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Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 in Bergamot/Bee Balm, Colds/Flus/Fevers, Lemon Balm, Medicinal Recipe, Yarrow |

Herbal Tea for the Flu

Herbal Tea for the Flu

Herbal Tea for the Flu Some of the best herbs for flu care are diaphoretics, because they stimulate sweating. Diaphoretics support the body’s natural response rather than “fighting” the illness. Some of the best diaphoretic herbs include: lemon balm, bee balm, yarrow, elder flowers & berries and ginger. If you make an infused tea with any of these herbs (or all of them, or some combination), you should see great benefits in seeing comfort from your flu. An infused tea is simply using 1-3 tbsp. of fresh herbs or 1-3 tsp. of dried herbs per cup of boiling water. Pour the boiling water over the herbs and let it steep for anywhere between 10-30 minutes. The longer you let it steep, the stronger it will be medicinally. Strain and add raw honey, lemon, or stevia to taste. Here is a wonderful herbal tea for the flu: Elderberry and ginger make a delicious tea that you might want to drink all winter, whether you’re sick or not… To make elderberry ginger tea:...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Bergamot/Bee Balm, Herbs |

Bergamot / Bee Balm

Bergamot / Bee Balm

Name: *Bergamot aka Bee Balm aka Monarda (Monarda didyma) *also known as Oswego Tea Description: *perennial *best in zones 4-9 *a good substitute for oregano in cooking *a beautiful flower *many varieties, but M. didyma is my favorite Parts Used: *aerial parts (leaves only for medicinal purposes), fresh or dried Position: *sun to part shade (use part shade esp. if you live in a hot climate) *rich soil with fair amount of moisture Propagation: *propagation by seed: use cold stratification for 3 months before sowing. There will be sporadic germination for 2-3 weeks, give seeds additional warmth to encourage germination (approx. 65 degrees Fahrenheit) *you can also propagate by tip cuttings, this has a lower rate of success. If doing it this way, do it in the summer *you can also propagate by division in early spring Maintenance: *divide and replant every 3 years and discard the dead center *this is not suitable for growing indoors *cut back to the ground in the fall and feed with manure or...

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