in a modern fermentation – as a matter of fact, it can make for a more interesting and intimate experience.

To initiate a wild fermentation you’ll need the following equipment and ingredients:

A 3-5 gallon open-mouthed vessel (glass, ceramic or food-grade plastic)
A wooden stir stick
A clean cheesecloth, towel or t-shirt large enough to cover the opening of the vessel
At least one quart (2.5 lbs.) of raw, unfiltered honey (pasteurized honey won’t work)
One gallon of spring water (or other clean, un-chlorinated drinking water)
4-5 organic raisins
1 teaspoon of lemon juice, or a whole lemon or orange
A small handful of any wild botanical such as wildflower (violets and dandelions are good) petals (no greens!) as an optional additional source of wild yeast and nutrients
Any organic fruit such as berries, grapes or plums with a nice white powdering of natural yeast (just a few to start – also optional)

Mix the honey and water together in a stockpot beforehand on medium-low heat to ensure the honey fully dissolves. Or, warm the honey container in the sun or but setting it in a pot of warm water beforehand. Next, mix the honey and water together thoroughly in your open-mouthed container, stirring with your stir stick to fully dissolve the honey. Drop in raisins and other botanicals / fruits. Add one teaspoon of lemon juice, or squeeze a bit from a whole lemon or orange.

Next, place the vessel in a warm, dark corner (about 70 degrees F / 21 C with no direct sunlight is ideal) and cover with a cloth, keeping the stir stick in or laying it carefully across the top of the vessel. You will want to return to the vessel at least three times daily to give the must (unfermented mead) a vigorous stir for 2-3 minutes at a time. This will incorporate any yeast that has dropped in from the air or is on the ingredients into the overall liquid. It also provides aeration, which is important for a strong fermentation.

Whether you’ve gone with a wild mead starter or are taking the commercial yeast route, the process is about the same. Simply mix all ingredients but yeast together, ensuring the honey and water are warm enough to fully dissolve. Stir thoroughly, add yeast, cover and let sit overnight.

Next, siphon or pour through a funnel into either a one-gallon jug or five-gallon carboy. Place an airlock half full of water inserted into a cork in the vessel opening (a balloon will also work). Set the vessel in a warm, dark area and allow to sit for at least a month.

At this point, it will have reached an alcohol level of around 5-7%. It will be cloudy and yeasty and still somewhat sweet. It will be tempting to drink it now. Many people do. It’s your prerogative. However, if you want to fully age it into a clarified, high-alcohol (about 12%) mead, you’ll need to rack it into another container.

What this means is that you’ll be transferring it into another airlocked jug, leaving behind the lees, or yeast sediment, that will have gathered on the bottom. The best way to do this is with a vinyl siphoning hose. Simply place a clean hose into the jug of mead until the end is a bit less than an inch above the lees, place the other end in your mouth to start a siphon, then place that end into a clean jug set a foot or two below the bottom of the other jug so that gravity can do its work, and watch it siphon away. You’ll want to rack at least another two times (ever 3-4 months) until you have a nice clear mead with minimal sediment on the bottom of the jug.

It can be tough to know when to bottle if you want a flat, un-carbonated mead, as the sugars in the mead can take time to fully ferment out. Generally, a one-gallon batch will be ready to bottle in about six months. For a five gallon batch it can be a little over a year. Drop a bit of table sugar into the mead to test, or give it a careful stir (you don’t want to oxygenate it too much at this point). If you notice fizzing, then the mead is still carbonated. Another option is to place a lid on the container, wait a day or two and carefully open the lid. If you hear fizzing it’s still fermenting. Bottle in wine bottles (you’ll need a bottle corker), beer bottles (with new caps and a bottle capper) or flip-top / swing-top bottles.
https://www.norsetradesman.com/blogs/news/fill-your-horn-with-this-viking-era-mead

With warming, stimulating, and disinfecting actions, Juniper Berry herbal extract has many medicinal benefits. Juniper Berry promotes urine flow and helps to clear the kidneys, bladder, and prostate of toxic wastes, while at the same time helping to combat urinary tract infections in both men and women. Juniper Berry's warm, aromatic qualities aid digestion and also help to relieve gout, arthritis, rheumatism and the build-up of uric acid in the joints or painful joints. Apart from that, it is also used for expelling worms. Juniper Berry tincture cleanses toxins from the blood for the proper functioning of the various organs. Being a powerful antiseptic, the Juniper Berry may be applied to slow-healing wounds in a salve. Its astringent properties help for treating toothaches and strengthening the gums. Juniper Berry is excellent for different skin conditions such as dandruff, athlete's foot, acne, psoriasis and weeping eczema. It is one of the most important herbal remedies to relieve stress, nervous tension, anxiety and mental fatigue. Along with all its other health benefits, these berries have been used effectively to assist in losing weight naturally.

Juniper Berry extract is a well-known diuretic. Perhaps this is the reason why they are considered to be one of the best herbal remedies for kidney and bladder conditions. The detoxification properties of the Juniper Berries make the kidneys work faster and aids in getting rid of toxic waste from the body effectively. By clearing and disinfecting the urinary tract it may help to prevent urinary tract infections, urinary tract cystitis, and urethritis. They are used between flare-ups in those with frequent infections, but not in cases of a chronic bladder infection. If you have a raging infection, the herb could be too stimulating for the organ. Juniper berry tincture should be taken only in small, cautious doses, and only under the supervision of a health practitioner. Juniper increases the filtering of waste products by the kidneys and has been found to be helpful for dissolving kidney stones, expelling prostate sediment and gallstones.

Because Juniper has been indicated for chronic conditions associated with debility and lack of tone in the tissues. It is most often used for treating the elderly or those with chronic disease. Both the aging process and prolonged disease have been associated with the loss of tone in the tissues and organs.

Juniper is a natural storehouse of insulin, which can be beneficial for diabetics, especially for those who are suffering from pancreatic damage. It is also believed to have the ability to restore the pancreas when no permanent damage has been done. Diabetics must be careful when using this herbal tincture as it can raise glucose levels in the body.

Juniper helps to tone the digestive system and has a soothing effect on the stomach. Herbalists use the extract to calm indigestion, heartburn, cramping, colic, belching and flatulence. It is also believed to enhance the appetite which can be helpful in cases of anorexia. Juniper acts as a stimulant to improve digestive function, helping increase the flow of digestive fluid and eliminate excess gas. Juniper's antiseptic properties help aid in the removal of waste and acidic toxins from the body. These properties may help in stimulating a fighting action against yeast infections and bacterial infections.

Juniper is valuable for respiratory infections and congestion because of its volatile oil in its berries open bronchial passages, it is a natural expectorant and helps expel mucus from the lungs and nose. It is highly recommended in catarrhal conditions and has helped to ease breathing and treat bronchial asthma, emphysema, sinusitis, head colds and other viral infections. It can also be used topically in a salve or poultice for lung congestion and coughs.

Therapeutic actions: Antiseptic; Aromatic; Anodyne; Carminative; Decongestant; Diaphoretic; Diuretic; Digestive; Emmenagogue; Rubefacient; Stimulant; Stomachic; Tonic.

