Week of July 14, 2015 - Green Witch Remedies

Monday, July 13, 2015 9:27 PM | Anonymous

Green Witch Remedies – Herb Hill – July 2015

Yarrow tincture

Achillea millefolium is such a useful plant. And the tincture is the easiest way I have found to avail myself of her powers. I often put yarrow tincture in a spray bottle and spray it on ankles to repel ticks, on skin to ward off mosquitoes and black flies, on the face to counter acne outbreaks, on poison ivy and insect bites to quell the itching, on wounds to disinfect them, on cuts to stop the bleeding, on injuries to dull the pain, in the mouth to counter gum disease and decay, under arms to kill bacteria that smell bad, and on hands as a sanitizer.

Jewelweed boiled in witch hazel
Impatiens canadensis (and pallida) have red roots which lend a bright orange color to water or witch hazel when boiled in either for 10-15 minutes. * Jewelweed broth can used as a soak to ease poison ivy or sore joints; freeze extra broth in an ice cube tray. The cold is an extra aid. When the swelling and pain are severe, I prefer to use jewelweed broth internally as well as externally. * Jewel witch hazel does the same things as the broth, but it cannot be used internally. It is more convenient and smells better too.

Wild thyme vinegar
“And we’ll all go together, to pick wild mountain thyme . . . “ Thymus serphyllum grows only a few inches high, so it is my labor of love to lie on the ground of Herb Hill for an hour in the sun cutting thyme for my winter supply of vinegar. Thyme is said to be especially helpful to the heart. The taste certainly gladdens my heart.

St. J’s oil and St. J‘s tincture
Hypericum perforatum is one of my mainstay herbs. I use the tincture lavishly to counter muscle pain from my active lifestyle. And the oil just as lavishly to keep my skin healthy in the sun. The uses of this one plant are nearly too numerous to list. Think bottled sunshine: when you feel blue, when you are dealing with SAD, when you need to counter herpes, when you want to unknot a tired body.

Self heal vinegar
This small scentless mint blooms with a stunning flower half the size of the whole plant. Her enormous antioxidant powers are captured in the vinegar to keep us well all winter. Though Prunella vulgaris lacks the intriguing tastes of her mint sisters, she is nonetheless, like them, a super source of vitamins and minerals, polyphenols, and other compounds that build superior health.

Bergamot vinegar
Monarda didyma is also Oswego tea, and my secret ingredient in comfrey infusion. The vinegar turns bright red within minutes. Oh! Those coloring compounds in plants are so useful in our bodies! And the taste is so dreamy, slightly minty, kinda fruity, not too sweet and never sharp. I put a generous amount of herbal vinegar on my nightly salad, so I like to have a variety to choose from.

Nerve-pain salve
One of the green witches worked with Gretchen to craft an oil that would help her heal a sore, discolored elbow that the medical profession has only made worse. They dowsed some plants, thought about what was available, and listened to fairies. Their final choices were leaves of black cohosh (Actaea racemose/Cimicifuga racemose), meadowsweet (Philipendula ulmaria), and cronewort (Artemisia vulgaris).

~ The Ending of Two Traumas ~

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