Herbal medicine

Part used leaves. Sage is an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial remedy, and is frequently used as a mouthwash and gargle for sore throats, gum infections, tonsillitis and mouth ulcers. It appears to have a drying effect on excessive sweating and is a popular herb for the treatment of night sweats associated with menopause. Sage also has a beneficial effect on the mind, improving memory, concentration and mood results of a recent clinical trial suggest that it may have a...

Introducing the remedies

Here's a list of the Bach Flower Remedies and their main indications. Agrimony helps cheerful people who are secretly troubled to deal with their underlying problems. Aspen supports those who are anxious or worried, but are unable to identify what frightens them. Beech fosters a spirit of compassion in those who are intolerant of people who are different to them. Centaury helps people who over-extend themselves helping others to learn to say no so they don't wear themselves out. Cerato boosts...

Wilch hazel

Homamelis virginiana Hemorrhoid healer In clinical trials, topical applications of witch hazel have been demonstrated to be as effective as other medications (including corticosteroids) for the relief of the pain, itching and bleeding of hemorrhoids. The herb is also traditionally taken internally for the treatment of hemorrhoids, but its astringent nature makes it unsuitable for people with a tendency to be constipated. 0 DOSAOI Rub witch hazel gel, ointment or tincture into the affected area...

Basil

While sweet basil, with its savory clove fragrance, is the quintessential Italian culinary herb, basils are available in an amazing range of forms and fragrances from lemon, lime, anise, spice, cinnamon and thyme to incense and sweet camphor. ronv cu lAJomasi wilt tones her aloocu . Sir Thomas More Tudor statesman and philosopher. 1478-1535 (0. tenuiflorum syn. 0. sanctum), which is available in both green- and purple-leafed strains, has a mild spice scent and is widely planted in India around...

Sowing seed

Source seeds through plants grown In the garden, or buy seed packets sold through nurseries or mail-order companies or websites. Collecting seed from the garden is the cheapest way, of course however, there's very little guarantee that plants will come true from seed, because certain herbs may cross-pollinate or simply not represent the parent plant. For ease of growing, particularly for new gardeners, packet seeds provide good value and instructions that indicate when, how and where to plant....

Astragalus

Astragalus membronaceus Improves immunity in chronic conditions In traditional Chinese medicine, the herb astragalus is attributed with warming properties and is regarded as a lung tonic. It is indicated for patients with longstanding illnesses and for those who are susceptible to recurrent infection, and appears to improve the functioning of the immune system so that the body can better defend itself against pathogens -especially viruses. Astragalus is a good herb to try if you're run-down and...

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Lavender liquid laundry soap This simple liquid soap is gentle on both septic systems and the environment. Costing much less than commercial laundry detergent, it leaves clothes smelling wonderful and feeling soft. i j cup (125 ml) liquid Castile soap ' j cup (125 g) washing soda ' cup (120 g) borax 2 to 3 teaspoons lavender or lemon verbena essential oil 7.5 qt. (7 Is) hot water 1 Mix all the ingredients in a 9.5-qt. (9-1) bucket and stir well until soda crystals and borax are dissolved. 2...

Pesto is a showcase for fresh basil Piston the French variation of this Italian sauce is made without pine nuts

3 teaspoons baking powder 1 large egg 1' i cups (375 ml) buttermilk 5 tablespoons basil pesto 4 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto cup (40 g) chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil ' cup (30 g) freshly grated parmesan extra basil pesto, to serve 1 Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). Sift flour and baking powder into large bowl. 2 Add egg, buttermilk and basil pesto mix until well combined. 3 Line a 4in. x 8 in. (10.5 cm x 21 cm) loaf tin with baking paper. Spoon loaf mixture into tin. Swirl tomato...

Instant energizer

Whether they're tapping at a keyboard, cleaning, lifting or driving, your arms, shoulders and hands work hard. Look after them by taking regular breaks from repetitive work and trying this self-massage sequence, using the Stimulating massage oil (see right). Support your left elbow with your right hand. Make a loose fist of your left hand and gently pound across your right shoulder. Using your thumb and fingertips, make small circular movements to work muscles, moving from the back of your neck...

Turmeric

Among its many other medicinal actions, turmeric helps to stimulate bile secretion and may offer some protection against the development of gall stones. Its effects on the liver and gallbladder may also be responsible for the herb's ability to help lower blood cholesterol levels. 0 IX )SAGI Mix V2 teaspoon powdered turmeric with cold water and drink 2 to 3 times per day for up to 4 weeks at a time. Alternatively, take turmeric capsules, standardized for their content of curcumm. If you suffer...