Dr. Axe on Juniper Berries:
https://draxe.com/juniper-berries/

Mercola on Juniper Berry:
https://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/juniper-berry-oil.aspx

Kefir Benefits:

1. Boosts Immunity

Kefir contains many compounds and nutrients, like biotin and folate, that help kick your immune system into gear and protect your cells. It contains large amounts of kefir probiotics, the special forces of the microbial world. One kefir probiotic strain in particular that’s specific to kefir alone is called Lactobacillus Kefiri, which helps defend against harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. Coli. This bacterial strain, along with the various handful of others, helps modulate the immune system and inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria.

2. Builds Bone Strength

Osteoporosis is a major concern for many people today. The deteriorating bone disease flourishes in systems that don’t get enough calcium, which is essential for bone health. Fortunately, kefir made from whole fat dairy has high levels of calcium from milk. However, perhaps more importantly, it holds bioactive compounds that help absorb calcium into the body and stop bone degeneration.

Kefir also contains vitamin K2, which has been shown to be vital in improving calcium absorption as well as bone health and density. The probiotics in kefir improve nutrient absorption, and the dairy itself contains all of the most important nutrients for improving bone strength, including phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin K2.

3. Potentially Fights Cancer

Cancer is a serious epidemic impacting our country and the world today. Kefir can play a big role in helping your body fight this nasty disease. It can be a seriously effective weapon against the spread of these multiplying and dangerous cells. The compounds found in the probiotic drink have actually been shown to kill off cancer cells in the stomach in some in vitro studies.

Kefir benefits in the fight against cancer are due to its large anti-carcinogenic role inside the body. It can slow the growth of early tumors and their enzymatic conversions from non-carcinogenic to carcinogenic. One in vitro test conducted by the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University in Canada showed that kefir reduced breast cancer cells by 56 percent, as opposed to yogurt strains, which reduced the number of cells by 14 percent.

4. Supports Digestion and Combats IBS

When it comes to bacteria in the gut, it’s a tricky balance. Research suggests that consuming probiotic foods like kefir milk and kefir yogurt can help restore that balance and fight against gastrointestinal diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcers.

5. Improves Allergies

Various forms of allergies and asthma are all linked to inflammatory issues in the body. Kefir may help treat inflammation at the source to help reduce the risk of respiratory issues like allergies and asthma.

6. Heals Skin

When your gut is out of whack, it can send signals to your skin that disrupt its natural balance and cause all sorts of problems like acne, psoriasis, rashes and eczema. Kefir helps bring good bacteria back to the forefront and supports the health of your largest organ, the skin.

7. Improves Lactose Intolerance Symptoms

The good bacteria found in many dairy products is essential for a healthy gut and body. However, there are many out there who cannot tolerate dairy because they are unable to digest lactose, the key sugar found in milk (thus being lactose intolerant). The active ingredient in kefir helps break lactose down and makes it easier to digest.
https://draxe.com/kefir-benefits/

Dr. Jerry Tennant "Healing is Voltage": Why Raw Milk is the best form of fat to accumulate and retain body voltage: https://biohackly.com/dr-jerry-tennant-ph-and-voltage-healing-is-voltage/

How to Make Kefir Weston A Price Foundation:
https://chapters.westonaprice.org/daytonoh/how-to/milk-kefir/

Find a local dairy who offers raw milk and cream as a legal herd share: Weston A Price Chapter Locater:
https://secure.westonaprice.org/cvweb_weston/cgi-bin/utilities.dll/openpage?wrp=chapter_dir.htm

Japanese knotweed, The underground part of this herb has already been used as medicine for thousands of years, mainly treating Lyme disease, cough, joint pain, chronic bronchitis, jaundice, amenorrhea, hypertension, and so on.

In addition to its extensive medicinal uses, it is also cultivated as ornamental plant and cooked as food too. Its edible parts, including edible leaves and shoots, are eaten as vegetable. And its root is used for making refreshing cold drinks to replace tea in summer.

Japanese knotweed benefits:

Resveratrol is actually a type of chemical produced to increase the plant’s resistance to the environmental stresses, such as bad weather, microbial infection, etc. This matter has significant pharmacological and biological effects, such as fighting cancer, protecting nerve, defying aging, reducing inflammation, prolonging life, and so on.

Modern pharmacological actions of polygonum cuspidatum

1. Anthraquinone injection has significant antihypertensive effect on anesthetized rabbits;

2. Resveratrol has a therapeutic effect on peroxidized corn oil induced liver injury in rats;

3. Emodin and naphthoquinone are with antibacterial activity;

4. Experiments by electrical stimulation of the superior laryngeal nerve in cats showed that emodin, PD, and compound prescription of Polygonum cuspidatum had antitussive effect;

5. It has anti-cancer effect;

6. Its oxalic acid can cause hypoglycemic shock in rabbits by intravenous injection. In addition, this herb can reduce the incidence and mortality of diabetes in experimental animals;

7. Polydatin (200mg/kg) can significantly reduce serum cholesterol in normal rats by intragastric administration for 7 consecutive days. But polygonum cuspidatum decoction showed no obvious effect, which might be associated with less resveratrol contained in decoction;

8. Its decoction has obvious hemostasis on traumatic bleeding and certain hemostasis on upper gastrointestinal bleeding by taken orally;
http://www.chineseherbshealing.com/ja...

Japanese Knotweed: Dreadable Edible:
http://www.eattheweeds.com/japanese-k...

Resveratrol Effects – Resveratrol has long been known to slow the aging process, help with inflammation. It also helps with the healing and prevention of cancer, protect the nervous system from the ravages of free radicals, helps the body with stress and seems to extend life in general.

Lots of Vitamins – Japanese Knotweed also contains lots of Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are powerful antioxidants.

Anti-Inflammatory – Japanese Knotweed because of all the powerful antioxidants helps with arthritis, joint disease, pain, swelling, and redness associated with inflammation. And inflammation is the first step towards disease so using Japanese Knotweed can prevent disease in general.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Because Japanese Knotweed contains so many powerful antioxidants including resveratrol it can help prevent and in some cases reverse neuronal plaque buildup in the brain.

Liver Detoxing – Japanese Knotweed has been shown in studies with animals to help in the healing process of liver disease and acute liver toxicity.

Prevents Heart Disease – This wonderful herb has the ability to prevent cardiovascular disease, thus many people add Knotweed to their diet to prevent cardiovascular challenges.

Lowers Blood Pressure – Japanese Knotweed has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure in animals because it contains anthraquinone which dilates blood vessels.

Prevents Cancer – As with all powerful antioxidants they have the ability to help prevent cancer. Studies show that Japanese Knotweed because of it’s high antioxidant rating can help with the healing of breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and other types of cancer.

Heals the GI Tract – Japanese Knotweed is great for healing GI inflammation, constipation, bloating, gas, cramps, and other chronic digestive problems. Again the main healing agent is resveratrol which is amazing for healing inflammation.

Lowers Cholesterol – Studies show that Japanese Knotweed can also lower cholesterol thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes.

Lyme’s Disease – Very few compounds seem to help with lyme disease but Japanese Knotweed seems to ease the symptoms of the disease. For Lyme’s disease many recommend using from a teaspoon or more (some even recommend a tablespoon) of the powder 3 times a day mixed with juice, this is a much higher dose for Lyme’s disease.
https://paulhaider.wordpress.com/2016...

