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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 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 28, 2011 in Herbs, Lemon Verbena |

Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena

Name: *Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla) Description: *a perennial shrub/bush *best in zones 8-11 *popular for tea makers for its’ lemon flavor Parts Used: *leaves and flowers, both fresh or dried Position: *full sun to partial shade (the colder your climate/zone, the more sun you should give it) *well-draining soil: prefers a rich soil, but it will tolerate poor soil if you give it enough water and fish emulsion fertilizer Propagation: *propagates best by semi-ripe tip cuttings in late spring. Use a rooting hormone and extra heat in order to germinate it, also you must put the cuttings under lights for 14-20 hours per day while it produces roots *you can also propagate by layerings Maintenance: *this is a tropical plant, but if you live somewhere with cool winters but no or little frost, you can keep it out in the winter and simply heavily mulch it *if you live in an area with heavy frost or snow, you should grow it in a pot and bring it in under...

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