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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 19, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Lavender, Medicinal Recipe, Rosemary, Skullcap, Vervain |

Depression

Depression

Herbal Teas Depression is a serious problem for many people today. There are some herbal teas that should help bring cheer to the depressed. However, please note that depression is best cured in combination with doctors, exercise, etc. Here are some combinations of herbs to make the best herbal teas for depression: *lavender flower infusion, taken 3 times a day *lavender and rosemary infusion, taken 3 times a day *any combination of lavender, rosemary, and skullcap, 3 times a day *vervain, taken 3 times a day *vervain and skullcap, taken 3 times a day Herbal tea infusion: *Use 1-3 tsp. of dired herb or 1-3 tbsp. fresh herb per 1 cup boiling water. Let it steep for 20-30 minutes, strain and sip slowly....

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in First aid, Indigestion, Medicinal Recipe, Rosemary |

Medicinal Recipe: Rosemary Tea

Medicinal Recipe: Rosemary Tea

Herbal Tea Rosemary tea makes a great mouthwash for halitosis and general bad breath. It can also reduce flatulence and stimulate the smooth muscle of the digestive tract and gall bladder and increase the flow of bile. Rosemary Herbal Infused Tea *Put 1-3 teaspoons of either fresh or dried rosemary leaves (fresh and dried rosemary are equally potent) into each 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and let it steep for 5-10 minutes (again, due to its’ potency, you do not need to let it steep as long as most infused teas). Strain and enjoy. Sweeten with honey, stevia, or lemon to taste....

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in Household Recipe, Rosemary |

Rosemary: An essential product for cosmetics and household use

Rosemary is an amazingly versatile herb. You can use it for cooking, for medicine, for cosmetics, and for household products. Here are some non-edible recipes that use Rosemary: Hair Rinse Rosemary and thyme have been used for centuries to darken hair and keep it soft and silky. They also have natural antiseptic properties, which give this rinse the added bonus of keeping your scalp healthy and clean. After several uses, you will notice the results. Herbal rinses need to build up over time, but the advantage is that your hair will darken quite subtly and naturally.   • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves or 1⁄2 tablespoon dried • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1⁄2 tablespoon dried • 2 cups boiling water 1. Place herbs in a glass bowl and pour boiling water over them. Allow leaves to steep until cool. Strain liquid and pour into a clean container. 2. To use: After shampooing, pour the rinse over your hair. Do not rinse. Rosemary Disinfectant and Deterrent *Simmer a handful...

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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 Aug 16, 2011 in Companion Planting, Herbs, Rosemary |

Rosemary

Rosemary

Name: *Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Description: *evergreen perennial *best in zones 8-11 *many varieties that vary from bushes to hedges, etc. Parts Used: *Leaves, both fresh and dried *Flowering tops, both fresh and dried Position: *full sunlight *excellent drainage, though tolerant of any type of soil *In colder areas, grow plants in pots outdoors and take inside in the winter Propagation: *propagate by tip cuttings taken in early fall or spring. Use a rooting hormone and extra heat in order to germinate *the seeds germinate poorly, it is really best to propagate this plant through tip cuttings Maintenance: *regular light pruning helps shape the plants *if you are mulching your plants, use gravel, gritty sand, or pebbles next to Rosemary b/c organic mulches cause fungal rots *Do not over water b/c it causes rot/fungal issues *regular trimmings help prevent fungal problems Harvesting: *In milder climates, take clippings of rosemary at any time of the year, then air-dry in a well-ventilated place. When completely dry, strip the leaves from the stems...

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