One thing we can all count on at some point during the year is pain, be it temporary from a self-limiting problem or chronic from a long-term issue. Early February is the time to plan the summer’s herbal harvest and this year my sweetheart entered several pain relievers on our order form. It will be our first try for California poppies, a legal variety of the far Eastern kind, so I’ll let you know how it’s tincturing and use goes next fall. Our best pain formula to date contains tinctures of a different pain killer (Indian pipe), an anti-inflammatory (willow bark), and a sedative muscle relaxant (hops).
|Hops strobiles in late fall|
DOCTOR’S NOTE: Avoid sedatives before driving or operating machinery; Avoid willow bark if allergic to Aspirin.