Japanese knotweed, The underground part of this herb has already been used as medicine for thousands of years, mainly treating Lyme disease, cough, joint pain, chronic bronchitis, jaundice, amenorrhea, hypertension, and so on. In addition to its extensive medicinal uses, it is also cultivated as ornamental plant and cooked as food too. Its edible parts, including edible leaves and shoots, are eaten as vegetable. And its root is used for making refreshing cold drinks to replace tea in summer.

Japanese knotweed benefits:

Resveratrol is actually a type of chemical produced to increase the plant’s resistance to the environmental stresses, such as bad weather, microbial infection, etc. This matter has significant pharmacological and biological effects, such as fighting cancer, protecting nerve, defying aging, reducing inflammation, prolonging life, and so on.

Modern pharmacological actions of polygonum cuspidatum

1. Anthraquinone injection has significant antihypertensive effect on anesthetized rabbits;

2. Resveratrol has a therapeutic effect on peroxidized corn oil induced liver injury in rats;

3. Emodin and naphthoquinone are with antibacterial activity;

4. Experiments by electrical stimulation of the superior laryngeal nerve in cats showed that emodin, PD, and compound prescription of Polygonum cuspidatum had antitussive effect;

5. It has anti-cancer effect;

6. Its oxalic acid can cause hypoglycemic shock in rabbits by intravenous injection. In addition, this herb can reduce the incidence and mortality of diabetes in experimental animals;

7. Polydatin (200mg/kg) can significantly reduce serum cholesterol in normal rats by intragastric administration for 7 consecutive days. But polygonum cuspidatum decoction showed no obvious effect, which might be associated with less resveratrol contained in decoction;

8. Its decoction has obvious hemostasis on traumatic bleeding and certain hemostasis on upper gastrointestinal bleeding by taken orally;
http://www.chineseherbshealing.com/japanese-knotweed/

Japanese Knotweed: Dreadable Edible:
http://www.eattheweeds.com/japanese-knotweed-dreadable-edible/

Resveratrol Effects – Resveratrol has long been known to slow the aging process, help with inflammation. It also helps with the healing and prevention of cancer, protect the nervous system from the ravages of free radicals, helps the body with stress and seems to extend life in general.

Lots of Vitamins – Japanese Knotweed also contains lots of Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are powerful antioxidants.

Anti-Inflammatory – Japanese Knotweed because of all the powerful antioxidants helps with arthritis, joint disease, pain, swelling, and redness associated with inflammation. And inflammation is the first step towards disease so using Japanese Knotweed can prevent disease in general.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Because Japanese Knotweed contains so many powerful antioxidants including resveratrol it can help prevent and in some cases reverse neuronal plaque buildup in the brain.

Liver Detoxing – Japanese Knotweed has been shown in studies with animals to help in the healing process of liver disease and acute liver toxicity.

Prevents Heart Disease – This wonderful herb has the ability to prevent cardiovascular disease, thus many people add Knotweed to their diet to prevent cardiovascular challenges.

Lowers Blood Pressure – Japanese Knotweed has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure in animals because it contains anthraquinone which dilates blood vessels.

Prevents Cancer – As with all powerful antioxidants they have the ability to help prevent cancer. Studies show that Japanese Knotweed because of it’s high antioxidant rating can help with the healing of breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and other types of cancer.

Heals the GI Tract – Japanese Knotweed is great for healing GI inflammation, constipation, bloating, gas, cramps, and other chronic digestive problems. Again the main healing agent is resveratrol which is amazing for healing inflammation.

Lowers Cholesterol – Studies show that Japanese Knotweed can also lower cholesterol thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes.

Lyme’s Disease – Very few compounds seem to help with lyme disease but Japanese Knotweed seems to ease the symptoms of the disease. For Lyme’s disease many recommend using from a teaspoon or more (some even recommend a tablespoon) of the powder 3 times a day mixed with juice, this is a much higher dose for Lyme’s disease.
https://paulhaider.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/16-proven-benefits-of-japanese-knotweed/

Turmeric Tamarind Tonic (Jamu)

5 ½ oz fresh turmeric root, unpeeled
1 ½ oz fresh ginger root, unpeeled
2 ¾ oz seedless tamarind block or (1 cup sauce if making from scratch)
½ cup coconut sugar
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground pepper
2 quarts distilled or filtered water

Method:

Start by cleaning your turmeric, ginger and galangal roots (if using), leave the skins on for this recipe. Leave the roots to soak in water for about 2 minutes to loosen dirt that may be in the crevices, then scrub them under water and rinse. Set aside.

Next, make the tamarind concentrate. If using a block, break up the tamarind block into very small pieces, then put them into a large, stainless steel saucepan, along with the coconut sugar, salt and pepper and about 2 cups of water. (Use only one cup water if making the tamarind sauce from scratch, as below.)

If making tamarind paste from scratch, using whole tamarind pods, remove the shells, place the fruit in water. Allow them to sit for about 20 minutes to soften. Use clean hands to massage the fruit away from the seeds. This should make a thick sauce. When seeds are cleaned, strain the seeds from the sauce with a strainer and discard. Use 1 cup of the tamarind sauce in the recipe above instead of the tamarind block method described.

Place tamarind sauce and coconut sugar, salt and pepper over high heat and bring to a simmer, then reduce to low-medium and simmer for about 10-20 minutes until the tamarind has changed color and the sugar has dissolved. Don't let it boil.

Meanwhile chop the turmeric, ginger and galangal roots into smaller chunks and add them to a blender. Add about 2 cups water and blend on high (preferably with a high-speed blender) for a few minutes or until the mixture is very smooth.

Once tamarind pulp is ready, turn the heat down to low, and add the blended root paste and the remaining water (one quart) to the pan with the tamarind. Mix with a wooden spoon.

If using the pandan leaf, tie it in a knot and add it to the pot. Gently simmer the mixture for anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending upon your taste. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat. Allow to cool.

Once cooled, strain the mixture into a bowl through a sieve. Taste the tonic and adjust sweetness to your liking. You can add honey to sweeten. Bottle and refrigerate.

You can drink Jamu hot or cold, but preferably first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Tanita de Ruijt’s Turmeric Tonic: The All-Curing Indonesian Elixir:
https://suitcasemag.com/trailblazers/tanita-de-ruijit-turmeric-tonic/

How to Make Tamarind Sauce:
https://www.fusioncraftiness.com/how-to-make-tamarind-paste/

A favorite upload transfer from YouTube. Video is dated October, 2017. Farm Girl Shows Her Calf Feeding Routine. The first babies are newborn Holstein bull calves, the third calf is a Short Horn Holstein cross steer calf, and is in quarantine because he is sick. The large calves are Brown Swiss Heifer, and her companion, a Jersey steer. Thank you for watching!!

10 Best Health Benefits Of Hibiscus Flower

In recent times, hibiscus flowers are made into syrup (very popular in Australia) for drinks, wines, and cocktails. In fact, dried Hibiscus leaves are widely used in Mexican cuisine. Now let us look at the hibiscus benefits and its medicinal properties of the Hibiscus:

1. Hibiscus Benefits For Hair
The medicinal components found in the plant are Vitamin C and minerals. The polyphenol compounds in the leaves of this plant have been known to contain anti-inflammatory properties. The flowers on their part (if concoctions are prepared) are believed to cure ailments such as loss of hair, cough, and graying of hair. For natural hair treatment with hibiscus, the flowers are dried, ground to fine powder, and mixed with some water to apply on the scalp.

