Today, we are going to take the activities inside. Open your journals and record some of your thoughts about Crampbark. On pages 37 and 38, you will find some journal space in your zine. How do you feel about Crampbark? What would you like to learn more about? What would be the one thing that you would tell your friends about him?
How have you been enjoying this month’s activities. Have you ever had a charlie horse in the middle of the night? Today, we are infusing some Crampbark Oil. The oil is perfect for massaging on muscles of the body that are cramped or inflamed. It can be stored in the refrigerator and used as needed. You can find this two ingredient recipe on page 27. Enjoy your day of crafting!
Last week I posted a link to get your free copy of the Taste of Herbs Flavor Wheel. There was an overwhelming response with how awesome this chart is for understanding the tastes and energetics of herbs. Today they’ve opened up enrollment for the course. While I try to cover a lot of information in each issue of Herbal Roots zine, I really only am able to touch on the tastes and energetics of herbs and I feel that this course is an excellent complimentary course for kids of any age who would like to have a deeper understanding about this aspect of herbal medicine.
If you’d like to enroll, or even just see what this course is all about, head on over to the Taste of Herbs website and check it out today! This course has limited enrollment but once you’re in, you have access to the website and course for as long as it exists in the internet world. And even more awesome, they are giving away a poster of the Flavor Wheel to all who enroll!
Thanks for joining us here at Herbal Roots Zine today! We are looking forward to sharing Crampbark’s story with you. If you will turn your zine to page 21, you will learn about how a boy’s discovery and faith helped his whole community. How can you help your family? Your neighborhood? Your city? Your state? Share the story and your thoughts with your loved ones.
Today we have a special guest post about Crampbark fomentations by friend and herbalist Rosalee de la Forêt.
Cramp bark can be a reliable and safe alternative to over-the-counter pain medication. It specifically relieves pain due to muscle tension.
Herbalists commonly use cramp bark for the following issues: menstrual cramps, muscle cramps, early labor, miscarriage, pain, difficulty urinating, bowel cramps (IBS), diarrhea, child enuresis (bedwetting), spasmodic coughing, asthma, arthritis, muscle strain, seizures, high blood pressure, and lockjaw (interesting historic use).
I myself often reach for cramp bark when I’ve got back pain. One of my favorite ways to use it is as a fomentation.
A fomentation is basically a strained herbal decoction that is then applied to the area using a cloth.
This fomentation works well for major pain but can help with more common muscle spasms as well. For example, it can be used when you sleep wrong and have a “crick” in your neck (usually a muscle spasm). Or it can be used over the abdomen for menstrual cramps.
Besides cramp bark I also add ginger and cayenne to this mix. Both of these herbs have a spicy and pungent taste. They stimulate circulation (blood moving) and reduce inflammation. This combination has helped me through many painful situations!
To make this recipe you’ll need:
1/4 cup dried ginger
1/4 cup cramp bark
1 tablespoon of cayenne powder
Simmer the herbs in water for at least twenty minutes.
Strain. Let cool until you can touch it comfortably but it is still warm.
Soak a washcloth in the mixture.
Wring out the cloth so that it is no longer dripping.
Cover the affected area with the cloth.
Place a hot water bottle over the cloth.
Cover with a towel. Let this sit for at least 20 minutes.
This recipe is an excerpt from the upcoming course, Taste of Herbs. Taste is an amazing way to learn HOW herbs work.
Rosalee created the Taste of Herbs Flavor Wheel to help people learn herbalism using their sense of Taste.
Rosalee de la Forêt is the creator of Taste of Herbs, a new course by LearningHerbs and Mountain Rose Herbs. Rosalee is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator and founder of Herbal Remedies Advice.
How did you like your Crampbark Electuary? We hope that you are ready for more fun in the kitchen. Today, we will be making some Crampbark Chai. This herb is great for easing spasmodic coughs and intestinal cramping. Some find it more palatable as an ingredient in chai. We hope you enjoy this warm drink this fall! For the recipe, turn to page 26.
We hope that your extracts are coming along well. Today, we are going to make a Crampbark Electuary. You will need two ingredients and a jar for today’s recipe. Electuaries are made with powdered herbs and a sweet medium like honey or glycerin. They work wonders with spasms and cramps of the digestive tract. For directions and recommended dosages, turn to page 28.
If you missed Monday’s giveaway, there’s still time to enter. You could win a Crampbark Ceramic Pendant from Mulberry Mudd. Remember to sign up by Sunday, October 13. Kristine will announce the winner the following day.
When you’re reading the “All About” section in each month’s issue of Herbal Roots zine, you may notice I briefly talk about the energetics and tastes of each individual herb but I don’t really go deep into what that’s about. That’s because the taste of herbs is a whole ‘nother level of learning about individual herbs and how they correspond with individual people. A level I cannot possibly cover in a beginner zine such as Herbal Roots zine even though I know how important they are to know about. So, when my friend and fellow herbalist Rosalee de la Foret showed me this awesome Flavor Wheel she whipped up on the taste of herbs, I was really excited! At least, something I can share with all my subscribers that will let them understand what those tastes are all about and why they are so important when learning about herbs!
This chart will not only explain tastes very well but will also help you understand why so many herbs have the same uses but different tastes and energetics. It will also help you if you become confused on which herb you should use for your friends and family when they are needing some herbal love. Best of all, it is a free gift to anyone who is interested in learning about this facet of herbal learning! Simply go to her website to download it. While you’re there, be sure to check out the video she’s posted to briefly tell you how to use it!
How is your Crampbark Extract coming along? We learned last week that the extract may be used internally and externally to help with muscle cramps, spasmodic coughs, and stressors. Turn to page 25 for the recipe and recommended dosages. If you have any questions, please comment below or post on our facebook page.