Nettle is Mother Nature's multivitamin. We love this plant! It is one of the richest sources of chlorophyll in the vegetable kingdom.
“In ancient Egypt reports are found of the use of nettle infusion for the relief of arthritis and lumbago pains.
The Roman soldiers are said to have brought their own nettle to the British Isles to treat their tired, painful legs on long marches in the cold and wet climate by smacking their legs with the stinging leaves, thus stimulating the circulation.
Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) and his followers reported 61 remedies using nettle. In the second century A.D., Galen, the Greek physician, recommended nettle in his book De Simplicibus as “a diuretic and laxative, for dog bites, gangrenous wounds, swellings, nose bleeding, excessive menstruation, spleen-related illness, pleurisy, pneumonia, asthma, and mouth sores.”
Apuleius Platonicus (circa 400 A.D.), in his book Herbarium of Apuleius, added nettle combined with hemp or cannabis to “treat symptoms of feeling cold after being burnt (shocked)”, and nettle by itself for “cold injury”.
Throughout the Dark Ages (fifth to tenth centuries) uses of nettle were expanded to include treatment of shingles, constipation, and “dry disease”, which probably meant problems with the sinuses or lungs, mucous membranes, and skin.
John Gerard (16th Century) used stinging nettle as an antidote for poison. Culpeper, (17th Century) the astrologer-physician, recommended a nettle and honey as a gargle for throat and mouth infections, “bladder stones or gravel, worms in children, an antiseptic for wounds and skin infections, gout, sciatica, joint aches, and as an antidote to venomous stings from animals”.
Phelps Brown (19th Century) suggested nettle internally as a diuretic and tonic. He hailed it as a remedy for dysentery, hemorrhoids, bladder and kidney stones infant diarrhea and eczema.”
To read the whole report go to: http://herballegacy.com/Vance_History.html
How Do I Use It?
As you have just read, nettles have a long history of use. It is filled with all kinds of vitamins and minerals. The more we learn about it the more impressed we are with this little gem. It is like a vitamin supplement in a plant! These are some of the vitamins and minerals it has: Contain tannic acid, lecithin, chlorophyll, iron, silicic acid, lime, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and vitamins A and C. . It contains fatty acids, carotenoids, calcium, iron, sodium, Vitamin A, Vit C.
Few Properties Of Nettle
Analgesic – Relieves Pain
Anodyne – Soothes Pain
Astringent – Tightens Tissues
Depurative - Detox
Diuretic – Eliminate fluid
Tonic – Support Immune System
This list is from http://www.anniesremedy.com/
NMM Products With Nettle
Powerhouse - Excellent combination of herbs for after doing physical exercise or hard physical labor to replenish the body with nutrients needed.
Children's multivitamin - Powerful set of herbs to boost the health of your child.
Anxiety R&R - Very strong combination of deeply nourishing herbs to help the body overcome anxiety.
Red Raspberry Leaf is also in our "TOP TEN" herbs that we use all the time. We especially use it as part of our daily tea because of the high amount of vitamins and nutrients it possesses.
Red raspberry fruit and leaf has been used as medicine for centuries. The therapeutic use of raspberry leaf was first described in 1597 in a book called “The Herbal,” or “A General History of Plants. (www.webmed.com ) In the middle ages it was well known as a female tonic. The leaves are still used in herbal teas or tisane to sooth the digestive system and to help soothe menstrual cramps.
How Do I Use It?
This plant was made for girls! It helps at all ages and stages of life. Helps with heavy periods and crazy hormones at that time of the month. It is high in magnesium, potassium, iron, b-vitamins, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus. Because of these vitamins and minerals it helps with anxiety and hormone issues. The tannins soothe inside and out. It helps with bed wetting, calms diarrhea, stomach problems and colds. Oh and almost forgot – sore throats too! It is a great herb.
