Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Helpers ~ 4 Herbs to Keep in the Pantry and Purse


I've deemed the month of May as Mother Culture month here at Still Room Herbs in honor of Mothers and Mother's Day.
I will be sharing some of my favorite herbs for mothers, the best herb books for mothers on my bookshelves, and some herbs that have mother in their name.  I'm also cooking up a little giveaway, so stop by often or sign up for updates delivered via email so you won't miss out!

Today I am sharing 4 herbs that mothers will want to keep on hand.  I suggest keeping a supply of these in both the still room pantry, and in your purse!

  • Lavender Essential Oil- Nicknamed the 'first-aid kit in a bottle', lavender essential oil is my most used herbal remedy.  It not only soothes frazzled nerves, but I've cured a headache by rubbing a few drops on the nape of my neck and temples, and it takes away the itch or ouch from an insect bite or scratch like nothing else I've used.  A few drops in a diffuser or in a simple room spray will freshen the air, and lavender linen spray or sachets make laundry less drudgery and more delight in my book.
  •  Chamomile Tea- Chamomile is soothing, gentle, and good for what ails you.  Peter Rabbit's mother knew this, and we also find that chamomile is indeed good for settling a tummy that has perhaps had a few too many treats, whether vegetables as in Peter's case, or something else that doesn't quite agree with us.   Chamomile tea bags also soothe tired, puffy eyes when soaked in warm water and applied to closed eyelids.  I've had good results with using this method for mild conjunctivitis, also.  It is also tasty and soothing to the nerves, a perfect bedtime tea.  
  • Ginger- Ginger is also useful for settling upset stomachs, and used often for motion sickness.  I keep candied ginger in the pantry and purse for both of these issues.  It is also helpful when suffering from a cold or sore throat.  Ginger, Honey & Lemon tea is an old-fashioned remedy that gives great results.  Another idea is to infuse a jar of honey with lemon and ginger slices so it is ready to go when you need it- just add a spoonful of the infused honey to hot water or tea and you have a tasty, healthful brew in minutes.
  •  Nettle- For allergy sufferers, nettle is a God-send.  I make my own Nettle Allergy Tonic using nettles, local honey, and apple cider vinegar.  This alleviates the sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose of seasonal allergies for me.  For a more portable solution, I make up press-n-brew  tea bags filled with Mountain Rose Herbs Seasons of Discontent Tea.  Nettle is a great tonic herb filled with vitamins and minerals which nourish the body and are good for hair, skin, and nails.  A favorite of many herbalists, nettle is a staple in my still room.  
All of the above herbs can be purchased here:
Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c
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 I will stop with these 4 herbs for today.
There are others that I consider essentials in the still room that I will share with you another time.

What herbs do you consider essential in your still room pantry (or your purse)?

Blessings,

Catherine Ann


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