Learning about Herbs

First of all let me say … Never do I say substitute a herb for a doctor’s care.

If you are allergic to a herb DO NOT USE IT!!!!

Every person is an individual just like a snow flake. Personalize your herb stock by what you like and will use. Do not get it just because someone said it is good for you.

The herbs listed here are usually safe for just about everyone and are the mildest herbs with soothing effects.

A site that I enjoy visiting and where I found this info is at Annie’s remedy site. Just click the picture to visit there.

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Mint:

 There are many varieties of mint. It is easy to grow, and smells wonderful. It is a re~energizing herb and can be taken internally or boiled in water to Aroma Therapy the house and delight your senses.

Traditionally, Of all the mints, peppermint is now probably the most widely used of all, due to its high content of menthol. Peppermint has an antispasmodic effect that soothes stomach-ache and is effective in colic and flatulence. Externally peppermint oil is used in pain relieving balms and massage oils. Menthol is cooling and analgesic, and increases blood flow to the painful area. Peppermint oil also contains azulene, which is known for its anti-inflammatory and ulcer healing effects.

Peppermint – for :Nausea –

A cup of peppermint tea, or a whiff of the aromatic oil is a good and quick remedy for nausea

Peppermint essential oil – for :Muscular aches and pains, strains –

Peppermint essential oil reduces pain, inflammation, and spasms, and stimulates local blood circulation. It is used to treat muscular aches and pains, strains, and sprains.

Peppermint essential oil – for :Headache –

A few drops of peppermint essential oil in a cold compress across the forehead or over the back of the neck cools the body

Peppermint essential oil – for :Mental clarity –

Cooling and refreshing peppermint energizes the mind and mood, helping to improve mental clarity and memory

Peppermint oil – for :Irritable bowel syndrome –

Studies has shown that peppermint oil capsules reduce the pain and bloating that accompanies irritable bowel syndrome. Enteric coated capsules should be used to bypass the stomach.

Peppermint oil – for :Insect repellent – ants –

Ants dislike peppermint, you can prevent them from entering by scenting cotton balls, spraying along shelves,and entryways

Lavender:

Lavender Medicinal Uses & Benefits :

In general lavender is used to relax muscle spasms anywhere in the body, and to relax the body in the presence of pain. Lavender is used as a cooling herb and anti-depressent. Lavender is especially suited for used in headaches. Lavender is traditionally used for sachets to place among linens and clothing as a perfume and as a moth repellent. Flies and mosquitoes dislike the fragrance of lavender, and the fresh cut flowers added to a summer vase, make both a beautiful and practical addition to your table.

Lavender How to Use

Lavender – for :Anxiety, Stress –

Lavenders soothing, sedating phytochemicals readily absorb into the skin, including the sensitive membranes inside the nose. That’s why even the scent of lavender tends to calm and relax.

Lavender – Tea Tree for :Skin abrasions –

To treat skin abrasions first clean the affected area with warm water with 5 drops of lavender diluted in a bowl. Apply one neat drop of lavender, or tea tree and leave to heal.

Lavender – for :Burns, scalds –

Lavender oil is successfully used in the treatment of sores, varicose ulcers, burns and scalds.

Lavender – for :Herbal bath –

Lavender baths are excellent for pregnant women and are highly recommended during the entire pregnancy. For depression, lavender should be mixed with borage flowers.

Lavender – for :Dog care – coughs, ticks, arthritis –

Lavender can be used in a massage oil to relieve the pain and stiffness older dogs have in in the morning, diffused in the air as a treatment for coughs and respiratory infections, and makes a good tick repellent for dogs. Veterinarians in England use lavender oil to get rid of lice and other animal parasites.

Lavender – for :Sleep aid –

Lavender is a wonderful sleep aid and can be used in all it’s forms. Combine with valerian, or chamomile for a relaxing tea, diffuse in an aroma lamp for restful sleep, use it in your evening bath, sprinkle a few drops of lavender on sheets and pillowcases, and add dried lavender flowers to sleep pillow mixtures.

Lavender – for :Oily and combination skin –

Lavender skin care products are ideal for oily and combination skin.

Lavender – for :Flea bites, rashes –

Lavender is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. A tea made from the fresh or dried flowers can be applied as a skin wash to relieve itching due to flea bites and rashes, or the essential oil can be used.

Lavender – for :HBP, heart tonic –

Lavender is helpful in treating high blood pressure and relaxes cardiac spasms such as tachycardia.

