Being prepared is always a good thing. Seeing September on the calendar means that the first signs of fall are not far way. Now is the time to start thinking about what your family will need to get through the next few months. Take a cue from the squirrels outside; start to stock up on supplies for the long winter ahead. We are not talking about food here; we are talking about the herbs, salves, oils, etc. that will help you care for yourself and your family; your Fall/Winter Herbal Stockpile.
While it is always great to make your own preparations, there are some reputable companies that make great stuff that should be a part of any one’s stock pile.
New Chapter Garlic Force- our first choice for a natural antibiotic.
(Boericke + Tafel) B&T Cough & Bronchial Syrup
Tabasco Sauce – great for decongestion beverages
Prepared Horseradish – used like Tabasco sauce but not quite as strong.
Horehound candy- for coughs and sore throats (If you are going to buy them make sure they are made with real horehound)
Lavender Vinegar – mild astringent & disinfectant
Honey- use in teas to help soothe throat and lessen coughs
Lemon – great source of vitamin C and great in teas
Fresh Ginger Root- for relief of nausea, flu, stomach complaints, & congestion
Onions- the high sulfur content works well as a poultice on weepy, oozy sores
Myrrh Tincture– use as an antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal wash
Burn salve* – use for minor burns
Vapor balm* – for congestion & head colds
Pepper balm*- use for muscular & joint pain
All around skin Salve* – use for dry chapped skin
Drawing Salve* – to help draw out impurities externally, i.e splinters, boils, stings, ingrown hair. (avoid ones made with Bloodroot, ichthammol, phenyl alcohol, zinc oxide or sulfides: they tend to damage healthy skin cells)
Tea Tree Essential oil- known for its analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiseptic and antiviral properties.
Lavender essential oil- known for its skin healing properties and its use as a mild sedative as well as anti fungal properties.
Epsom salts- use to soak sore, inflamed areas
To be used in compresses (C ), poultices (P ), tea mixes or decoctions (T) or capsulated (CP):
Slippery Elm- inflammation and irritation in the throat (T)
Cayenne pepper- stimulant that will clear congestion (P,CP)
Dried mustard- for respiratory infections (severe cases) (Plasters only)
Fennel seed- use for gas, flatulence, mild stomach upset (T, CP)
Sage– use as an anti-inflammatory and relief of sore throats & colds. (C, T, CP)
Ginger root- Good for nausea, flu, stomach complaints & congestion (T,CP)
Peppermint- use for stomach complaints (T)
Yarrow- used to treat colds, fevers, and to reduce inflammation, especially in the digestive tract, indigestion & slow-healing wounds (C,P,T)
Chamomile- helps with sleep (T)
Willow bark- use to reduce fever, headache, pain and inflammation (T, CP)
Please feel free to subtract or add items from our list to help make Fall/Winter happy healthy seasons.