To give our health an added boost, we generally don’t think to look as close as our own backyard, right? However there are plenty of common herbs that you may even consider a weed! Some can produce highly therapeutic at-home remedies for he whole family and here is a breakdown of my favourite herbs that I recently did a segment about on CTV's The Social (watch the video of the full episode here). Here are the best medicinal herbs that you likely have in your fridge or backyard and how you can easily use them for simply DIY home remedies. Trust me, you're going to love this!
If you’re someone who will go to no end to get rid of these, you may want to think again. The entire dandelion is highly therapeutic from the milky sap being excellent for warts and bee stings to the leaves and root being a liver and kidney detoxifier. Here is a recipe for Dandelion vinegar which can be used in salad dressings, or as a digestive aid when taken 10mins before meals. This will help to increase hydrochloric acid in the stomach to aid in digestion:
1 cup unpasteurized apple cider vinegar (ACV)
1 handful of dandelion flowers and leaves
Small mason jar
Stuff mason jar with dandelion flowers and leaves. Set aside. In a small pot, bring ACV to a boil and pour over dandelion flowers and leaves. Cover with parchment paper and screw on lid over top. This will prevent the ACV from eating the rubber ring within the lid when you shake it daily for 3 weeks.
You can use this Dandelion Vinegar in the following deliciously detoxifying salad dressing:
3 tbsp organic olive oil (I love Acropolis Organics) 2 tbsp Dandelion vinegar 1 tbsp tahini paste 2 tsp maple syrup Salt & pepper to taste Optional: water to thin to your desired consistency Mix all together thoroughly and store in an airtight container. This will be good for up to a week, but you will need to add water when you use it because it does thicken up when sitting in the fridge.
When we think of basil, we often think of it as a topping for pastas and pizzas, right? Well what if I told you that you and your little ones would find great use with it for bug bites?
That’s right, by crushing it with a mortal and pestle to make a paste or by simply rubbing basil on your bug bites, you can help quell any itching. The reason for this is because basil is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds plus its antitoxic and contains anti-venomous properties making it excellent for bug bites.
Let’s face it the summertime is all about having fun right? From patios to cottages, sometimes we tend to overindulge just a bit! Well if that’s you, then you’ll love my creamy virgin Mint Mojito Popsicles! Mint is a carminative herb meaning it helps with bloating and it even activates the liver by producing bile facilitating in digestion.
Creamy Virgin Mint Mojito Popsicles
3 tbsp raw honey
½ cup fresh lime juice
1 ½ cups coconut milk
½ cup fresh mint chopped fine
Splash of sparkling water
Optional: 3 drops organic mint essential oil
Whisk honey and lime juice together and add in the remaining ingredients and pour into Popsicle molds to freeze. Once frozen, run warm water on Popsicle molds for 2 seconds and remove popsicles with ease. Enjoy after dinner as a digestive aid!
This is probably one of my most favourite herbs (I’m a parsley over cilantro-type girl) and the best part, ever hot mama should have this next recipe in her kitchen! Because mothers, if your kids are running in your home, with bumps, bruises or worse, a black eye, then you need to keep my Parsley Ice on hand! This works great as an anti-inflammatory but because Parsley is rich in vitamin K, an anticoagulant, it helps with bruising and black eyes too! Plus this is super simple to make:
1 bunch parsley, processed fine
1 – 1 ½ cups water – depending on the size of your ice cube tray.
In a mini chopper, pulse parsley until very fine. Add in water and pulse again. Pour into ice cube trays (I love my King Kong ice cube trays because they produce huge Parsley ice making them last longer!)
So the next time you’ve got a bruise, feel bloated or just want to boost your health, then look no further than your backyard!