Our Experience With It
Few Properties of Red Raspberry Leaf
Anti-Cancer – May help in lessening cancer
Astringent - The tannins give astringent properties are tightening and soothing
Diuretic – Stimulates the body to let go of fluid
Febrifuge – Reduce fever
Parturient – Promotes and eases childbirth
Stomachic – Helps relieve stomach pain and cramping
Tonic – Supports the Immune System
Uterine tonic – Helps with girl problems
List found on http://www.anniesremedy.com
Red Raspberry Tea
Pour one cup boiling water over 1 Tablespoon dried red raspberry leaves. Cover and let steep for about 20 minutes. Sweeten. You can add lemon, orange, mint, ginger, or any other culinary herbs that you personally like.
NMM Products With Red Raspberry Leaf
Anxiety R&R Tea - Amazing combination of herbs to help with anxiety issues. It is a tea that we have used on a daily basis!
Powerhouse - Powerful combination of herbs that restore energy and nutrients after exercise, hard physical labor, etc.
Lemon Balm is part of the mint family and just tastes amazing for teas. But the medicinal qualities are out of this world...
Brief History (Also known as Melissa)
Lemon Balm is referred to in ancient Greek writings. During Medieval and Renaissance ages it is mentioned as well. “In the ninth century, the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne thought Melissa (Lemon Balm) so beautiful and so valuable to the health of his subjects that he ordered it planted in all monastery gardens. Benedictine monks later shipped the herb to other regions…” Arabians are thought to be the first to have introduced lemon balm’s many uses to the European countries…It was used for dressing wounds and as a general panacea or tonic, but the monks are more well known for using lemon balm to create perfumes and liquors which were very popular among the people of Medieval and early Renaissance periods.
Lemon balm was one of these herbs the colonists brought with them to the new world. “They used lemon balm for cooking & flavoring, for beverages such as teas and wines, medicine, cosmetic and house- hold uses such as cleaning and scenting….There are records of Thomas Jefferson growing lemon balm at
How Do I Use It?
Lemon Balm is used to help with anxiety, skin ailments, nausea, colds, sore throats, cold sores, blood pressure, helps improve indigestion, insect bites and painful periods.
Our Experience with it
We love this herb because it has helped us and our families so much. All of us grow lemon balm.
Properties of Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm Tea
Pour one cup boiling water on lemon balm leaves. Fresh or dried can be used. Fresh will be more potent. Let steep for 20 minutes with a plate on the cup. If it isn’t strong enough for you, add more leaves. Sweeten with honey or agave. Can also add cinnamon or other culinary spices you like.
NMM Mixes With Lemon Balm
Anxiety R&R - Special combination of herbs for those suffering from anxiety. Tonic for the nervous system.
Hand and Finger Repair - Unique blend of plant medicine in a salve, especially good for those with diabetes.
Powerhouse - Excellent and powerful blend of herbs to help after exercise, hard labor, heat stroke, getting energy, etc.
Comfrey is amazing! It looks like a jungle plant and is amazing for cell repair.
Known as “knit-bone” because it was used to heal fractures.
Dioscorides, an ancient Greek botanic physician, documents the use of comfrey in treating the armies of Alexander the Great…..During the Middle Ages in Europe, Catholic monks became the primary physicians of their day. What they couldn’t gather through wild crafting, they grew in their monastery gardens. In the New World, comfrey was among those medicinal plants the early settlers relied upon to treat their many and varied illnesses. While Joseph Busch was head gardener at the palace of Catherine the Great at St. Petersburg, Russia….was so impressed that he sent several plants to his native land of England. Prior to the nineteenth century, the Turks and Saracens used comfrey to heal wounds received in battle.
To read full article: http://herballegacy.org/Ollman_History.html.
How Do I Use It?
Comfrey is a great herb! It helps promote healing of bones and muscles. It helps with arthritis, bruises, sprains, knees, sore throats, eczema, skin care, burns, sunburns, soothes mucous membranes and respiratory issues.
Fresh leaves can be applied to sprains and bruises. Also a nice addition to a fracture, once it has been set.
Our Experience With It:
Few Properties Of Comfrey
Part of Plant Used:
Where to get it
NMM Products With Comfrey
Finger and Hand Repair - specifically formulated for those with diabetes who have to "poke" their hands often.
Super Salve - This salve is used anytime anyone says, "Ouch!". Cuts, scrapes, bruises, insect bites, etc.
We love garlic! Did you know you can put crushed up garlic in gel capsules as soon as you get sick to give your immune system a boost?? Well, find out more about the magical plant medicine of garlic...
