New Program: Herbal Growing & Remedies

April 2, 2014

Author: Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Category: Herbal Growing & Remedies

New month, new look, new programs!

Herbal Growing & Remedies is a brand new program for NFI, and it will kick off with a spring session this month. Our two spring classes on April 12 and 26 will cover different ways of starting medicinal herbs in the garden and considerations for medicinal herb garden planning. We’ll then move into talking about spring health and remedies that can be made early in the season. We’ll prepare vinegars, oils, and salves for use at home.

With the weather warming up, we’ll be more active and outdoors more often which means more sunburns, scrapes and bruises. For our spring session, we’ll focus on first aid remedies and harness the powerful healing properties contained in the following herbs and weeds:

Comfrey

An important herb in organic garden, this plant can be used as a fertilizer but is also important in herbal medicinal practices. Comfrey contains allantoin, a substance known to aid granulation and cell formation – which is why their leaves are excellent for healing scrapes, bruises, inflammation and swelling.

Yarrow

Yarrow can be used for fever, common cold, gastrointestinal tract discomfort, loss of appetite and can even stop wounds from bleeding. It’s also been used for people with kidney disorders.

Plantain Salve

The natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of plantain leaf make it great for healing wounds, and for itching or pain associated with skin problems. We’ll use leaves of the plantain plant to make our own salve in the April classes, which you can apply on cuts and bruises as a natural antibiotic ointment. A jar of this in your pantry will keep you well prepared for mosquito season.

Chickweed

This common weed also happens to be a delicious edible. It’s a natural cooling remedy for things like sunburns, rashes, stomach ulcers and UTIs. We’ll make vinegar from it in the April classes, which will be useful for some of those conditions but is also mineral-rich and delicious.

To learn more about using herbs for holistic healing and first aid, sign up for the April 12 and 26th classes here.

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