Where the Sidewalk Ends – Week 8 of the 2015 Herb CSA

She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME
And she grew so tall,
She ate from a plate called TASTE ME
And down she shrank so small.
And so she changed, while other folks
Never tried nothin’ at all.

Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein


In this week’s parcel, we have included:


Fresh Yarrow

2 sample salves

(Jewelweed & Comfrey)

Lavender Salt

Elderberry Syrup

1 Half Soap


 Yarrow 1

Yarrow is a long-stemmed member of the sunflower family found in the wild throughout the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It can be recognized by its highly segmented, fern-like leaves (millefolium literally means “thousand leaves”), and the clusters of daisy-like white or yellow flowers at the top of the stalk.

Millefolium has seen historical use as a medicine, often because of its astringent effects. The leaves encourage clotting, so it can be used fresh for nosebleeds. The aerial parts of the plant are used for phlegm conditions, as a bitter digestive tonic to encourage bile flow, and as a diuretic. The aerial parts act as a tonic for the blood, stimulate the circulation, and can be used for high blood pressure; it is also useful in menstrual disorders, and as an effective sweating remedy to bring down fevers.

Yarrow intensifies the medicinal action of other herbs taken with it. Not for use during pregnancy since it may stimulate the uterus, but can be used in post-labor tincture to help tone uterus, reduce cramping and avoid hemorrhage. Some people will develop a rash from touching the fresh plant. Should be avoided by those with allergies to ragweed. 

Makes a lovely dry, or fresh arrangement.

Greek myth had it that Achilles painted himself with a tincture of yarrow to make himself invulnerable to arrows, everywhere on his body except his heel.  In antiquity, yarrow was known as herbal militaris, for its use in stanching the flow of blood from wounds.

Jewelweed Salve

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database  / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. - Not copyrighted image

For use on bug bites and minor irritations of the skin. Contains Only: Jewelweed Flower, Calendula Flower, Plantain Leaf & Burdock Root Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Natural Beeswax.

Thoreau wrote in his journals: “Touch-me-not seed vessels, as all know, go off like pistols on the slightest touch, and so suddenly and energetically that they always startle you, though you are expecting it.”

Comfrey Salve

Comfrey 1

For use on minor abrasions. Contains Only: Comfrey Leaf, Comfrey Root & Plantain Leaf Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Natural Beeswax.

Not to be used on deep wounds, as it will cause the skin to heal over too rapidly, potentially trapping infection.

Wild comfrey contains allantoin, which is found in the milk of nursing mothers. It encourages cell reproduction and thus stimulates the healing of wounds. It also has a high mucilage content, which smooths the skin. This makes comfrey a valuable addition to salves and lotions.

Lavender Salt

Lavender 1

Try Me On:

Chocolate, Scallops, Lamb, Fruit, Caramels, Toffees, Margaritas, Lemony Sweets & Savories, Roast Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Carrots & More!

A natural bug repellent, lavender was used extensively in the middle ages as an anti-plague herb. It was effective because it successfully repelled the fleas that carried the disease. It was one of the essential herbs in traditional Four Thieves Vinegar.

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry 1

Elderberry syrup has been used traditionally to stave off cold and flu symptoms.

Here are some great ways to use your elderberry syrup:

  • For adults: Take 1 tablespoon per day, or 3 per day if you feel a cold/flu coming on.
  • For kiddos: Take 2 teaspoons per day, or 2 tablespoons if you feel a cold/flu coming on.
  • In homemade yogurt as a sweetener and an extra immune boost
  • In carbonated water! Just add a couple of tablespoons to a glass of seltzer water. It makes a wonderful and healthy “soda” as a treat for the kiddos
  • Pour over pancakes, baked oatmeal, or in tea instead of honey
  • Drizzle over ice cream
  • Use as a sweetener in baked goods

Honey is not recommended for children under 12 months of age.

Elder was said to cure rheumatism merely by taking twigs, weaving them into hoops, & wearing them about the aching part of the body. Others would take a little bathwater from a sick person’s bath & give the water to an elder tree, with the belief that the tree would then absorb the illness into itself.

Herbal Half Bar

Enjoy your herbal soap!

Your CSA bag is yours to keep!

From us at Bailiwick Farm, we truly hope you enjoyed your herb share!

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