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Offline ~esposita~

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Herbal Combinations: Sharing Success (and failure!)
« on: June 20, 2008, 10:14:13 AM »
I thought I'd start a place where we can share our recipes for herbal combinations that we have used, their use, and if they are successful or not!

I also posted them in the Home Remedies section under Articles

Children's Composition (from ABC Herbal)
Alcohol/Glycerite Combination

1 Yarrow
1 Peppermint
1 Elder Flower

My kids take this willingly when they are ill.  I have seen a lessening of symptoms and a decrease in duration of sickness when I give it to them regularly (I often forget  :-[)  I have added/mixed in an Elderberry glycerite - it gives it a nice fruity flavor!

Expectorant
Glycerite

2 Wild Cherry Bark
1 Elderberries
1 Licorice
1 Yarrow

MUCH success with this!  Soothing and very yummy!

Gas/Colic/Upset Stomach
Glycerite

1 Catnip
1 Fennel
1 Chamomile

I made this for ds #3 when he was first born as he got a bit of gas.  It seemed to do the trick!  I now have the remainder on hand and I have taken it with surprising results when I've been gassy (yes, it happens to me!)  I used the Catnip/Fennel combo as a tea following my 3rd C-Section and had no issues with gas.  A friend of mine had diarrhea due to 'monthly issues' and on a whim I gave her the Catnip/Fennel tea; she said it did the trick.

Sleep Sweet Tincture From the BHS (the first one I ever made  ;D)
Alcohol/Glycerite Combo

I don't recall the herbal ingredients; I bought the premix from the BHS. 

This tincture is VERY successful and FREQUENTLY used in our home!  Sometimes I give it to the kids straight up; other times I mix it with water so they can have 'tea' before bed.

Immune Booster also from BHS
Alcohol/Glycerite Combo

Again, I don't recall the herbs used; I bought the premix from the BHS.

We use this one to stave off colds in hopes that we wont get them as well as to kick em when they do show up.  While my children more often take the Children's Comp., my DH and I reach for this one.  (Probably because the last batch I made was a little too strong for the kiddos  ::) )

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I am in the process of making the following; hopefully they will work nicely!

Liver
Alcohol 

4 Milk Thistle
2 Dandelion
2 Alfalfa
1 Yellow Dock made into separate tincture
1 Red Clover
1/2 Fennel

Blood Builder/Hypotension/Hypoglycemia
Alcohol

4 Red Rasp
3 Alfalfa
3 Dandelion
1 Licorice
1 Milk Thistle
1/2 Kelp
A bit Cayenne

Enamel Building (hopefully!) Mouthwash
Alcohol

1 Alfalfa
1 Black Walnut Leaf
1/4 - 1/2 Cloves
a bit of Cayenne

(DANG! THIS IS HOT!!!)

(Move at will, O faithful HB!  You know where it should go!)
« Last Edit: June 27, 2008, 12:50:07 AM by ~esposita~ »
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Offline southmom2k

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Re: Herbal Combinations: Sharing Success (and failure!)
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2008, 04:27:03 PM »
Hi! I need a herbal tea combination recipe!
I bought all the herbs needed (from Bulk Herb Store) to make several tea combinations however, I would like to have the actual recipe for some of the combinations from BHS.

I am looking for the parts needed for
Double E-Immune Booster

Ingredients are:

Nettle Leaf, Peppermint Leaf, Echinacea Root, Echinacea Tops, Elderberries whole, Ginseng Root and Rosehips.

Also, does anyone know the recipe for Dr. Cinnamon?


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Re: Herbal Combinations: Sharing Success (and failure!)
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2008, 04:09:53 PM »
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Re: Herbal Combinations: Sharing Success (and failure!)
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2008, 05:19:26 PM »
I'm guessing that some of their exact blends may be proprietary, and unpublished (?)
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Re: Herbal Combinations: Sharing Success (and failure!)
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2009, 08:09:54 AM »
I'm guessing that some of their exact blends may be proprietary, and unpublished (?)


