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Everyday-Vegetables, Vol 1-2013
January 09, 2013

January 2013

Hope your holidays were happy! It is a great time to be thinking of the things you want to do for the New Year.

Its time to get my Indoor grow lights going. I love to grow wheat grass in the winter, it adds some greens and extra nutrition to my diet.

My daughter Amanda taught me how to grow wheat grass, it is very easy and I even grow some for the chickens as a winter treat.

It is cold and snowy in our part of the country right now so I love to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of herbal tea. With colds and the flu going around I keep plenty of sage, chamomile and peppermint stocked.

The recipe I am sharing this month is the one I use the most with my husband this time of year. He develops a cough when ever he gets a cold it can last for months.

In the morning is the hardest so I always have a pot of this tea ready. It calms his cough and helps break up the mucus. After a cup of this tea he really settles down.

Mother Nature really works wonders and herbs are packed with vitamins and minerals.

Recipe for the Month

Soothing tea for coughs and chest congestion:

    Soothing Sage Tea

    4 teaspoons dried Chamomile flowers
    2 Tablespoons dried Peppermint leaves
    1-2 teaspoon dried sage leaves

Place dried herbs in a pint jar with a lid. Fill jar with boiling water. Put on lid and let set for 2-4 hours. Strain leaves from liquid. Pour into mugs and warm again if needed. Add honey to taste and drink. Drink 3 to 4 cups a day until feeling relief.

Sage has some antibacterial and antiviral properties. The Chamomile relaxes and helps you sleep, and the peppermint is good for coughs and congestion.

The herbs I can't grow myself I buy from Mountain Rose Herbs. I have been buying my herbs from Mountain Rose for over a year now and I really love their quality and pricing. I buy the bulk herbs and use them in my teas and tinctures. Here is a link.

Cultivating Herbal Friendships

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