Many women have encountered some sort of vaginal yeast infection or even battled with a case of uterine fibroids. For the yeast infection; a fungus called candida which is also a natural resident in the intestines and vagina, an area that shouldn’t be imbalanced, but if so, can lead to discharge, itching, swelling, to your general discomfort. Most cases of yeast infections have increased due to antibiotics which destroy beneficial natural flora found in the vagina and allow more harmful bacteria or yeast to multiply. Trichomoniasis is another common vaginal infection as is chlamydia which can be passed to a baby during childbirth and cause blindness.
While I’m out working in the garden, I’m not just tending standard food crops, I’m also tending herbs and “weeds”. Some I use for culinary purposes, some for medicinal, some for both. (Don’t you love it when you can get multiple uses from one item?) With many medicinal herbs now being outlawed in Europe, and increasing odds that the US is likely to follow Europe’s lead (thank you, Big Pharma), I’ve been learning more about plants that I can grow in my own yard for medicinal purposes. You’d be surprised at how useful “weeds” can be.
I dry an assortment of plants over the course of the season. Most of them live in my pantry in glass jars covered with my husband’s old mismatched dress socks to keep out the light. I cut each sock in half so it can cover two jars. The socks are elasticized so they grip the jars nicely. I always hated throwing one sock out when the other got worn through – now I have a use for them. The food in front of them is kept in bins that can be easily pulled out to access the herbs. You can see part of a bin on the right hand side of the photo.
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It will probably not surprise you much to learn that I don’t like taking medicine. While I’m thankful for the availability of strong medicine when it’s needed, I prefer to go with natural methods. Nature provides so much of the medicine we need, and I like to use what’s right under my nose (and feet, or overhead.) We have a bumper crop of sage this year, so I am making a few things, including Sage and Honey Cough Syrup. It’s so simple, but effective. In fact, this study showed just honey to bemore effective than drugstore cough syrup. Sage is an anti-bacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory herb, which makes it great for sore throats and coughs. Sage and honey together make a wonderful cough syrup, and it’s so simple that I think everyone should make a batch.
Sage & Honey Cough Syrup
What You’ll Need
1 cup or more of fresh, organic sage leaves
1 cup or more of raw honey, preferably local (if you don’t have a local source, you can order it here)
a clean jar or glass container that can be sealed tightly and can hold at least 12 oz. (I lovethese and these, and mason jars are also perfect.)