Make Your Own Herbal Honey
Sweet, rich, healing honey. It’s delicious medicine all by itself, known for being:
Herbal honey is so easy to make that this how-to is going to be very short. You’re basically going to combine fresh or dried herbs in honey for an arbitrary amount of time. The result is an herbal honey that can be used in a variety of ways.
Earaches, Ear Infections: Herbal Remedies
When your child is suffering with an ear infection or earache, it’s hard not to feel helpless. We want to take away their pain, and often turn to medications and antibiotics to do this. However, unless the situation is severe, we could be doing our childrens' immune systems a disservice by turning too frequently to medications. Studies have shown that many childhood ear infections will often clear up on their own in a few days. This means that worried parents can focus more on offering comfort and immune boosting measures than directly combating the pathogen behind the infection. Herbalists have long turned to mullein herb and garlic to soothe the discomfort of earaches and ear infections. Let's take a closer look at these two powerful plants.
Read on to take a closer look at the big hitters in this, and many other herbal earache oil remedies: Mullein and Garlic.
Herbal Remedies and Their Actions on the Body
Herbal remedies are a wonderful way to use plants, the people's medicine, as healing assistants. They do work, though usually gently and over time. Have patience with them, and give them time to work. Remember that herbal remedies cannot substitute for clean eating, healthy body movement and stress management. They are assistants that can nourish us and help us to mitigate unpleasant symptoms while we work to repair our diet and lifestyle, but they will refuse to mask a poor lifestyle. There is no miracle cure in either pill or natural remedy. You must work to make positive changes to your way of living. I know that's hard. I live it too, but it can be done!
"They are assistants that can nourish us and help us to mitigate unpleasant symptoms while we work to repair our diet and lifestyle, but they will refuse to mask a poor lifestyle."
The other thing to know about plant medicine is that it isn't one size fits all. Specific remedies and plants are not guaranteed to work on everyone. While there are some well studied, very reliable plants that seem to work well for the vast majority of people (ginger comes to mind), sometimes a particular herb or remedy just won't do it for you. Don't fret. That's okay. This is normal and natural. Evaluate your condition to ensure that a visit to the doctor and/or a prescription isn't warranted. If your condition isn't severe enough to require Western medication, then consult your herbalist and work to find alternatives that may work better for you. Mother Nature has blessed us with many, many medicinal plants, and there is a LOT of overlap. Sometimes, a switch in herb or a switch in method is all that's needed. If your herbalist is me, then don't hesitate to contact me. We'll put our heads together, and see what we can come up with. If a custom formula is needed, I will happily make it for you if I can.
I'm finally getting the teas added to my Etsy shop. First up is Relax & Digest, an herbal blend that I handcrafted to help with relaxing the body and encouraging digestion, especially when you're feeling over full! Featuring kid friendly chamomile and other soothing herbs, Relax & Digest is gentle and delicious. Teabag and loose tea options are available. Click here for more details.
I'm Jennifer Capestany, a clinical herbalist and freelance writer with a practice in North Texas. Helping people deal as naturally as possible with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic illness and other chronic conditions is my calling.