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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, First aid, Headaches, Lavender, Medicinal Recipe | 0 comments

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 16, 2011 in Cooking recipe, Lavender | 0 comments

Lavender Cookies

Lavender isn’t used much in cooking by anyone besides dedicated herbalists. But there are so many delicious sounding recipes! I can’t wait to have enough lavender growing in my yard so that I can try making these interesting cookies… Lavender Cookies Ingredients: *1/2 cup butter *1/4 cup superfine sugar *3/4 cup self-raising flour *2 tbsp. fresh chopped lavender leaves *1 tsp. lavender flowers removed from spike Directions: 1) Cream the sugar and butter together until light. 2) Add the flour and lavender leaves to the butter mixture. Knead well until it forms a dough. 3) Gently roll out on a lightly floured board. Scatter the flowers over the rolled dough and lightly press in with the rolling pin. Cut into small shapes with cookie cutters of your choice. 4) Place the cookies on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a hot oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or until golden and firm. Remove and cool. Enjoy! Recipe located in: Jekka McVicar, The Complete Herb Book, pg. 143....

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