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Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in Dandelion, First aid, Herbs, Indigestion, Medicinal Recipe | 10 comments

Medicinal Uses of Dandelion

Medicinal Uses of Dandelion

Growing up, I remember always being sad when my parents would spray weed killer on dandelions or chop them down with the lawnmower. Imagine my delight when I researched all of the medicinal value in dandelions! They have been, and always will be, a welcome addition to my garden. 🙂   Medicinal Uses of Dandelion: (1): Digestion problems, sluggish liver and/or gallbladder function: *As a bitter herb, dandelion root stimulates gastrointestinal functions. An infusion of roasted root is an alternative to coffee and, if taken before or heavy meal, can pleasantly stimulate digestion and handle issues with the liver and/or gallbladder Instructions: *Infuse 1/2 tsp- 2tsp. dried or roasted dandelion root in each 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes and strain. Drink 3 cups per day. If using roasted root, add milk to taste but avoid sweeteners because they diminish the herb’s effectiveness.   (2): As a Detox and Diuretic: *Feeling sluggish or run-down? It might be time to detox. Dandelion leaves have powerful diuretic activity. They...

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

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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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 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 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 Aug 29, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, Cooking recipe, Indigestion, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Medicinal Recipe |

Herbal Iced Tea: Lavender and Lemon Balm

Herbal Iced Tea: Lavender and Lemon Balm

      Lavender and Lemon Balm Iced Tea Quencher    Fresh and thirst-quenching, this cool summer iced tea is perfect for a garden party or simply to calm nerves and aid digestion. Makes about four 8-ounce servings. • 1/4 cup fresh lemon balm leaves, chopped OR 1 tablespoon dried leaves • 1 tablespoon fresh lavender buds OR 2 teaspoons dried buds • 2 cups hot water • 2 cups cold water and ice • Fresh lemon for garnish 1. Steep lemon balm and lavender in hot (80- to 90-degree) water about 3 minutes. 2. Add cold water and ice. 3. Serve over additional ice with lemon wedges.     Note: I sometimes add a few tea bags to the tea as well for the color and for a more complex taste! Try it both ways!...

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