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"Chamomile" One of the Best Remedy for Infants' Ailments

Chamaemelum nobile. Compositae                                                                                                                Found in waste-places, and as a garden weed. Leaves are feathery, flowers are small, white, and daisy-like, with yellow centers. Chamomile is a fragrant herb, of sweet apple scent. The flowers yield an oil much used by Arab Herbalists. It is recognized by the orthodox medical profession as a valuable medicine for the young, especially in France and Spain where numerous doctors prescribe it. One of the best remedies for infants’ ailments.

Incidentally, Chamomile may be planted to replace grass seed on turf where drought conditions prevent a lawn from growing normally and keeping green. When bruised by treading, the chamomile lawn yields a fresh aroma. Although such a lawn will keep green without watering, it cannot stand such hard wear as can grass.

Use, internal:

The most popular use is tea for its soothing, cleansing, and tonic properties. Used as a treatment of ulcers, tumors, lassitude due to congestion and poor body tone. Equally useful for female ailments. The brew of dried or fresh flowers is particularly useful as a febrifuge. As a cure for insomnia and depression.

Use, external:

A well-known brightener for hair is a lotion of the flower heads. It is one of the best of all eye lotions. Soothes and heals inflamed gums. To make a poultice to relieve pain and reduce tumors: Mix one handful of Chamomile with one handful linseed and a handful of poppy seed ; crush or powder the herbs, mix with boiling water, spread on a flannel and apply.


An infusion of the dried leaves can be used , but a Standard Brew of fresh leaves and flower heads is preferable when these are obtained. T o be taken by the cupful, like any other tea, and as the pungent oils yield their flavor readily, it is best to dilute and sweeten with a teaspoon of honey per cup when the patient is young.


"Cayenne" the Disinfectant

Capsicum annuum. Solanaceae                                                                                                                                     Except in Africa and South America where it grows wild, cayenne is found only as a garden plant. Its name comes from the Greek word kapto “I bite”, for it is a biting herb with fire in its pods. It has oval, shiny green leaves and drooping small white flowers which form green pods, which turn red when ripe. Cayenne has been used by American and Mexican Indians and African natives throughout their histories, and is still used today. Use, internal: As a supreme and harmless internal disinfectant. Mexican Indians, who use cayenne pepper as an internal disinfectant to overcome the dangers of impure foods . The Indians, often having to eat unclean food, suffer no ill effects because they sprinkle powdered cayenne peppers freely as a condiment on most of their eatables. There is no exact measurements, as pepper plants differ in strength, so add as much pepper as the person can tolerate without the mouth and throat burning too fiercely. The burning sensation of cayenne is beneficial, never harmful, and soon passes off. I learnt to use the dried powdered peppers as fumigation against pests, and rodents when living in primitive places where such things are found in human dwellings. Cayenne pepper, because it is antispasmodic as well as intensely stimulating, has earned a reputation for giving relief in heart attacks. An ancient cure for all types of fevers. Treats rheumatism, arthritis, jaundice, and Berger’s paresthesia. Sprinkled freely inside socks, will warm chilled feet; likewise used against frostbite. To expel worms. A tonic for all organs of the body, including the heart. Said to increase fertility and defer senility.

Use external:

  For severe wounds, seriously infected wounds, old sores, disinfect by covering the place with the powdered cayenne. It will burn and smart for a brief time in the way lemon juice does when applied to wounds, but this is harmless and highly curative. For fumigation, sprinkle several tablespoonfuls of the powdered pepper on a tin lid, place it over a slow flame, seal up the shed or room, and allow the pepper to fume until all burnt up. Renew several times if necessary. Cayenne is a pungent fumigator detested by vermin, but it is not poisonous in any way, and any place can be treated with cayenne can be used very soon after fumigation. In ancient times fumigation was considered a protection against vapires and werewolves.


A half teaspoon or more in a large cupful of tepid water. Take as much as can be tolerated, morning and night, at least an hour before or after a meal. At one time, and I have no record of the degree of success achieved, a large pinch was sprinkled frequently on the tongue during a heart attack. I cannot emphasize too often the point I have already made: that while modern medicine has made some of these ancient remedies sound not only futile but almost cynically dangerous, it is still worth mentioning them for the sake of the germ of truth contained. It is as foolish to contend that no advance has been made on old herbal lore as it is to turn a blind eye on those herbs which no synthetic product can fully replace.


