Natural Health: Plantain One of the most common growing “weeds” in the nation. This is not an article about the hard bananas you see in the market. No. This is about a small, leafy green that grows with a low profile in your driveway. You may be shocked to find out just how much can be …
Spring, the Liver,and Seasonal Allergies Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio in player below! After a long winter, spring has finally arrived, bringing with it springtime allergies. Predictably, the very popular topic of “liver cleanses” is hitting the blogosphere at this time of year as well. What you may not know is that liver function … Continue reading Spring, the Liver,and Seasonal Allergies
Herbal First Aid for Eye Health Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio in player below! Have you given any thought to caring for your eyes and eyesight post-disaster? Good eyesight is important, but it could be critical in a down-grid or emergency situation. This episode, we will be taking a look at eye care, including: … Continue reading Herbal First Aid for Eye Health
Be Your Best During the Worst Helping Others Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio in player below! Will you be a “helper” when the worst happens? In response to a question about how to handle troubling images in the news, children’s television icon, Fred Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see … Continue reading Be Your Best During the Worst Helping Others!
Seven Essential Herbal Skills Part 2 Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio in player below! We’re picking up where we left off last week, and covering tinctures, infused oils, salves, and poultices. Here’s the description from last week’s live show. It’s back to basics, Herbal Prepper style! This week and next week, I’m covering essential … Continue reading Seven Essential Herbal Skills Part 2
Seven Essential Herbal Skills Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio in player below! It’s back to basics, Herbal Prepper style! This week and next week, I’m covering essential herbal skills. These skills will help you build a natural, affordable, sustainable source of remedies. They are simple, effective, and you can learn them quickly. If I … Continue reading Seven Essential Herbal Skills
Holiday Herbal Gifts Part 3 “Salts” Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio in player below! Wrapping up this series on herbal gifts, the focus is on salts. Salts of various types make great, quick, natural, and non-toxic, handmade gifts. Best of all, they are easy. By definition, a salt any chemical compound formed from the … Continue reading Holiday Herbal Gifts Part 3 “Salts”
Handmade Herbal Gifts: Part Two Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio in player below! This week, we are continuing with part two of the 3-part handmade Herbal Gifts series that begun last week. (See last week’s description below.) Tonight I’m sharing ideas for salves, lotions, aftershave, beard oil, bath salts, and magnesium oil. From last … Continue reading Handmade Herbal Gifts: Part Two
What could be better than curling up with a nice hot cup of herbal tea when the weather turns brisk? I’ll tell you what – curling up with a nice hot cup of tea that you cultivated and prepared yourself! While growing the actual tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is typically best left to those who live in zone 8 or warmer, there are many herbal plants that make wonderful non-caffeinated beverages that are easy to grow – even indoors.
Herbal teas – technically called tisanes – are not only delicious and soothing, but many of them also have a number of health benefits. (More on that in a moment.)
Growing and blending your own herbal teas is also a wonderful way to express your creativity using various parts (leaves, flowers and buds) of different herbs. Herbs may be used fresh or dried – and homemade herbal teas also can make a great gift.
While the herbs discussed below may be grown either outdoors or indoors, growing your own indoor herbal tea garden has the advantage of allowing you access to fresh herbs during the coldest months of the year – which is often the time we crave a nice hot relaxing beverage the most!
Starting Your Indoor Herbal Tea Garden
Begin by deciding which types of herbs you wish to grow. Below are just a few of the different herbs that you may want to consider growing:
1. Lavender – easy to grow on a sunny windowsill, lavender is well-known for its beautiful fragrance. It has a spicy floral flavor and has a calming effect.
2. Chamomile – these tiny, white flowers are wonderful as a sleep aid and help calm an upset stomach. They will give a slight apple scent to your homemade teas.
3. Mint – mint tea is excellent for soothing an upset stomach or even helping with menstrual cramps. It will give your tea a refreshing and peppery flavor.
4. Bergamot – the herb that gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavor, this plant produces purple flowers with a citrus taste. It is also easy to grow indoors since it can do well in either full side or partial shade.
