|Dandelion juice on left, Shepherd's Purse syrup on right.|
I noticed this crop of Shepherd's Purse outside our back gate, and we've some great juicy dandelions in our garden thanks to all the rain:
|The state of my back lawn! Dandelions|
|A great resource|
|Sample of pages from the Complete Herbal book|
I did the same with the shepherd's purse, and added honey to preserve it as a syrup, as it won't be used as much, it's more for medicinal use. I haven't checked if they're contraindicated for pregnancy / breastfeeding, so please be cautious, as all herbs have medicinal properties and can be toxic in large doses.
I love the idea of having a medicine cabinet full of my own decoctions, tinctures and syrups for all our families needs. I've done the odd thyme / honey syrup, but it's a lot of hassle to make fresh when you are sick, so the idea of preserving these medicines for future use really appeals.
You could also freeze them in ice-cube trays, then store in a freezer bag, for quick herbal teas, though I haven't checked if freezing changes the active nature of the herbs.
Basically I haven't a clue, I'm only playing around for now, and thought some of you might be interested to see the results. Please let us know below if you have had success with your own herbal teas / remedies, or link to any good sites you refer to.
Hope you're all well and enjoying the summer, it seems to have arrived finally!