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©2010 Shanna Lea (formerly Shanna Ohmes)
More people are turning to the old ways of learning about herbs and how to make their own remedies for colds and flu. Lower incomes, recalls on unsafe over-the-counter cold and flu products and a desire to approach illness in a healthier way are leading reasons for the popularity of natural remedies.
Many remedies are very simple to make, requiring only a few safe herbs to make a tea, infusion, salve or steam to ease the symptoms of colds and flu.
Here is an excerpt from my book Natural Cold and Flu Remedies on how to make herbal honey now to prepare for winter:
Page 28: ” You can make many of your own remedies during the summer and fall and have them ready for flu season. Here are some recipes.
Herbal Honeys: You can make an herbal honey or syrup with either fresh or dried powdered herb. If you use the fresh herb be sure to refrigerate the honey.
Directions: Fill a jar halfway with dried herb, cover it with honey to the top of the jar and poke the air bubbles out. Steep in a warm place for 1 week. Store the honey in the refrigerator.
*Susan Weed uses fresh chopped herbs. She fills the jar, pours in the honey to the top, pokes it around, adds more honey and will let it set up to 6 weeks. You can use it within a day or 2, but it has more medicinal strength when it sets longer.*
Herbal Honey Ideas:
- Rose petal
- Rose hips
- Red Sage
- Lemon balm
- Onion—fresh. Chop 1 onion. Put it in a small pan, cover with honey and heat but don’t boil. Cool. Use by the tablespoon throughout the day and eat the onions.
- Elderberry—can add a pinch of cinnamon.
- Yarrow blossoms”
Sources for herbs, essential oils, and carrier oils are from Mountain Rose Herbs
Want to learn more about herbs? How about your own Herbal Medicine Making Kit from LearningHerbs? It’s a great introduction on how to make a few herbal remedies that are simple and easy!
Another fun way of learning herbs is through games! Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game is fun and children love to play along and learn how to identify herbs and their uses!