The first records of the use of plants as medicine was set down on papyrus scrolls and parchments, thousands of years ago. The unofficial record of herbal knowledge has been handed down over generations by word of mouth. Herbal knowledge is important for curing ailments, preserving food, dyeing cloth, repelling insects, adding "spice" to our lives and color to our gardens.
Many common garden-variety herbs cross the boundaries between culinary and medicinal qualities. Peppermint (or other mint varieties) can be infused in water to make a tea to sooth a stomach upset or peppermint oil can be added to oils and linments for a cooling anaestheic effect on skin - increasing blood flow to the area to which it is applied.
Specific herbs may be employed to encourage the removal of toxins from the body - to stimulate the gall bladder, liver, kidneys. They may be used topically to increase blood flow to muscular, joint, skin tissues.
What you may think of as just a recipe/flavor enhancer - is a MAIN INGREDIENT in this nutritious ONION SOUP RECIPE:
Take 1 pound of small green bunching onions, which is the best for this recipe (or an equivalent amount of white onions). Chop or blend into 2 cups of distilled water. Bring to boil and then simmer until the onions are transparent.
Strain off the onion pulp and save the liquid. The liquid is rich in a neutral form of Vitamin C that is vital to the body’s needs when regular supplemental Vitamin C cannot be taken.
The liquid can be simmered with other herbs, soups or vegetable seasonings to taste. It may be combined with vegetable broth as long as the correct amount is used.
Liver-Gallbladder Flush Drink
Blender, 1 measuring cup, 1 water glass. 1 manual citrus juicer, 1 knife, 1 tabelspoon.
3-4 juice oranges, 1 lemon, 1 lime enough for 8 oz, 1 clove of Garlic, 1 inch piece of fresh Ginger, 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil, 8 oz filtered water.
Put 8 oz of fresh juice in your blender, add 1 to 5 cloves of Garlic. (1 clove for Day one, 2 for day two…until you reach 5 cloves by Day Five)
Add 1 piece of fresh Ginger root (about 1 inch long) do not peel.
Finally add 8 oz of filtered water and 1 to 5 tablespoons of Olive Oil ( 1 tablespoon for Day One, 2 for Day Two…until you reach 5 tablespoons by Day Five)
Blend all of these ingredients in the blender for about 60 seconds and drink.
15-20 minutes after drinking your liver-gallbladder flush drink, drink 2 cups of Detox tea—ask your Naturopath for the specific recipe that is right for you.