Garlic has been known has one of the oldest known horticultural crops in the Old World. Egyptian and Indian cultures referred to garlic 5000 years ago. There is clear historical evidence for its use by the Babylonians 4500 years ago. The Chinese 2000 years ago. Garlic was given to the laborers and slaves who were building the great pyramids in order to increase their stamina and strength as well as to protect them from disease. The bible mentions garlic (Numbers 11:5). French priests of the Middle Ages used garlic to protect themselves against bubonic plague.
During World War I, European soldiers prevented infection by putting garlic directly on their wounds. Garlic's popularity began to wane in the beginning of the 20th century, and by WW II it was found garlic in restaurants and gourmet shops. Today, after close to 6000 years of folklore, scientific research shows that garlic is an amazing resource of phytochemicals (botanicals) whose wide range of actions can benefit health. Studies show that garlic protects against infection and inflammation, lowers the risk of heart disease, and has anti-cancer and anti-aging effects. To sum up garlic was prized for its antimicrobial effects long before microbes were even discovered.
Read the full article here: http://www.herballegacy.com/Motteshard_History.html
How Do I Use Garlic? (Similar to onion)
Helps aid congestion, earaches, compresses for skin problems such as acne and arthritis. Helps heal pulled or torn muscles. Aids in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. It is a natural blood thinner. It is a great antiviral and so it helps with bronchitis, allergies and asthma. Improves digestion of meat and other heavy foods. It is said that it helps with cancer.
Our Experience with it
Few Properties of Garlic
Part of Plant Used:
NMM Products With Garlic
Fire Cider Tonic - A tonic for the whole body to get rid of toxins. Use one teaspoon of this daily to aid your body in removal of toxins
Of course we love using onions for cooking... but did you know you can use raw onion juice for earaches? They are a magical plant that help SO many ailments.
There are over 500 varieties of onions. They originated in Iran and West Pakistan and most researchers agree that onions have been cultivated for 5000 or more years. The bible mentions the Israelites ate them and they were brought aboard the Mayflower with the Pilgrims. During World War II the Russian soldiers were so taken with onions ability to prevent infection, that they applied onions to battle wounds as an antiseptic. .http://www.herballegacy.com/Wilson_History.html
How Do I Use Them?
Helps aid congestion, earaches, compresses for skin problems such as acne, boils and arthritis. Helps heal pulled or torn muscles. Aids in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and helps cardiovascular. It is a great antiviral and supports the body in fighting bronchitis, asthma, colds, flu’s and sinus problems. It open the lungs and helps breathing, Helpful with allergies and yeast infection.
With all the things that onion supports – it is a great food to add to your food preparation.
Properties of Onion
Part of Plant Used:
Top In Cooking
(Paula) "Our darling grandson was 6 weeks old and was coughing so hard with a bug that he was throwing up. He was too little for cough syrup. We cut an onion up and put it in a small pan with ½ cup of sugar, cooked it for 30 minutes on very low heat. The onion liquefied and the sugar melted into the onion liquid. We strained it and gave him about ¼ of a tsp. His cough settled right down. We gave it to him every time the coughing spasms would start. After a few hours his coughing was only to cough stuff up. It was amazing. When we made this we were tempted to add water – the onion was just in with the sugar and we were afraid it would burn. We put it on medium low and it was amazing how fast the onion turned to liquid. It doesn’t need any water."
Where to get them:
Onions can be bought at the supermarket or farmers market. You can buy in bulk because they store well. You can also dry them. They are easy to grow and we highly recommend to grow your own!
NMM Products With Onion
Fire Cider - Tonic for getting rid of toxins throughout the body. Age old recipe that is very potent but very effective!
Slipper Elm is also one of our "TOP TEN". We LOVE this herb and how much it helps us.
The first known people to use Slippery Elm medicinally were the Native Americans. They ground the bark and mixed it with water to make a paste for a salve for soothing wounds. Once dried it becomes a natural bandage. They also used it to wrap around their meat to keep it from going bad. The English colonists used it for injuries, cold sores, boils and chafing. During the American Revolution I was used to treat gunshot wounds. It was also used to make a gruel, rich in vitamins, minerals and sugars. Even the very sick could tolerate it.
