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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Teach Me Tuesday: Your Garden Medicine Cabinet- WOODRUFF

Welcome to the first insallment of 


I have researched for years the healing power of hearbs and even applied that knowledge to aid in the pregnancy issues modern medicine was unable to help me with

In that vein I would love to share some of the knowledge I have gathered over the past  2 decades from various books, online searches, and personal usage with you. May you find good health in this installment and all future installments!

A couple of GREAT authors who are the herbal authority in the Herbal community are, there are other authors that are reputable, these are the ones how influenced me the most: 

  • Dr. John R. Christopher- any of this books are awesome. There is even a web site with all of great knowledge of herbs and there usage free of charge, click here for more.
  • Rosemary Gladstar, click here for books
  • Susan Weed, click here for books

You don't hear much about Woodruff these days but back in Medieval times it was used as tonic for water weight issues and a stimulator for for liver issues as well as being sown into cotton bags and hung in closets to freshen over storage.
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  • Green leaves and flowers NO ROOTS
  • Best to harvest as it starts to flower or right before
  • Woodruff can be used both internally or externally.
  • It has anti-inflammatory & ant-spasmodic properties
  • Soothes intestinal cramps, headaches, migraines and a sleep issues
  • Some herbalists value it as a treatment for liver disease, kidney stones & as a strengthener for the heart


1.)Headache Compress
  1. Grind fresh herb with a mortar and pestle
  2. Spread in on a white cotton cloth and fold up.
  3. Apply to forehead, no longer than 20 min
CAUTION: Do not let pulp touch skin as some irritation may occur.

2.)Insomnia Helps
  1. 1/2 t of dried powdered Woodruff leaves
  2. Mixed w/equal parts Honey or fruit puree to taste
  3. Take 30 minutes before bed
3.) Wine Punch:
  1. 3/4 t fresh slightly wilted woodruff
  2. 1 qt   Semi-dry white wine
  3. Let mascarate for a a few hours, Strain then served chilled
Woodruff is more aromatic when wilted 

4.) Sachet/Potpurri
  1. 2 - 4" squares of 100% cotton fabric of choice
  2. Equal parts Dried Woodruff, Calendula, Lavender, & Spearmint- enough to fill pouch or bowl
  3. Place right sides together and leave a 1-2" opening
  4. Turn outside right & Fill with dried herbs and sew shut  
  5. Or place in a bowl beside your bed       
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DISCLAIMER:As with anything herbal remedies please consult your trusted medical professional before adding any herbs to your daily usage and please apply a  LARGE dose of common sense in regards to each herbs usage. The writer of this blog does not assume responsibility for misuse or abuse of this knowledge

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