And so to the herbal medicine cabinet…..Ok so I could begin by introducing you to Graviola (Annona muricata), Jergón sacha (Dracontium loretense), or Chanca Piedra (Phyllantus niruri)… while I’m sure these are great herbs..and I’m sure they are… I wanted you to be able to have them at arms reach, or at least the back garden…but in actual fact if I write about these herbs the only place you will find them is…er…well, the shop…yes the shop either online or in store, but the shop nonetheless.
So I won’t…I want you to really learn about and get to know the herbs around you that are in your own back garden or window box. And so I’ll start with the beautiful…Echinacea! Ta da
Some time ago when I was singing in a band and practicing lots I always made sure I had at least one cup of this wonderful tea a day so that I didn’t catch a dreaded cold and be rendered unable to perform, and it worked wonders. The whole time I used it, I never got a cold! Which reminds me….. I should start on this one again….
So here are the facts:
Echinacea is known to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties and is an immune-strengthening agent.
It helps fight the flu
It controls blood sugar
Aids healthy cell growth
Protects from cancer
Lowers blood pressure and reduces inflammation
It can be made with either fresh or dried plants. If you’re using fresh echinacea you’ll need about twice as much fresh leaf as you would dried leaves. Start with 1/4 cup of loose leaf dried or 1/2 cup fresh homegrown echinacea and pour boiling water over it. Allow to steep for about 15 minutes. Drink.