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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 Sep 15, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Insomnia, Medicinal Recipe, Passionflower, Valerian | 0 comments

Passionflower Herbal Infused Tea

Passionflower Herbal Infused Tea

Herbal Tea Having problems with falling asleep? Passionflower is traditionally given to aid those with insomnia as well as those that suffer from nervousness or anxiety. Thus, if you think your insomnia might have an emotional basis, passionflower tea is the ideal medicine for you. You can also combine it with another important relaxing herb, valerian. Herbal Infused Tea for Insomnia: *Infuse 2-3 tsp. of dried passionflower leaves (or 2-3 tbsp. fresh) in boiling water. Let it simmer for 20-ish minutes. Strain and drink 1 cup an hour before bedtime. *For anxiety, take the same dose twice more during the day. It may take several weeks to achieve the optimal effect....

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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 Catnip, Chamomile, Insomnia, Lemon Balm, Medicinal Recipe, Passionflower, Valerian | 0 comments

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 Aug 20, 2011 in Herbs, Passionflower | 1 comment

How to Grow Passionflower

How to Grow Passionflower

How to Grow Passionflower **Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a stunning flowering perennial for your garden. They come in many different varieties, so you should read the descriptions carefully: some are aggressive climbing vines, others are only ornamental, some varieties produce edible fruit, etc.  **Passionflower can also come in a some different colors, though purple is the most common (and to me, the most beautiful). **They grow best in zones 6-9.   Parts Used: *leaves and flowers, fresh or dried for medicinal purposes (see bottom of post) *if the fruit-bearing ones, you can eat the fruit Position: *prefers light, acidic soil *needs a warm, sunny position Propagation: *propagation by seed is very difficult: the best solution is to stratify the seeds in moist peat moss in the refrigerator for one week, then sow seeds indoors in a very warm greenhouse. Germination is low, only around 30 percent. *another technique mentioned is to soak the seeds in warm water for anywhere between 1 hour to 1 week, then plant *another technique that...

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