Deodorants

These natural deodorants contain herbs and essential oils that keep you feeling dry and smelling Tresh by controlling surface bacterial growth the main trigger for underarm odor without the addition of worrisome chemicals. Orange blossom powder This silky, fine powder is gentle enough to use on the most delicate parts of the body. The three citrus-derived essential oils (neroli comes from orange blossoms, petit grain from the leaves and sweet orange from the peel) are uplifting. 3 tablespoons...

Liver and gallbladder support

Your liver and gallbladder are vital for your digestive and detoxification processes. Look after litem, so they can look after you. The seeds of milk thistle (also known as St Mary's thistle) contain a group of antioxidant compounds collectively referred to by the name silymarin. Studies show silymarin helps protect liver cells from damage and aids the repair or replacement of injured cells. Under professional supervision, milk thistle and silymarin aid the management of a wide range of serious...

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Herbal vinegar bath If Your skin's natural pH balance has been disrupted, perhaps through the use of harsh deodorant soaps, you may have dry, itchy m. The apple cider vinegar helps restore the correct acid alkaline ratio it also relieves the sting of sunburn. 2 cups (500 ml) apple cider vinegar i 2 cup (50 g) dried chamomile flowers 'It cup (30 g) dried comfrey root powder 'It cup (60 ml) aloe vera juice 1 Place apple cider vinegar and chamomile in a non-aluminium saucepan over medium heat....

Echinacea

Echinaceas are nol only strikingly beautiful, butterfly-attracting plants, they are also among the most significant medicinal herbs, widely used as an immune-system stimulant, with antiviral, fungicidal, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. Other common name Coneflower P i i Roots, leaves, flowers, seed There are nine species of echinacea, all North American, of which three are commonly used medicinally. Echinacea purpurea syn. Rudbeckia purpurea is the best known and the...

Dandruff

Dandruff can be triggered by a poor diet, emotional stress, fungal infection or conventional hair products thai are too alkaline. A mild herbal shampoo and aromatherapy scalp treatments can relieve itchiness and flakiness and restore your hair's pH balance Anti-dandruff shampoo Unlike conventional shampoos, Castile soap is free from potentially irritating sodium lauryl sulphate. It will keep hair clean and soft and is also completely biodegradable. Tea-tree essential oil is a powerful...

Gotu kola

Centella asiatico Nature's tissue healer Gotu kola contains compounds that encourage wounds, ulcers and scars to heal, and can be used both internally and externally for this purpose. Taken internally, it can also aid symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency so, like horse chestnut, it may encourage the healing of ulcers. D( S (,i Take commercially prepared tablets or capsules of gotu kola extract according to the manufacturer's instructions. For topical use, add gotu kola tincture to a cream...

Form and function go hand in hand in this mini hanging garden Change the contents with the seasons and pop in a few

When you choose your herbs, think about their leaf shapes, colors and growing habit. We selected wild creeping thyme as a groundcover and oregano to cascade over the sides, then contrasted the broad-leafed herb comfrey with the feathery foliage of the curry plant. Then we selected lime-scented geranium for its delicious fragrance, yellow-flowered marigolds for a color burst, and basil, parsley, chives and Vietnamese mint for their versatile culinary value. Select a secure position to hang the...

Lbizia

Albizia lebbeck has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine, where it is prescribed for allergies and inflammatory conditions, including hay fever, asthma, hives and allergic conjunctivitis. Studies suggest that albizia works by stabilising the cells that release histamine and other allergic mediators, thereby relieving allergic tendencies and helping to manage allergy symptoms. 0 DOS GI*l Look for commercial preparations providing the equivalent of 3 to 6 g per day of the dried stem bark,...

Farlic

Protects the heart and blood vessels There's good evidence to suggest that the more garlic you include in your diet, the less likely you are to suffer from cardiovascular disease. And when taken as an herbal medicine, it's been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce total cholesterol levels and the development of plaque in the arteries, and inhibit the formation of blood clots. Some of these actions in the body are only mild, temporary or applicable to certain groups of people, but because it...

