One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book ~ Herbal Teas

There have been so many people asking me for tips on teas for bronchitis, coughing, and pneumonia lately.  By accident, I found this book (published in 2016).

I just started reading through this book (like I have the time, ha ha!). I borrowed it from the library.  There are tea recipes for antispasmodic bronchitis, cough, and more.  It's worth a look for those who make teas, tinctures, syrups etc.  I learned plantain can be used as an expectorant.

In researching tea recipes online, I found this site here helpful about plantain.   There are recipes for teas, infusions etc. there as well.  Simply plantain and thyme for a tea?  I had no idea.  I'm so glad I am continuing this herbal journey of mine. 

I tasted my first cup of plantain/thyme tea.   I dried plantain, and froze some blanched plantain last summer.  I've made many salves with herbs, testing them out.  This summer I would like to add plantain salve to my first aid supplies.  I read that it's good for poison ivy as well as bug bites, cuts, etc.  There is no shortage of plantain here.

Tonight, I'll be making herbal tea for Hubby (or mullein).  He's feeling a bit under the weather.  We spent most of the weekend at the gun range, and I think he (for once) didn't get the rest he needed.

If you have made a plantain salve, and really like it, I'd love to hear about it and get the recipe.  I have one recipe saved to try.   


Sam I Am...... said...

I thought plantains were a type of banana? Obviously not as I'm sure you can't grow bananas where you live. Not sure what I've been 'smokin'? LOL! The mullein is back in my yard!

Kristina said...

Sam I Am, you are correct. Lol! Sorry, I meant the weed that grows everywhere. If you google for images of broad-leaf plantain, you'll see photos of what it looks like. You are lucky to have mullein. So many people here are sick.

Rain said...

You have a great library! I can't even get any English books here, sigh. I love your enthusiasm for herbal remedies, very inspiring! Hope you all feel better soon!

Kristina said...

Rain, after that episode with the zpack antibiotic, I am really trying to keep us healthy, and use natural remedies.