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Dried Botanical Herbs

I love to use my herbs fresh but sometimes it just isn’t practical so I like to have a good selection of dried medicinal herbs on hand. There are so many uses for them and it’s a good feeling to know they are right at my fingertips if I need them.

I’m not going into individual uses for the dried herbs I have on hand right now because, for the most part, each herb can be used for many different problems. I’m just going to list what I have on hand in case you are finding it difficult to buy what you need.

These herbs can be purchased by the ounce by emailing me before 6pm on a Friday preceeding the Saturday Old Miakka Farmer’s Market and then picked up at the market on Satuday from 9-2. If you don’t see something you need on the list, contact me and I’ll try my best to have it.

These herbs are all certified organic and are $2.00 per ounce unless noted otherwise.

DRIED HERB AVAILABILITY LIST
Arnica Flowers ($16.00 per oz.)
Calendula Flowers
Catnip leaf
Chickweed
Cilantro Leaf
Comfrey Leaf
Comfrey Root
Cramp Bark ($4.75 per oz.)
Goldenseal Root Powder ($16.00 per oz.)
Horse Chestnut
Horsetail
Lobelia ($4.50 per oz.)
Marshmallow powder
Milk Thistle Seed powder
Olive Leaf
Peppermint Leaf
Plantain Leaf
Raspberry Leaf
Slippery Elm Powder
Wild Cherry Bark

Drinking Herb Tea with a Purpose

Did you know herbal teas are more than a comfort drink on a cold winter’s day? Most can be enjoyed hot or cold and, depending on the blend, have wonderful, nourishing & healthful uses.

Making an herbal infusion
“Tea” is actually an infusion made by taking 1 or 2 teaspoons of herbal material, placing it in to the brewing utensil of your choice, adding 16 to 32 oz. of lightly boiled water, cover and allow to “steep” for 5 minutes, strain and drink. If a more “medicinal” effect is desired, allow to steep for 15 to 30 minutes. I always add some raw, local honey as I like my herb tea a bit sweet and enjoy the healthful benefits of raw honey whenever I have an excuse.

I have 4 wonderful blends of delicious herbal tea available right now. They are in loose-leaf form and are certified organic or are wildharvested. I am offering them at the Old Miakka Farmer’s Market by the ounce in bulk containers so you can scoop out as much or little as you would like.

IMMUNI-TEA
There are so many ways that our immune system can be overwhelmed…air, water, workplace, stress, etc. This blend is not only helpful, but comforting, strengthening and delicious.
Contains: Organic Red Clover blossoms, organic Nettle leaf, Pau d’ Arco bark, organic Alfalfa, organic Sage leaf, organic St. John’s Wort and a hint of organic Ginger root.

BLOSSOMS of HEALTH
Beautiful to look at, deliciously tasty and, it’s good for you. An energizing and uplifting infusion blend.
Contains: Organic Ginkgo leaf, organic Red Clover leaf and flower, Nettle leaf, organic Meadowsweet, organic Calendula flower, organic Chamomile flower, organic Lavender flower, organic Gotu Kola leaf, and a pinch of organic Stevia.

EASY DAY TEA
A truly superb, and herbaliciously simple beverage, this tea can be enjoyed by young and old alike, in the evening, during the day, hot or iced. With just the right hint of berry and mint, it is inspiring and tasty!
Contains: Organic Blackberry leaf, organic Linden leaf and flower, organic Peppermint, organic Lemon Balm, and organic Marshmallow leaf.

COMFORTING ALLERGY TEA
A refreshingly cool, minty flavored infusion blend with a citrus undertone to assist you with the discomfort & symptoms associated with allergy season. Consider taking it ahead of time with nettle or nettle and eyebright capsules.
Contains: Organic Nettle leaf, organic Peppermint, organic Spearmint, Yerba Santa, organic Eyebright, organic Lemongrass, organic Calendula flowers, organic Red Clover leaf and flower, organic Lavender flowers, organic Fennel seed and a pinch of organic Stevia.

5 Top Medicinal Herbs

The following is strictly informational and not to be taken as medical advice. I am not a doctor, I am merely relaying experiences I have had using herbs.

Being asked to choose 5 favorite medicinal herbs is like asking which of my children I like best! So I’ve chosen 5 of the medicinal herbs I’ve used the most on myself and my family. These herbs are generally easy to use and grow well in Central Florida so you can truly grow your own “medicine” if you are so inclined.

Aloe


ALOE vera
~ An easy to grow herb in the ground or in a pot
~Use fresh- Apply the split leaf directly to burns, sunburn, wounds, fungal infections such as ringworm, and insect bites
~Useful applied to dry skin conditions, especially exzema around the eyes and sensitive facial skin
~Take up to 2 tsp. of fresh gel in a glass of water or fruit juice 3X a day as a tonic to stimulate bile flow for digestion
CAUTION: Avoid in pregnancy- high doses can cause vomiting

Echinacea


ECHINACEA spp.( Purple Coneflower)
~Can be grown in the ground or a pot
~Dried root generally used in tincture form for inflammation or infections
~Useful for recurring kidney infections as well as the common cold
~Harvest root after flowering; wash, chop and dry
~An infusion (tea) can be made from the flowers
CAUTION: high doses can occasionally cause nausea & dizziness

Plantain


PLANTAGO spp. (Plantain)
~Can be grown in a pot or the ground in Central Florida
~Apply crushed, fresh leaves to bee stings, infections and slow healing wounds
~Press the juice from the fresh leaves, dilute and use for sore throats and mouth or gum inflammations
~Make an ointment using the leaves and apply to wounds, burns and hemorrhoids

Cayenne


CAPSICUM frutescens (Cayenne)
~Can be grown in the ground or a pot in Central Florida
~An infusion of the dried herb can be taken for colds, chills, cold hands and feet, shock or depression
~Soak a pad in an infusion and use as a compress for rheumatic pains, sprains and bruising
~Dilute 5 to 10 drops of cayenne tincture in half a glass of warm water for throat problems. Honey and lemon juice may be added
CAUTION: Avoid touching the eyes after handling fresh chilies. Seeds can be toxic. Excessive consumption of cayenne can lead to gastroenteritis and liver damage. Avoid theraputic doses while pregnant or breastfeeding

Comfrey


SYMPHYTUM officinale (Comfrey)
~ Better grown in the ground rather than a pot in Central Florida
~Country name is “knitbone” as comfrey readily heals fractures. Apply a puree of leaves to minor fractures, broken toes, ribs or hairline cracks in larger bones.
~Make a cream and use for bone or muscle damage including osteoarthritis
~Make a paste of powdered root with a little water and use on varicose ulcers and other stubborn wounds
CAUTION: Avoid using on dirty wounds because rapid healing can trap dirt or pus. Comfrey is not recommended to be taken internally due to possible liver damage

Resource: “The Complete Medicinal Herbal” by Penelope Ody

I encourage you to do your own research into herbal medicine and see if there might be easy to use applications for you and your family.