So…does anyone have a favorite herb,resin, bark, berry,root they like to use this time of year? Right now I am using a lot of dried Elderberries (Sambucus nigra). Elderberry is an antioxidant that boost the immune system, improves heart health , fights against coughs, colds, and flu, and bacterial and viral infections. I make a elderberry and ginger honey and it taste amazing! I also make an elderberry syrup for my son, which really helps to boost his immune system. Let me know what you like to use this time of year!!
been cutting off and drying all of my Sage to make smug sticks, and brought my Rosemary inside bc its getting cold here now…. a friend of mine has not been feeling well, so i made her a few smudge sticks with a huge seashell as a ‘plate’ to set them on as they smoldered out.
That sounds awesome and I bet your friend is very thankful! I love using Sage. I put it in all of my incense blends. Sage is also good for sore muscles! I make a Epsom salt soak with sage, pine needles, and juniper berries and my husband loves it for his back pain.
My husband has severe scoliosis and I make several things for his back. He uses cayenne pepper + menthol salve during the day for his back pain, at night he soaks on an Epsom salt bath, which has the sage in it. It also has pine needles, crushed juniper berries, lavender, and essential oils. I can give you the recipe I have if you would like it. Another herb that works really well for pain is white willow bark. Have you ever tried it for pain?
Let me give you the entire recipe I use. We love it and I hope that you will too!
Sore Muscle Soak
2 ½ c. Epsom salt
¾ c baking soda
2 Tbs. dried chamomile flowers
1 Tbs. dried juniper berries
2 Tbs. pine needles
2 Tbs. sage leaves
2 Tbs. peppermint leaves
2 Tbs. lavender
6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
8 drops peppermint essential oil
4 drops juniper essential oil
10 drop pine essential oil
Mix ingredients together in a bowl then add essential oils. Put in a cheese cloth or sock and hang on faucet when soaking in the bath. Just make sure it is in something or it is a mess to clean up!
Can also blend the ingredients together with coarse salt using a blender then put into a bag or cloth/sock.