“Angelica”the Soother for the Digestive System

(Archangelica officinalis. Umbelliferae)

Found in damp and woodland places, and cultivated in gardens. Angelica is a rather hairy plant with ferny leaves, and umbels of white flowers of most powerful and fragrant scent.

Use internal: For all digestive troubles, including colic, and heartburn. The leaves broad leaf stalks and roots are used. It is a cordial drink with honey. Candied angelica stalks are a popular sweetmeat in France and Spain, and candy is valued for its tonic properties and for fertility. The tea is a good eye tonic, strained carefully before use.

Dose: One teaspoon of Roots to one and a half cups of water, to bring up wind and to soothe disordered stomachs. It is important not to confuse this plant with hemlock, of the same family, which has a poisonous principle, conine.


Cleansing Aloe Powder

Cleansing Aloe Powder ( Aloe barbadensis or A. vera. Aloaceae)

Found wild in dry, sandy and rocky regions, aloes are also much cultivated. The leaves grow in wands and are tall, fleshy and spike-toothed to protect them from grazing animals.

The Indians call them "Wand of Heaven" because of their wonderful medicinal powers.

Legend says that it is the only plant which came direct from the Garden of Eden.

The juice is pressed from the leaves, sun-dried, and used as a powerful laxative and blood cleanser.

Use-internal: Treatment of constipation, intestinal worms, indigestion, lack of appetite.

Use-external: To cure wounds, sores, ulcers in the mouth and to allay heat rash or poison ivy rash. Apply the fresh, cool gummy juice direct fro the fresh leaves, first shaving off the spiked borders and then cutting the leaves crosswise to release the juice. A famed mastitis cure.


Dose: It is the powdered juice which is most used in medicine. Two to four grains ( about one pinch), take in a half cupful of warm milk, sweeten with molasses or honey.



Good Morning to All

It's going to be another perfect day. It was pretty cool this morning but the sun is shining beautifully. What a wonderful way to start the day :)

I just love Texas, Yeah, it might be hot in the summer but I tell you what, I don't miss the snow and ice at all. We might get a few days of this every year but for me, that is A-OK.

Wishing all of ya'll a wonderful day




A Great Big Thank You To Everybody

Just wanted to take the time to send out a GREAT BIG KUDOS to all of you that are supporting your Local Growers. You make it possible for us to do what we do. Working towards strengthening our local economy. Keep going strong we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts




Create your Own Tea Mixture !!!

Good Morning Everyone

It has been a pretty busy few month here at the Farm. After harvesting and prepping herbs for drying the camelid girls where ready to bless us with new llam babies. What a joy.

So, the new fresh herbal teas are added to the store. I am sure that you will be pleased since all the teas are single herbs that you can mix with eachother or maybe you like to mix on of the herbal teas with my great black tea, hibiscus, peppermint.

A great way to try your hand on creating your own wellness brew.

Please contact me if you need any help or have any questions. I am always looking forward to be helpful.

Look out for fresh new Green Tea that I will add soon, it is my first batch and is still currently drying.

Wishing All Of You Peace and Light in this Busy Season

from all of us here on the Farm

Be Well





Wow....It's Hot

Oh my.....the heat is already creeping in here in Central Texas and everyone is waiting for the rain that has been passing us by so far.

It is 87 degrees here today and very humid which makes it very uncomfortable to do anything outside.

I started cooling off the llamas & alpacas with the hose of cool water and they truly appreciate that.

All the herbs are growing very well I must say and I think I can already do some harvesting of quite a few :)

The processing of the freshly sheared Llama and Alpaca Fiber is going swiftly. Last night I finished 3 hats that are so awesome with multi colored yarn that I spun a few days ago. Stay tuned I will list thefiber items soon.

Today will be another fiber spinning day and I really feel like creating my cute shabby chic llama puppets.

I hope everyone is doing great on this wonderful Monday.

Enjoy yourself and the things you do :)

Yours truly




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