Remedies To Charm, Not Harm

Springtime means it’s time to include nettle in each jar of iced tea I brew. It helps keep hay fever at bay. And time to chop fresh mint, dandelion, and cilantro in salads. I’m convinced it does wonders to keep our sinuses clear when we cut and stack hay. And time to make our food hotter with garlic, onions and all kinds of peppers. Even the most persnickety eater around here eats most of the concoctions I make.

We actually rarely get sick here. Maybe it’s Isabelle’s raw milk, maybe it’s our raw honey or maybe it’s the threat of homemade remedies. Yes, threat.

My remedies work like a charm (the scary incantation sort of charm). I’m one of those loony natural healing people. I have jars brimming with healing herbs I’ve grown and dried, bottles of homemade tinctures, and perhaps most frightening—concoctions in which ingredients like reishi mushrooms and schizandra berries float. I’ve discovered that healing doesn’t lie in any of these substances, it lies in my family’s strong dislike of being dosed with them. Perhaps they have indistinct baby memories of crushed garlic and mullein oil in their tiny ears as ear infection remedies or perhaps they’re just afraid of what else I might do. They know any cough or sniff will doom them to my ministrations.

My approach is beginning to seem a bit less loony. Mild over-the-counter painkillers are linked to hearing loss, kidney damage, and liver failure. Cough syrups are useless. Antidepressants (now prescribed in record numbers) are ineffectual for most people with depression, in fact a daily walk is more effective. And those handy meds for “acid stomach” are linked to dementia and osteoporosis.

My family may be onto something by avoiding my remedies. Now if all of us can just do better avoiding conventional remedies unless we really, really need them. So drink herb tea, eat fresh salad and open the window. It’s spring!


About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of three poetry collections --- Portals (Middle Creek, 2020), Blackbird (Grayson Books, 2019), and Tending (Aldrich Press, 2013), as well as Free Range Learning, a handbook of natural learning (Hohm Press, 2010). She lives on Bit of Earth Farm where she's a barely useful farm wench. Although she has deadlines to meet she often wanders from the computer to preach hope, snort with laughter, cook subversively, ponder life’s deeper meaning, talk to chickens and cows, sing to bees, hide in books, walk dogs, concoct tinctures, watch foreign films, and make messy art. Blog: FB: FB: FB: Twitter: @earnestdrollery
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6 Responses to Remedies To Charm, Not Harm

  1. Karyn @ kloppenmum says:

    I am so looking forward to getting properly out of the baby-coma and being able to torment our kids with home-made remedies! (At the moment we tend to do the ignore it and it will go away approach which can also be effective. 😉 And I cook a lot with garlic and onion. )A friend commented this morning that her Mum constantly asks her if she is giving the children paracetamol instead of weeds…

  2. Karyn @ kloppenmum says:

    And then we get told that we’ve ruined their lives…LOL

  3. debra says:

    Herbal and homeopathic concoctions, and pure thoughts and clean living—coupled with maniacal laughter: a winning combination!

  4. Karyn @ kloppenmum says:


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