5. Rosemary – while you may think of this herb as one to flavor savory dishes with, it can also be used in herbal teas. Rosemary has been used as a medicinal plant for thousands of years as has been proven to be effective in aiding indigestion and recently has shown promise in boosting brain function.
6. Lemon verbena – this plant can do well indoors, assuming it has very good drainage. Lemon verbena is said to be excellent in helping with weight management, reducing inflammation and clearing up congestion.
7. Anise – If you enjoy the taste of black licorice, you will definitely want to include anise (not star anise) in your indoor tea garden. The licorice flavor comes from seeds produced in the plant’s white flowers. Anise tea may be used as a home remedy for digestive problems, such as nausea and indigestion.
8. Marjoram – this plant has a slightly fruity and sour flavor that can add an interesting dynamic to your tea. It is good for various digestive complaints, such as intestinal gas and poor appetite.
9. Stevia – if you like a bit of sweetness to your tea but are trying to cut down on your sugar intake, you will want to include stevia in your herb garden. Stevia adds a punch of sweetness to your brew without the extra calories and is considered safe for diabetics.
For each herb that you plant, you also will want to select the appropriate size of container. If you are starting your plants from seed, you must choose a well-balanced soil and keep containers in a warm place until they germinate. As a general rule, you will want to ensure that each plant receives at least six hours of sunlight a day, so be sure to keep them near a windowsill or other suitable spot. Grow lights also are an option.
Harvesting Your Herbs
Herbs may be harvested at any time, but many people find that the flavor is at its fullest when the plant is in bud. To make your herbal teas, you may use the plant’s leaves, buds or petals. A tisane may be made from a single type of herb, or you may flex your creative muscles and experiment with blends.
Preparing Your Herbal Tea
Herbal teas may be made with fresh or dry herbs. If using fresh herbs, harvest the parts of the plant that you wish to use and then crush them between your fingers. Doing so will help to release both flavor and scent. Using a strainer or tea ball, place 2 teaspoons of fresh herbs into 8 ounces of hot water and let steep for 3-5 minutes.
If you wish to use dried herbs, harvest your herbs and either hang them to dry or dry them in a dehydrator before storing in an airtight container. When you are ready to make your tea, steep 1 teaspoon in 8 ounces of hot water for 3-5 minutes.
If you love growing your own food, and you also enjoy herbal teas and experimenting with different flavors, then why not combine those interests and start your very own indoor herbal tea garden this winter?
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Your Herbal and Prepping Questions Answered Live Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Listen to this show below! It’s time for another, “Ask Cat” episode on Herbal Prepper Live! I’m taking your questions live on air this Sunday (9/25/16). Call in with all of your herbal, sustainable health, and prepping questions, or type your questions into … Continue reading Your Herbal and Prepping Questions Answered Live
The Basics in Herbal Formulas! Host: Cat Ellis “The Herbal Prepper Live” Herbal formulas are a severely underutilized resource by preppers. Plant-based remedies provide an easy, affordable, and renewable alternative for post-collapse medicines. Herbs, mushrooms, trees, and other natural items, like honey, provide a wealth of traditional remediesthat you can make and grow at home with … Continue reading The Basics in Herbal Formulas!
Ask Cat Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” It’s time for another “Ask Cat” episode on Herbal Prepper Live! Call in this Sunday evening with all of your natural health, herbal, and prepping questions. Originally, I was going to talk just about hypothyroidism. We’re going to save that topic for next Sunday (6/12/16). I have been … Continue reading Ask Cat the Herbal Prepper
How to Make Herbal Tinctures Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Join me this Mother’s Day, 5/8/16, as I demystify the process of how to make herbal tinctures. Tincture-making is one of the most important herbal skills you need to have under your belt. Herbal tinctures, also called herbal extracts, provide a thorough extraction of the … Continue reading How to Make Herbal Tinctures!
