Homemade supplements

In the past I have spent a lot of money on nutritional supplements such as green powders and multi-vitamins.

I am currently working on building up a selection of vitamin and mineral supplements as well as improving my intake through my diet.

Vinegars

One easy hit is to take herbal vinegars in hot water as an alternative hot drink. I find this works well and I am currently taking a combination of lemon balm, nettle, mint, dandelion and horsetail in cider vinegar with a drop of honey. I pop a generous splash in a mug of hot water. It’s a pleasant alternative to tea or coffee although this particular blend is quite astringent.

Powders

As I am new to dehydrating I am intending on creating a range of herbal powders which I will try blending together. These can be added to soups, stews, smoothies and juices to provide additional flavours as well as vitamins and minerals. I have been powdering fruit and veg peelings along with some greens. As soon as the opportunity arises I will be collecting and dehydrating dandelions, nettles, cleavers, ground elder, chickweed and plantain. I’ve found in the past that some herbs including cleavers do not dry at all well yet they are available for purchase in a dried form. This year will be a big experiment on whether they can be preserved better in the dehydrator. I will also be looking at dehydrating more veg including pulp from juicing.

Teas

Some vitamin and mineral benefits may also be obtained through herbal teas. I will be making some experimental tea blends over the next few months.

Vitamins & minerals present in the herbs mentioned above.

N. B. More vitamins and minerals may be present. Where B vitamins are mentioned there will be at least one but not necessarily all present.

Dandelion:

Vitamins: A, B, C, E, K

Minerals: Iron, Calcium, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus, Copper, Magnesium.

Lemon Balm:

Vitamins: B, K

Minerals: Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, Zinc

Horsetail:

Vitamins: B

Minerals: Calcium, Zinc, Silicon

Nettle:

Vitamins: A, B, C

Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium

Mint:

Vitamins: A, C

Minerals: Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron

Cleavers:

Vitamins: B, C, E

Minerals: Calcium, Sodium, Iodine, Copper

Ground elder:

Vitamins: A, C, E

Minerals: Iron, Calcium, Magnesium

Chickweed:

Vitamins: A, B, C

Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium

Plantain:

Vitamins: A, C

Minerals: Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Manganese, Phosphorus

Disclaimer

I am not a nutritionalist, scientist, herbalist or doctor.

The presence of vitamins and minerals is based on third party information which has not necessarily been verified scientifically.

The information collected has been gathered solely for my own purposes.

Some vitamins and minerals can be harmful if taken in excess or for certain conditions including pregnancy. Quantities present will vary according to preparation methods.

Please seek advice from a qualified herbalist or doctor before preparing your own supplements.

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