Dandelion: Not just a weed folks!

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Most people see Dandelion flowers and completely lose it. It’s annoying and in their yard, EVERYTHING must be immaculate, no dandelions aloud!!! Uh… Obviously, this isn’t me and I’ve never been the “immaculate” yard keeper anyhow… I live on a farm/homestead. I do keep our actual yard and the adjoining yards that lead to the barn mowed down because if we don’t… Snakes show up. I can handle the black snakes, they have a purpose but not the ones of poisonous persuasion. There again, once black snakes start eating duck eggs or anything… They are on my list. Before Jeremy does that first cut though, I saw “WAIT!” I try and collect the dandelions for different odd and end things which I’ll post about some other time!

My experience with Dandelion in my life thus far is as a kid. Every kid and their brother/sister/cousin/etc picks a dandelion and blows the seeds across the yard. It’s like a right of passage into childhood. I’ve always had a curiosity about plants even as a teen before I even knew I was actually interested in this stuff. If it’s a weed, what was the point Jehovah? (FYI: Jehovah is God’s personal name check out Psalm 83:18, look it up! Jw.org is a good resource!!)

I think most things have a purpose even if our society today doesn’t see much use in them, the example being dandelion for this post.

So earlier this November I was trying to get my ducks and chickens to do a little digging in my garden so I put out some feed. While doing this, I saw a huge dandelion plant. Looking around, there were actually quite a few; I already had the potato fork so I dug them up. They came out pretty easily because it had rained the day before so the soil was manageable.

I actually had hopes that I would have time to make Dandelion Coffee (So I’ll do a separate post sometime about that) but I never got the time so I looked up what else the roots were good for. Usually when I’m curious about a particular plant I go to The Herbal Resource.

Dandelion Tincture

  1. Wash your roots then chop up into smaller pieces
  2. Put dandelion root in a jar and cover with 100 vodka. Make sure you at least cover with an inch of vodka above the dandelion roots.
  3. Cover tightly and allow to steep for 6 weeks, shaking daily.
  4. Strain out the root using a cheesecloth and put in a dark amber dropper bottle (Or blue one) You can compost the strained roots
  5. For optimum health, take a few drops daily in juice or water.

Benefits of Dandelion

Natural diuretic, lowers blood pressure, reduces blood sugar, stimulates the liver, rich in vitamins C, K, B2, A, Lowers bad cholesterol, kidney cleanse, fights anemia, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, mood enhancer

Nourishes liver against free radicals to counteract acetaminophen liver toxicity, mild appetite stimulant, destroys acid in blood, blood builder & purifier, detoxifies poison & toxic waste in body, stimulate bile production, helps with fluid retention, discourages growth of harmful bacteria, helps flush foreign particles from gallbladder

**Though I want to be helpful to you with information; do you own research so you always have a better idea about things as well!!

 

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information from Blue Missouri Skies Homestead is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or be taken as medical advice.


Sources

http://deeprootsathome.com/homemade-dandelion-tincture/#comment-42969

http://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/dandelion-root.html

http://www.naturallivingideas.com/harvest-use-dandelion-roots/

Elderberry Tincture

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Soon to be Elderberry Tincture!

I figure it’s time for this blog to have some home remedies on it and it’s definitely the season to be using Elderberry Tinctures and syrups.

Recently, I had to resign from a job. For one, it was a part time job (I liked that part because I could still get my butter making done and soaps and whatever else the homestead required) and didn’t amount to a lot of hours whatsoever but I enjoyed the freedom and since I was a Cater Assistant, I got to bake which I really liked. Then they cut catering and got rid of the Caterer as well which REALLY cut my hours since there was really no need for me except to serve a business group (BNI) three times a week. Getting to the point, I recently turned in my resignation since I wasn’t getting enough hours.

Now I’m at a new job and with the weather getting colder, we had some snow fall the day before… It’s bringing in the colds in full force. I will say my husband and I are doing pretty good with our immune boosting supplements. We take them every day (most of the time) and we haven’t got sick even though all the employees here have gotten sick. My daily routine (When I actually stick with it!) is oregano oil, apple cider vinegar, raw honey, and Echinacea tincture (Not every day unless I feel like I’m getting sick). Now that my Elderberry Tincture is done, I might throw that in as well since I’m really not a fan of the Elderberry syrup as much. (Too sweet)

I actually made up echinacea tincture for one guy and was bringing him the Elderberry when there was another guy sick!! Yikes! So I just gave it to him instead. Hopefully he uses it and it helps. So I figured I’d tell you how to make your own. It’s a very simple process and not hard to whatsoever. Elderberry has quite the benefits!

