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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 29, 2011 in Catnip, Chamomile, Insomnia, Lemon Balm, Medicinal Recipe, Passionflower, Valerian |

Herbal Teas for Insomnia

Herbal Teas for Insomnia

  Herbal Teas for Insomnia Use any of the following for insomnia (or combine some), simply make a tea and sip slowly 30 minutes before bed: Valerian root (reduces tension and anxiety) (check out my post on Valerian for more info!) Chamomile (reduces anxiety and promotes restful sleep) (click here for more info on Chamomile) Catnip (reduces anxiety and promotes restful sleep) (learn more about Catnip here) Passionflower (promotes calm and relaxation) (learn how to grow Passionflower here) Lemon Balm (promotes calmness and reduces tension) (learn more about Lemon Balm here)   Infuse an herbal tea: boil water and pour over the selected herb(s). Let it steep for 20-25 minutes. Sweeten with raw honey or stevia to taste. One cup of water per 1-3 tbsp. of fresh herb(s) or 1-3 tsp. dried herb(s). You can make a large batch of the tea and drink a cup of tea each night. The tea will stay good stored in the refrigerator for approx. 4 days.   *For further reading: **Read about...

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Posted by on Jul 26, 2011 in Catnip, Companion Planting, Herbs |

Catnip

Catnip

Name: *Catnip (Nepeta cataria) Description: *short-lived perennial *best for zones 4-8 *makes a great garden edging plant *you can easily make cat toys with catnip and some fabric Parts Used: *leaves and flowers Position: *well-drained soil *full sun to light shade Propagation: *grow catnip from seed *it is best started in seed trays, it germinates between 68-86 degrees Fahrenheit *you can also propagate by tip cuttings and root division in early spring Maintenance: *to protect from cats, cover with a wire netting, especially in early spring *the plants grow quickly in the summer into large bushes that should be staked *water regularly *cut back in the fall Harvesting: *once the bush is well grown, harvest at any time after the morning dew has dried *take small bunches of stems, tie with string and hang upside down in a well-aired place. When completely dry, strip off leaves and store in airtight container. Medicinal: *this is a great remedy for children and is safe for them *it reduces fevers, alleviates colic,...

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