Ask Cat- Herbal Q&A
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live”
Here’s how this works. You bring your questions and concerns. I will bring my 20+ years of working with herbs. I will do my best to answer your questions. If I don’t know the answer, odds are, I know where to find it. It might even become the topic for a future show.
Have you been worried about being cut off from medications post-disaster? Not sure what to stock up on for your family? Then send me your questions, or join me live during the broadcast!
How to submit a question
To get your questions answered, there are three things you can do:
1. Send me an email with “Ask Cat” in the subject line. Please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Be live in the chat room during the live broadcast on 4/10/16. Write your question in the chat room.
3. Call into the show during the live broadcast. The number to do so is 347-202-0228.
Please be aware that I can’t do a full herbal consultation in just a couple of minutes. Also, I’m not a doctor, and I can’t diagnose or prescribe anything. What I can do is answer your questions about herbal remedies for common ailments, as well as point you in the right direction to look for more information.
This type of Q&A always leads to interesting discussions about plants, about health, and our ability to look after our own health care when there may not be any doctors on hand. If you’ve been wondering what to grow, where to get seeds, or how to respond with herbal first aid, you won’t want to miss this show. This episode is all about you. What do you want to know?
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7 Must Have Herbal Remedies for Your Arsenal As Americans are looking to get away from modern medicine and their nasty side effects, people are turning to more traditional medicine and herbal remedies to help ease the discomfort of getting sick. Long before there were handy little pills, humanity used the food, herbs, and other …
Herbal remedies for chat!
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live”
Everyone waited patiently for the show to start looking forward to Cat Ellis, host of Herbal Prepper and her guest Michael Douglas of Maine Primitive Skills School. Unfortunately due to an emergency the guest was unable to show. However as many shows may have collapsed under these conditions without a back up plan this one did not.
Cat with just a little quick thinking went right to the chat room and asked the question “What would you like to talk about?”. She had great response and a lot of questions. From herbal remedies for pain and aches to herbal treatment for tooth aches.
All in all one of my favorite episodes from Cat the Herbal Prepper. Listen in to this show in player below. Leave a reply and let us know what you think. As for the original guest it was learned all is well and that show will be rescheduled.
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Long before penicillin and other antibiotics, herbal remedies were a standard prescription for a variety of ailments. Here, I’m going to discuss some of the most well-known herbal medicines and highlight the ones you can grow in your own backyard or as potted plants in your home. I’ll also cover basic preparations, administrations and conditions.
The availability of herbs in your garden can vary depending on the seasons, but most can be grown as potted plants on a kitchen windowsill or anywhere in the house where you have regular sunshine. You also can dry herbs or preserve them, but make sure you refrigerate or process any herb that you store as a paste or solution for any period of time.
The herbs we have listed here are in no particular order related to effectiveness. (It’s not like there’s one “super herb” that works for everything.) Their effectiveness varies. Some offer immediate relief, while others need to be taken regularly over a period of time to present results.
You should always check with your doctor before using herbal remedies, especially if you are taking prescription medications. Some herbs diminish or contradict the effectiveness of some pharmaceuticals.
Here’s what you should have in your herbal medicine chest:
Garlic is a natural blood thinner and stimulates circulation. It has been shown to reduce blood pressure when used regularly, and has both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It can be eaten as an ingredient in a meal, chewed raw if you can stand it, or roasted and spread on bread like butter. It’s a perennial plant, and the bulbs can be easily divided and replanted to deliver a steady supply. It also grows easily as a houseplant and the flowers are actually quite sweet smelling.
Peppermint is used as a remedy for sore throat and congestion when taken as a tea (you can steep both fresh and dried leaves in hot water). It also can relieve canker sores as a tea or a gargle. When pulverized and spread on the skin, it can soothe muscle aches. It also relieves indigestion and cramping. It’s a perennial but be careful; it truly spreads like a weed. If you don’t have a large and distant patch of property for a peppermint patch, it’s best raised as a potted plant, even outdoors. If it flowers, trim the blooms or the leaves will become bitter.
