I have been fighting the mother of all viruses since Sunday, July 1st. And ordered to bed rest for the next few days. Not sure as an herbalist if I should have done it, but I posted it on Facebook about how sick I was. Low and behold, a private message comes to me asking how I can call myself an herbalist and still be sick.
Seriously? First, how is it ok to even question that in the first place, and second… Herbalists are people too and will – on occasion – get sick. Ugh! Plus, I’m no match for dehydration which landed me in the emergency room on Sunday afternoon.
So, I’m sitting here working from bed at virtual assisting (Thanking God every day for my wonderful clients!), writing, and studying. But I am following orders to take it easy and rest in bed for a few days. I’m loving my adaptogen and nervine tea with honey to sooth my agitated mind and calm my body so it can recover.
But here’s my public service tip of the day. It is not ok to trash people like that. Be kind people! Oh and, HYDRATE, HYDRATE, H Y D R A T E !
Brand New at Hilltop Herbals!
Kathy’s Healing Salve
I’m very pleased to announce this healing salve made entirely with my organically grown and pesticide FREE herbs.
Healing Salve contains organic EV Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Vitamin E, Plantain, Lavender and Yarrow.
Lavender soothes and calms the skin, is anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, anti fungal and the aroma promotes relaxation. Plantain is one of nature’s super herbs, it soothes sunburn, rashes, eases itches and insect bites, will help to sooth poison ivy, and helps to heal wounds such as cuts, scratches, blisters and cuts. If you heat the whole leaf it can be beneficial for swollen joints when used as a poultice. Yarrow is very effective for eczema and dry skin, and helps to heal infection, and minor cuts and scratches. Also, packing a bleeding wound can help to stop bleeding.
Got an itch, get my Healing Salve and apply liberally.
Available in the Hilltop Arts Store and currently on sale for $6.50 (Normal price will be $10.00).
Fennell Seed is a centuries old fold remedy for weight loss and is still used today. Drink fennel seed tea about 20 to 30 minutes before a meal to curb your appetite.
Fennel Seed is helpful in reducing bloating, gas and aids in digestion, and can help to alleviate abdominal cramping. As an added bonus for women, fennel seed can help level hormones during menopause. (Also try my Hot Flash Buster which has been life altering for me!)
Fennel Seed Tea
1 teaspoon fennel seed for each cup of boiling water
Bruise the seed in a mortar and pestle (if you don’t have one you can bruise them on a cutting board with a spoon or rolling pin)
Steep for at least 10 minutes – COVERED (we don’t want those valuable herbal properties escaping!)
Strain and Serve hot (you can warm it back up if its not hot enough). You can use honey if you don’t care for the taste. However, I find it very good without sugar or honey.)
Did you know? Fennel seed is also good for our pets. It can help with gas, colic, bloating and can increase appetite for picky eaters, and help with bad breath. You can put fennel directly into your pets food or add a little fennel seed tea to their drinking water.