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5 Winter Herbs for the Home Apothecary

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Nutmeg

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 in Europe for millennia. The 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.  

 

 

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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 important 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. 

 

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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 be found in throat sprays or used to soothe insect bites.

 

 

 

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Whole Chili

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

 

 

Want to learn more? Add some of these classic herbal books to your library:

Herbal Medicine Books

 

 

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


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