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Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in Colds/Flus/Fevers, Indigestion, Medicinal Recipe, Peppermint, Yarrow |

Medicinal Recipes: Using Peppermint

There are many ways to use peppermint medicinally. Here are a few suggestions: At the first sign of a cold: Take a mixture of elderflower, peppermint, and yarrow. Infuse 1 tsp. of each dried herb (or 1 tbsp. of each fresh herb) per 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 20 minutes. Strain, and add 1tsp. of honey and 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper. This should decrease the intensity and the discomfort of a cold or a flu. In addition, sipping this tea during a cold or flu will promote perspiration and reduce body temperatures. To reduce nausea: Peppermint is good for nausea because it has antispasmodic actions in the gastrointestinal tract. You can either make a tincture and add 10-15 drops of the peppermint tincture to water, or you can infuse 1 tsp. fresh or dried peppermint leaves to each 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain. Take it 3-4 times per day. For irritable bowel relief: Peppermint is an ideal remedy...

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

Mint Julep

I cannot wait to have a good mint julep with my husband. We shall sit on the back porch, sip our delicious minty drinks, and pretend that we already live in the south. 🙂 Mint Julep Ingredients: *1/2 cup water *4 tbsp. chopped mint leaves *2 tbsp. sugar *juice of 1 lemon *1 cup club soda *1/2 cup whiskey *sprigs of mint Directions: 1) Bring the water to a boil and pour over the mint. Stir in the sugar until it dissolves. Leave to cool. 2) Add the lemon juice then strain. Just before serving, pour in the club soda and the whiskey. Add a sprig or two of mint to each glass. Enjoy! Recipe found in: Lesley Bremness, The Complete Book of Herbs, pg. 192....

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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 10, 2011 in Indigestion, Lavender, Medicinal Recipe, Peppermint, Thyme |

Medicinal Recipe: Digestion

Medicinal Recipe: Digestion

If you are having gastrointestinal problems, this is an excellent infused herbal tea to take to strengthen your digestion system: * Peppermint leaves (2 parts) * Lavender flowers (4 parts) * Thyme (5 parts) Steep 2-3 tsp. dried herb mixture or 2-3 tbsp. fresh herb mixture in 1/2 cup boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain. Take 1 to 1-1/2 cups a day, in small sips.  You may make a larger batch to last for a few days....

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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 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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