Healing with God’s Earthly Gifts: Natural and Herbal Remedies by Kate Tietje.
I love recipes that teach me how to use herbs in useful preparations. I collect these recipes and keep them in a 3 ring binder so I will have access when I need it. Using herbs for every day ailments is effective. It is also economical. Have you seen the price of cold and cough medicine lately? Yikes!
Kate’s book, Healing With God’s Earthly Gifts: Natural and Herbal Remedies has great recipes, plus she gives you the background you need to successfully make the preparations.
You’ll find 19 Recipes to teach you things like –
- -The difference between a tea and an infusion,
- -What liquids you use to make a tincture and how to do it.
- -How to make your own herbal pills for common ailments like headaches, hypothyroid or yeast infections.
- -What kind of salve to make for sore muscles or headaches.
- -Useful herbs to use when you need to balance your systems.
- -6 recipes to help with respiratory ailments due to colds and flu.
The Tietje family has not had any over the counter or prescription medication since 2008, so she knows and uses these remedies all the time. That’s a pretty good track record!
“I can’t promise this will be your experience. But I do know that natural remedies are powerful, and generally safe. I know that I much prefer using them in my home and that we’re healthier for it. I hope that you find the same.”
What does PreparednessMama recommend?
Invest a bit of money in herbs and equipment. You will need things like glass jars (mason jars work great) and brown glass bottles. The herbs can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs or for the most part, grown in your garden. Oils, like olive, sweet almond or avocado can be purchased at Amazon or your local health food store.
Now think about the conditions that are likely to affect your family in the next year and get busy making a few remedies ahead of time. You want to have them available when they are needed. Most recipes in the book last from 6 to 12 months.
For cough make – Detox Bath, Honey Infused Cough Syrup, Cold Kicker Tea and Homemade Vapor Rub.
For nausea and vomiting make – Bentonite Clay Capsules, Anti-nausea Lozenges or Anti-everything Pills.
For anxiety make – Calm Down Tincture, Magnesium Lotion or Hormone Balancing Tea.
Next up for me is making Sore Skin Salve. I think this will make a great addition to my emergency kit. Here’s the recipe from Healing with God’s Earthly Gifts: Natural & Herbal Remedies, page 36. This simple salve can be used on diaper rash, eczema or other sores. It’s safe, even for babies.
1 tablespoon calendula flowers
1 tablespoon chamomile flowers
1 tablespoon lavender buds
1 tablespoon comfrey leaves
3 ounces olive oil
2 tablespoons bees wax
- In a double boiler over low heat, combine the herbs and olive oil. Keep them on the stove for 20-30 minutes but do not let them get so hot that the herbs cook and become brittle.
- After 30 minutes, pour the oil through a strainer, squeezing out as much oil as you can. Compost the herbs.
- Place your infused oil into a clean saucepan, over low heat, and add the beeswax. Stir until completely melted.
- Pour this into a 4 ounce glass jar and allow it to cool.
Apply to the affected area as often as needed. This will last 6-12 month.
Healing With God’s Earthly Gifts: Natural and Herbal Remedies is wonderful for those just introduced to herbs and their properties. It will help you get together a “pharmacy” of natural remedies so you are prepared for the season ahead. I have already printed it out and placed it in my herbal remedy binder.
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Terri Presser says
Thanks for the great book review and for sharing such great hints and ideas at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings