Thursday, October 15, 2009
Yarrow and a Cold Cure
Plant me a garden to heal the body,
Betony, yarrow, and daisies to mend.
Sage for the blood, and comfrey for the bones,
Foxgloves and hyssop the sick to tend.
An Elizabethan Herb Song
I'm sure you've heard of echinacea associated with curing colds, but have you heard that yarrow also has some of the same properties? Here's a recipe for a brew that you can take to shorten the days that you spend with a miserable cold. Remember if you don't have these herbs in your garden that you can dry yourself, you can always find them in your local health food store or online.
1 t. dried yarrow
1 t. dried elderflower
1/2 t. dried peppermint
pinch of cayenne pepper
Put the herbs in a warmed pot and pour freshly boiling water over them.
Cover and let stand for 10 minutes, then strain.
Stir in the cayenne pepper and drink as hot as possible.
Add honey to sweeten, if desired.
Yarrow has been known as the iodine of the meadows and fields. A few years ago I wrote about my personal experience with a cut finger and yarrow. You can read about it here.
So don't dismiss this as just another pretty yellow flower, and if you're planning your garden for next spring, plant some yarrow. You'll be thrilled with it's many uses.
Don't forget to visit An Herbal Bedfellow for healthy recipes made with herbs, and also my newest blog:
Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.