Climatic conditions

Climate types can be broadly broken down into tropical, subtropical, Mediterranean, temperate, semi-arid or cold. Generally, planting is carried out in spring or autumn, with the determining factor being the timing of the first and last frosts. Temperate locations with warm summers and cool winters can be divided further into cool-temperate climates, which are subject to frosts, and 'warm-temperate, which is frost-free. In tropical areas, the amount of rainfall and humidity can affect the...

Silica which strengthens nails

Fragrant foot soak The herbs and essential oils in this aromatic blend are astringent and antibacterial, helping to reduce sweatiness, fight odor and leave feet fresh and clean. Both rosemary and ginger are warming herbs and stimulate circulation of blood their uplifting scents raise the spirits. 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary 2 tablespoons fresh sage 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, finely grated 4 cups (1 liter) water 1 tablespoon baking soda 1 tablespoon Epsom salts 10 drops eucalyptus oil 10...

Soil types

There are three main types of soil sandy, loamy or clay. Sandy soil is easy to dig, but it doesn't hold nutrients or moisture. Heavy clay soils tend to become waterlogged, are difficult to dig into and set hard when dry. Loam, on the other hand, is the ideal garden soil, a good balance of clay and sand. A rich brown color, it is slightly moist and crumbly, with a good earthy smell. It holds both air and water and releases the nutrients in the soil to the plant roots. In a loamy soil, clay...

Clary sage

The essential oil of clary sage is one of the most popular aromatherapy treatments for PMS, especially as it is also considered to have antidepressant, anti-fatigue and stress-relieving properties. Laboratory research supports the oil's use by demonstrating an antispasmodic action on uterine tissue, but the efficacy of this treatment has only recently been tested in human studies. In 2006, researchers conducted a clinical trial in which college students who suffered from period pain and...

Clove oil

Syzygium aromoticum Rapid toothache relief Clove oil is a remarkably effective painkiller and anaesthetic. When applied to toothache or inflamed gums, it reduces pain within minutes - although only for a relatively short time. It works by decreasing the affected tissue's perception of pain, and also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. 0 I )OSA(J i Dab a small quantity of clove essential oil directly onto the site of the pain. If the essential oil is not available, gently rub...

Watering

It's helpful to learn a few things about the logistics of watering. If you give your plants a good, long soak infrequently, they'll search downward for water. This in turn encourages strong root growth, so your plants will be better able to cope between waterings. Regular surface waterings, however, tend to produce weaker plants that rely on moisture near the soil surface, so they have a hard time coping with drought. Drought, or dry periods between rain, render soils hydrophobic The soil...

Garden maintenance

Routine garden tasks, such as pruning and weeding, will not only keep your garden tidy but will also help prevent pest and disease attack, which often starts within decaying plant debris. So, employ good garden hygiene methods and you'll have less maintenance to do in the long run. Many herbs benefit from being cut back annually by up to one-third, because this not only makes them look more attractive but also promotes new growth in the following season. Normally, gardeners are encouraged to...

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Herbs is that you'll find you can cut back on the amount of salt you add to your food. The herbs will be flavor enough One golden rule is to avoid allowing one flavor to dominate the others. Herb and spice mixes such as garam masala and ras el hanout are a delicate exercise in balancing a wide range of flavors. Even if you like a bit of heat, too much fresh chili can overwhelm the more subtle herbs and spices accompanying it. Similarly, very pungent herbs, such as fresh coriander, are not to...

Rosemary

Few herbs are as universally grown and loved as rosemary. There are a number of varieties available and rosemary has many garden uses, from hedging, spillovers and pols lo groundeovers and topiary. The refreshing resinous scent and flavor of its evergreen foliage is indispensable in cooking. Scholars in ancient times wore rosemary garlands during exams to improve their concentration. Jtv lAJorbf lAJ& r II, rosemary leaver arid juniper berries were burned in 7rencJv kosptt& I to kill...

Formal herb gardens

Traditionally, plants were grown for their uses, not their beauty herbs were highly valued for their culinary and medicinal qualities, and in great European medieval monasteries, monks grew a vast range of herbs in apothecary gardens. During the reign of Henry VIII, in the 16th century, decorative knot gardens became popular. These gardens were often complicated, designed to be viewed from above low, evergreen hedges were planted in geometric or symmetric interlinking patterns, such as...

Dandelion leal

Taraxacum officinale Nature's diuretic with plenty of potassium Dandelion leaf is traditionally regarded as one of the most important herbal remedies for the elimination of excess fluid, regardless of its cause. Although there is little data available to confirm its efficacy in humans, a small number of animal studies suggest that it may be as effective as some commonly prescribed pharmaceutical drugs. Dandelion leaf is a natural source of potassium therefore, it doesn't tend to cause the...

