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Recipe: Mineral-Rich Herbal Vinegars

By April 6, 2015July 12th, 2017No Comments

Vinegar extracts the vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, essential oils, and some alkaloids from plants as well flavors. The acidic nature of vinegar assists in the uptake of calcium and iron into our cells. For those dealing with health issues such as anemia, arthritis, and bone loss, herbal vinegars can be helpful in restoring health.

garlicbowlDrizzle your vinegars on cold noodle salads, stir fry, fruit, spinach and/or field green salads, cooked greens.
Marinate seafood, pork, chicken, beets and other vegetables. Makes an ideal marinade!
Mix with ketchup, mustard, brown sugar or molasses, grated ginger, minced onions and garlic for a delicious homemade BBQ/dipping sauce.
Combine with olive oil for dipping crusty bread!
Add to egg, chicken, tuna, tofu salads, deviled eggs.
Cool a fever or hot flash by dabbing the vinegar on your pulse points, forehead, back of the neck and knees.

To make your herbal vinegar:

Finely chop edible wild and garden plants of your choice. Pack the plant material tightly into a pint jar. Fill completely with apple cider vinegar. Add a piece of parchment paper between the jar and lid (if metal lid) to keep the lid from rusting, or use a plastic lid. Let the mix stand on your counter for a month. Strain and enjoy!

beevioletSuggested combinations:
• Comfrey leaf, peppermint and red clover.
• Garlic, onion, oregano, thyme and parsley.
• Nettles, dock root, dandelion leaf and root.
• Blueberries and raspberries
• Wild raspberry leaves and wild currant leaves
• Chives, dill, and basil
• Wild or garden violet leaves and flowers, oxeye daisy flowers and leaves, pineapple weed
• Chickweed, lambsquarters and nasturtium flowers
• Motherwort and Mugwort
• Lavender flowers

To learn more about vinegars and wild plants read D.C. Jarvis’s book Folk Medicine.


Suzanne Tabert

Suzanne "Queen Bee" Tabert

Suzanne Tabert, bioregional herbalist, is director of herbal education and herbal mentor at the Cedar Mountain Herb School. An herbal medicine instructor for 30 years, Suzanne teaches with great passion and excitement, bringing her wealth of herbal knowledge to students in an engaging and vibrant manner. She is the primary instructor at CMHS and an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University. Taking students to wild places and giving them tools to engage and connect with flora, fauna, and the exquisite beauty of nature is the icing on the cake of life, and one way that Suzanne is making a difference in the world, one person, one group at a time. She is currently writing a wildcrafting book that will be able to be utilized by people of all walks of life who wish to take their health back into their own hands. Cedar Mountain Herb School is a member of the American Herbalists Guild, Partnership in Education with United Plant Savers, and the American Herb Association.