Here's the list of the current herbal tinctures made by the Herb Garden manager:
st johns wort
swedish bitters (rhubarb root)
women’s mixture: donq qui, (motherwort), chaste berry, (st johns wort)
sleep mixture: lavender, st johns wort, valerian, hops
There's a cold and cough going around right now, so I asked her for some suggestions on ways to treat it. She told me of honey and lemon, salt water gargle, elderberry, ad a horehound syrup she used to make.
I was most excited when she told me about chickweed and white pine needles. I knew chickweed was a wild edible, but I didn't know of its medicinal properties. Apparently it is very soothing and works great for healing coughs. I also remember learning about white pine being very high in Vitamin C in the past, but I never actually used it.
Since I have been feeling pretty sick, I felt a lot of initiative to take care of myself. I slept nine hours today, and then I took a nap by the fire in the afternoon, but in the time in between I walked down to the garden and pulled up some chickweed that was tangled up around the leeks and partially covered in snow. Then I snipped some pine needles off a tree.
I made myself a chickweed salad and pine needle tea.
Here's to healing a more natural and simple way.