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Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Allspice, Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Borage, Catnip, Chamomile, Feverfew, Headaches, Herbs, Horseradish, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Passionflower, Rosemary, Sage, Skullcap, Valerian, Vervain | 19 comments

15 Herbs for Headaches

15 Herbs for Headaches

15 Herbs for Headaches Those that know me know that I have long been a sufferer of headaches. It seems like my body’s reaction to anything wrong is always in the form of a headache. Through the years, I have discovered certain herbs (okay, one is a spice) that have benefited me with my headache problems. It is important for headache sufferers to figure out what kind of headache you are having. Different herbs help with different types of headaches. For example, there are migraines, cluster headaches, tension/stress headaches, hormone headaches, food-triggered headaches, and the list goes on. I have included a list of what I consider the top 15 Herbs for Headaches. Feel free to leave a comment if you think that I missed an important one on the list: 1).  Allspice: This spice is an analgesic, which means it has a numbing effect on the nerves and gives relief from pains such as headaches and sinus problems. It is also a relaxant, and has a calming effect on...

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Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in Borage, Companion Planting, Vegetables, Yellow Squash, Zucchini | 41 comments

How to Grow Zucchini and Yellow Squash

How to Grow Zucchini and Yellow Squash

Name: Summer Squash (Zucchini and Yellow Squash) **Summer squash, a category that includes Zucchini and Yellow Squash, is easy to grow unless your summers are very cold and rainy. **They do not take up much room in a garden because they are bush type-plants and you only need a few for a rather large harvest. Two or three plants per family is a realistic-sized harvest.   Position: **Zucchini and Yellow Squash need a sunny spot with good drainage and where other squashes have not been growing recently. Allow 9-16 square feet per plant. **All squash like fertile soil with plenty of organic matter to retain moisture. They are heavy feeders and drinkers because they produce big stems, big leaves, and big fruits. **Their ideal pH level is around 6.0-6.5. Simply add a shovelful of compost or peat moss and an application of liquid fish emulsion. Test your pH levels with a kit like this.   Propagation: **The seeds of squash should be purchased and not saved from previous crops unless...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Borage, Medicinal Recipe | 2 comments

Borage Herbal Tea for Stress

Borage Herbal Tea for Stress

Borage Herbal Tea for Stress A standard infusion aka herbal tea of borage leaves is a restorative tonic for the adrenal glands, which helps the body to cope with stress. In addition, borage flowers and leaves in wine have a reputation for bolstering courage because it causes a significant rise in blood adrenaline levels and relieves one of nervous tension and stress. Here’s how to take your borage for stress as an herbal tea: 1) Take 1-3 tablespoons of fresh herb or 1-3 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of water (here’s my favorite herb store for dried borage!) 2) Boil the water, pour over the herbs. 3) Let it steep for up to 20 minutes. Strain, sweeten with stevia and/or honey, and sip slowly until finished. Drink 1-3 cups per day. Enjoy!   **Need borage for your tea? Check out the fabulous selection of herbs (including borage) at my favorite online herb store, Mountain Rose Herbs!   **Learn how to grow Borage as well as more about its’ medicinal properties...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Borage, Colds/Flus/Fevers, Medicinal Recipe | 0 comments

Medicinal Recipe: Borage Infused Tea for Colds, Flus, and Fevers

Medicinal Recipe: Borage Infused Tea for Colds, Flus, and Fevers

This tea is good for colds, flus, and fevers: 1) It lowers the fever by inducing sweat 2) It helps with colds and flus, especially if they have affected the lungs and produced a cough 3) It is rich in potassium and calcium and therefore good for the blood and body Borage Tea: Ingredients: *a small handful of fresh borage leaves *2 cups of boiling water Directions: 1) Pour boiling water of the borage leaves. Simmer for at least 5 minutes. 2) Strain out the leaves. Add natural sweetener (stevia leaves or honey) as preferred 3) Inhale the steam and sip until finished...

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in Borage, Companion Planting, Herbs | 0 comments

Borage

Borage

Name: Borage (Borago officinalis) Description: *hardy annual *pretty blue flowers and fuzzy stems Parts Used: *leaves and flowers Position: *sunny, well-drained position *composted soil OR sandy, poor soil (2 different sources with 2 different opinions…I must experiment!) Propagation: *sow seed directly into ground in spring and fall. *you can sow in pots indoors to begin, but you must transplant early due to its’ long taproot system Maintenance: *Invasive-type: it self sows freely and easily so you must control it carefully so that it does not take over your garden *keep the soil moist and fertilize in the spring Harvesting: *Harvest the leaves year round as required. *Dry leaves in an oven or the traditional way (out of direct sunlight and hanging upside down) *Pick flowers fresh as required or dry them just as they fully open *One source said that the leaves do not dry or freeze well (must experiment!) *You can collect the seeds as the plant dies back if you want to grow more in a specified...

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