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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 For Pets, Medicinal Recipe, Valerian | 0 comments

Valerian: good for anxious or restless pets

Valerian: good for anxious or restless pets

  Are you going on a long car drive with your pet and often find the pet gets anxious or restless? My dog does this. We stop for all those annoying tolls in Chicago and she gets up for each one, paces around the back of the car, and then works herself into another asthma attack (she has asthma). Next time we take a roadtrip with her, I will be trying out this recipe, which is specifically for pets. You can also use this for cats that have been injured or need to be taken in to the vet. Cats, by the way, love valerian more than they love catnip, so they won’t be upset that you are drugging them with their favorite thing in the whole world… Crush 1 tsp. of dried Valerian root, and then add it to 3.5 cups of cold water. Leave for 24 hours. Strain the decoction into a clean bottle. This will keep for 48 hours in a refrigerator. For a medium sized...

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Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, First aid, Headaches, Insomnia, Medicinal Recipe, Valerian | 0 comments

Valerian: good for the central nervous system

Valerian: good for the central nervous system

Valerian is a strong medicinal herb for the central nervous system. It is good as a sedative for insomnia, helps with sudden emotional distress, headaches, intestinal cramps, nervous exhaustion, and as a pain reliever. Since you use the root of Valerian for medicinal purposes, you do not make an infusion tea with it, but rather a decoction. To make a Valerian decoction, place 1-3 tsp. of the dried root in a small saucepan and over with cold water. Heat slowly and simmer, covered, for 20-45 minutes. The longer you simmer the herbs, the stronger the tea will be. Another option is that you can crush 1 tsp. of the dried root and soak it in cold water for 12-24 hours. Then drink....

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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 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, Valerian | 19 comments

Everything You Need to Know About Valerian

Everything You Need to Know About Valerian

Valerian **Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is a powerful and very amazing herb. It has very potent medicinal qualities, makes your cats go crazy, and you can even grow it at home. With pretty pale-pink or white flowers, and long green leaves, it isn’t a bad plant to have in a landscape or garden. The medicinal part of the plant, however, is in the roots. So even though it is carefree and can get quite tall (up to 4 feet tall), you might not want to plant it in a back row or somewhere difficult to get to. You will need to be able to dig it up for the medicinal roots, so choose its’ location carefully.   Medicinal Uses of Valerian: For medicinal purposes, Valerian root is good in the following ways: It is an excellent remedy for stress, insomnia, and anxiety. Valerian is great for healing the nervous system and the digestive system. This herb can also be used as a strong and natural sedative and pain-reliever. It can...

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