Posted on Jul 28, 2017 | 0 comments

Today in my garden I took advantage of the slightly less than HUMID weather and decided to bring in a harvest of sage, basil (Thai and Sweet), marshmallow leaves/flowers and lemongrass. As I type, they are safely taking a nice wet bath in the tub to shake loose any little critters that might be clinging to their stems. After that, I’ll shake off the water, hang the marshmallow by bundles and  place in a dark, well ventilated area, and the rest will go into the dehydrator. After everything is totally dry, a volume of each will be ground up finely and made into a healing herbal mix. The rest will be separated and then incorporated into various tinctures, tonics and salves. Below are some of the great medicinal uses of my bounty.

Marshmallow (Flowers, Leaves and Roots)

  • Stomach Ache, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Skin problems or acne
  • Colds, sore throat, coughs, bronchitis,
  • Fever
  • Kidney stones, pain, or urinary tract infection
  • Gout or diabetes
  • Arthritis or inflammation

Basil (Tha and Sweet)

Did you know that Basil is a member of the MINT family? Cool!

  • Pesto & General cooking
  • Calming the Stomach
  • Coughing and Colds
  • Facial Steam for headache
  • Antibiotic properties – Mountain Rose Herbs: Mountain Rose Herbs: “European scientists are investigating the use of basil oil as treatment for antibiotic resistant infections with Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, and Pseudomonas.”
  • Stings and Bites
  • Ear Infestions
  • Blood Sugar
  • Stress Reduction

Sage (several different varieties)

  • Improve brain function,
  • lower inflammation throughout the body,
  • prevent chronic diseases,
  • boost the strength of the immune system,
  • regulate proper digestion,
  • alleviate skin conditions,
  • increase the health and strength of bones,
  • slow the onset of cognitive disorders
  • prevent the onset of diabetes.

Lemongrass (this is unbelievable!)

  • Relief from stomach disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Fever, aches, infections, rheumatism and edema.
  • The defensive antioxidant activity of the lemongrass herb may protect against antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and helps in maintaining optimum cholesterol levels, cellular health, nervous system, healthy skin and immune system.
  • It is also effective in treating type 2 diabetes, cancer, and obesity, while also aiding in detoxification. It is extensively used in aromatherapy and helps to combat fatigue, anxiety and body odor.

What’s in your garden?



****Now, remember – none of the above is probably endorsed by the FDA of course. These are simply holistic benefits that I and many that support herbal use have found to benefit ourselves and our families. Please due your due diligence and check everything out and don’t forget to consult with your health physician if you have any concerns about adding herbs to your health regimen, especially if you are on any type of medication, or are pregnant.****



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