2. Hibiscus Medicinal Ingredients Can Treat Head Lice
One of the best benefits of hibiscus flower is that it can remove head lice. You would be surprised to know that hair loss that occurs due to thyroid problems can also be prevented to some extent if you consume a cup of healthy hibiscus tea or apply a smooth hibiscus paste on the scalp. To prevent premature graying of hair, parts of hibiscus plant can stimulate the production of the blood and ensure that vital nutrients reach the hair follicles. The taste of hibiscus tea is usually sour, as it prepared from dried leaves, flowers, and calyces (center of the flower which has a cup shape).

3. Hibiscus Tea Benefits also includes Fever, Constipation, and Cold Cures
Since ancient times, hibiscus has been used in different cultures as a remedy for treating various conditions, for example, the Egyptians used the hibiscus tea of this flower for lowering the temperature of the body, treating nerve and heart diseases, and the best use was as a diuretic. Due to the cooling effects of hibiscus tea, fever can also be reduced. In other parts of the world such as Africa, the parts of the plant (such as flowers) was used in the treatment of liver disease, symptoms of cold and constipation. Hibiscus flowers have been popularised as a healthy flower and also used as a medicine in menopause treatment. The pulp or juice made from these leaves can treat skin wounds. This is one of the most know hibiscus tea benefits around the world.

4. Hibiscus Benefits Lowers High Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Levels
In recent times, this plant is becoming popular as an effective remedy for high blood pressure (or hypertension). Besides this, it reduces high cholesterol levels (A major reason for most heart attacks). The bioflavonoid compounds in the hibiscus tea can assist in the prevention of cholesterol; thus, resulting in a healthy heart. The regulation of blood pressure is done naturally and it neither done by altering the potassium levels in the blood nor by modifying the balance in salt-water.

5. Hibiscus Tea Beneficial to Calm Hot Flashes
Hibiscus tea can be one of the best health drinks for women. Do you know why? Well, it contains all the essential antioxidants to fight against the aging signs and makes a woman look 5 times younger than her actual age. Besides this, it calms the hot flashes during menopause times. You might not understand this unless you have gone through it. Women, who have experienced this discomforting hormonal imbalance will know how vital it is to consume something that relaxes the annoying side effects of menopause. Moreover, benefits of hibiscus tea are highly effective for curing acne not only in women but also for men.

6. Hibiscus Tea Can Cure Cancer
Medical research has yet, to throw light in these areas, but according to recent reports, the presence of anthocyanins in hibiscus account for anti-carcinogenic properties.

7. Hibiscus Has Active Flavonoids
The antibacterial properties of hibiscus flowers are said to be due to the presence of a rich amount of Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid). The immune system gets a boost. The presence of minerals and vitamins in the form of flavonoids can assist in calming down the nervous system, and your negative feelings such as depression and anxiety are also eliminated. Some of the active flavonoids in hibiscus are sabdaretine, gossypetin, and hibiscetine.
https://www.livealittlelonger.com/how-to-cleanse-your-liver/

How to Make Hibiscus Tea:
https://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/how-to-make-hibiscus-tea/
https://www.algaecal.com/expert-insights/hibiscus-tea/

Hellfire bitters are the perfect union of two powerhouses: A duet of strong coffee, and hot peppers! And you are the alchemist!

Hellfire Bitters

Ingredients:

2 whole dried chipotle pepper
6 whole dried arbol chilies
2 whole dried ancho chili
6 tablespoons whole espresso beans
3-5 cinnamon sticks
2 tablespoons chopped walnut bark
3 cups vodka, moonshine or grain alcohol

Instructions:

1. Combine peppers, espresso beans, cinnamon sticks and walnut bark in a pint-sized Mason jar.
2. Add alcohol (approx. 3 cups) and fill the jar up to the freeze line.
3. Steep in a dark, cool place for 48 hours (or until infused to your liking), shaking once per day.
4. Strain ingredients using a mesh strainer and a coffee filter.
5. Funnel strained bitters into small storage bottles and store in a cool, dry place – away from sunlight.
6. Enjoy.

Tips:

The longer you steep, the spicier it will be. The recommended 48-hour steeping time is a good place to start, but feel free to explore longer or shorter times to taste.

As you taste your bitters, keep in mind that you’ll only be adding a few drops to a cocktail. It should be very strong if you taste them it of the jar.

If you want to make your bitters with more of a bite, you can always select spicier peppers, or slice them open before steeping. Exposing the insides to the infusion will create a spicier final product.

As always, experiment with the amounts and make it your own, but be wary of adding too much espresso. It doesn’t take much to overwhelm an entire batch.

Half Recipe:

3 tablespoons of whole espresso beans
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon of chopped walnut bark and
Peppers

Pepper selection is very important. They’re not only responsible for both the hell and the fire, but they can also greatly affect the final product. Experiment, and find what combination works best for you. We found that using a combination of whole, dried chilies adds a nice smoky heat to complement the espresso: 1 chipotle (smoky), 1 ancho (mild) and 3 arbols (spicy) to be exact.

Next, combine the peppers, espresso beans, cinnamon sticks and walnut bark in a pint-sized mason jar.

Add Vodka, grain alcohol or moonshine. Fill to around the freeze line of the mason jar (about 1 ½ cups). Doesn’t have to be exact, you just want to give yourself enough room to shake the contents in the jar and work without making too much of a mess.

Seal tightly and let steep for 48 hours, shaking once per day. More steep time will enable the Everclear to extract more flavor, meaning a more potent taste. Less steep time will make weaker bitters with more of an alcohol flavor. It’s best to steep to taste. And to taste, you’ll want to try no more than a drop, or you can dilute with a splash of club soda or water. It should be potent (remember, you’re just using a few drops in a cocktail), and taking a swig is not only ill advised, but downright painful.

Once it’s infused to your liking, strain all the ingredients out to finish with a nice, clean final product. To do this, place a coffee filter in a mesh strainer and strain your infusion into a clean mason jar. Straining with a coffee filter is a long process, but the end result is typically cleaner than that of a cheesecloth or mesh strainer alone.

Now that you have your finished bitters, it’s time to bottle and enjoy. It’s best to find a small bottle with either a dropper or shaker top to prevent over-usage. Keep in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. Add bitters to cocktails cautiously, and garnish with a pitchfork.
http://makeityourown.com/recipes/featured/hellfire-bitters

Making an Osage Orange Hedgeapple Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 small ripe pineapple, peeled and chopped into large chunks
1 medium hedgeapple cut into chunks
2 bananas
1 1/2 cups almond or coconut milk or a combination of both
1/4 cup raw honey (optional)

Blend the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into jars and attach lids. Refrigerate and consume within 3 days.

" I have some wonderful news to share with you. The following is an email from a guy in Kentucky. He wrote to share the wonderful news that his mother in law is now cancer free. I might add, he wrote in a separate email about his mother in law watching some informative films. They were created by several oncologists who no longer are associated with the traditional chemo cancer treatment. They saw too many people die from cancer and they knew there was a cure. I hope this email gives you encouragement to seek out other non traditional cancer treatments.

