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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 19, 2011 in Colds/Flus/Fevers, First aid, Hawthorn, Medicinal Recipe, Yarrow |

Medicinal Uses of Yarrow

Medicinal Uses of Yarrow

Fevers/Colds/Flus: Yarrow has long been used to treat feverish conditions. It is often used at the beginning stages of a cold or flu and is commonly combined with elder flower to help lower high temperatures. For a herbal tea infusion with yarrow, see below. To Lower High Blood Pressure: Yarrow reduces high blood pressure by dilating peripheral blood vessels. It combines great with hawthorn berries to reduce high blood pressure. For a herbal tea infusion with yarrow, see below. To Stop Bleeding: Yarrow has a medicinal quality that helps stop or slow down bleeding from cuts and scrapes. Clean the wound. Then apply a compress or a poultice made of yarrow. Dip the leaves in hot water briefly before applying to sterilize them. Herbal Tea Infusion: *Infuse 1 teaspoon of dried yarrow (flowers and leaves) in boiling water. Let it steep for 20 minutes. Strain and drink 3 cups per day....

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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 16, 2011 in Anxiety/Nerves/Stress, First aid, Headaches, Lavender, Medicinal Recipe |

Medicinal Uses of Lavender

Medicinal Uses of Lavender

  The scent of lavender has long been known to promote relaxation. Inhaling lavender’s essential oils helps ease anxiety and improves feelings of calmness and well-being in stressful situations. Research also proves that lavender reduces the body’s production of the stress hormone called cortisol. Lavender can also be taken to get rid of stress-related headaches. To relieve anxiety and stress-related headaches: Buy a good quality Lavender essential oil (which is not for drinking but is for the outside of your body). Massage this essential oil into the shoulders and temples. Or, you can inhale the steam by putting 4 drops of the essential oil into 4 teaspoons of hot water. You can also put some drops of lavender essential oil into a hot bath and soak away the stress. You can also make a herbal tea infusion with the actual lavender plant. Pour 1 cup boiling water over each 1-3 tsp. dried lavender flowers OR 1-3 tbsp. fresh lavender flowers. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain and drink...

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

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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