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Medicinal Herb Gardening

Medicinal Herb GardeningFrom homemade pepper spray to herbal remedies and compost teas, Jill Bong's Medicinal Herb Gardening has it all.

I particularly enjoyed the way Jill focused in on ten high-quality plants rather than trying to include every potential medicinal species known to man. I often get lost in guides to edible and medicinal species because I don't know which ones are worth trying and which ones are just maybe worthy of using in a survival situation. Jill cuts through the vast array of information to focus on a double handful of plants --- cayenne peppers, comfrey, elderberry, garlic, marshmallow, peppermint, red raspberry, sage, stinging nettle, and yarrow --- that will definitely make the cut.

Then she expands out to growing, harvesting, and preparing those plants to keep your own medicinal pantry alive throughout the year. Perfect for prepper, homesteader, and interested layman alike, Jill's offering one free paperback copy to a lucky reader. Just comment below with your favorite medicinal herb then enter using the rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Comment by Maggie Fri Apr 22 07:57:26 2016
I don't know if I have a favorite medicinal herb yet but would like to find out more on how to use some of what we now grow including comfrey, elderberry, garlic, peppermint, red raspberry, sage, and yarrow. If I had to pick just one I would say garlic.
Comment by Brian Fri Apr 22 08:58:12 2016
Maggie --- Ginger might be a fun plant for you to grow, actually. I would try, but Mark doesn't like it much. Folks tend to grow it in a pot since it's tropical, but you can start with a root from the grocery store.
Comment by anna Fri Apr 22 09:17:52 2016
Brian --- I think I might agree with you. Garlic is definitely the medicinal herb I use most, followed by comfrey. I was glad to see it get top billing in this book. :-)
Comment by anna Fri Apr 22 09:21:50 2016
I agree: ginger. A strong infusion helps with both viral illness & bacteria such as tick-borne diseases.
Comment by Terry Fri Apr 22 10:26:18 2016
Sage. Sage tea with honey and lemon cannot be beaten for a sore throat!
Comment by Ryan Fri Apr 22 11:58:49 2016
Garlic is our go-to for just about anything. Even the little ones get garlic past on their feet when they're sick.
Comment by baldwinmk Fri Apr 22 12:09:47 2016
When I become ill (or feel flu or a cold coming on) I start taking ginger, honey, apple cider vinegar and lemon in black tea. I know purists will poo-poo it, but I can't do it without the tea. Ginger is my panacea.
Comment by Patti Fri Apr 22 21:27:14 2016
We love garlic in my household!
Comment by April Connett Fri Apr 22 21:55:20 2016
I'm also a garlic fan, but cayenne is a close second.
Comment by Lisa Sale Sat Apr 23 00:05:31 2016
Comment by Hdzeigler Sat Apr 23 10:07:58 2016
It looks like Jill picked very much the right herbs to focus on (although perhaps she should have included ginger!). Interesting to see the same herbs pop up over and over here in the comments.
Comment by anna Sat Apr 23 10:27:21 2016
I use plantain on mosquito bites. If I'm outdoors, I'll just crush it and apply the juice to the bite. I also make a tincture with apple cider vinegar that I use on swellings in general.
Comment by Susan Peterson Sat Apr 23 11:58:04 2016
I have grown Sage, Rue, Ginger, Garlic, Basil, Chamomile, Echinacea, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Monardia (Bee Balm), Parsley, Mint, Rosemary, Thyme, Burdock, Comfrey, Who doesn't grow Dandelion?, Marigold, Oregano, Savory,Verbena, St. John's Wort, but my favorites are Chamomile, Mint and Sage.
Comment by Elizabeth Sat Apr 23 16:46:07 2016
I don't like to get involved in discussions about religion, but feel obligated to point out that a plant may have 20-50,000 genes, each programing the production of some chemical product. While one of those may be good for you, what are the other 49,999 doing to you? Eg: willow bark contains aspirin, but it also contains tamoxifen, an estrogen inhibitor used to treat breast cancer. Verbum sapienti....
Comment by doc Sun Apr 24 07:36:29 2016
Garlic, Ginger, and Dandelion are the ones I use the most but plan on adding several new ones to the garden this year - lavender, sage, and several others.
Comment by Katy Lamb Mon Apr 25 05:02:27 2016
Peppermint to soothe upset stomachs
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