"Good afternoon Judy, I wrote you several months ago telling you about my mother in law that had developed cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes. I sent her your web information and when her oncologist insisted on her taking chemotherapy, she declined and began taking hedgeapples instead. It just so happens that she has around 25 hedgeapple trees in the yard. “What a coincidence”…. I am here to share with you, that after being on them for over a month, she went back to her oncologist, and he gave her a clean bill of health. Now she will have to go back to him every so often to get blood work done, but she and my father in law are so very thankful for gods miracle fruit. I wanted to share this with you, and about 5 minutes ago, I learned that one of our supervisors here at work has a grandson that is very young, and has been diagnosed with cancer. I just now printed out your web page and laid it on his desk. Thanks so very much for sharing this information with the world, and I hope that my story will bring hope to others. God bless.
Dave M. from Kentucky "

"It's been a while since I've posted any messages about people being cured of cancer. Sorry, life just gets in the way, and i have been busy. I will try to do better in the future.
My friend who sells the hedgeapple capsules told me this miracle story.
Someone contacted her to buy the capsules, but said their loved one was on a feeding tube, and didn't have too much time left. They were concerned how they could get them into her body. She suggested that they take the capsules apart and put in the feeding tube with the sterile water, or other liquid they normally use. They began doing this, putting the opened capsules in her feeding tube. Within a few days, she started feeling better. After a few weeks, she was able to get out of and soon was able to have the feeding tube removed, and was healthy once again.
Please don't give up on your loved one when they are on a feeding tube. When there is life, there is always hope. God put hedgeapples on earth for us to use. They are a God given miracle.

I get emails and phone calls from people all the time. They are either asking for detailed information on how to prepare a hedgeapple, or they are telling me about miracle cures. The following is a story about a lady from New Mexico. She called before Christmas to tell me her story. She had been having discomfort in her abdomen and unable to sleep on her stomach, as she always had done in the past. Two different people told her that she had cancer in her abdomen. She does alternative healing, so she started seeking out a natural cure for cancer. Somehow, maybe through my website, she found out about hedgeapples. Someone sent her a couple, and she began eating them. On the second day she started having severe abdominal pain. She went to the bathroom and passed some weird looking objects. She said it looked like tentacles or fingers, and the commode was full. After this, she no longer had the abdominal discomfort and was able to return to sleeping on her stomach. I have wanted to tell this story for several weeks, but like i said, was unable to get on my website. Thank God, she found the hedgeapples, and is now cured!!"
Here's a few ways you can do it."

Make a hedgeapple tea: I have been hearing of some people who have been making a tea by chopping the hedgeapple up into small chunks, putting it in ice cube trays, then they take the chunks out twice a day, and make a tea. I'm not a tea drinker, so this is not appealing to me."
http://www.mullinslogcabin.net/hedgea...

Osage Orange for Cancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6NXr...

http://hedgeapple.blogspot.com/2012/0...

https://www.bing.com/search?q=hedge+a...

Hedgeapple for Cancer Testimonials:
https://www.steadyhealth.com/topics/h...

" I have some wonderful news to share with you. The following is an email from a guy in Kentucky. He wrote to share the wonderful news that his mother in law is now cancer free. I might add, he wrote in a separate email about his mother in law watching some informative films. They were created by several oncologists who no longer are associated with the traditional chemo cancer treatment. They saw too many people die from cancer and they knew there was a cure. I hope this email gives you encouragement to seek out other non traditional cancer treatments.

"Good afternoon Judy, I wrote you several months ago telling you about my mother in law that had developed cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes. I sent her your web information and when her oncologist insisted on her taking chemotherapy, she declined and began taking hedgeapples instead. It just so happens that she has around 25 hedgeapple trees in the yard. “What a coincidence”…. I am here to share with you, that after being on them for over a month, she went back to her oncologist, and he gave her a clean bill of health. Now she will have to go back to him every so often to get blood work done, but she and my father in law are so very thankful for gods miracle fruit. I wanted to share this with you, and about 5 minutes ago, I learned that one of our supervisors here at work has a grandson that is very young, and has been diagnosed with cancer. I just now printed out your web page and laid it on his desk. Thanks so very much for sharing this information with the world, and I hope that my story will bring hope to others. God bless.
Dave M. from Kentucky "

"It's been a while since I've posted any messages about people being cured of cancer. Sorry, life just gets in the way, and i have been busy. I will try to do better in the future.
My friend who sells the hedgeapple capsules told me this miracle story.
Someone contacted her to buy the capsules, but said their loved one was on a feeding tube, and didn't have too much time left. They were concerned how they could get them into her body. She suggested that they take the capsules apart and put in the feeding tube with the sterile water, or other liquid they normally use. They began doing this, putting the opened capsules in her feeding tube. Within a few days, she started feeling better. After a few weeks, she was able to get out of bed, and soon was able to have the feeding tube removed, and was healthy once again.
Please don't give up on your loved one when they are on a feeding tube. When there is life, there is always hope. God put hedgeapples on earth for us to use. They are a God given miracle.

I get emails and phone calls from people all the time. They are either asking for detailed information on how to prepare a hedgeapple, or they are telling me about miracle cures. The following is a story about a lady from New Mexico. She called before Christmas to tell me her story. She had been having discomfort in her abdomen and unable to sleep on her stomach, as she always had done in the past. Two different people told her that she had cancer in her abdomen. She does alternative healing, so she started seeking out a natural cure for cancer. Somehow, maybe through my website, she found out about hedgeapples. Someone sent her a couple, and she began eating them. On the second day she started having severe abdominal pain. She went to the bathroom and passed some weird looking objects. She said it looked like tentacles or fingers, and the commode was full. After this, she no longer had the abdominal discomfort and was able to return to sleeping on her stomach. I have wanted to tell this story for several weeks, but like i said, was unable to get on my website. Thank God, she found the hedgeapples, and is now cured!!"
Here's a few ways you can do it."

Make a hedgeapple tea: I have been hearing of some people who have been making a tea by chopping the hedgeapple up into small chunks, putting it in ice cube trays, then they take the chunks out twice a day, and make a tea. I'm not a tea drinker, so this is not appealing to me."
http://www.mullinslogcabin.net/hedgeapples__cancer

https://www.bing.com/search?q=hedge+apple+for+cancer&form=EDGNB2&mkt=en-sg&httpsmsn=1&refig=1805c7bce522435ca4e5d4b2c9b1c7b1&sp=1&qs=SC&pq=hedgeapple+for+cancer&sc=5-21&cvid=1805c7bce522435ca4e5d4b2c9b1c7b1&cc=US&setlang=en-US

Osage Orange for Cancer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6NXr-f0j1I

http://hedgeapple.blogspot.com/2012/07/hedge-apples-as-cure-for-alzheimers.html

Hedgeapple for Cancer Testimonials:
https://www.steadyhealth.com/topics/hedge-apple-for-cancer-treatment?page=5

" I have some wonderful news to share with you. The following is an email from a guy in Kentucky. He wrote to share the wonderful news that his mother in law is now cancer free. I might add, he wrote in a separate email about his mother in law watching some informative films. They were created by several oncologists who no longer are associated with the traditional chemo cancer treatment. They saw too many people die from cancer and they knew there was a cure. I hope this email gives you encouragement to seek out other non traditional cancer treatments.