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The small leaves and compact growth habit of boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) The wood of box was traditionally used in engraving blocks, marquetry and instruments. Although there are some 70 species of boxwood, it is the slow-growing and long-lived common box. with its neal foliage and dense wood, thai is used in formal gardening. It is also used in homeopathy but not in modern herbal medicine, due to its toxicity. Parts used Leaves, bark (note that the plant can cause allergic reactions in...

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus Nuts

Myrtaceae Largely indigenous to Australia, the eucalypls are rich In essential oils that are valued for both their medicinal applications and their fragrance, which ranges from lemon to peppermint and turpentine. Other common name Gum tree Parts used Leaves, gum (kino) Eucalyptus seeds or gum nuts (Eucalyptus spJ Eucalyptus seeds or gum nuts (Eucalyptus spJ The genus Eucalyptus has undergone taxonomic revision and a number of botanical names have been changed,...

Sweet myrtle

Myrtle was sacred to Venus in ancient limes, and groves of fragrant myrtles were grown around her temples. Myrtle also symbolised honorable victory and was woven into bay w reaths at the early Olympic Games. Brides still tuck sprigs of myrtle into their bouquets. Other common name Greek myrtle Parts used Leaves, buds, flowers, fruits Sweet myrtle is native to the southeastern Mediterranean. The sweetly spicy essential oil, also known as eau d'anges (angel's water), is used in perfumes and for...

Dang shen

Chinese herbalists regard dang shen as a gentler version of the more famous stress and energy tonic, Korean ginseng. This distinction means that it can be prescribed for patients who are frail or debilitated, for whom ginseng is considered too stimulating. Dang shen is also traditionally used for treating digestive, respiratory and cardiac problems (especially when caused by stress) and as a nourishing blood tonic for nursing mothers and other anemic patients.

Jaring tor clothing

If you believe the marketing hype, your laundry is the forum for a vicious battle between dirt and the arsenal of toxic weapons that are clearly required to stop it in its tracks. But do you ever get the feeling that you might be aiming a machine gun al an ant You bought a power gel with optical brighleners. oxy action and improved grease cutting but, hey. you only wore the T-shirt once. Go back to some basic principles. Soap and water are the time-honored enemies of dirt, and nothing beats the...

A personalised handmade card is something to treasure and pressed and dried flowers and herbs are perfect for

If you want the cards to last a long time, use acid-free paper, cardboard and cardstock. There is a vast range of beautiful papers and cardstocks available, and many of them are handmade. For example, unryushi paper, handmade in Thailand, is semi-transparent and contains short and long fibers. Mulberry paper comes in a range of textures and thicknesses. It is meant to be torn, not cut, producing a pretty frayed edge. We have given finished measurements but you can adapt them to any size you...

Feverfew

Chrysanthemum parthenium, Matricaria parthenium Asteraceae With a long history in European herbal medicine, the name feverfew is derived from febrifuge. because it was said to dispel fevers. Its excellent ornamental flower is as fresh-looking as checked gingham. Feverfew is used as an insect repellent and a companion plant. Maintenance After flowering is finished, cut back the tall flowering stalks. Pests and diseases The leaves of feverfew are bitter and highly...

Air fresheners

A home that smells clean and fresh is a pleasant place to be. but there's no need to reach for a commercial air freshener when you want to sweeten your surroundings. Homemade herbal solutions are not only much cheaper than their artificial counterparts, they also smell beautiful, do not rely on an arsenal of possibly harmful chemicals and do their job rather better, working to neutralize unpleasant odors rather than simply masking them. As far back as the 12th century, sweetly perfumed herbs...

Curry plant

Dwarf Curry Plant Herb

H. angustifolium Asteraceae The intensely silvered needlelike foliage of this planl releases a mouthwatering fragrance of curry. The flowers can he dried and included in floral arrangements or used in craft work, while the essential oil is used in perfumery. Other common names Strawflower Italian everlasting Parts used Leaves, flowers Curry plant is sometimes confused with ihe curry tree (Murraya koenigii). which is used in Ayurvedic medicine. This small tree with...

