Herbs A-Z: ‘C’ herbs

CHICOPEE, Mass (Mass Appeal) We’re taking a tour of herbs through the alphabet with Carol Joyce from White Buffalo Herbs in Warwick.

“C” is for herbal COMFORT !

What to do with Chamomile, Comfrey, Calendula, & Cinnamon

Check out Herbs that start with ‘A’ and Herbs that start with ‘B’

Chamomile Tea
A peaceful tea for winter afternoons

  • 1 teaspoon dried CHAMOMILE flowers
  • Tea Cup
  • Boiling water
  • Tea Strainer
  • Honey, Stevia, Agave or natural sugar (optional)
  • 1. Put dry tea in cup.
  • 2. Boil 1 cup of water & pour over tea in cup.
  • 3. Steep 10 minutes
  • 4. Strain.
  • 5. Add sweetener to taste. Sit back, relax, & ENJOY!

Comfrey Skin Soak
For cracked, chapped, or raw hands or feet

  • 2 TABLESPOONS dried COMFREY leaves (or handful fresh leaf)
  • 4 cup heatproof mixing cup
  • ½ teaspoon dried CALENDULA petals (or 1 fresh flower)
  • 4 drops ORGANIC Lavender Essential Oil
  • Boiling water
  • Cool water
  • Tea Strainer
  • Towel
  • 1. Put dry tea in large 4 cup measuring cup.
  • 2. Boil 1 cup of water & pour over tea..
  • 3. Steep 20 minutes
  • 4. Strain.
  • 5. Add 4 drops of Lavender essential oil (ORGANIC is best)
  • 6. Add 1 cup cool water to bring temperature down to comfortable level.
  • 7. Soak hands for 20 minutes, 3 days in a row.
  • 8. Feet can be soaked in a basin instead of mixing cup. Refrigerate cooked tea between soakings.
  • 9. Keep plenty on hand for winter or if you wash your hands frequently.

“CINN-Ful” Mist
An Aromatherapy spritzer for LOVE!

  • 1 oz glass spray bottle
  • Distilled water
  • Cinnamon leaf Essential Oil
  • Label
  • 1. Pour distilled water into clean spray bottle.
  • 2. Add 4-10 drops ORGNAIC essential oil.
  • 3. Cap.
  • 4. Label & spray skin for a warming experience (esp. if you blow on your skin afterwards!)
  • 5. Note: may also be used as a mouth freshening spray. Use food-grade EO.

COMFREY OIL (for use in herbal recipes)

  • Handful fresh comfrey leaves
  • Pint canning jar
  • Pint ORGANIC Olive Oil
  • Strainer or cheesecloth
  • 1. Pick fresh Comfrey leaves & fill up pint canning jar.
  • 2. Pour over Organic Olive Oil to top of jar.
  • 3. Stir gently to let out air bubbles.
  • 4. Cap & label
  • 5. Put in sun for 2 weeks.
  • 6. Strain & keep in cool, dark cupboard.
  • 7. Use in herbal recipes or as is. Note: if not a clear green color (ie cloudy) discard & try again. Comfrey must be sun-warmed & dry to the touch to avoid moisture getting in oil.

CHIVE VINEGAR 
Wonderful pink color, great on salads

  • Fresh chive blossoms
  • 1 pint white Champagne Vinegar
  • Clean pint canning jar
  • Cheesecloth
  • 1. Pick fresh chive flowers (in Spring) in dry weather. (enough to fill a canning jar)
  • 2. Place in canning jar.
  • 3. Pour over champagne vinegar.
  • 4. Place in cool dry spot for 2 weeks.
  • 5. Strain out spent flowers & add a few fresh ones for color.
  • 6. Keeps up to 6 months or more.

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