"Good afternoon Judy, I wrote you several months ago telling you about my mother in law that had developed cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes. I sent her your web information and when her oncologist insisted on her taking chemotherapy, she declined and began taking hedgeapples instead. It just so happens that she has around 25 hedgeapple trees in the yard. “What a coincidence”…. I am here to share with you, that after being on them for over a month, she went back to her oncologist, and he gave her a clean bill of health. Now she will have to go back to him every so often to get blood work done, but she and my father in law are so very thankful for gods miracle fruit. I wanted to share this with you, and about 5 minutes ago, I learned that one of our supervisors here at work has a grandson that is very young, and has been diagnosed with cancer. I just now printed out your web page and laid it on his desk. Thanks so very much for sharing this information with the world, and I hope that my story will bring hope to others. God bless.
Dave M. from Kentucky "

"It's been a while since I've posted any messages about people being cured of cancer. Sorry, life just gets in the way, and i have been busy. I will try to do better in the future.
My friend who sells the hedgeapple capsules told me this miracle story.
Someone contacted her to buy the capsules, but said their loved one was on a feeding tube, and didn't have too much time left. They were concerned how they could get them into her body. She suggested that they take the capsules apart and put in the feeding tube with the sterile water, or other liquid they normally use. They began doing this, putting the opened capsules in her feeding tube. Within a few days, she started feeling better. After a few weeks, she was able to get out of bed, and soon was able to have the feeding tube removed, and was healthy once again.
Please don't give up on your loved one when they are on a feeding tube. When there is life, there is always hope. God put hedgeapples on earth for us to use. They are a God given miracle.

I get emails and phone calls from people all the time. They are either asking for detailed information on how to prepare a hedgeapple, or they are telling me about miracle cures. The following is a story about a lady from New Mexico. She called before Christmas to tell me her story. She had been having discomfort in her abdomen and unable to sleep on her stomach, as she always had done in the past. Two different people told her that she had cancer in her abdomen. She does alternative healing, so she started seeking out a natural cure for cancer. Somehow, maybe through my website, she found out about hedgeapples. Someone sent her a couple, and she began eating them. On the second day she started having severe abdominal pain. She went to the bathroom and passed some weird looking objects. She said it looked like tentacles or fingers, and the commode was full. After this, she no longer had the abdominal discomfort and was able to return to sleeping on her stomach. I have wanted to tell this story for several weeks, but like i said, was unable to get on my website. Thank God, she found the hedgeapples, and is now cured!!"
Here's a few ways you can do it."

Make a hedgeapple tea: I have been hearing of some people who have been making a tea by chopping the hedgeapple up into small chunks, putting it in ice cube trays, then they take the chunks out twice a day, and make a tea. I'm not a tea drinker, so this is not appealing to me."
http://www.mullinslogcabin.net/hedgeapples__cancer

Osage Orange for Cancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6NXr-f0j1I

http://hedgeapple.blogspot.com/2012/07/hedge-apples-as-cure-for-alzheimers.html

https://www.bing.com/search?q=hedge+apple+for+cancer&form=EDGNB2&mkt=en-sg&httpsmsn=1&refig=1805c7bce522435ca4e5d4b2c9b1c7b1&sp=1&qs=SC&pq=hedgeapple+for+cancer&sc=5-21&cvid=1805c7bce522435ca4e5d4b2c9b1c7b1&cc=US&setlang=en-US

Hedgeapple for Cancer Testimonials:
https://www.steadyhealth.com/topics/hedge-apple-for-cancer-treatment?page=5

WHERE TO BUY HEDGEAPPLES: The hedgeapple man: http://www.hedgeappleman.com/

Agrimonia Eupatoria medicinal uses and benefits:

People have used agrimony as an herbal remedy since the olden days. They use either an infusion or a decoction of the dried plant for medical treatment.

Agrimony is for the person who tries to hide his or her tension behind a false facade of suave sophistication or cheerfulness. He denies the pain with a smile. The phrase ‘torturedly cheerful’ is expressive of the appearance. In other instances, agrimony people like speed and danger to escape from their pain (Edward Bach). Such activities push the agrimony person into an excess sympathetic condition which masks the deeper pain and gets them stuck there. Bach also says there can be abuse of drugs, alcohol, and stimulants to escape the pain. The problem often revolves around business and hierarchical relations (employee/employer). The person feels ‘caught in a bind.’
http://www.woodherbs.com/Agrimony.html

Specific Indications

Mind, Senses, Nerves, Emotions, Personality:

Mental tension; feels caught in a bind, “torturedly cheerful,” hides anger and frustration behind an artificial facade; suave but inwardly tortured.
Work-related tension; employer-employee tension.
Holds the breath to suppress the pain.
Tense, wiry pulse.

Head:

Tension headaches.
Slight yellow/gray complexion.
Allergic welts associated with tension.
Hardened ear wax (warm infusion in the ear).
Ulcerations of the tongue, sores in the mouth, aphthae.

Respiration:

Pharyngitis.
Tonsillitis, relaxed throat (with Salvia).
Respiratory problems; whooping cough, bronchitis, asthma; “tortured to capture the breath;” holds the breath.
Catarrhal flow.

Digestion:

Low appetite.
Ulceration of the gastrointestinal tract; tongue, mouth, stomach, intestines.
Difficulty with fat digestion and metabolism.
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea with griping and spasms; belly ache from spasms anywhere, especially guts.
Constipation suddenly followed by diarrhea.
Loose, fatty, floating stools; undigested food, large lumps, nuts, proteins in the stool.
Food poisoning, amebic dysentery, gastroenteritis; doesn’t kill the microorganisms but tones
the bowels (cf. Rubus).
Mucus colitis.
“Appendicitis;” traditionally used in British herbalism for low grade irritation; may actually be cases of ileo-cecal irritation.

Liver:

Hepatitis, cirrhosis, hepatic atrophy, jaundice.
Tension and pain during the passage of a gall- or kidney-stone; blue, purple tongue, wiry pulse
and holding of the breath to stop the pain.

Kidneys and Bladder:

Atonic conditions of the urinary apparatus, and where the urine is thick and gelatinous.
Pointing pains in the kidneys; with or without the passage of stones, in various kinds of urinary problems.
Urinary tract infections with severe pain.
Bed-wetting and diarrhea; in children suffering anxiety about toilet training.
Incontinence in the elderly; after passing stones.
Edema with welts, coming and going suddenly.
Acid urine, mild bladder and urethral inflammation; especially with dull pain in the lower back and
flank (tea).

Female:

Menstrual pain, cramps and colic; hides the pain, pretends to be fine, composed.

Muscular and Skeletal:

Articular, spinal pain, acute and chronic; torturous; sprains and strains.

Fever:

Influenza; intermittent chills and fever; with pain in the joints.

Other:

High LDLs and platelet aggregation (tea).
Altitude sickness.
http://www.woodherbs.com/Agrimony.html

1. Antiaphonic nature

The agrimony is capable of restoring the voice of the person who has lost it. The person will recover the voice they lost. The action is due to the way it clears the phlegm in the throat and airways and stimulates the tissues of the throat.

2. Anti-diarrheal property

3. Use as an astringent

4. Bach remedies

These refer to the use of the flowers for curing ailments involving mental torture. It helps get rid of concealed worries. This action is due to the mind-calming effect of the plant. It removes the deep anxieties by soothing the stray thoughts and keeps the thoughts strong.

