A few days ago, I finally remembered that there were herbs in the attic and I was afraid what they'd look like. Paul brought them down and they were perfect! So Rhiannon and I got to crunching the leaves off the stems (note to self: do this outside next time) and put them into jars:
I'm glad that I did the Yarrow as I'm pretty sure it did some of it's herbal magic on me. As I was stripping and crunching the leaves off and carefully snipping the dried flowers off, I started sweating. Didn't think much of it until later when the little light bulb went off; yarrow is used to induce sweating, among other things. A younger me would have been a little skeptic of the actual ability of herbs to help/heal. But when you have first hand experiences like that, it's hard to deny that the herbs are "working". It's the little things like this that make me more inclined to use natural remedies before reaching into the medicine cabinet for a bottle of pills.
When Rhiannon was younger, she had problems with a stuffy nose and then the icky stuff draining into her lungs and she ended up with pneumonia twice, once in the ER. Of course, the doctor gave us a bunch of medicines to clear her sinuses up, but I started looking into natural ways to help with her congestion in order to avoid the stuff getting into her lungs. That's when I started making Mullein and Plantain tea. Of course, I tested it on both Paul and I first before giving it to Rhiannon. But I swear by that tea now. Within minutes after both of us drinking the tea, our noses were dripping. So now when Rhiannon (or us) starts getting congested, she gladly drinks her Mullein & Plantain tea with a hefty spoonful of local honey.
Do you have any "swear by" herbs you use? I'd love to hear about them.