Red clover

Trifolium pratense Herbal phytestrogens Red clover is an interesting example of an herb whose modern application is largely different to its historical uses. While the flower heads have long been regarded as a detoxifying remedy for skin problems, the relatively recent discovery that the leaves contain phytestrogens similar to those found in soybeans means that red clover is now predominantly thought of The old French name for sage was route bonne, meaning all is well. as a treatment for...

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Herbal antiseptic lotion Thyme is antibacterial and antimicrobial while witch hazel is a natural astringent. Yarrow and comfrey are both superb skin healers. 2 teaspoons dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried yarrow 'A cup (100 ml) boiling water ' i cup (GO ml) witch hazel 1 Put herbs in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover bowl and steep for 15 minutes. Strain. 2 Pour liquid into a bottle. Add the witch hazel. 3 To use, shake bottle well and upend onto a cotton ball. Wipe gently over skin. Store...

Cramp hark

Women who experience period pain of any kind will find cramp bark invaluable because, as its name suggests, it has a lon9 hi > tory of use for the relief of amps. It is traditionally used for any type of spasmodic or cramping pain, including uterine, ovarian, abdominal, back and leg pains that occur during the premenstrual phase of the monthly cycle. 0 I)(IS ( iK Take commercially prepared cramp bark tablets or tincture, up to a maximum dose of 1 g, 3 times daily, as required for symptomatic...

Container gardening

With residential areas expanding and more people setting up home in cities, living spaces appear to be gelling smaller. Bui no malter where vou live, vim can always plant a selection of herbs, whether it's on a balcony, deck or veranda, or in a courtyard any small garden space where they can thrive in hanging baskets, pots and other containers. Heros love growing in pots, and some herbs, such as mint and parsley, spread easily and will take over garden beds, so even if you have a huge garden,...

How to use herb vinegar spray

Keep your dishwasher clean and fresh Add ' 2 cup (125 ml) Herb vinegar to the rinse cycle. Cul grease and make glasses sparkle Add 3 tablespoons Herb vinegar to the sink with the dishwashing detergent. Dissolve mineral build-up on clogged shower heads Soak overnight in diluted Herb vinegar. Clean soap scum from a glass shower screen Mix 2 parts sail with 1 pari Herb vinegar. Rub onto the screen with a cloth or fine steel wool. Rinse and dry. Stop mold Mix 2 teaspoons borax and 1 cup (250 ml)...

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Small can of blackboard paint straight-edged paintbrush 1 Clean the surface of the pot as directed on the paint can (the paint will not adhere properly to a greasy or dusty surface). Allow the pot to dry thoroughly. 2 Carefully paint the rim of the pot with the blackboard paint. Allow it to dry. then plant with herbs. Use chalk to write the name of the herb on the pot. For fun. use both the common and Latin or botanical names if you bought the herbs at a nursery, both names should be given on...

An ancient tradition with spiritual roots

Chinese herbalism has a history that can be traced back thousands of years. The most famous of Chinese herb books, The Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic (or Huong Di NeiJing), may have been written in about 100 bce, but its origins are even older the emperor for whom it was named ruled from 2,698 to 2,596 bce. Since then, Chinese scholars have continued to document this complex and sophisticated method of healing, and traditional Chinese medicine continues to thrive today in mainland China, in...

Rosehip soap balls

Olive oil soap's rich lather helps calm irritated skin, while the natural rosehip oil imparts a sweet but subtle scent. Aloe vera and honey are added to maximize moisture, while sandalwood and vitamin E both have anti-aging properties. Buy olive oil soap and aloe vera gel at health food stores or online. 5' i oz. (150 g) soft olive oil soap 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon rosehip oil 10 drops sandalwood essential oil 10 drops patchouli essential oil 1 x 500-IU vitamin E...

Herb directory

The history of herbs, their uses, and methods of cultivation are fascinating, rewarding topics. This practical guide to more than 100 herbs, most of which can be grown in a home garden, tells you how to cultivate, use and store herbs. Top row, left to right Common thyme (Thymus vulgaris), feverfew (Tanacetum cinerariifolium), Ocimum basilicum 'Thai Basil' and Ocimum basilicum 'Dark Opal' Middle row, left to right Common sage (Salvia officinalis), pink-flowering rosemary (a variety of Rosmarinus...

Around the home

Orris root, a grayish powder with the aroma of violets, is derived from the root of the Florentine iris. It is used less for its scent than for its fixative ability - that is, it slows the evaporation of essential oils and prolongs the life of pot-pourris. Orris root can be sprinkled around the edges of areas of carpet or under rugs to deter, although not kill, moths and destructive carpet beetles. Dried orris root is used in homemade toothpastes and in pot-pourri (see pages 284-5). Dried orris...

