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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 11, 2011 in First aid, Hawthorn, Medicinal Recipe, Yarrow |

Hawthorn recipes for the Heart

Hawthorn recipes for the Heart

Hawthorn Recipes for the Heart As previously mentioned (see: Hawthorn article), ripe Hawthorn berries are one of the best things for your heart. They help out with almost every heart condition including blood pressure, cholesterol levels, vascular diseases, etc. Here are some Medicinal recipes to help out your heart that use hawthorn:   Hawthorn Infused Herbal Tea To help with practically all heart conditions, try out this herbal tea: **Infuse 2 teaspoons of hawthorn berries (fresh or dried) for 20 minutes in 1 cup of boiling water and drink 1 cup up to 3 times a day for an extended period of time. For exceptionally high blood pressure, combine hawthorn berries with yarrow because yarrow dilates peripheral blood vessels (read more about Yarrow here).   Hawthorn Tincture Tinctures are super concentrated liquid extracts with extra strength. If you don’t like the taste of herbal teas, you can make tinctures for practically any herb and hide the taste by putting a few drops of the tincture in juice while still...

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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 8, 2011 in Bergamot/Bee Balm, Colds/Flus/Fevers, Lemon Balm, Medicinal Recipe, Yarrow |

Herbal Tea for the Flu

Herbal Tea for the Flu

Herbal Tea for the Flu Some of the best herbs for flu care are diaphoretics, because they stimulate sweating. Diaphoretics support the body’s natural response rather than “fighting” the illness. Some of the best diaphoretic herbs include: lemon balm, bee balm, yarrow, elder flowers & berries and ginger. If you make an infused tea with any of these herbs (or all of them, or some combination), you should see great benefits in seeing comfort from your flu. An infused tea is simply using 1-3 tbsp. of fresh herbs or 1-3 tsp. of dried herbs per cup of boiling water. Pour the boiling water over the herbs and let it steep for anywhere between 10-30 minutes. The longer you let it steep, the stronger it will be medicinally. Strain and add raw honey, lemon, or stevia to taste. Here is a wonderful herbal tea for the flu: Elderberry and ginger make a delicious tea that you might want to drink all winter, whether you’re sick or not… To make elderberry ginger tea:...

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2011 in Companion Planting, Herbs, Yarrow | 8 comments

Everything You Need to Know About Yarrow

Everything You Need to Know About Yarrow

Yarrow **Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a tough, hardy perennial as well as a potent medicinal herb. **Some people consider this an invasive, roadside weed. However, I have always loved Yarrow, even before I knew its’ medicinal value, and I have always left a place for it in my flower beds and herb gardens. I think that Yarrow flowers are beautiful, with their umbrella-type shape and varying colors from white to pinkish-red. I also LOVE their soft, fern-like leaves. **As long as you MAINTAIN your yarrow, they will not become an invasive plant in your garden, but instead they will know their place.   Medicinal Uses of Yarrow **Yarrow has many powerful medicinal purposes: It can be used to stop bleeding quickly. This includes treating heavy menstrual bleeding. It can be used to dilate peripheral blood vessels, which makes it good for the heart. (Check this post of mine for an Herbal Tea for the Heart) Yarrow is good for reducing inflamation. This herb helps with fevers and colds/flus by reducing body...

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