5. Blood purifier action

6. Cholagogue action of Agrimonia Eupatoria

7. Diuretic action for health

8. Hepatic quality

9. Good for the skin

10. Agrimonia acts as a tonic

11. A cure for a sore throat

12. The vulnerary action of agrimony

https://www.medicinalplantsanduses.com/agrimonia-eupatoria-medicinal-uses-benefits

Greater celandine is historically famous for its healing benefits on the liver, gallbladder and the digestive system, as well as its powerful immune boosting properties, wound healing and a relaxant for anxiety and sleep disorders. Additionally, it may help with cancer treatment.

Greater celandine is a plant long used in traditional Chinese medicine and well known in Roman times. It was often used for health problems relating liver and gallbladder, but today it is known that is has a wide range of health benefits:

Digestive system
Liver and gallbladder health
Skin and wounds
Immunity booster
Anti-cancer
Healthy bones
Anxiety and sleep disorders

Digestive system

The most famous benefit of Greater celandine lies in its helpful and soothing effects on the digestive system. It helps the body to produce more bile and other digestive enzymes responsible for effective digestion and can even be used to naturally deal with stomach ulcers.

In folk medicine, people often use celandine to improve digestion and get rid of unpleasant symptoms such as bloating, nausea, cramps, stomach pain and passing gas. Additionally, in can be of great help with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which can be highly uncomfortable and painful.

To ease your digestion and help your body break down the food, drink a cup of celandine tea or some tincture before meals, as people have been doing for centuries!

Liver and Gallbladder Health

Due to its depurative properties, Greater celandine can be used to purify and cleanse the liver. It can be used as an effective part of a detoxification program because of its ability to eliminate waste and toxins out of your system. It has natural liver protective properties which not only help to support proper liver health and function but also protect the liver from cellular damage.

It also helps to encourage the gallbladder and keep the organ working properly. The gallbladder stores the bile acids produced in the liver and releases them into the small intestine, playing a vital role in fat digestion and metabolism.

Problems with the gallbladder are known to cause numerous other issues like indigestion. Greater celandine is known to help stimulate the gallbladder functions which in turn helps prevent inflammation, infection and diseases like hepatitis.

Skin and wounds

When used topically, greater celandine is a wonderful microbe zapper. This is one of major reasons why the herb has been used traditionally - for disinfecting minor wounds and burns for so many years. Killing off bacteria and protecting your skin in the presence of a wound is important for keeping an infection from complicating the natural healing process.

Immunity booster

Greater celandine is capable of fighting off bacteria, viruses and fungi; it can be used to help defend the body against those invading disease-causing microbes. In other words, greater celandine may be used to help strengthen a person’s immune system.

Anti-Cancer

The potential of celandine to fight cancer and other diseases partly comes from its immune-boosting effects. Greater celandine is one of many plants that have been investigated for their anti-cancer potential and early signs are promising.

There is some proof that when greater celandine is introduced into patients with several types of cancer that it can improve survival rates. Several researches have showed that taking greater celandine orally may have an anti-tumor effect on patients as it can:

Healthy bones

In osteoporosis, bones become weak and fragile. When women enter menopause and lose the protective effects of estrogen, osteoporosis and fractures become their No. 1 health threat.
In two researches (1, 2) done on the effects of celandine on menopause and bone loss problems, it was found that it increased levels of estrogen-Prevented bone mineral loss-Stimulated bone formation. It is of great importance to keep our bones healthy and strong as we age, so that we can enjoy our golden years in top shape!

Anxiety and Sleeping Problems

Greater celandine can be used as a mild sedative and anti-anxiety treatment. It has narcotic properties and thus should not be taken in large doses. In smaller doses, it can be used to ease anxiety and tension and because of its analgesic ability, might help relieve pain.

A combination of these properties means that it can help you rest and relax, if you are troubled by interrupted sleep patterns or a overly active mind. Take some celandine in your preferred way before bed and relax into a comfortable evening and a restful night.

19 Celandine Uses + Side Effects:
https://selfhacked.com/blog/celandine/

Bitters: the Revival of a Forgotten Flavor:

Of all the flavors to grace our palate, there is perhaps none as fascinating as that of bitterness. It is a flavor that is universally despised—used linguistically to characterize pain, harshness and things that are extremely difficult to bear.

Yet, it is also a flavor used in cultures the world over to strengthen digestion, cleanse the body and build vitality—in short, considered an ingredient essential to good health.

It is unfortunate, then, that our modern diet seems to be completely lacking in the wild bitter tasting plants our ancestors considered so fundamental to their health.

Many of the diseases riddling our modern culture—from indigestion and gastric reflux to metabolic disorders ranging from elevated cholesterol to type 2 diabetes—seem to all point back to the deficiency of bitterness in our diets, and the lack of the protection and tone it imparts to our digestion and metabolic functions.

BITTERS: NOT A MEDICINE BUT A NECESSITY

According to many, bitter herbs and foods play a helpful role in alleviating many of these conditions not so much because they act as specific remedies but because they provide components necessary to overall good health.

It is very possible that the current national health crisis could be radically turned around simply by rebalancing our palate with the medicinal virtues of bitterness.

Why do so many cultures around the world revere bitter foods and herbs, not just as supplements, but as a necessary component of health? These bitter compounds—including iridoids, sesquiterpene, lactones and alkaloids—occur widely throughout the plant kingdom. They are considered secondary plant metabolites—meaning that they serve no nutritional purpose to the plant, or for that matter, to us.

When eaten in small amounts, especially in combination with carbohydrates, the body is able to tolerate their presence; interestingly, many herbivores consume bitter-tasting plants selectively, deliberately choosing plants that are only mildly bitter, thus building up an immunity that helps protect the animal from the toxicity of highly bitter plants. This adaptation allowed us to profit from some of the beneficial roles these compounds perform in the plant, such as inhibiting the growth of microbes, protecting against oxidation, and reducing inflammation. But most important, the protective mechanism designed to expel these potentially poisonous compounds from the body became muted and changed into a highly beneficial reflex that stimulates and tonifies our entire digestive tract. Humans eventually recognized the digestion-stimulating effects of bitters, and began to apply them in the diet for this purpose, as well as to promote appetite.

THE BITTER REFLEX AND ITS IMPLICATIONS

When a bitter substance is recognized by bitter receptors on the tongue, a chain of neural and endocrine events begins, labeled as the “bitter reflex.”

In the stomach, the hormone gastrin has stimulated the secretion of hydrochloric acid. The acidity helps break down protein, enhances the bioavailability of many minerals (especially calcium) and destroys any harmful microbes present in your food.

It’s interesting to note that more people have levels of gastric acid that are too low rather than the opposite, due to stress or simply aging. Low levels of gastric acid contribute to poor nutrition and increased susceptibility to gastrointestinal infections.

Interestingly, low stomach acidity is associated with a variety of allergic and immune-mediated disorders, including asthma; skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea; gallbladder disease and arthritis..."
https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/abcs-of-nutrition/bitters-revival-forgotten-flavor/

Grapefruit & Chocolate Bitters

Ingredients:

Dried peels from 2 organic grapefruits (use the fruit for something else)
½ cup of organic cacao nibs
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh organic ginger root
1 Tablespoon organic fennel seed
2 organic vanilla beans, chopped
2 cups good vodka (organic if possible)
Local raw honey to taste (1-2 Tablespoons)

Method:

Place all ingredients except the honey into a blender bowl. Attach a lid and blend on high a few seconds.

