Before we begin, many herbalist use this method listed below for measurement because it’s not only effective, but simple and versatile. You may come across a recipe that is referred to as:
- 3 parts passionflower
- 2 parts bay leaf
- 1 part calendula.
A ‘part’ is any unit of measurement you want it to be:
The goal is to use the same unit of measurement throughout for each ‘part’ in a recipe. The ‘part’ measurement determines the ratio of ingredients in a recipe, and it allows you to make each recipe in the amount you need.
3 parts passionflower = 3 tablespoons passionflower = 3 teaspoons passionflower
2 part bay leaf = 2 tablespoons bay leaf. = 2 teaspoons bay leaf
1 part calendula. = 1 tablespoon calendula. = 1 teaspoon calendula
ON TO THE RECIPES!!!
Herbal Foot Bath
You can use any combination of relaxing herbs you have on hand, or use Rosemary alone. Fresh is always best, but use what you have.
- 2 parts lavender (if you have or are recovering from breast cancer, you can use Oatmeal instead)
- 1 part hops
- 1 part sage
- ½ part rosemary
You’ll want to place the herbs in a large pot an fill with water. Cover tightly and bring to a low simmer. Simmer over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour into a large basin and adjust the temperature with cold water. While we want the water hot, we don’t want you burn yourself. Once prepared, insert your feet in the water and cover the basin with a thick towel to keep the heat in. **This can even be done as a full bath**
Rosemary Tea (can be taken hot or cold)
Steep 1 tsp. of flowering tops or leaves in ½ cup of water.
Take 1 cup a day.
**If you’re wanting to try a different menstruum, here is a recipe for an elixir**
- 4 parts rosemary
- 2 parts Ginkgo
- 1 part gotu kola
- 2 part oatstraw
- 1 part peppermint
- Raw honey
Combine dried herbs and mix well. Label and store the mixture in a cool, dark place until you’re ready to make your elixir.When you’re ready to make your rosemary memory elixir, take a glass pint jar and fill it half full of your herb mix (fill it full if using fresh herbs).Fill the jar half full with brandy, and then fill the remaining half of the jar with honey. Use a spoon to mix the herbs, brandy, and honey well.Cover with a lid, label your jar, and place it in a cool, dark place for 6 weeks. Stir the mixture a few times a week, if you can remember.After 6 weeks, strain the herbs from your elixir, and compost them. Then bottle and label your rosemary memory elixir, and store it.
Usage: Adults take 30 drops of elixir daily.
Happy Medicine Making!