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Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Herbs, Medicinal Recipe | 22 comments

12 Herbs and Spices for Depression (and Resources)

12 Herbs and Spices for Depression (and Resources)

My Journey with Depression I never thought I would end up struggling with depression. I always considered myself an optimistic person, but looking back now, maybe I only thought that I was optimistic because nothing seriously negative had ever happened to me.  I started my grown-up years thinking that if you worked hard, you could make your dreams come true. Then nasty people took my dream career away and didn’t get what they deserved. And I remained unemployed, despite my hard work ethic and stellar scholastic background.  Then we tried to sell our house so we could move away from a city that was sucking away our souls, and we ended up having to foreclose. Then we moved to another state, far away from loved ones and had to live in a RV trailer…and I was still unemployed. Somewhere in the mix, I had chronic migraines, and the doctors tried all sorts of pills, all of which had the side effect of making me actively depressed. I was also...

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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 Dec 1, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Herbs, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Medicinal Recipe | 0 comments

Four Herbal Teas, Two Herbs

Four Herbal Teas, Two Herbs

Herbal Teas  Trying to come up with more herbal tea ideas? Here are a few more ways I use lemon balm and lavender in my beverages. Both herbs produce a relaxing effect that helps me sleep at night and also helps me keep an edge off my stress levels after a crazy work day…  1) Lemon Balm Tea with Milk *steep lemon balm leaves in hot milk for five minutes, strain out leaves, and add 1 tsp maple syrup. This makes a delicious, relaxing bedtime drink *1-3 tsp. dried leaves or 1-3 tbsp. fresh leaves per cup of milk.  2) Lemon Balm with your favorite loose leaf tea *Lemon balm leaves can be combined with Earl Grey, green or black tea. Fresh leaves are best for tea.    3) Lavender with your favorite loose leaf tea *1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers (English lavender) *1 tablespoon English Breakfast tea *a dash of fresh lemon *sugar or honey to taste *To prepare, pour two cups of boiling water over the tea...

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Lavender, Medicinal Recipe, Rosemary, Skullcap, Vervain | 0 comments

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 16, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Headaches, Insomnia, Lemon Balm, Medicinal Recipe | 0 comments

Medicinal Uses of Lemon Balm

Medicinal Uses of Lemon Balm

  Lemon balm is medicinally amazing for tension, restlessness, anxiety, headaches, and depression. Lemon balm helps promote a calming and relaxing feeling, so it is also good to take in addition to other herbs for insomnia. If taken as a herbal tea infusion for a long period of time, there should be wonderful results for uplifting the spirits. Herbal tea infusion with Lemon balm: *Infuse 2-3 teaspoons of the fresh lemon balm leaves (lemon balm does not dry well, it is best used fresh. If it is dried, use a similar dosage as the fresh) per 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 15-20 minutes and strain. Drink 1 cup of the herbal tea 2-3 times per day. This herb has a mild sedative action, so if you are someone who often suffers from fatigue, it is best to take this only in the evening....

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Chamomile, First aid, Headaches, Indigestion, Insomnia, Medicinal Recipe | 0 comments

Medicinal Uses of Chamomile

Medicinal Uses of Chamomile

  Chamomile’s highly scented flowers possess powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. If taken as an infused herbal tea, it can help with a number of problems: improving appetite, easing anxiety, lessening tension headaches, calming and healing the stomach after nausea, relaxing the body to get rid of insomnia issues, and calming children with teething problems. To make a Chamomile herbal tea infusion: Boil 1 cup of water per 1-3 tsp. dried chamomile or 1-3 tbsp. fresh chamomile. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain and drink 3 to 4 cups per day. Children over the age of 4 years can take a third to half of the adult dosage....

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