Scrape the mixture into a pint jar or larger if needed. Attach a lid and store in a dark place for 4-6 weeks, or even longer for better flavor.

After time period is over, strain the mixture into a bowl through a sieve topped with a muslin cloth.

Add 1-2 Tablespoons local raw honey, stir well.

Bottle and label the bitters. Store in a cool dark place.

Take 15-60 drops bitters in a small glass of water after meals. Add a dash of bitters to any beverage where grapefruit & chocolate flavors are desired.

Elderberry Juice and Elderberries are a powerful herb for preventing a cold or flu and for shortening the duration of a cold or flu. In this recipe we first make a juice from dried elderberries and other herbs then we use gelatin to make fun gummy shapes. Kids of all ages will enjoy them!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup dried elderberries
1/3 cup dried rose hips
3 cinnamon sticks
2 Tablespoons licorice root or 5 star anise
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 cups of organic apple juice
1/2 cup local raw honey or other sweetener
2-3 tablespoons of gelatin

Make the Juice Place by placing elderberries and rose hips, star anise and cinnamon sticks in a mortar bowl and grind the herbs to break them open.

Then, transfer the mixture into a medium-sized sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Remove from heat and let cool, or place in an ice bath or refrigerator for quicker cooling. Strain into a bowl through a sieve topped with a muslin cloth or jelly bag. Squeeze well to extract the juice.

Allow juice to cool, then measure out 2 cups juice, add more apple juice if needed, to make 2 cups liquid, then add 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons gelatin and whisk for 2 minutes until well blended.

Transfer the mixture to a medium-sized sauce pot and heat to simmer, stirring constantly, until it simmers.

Turn off heat and allow the mixture to cool again. Pour the mixture into bite-sized gelatin molds or a large glass casserole pan. Place in refrigerator until the gelatin firms up (about an hour).

Remove from refrigerator and using a knife, cut into small, teaspoon-sized cubes. Place the gummy cubes in a sealed container and store in refrigerator.

Take 1-2 gummies 2-3 times per day as needed.
https://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/gummy-bear-recipe/

GOLDENROD Primary Properties:

Antiallergenic
Anticatarrhal
antifungal
anti-inflammatory
antiulcerogenic
aperient
astringentdepurative
diaphoretic
diuretic
expectorant (secretolytic)
hemostatic/styptic
lymphatic
prostate tonic
urinary tonic
vascular tonic
vasodilator
vulnerary

HIGHLIGHTS:
Goldenrod is noted for the ability to heal respiratory tract conditions; amazing for ‘upper’ infectious conditions and for the coughs + colds of lower tract conditions. As an anti-allergy herb, we often include Goldenrod in an ‘anti-allergy’ formula, especially in autumn.
It is an amazing healer for skin or epithelial issues:bites, stings, cuts and other skin conditions, as well as internally for inflammatory conditions of the digestive tract (e.g. ulcers, colitis, diverticulitis)
Goldenrod is renowned for healing urinary tract conditions. It facilitates detoxification throughout the urinary tract.
It is excellent for prostate inflammation and for the ability to help with the elimination of uric acid. It is a helpful pain reliever, in these cases. Goldenrod contains chemicals that increase urine flow and have anti-swelling (anti-inflammatory) effects.
Goldenrod is an excellent lymphatic and depurative. It detoxes primarily through both urinary + lymphatic systems. As a detoxifying herb, as well as an anti-inflammatory, it can be very helpful in cases of gout, arthritis & joint pain. It is used for both chronic + acute inflammation of lymph nodes as well as edema.
It is also a mild bitter and cholagogue so is extremely supportive for liver health.
Goldenrod is a very good diaphoretic ~ supports good peripheral circulation.
as well as excellent vascular tonic (which supports heart health and cardiovascular system health)

Secondary Properties:
antibacterial
antilithic
antineoplastic
antioxidant
antirheumatic
antispasmodic
appetite stimulant
bitter
carminative
cholagogue
febrifuge
hypotensive
immune stimulant
nervine
relaxant
stomachic
tranquiliz
http://studiobotanica.com/gorgeous-goldenrod-health-benefits/

https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/foraging-using-goldenrod/

Description

LIFE ROOT or RAGWORT or SQUAW WEED (Senecio aureus; COMPOSITAE)

Common names:

Life root, ragwort, squaw weed, golden senecio, golden groundsel, false valerian, female regulator, coughweed, cocash weed, uncut root, waw weed.

Note: This herb is not to be confused with another "ragwort" (Senecio Jacobaea) belonging to the same family.

Therapeutic action:

Emmenagogue, diuretic, pectoral, tonic, astringent, stimulant, vulnerary, expectorant, febrifuge, diaphoretic.

This herb is another from the American Indians. In the first stages of consumption it is often used, as its tonic properties, combined with the pectoral, have a very beneficial effect.

It is very effective in regenerating the renal and urinary areas. It will also be found most useful for all types of pulmonary complaints, fevers, etc.

Medicinal uses:

Amenorrhea (suppressed menstruation), leucorrhea, dysmenorrhea, uterine atony, physical debility, consumption, tuberculosis, gravel, urinary complaints, pulmonary problems, fevers, diarrhea, etc.

Preparation:

Decoction, fluid extract, infusion, powder, solid extract, tincture.
Dosage:

Decoction (root) 1/2-2 fluid ounces 3-4 times daily.

Fluid extract 1/2-1 fluid teaspoon.

Infusion (herb) 2-6 fluid ounces 3-4 times daily.

Powder 1/2-1 teaspoon.

Solid extract 325-650 milligrams.

Oral Tincture Administration: 5-40 drops.

Amenorrhea:

Make 1/2 ounce of powder or fluid extract to 1 pint of water, and take 1 wine glassful 4 times daily until the desired effect is obtained.

Pulmonary complaints:

Use the fluid extract or tea form.
https://online.snh.cc/files/2100/HTML/snh_life_root.htm

Traditional Uses
In the past, ragwort did have some medicinal uses, especially in England.

In folk medicine, the herb was used externally (mixed with pig fat) as an ointment for relieving pain in the arms, hips, and legs.

The plant was also used to treat throat inflammation in humans and in horses. A poultice made from the plant was laid on the throat, or it was infused in water and used as a gargle.

One of the old English names for ragwort is “stammerwort”, referring to the common belief that it could be used to treat stuttering.

Until recently, ragwort extract was used internally as an herbal remedy for coughs and colds.

It was also used in the past to relieve pain related to sciatica, rheumatism, arthritis and gout, often in combination with wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) and lobelia (Lobelia inflata).

These traditional uses were also know in the U.S.
Ragwort was applied on boils to get them to open up and in some parts of England, a branch of ragweed was worn as protection against a variety of infectious diseases.
https://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/ragwort-uses.html

Life Root
Commonly known as Golden Ragwort, Squaw weed, or Golden Sececio, life root is an herbal medication that is frequently used to treat the female reproductive system. Containing natural plant estrogens, life root thrives in cool climates with heavy rainfall. Considered as noxious weeds in some areas, life root can be used as a uterine stimulant that helps to restore emotional stability and eradicate hot flashes. Five hundred milligram tablets or capsules may be taken daily, or one half teaspoon of extract can be taken twice a day.
https://www.herbalisthut.com/treating-menopause-with-herbs/

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