Herbalism 101: Recipes
Lesson 1: Infused Oil
- Dry herbs in a dehydrator or in a cool dry place.
- Grind herbs with a mortar and pestle or in a grinder. You need as much surface area as possible to come into contact with the oil.
- Fill a jar half full with the ground herbs. Fill to the brim with the oil of your choice. (I normally use olive oil for salves and almond oil for cosmetic creams). Allow for air pockets to bubble up. Continue to fill with oil until saturated.
- Place the oil in a sunny window for 6-8 weeks to macerate or place in a bread maker on low heat overnight.
- Your oil is now ready to be made into a salve, cream or placed directly on your skin.
Lesson 2: Calming Tea
- 1 part Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
- 2 parts Mint Mentha
- 1/2 part Lavender Lavandula officinalis
Dry the herbs (in a cool dark dry place, in the oven on the lowest temperature or in a dehydrator) until completely dry and crumbly.
Grind the herbs in a mortar and pestle or with a juicer or herb grinder.
Store in a cool, dry, dark place.
1 tablespoon of tea per cup of boiling water, let steep for 5-10 minutes covered.
Dose: 1 cup of tea as needed
- Lemon balm: Diaphoretic, carminative, nervine, antispasmodic, sedative, decongestant, antihistamine
- Mint: Nervine, antispasmodic, carminative, antiemetic, analgesic
- Lavender: Vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, nervine, carminative, anxiolytic