Anyway I decided to get onto the old herbal medicine chest this morning. The dog and I have got a cough. She has had hers for weeks, it has cost a fortune at the vet, and we are still not getting anywhere. I decided it was worms. Both of us. So I just checked up on a few herbs. I have Olive trees.
Anyway I was making this concoction for the dog. I decided to use Olive Coconut oil to preserve it in as she wouldn’t eat vinegar and I don’t think Vodka is a good idea for the dog. I wondered how to give it to her. If it was all dried herbs I could probably make it into a soft gel capsule with the oil and some beeswax to harden it up a bit.
Anyway, the herbal thing is trusting your instincts. Just focus on the dog, and allow your instincts to lead the quantities. In the end I realised she would know if it was right for her. She refuses anything She doesn’t want. I suspect there is some health reason she dug up one of my Tulip bulbs and ate it too. I couldn’t risk Her doing that again without knowing why, so I dug them all out of the garden and put them in pots.
Anyway, in the end I decided to dip my finger in the oil medicine and let her sniff it. It took her about a minute to analyse it, and then decided to thoroughly lick it off my finger. I think I will do the same thing three times a day for 11 days, then leave it a week and start again with a fresh batch. It’s good stuff, I put mine in my coffee, which was quite interesting, my chest is already less tight, and my breathing easier.
I think we have lost so much ancient wisdom, and traditional healing to our own cost. I also had a feeling I should add a small amount of wood ash from fallen Apple and oak twigs. I will need to clean my fire thoroughly and just burn them to ash and keep it. I wouldn’t want to use newspaper to light it. I need to think this through for a while. Anyway my morning coffee just became medicinal.
The Christian Monastic period had a huge wealth of herbal knowledge, I wonder why that has all been suppressed. Hmmm Balsamic Vinegar. Actually I will have to step all my fresh herbs in the Olive Oil for the dog, then I can use a very small amount of them in a dropper.
I like Herbs.