Rosalee de la Forêt

Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book "Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal." She’s a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild and she teaches students from all over the world how to confidently use medicinal plants. Explore more herbs with Rosalee at her website, Herbs with Rosalee, where you can get her free course, How to Choose the Best Herb For You. All content and photos in this article are copyright © Rosalee de la Forêt.

Herbal Sore Throat Spray Recipe

How to Make Herbal Formulas: A Sore Throat Spray Recipe

From a dull ache to a raging inferno, sore throats can be one of the more uncomfortable symptoms of a cold or flu. Sipping hot teas and eating spicy soups both help to mitigate the pain, but there’s only so much liquid you can consume in a day! This herbal throat spray can be a convenient way to frequently get the herbs directly on the throat where they are most needed.

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Five Flavors Herbal Cough Syrup Recipe

This recipe is an all-purpose cough syrup remedy. Elecampane, plantain, and honey are expectorants with the latter two helping to soothe irritated tissues in the lungs and throat. Elderberries are famous for their ability to shorten the duration of a cold or flu. Store this in the fridge and use within one month. This recipe can be made with either dried or fresh herbs.

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Earth Shake! A Green Smoothie Recipe with Nettle

Minty and sweet, yet packed with nutrition, this is a green smoothie recipe that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Don’t have access to fresh nettle? You can substitute 1/2 cup of dried nettle leaves instead (be sure to pick out any small stems). When I tried this, I soaked the dried nettle in the coconut water for 30 minutes. I prefer using fresh nettle as the dried version was a bit chewier, but it was still enjoyable.

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How to Make Hibiscus Tea

This delicious and refreshing drink will quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Spearmint is a cooling aromatic plant, while hibiscus gives us a slightly sour or tangy taste. Along with the mint and hibiscus, I like to throw in a handful of fresh herbs from the garden: a sprig of lavender, a nasturtium leaf, some oregano, thyme, tarragon, chives, some violet leaves, and/or a few sprigs of lemongrass.

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Fermented Dandelion Stems Recipe

This recipe pairs the slightly bitter taste of dandelion stems with the sour taste of a lacto-fermentation. The combination of this springtime bitter and fermentation is a powerful digestive aid. Several spices are added to the brine to give it a delicious flavor. These stems can be eaten as an appetizer, or minced and enjoyed over food, in sandwiches or mixed with veggies. If you don’t have dandelion stems you could try using other types of vegetable stems such as chard or kale.

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How to Make Arnica Ointment

This is a non-greasy pain ointment that is wonderful for bruises, sprains and strains, and aches and pains. It works best on closed-wound injuries and can be applied multiple times per day. If you don’t already have Arnica and St. John’s Wort infused oils you can find a blend of these at Mountain Rose Herbs. This blend also includes lavender essential oil. I’ve seen this Arnica cream recipe work like magic to erase intense bruises and to alleviate pain caused by injury. This recipe is based on Rosemary Gladstar’s Perfect Cream recipe.

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Herbal Travel First Aid Kit

I bring my herbal first aid kit with me whenever I take a trip. I have my basic kit ready to go at all times but I do like to customize it depending on the location and duration of the trip. I am always grateful to have my own trusted herbs along for the trip so I don’t have to suffer through minor complaints or rely on over-the-counter medicines from the pharmacy.

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Parsley Tabbouleh Recipe

I want to create a simple summer dish that is chock full of fresh veggies (especially parsley). This dish is perfect for summer BBQs and potlucks. Tabbouleh recipes originally come from the Eastern Mediterranean. There are thousands of versions out there. To make this my own recipe I added a generous amount of fresh fennel and switched out the glutinous bulgar or couscous for quinoa. This recipe makes six generous portions.

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Wild Greens Healthy Pizza Recipe

Pizza often gets a bad rap. It’s easily dismissed as junk food for teenagers and is certainly not considered part of a healthy diet. But it doesn’t have to be that way! When you make pizza at home you can choose healthy nutrient-dense ingredients and avoid frying it in cheap and unhealthy oils like many of the chain pizza stores use. This healthy pizza recipe combines all of my favorite pizza toppings. You could follow it exactly or use it as an inspiration for you to make your own version of a wild greens pizza.

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Elderberry Gummies

Elderberry Gummy Bear Recipe

Elderberries are a powerful herb for preventing a cold or flu and for shortening the duration of a cold or flu. In this recipe we first make a juice from dried elderberries and other herbs then we use gelatin to make fun gummies. Kids of all ages will enjoy them! Today’s gummy bear recipes are delicious ways you can both prevent infections as well as shorten the duration of them.

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Curried Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkins often find their way into our holiday traditions whether they are carved up into jack-o’-lanterns or made into a sweet Thanksgiving pie. But don’t let pumpkins get pigeonholed. They offer far too many excellent health benefits to be only occasionally eaten as dessert. Health Benefits of Pumpkins From fiber to vitamin A, pumpkins are

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Parsley Pesto

Parsley Pesto Recipe

Parsley is often mistaken for a “garnish” herb. Something to brighten your restaurant dinner plate only to be discarded with the trimmings. But don’t be fooled! Parsley is an amazing powerhouse of nutrients and it should be respected as one of our best herbal medicines. In fact, that sprig of parsley may be the healthiest

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