Earthy Root Tea

1 tbs. each Orange peel, Carob pods and Eleuthero roots
1 tsp. each Dandelion, Burdock, Yellow Dock and optional Licorice roots

In a stove top pot combine all the above herbs and bring to a boil in 2 quarts water, reduce heat, and let simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Then add the remaining ingredients and continue simmering for another 10.

½ tsp. each Ginger root, Cardamom seeds and Fenugreek seeds
¼ tsp. Cinnamon chips

Remove from heat, strain, add honey if desired and enjoy. This spicy and warming tea blend aids digestion and elimination, strengthens the nervous system and the immune system and is one of my favorite winter brews.

First Aid Burn Lotion

1 cup Aloe Vera gel
2 tbs. St. John's Wort tincture
1 tbs. Calendula tincture
20-30 drops Lavender, 10 drops Chamomile, 5 drops Calendula Essential Oils

Combine ingredients and store in a cool place, ideally the refrigerator. Shake well, and apply often to burns especially when the skin is still hot. This remedy is excellent for sunburns too!

Raspberry Vinegar

1 pint fresh raspberries
Champagne vinegar

Lay out clean fresh raspberries in a pie plate, baking dish or similar pan. Then put dish with the berries in the freezer for about one hour or so to slightly freeze the berries. Then pack the berries in a quart canning jar filling with enough champagne vinegar to cover completely and close jar with a canning lid and ring. Shaking occasionally let the berries infuse into the vinegar for about two weeks, afterwards strain thoroughly through cheesecloth. Discard the left over plant matter, and you will have a delightful raspberry infused vinegar. Of course this vinegar is fabulous for salads but it also makes a wonderful face splash as well. Try it!


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