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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 Aug 28, 2011 in Herbs, Vervain |

Vervain

Vervain

Name: *Vervain (Verbena officinalis) Description: *perennial *best in zones 5-9 *grows up to 4 feet tall *famous for helping with stress Parts Used: *flowering aerial parts, fresh or dried Position: *grow plants 1 foot apart because they slowly fill in space *full sun to light shade *well-drained soil Propagation: *propagate from seed: use cold stratification for 1-2 weeks, then sow indoors in seed trays/flats. Transplant outdoors in late spring. Germination is erratic and can take up to 4 weeks flowering aerial part Maintenance: *easy going plant, simply must be weeded often *give low to moderate amounts of water Harvesting: *harvest flowering aerial parts from mid to late summer, if drying them, store in airtight containers *you can easily dry by cutting the whole plant when in bloom and drying hung upside down in dry, warm, well-ventilated dark place Medicinal: *has a calming and restorative effect on the nervous system *uplifts the mood: great for depression *can relieve nervous exhaustion *great supportive remedy for tension and stress *highly effective for...

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