These Herbs Are Treating Asthma, Allergies And Inflammation, While Being Delicious Spices At The Same Time.

Hey Smart Herbalists.

This week is the week for recipes. We found so many great recipes last week that we just simply can’t not share them with you (Also many of you wrote me that you missed recipes from the last issue and that can’t stay that way).

Also it was great to see that more than a 100 beginner herbalists have signed up for our “master your first herbs” beginner’s guide, which is great to see.

So let’s get started.

Found In The Most Common Culinary Herbs Rosmarinic Acid Has Many Medicinal Properties too.

Found In The Most Common Culinary Herbs Rosmarinic Acid Has Many Medicinal Properties too.

Rosmarinic acid is found in a variety of plants. Studies in the last decade have shown that rosmarinic acid might be more beneficial that the scientific community have believed before as per Healthline.

How it can help you?

  • Anti-inflammatory (may help treat: arthritis, asthma, and atopic dermatitis)
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiallergenic
  • Benefits brain health (may help protect against cognitive decline and depression and benefit learning and memory)
  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Antidiabetic

The studies showing these effects were conducted with concentrated rosmarinic acid not with herbs containing the acid.

Where can you find it?

  • Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris ): 61,000 ppm
  • Oregano: 55,000 ppm
  • Spearmint: 43,000 ppm
  • Rosemary: 38,957 ppm
  • And many other herbs in small concentrations

What are the downsides?

You might experience mild side-effects like:

  • headache
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • interaction with medications

You should note that these are side effects were also shown using concentrated rosmarinic acid, not herbs containing rosmarinic acid along with other compounds.

What this all means to you?

More herbal greatness. Rosmarinic acid has great potential to help you. You should use more of herbs like oregano, spearmint, and rosemary as spice to enjoy their antioxidant effects.

While daily doses of higher concentrations (200–300 mg) of rosmarinic acid may help you treat inflammation, allergies, and asthma symptoms.

And as always, if you want to use a concentrate of a compound, you should always check with a healthcare professional.

Snippets Of Herbalism

A female’s best friend. Shatavari is called the “herb with 100 roots” or the Queen of Ayurvedic herbs. Dr Dixa Bhavsar goes into detail how it has a nourishing and purifying effect on the female reproductive organs and hormones, and that’s not even all.

Fighting Covid with herbs. Two researchers from China might have found an herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine that helps treating Covid. Coroless a compound found in the plant kyllinga brevifolia rottb. seems to have made life easier for numerous people suffering from Covid or vaccine sickness.

Migraine. It seems many herbs are great when it comes to soothing a migraine. Just like coriander, ginger, curcumin, butterbur or citron. Especially in the form of a tea.

Thistle. Coming from an unexpected source (Business Insider Australia) this brief article list the health benefits of milk thistle citing some great scientific studies.

A Fermented Drink That Supports Your Digestion And Aids Your Kidney.

Fermented Juniper Berry, or Smreka as they call it in Bosnia is a fast and easy to make at home ferment.

Being a fermented beverage it supports your gut microbiome, the juniper acts its herbal actions and being carbonated makes it a great refresher.

source: Mountain Rose Herbs

How juniper benefits you?

  • Diuretic
  • Antimicrobial
  • Carminative
  • Antirheumatic

How you can make it

Thanks to Mason Hutchison from The Mountain Rose Herbs for this great idea.

Basic Smreka Recipe

Makes approximately 1 liter.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup juniper berries
  • 1 liter water

Directions

  1. Pour juniper berries and water into a liter jar.
  2. Cap it with a plastic lid, or place parchment paper under a metal lid before sealing.
  3. Label so you remember when you started the ferment. I like to use blue painter’s tape for this.
  4. Shake every day.
  5. “Burp” every few days. Burping simply means opening the lid to release the gasses.
  6. Strain into a separate quart jar after 10 to 30 days.
  7. Add other ingredients to taste.
  8. Bottle and label, preferably in your fanciest vessel, and share with friends.

This way you combine the beneficial effects of fermentation with the beneficial effects of herbs. A double win. And also very tasty and refreshing.

This Herbal Formula Works Wonders On Soothing Your Nerves

source: The Herbal Academy

We can all thank Heather Saba for sharing her nerve tea recipe with us.

„The onslaught of traffic, bright fluorescent lights at all hours, and navigating through a sea of people to get to work every day can start to make your nervous system feel a bit “frayed” over time. Integrating a daily herbal tea can help nourish and restore a frayed nervous system while soothing the effects of constant nervous system stimulus.” says Heather, and she is so right.

What’s in it and how does it benefit you?

  • 3 part dried skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) leaf : relaxing nervine
  • 5 part dried tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) leaf: Mild adaptogen, nerve supporting, balancing
  • 1 part dried oat (Avena sativa) straw: A nervous system trophorestorative.
  • 5 part dried violet (Viola odorata) leaf: An overall nerve restorative, that also soothes agitation.
  • 5 part dried marshmallow (Althea officinalis) root: Moistening, gut soothing, balancing
  • 1 cup boiling water

Directions

  • Add all herbs to a jar and mix well to combine. 
  • Cover the jar with a lid and store in a cool, dark place until ready to use.
  • When ready to prepare the tea, add 1 heaping tablespoon of dried herbs from the jar into a heat-safe mug or container.
  • Pour the boiling water on top of the herbs and stir to combine.
  • Allow the tea to steep for 15 minutes or longer.
  • Strain the herbs from the tea and discard.
  • Add raw honey to taste if additional sweetness is desired. Take a deep breath, sip, and enjoy!

Call These 3 If an Insect Stings You And It Hurts (Or Just Itches)

These late summer evenings are full of mosquitoes. Or you might get bitten on a hike by something more nasty. It can cause some itchy or painful days, and that’s when you call for your herbal allies.

Kira Merrick and her bugbite salve recipe will be your savior for those nights and hikes.

Which herbs should you use

  • 1 tablespoon plantain leaves(Plantago major): demulcent, Anti-inflammatory,antimicrobial, she is really a wound healer.
  • 1 tablespoon calendula flowers(Calendula officinalis): Anti-inflmmatory, astringent, antiseptic, she soothes your skin gently.
  • 2 tablespoons chickweed aerial parts (Stellaria media): Cooling and demulcent she is calms any itch.
  • 6 ounces of your chosen carrier oil
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets

How to make your salve

  1. Comminute the herbs into small pieces using a food processor, blender, grinder, knife or scissors. 
  2. Heat the herbs and oil together in a double boiler, uncovered, for 30 minutes. 
  3. Turn off the heat.
  4. Allow the oil to fully cool before filtering. 
  5. To filter, line a fine-mesh strainer with a couple of layers of cheesecloth, and pour the oil into a small (4-6 oz) mason jar. This recipe should yield about 4 ounces of fixed oil.
  6. In a mason jar, combine 4 ounces of infused oil with 1 tablespoon of beeswax pellets.
  7. Set your oven on its lowest setting.
  8. Place a baking sheet in your oven to create an even surface across the oven shelf.
  9. Place the mason jar on the baking sheet. 
  10. Leave the oven door cracked for ventilation. Many ovens’ warm settings are right around 200 degrees, and the ideal temperature for this process is between 100-140 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  11. Warm until the beeswax is fully melted. 
  12. Once the beeswax has melted, carefully remove the jar from the oven. 
  13. Stir to combine the oil and beeswax evenly. 
  14. Let the salve cool on the counter overnight

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