August CSW Share
Easy Breathing Tea
A blend of mullein, marshmallow, goldenrod, calendula, and thyme
These herbs are blended to soothe and open your upper respiratory system. Drink at the onset of an upper respiratory cold or late summer allergies. Helpful also for sore throat, a difficult cough, asthma, and bronchitis.
In an interesting coincidence, many herbs (such as mullein, marshmallow, and goldenrod) that are supportive to the lungs and respiratory system are also very supportive and healing to the urinary tract. This tea can be enjoyed as a tonic for the urinary system, or taken at the onset of an infection.
Just one more thing…
Each of these herbs is excellent for external use on swelling. This herb blend would make an excellent compress for swollen tonsils, lymphatic swelling or musculoskeletal swelling.
Infuse one tablespoon of herbs into just-boiled water. Let steep for 15 minutes to 12 hours. The tea is savory and will become stronger as it steeps longer. For additional throat healing, sweeten with honey after the tea has cooled somewhat.
This blend is also great for gargling.
TO MAKE A COMPRESS
Make a strong infusion: ¼ cup of herbs for one cup of water. You can strain the infusion, or strain it and retain the herbs in a cloth. Dip a cloth, or the cloth bundle of herbs, in the infusion and apply to the swollen area. Refresh the compress with another dip in the infusion every few minutes. If possible, you can attach the compress to yourself by wrapping the area (compress included) in plastic wrap and wear overnight or for a few hours.
White Yarrow Tincture
Tincture of white yarrow
Take 30-60 drops as needed.
Lip Balm Set
Scarborough Fair Lip Balm and Lemongrass Lip Balm
Scarborough Fair Lip Balm: The classic combination of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme to nourish and heal your lips
Lemongrass Lip Balm: A blend of lemongrass and lemon basil to add some pep in your step throughout the day
Apply to lips throughout the day, then smile vigorously.
A blend of St. Johns Wort oil and calendula oil to heal the skin after a sunburn
Gently apply to affected areas.
Herbal Iced Tea Blend
A refreshing blend of spearmint, anise hyssop, lemongrass, lemon basil, and catnip. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon.
Infuse 1 tablespoon of tea in hot water for 15 minutes. For larger batches, use ¼ cup for one quart. If desired, sweeten while still warm. Pour over ice.
This blend also makes a delicious simple syrup, which can be added to cocktails or club soda.
TO MAKE SIMPLE SYRUP:
Make a very strong infusion – 2 tablespoons for one cup of water. Let the infusion steep for 15 minutes, then strain. Pour the infusion into a saucepan and turn the heat on medium. Add sugar in a 1:1 ratio with the infusion (1 cup of sugar for 1 cup of liquid). Stir until the sugar dissolves. You now have a tasty herbal simple syrup. Add 1-2 tablespoons to a gin and tonic, vodka tonic, etc. Added to plain club soda, you now have an herbal soda!
St. Johns Wort Tincture
Extract of St. Johns Wort
Take 30-60 drops as needed.