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Day 47: Recipes

In past posts I’ve mentioned some concoctions I make throughout the year, and I thought I might take some time to give recipes. PLEASE NOTE: there are probably a million different ways to make some of these things, but what I’m setting down here is my way, so keep that in mind. 

Cherry Bitters: good for colds, chills, and is a good expectorant for wet coughs and congestion. 

1 L. whiskey (doesn’t matter what kind or the brand)
1 c. dried tart cherries, or 2 c. mashed up fresh cherries. I also use wild cherries, and since they tend to be smaller than store-bought I’ll use 1 ½ c. also mashed up.
¼ c. wild cherry bark

Combine all of this in a large, wide-mouthed jar (because the cherries are going to expand). Let it sit for about a month, longer if you can. Then strain off the pulp and put back into the original whiskey bottle. Take one shot up to three times a day while the cold lasts, or a shot can be mixed with hot water or hot tea to make a toddy. Please note that this is an alcohol base, be responsible people. Also, wild cherry bark should only be used in cases of chest congestion and a wet cough. 

Herbal Bitters: good for colds, fevers, headaches, stomach complaints, and can be used as a general tonic. 

1 half-gallon mason jar (I make a lot at once, so if you can’t find a half-gallon jar just use 2 1-quart jars, or half the recipe)
½ c. dried hyssop
½ c. oregano (I use Common Dittany since it grows wild here, but regular oregano works well too, they are related plants)
½ c. thyme
½ c. fresh ginger
¼ c. dried wormwood
1 tbsp. cloves
1 large cinnamon stick, broken up

Combine all of the ingredients in the mason jar then fill with vodka or if you don’t want an alcohol based bitters you can use apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 1-2 months if you’re using alcohol, or 2-3 months if you’re using vinegar. Strain and bottle. Can be taken by the shot up to 3 times a day or can be added to hot water or other hot herbal tisanes. Please note that although we’re not using a lot of wormwood or oregano for this recipe they both do contain trace amounts of thujone and may cause drowsiness.

Dandelion Root Bitters: good for stomach complaints and as a general tonic.

1 half-gallon mason jar (I make a lot at once, so if you can’t find a half-gallon jar just use 2 1-quart jars, or half the recipe)
½ c. dried dandelion root
¼ c. fennel seed
¼ c. fresh ginger
¼ c. dried peppermint leaves

Combine all of the ingredients in the mason jar then fill with vodka or if you don’t want an alcohol based bitters you can use apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 1-2 months if you’re using alcohol, or 2-3 months if you’re using vinegar. Strain and bottle. Can be taken by the shot up to 3 times a day or can be added to hot water or other hot herbal tisanes. Please note that dandelion root is a diuretic.

Spicebush Tonic: good for stomach complaints, colds, headaches, or as a general tonic.

1 quart water
½ c. spicebush leaves and twigs
½ c. horsemint
½ c. mountain mint
½ c. bee balm or wild bergamot

Bring water to boil on the stove. Once it’s boiling turn off heat and add the plants. DO NOT BOIL. Let the infusion sit for about 15-30 minutes. Strain off plants and bottle liquid. Can be kept in the refrigerator then reheated as needed. Drink 1-3 cups a day. Note that the Spicebush is hard to find outside the Ozarks and Appalachians, but there are a few places online that sell the dried leaves and twigs.

Slippery Elm Lozenges: good for sore throats and when a dry cough expectorant is needed.

1 c. Slippery Elm powder
Spicy honey

To make the spicy honey take and juice fresh ginger root until you get about ½ c. liquid. Then juice two jalapeno peppers. Add the two juices to about 1 c. honey (or more depending on how spicy it is). Mix then store in a mason jar. Good to mix in hot water for colds.

Put the slippery elm powder into a bowl. Slowly add the ginger honey until the mixture can be made into a dough.  Take little pinches of the dough, roll in your hands, and then let dry on a piece of wax paper. When the lozenges are dry they can be rolled in powdered sugar then stored in an airtight container.

Ozark Yarb Broth: this is a savory herbal broth that I use when I get a cold. Some of these yarbs (herbs) might be hard to find outside of the Ozarks.  

2 quarts beef broth
½ c. common dittany (or oregano)
½ c. thyme
¼ c. mullein leaves and flowers
¼ c. rabbit tobacco (can be omitted)
¼ c. plantain leaves (Plantago major, not the banana)
¼ c. carpenter’s weed (bugleweed, Ajuga reptans, can be omitted)
¼ c. chopped fresh ginger
2 tbsp.  wild cherry bark (for wet coughs, omit if no cough or chest congestion is present)
or
2 tbsp. slippery elm bark powder (for dry coughs, omit if no cough or chest congestion is present)
4 tbsp. elderberry tincture
2 tbsp. sweetgum tincture (or star anise tincture)
2 jalapeno or chili peppers, chopped but not seeded
1 medium head of garlic, peeled and crushed
½ white onion, peeled and chopped fine

Bring the beef stock to a boil. Reduce to simmer. Add the ginger, garlic, onion, peppers, and the wild cherry bark or slippery elm powder (depending on what kind of chest congestion or cough you have). Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Turn off heat. Add everything else but the tinctures. Cover. Let sit for another 15-20 minutes. Strain, add tinctures, then bottle or keep in mason jars. Can be kept in the refrigerator then heated as needed. When drinking, mix half of the broth with half hot water, or if you don’t mind it strong take the full amount. Please note that common dittany and oregano both contain trace amounts of thujone which may cause drowsiness.