This post was written Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I’m so excited! This week I transplanted my comfrey and nettle plants from the old house to the new homestead. The chickens were just as excited, because as I dug the holes for the plants they found TONS of grubs and worms. The soil is rich and I think thinning them out like I did will probably help them to spread faster.
My list of remedies for this summer is nearly complete. Looking through my herbal books, I felt like a shopaholic perusing a catalog of the newest season’s line of clothes. There are so many useful remedies I could make from the herbs I’ve started this year! What to make? What to make? I finally narrowed my list down to about 12 recipes, most of which would be beneficial to my own family, but some others I’ve kept in mind for family members who might like them. Remember, I’m planning to start herbal parties to sell these remedies, in part to cover the cost of the remedies my family would use, and hopefully enough to make a little profit too!
So, are you curious to know what I’m making? Here goes…
• Itch-Relief Spritzer
• Baby Bum Salve (currently for sale from our Store)
• Women’s Tonic Tea
• Nourishing Body Cream
• Asthma Relief Tea
• Joint and Muscle Pain Salve
• Cold and Flu Syrup for Kids
• Cold and Flu Tea for Adults
• Nature’s First Aid Salve
• Heart Health Tea
• Digestive Aid Tincture
• Clear Mind Tincture
• Headache Relief Tincture
Like I said, I narrowed them down to this list! The final list of remedies available will of course depend on what the harvest looks like. If it doesn’t turn out so well this year, I may limit my recipes to those I know my family will personally use.
While I’m on the topic of herbs, I wanted to touch on a topic that has been on my back burner of post ideas for at least a year. That of Christianity vs. New Age beliefs and herbalism. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know our family is Christian. We hold the Bible to be the absolute truth and the gospel message of Jesus Christ to be our saving grace. On the other hand, we do not take for granted what “Christian” pastors preach. There are some really funky sermons out there, and many cultural beliefs held as truth by Christians that really make no sense.
Herbalism is one of them. When you ask a Christian about herbalism, you are very likely to hear that the practice of making and using herbs for medicine is a New Age practice, something used by people who worship the mother earth and talk about “body energy” “yin and yang”, and “chakras”. I have a serious problem with this belief. Saying that all herbalists are New-Agers is like saying all vegetarians are animal rights activists. It is a very assumptive judgement, which unfortunately leaves Christians who believe it, unable to receive the benefits of God’s herbal creations.
God made the world, and He made EVERYTHING in it. He designed every cell in this universe and gave each a specific function. Then humans sinned and twisted God’s creation to serve their own purpose. When a person takes something of God and tries to manipulate it, does that ruin God’s creation? Does it make utilizing God’s creation a sin? NO!
Herbs have been used since the beginning of time to promote health and wellbeing, and heal many illnesses. Prescription medicines are often derived from herbal sources. They are typically safe, usually effective, carry few side effects if any depending on the herb, and can be made at home for little expense.
Actually, many of the New Age values are based on God’s creation. Consider yin and yang, a term used in Chinese medicine to describe balance. Your body needs balance. It’s called homeostasis. Yin and yang is actually quite scientific and is used to identify areas of a person’s lifestyle (such as diet) that need to be adjusted to bring health. It’s not voodoo, it’s not satanic, it’s not even “earth worship”. For example, if a person has a fever, they should avoid “hot” foods like coffee, cinnamon and other spices. Instead they should eat fruits and other water veggies that are considered “cool” foods. I don’t personally turn to the yin and yang system to address my own health, but it is much like yoga. You can use the physical aspects to your benefit (using God’s creation and inspiration to maintain health) without worshiping some inner god.
To bring herbalism back into the picture, I am concerned for people who think herbs are dangerous to ones’ health, either because they are unregulated by the federal government, or because of a superstition that all herbalists are anti-God. That is taking for granted God’s wonderful creation, and they not only miss out on personal benefits of using herbs, but they are buying into a false belief that they pass on to other Christians who trust what the general Christian consensus is.
“Behold – I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of the Earth.” ~ God speaks in Genesis 1:29.
Check out www.bibleherbs.net to learn about all the herbs specifically mentioned in the Bible as used to maintain health and heal sickness.