When talking with folks about herbs I find that one of the big mysteries of growing herbs is how to get them from the garden to the table- especially in regards to medicinal herbs.
Well, the simplest way to use an herb to make you feel better is to make a simple tea. The directions below will seem overly simple but that is the point- it is simple.
Tea using fresh herbs:
A tablespoon of selected herb
1-2 cups of boiling water
Place herb in heat-proof container and pour water over the herb. Place a lid on the container and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. It is important to keep the container covered as the essential oil (where much of the herbal goodies are) will evaporate in the steam. Strain herb matter out.
Enjoy- that is it. I like to sweeten mine with honey and add lemon. The honey will also help with healing if you are ill.
Tea using dry herbs:
The same as above except the fresh herbs will be replaced with 1 tbsp of dried herbs.
If you are new to herbs, you probably think I am pulling your leg. But it is that easy to use herbs. Below is a blend of herbs I like for any winter illness that may be going on, this will make you feel much better.
Winter Illness Herbs
Dandelion Greens, Sage, Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Catnip, and Rosemary- dry these herbs and process them in a food processor then use as above. In regards to the amounts- there is no right or wrong. I prefer the Lemon Balm and Peppermint to be in larger amounts due to the good flavor. Rosemary should be used in moderation as a little goes a long way and the flavor can overpower the others.