Can you believe it’s already nearing the end of April?!
My challenge in 2012 is to build and maintain a “medicine chest” of herbs that will help fight the illnesses my family commonly faces on a budget of $20 a month. It’s the last Tuesday of April and time for an update.
Total to date: $45.88
I used a bit of the surplus to purchase another herbal book…. and I think my collection of herbal reference books is about big enough now!
4 oz. Tea Trea Oil, $15.41 After hearing about numerous uses for tea trea oil [in laundry, to protect against viruses, bacteria and 20 other uses] I thought it was time to purchase some. The 4 oz. bottle was a considerably better deal than any of the 1 oz bottles, so we shouldn’t run out for a very long time.
The oil is very potent and should not be used internally or when pregnant or nursing without medical direction. A 2007 study found a link between tea tree oil and elevated hormone levels. (Read more here.)
Elderberries, $2.80 We already used up the elderberries I purchased last month, so I picked up more when I was near the health food store. Elderberries are mild and tasty, and great immune builders! Definitely a remedy I want to have on hand. (Jill’s Home Remedies has a great video tutorial for making your own elderberry cough syrup!)
2 Herbal Books, $5.98 Two beautifully-illustrated hardback books made their way into my herbal library this month:
Chris from Joybilee Farms (a new favorite blog) recommended The Complete Family Guide to Natural Home Remedies. You can purchase a used hardback copy on Amazon for less than $8.00, including shipping! I couldn’t resist.
Both books make awesome, educational “coffee table books.” The children and I have spent hours pouring over the beautifully illustrated pages and learning more about the wonders of God’s creation.
We’ve discovered a few herbs that grow in our very own backyard and had fun identifying them and learning their uses. These books were by far my favorite addition’s in April.
The herbs I planted from seed in March have survived the crazy swings we’ve had in the weather (so far), but they’re still pretty little.
What about you? Have you made any additions to your herbal remedy closet this month? How is your garden growing?
(Full disclosure: Links to products in this post are my referral links.)