5 Winter Herbs for the Home Apothecary

Published January 10, 2015 by FunkyWolfCafe

nutmeg_whole-product_1x-1403633106Nutmeg

The flavor and aroma of this classic winter spice brings memories of family celebrations. The introduction of punch drinks by the upper echelon of society brought the pocket nutmeg grater into vogue in the late 18th century. It was fashionable to carry nutmeg to parties and use it to spice up alcoholic beverages, like eggnog!

Elecampane

Stately in the garden, this lovely Asteraceae plant has been used medicinally in Europe for millennia. elecampane_root-product_1x-1403631430-e1411768457814The roots are harvested in the fall or early winter and have been used as an expectorant to help support healthy respiratory function. This root is also traditionally candied and made into lozenges.

Holy Basil

Feeling the stress of the season? Have a cup of Holy Basil tea! Also known as Tulsi, this tasty mint family plant is an holy_basil_krishna-product_1x-1403632275important herb in India. Considered an adaptogen, Holy Basil can be sipped during busy times to help us find balance when we need it most. This wonderful herb can be taken as a tincture, tea, and makes a lovely hydrosol for aromatherapy applications.

Echinacea

An old friend to herbalists with easily recognizable flowers, this winter ally should be on-hand all season long. Used in tinctures,capsules, and teas, its alterative action supports a healthy immune response during times of need. Often combined with goldenseal, it can also beechinacea_purpurea_root-product_1x-1403631372-e1411768941113 found in throat sprays or used to soothe insect bites.

Whole Chili

Warm up and get the blood moving! Chilies have been used for food and medicine by many cultures throughout the world. The powerful capsaicin found in hot peppers has diaphoretic chili_pepper-product_1x-1403630944action and helps the body sweat. Add some heat to your winter meals and benefit from their medicinal and flavor enhancing properties.

About the Author:

Funky Wolf Cafe

Funky Wolf Cafe

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Erin is the Marketing Director at Mountain Rose and studied herbalism, botany, and ethical wildcrafting at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. She spends her days making botanical illustrations, playing in the garden, creating culinary gems, and formulating medicine in the magnificent Oregon Cascades.
Article discovered at:  http://mountainroseblog.com/top-5-winter-herbs/
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