Clean wholesome food is always the best medicine.  For those times when your body needs a little extra, medicinal herbs can be a safe and effective way to prevent or manage certain maladies.  Specific plant species have been used in this way for centuries.  We are lucky enough to have a number of them growing wild on our property.  

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale: Dried Leaf, Dried root, or Tincture

Rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals.  Known to stimulate digestion and benefit the digestive system.  Promotes healthy liver function by helping it to remove toxins from the bloodstream.

Stinging Nettle Utica dioica: Dried leaf or Tincture

 Commonly used for allergies.  Nutrient content makes it useful for Iron deficiency and anemia.  Beneficial for skin, hair, nails and bones due to its mineral content.   It is also good for kidneys, prostate, and urinary tract.  Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects make it useful for people with Type 2 Diabetes and and other inflammatory diseases.

Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea:  Dried leaf, Dried root, or Root tincture

 Dubbed “Echinacea” because the spiked flower cones resemble an Echidna (spiny hedgehog).  In the early days of American history, Echinacea was considered one of the most important herbs in medicine.  It is antiviral and antiseptic to prevent the spread of pathogens and it enhances lymphatic flow to rid the body of compromised cells.  This action makes it useful for preventing cold and flu if it is taken at the first sign of symptoms.  Other types of infections, internal or external, can also be improved with Echinacea.

Milky Oats and Oat Straw Avena sativa:  Dried Herb (oat straw) or Tincture (milky oats)

In addition to being a popular cereal grain for humans and livestock, the plant in its immature form has a variety of wellness applications.  It is said to be restorative to the nervous system, energizing a fatigued system while also relaxing an anxious one.  Oat straw works by a different mechanism to provide similar results.  Straw should be simmered in water for at least 20 minutes to create a decoction.  The decoction will contain minerals including calcium, magnesium, chromium, niacin, and silicon.  These minerals also provide benefit to skin, hair, teeth, nails and bones.

Yarrow Achillea millefolium:  Dried herb (leaf and flower) or Tincture

One of the oldest medicinal herbs in recorded history.  Named Achillea after the Greek Hero Achilles.  Yarrow’s ability to stop bleeding and heal wounds is said to be the reason that Achilles was undefeatable in battle.  It’s great as a first aid treatment to stop bleeding, disinfect, dull pain and promote healing.  Yarrow’s ability to control bleeding also makes it useful for internal conditions such as ulcers, hemorrhoids, urinary bleeding, nosebleeds, etc.

Information reference: Herbs with Rosalee