Tinctures

Many of the active constituents in herbal medicines are readily soluble in alcohol, which is also an effective preservative. For this reason, professional herbalists use alcohol-based liquid herbal medicines to prescribe and dispense individualized herbal medicines for their patients. For professional use, liquid extracts of herbs are made with a high concentration of pharmaceutical-grade alcohol (ethanol). Typically, 1 part of the herb is extracted in either 1 or 2 parts of alcohol. Less...

Heartsease

This pretty European wildflower, which has acquired an extraordinary number of names, is associated with thought in the language of flowers. Although it may not heal broken hearts, as once reputed, il does have a wide variety of herbal uses. Other common names Johnny-jump-up, love-lies-bleeding, wild pansy Parts used Flowers (culinary), aerial parts (medicinally) Many herbs, including heartsease, have edible flowers, which look very pretty in a salad. (Some flowers are poisonous, so be sure U)...

Marjoram and organo

The Greeks called these fragrant-leafed herbs Brightness of the Mountain. and it is impossihl to imagine the cuisines of the Mediterranean and Aegean without their strong, warm aromatic taste. Origanum is a genus that is fraught with taxonomic difficulties, and there are more than 30 species from the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Confusingly, marjoram and oregano are common names that are often used interchangeably. Sweet or knot marjoram (0. marjorana syn. Marjorana hortensis) has...

Integrated pest management

An environmentally friendly alternative to pesticides is integrated pest management (IPM), which is usually available to home gardeners only by mail order. Certain insects are mass bred for their natural predatory habits and then released so they can seek out and attack their target prey. Some of the beneficial predators include predatory mites and lacewing. Phytoseiulus persimilis is a predatory mite used to control two-spotted mites (or spider mites). These mites suck the sap from hop and...

Peppermint oil

Applying peppermint essential oil to the forehead and temples has been scientifically proven to be as effective as paracetamol (acetaminophen) for the relief of tension headaches. This effect occurs very quickly - a significant reduction in the headache's intensity may be noted as quickly as 15 minutes after the oil has been applied. 0 D< )S AGE Apply a solution containing 1 part peppermint oil diluted in 9 parts alcohol (or water if alcohol is not available) to the forehead and temples every...

Slippery elm

The mucilage in slippery elm bark forms a gel that lines the gastrointestinal tract, acting as an anti-inflammatory and encouraging healing. Slippery elm is an ideal herb for indigestion sufferers, because the gel helps protect the stomach lining from the effects of excess acid. 0 DOS Mil' Stir 1 teaspoon powdered slippery elm bark into water and drink 15 to 30 minutes before meals. As slippery elm trees are becoming increasingly rare, it's preferable to buy bark in powdered form rather than...

Validating herbal medicines

The double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial is regarded as the gold standard for medicinal research, enabling unbiased statistical analysis of the safety and efficacy of medicines. As more and more herbs are subjected to clinical trials and proven to have therapeutic benefit, their credibility in the medical world increases, and doctors become more open to the idea of prescribing them for their Each year, more fharu 500 million people become seruju amp ly ill with malaria every 30...

St Johns worl

Hypericum perforatum Relieves anxiety and depression While black cohosh is very effective for the treatment of hot flushes, night sweats and insomnia, its effects against the anxiety and depression that sometimes come with menopause are less marked. Consequently, herbalists often prescribe it with St. John's wort for women whose menopausal symptoms include emotional upset. When the two herbs were taken together during a 2006 study, significant improvements were noted in both the psychological...

Dandelion root

Taraxacum officinale Traditional hepatic tonic As a bitter herb, dandelion root stimulates gastrointestinal function and is traditionally used for minor digestive ailments, especially sluggish liver and gallbladder function, indigestion and mild cases of constipation. An infusion of the roasted root is a popular caffeine-free alternative to coffee and a pleasant way to stimulate digestion before or after a heavy meal. 0 DOS .K Infuse V2 to 2 teaspoons 2 to 8 g dried or roasted dandelion root in...