Well, I would have ordered it from them, but it's been out of stock for awhile now.  I'm wondering if I try 1 part of each, if that would be okay.  Maybe I'll e-mail them and ask.

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Re: Herbal Combinations: Sharing Success (and failure!)
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2009, 10:01:58 AM »
That's a good idea. They are really nice at bulkherbstore.com. Phone them and ask them if they really are out of stock. I phoned a couple times and they told me they actually did have some of a certain out of stock product. He said once it reaches a certain amount they have to say its out of stock so that orders don't go on back order. He said that you would have to place that order over the  phone though if you do that. :)
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Re: Herbal Combinations: Sharing Success (and failure!)
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2009, 04:30:58 PM »
Well, I tried makikng this tonight, since I got my elderberries from Bulk Herbs yesterday.  It was on the Recipezaar sight as a cough syrup, but I'm thinking it would be good as a general cold syrup.  Do you think this would work similar to an elderberry tincture?  It's made up quicker, so probably isn't as strong, but my kids will take this.  They won't take the glycerite.  I tried it myself and it's actually pretty good.

Elderberry Cough Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

2 cups water
4 oz fresh (2 oz dried) elderberries (I used dried)
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp ground cloves
3/4 cup honey
2 Tb Maple syrup

1) simmer water, elderberries, cinnamon stick and cloves for 20 minutes.
2) Let stand for 30 minutes.
3) Strain well.  (I have found that nut milk bags are excellent for straining herbs.)
4) Add enough water to bring total volume back up to 2 cups.
5) Add Honey and Maple syrup and warm up enough to blend well.
6) Cool and bottle.  Store in cool place.
7) Take 2 tsp, 3 times a day.


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Re: Herbal Combinations: Sharing Success (and failure!)
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009, 03:56:57 PM »
Well, I found another good recipe off of Zaar.  This one is for sore throats.  I've tried everything on my kids and nothing seems to help.  My DD and DH are both sick with bad sore throats and coughs.  They both liked the tea and it seemed to help the sore throat, except my DD has a queasy stomach, so she could only take a little.  My DH went off to work with a thermos full of the hot stuff.

Not Just for a SORE THROAT TEA

5 inches fresh ginger, roughly chopped
1 grated lemon, zest of
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey, to taste
Directions
1Combine ginger, zest, mint and 6 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a boil (covered).
2Reduce heat, simmer (uncovered) until the mixture has reduced to 5 cups (about 30 mins).
3Strain, return liquid to the saucepan (discard the solids).
4Add lemon juice and honey to taste and simmer 2 more minutes.

I've been trying to figure out why my 5 yo and I haven't caught this bug (or the last one).  I'm thinking it might be because we both drink kefir in smoothies every morning.  What do you think?  I think I'm going to try to get the rest of the family on the kefir somehow.  The other 2 kids don't like smoothies, but I might try to add juice to make a drinkable yogurt.

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Re: Herbal Combinations: Sharing Success (and failure!)
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2009, 12:58:52 PM »
Well, I tried makikng this tonight, since I got my elderberries from Bulk Herbs yesterday.  It was on the Recipezaar sight as a cough syrup, but I'm thinking it would be good as a general cold syrup.  Do you think this would work similar to an elderberry tincture?  It's made up quicker, so probably isn't as strong, but my kids will take this.  They won't take the glycerite.  I tried it myself and it's actually pretty good.

Elderberry Cough Syrup

Elderberry Syrup

2 cups water
4 oz fresh (2 oz dried) elderberries (I used dried)
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp ground cloves
3/4 cup honey
2 Tb Maple syrup

1) simmer water, elderberries, cinnamon stick and cloves for 20 minutes.
2) Let stand for 30 minutes.
3) Strain well.  (I have found that nut milk bags are excellent for straining herbs.)
4) Add enough water to bring total volume back up to 2 cups.
5) Add Honey and Maple syrup and warm up enough to blend well.
6) Cool and bottle.  Store in cool place.
7) Take 2 tsp, 3 times a day.



Hi,
I'm just wondering if you found this to be effective? I have a bunch of fresh elderberries, and am looking for a good recipe to use.
Thanks!