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Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Lavender, Medicinal Recipe, Peppermint, Sage, Skullcap |

Medicinal Recipe: Tension Infused Herbal Tea

Medicinal Recipe: Tension Infused Herbal Tea

 If you are having problems with tension or stress, try this herbal tea: Tension-ease Infusion 1 part skullcap 1 part sage 1 part peppermint 1/4 part lavender Infuse 1 – 3 tsp of the above blend of dried herbs (or 1-3 tbsp. fresh herbs) per one cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes minimum. A longer infusion results in a stronger tasting brew with more medicinal effect, but the weaker infusion is perfectly fine & therapeutic. Feel free to add honey, lemon, and/or stevia to taste....

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Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Chamomile, Feverfew, Headaches, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Medicinal Recipe, Passionflower, Skullcap | 4 comments

Headache Herbal Teas

Headache Herbal Teas

Headaches are a huge problem for me. I have almost daily headaches and they often alter my lifestyle and my daily living in a negative way. I went to a doctor about my constant headaches. Some X-rays, MRI’s, blood tests, etc., later, they discovered no serious reasons why I get headaches and simply put me on some pills. These pills had terrible side-effects such as mood swings, irritability, fatigue, etc. I am trying to get myself off of the pills and instead, I am going to try most of these Headache Herbal Teas to find the right recipe to help me have a Life again. These herbal teas don’t have side effects and they are way healthier for me than mystery pills filled with who-knows-what. Ramblings aside, here are a few Headache Herbal Tea recipes: Headache Tea #1 *3 parts chamomile *3 parts lemon balm *1 part passion flower *1 part skullcap Slowly boil water, pour over the herbs and let it steep for 20-ish minutes. Strain and drink...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Cooking recipe, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Peppermint, Sage |

Great Summer Drinks…or how to pretend it’s still summer :)

Here are a few delicious options for some fun drinks to make with all those herbs you have been dying to use: *Summer Punch* (1)1/2 gallon lemonade or limeade (2)1 large can pineapple juice (3) About 3 large handfuls of pineapple sage, lemon balm, lemon verbena, or mint leaves (4) 2 bottles of champagne or ginger ale (5) 2 lemons, sliced thin (6) 1 lime, sliced thin (7) Pineapple chunks, optional (8) Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours, use chilled beverages (9) When ready to serve, squeeze out the herbs and remove them. Pour in ginger ale or champagne just before serving. *Iced Lemon Balm Tea* (1) 8 cups of water (2) 15 orange pekoe tea bags (3) 3 (5 inch long) sprigs fresh lemon balm (4) 1 cup sugar (5) Juice of 1 lemon (6) Ice (7) In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and add tea bags and lemon balm. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes....

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Cooking recipe, Indigestion, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Medicinal Recipe |

Herbal Iced Tea: Lavender and Lemon Balm

Herbal Iced Tea: Lavender and Lemon Balm

      Lavender and Lemon Balm Iced Tea Quencher    Fresh and thirst-quenching, this cool summer iced tea is perfect for a garden party or simply to calm nerves and aid digestion. Makes about four 8-ounce servings. • 1/4 cup fresh lemon balm leaves, chopped OR 1 tablespoon dried leaves • 1 tablespoon fresh lavender buds OR 2 teaspoons dried buds • 2 cups hot water • 2 cups cold water and ice • Fresh lemon for garnish 1. Steep lemon balm and lavender in hot (80- to 90-degree) water about 3 minutes. 2. Add cold water and ice. 3. Serve over additional ice with lemon wedges.     Note: I sometimes add a few tea bags to the tea as well for the color and for a more complex taste! Try it both ways!...

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Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in Herbs, Lavender |

Lavender

Lavender

Name: Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) Description: *beautiful, purple perennial with an amazing scent *best in zones 5-8 *there are many varieties, but English Lavender is the best choice for medicinal purposes Parts Used: *mainly flowers, fresh or dried (but all aerial parts can be used) Position: *excellent draining soil *full sun is the best *they can be grown in large pots Propagation: *you can propagate by seed: use cold stratification for 1-2 weeks, then sow indoors and do not transplant outside until it is late spring *you can propagate by cuttings: use a rooting hormone, and do not keep new plantlings by cuttings outdoors for their first winter and do not overwater Maintenance: *prune annually in the spring to get rid of old growth (spring pruning gives you more flowers) *if the plant becomes straggly, give it a good cut back in the fall followed by a second cut in the spring *if you have low winter temperatures in your area, lavender cannot be treated as a hardy evergreen. However,...

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