Homemade Echinacea Tincture

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I will be making a batch of this tincture, right away. My poor hubby has been exposed to strep throat and thinks he may have caught it. Echinacea kills the strep bacteria, so I’m really wishing we had some of this tincture to use today! As it is, I’ll get a batch brewing and we’ll sip echinacea tea for the next few days. 🙂

Echinacea is known as an important immune stimulant. It’s one of the best remedies for infections.

Scientific names: Echinacea angustifolia, Echinachea purpurea, […]

Make Your Own Herbal Capsules

As I’m sure you’ve learned in my intro to herbal remedies post, we use a ton of natural remedies around here, so I decided early on that I would need to make our remedies as economical as possible. There are some times when we pay top dollar for the very best ready-made version of things, but usually we can save a lot of money if I buy the supplies and make my own. Filling my own capsules with powdered herbs or other natural remedies is one of the ways I am able to do that. I can get hundreds of capsules made sitting cross-legged on our living room floor while my hubby and I watch a movie in the evening.

When I first got started, I just bought a bag of empty capsules from the local health food store, poured the herbal powder into a bowl and […]

Natural Remedies for Mastitis

If you’ve ever had mastitis, you know how painful and frustrating it can be. Most doctors will prescribe strong antibiotics that will pass through the milk supply to the baby. When my baby girl was struggling to learn how to breastfeed due to tongue-tie and lip-tie, I had several plugged milk ducts. One of them suddenly went from uncomfortable to painful. I had the classic symptoms of mastitis:

A hard, swollen lump Pain Redness Achy joints (common, but not always) Fever

I try hard to avoid antibiotics unless they are absolutely necessary, so I quickly researched some natural remedies and got to work on treating myself.

My mastitis treatment: Echinacea: I always start with echinacea when I suspect any kind of infection. Although echinacea has been used to stimulate the immune system, I use it because of its antibiotic properties. In the early 1900’s, it was often used to […]

My Top 10 Favorite Herbs: Part 2

Last time I shared the first five of my top ten herbs. Here are the rest…


6) Eucalyptus: This is another one that we love to have essential oil of on hand. When we do get colds, I usually boil water on the stove and frequently add drops of eucalyptus essential oil. It not only helps open up stuffy noses, but it also helps prevent secondary infections since it is antibacterial. I also put several drops in a carrier oil (we like grapeseed oil, as it is not greasy like most other oils), and rub it into the chest and throat. It’s like a homemade Vicks, but without the nasty petro-chemicals! We are currently growing some small eucalyptus plants in the garden (yep, that’s my eucalyptus in the picture!) and we will dry it to use during the winter for tea. The tea can help open up congested […]

My Top 10 Favorite Herbs: Part 1

Although I had casually dabbled in a few herbal remedies over the years, my interest was piqued just after our daughter was born in March of 2008. One of the nurses in the natural birth unit told my very sleep deprived husband that he HAD to get me some comfrey. Okay… He did, and it sat on a shelf for several weeks before it occurred to either of us to figure out what to do with it. Honestly, I have no recollection of the nurse saying anything at all, so maybe she did tell us how to use it, but neither of us remembered. I looked it up and learned, with my mind a foggy haze of sleep deprivation, that I should have been making a strong tea out of it and using it in the sitz bath that nobody bothered to send home with us. What was a […]