I know that a lot of people are really stressed out right now. The economy is tanking, people are losing their homes, giving up their cars, losing their jobs and giving up the extras all around. We are at the first of fall, facing a holiday season ahead which will be full of demands and money stress. Long hours at work couple with more unpaid days off and the kids are wanting all the new toys, which don’t come cheap. I can just see depression and fatigue all over the faces of struggling Americans. And to top all of this off, we are losing our health insurance. We don’t have the money to go to the Doctor and whine about our misery and even if we did get a script, it would be hard to pay for.
But, really, what good are drugs that make you groggy and “tuned out”? You need to be at your best and ready for the fight when things start to slide. You can’t get that way taking sleeping pills to drive away the worries and then drinking 8 cups of coffee during the day to tremble your way through the uglies. Are you ever fully awake? And are you ever really happy? Depression is the number one psychological ailment of Americans. And the drugs to treat it are some of the worst chemical cocktails they make. I want to help you get over the drearies naturally and give you a boost of energy, to boot. So put away the energy drinks and the cigarettes and look forward to feeling good without paying a huge price. Here are the curatives you’re looking for!
This first recipe is for an age old curative that has been used for everything from loss of appetite to a blue mood. It is a real kick starter, sort of a natural energy drink, and if you take the tonic every day you will feel a great difference overall.
4-1/2 cups Brandy
1-1/2 oz sliced Gentian Root
1 oz dried Orange Peel
2 tsp dried Wormwood
1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Cloves
Combine the ingredients, bottle, stopper tightly and store. Leave for at least 2 weeks before testing. Take 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time, either right before or right after meals. Best taken first thing in the morning. Will lift the spirits immediately! Caution: DO NOT TAKE AT BEDTIME.
This next recipe is a more modern idea that has really caught on in certain circles. The Reishi Mushroom has provided healers and herbalists worldwide with new enthusiasm and imagination. This is a great tea that can be made easily and stored. It will make you feel good.
REISHI MUSHROOM TEA
1/3 oz chopped or powdered Reishi Mushroom
3 cups Water
Combine water and Mushroom in a pot with a lid. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain. Drink in divided doses throughout the day. Do not drink all 3 cups at once! You may refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 days. If it seems to sour, toss it out and make new.
This next recipe is a lovely tonic that will brighten your spirits and make you feel alive. It is also anti inflammatory so expect some relief from aches and pains. It also has a diuretic effect so you might lose water weight as you take it.
Bundled Blackberry Leaves
1 tbsp chopped, fresh Nettle tops
1 tbsp chopped, fresh Dandelion leaves
1 tsp chopped, fresh Blackberry or Blackcurrant leaves
1 tsp chopped, fresh Borage leaves
2 cups Water
1 tsp fresh squeezed Lemon juice
Boil the water in a saucepan. Add the herbs and allow to boil for a minute. Reduce heat and pour water and leaves into a covered jug. Allow to infuse for another 10 minutes. Add Lemon juice. Take a “wineglassful” at a time as a general invigorating tonic. Drink up to 3 times a day until vigor returns.
This next recipe is a natural energy drink. You are aware of the zest that Ginseng will give you and this tea takes advantage of that. Do not use Panax or Red Ginseng in this tea unless you can handle a racing heart and sweaty hands. Overall, this tea, made with ordinary Ginseng Root, will make you feel energetic and maybe a tad bit nervous. You will get things done!
Fresh Ginseng Root
1 tsp powdered Ginseng Root
2 cups Water
Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add Ginseng and allow to boil for a few minutes. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Remove root and pour tea into a glass or mug. Drink a “wineglassful” up to 3 times a day until energy returns.
This next recipe is great for depression. It works especially well on middle aged women dealing with menopause and hormone fluctuations. It will lift your spirits and help your body cope with the change.
MINT AND LADIES’ MANTLE TISANE
1 tsp dried Mint
1 tsp dried Ladies’ Mantle
2 cups of Water
Bring water to a boil and add herbs. Boil for a minute longer. Reduce heat and allow to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink warm as needed. Drink a “wineglassful” up to 3 times a day while feeling tired or sad.
This next recipe is another tea. This tea has a stimulating effect so do not take just before going to bed.
It is tasty and easy to make; you will enjoy it. This tea is also highly recommended for convalescents and people recovering from illness.
ANGELICA ROOT AND BRANDY
Dried Angelica Root
1 oz chopped, bruised Angelica Root or 1 tsp bruised Angelica Seeds
2-1/2 cups Water
1 tbsp Brandy
Juice from 1/4 Lemon
Bring the water and the Angelica slowly to a simmering point in a covered pan and allow to simmer gently for 15 minutes. Leave to cool, still covered. Once cooled, strain Angelica out of tea through a cloth or a sieve. Add Brandy and Lemon. Take a teaspoonful before meals.
This next recipe is for a tisane. It does not require any aging and can be drunk right away. This tisane is invigorating and rich in vitamins. It is perfect for people who are trying to build up their physical strength. It will also help with stress fatigue.
GARLIC, CHIVES AND CHERVIL TISANE
1 tsp finely chopped Garlic Clove
1 tsp finely chopped Chives
1 tbsp finely chopped Chervil leaf
2 cups Water
Bring water to a hard boil over high heat. Add herbs and Garlic and allow to boil for a few minutes. Lower the heat and allow to infuse for 15-20 minutes. It should smell a little like soup. When the color seems rich and the aroma is strong, remove from the heat and strain out the herbs and Garlic. Pour into bowls or cups and eat like soup or drink