My Book: The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders
Handmade Wild Products
Incendiary Hot Sauce
This is a hot sauce and a tonic rolled into one! With a mild kick, the hot peppers, ginger, toothwort, and hawthorn are good for getting the circulation going. Toothwort is a native wild herb in the mustard family. The root is often substituted for horseradish, with similar taste and herbal qualities.
The turmeric and ginger support the anti-inflammatory response throughout the body. Burdock helps tonify the liver and signal to the body that it's time to get the digestive juices flowing. All the herbs support the immune system all year long, but can help burn out the winter crud, too.
Everything is infused in apple cider vinegar, an all-around health tonic.
Locally grown hot peppers, ginger, and turmeric. Ethically foraged toothwort, hawthorn and burdock.
I love hot sauce, and put a few dashes of this tonic on just about everything I eat!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Consume at your own risk. Discuss any health concerns with a trusted practitioner.
Wild Mushroom Tincture
This tincture includes 4 species of ethnically, sustainably, and lovingly wildcrafted Appalachian mushrooms. I made it as a dual extraction. Because mushrooms have alcohol and water soluble components, I tincture them in organic gluten free cane alcohol first and then a long tea extraction (decoction).
Wild mushrooms are being shown to be super anticarcinogenic, preventing and fighting cancer. They are also said to be immunimodulating, taking the immune system from where it is to where it needs to be.
I take one 1/2 dropperful twice a day for immune system maintenance, and several times per day when I'm starting to feel sick. I also take a day of two off every couple weeks or switch with other mushrooms.
Elderberry Elixir Syrup
This tangy elderberry syrup is as local and delicious as you can get! Lovingly crafted with elderberries, rose hips, and sumac berries I ethically and sustainably harvested myself, it will provide the immune armor you need all year long! All 3 berries are jam-packed with Vitamin C and elderberries have been shown to have super powers that prevent the flu visrud from entering the cells and cut the length of a cold or flu by up to half!
Raw organic apple cider vinegar and local raw honey are combined to make this tasty blend, traditionally called an oxymel in herbalism. My family and I take a tablespoon or two for prevention and that amount a few times/day after being around sick people, or up to every hour when we're sick.