There are several herbs that come to mind to have on hand for winter ills. I mentioned them in an earlier article about making your own tinctures. Here I want to give a little more detail about the herbs mentioned.
Herbal Extracts also those known as Tinctures are most often used for healing. The healing capacity is very similar to an herbal tea. Tinctures are made using alcohol. With extracts however, the active constituents of the plant are extracted using either alcohol, food grade glycerin or Apple Cider Vinegar.
As Food, Cayenne Pepper is known as a fruit. High in Vitamin C, very spicy, and easy to grow. It can be eaten fresh (if one is tough enough), frozen, canned, or dried and stored either whole or ground. It is most often used as a spice to flavor food, but the medicinal value of this fruit is very great.
To reference the earliest mention of Herbs let’s to go to the Bible. Genesis 1:11 says “ Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself , on the earth’ and it was so.” Genesis 1:29-30 goes on to say, “ And God said, ‘See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so."