بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
I was sick this past weekend. Unless you follow me on Facebook, you probably didn’t know…because for some weird reason I was super productive last Thursday getting myself set up for a busy weekend with the kids. I even to did a marathon bake of several breakfast breads and managed to tackle the high pile of laundry that accumulated during the week. Then I woke up sick Friday morning. Had I not been abnormally on top of my game, you wouldn’t have heard from me all week.
I woke up with a sore throat Friday and hoped it was some type of allergy (to all the dust and construction debris from my neighbors). But it wasn't. I came home from our morning Friday Halaqa class and made a big pot of chicken bone broth and "tisane louisa".
What is Louisa?
The main chemical compound in vervain is Citral. It makes up 35 percent of the total composition, and the rest is made of Nerol and Geraniol. Most of the beneficial properties of vervain come from these compounds.
And if any of you follow the angsty supernational drama series "The Vampire Dairies" you'll know consuming and being in contact with vervain can weaken any vampire. From Wikipedia, "Other legends held it that vervain protects people from vampires, by mixing it in a herbal tea, keeping it near you, or using oil extracted from it in a bath."
There is also a heavy religious significance to the herb, sometimes called "herb-of-the-cross." Some believe that it grew on the hill of Golgotha and was used to stop the bleeding of Prophet Isa's wounds when he was taken down from the cross. In ancient Rome it was considered one of the sacred herbs and highly powerful. It was often used to "sanitize" their homes and temples. It has been called "holy herb" and "devil's bane."
For all those not love with Damon, Stefan and their ban of blood-sucking friends, this herb might be a handy little herb to keep around. J
Here in Algeria, we don't worry about vampires but the common cold, fever and chills often comes around this time of year. Traditionally, this herb is steeped in North African style green tea, hot milk or hot water, it might also be used as part of herbal medicinal blends like the one I'm sharing today. It's a herbal remedy introduced to me by my late mother-n-law. And like all medicine of the bled, it works! One cup of this and by morning fever, chills, cold it's gone. I usually sweetened mine with 1 tablespoon of wild thyme honey but you can use your favorite sweetener ... or omit altogether.
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