With winter time coming, I was thinking about making my herbal preparations. With time being so tight along with my pockets, I think I’ve gotten a late start. lol
Herbalism is a topic that I thought we could discuss because of the many benefits that herbs can provide. Herbalism is the use of plants for medicinal purposes. Throughout history, herbs have been used for food, medicines, shelter, clothing, dyes, weapons, musical instruments, and more. The elders would pass down much needed information so that the younger generations would gain the knowledge of how to prevent and heal certain ailments and conditions. Fortunately, we have some sisters and brothers who continue in the legacy and do pass this historical information around.
Inevitably, many of us will be caring for our families during the colder months and will be challenged with flu’s, colds, coughs, viruses, etc.
I use herbs to deal with health issues in my home and couldn’t really say whether or not they are more or less effective than over-the-counter medicines since I don’t use over-the-counter medicines to prevent and heal issues with my family. I think for the most part, I keep Echinacea, Goldenseal, Oregano Oil, Feverfew, Catnip, Chamomile, Cayenne, Garlic, Aloe, Ginger and a few homeopathic remedies and essential oils, such as peppermint, and eucalyptus.
I was curious to know if any of the readers prepare and/or use herbs either fresh, dried, as seasonings tablets, as creams, compresses poultices, suppositories or douches, infusions, decoctions, syrups, tinctures, oils, or wine specifically for the winter/colder months. What are the ailments that you deal with and how do you approach them with herbs? Have you found herbs to be effective and if so, are they more or less effective than over-the-counter medicines? What do you recommend for women to have in their herb cabinets to get through the winter?