Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Must-Have's
"What are your top three herbs or the simplest herbal replacements for your medicine cabinet?" I asked the godmother of American Herbalism. Immediately Rosemary Gladstar started to name them.
"Only 3?" she laughed.
More than 3. Less than 10. Here are Gladstar's must-have's for single herbs and concoctions.
Echinacea - for internal and external use. First aid and immune system support.
Elderberry - flu, cold, and immune system support.
Goldenseal - first aid, for infections, and immune system support.
"Organically cultivated. It is an 'at risk plant' so you should not harvest from the wild," shares Gladstar.
Nettle - Steam it to use it edibly. Good survival food. Supports the liver and is a blood detoxifier. Aids digestion, respiratory system, and supports allergies.
"So nasty or sweet. My favorite herb."
St. John's Wort and Comfrey or Calendula - combine for an all purpose salve for rashes and burns.
And a must have? Kloss’s Liniment, a combination of echinacea, goldenseal, myrr and cayenne pepper for inflammation support, cleaning woods and soothing bug bites.