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March 12 2009

Sunrise Herb Farm - Recipes

Ginger Healing Soup

1 1/2 cucumber, skin, seed and chop
1 bunch spinach leaves, rinsed and torn in half
1 cup water
1/2 cup mashed avocado
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and minced
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
1 cup zucchini , finely grated
1 cup corn kernels

Put the first 3 ingredients into a food processor and chop. Blend in the avocado and the spices. Puree until smooth. Place into a medium size bowl. Stir in corn and zucchini and season to taste. Chill until ready to serve. Serve cold.

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The Best Cold Remedy Soup ever!
1. Combine 3 cups vegetable stock & 2 cups sliced onions (or two sizable onions)sliced
(Simmer the onions in the stock until tender)
2. Add: some sliced carrot & 2 Tbsp shredded fresh ginger root
(simmer for 10 min until carrot is soft)
3. Reduce heat to low and take a little bit of the stock out, whisk in 2 Tbps miso, and return to the soup. Do NOT allow the soup to return to a boil, as this will reduce the enzymic activity of the miso.

My real content of this post, however, is about making your own herbal tea blends to assist you when you have a cold. I’ll start with some of the wonderful herbs that are readily available, such as thyme leaf (antiviral, antimicrobial), elder flowers or berries (immune boosting, 2 antiviral compounds, significant relief for fevers), nettle leaf (the so-called weed that is one of the most nutritious plants available), and ginger (nearly a dozen antiviral compounds; reduces pain & fever; cough suppressant; warming).

The first recipe is for a lovely, incredibly pleasant blend that works throughout the winter months to boost your body’s ability to ward off illness, primarily by strengthening your immune system and nourishing your body:

Herbal Infusion for the Cold & Flu Season: Prevention
1 part alfalfa (nutritive)
1 part nettle (nutritive, adrenal support)
1 part rosehips (nutritive, vitamin C rich)
1/4 part cinnimon (catalyst herb that helps other herbs work ‘better’, warming)
1 part rose (spirit lifting!)
1 part thyme leaf (antiviral, antimicrobial)

Directions: combine the above and use 1 tsp - 1 Tbsp per cup of water. Steep in boiling water for 15- 30 min, strain, drink hot or cold. You can make a mason jar’s worth and just keep it in the fridge, heating it up as needed.

Herbal Remedy for that mean old Cold:
1 part thyme leaf (antiseptic, expectorant, carminative)
1/2 part dried ginger (nearly a dozen antiviral compounds; reduces pain & fever; cough suppressant; warming)
1/4 part lemon peel OR add a slice of fresh lemon to the tea (high in vit C)
1 part rosehips (vit C)
1 part elder leaf/flower (antiviral, helps treat fevers)
1 part alfalfa or nettle (nutrient rich)

Herbal Remedy for that mean old sore throat or cough:
1/4 part marhmallow root or slippery elm (demulcent, throat-coating, soothing qualities; anti-inflammatory)
1/2 part licorice root (demulcent, antiviral)
1/2 part mullein flowers/leaf (expectorant, demulcent, soothing)
1/2 part ginger root (nearly a dozen antiviral compounds; reduces pain & fever; warming)
1/2 part rosehips (vit C)
1/4 part lemon peel OR add a slice of fresh lemon (vit C)

Directions for either of the above: Combine the herbs as directed and use 1 tsp - 1 Tbsp per cup of water. Steep in boiling water for 15- 30 min, strain, drink hot or cold. You can make a mason jar’s worth and just keep it in the fridge, heating it up as needed. Keep in mind that the mucilage in the sore throat/cough tea will make the infusion more viscous. Also feel free to add a touch of herbal honey, especially a honey made with immune-boosting, antiviral herbs.

*Remember that any of these herbs made into a tea provides a valuable remedy. You don’t need to use them all! Simple ginger root and fresh lemon is most often my favorite remedy along with soups and broths. I might start the day with simple thyme & ginger and end it with a mo

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Dollhouse Miniature Potted Mandrake Root 2 by NJDMiniatures

$20.00
The second of my miniature potted mandrake roots, the overall measurement is approximately 33mm from the base of his terracotta plantpot to the top of his leaves (1 1/4") with the plantpot alone measuring just over half of that at 17mm high.

The tiny mandrake root and his leaves are sculpted from delicately shaded polymer clay (no moulds used!). The plant pot that he (permanently) sits in is filled with faux potting compost (my own mix!)

As with all of my handmade dollhouse miniatures, this item is a collectors item (not a toy!) and is therefore not suitable for children!

Please note that this listing is for the ONE mandrake root only, that being the one shown in the top image on this listing. For other mandrake roots please see my other listings.

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apothecary:

my own little mandrake, pomegranates
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Dioscorides’ Materia Medica, c. 1334 copy in Arabic, describes medicinal features of cumin and dill.

Herbology - Herbalism - Crystalinks

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Making plant medicine the old way (via jamie.lynn)
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