Most of our blends were made for a specific person, intention, or to support someone with a specific ailment in mind. We encourage you to use the herbal infusions you get from Blueberryjams as an opportunity (or prompt) to get to know the plant medicines they contain. We recommend, like Rosemary Gladstar, that you learn about a plant from three different sources
When using new herbs, verify that they are not counter-indicated with any existing medical issue/medications you are taking. Plant are complex. Start with small doses and listen to your body.
The information found here is intended for educational purposes and is not comprehensive. It is not meant to replace advice from your healthcare practitioners.
Preparing herbal infusions (basic quick method): To prepare an herbal infusion, take 1tsp per cup of water and/or 4-6 tbsp of dried herb to 1 quart of water, place in tea pot or glass jar. Boil water kettle or pot and pour boiled water over herbs. Cover with lid and let steep for 10 -15 mins. Infusion will keep in refrigerator between 24 to 48 hours. You can also prepare cold infusions, which are best to draw out the mucilage in demulcents.
BYE MUCOUS BYE*
Ingredients: Marshmallow root, sage, peppermint, chamomile, thyme, elderberry
Blended for: Congestion, cold and flu, runny mucous, trapped dry phlegm, sore throat
Note: Debating changing the name of this brew to Go Mucous Go to help counter as idea that mucous is a “bad thing”.
*Mucous is an important part of our immunity response and it is important to aid the response. It’s helpful to help clear & thin the mucous so that it can easily leave the body. You can do so by making sure to hydrate and supporting the mucous membranes with herbs and expectorants (to help coughs be productive if the mucous is trapped.. Sometimes, overly running noses can disrupt sleep – which is necessary for healing. In these cases, it can help to curb excessive mucus production.
Ingredients: lemon balm, skullcap, rose, oatstraw, milky oats.
Blended for: anxiety, calming, relaxation
Other possibilities: nervous system support, digestive aid, trauma support
Note: Lemon balm interacts with some thyroid medications.
Ingredients: peppermint, cornflowers, chamomile, jasmine flowers, violet, plantain & hyssop.
Blended for: Tasty nourishing infusion for nervous system support, digestion, and lungs
Other possibilities: grief support
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