These ladies know their stuff! They presented one of the classes at PASA, entitled "Winter Misery Relief: Wild Plants for Food and Medicine". The first lady, pictured below, was Grace Lefever, of Sonnewald Natural Foods. She and Faye Burtch (the second picture) shared the presentation, which offered nonstop hints and tips on using the generous bounty that surrounds us. So many plants have beneficial properties; more than you can imagine in your wildest dreams. Educating yourself on what's available to you free and naturally is the greatest gift you can give yourself. These two ladies offered an anectdotal, easy discussion on a variety of medicinal plants, as well as practical applications and uses for them. I've been studying herbs for a long time (informally), and they still gave me great insight into many of the simple plants I live with.
Faye BurtchFaye had wonderful stories of her personal experiences with cayenne for heart health and other herbs she used in her practice. She was inspiring.
The following recipe came from the lecture.
I drink this one cold. Put the following into a teapot, then cover it with boiling water:
-----------2 lemons, quartered and squeezed (put the rinds in the pot after squeezing) a pinch of cayenne powder. Yes, cayenne pepper. It's really good.
--------------Put the lid on the pot and let it steep, then pour it into a bottle and refrigerate. Drink it like lemonade. Use your favorite sweetener.
Good for your heart and stomach; also to improve arthritis.