|Yarrow with white blooms|
The stores carry a lot of different medicines for our ailments, but why not keep it natural and use plants that you can grow in your garden? From soothing toothaches to calming your upset stomach, an assortment of garden plants can be handy and save you money. We have several around our home including yarrow, mint, witch hazel, toothache plant and chamomile. Yarrow has been used for thousands of years to treat bleeding and fight infection. Typically, you will use it in a tincture or tea made from the dried leaves and/or flowers when using to fight respiratory infections, cramps or inflammation. If you need to treat a wound, you can soak a cloth in a strong yarrow infusion and apply it to affected area. You can chew on the roots to help with a toothache also. However, instead of ripping up the plant for the roots, we can simply use the flowers and leaves of the toothache plant. The flowers create a tingling and numbing sensation when chewed and will also cause increased salivation with an added cooling sensation of the throat.
I could go on for pages about the many different medicinal plants that are out there, but that would be way too much information all at once. So, we will definitely revisit the subject again with other beneficial plants. Also, please remember that any plant may cause an allergic reaction, so be careful when using them externally or internally. I hope everyone has a great day, and we'll see you on Friday for our Recipe of the Week!