Read full article at: http://www.slipperyelm.com/history.html
Considered one of the best herbs for reducing pain and inflammation. University of Maryland Medical Center says, "Slippery elm contains mucilage, a substance that becomes a slick gel when mixed with water. It coats and soothes the mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. It also contains antioxidants that help relieve inflammatory bowel conditions. Slippery elm causes reflux stimulation of nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract leading to increased mucus secretion. The increased mucus production may protect the gastrointestinal tract against ulcers and excess acidity." Slippery Elm is amazing herb. When having digestive problems, it balances the tract. So if you are having Diarrhea - it helps curb that. If you are constipated, it has the properties to take care of that problem as well. Even though in our western medicine mentality that is hard to get your head around, it helps your digestive tract work like it is supposed to.
How Do I Use It?
WE LOVE slippery elm. If you are having intestinal issues – this herb is the best! Whether you have diarrhea or constipation it settles things down because of the miraculous way it helps the gut to work better. It also promotes healing of bones and muscles. It helps with arthritis, bruises, sprains, eczema, skin irritations, sunburns, cuts, wounds, bladder infections and sore throats too.
Our favorite way of using it is making a tea or syrup. Use 1 teas of dried herb to 1 cup water for a tea. To make a syrup you simply boil 4 cups of water, then turn to low. Put 1/2 cup dried herb in pan and let it simmer for 45 minutes. Strain and add sweetener.
When treating an injury you can use a compress. Make a compress by making a cup of tea and soaking a clean cotton cloth in the liquid. Squeeze out and place on injury.
Our Experience With It
Properties of Slippery Elm
Astringent - Tightening, healing and drying, reducing irritation and inflammation.
Purgative – Purifier and cleaner – helps cleanse the body.
Diuretic - Stimulate the elimination of fluid, without the depletion of minerals.
Emollient - Soothe and protect irritated or inflamed issues.
Exportant - Loosens congestion.
This list is from http://www.anniesremedy.com/
NMM Products With Slippery Elm
Flaming Throat - Herbal combination that helps to soothe the throat and aids in healing.
Intestinal Soother - Powerful Digestive Tonic!
Kidney Soldier - Amazing deep nutrition using plant medicine to aid in getting rid of kidney stones.
Ginger can be a favorite spice, but it is also amazing medicine.
The historical reverence for and usage of ginger is simply staggering. Ginger had great historic, medicinal value as a spiritual beverage, aphrodisiac, digestive aid, etc. Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Indian systems viewed ginger as a healing gift from God. Chinese pharmacopoeias claim long term use of fresh ginger as putting a person in contact with the spiritual advantages. Its healing heritage is unmatched in the history of medicine.
“Confucius wrote as far back as 500 B.C. of never being without ginger when he ate. Testimonials of both the medicinal and economic importance of ginger have been recorded as far back as five thousand-year-old Greek literature to 200 B.C. Ancient literature from the Middle East, Asia and Europe write of its impact. Chinese records chronicle the immense wealth associated with growing acres of ginger. Trade in spices like ginger could easily be associated with one’s wealth and power. In the Middle Ages, as little as just one pound was worth 1 shilling and 7 pence, approximately equivalent to the price of a sheep. Having such a rich history, it’s easy to see how explorers like Marco Polo and Vasco da Gama were careful to document the cultivation of ginger.
Read complete story at: http://herballegacy.com/Whitney_History.html
How Do I Use It?
It is one of the BEST for nausea and stomach problems. Also supports your body in fighting colds and flu’s. It helps settling nausea and stopping diarrhea. It is also aids in de-congesting and soothing sore throats. It helps bruises and sprains, circulation, stomach cramps.
We love ginger tea. It has a sharp taste! A few tips:
Few properties of Ginger:
NMM Products With Ginger:
Elderberry Syrup - One of very favorite and most popular products! Mostly used for kids with the flu.
Fire Cider - Very strong tonic to get rid of toxins and cleanse the body.
First Defense - Used as soon as you notice sickness going around!
Nausea Basher - Used for nausea from ANYTHING - cancer patients use this after chemo.