Calendula is sometimes referred to as a pot marigold. Historically, it has been used as an antiseptic and anti-fungal treatment both internally and especially externally as a wound-healing and skin-soothing agent. When made into a paste, it was often used as a diaper cream and remedy for other skin irritations. It’s a self-seeding annual that grows well as a potted plant indoors. The yellow/orange petals are the primary source of healing agents.
4. Lemon Balm
A member of the mint family, lemon balm is known for its antispasmodic effects on the stomach, as a remedy for irritable bowel syndrome, and for its relaxing effects on the nervous system. It’s also a topical skin reliever and in one study done by the NYU Medical Center, it was found to relieve and diminish the effects of herpes simplex. It makes an excellent tea – served hot or cold – when steeped in hot water. It’s a perennial but does not spread like its mint cousins and can easily be grown as a potted plant.
A member of the pine family, rosemary has long been used as both a culinary and medicinal herb. Its primary benefit, according to the Georgetown University Medical Center, is its stimulant properties related to circulation and oxygenation to the brain. Some people see this as an alternative to the stimulant properties of coffee. It’s a perennial in southern climates but must be potted and taken indoors in northern latitudes in North America. Keep it well-watered and replant outdoors in late spring.
Mullein is an ancient herb used by the Romans for coughs and colds. It is usually taken as an infusion or tea from the steeped flowers. Some pharmaceutical companies also add a mullein extract to their cough formulas. It is a perennial plant and often grows wild. It’s easy to spot in a meadow or field because its stalk stands six feet tall above the grass and weeds. The tall stalk and flowers are the parts of the plant you harvest.
There are a lot of opinions about natural sedatives and natural anti-depressants like St. John’s Wort. One that is often underappreciated is chamomile. The National Institute of Health reports that chamomile is one of the best herbs for treating colic, nervous stress, infections and stomach disorders in children. It’s an annual plant but reseeds prolifically. The small flowers are the prime ingredient often infused in a tea.
There are many other herbal remedies, from gingko to ginseng. All can be grown in your yard and garden. The key is to know you have options.
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Berberine Herbs and Diabetes
There are many natural solutions for diabetes a very powerful herb classification are “BERBERINE Herbs” mainly derived from cir cumin a few main herbs which possess berberine are (to list a few)
- Turmeric Root
- Ginger Root
- Golden leaf
- Oregon Grape
White Willow Bark: a powerful herb to help aid in joint inflation and nerve pain specifically.
Burdock root: a powerhouse of a blood purifier
Hawthorne: maintains cleat arterial and vascular wall to maintain a healthy and consistent blood flow to all the main systems.
Did you ever wonder why salves are so good for everyday use for example how about a bee pollen salve is so powerful for the skin, where bee pollen is cold infused into the oils used in your salve recipe. Bee pollen is a powerful skin care aid in cell regeneration because of the flavanoids,antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids but particularly because of its pure form of b complex vitamins . Domestic Bee pollen due to the bees cross pollination process(s) allow this. providing a new and powerful source of cell regeneration of the skin.
- To draw out a poison or infection of some sort one can use a black salve.
- For Burns of all degrees one can use a good burn salve.
- For. Cuts and bruised one can use a general healing salve
- For Injuries one can use a sprain salve
- For poor Circulation, reumatory arthritis, and or joint pain or even to help stimulate blood circulation in specific ares of the body through a topical process one can use a circulation Salve
- For inflammation one may use an powerful anti-inflammatory salve.
- For Eczema use a lavender tea tree, oregano,plantain salve
- and these are just a few salves
- 1 ounce of pure Beeswax
- 8 ounces of herbal infused oil
- Lavender essential oil
- tea tree essential oil
- vitamin e liquid capsules ( to use as a preserver to get more of a shelf life of the salve)
- stainless or enamel pot
- potato ricer or cheese cloth for pressing the oil soaked herb(s)
- Glass jar for storage ( Small baby food jars work great)
- 2 cup pyrex measure cup (for transferring liquid salve into containers or tins)
- Add once ounce of pure beeswax and slowly melt it completely
- Once completely melted, add infused oil to the melted beeswax.
