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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 Jan 16, 2014 in Medicinal Recipe, Paprika, Spices | 12 comments

The Medicinal Benefits of Paprika

The Medicinal Benefits of Paprika

This is a continuation of my Spice Series. Welcome to my information on Paprika!   **Paprika is my favorite spice, so this is an extra special entry for me. I love how paprika has a range of tastes from sweet to smoky to spicy to savory, all of which depends on how it was dried and prepared. **One of the reasons that paprika’s flavor can vary is because technically, any member of the ‘Capsicum annuum’ (pepper family) can be dried and ground into paprika (especially red peppers). Cayenne pepper is usually the name for spicy ground ‘Capsicum annuum’ while Paprika is the name for the other flavors. However, there are also official pepper plants that are most often used for paprika including: Alma Paprika, Hungarian Paprika, Dulce Rojo, Fehor Ozon, and Paprika Supreme. **Paprika is an important spice on its’ own, and it has also become one of the most consumed spice products in the world because of its’ importance in spice blends, including rubs, marinades, and seasoned salts....

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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 | 0 comments

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, 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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