Lung and Bronchial (Infection Fighter) - Herbal combination to fight deep infections in the body.
Yarrow is definitely one of our "TOP TEN" favorite herbs. It is amazing for SOOOOOO many reasons!
It was considered a sacred plant in ancient China. Yarrow is native to Europe and western Asia, and grows wherever it is allowed to. It is believed that it is called Achillea because the legendary Greek hero Achilles is said to have staunched his soldiers’ wounds with this plant. In English it is also called Soldier’s Woundwort, which describes one of the uses yarrow was put to in the past. The Romans used it to heal wounds and staunch the flow of blood from wounds as well as the Greeks. They called it the Herbis Militaris or the military’s herb. In Scotland the plant was made into an ointment and used to dress wounds.
In the 17th century the leaves were used in salads and you can do this as long as you blanch them in boiling water for a few minutes, and then refresh them under cold water. “Yarrow was naturalized early in America, William Wood who traveled New England in 1629-66 spoke of perennial yarrow in gardens. Yarrow was an important medicine to keep on hand to stop bleeding and treat fevers.” (Anniesremedy.com) In North America it was widely used by the indigenous people and the Flathead Indians used to rub it under their armpits and elsewhere on their bodies as a deodorant.
How Do I Use It?
Yarrow is used to treat colds and flu. Yarrow can be used as a tea, glycerite, syrup or tincture. At NMM we LOVE the yarrow glycerite because of how easy it is to give to kids. A cup of hot tea (1 teas dried herb to 1 c. water) will make you sweat so your body can get rid of toxins and reduce fevers. It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It helps relax the blood vessels. It is also good for cuts and wounds. Helps you relax at night for sleep.
We will personally love using the tea and glycerite. have a dropper full of yarrow tincture to help with sleeplessness, fevers, eliminate toxins during illness, help with bleeding control, etc.
Yarrow works nicely for a cleansing facial steam. Put 1-2 tbs dried herb in a bowl or pan of hot water or lean over pan on stove on low. Cover your head with a towel while leaning over steaming water. Can add mint or rosemary.
Here are a few properties
Anti-Inflammatory – Decreases Inflammation and Inflation
Anti-Bacterial - Fights Infection
Antispasmodic– Relax Muscle Cramps
Astringent – Constricts tissues
Cathartic - Laxative
Depurative – Detoxifying Blood purifier and Cleanser
Emmenagogue – Stimulate Menstral Flow
Febrifuge - Reduce Fever
Hypotensive – Lower Blood Pressure
Vulnery – Supports Cuts, Scraps and Wounds in Healing
List from www.anniesremedy.com
NMM Products With Yarrow
Infection Fighter - Herb combination for deep infections in the body, primarily the lungs
Mens Nutritional - Excellent mix for men's health, cardiovascular health, supports aging and boosts libido
Go To Sleep Mix - Herbal combination that is a tonic to the nervous system
Super Salve - Anytime anyone says, "Ouch!" this salve can be used! Cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc.
These tender scones are a favorite in our house. Top with lemon curd, fresh whipped cream or your favorite jam!
They are also great for camping.
3 1/2 Cups All-purpose quick mix
2 eggs (room temp).
2 Tbsp. honey
1/2 C. milk, cream or whipping cream
(can add raisins if wanted)
Place all-purpose quick mix in a bowl. Mix eggs, honey and milk in separate bowl. Stir into mix with a fork just until blended (do not overmix!). Turn dough onto floured surface. Using 1/3 of the dough at a time, pat or press mixture into a circle about 1/2" thick. Cut each circle into 4 or 6 wedges.
Preheat a pan on med.-low heat. Gently place the wedges on griddle. (some people like to add oil to cook them, we do it plain without the oil, just slightly greased pan). Cook until bottoms are lightly browned and the scones rise slightly (be careful not to burn). Turn and brown other side. Serve warm with cream or jam! YUMMY.
For an extra special treat serve with Devonshire Cream:
Combine 1/2 C. chilled whipping cream and 2 Tbsp. brown sugar in mixer and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in 1/2 C. sour cream.
You can also add 1 C. diced fresh fruit (peaches, strawberries, raspberries).
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