- You will notice it will solidify at this point just let it all remelt together as one liquid.
- Once completely a warm liquid add to pyrex measure cup and quickly pour into your containers.
- While still in liquid form break and add vitamin E liquid of one capsule and then add essential oils 2-3 drops of each per container.
- Let harden and use as needed
DIY Herbal Cleaning Supplies
Cat Ellis “The Herbal Prepper Live”
Learn to make your own non-toxic herbal household cleaners in this episode of Herbal Prepper Live. The ability to stay clean increases your chance of staying healthy. Many of these contain toxic ingredients, some suspected of being carcinogens. Plus, many people take for granted that there will always be a store to pick up some extra soap or counter top disinfectant spray.
Did you know that most soap sold in stores isn’t really soap? Or that artificial fragrances are some of the most carcinogenic (cancer causing) substances? Why use artificial cinnamon scent when you could just use real cinnamon? Have a clean, fresh homestead using pleasantly aromatic herbs and other materials you can either grow or store long term.
Beyond stocking up on soaps, shampoos, soft scrubs, and air fresheners, these things are expensive and often are loaded with questionable, potentially carcinogenic ingredients. By making your own herbal cleaning products, you can make your own for less money and without possibly increasing your risk of cancer later on. Plus, you can save the money from buying the commercially made stuff, and put those savings towards your other preps or debt reduction.
This episode will discuss the basics of how to make soap, shampoo, natural hand sanitizer, a degreasing spray for the stove top, soft scrubs for the tub and sinks, a disinfectant spray, homemade laundry soap, and dish soap. This will allow you to keep your body, clothing, bed linens, and surfaces clean. This alone will reduce the amount of germs in your home, and help prevent illness.
Thankfully, cleaning products made from non-toxic, natural, herbal cleaning ingredients do not contribute to the ever growing threat of drug-resistant bacteria. Even the hand sanitizer will not contribute to antibiotic resistance, unlike the common hand sanitizers we find in hospitals and on pharmacy shelves.
Learn what supplies you need to have on hand to be independent of the toxin-steeped cleaners, and how to use them to keep you and your household clean and healthy.
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Will Arthritis Be Your Downfall When The SHTF
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live”
Are you prepared to care for arthritis pain after SHTF? Even if you don’t have arthritis today, odds are good that someday you will. To be clear, this episode isn’t just for people suffering from arthritis now, but for everyone that may develop arthritis in years to come.
Arthritis technically means inflammation of the joints. Arthritis, however, is an umbrella term that encompasses not only osteo-arthritis, but also over 100 rheumatic conditions effecting joints and the surrounding connective tissue. According to the CDC:
An estimated 52.5 million adults in the United States reported being told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.
The CDC also states that, “Nearly 1 in 2 people may develop symptomatic knee OA by age 85 years.” This risk goes up to 2/3rds of adults when the adult is obese. Considering the fact that the CDC also states that 1/3 of adults in the United States are obese, that is a lot of people with knee problems.
The pain from arthritis can make daily tasks difficult in the best of times. What if you suddenly found yourself in the worst of times- no pharmacy, no pain medication, and your ability to eat was dependent upon how much food you could grow, hunt, trap, or forage yourself? Would you be able to survive?
In this live episode, we will look specifically at osteo-arthritis, deterioration of cartilage, joint inflammation and pain. There are natural ways to address the pain and inflammation, as well as dietary, and herbal approaches to help rebuild the cartilage necessary to cushion the joint.
Healing arthritic joints is a long haul proposition. Then again, so is arthritis. In a world where people expect quick fixes, it is easy to understand why people may doubt if it is even possible to replenish cartilage. Given enough time and support, however, it is possible for the body to heal. Some The problem is, none of us know how much time there will be before the SHTF.
This episode will give you all the information you need to know in order to start healing your own joints. Again, this is a long haul proposition. There’s no time to lose.
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