January is "get-fit" month as a result of the holidays ending and new year resolutions firing us up to improve our habits and live healthier. Counting the days until February arrives. February is when the uncomfortable itch for Spring settles in. Wintertime can be a difficult time to stay focused on living in the moment when strong desires for warmer weather keeps cropping up.
My mother told me last week that she was SO ready for winter to be over, but not really, because warmer weather would only deliver yard work. And my youngest sister couldn't resist buying a bouquet of yellow tulips earlier this week to bring some Spring-chi into her home. Spring fever hit me this week as well as I was browsing my library for a book to feature for my random pages post. I curled up on the couch this afternoon with an herb book to help cool my Spring fever symptoms. I bought Backyard Medicine last fall but haven't given it much more than a glance since then. Although, Iwas impressed enough with it from that brief glance that it did get a priority "top shelf" placement among my favorite reference books. Backyard Medicine is filled with many color pictures of various herbs, harvest how-tos, and herbal recipes. Love resourceful books!
I also dug out my copy of J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye after reading about his recent death in the morning paper. I may just re-read it tomorrow. It will be my fourth time reading it if I do. I own a hardcover edition put out by a book-of-the-month club I was a member of in the early seventies.
On Fridays I share healing information or inspirational quotes gleened from random pages found in my personal home library. This week's featured random page is from the herbal medicine book Backyard Medicine.
Herbal honeys - Honey has natural antibiotic and antiseptic properties so it is an excellent vehicle for medicines to fight infection. It can be applied topically to wounds and burns... Honey is naturally sweet, making it palatable for medicines for children. It is also particularly suited to medicines for the throat and respiratory system as it is soothing and also clears congestion.
Backyard Medicine: Harvest and make Your Own Herbal Remedies ~ Julie Bruton-Seal & Matthew Seal