Ingredients

  • Fresh or dried elderberries
  • Vodka

How to Make Elderberry Tincture

  1. I think most people might use a one pint mason jar but at the time I didn’t really have that many elderberries so I used a half pint jar, fill it up a fourth with dried elderberries (or 1/2 full with fresh)
  2. Cover with vodka, fill jar to within 1 inch of top
  3. Put lid on tightly (You’ll be shaking daily so you don’t want it to slosh out)
  4. Put in cool dark place and shake daily or at least every other day for 4-6 weeks
  5. Strain berries and put into dark amber bottles (or the blue ones) with the dropper lids

To Use

If you are currently sick or feel it coming on, use 3-4 drops under your tongue (sublingual) 3x a day. Just for daily maintenance use a drop a day. Under the tongue is a small amount that tends to work faster.

If it bothers you to do it under the tongue, just add 1/2 a dropperful to a dropperful in orange juice or whatever you prefer.

Hopefully you can make your own and keep your immunity up!!

 

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information from Blue Missouri Skies Homestead is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or be taken as medical advice.

Sore Throat Remedy

As you probably know, I’m not really a fan of doctors. As much a possible, I try and do what I can for myself with herbal remedies or whatever and save the doctor as a last resort. They serve their purpose for some things but a cold or sore throat… I feel like I have a handle on that. So, I’m just going to put a little bit of information on each ingredient so you’ll know how they are all helpful.

There are several different versions of this but I think the biggest thing is cayenne and apple cider vinegar. I use ACV for many remedies, it can be a problem solver and is very good for you. Here is the link to what I’m going to go over.

  • Apple cider vinegar balances the pH levels of your throat’s tissues, making them more alkaline or more acidic according to your body’s needs. It also kills the bacteria that cause sore throats.
  • It is also a natural expectorant, which means it loosens and thins the phlegm in your throat, making it easier to breath and swallow.
  • It’s bacterial properties enable it to fight the infection that causes sore throats.
  • It contains prebiotic inulin, which supports your immune system and boosts white blood cell and T-cell counts.

Cayenne contains a powerful ingredient called capsaicin. This compound is an effective anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. When you take cayenne to treat your sore throat, you’ll experience relief as far as reduced swelling but also healing as it eliminates infection.

Honey

  • Honey acts as a anti-inflammatory agent and reduces swelling and inflammation.
  • It soothes irritated skin, glands, and mucus membranes inside the throat.
  • It contains an enzyme called glucoseoxidase, which fights bacteria and kills infections.
  • Honey has natural anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties that kill those bacteria and gives complete relief from sore throat.
  • Honey acts as a hypertonic osmotic, helping to draw excess fluid out of inflamed tissues and relieve pain.

Lemon Juice

  • Lemon contains (citrus acid) which helps to break up the mucus that causes sore throat and also helps to soothe your throat from the pain and inflammation.
  • Lemon is rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidants which helps to boost your immune system.
  • Lemon is a natural antiseptic which helps to kill the bacteria or viruses in the throat.
  • Lemons are rich in several essential vitamins and nutrients.
  • Lemon juice increases salivation and helps to moisten or lubricate an irritated throat.

Turmeric

Turmeric is an anti-biotic. It kills the bacteria or virus which causes sore throat

I think that pretty much covers the information side. Here is the recipe:

Sore Throat Remedy

  • 2 tbs raw honey
  • 3 tbs apple cider vinegar (Braggs is the best in my opinion)
  • 1 fresh lemon squeezed for juice
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 turmeric powder

Instructions:

Mix everything together and gargle a little for about 30 seconds then spit out. The cayenne will burn at first but you can get past it, it is way better than the alternative. Do this every couple hours and usually by the end of the day or the next day, the sore throat is gone. I’ve also seen other blogs for this kind of recipe that they claim kills strep throat but I can’t be sure because I haven’t had it and used this remedy.

Hope this works for you, it worked for me but know this– I’m not a doctor– know your limits. If you need to go to the doctor just go!