Rocket or arugula

Eruca vesicaria subsp. sotiva Brassicaceae Native to the Mediterranean basin and eastward to Turkey and Jordan, rocket has been popular as a salad green since ancient Roman times for its peppery, smoky, meaty flavor. Even now. it is still sometimes known as Roman rocket. Other comrr n nmes Italian cress, Roman rocket, rucola, rugula Parts used Leaves, flowers, seeds Rocket Eruca sotiva is an annual plant resembling an open lettuce, with deeply pinnately lobed occasionally...

Tuck one of these sachets under a pile of linen or clothing and the gentle aromatic fragrance will permeate the fabric

Lavender has a fresh scent associated with cleanliness, which isn't surprising when you consider that the name is derived from the Latin word for to wash. The sachets work best in small, enclosed areas and their fragrance should last for about three months. After this time, they can be opened and refilled with some newly dried lavender. Alternatively, you could try a filling of cotton lavender. A moth-deterrent it also has a fresh, aromatic scent. thin cardboard or template plastic 2 x 8-in....

Pretty Polly Scented Geranium Culinary

The species used to create the scented geraniums originated mainly from the Cape of Good Hope area in South Africa. They were introduced into England as a curiosity in the 1630s, but by the 1840s the French realized their potential as an essential oil source. Steam distillation of rose geranium P graveolens yields an essential oil with an enlivening true rose fragrance that is added to perfumes and toiletries. It is produced on the island of Reunion and also in Algeria, China, Egypt, India and...

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Spice And Herb Compatibility Chart

If your skin produces excess oil. especially in the face's T-zone forehead. nose and chin , these delicious seaweeds can make a difference by working from wilhin. 1 tablespoon powdered brewer's yeast 1 teaspoon powdered spirulina 1 tablespoon plain yogurt 1 egg white cornflour Kelp l.nminari.i sp.i This source of vitamins C and A is a blood purifier, while its natural iodine content normalises the lymph system. kombu I ., setchelli Also known as horsetail kelp, kombu is a staple ingredient in...

Perilla

P. ocimoides Lamiaceae Perilla is a popular, spicily aromatic culinary herb lhai is used fresh in salads and for pickling and flavoring. The colorful and curly leafed forms are increasingly popular as an ornamental bedding annual. Other common names Beafsteak plant, Chinese basil, shiso Parts used Leaves, flower spikes, seed In Japan ihe fresh red leaves of perilla are used in salads or as a garnish or wrapping for dishes such as sushi. The leaves are also used to color...

Arnica

Arnica has a long history of use as a topical treatment for bruises and for helping them to heal quickly. Users often report that their bruises change color more quickly and consider this an indication that the healing process is enhanced. It is also traditionally indicated for the treatment of swollen or sprained tissue. Homoeopathic preparations of arnica can be taken internally for the same conditions. 0 l OS- Cil-i Apply arnica cream, ointment or infused oil to the affected area 3 times per...

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Aniseed Lllicium Verum

Anise is responsible for much of the licorice flavoring in baked goods, liqueurs, teas, and chewing gum. Chinese star anise and aniseed myrtle, although unrelated to anise, have a similar flavor. Other common names Aniseed, common anise Parts used Roots anise only , leaves, seeds, dried fruits star anise only Anise is an aromatic annual with stalked, toothed leaves that may be simple or lobed. The slender flowering stems bear compound umbels of white flowers followed by ridged gray seeds....

Dry skin

Skin that tends to be dry not only feels rough, light and itchy, but also reflects light poorly, resulting in a dull-looking complexion. This problem is worse in winter or if you live or work in a dehydrated environment, such as an air-conditioned office. Untreated, dry skin can lead to severe chapping and cracking, or even fissures. The solution is to avoid harsh detergent-based skin-care products and to use herbal hvdrating agents such as marsh mallow which lubricate and moisturize the skin....

Galangal

There are two types of galangal greater galangal. which is native to Ja a, and lesser galangal. which can be found in the coastal regions of southern China. They are both grown throughout Southeast Asia. Indonesia and India. Greater galangal Alpinia galanga is a rhizomatous perennial producing several 6.5-ft. 2-m stalks with alternate sheathing leaves. The flowers are followed by red three-valved fruits. The white-fleshed rhizomes have a characteristic spice and pine fragrance, and are widely...

The Common Form Of

Part used flowering tops. Traditionally used for treating nerve pain, including neuralgia and sciatica as well as psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression, St. John's wort continues to be used for these conditions but these days is best known for its antidepressant activity. St. John's wort has been proven to be effective against mild to moderate depression in a large number of clinical trials. It was found to have similar effectiveness to other...