Cloves

Oil of Cloves as a Panacea

Very good cure for weakness of the limbs, for the purification of the blood, for the invigoration of the head and heart, and to remove giddiness, etc…

Take two drops of oil of cloves in a tablespoonful of white wine early in the morning, and before eating anything else. This is also good for the mother-pains and the colic. The oil of cloves which you buy in the drug stores will answer the purpose. These remedies are also applicable to cure the cold when it settles in the bowels, and to stop vomiting. A few drops of this oil poured upon cotton and applied to the aching teeth, relieves the pain.

From: Pow-Wows, or Long Lost Friend, by John George Hoffman, [1820]

A Good Healing Tea

Healing Tea

A good healing tea is made as follows:

  • A pinch of peppermint
  • A pinch of powdered ginger
  • A pinch of clove powder or 2 bruised cloves
  • One cup water

To prepare the tea:

Boil the water but do not use an aluminum kettle. Pour water into a mug or pot leaving herbs to steep for at least five minutes, but don’t leave for longer than ten minutes or the tea may become bitter. For stronger tea, use more herb rather than steeping the tea for a longer time. Sweeten with honey if desired.

Carmelite Water

The famous Carmelite Water, first made by 17th century Carmelite nuns was used to treat nervous headache and neuralgia. It combined lemon balm with lemon-peel, nutmeg, coriander and angelica root. Here’s a recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups vodka
  • 3 tablespoons dried angelica leaves, and stalks
  • 3 tablespoons dried lemon balm leaves
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, bruised
  • 1 nutmeg, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons cloves
  • cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

Pour the vodka into a jar. Add the remaining ingredients,cover tightly and shake. Leave in a warm place for three weeks, shaking every day. Strain into a sterilized bottle and store in a cool place. Use within six months.

Found at: Herbal Riot

Elderberry Cold Preventative

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Put stalked elderberries into an earthenware jar, cover with a well-fitting lid and place in a slow oven. Leave till the juice flows, then pour it off into a pan and return the covered jar to the oven. Continue doing this until you have obtained all the juice from the fruit. Extract amount remaining by squeezing the fruit through muslin.

Measure the juice, and to every pint add half a pound of loaf sugar, about half a dozen cloves and a piece of bruised root ginger.

Place the pan over heat and bring to the boil. Simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, then strain into bottles or jars with a secure lid. Drink diluted with hot water to taste.

Herbal Tea For A Cold

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Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon dried Peppermint
  • 1 teaspoon dried Yarrow
  • 1 teaspoon dried Elder Flowers
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 pinch powdered mixed spices (Cinnamon, Ginger, Cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice

Infuse the herbs in the water for at least 5 minutes, then add the remaining ingredients and honey to sweeten if necessary. Take a wine glassful every 2 hours.

This pleasant, soothing mixture will induce a gentle perspiration, thus helping to reduce a fever.

From: The Complete Book of Herbs and Spices
For information about the individual herbs visit: The Encyclopedia of Herbology

 

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