Herbal Class, Lesson 1

Madame Mora’s Herbal

This class is designed to show the practical application of herbs to assist with everyday needs.  The lessons printed will not outline “magical” uses for the herbs, but, if questions on this topic rise, please feel free to ask.

If you are so inclined, the following list is an outline of the materials you may purchase to make this class easier to follow:

“Let’s Get Natural With Herbs,” by Debra Rayburn

?  A mesh tea ball or tea bags (without tea leaves in them)

?  A tea pot or other sturdy pot to boil water in

?  A mortar and pestle

Also, please remember, the information in this class is a look at herbal therapies that may show promise as adjunctive treatments to conventional medical approaches, and is not meant to give specific recommendations or advise for the treatment of a specific illness, nor is it intended to be a replacement for good medical diagnosis and treatment.



Herbs and a remedy to aid in preventing illness

Each of the following herbs has been shown to aid in the inhibition/destruction of the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms.  For each herb you will use the dried form or the plant part listed.

?  Basil (Ocymum basilicum) – antioxidant – part: leaves

?  Elder (Sambucus Canadensis) – antiviral – also assists with lung, liver and stomach function  part: berries

?  Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) – also an immunodulator – also shown to enhance liver lung and stomach function, increase white blood cell count, cleanse whole body    part: leaves

?  Garlic (Allium Sativum) – antiviral and antibiotic – also shown to stimulate the immune system  part: bulbs

?  Marjoram (Origanum Vulgare) – antibiotic and antioxidant – also shown to enhance lung and stomach functions   part: leaves

?  Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) – antibiotic and antioxidant – part: leaves

?  Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) – antibiotic – also shown to enhance liver, lung, stomach, and respiratory function  part: leaves

With these 7 herbs you will create a tea, that, when taken at the first sign of developing illness (cough, dry/stuffy sinuses, headache…), can aid with the prevention of said illness.

To make the tea, you will need to assemble these 7 herbs, a tea ball/bag, boiling water, and a mug.   Take about a pinch or each herb (¼ tsp) and place it in your tea bag/ball (or loosely in the bottom of you mug).  Pour the boiling water over the herbs, cover the mug, and let the leaves steep for about 5 minutes.  Add honey or another sweetener to taste, but remember, this is technically medicine, it’s not going to taste “good.”

Assignment 1 – Make this tea at home, and get a feel for the “pinch” measurement and the taste of this remedy.  It is one to always have in the back of your mind any time of year.

Then, email me your findings: [email protected]