Payne Mountain Farms
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Wise women pass on herbal knowledge

Lotions, ointments, tinctures, and teas are four ways to incorporate herbs into our daily lives. There are many more methods including oils, salves, creams, washes, infusions, syrups, inhalants, compresses, baths, capsules, tonics, astringents, lozenges, suppositories, liniments, powders, poultices, and plasters.

It's no wonder that many women were once accused of practicing witchcraft. Most herbal remedies required that herbs be infused in some type of liquid or oil. This usually involved stirring up a pot of brew. These wise women were not witches or part of an evil cult. They were skilled women using recipes passed from generation to generation. They knew the value of medicinal herbs and were available to help when the closest doctor might be a week (or month) away.

Today we have doctors and nurses to provide us with health care. Most of these dedicated professionals admit that there is a place for herbs in our daily lives. In today's society, many people are returning to the ways of our elders. It's not just old hippies and third world countries that use herbs.

Herbs are proven effective for relieving stress and improving various ailments. Many are beneficial for skin and are valued in modern beauty products. As the Bible states in Proverbs 27:9, "Ointment and Perfume Rejoice the Heart."

Consumers are constantly bombarded with herbal extracts, supplements and cure-alls. Most of these products come with high price tags and exaggerated claims. If an herbal extract comes last in the list of ingredients, there is not enough of the original herb to do much good. Look for products where the herbal extracts and tinctures come first or second in the list!

Abundant fresh herbs grow in the North Georgia Mountains. From the tall spikes of mullein to the silver mountain mint and lovely dandelions, most are free for the taking. Herbal remedies are easily made with ordinary kitchen equipment. It is inexpensive and fun to make herbal lotions, ointments, tinctures, and teas. Herbs are for everyone!

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