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October 2017 Newsletter

Hello Fellow Herbalists!

The meeting will be at Treva and Virgil’s home 10100 S. Rukes Rd. Rosedale IN. Starting at the 63-41 split on the north side of Terre Haute go north on 41 about 8.9 miles to Lambert Avenue turn right go about ½ mile to County Rd. 625 W./County Rd 7 turn left go about 1.1 miles to County Rd 1000 S turn right go about 2.8 miles to Rukes road turn right first house on the right. Triva said to bring a small pie pumpkin we will be doing something with it. Last meeting we decided to give to five charities. Those are listed in the minutes.

Don’t forget this in an election year for President and Treasure. We will vote in December. We also need to decide where we will go for Christmas dinner. If you have a place in mind make sure the space is available for December 13 at 6:00pm. I would like form a committee to start working on the bus trip for next year. Last year’s trip was so nice. Also if you did not get a copy of the August minutes let me know and I will make sure you get one. Also a correction to the August minutes we got the scented geraniums from Davidsons. Don’t forget the Covered Bridge Festival October 13 through the 22nd

Hands on vegetable fermentation workshop with Candace Minster 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Like sauerkraut? Sour pickles? Vegetable ferments are a safe and easy way to help preserve your summer garden’s bounty all while packing a powerful nutritional punch. Learn how to make your own ferments in this hands-on workshop. Sample a variety of pickles and ferments and even take some home with you. Instructor: Candace Minster. Cost:$35. Register by Oct. 18 812-535-2932

See you at the meeting


Wabash Valley Herb Society Minutes

Call to order: A meeting of the WVHS was held on Sept 13 2017 it began at 6:00 pm at President Mary Jane Drakes house in Terre Haute IN. Roll call was taken by Sec. Alicia Swick-Nutter.

Treasurer Report by Treasurer Triva Cook


Donations to 5 charities were chosen:

Each charity received 250 dollars and they are:

YMCA Youth Food Pantry

Wabash Valley Food Rescue

Reading Boot Camp Mecca Wesleyan Church

Sisters of Providence Food Pantry

Vermillion Co. Purdue Extension 4-H

Holly Tipton presented a flyer for Tri County on Master Naturalist Workshop

Gourds were made in to bird houses and tomatoes were picked.

Good evening of food and fun.

Thank you Mary Jane Drake


4 Natural Home Remedies For Wounds By Carly Fraser

We have all experienced a wound at some point in our life, but who knew that the answer to a hasty recovery could be found right in our fridge or cupboard? There are many home remedies for cuts, scrapes, bruises, burns, and other wounds that can help stave away infection and even help the wound to heal faster.

Here are my top 4 natural home remedies for cuts, scrapes and bruises!

1. Honey Honey is a great way to speed up wound healing. According to some findings, honey is actually more effective than antibiotics! In lab tests, honey has been found to kill off the majority of bacterial cells and can prevent infections from occurring in the first place. Make sure you use raw honey to dress your wound (honey that is cooked will not have the proper enzymes to do the trick). When honey gets diluted with the blood and tissues of the wound, hydrogen peroxide is produced via a glucose oxidase enzyme reaction. This is released slowly, and provides antibacterial activity, while keeping tissue healthy and un-damaged! Spread some honey on a dressing and apply this to the wound. If the wound is deeper, the wound bed should be filled with honey, then wrapped with a dressing pad.

2. Garlic Allicin in garlic has been shown to be as effective as a 1% penicillin solution! It is a great anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal and can help heal almost any wound. Garlic can cause damage to the skin, however, so making sure you don’t leave it on the skin for longer than 20-25 minutes. You can make a mix of 3 crushed garlic cloves and 1 cup of wine, blended, let stand for 2-3 hours and strain. Apply to the wound with a clean cloth 1-2 times a day.

3. Calendula This beautiful little flower is considered a vulnerary agent (a substance that promotes healing). This plant is an anti-inflammatory too, and is slightly anti-microbial. It can be used topically to help heal abrasions, skin infections and internal infected mucous membranes. You can buy calendula salves at health food stores, and you can use this to apply to your wounds. For internal infections, make a calendula tea with 1 cup warm water and 1 tbsp. calendula flowers.

4. Chamomile Another flower with great wound healing properties – chamomile! Also known for it’s awesome relaxation properties, chamomile is one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind! The dried flowers contain many terpenoids and flavonoids, making it a powerful herbal medicine. Chamomile has even been found in some studies to be much faster at healing wounds than some corticosteroids. Make a chamomile press for your wound by soaking some chamomile tea bags in water, lightly draining some of the liquid, and then wrapping these tea bags around your wound with some gauze. Alternatively, you can likely find chamomile tinctures or natural ointments in your local health food

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