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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 Dec 1, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Herbs, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Medicinal Recipe |

Four Herbal Teas, Two Herbs

Four Herbal Teas, Two Herbs

Herbal Teas  Trying to come up with more herbal tea ideas? Here are a few more ways I use lemon balm and lavender in my beverages. Both herbs produce a relaxing effect that helps me sleep at night and also helps me keep an edge off my stress levels after a crazy work day…  1) Lemon Balm Tea with Milk *steep lemon balm leaves in hot milk for five minutes, strain out leaves, and add 1 tsp maple syrup. This makes a delicious, relaxing bedtime drink *1-3 tsp. dried leaves or 1-3 tbsp. fresh leaves per cup of milk.  2) Lemon Balm with your favorite loose leaf tea *Lemon balm leaves can be combined with Earl Grey, green or black tea. Fresh leaves are best for tea.    3) Lavender with your favorite loose leaf tea *1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers (English lavender) *1 tablespoon English Breakfast tea *a dash of fresh lemon *sugar or honey to taste *To prepare, pour two cups of boiling water over the tea...

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Headaches, Insomnia, Lemon Balm, Medicinal Recipe |

Medicinal Uses of Lemon Balm

Medicinal Uses of Lemon Balm

  Lemon balm is medicinally amazing for tension, restlessness, anxiety, headaches, and depression. Lemon balm helps promote a calming and relaxing feeling, so it is also good to take in addition to other herbs for insomnia. If taken as a herbal tea infusion for a long period of time, there should be wonderful results for uplifting the spirits. Herbal tea infusion with Lemon balm: *Infuse 2-3 teaspoons of the fresh lemon balm leaves (lemon balm does not dry well, it is best used fresh. If it is dried, use a similar dosage as the fresh) per 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 15-20 minutes and strain. Drink 1 cup of the herbal tea 2-3 times per day. This herb has a mild sedative action, so if you are someone who often suffers from fatigue, it is best to take this only in the evening....

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in Cooking recipe, Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Rosemary |

Sweet Herb Sorbet

I haven’t tried this yet, but it sounds delicious, plus, the possibilities of additional herbs and tastes mean fun experiments! Sweet Herb Sorbet *1/2 cup superfine sugar *1 cup water *1/4 cup leaves of either spearmint, apple mint, lemon balm, or rosemary *juice of 1 lemon *1 egg white *extra leaves of chosen herb for decoration Directions: 1) Place sugar in a saucepan and add the water. Bring to a boil, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. 2) Chop the herb leaves and add to the pan. Cover, then remove from the heat. Leave to infuse for 20-30 minutes. Test for flavor; if it is too light, bring to the boil again then leave to infuse for 15 minutes. 3) Strain the liquid and add the lemon juice. Transfer the mixture to an ice-cube tray and freeze for 2-3 hours. 4) When the sorbet is semifrozen, whisk the egg white until stiff and fold it into the mixture. Return to the freezer for a further 3-4 hours or until...

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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 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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