Herbs for winter

The herbs that we grew this year are all harvested, and either dried, or tinctured, or steeped in oil!  Although some day, I would love an extensive herb garden, right now I focus on just growing a few of my favorites each year.  This year I grew calendula, for skin ailments, and to add to my homemade soaps…..spilanthes, for antibiotic/antiviral tinctures…. echinacea, for immune support during the winter months, and lots and lots of garlic, for general health, and its bug fighting capabilities.

A few recipes from this years herbs:

The immune support tincture:

2 cups dried organic elderberries

2 cups dried echinacea (roots, leaves, and flowers mixed)

1 cup dried astragalus

1 cup dried peppermint

1/2 cup sliced fresh organic ginger

[all placed in a half gallon glass jar, and filled to almost the top with 100 proof vodka, shake regularly]

Bug fighting tincture

2 cups dried spilanthes

2 cups chopped fresh organic garlic

4 cups dried echinacea

1/2 cup chopped fresh organic ginger

[all placed in half gallon jar, filled almost to the top with 100 proof vodka, shake regularly]

Vitamin C and Elderberry gummy snacks

8 tbl natural gelatin

1.5 cups coconut milk (one can)

1/2 cup organic frozen orange juice concentrate

1/4 cup elderberry syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbl supplement/food grade vitamin c powder

Honey to taste (I probably used 6-8 tbl to counter the tang of the vitamin c powder, if you like tangy, use less!)

Add all ingredients to saucepan, heat on low, and whisk until gelatin is dissolved.  Pour in oiled glass baking pan, cool in fridge, and then cut into squares.  I give these to my children during cold season to boost immunity!

 

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