Lavender – for :Arthritis, circulation –

A fomentation of lavender as external application relieves stiffness of the joints. For arthritic aches and pains, apply compresses, or massage with a lavender oil blend. Oil of lavender is sometimes effective in bringing back circulation to feet that have lost feeling.

Lavender essential oil – for :Fibromyalgia –

Essential of of Lavender, diluted with jojoba or olive oil can be used to massage sore places, recommended by women who have dealt with fibromyalgia for many years.

Lavender flowers – for :Seasoning blends –

Lavender can be overpowering by itself. It plays better as part of a choir of tastes, combining nicely with citrus, mint, berries, ginger, figs and vanilla, or other strong Mediterranean herbs such as marjoram, oregano and fennel.

Lavender Oil – for :Acne –

Acne responds to gentle herbal oil treatments that are much lighter and less harsh than over-the-counter chemicals. . Dot essential oils of lavender, tea tree and lemon on blemishes to kill bacteria. You can also blend essential oils with light, astringent facial oils like almond and grapeseed.

Lavender oil – for :Colds, chest rub –

Lavender oil is an effective antiseptic. A lavender massage on the chest and lymph nodes is relaxing and helps kill germs.

Lavender oil – for :Perfume –

Lavender flower water, or a few drops of lavender essential oil make a good balancing and sweet smelling perfume

Lavender oil, flowers – for :Sachets, insect repellent –

Use lavender sachet bags to protect clothes against moths. Also flies and mosquitoes dislike the fragrance, use the oil in insect sprays, or add the cut flowers to flower vases.

Lavender oil, rosemary oil – for :Nervous headache –

For headaches apply a few drops of lavender oil neat to the temples. A few drops of lavender rubbed on the temple will cure a nervous headache.. Combine with rosemary and juniper oils and apply to the back of the neck and shoulders, and massage until the muscles relax. Lavender herb teas should be used in combination with melissa (lemon balm) and skullcap.

Lavender tea – for :Leucorrhoea –

A strong infusion of lavender used as a douche is effective for leucorrhoea

Rosemary:

Very easy to grow and root in water.This a very strong tasting herb. If you use fresh I suggest starting with a little and then add to where it taste good for you.

Rosemary is such an extremely useful herb, with so many culinary, medicinal and aromatherapy attributes that it is hard to qualify which ones are the most important. Rosemary stimulates the central nervous system and circulation making it beneficial for low blood pressure and sluggishness. Rosemary oil and rosemary essential oil are used to alleviate the pain of sprains, arthritis, sciatica and neuralgia. Rosemary extract (rosmarinic acid) is a natural way to stabilize and extend the shelf life of hand made cosmetics, creams, lotions, and other herbal compounds.

Rosemary for memory, concentration and focus. Rosemary has a long herbal tradition as a herb that improves concentration and memory, Greek students would braid Rosemary into their hair to help them with their exams. Modern science attributes much of rosemary’s action on the central nervous system to it’s potent antioxidant, rosemarinic acid. However,you don’t have to take their word for it, the uplifting aroma of a fresh sprig of rosemary in the summer will go far to convince you.

Rosemary for pain relief and circulation. Rosemary infused oil and rosemary essential oil are both used in massage oil formulations to relieve the pain of arthritis and of sore aching muscles. Rosemary used as a massage oil also helps to tone the circulatory system. Antioxidant compounds in rosemary prevent uterine spasms and menstrual cramps. Rosemary essential oil helps alleviate water retention and increases circulation when used in massage blends.

Culinary Uses of rosemary. Unlike milder herbs, rosemary can withstand longer cooking times, and lends itself well to roasted meats, chicken and hearty stews. A few teaspoons of chopped rosemary lends a tangy taste to biscuits as well. Rosemary vinegars are an excellent and healthy way to dress cold vegetables and salads. Even the twigs, stripped of their leaves find use as kindling, and as a aromatic addition to barbeque fires.

Rosemary for Hair Care. Rosemary is one of best known hair tonics and can be used in vinegar hair rinses, herbal hair infusions, and easiest of all, a few spare drops of rosemary essential oil on your hairbrush tames flyaway locks and makes them shine. Use rosemary on a continuing basis for a healthy scalp that encourages healthy hair growth and slows hair loss.

Chamomile

The seemingly endless list of problems chamomile is said to help can all be traced to its effects of the nervous system and digestive system, as well as its anti-inflammatory action. Steep chamomile tea gently for relaxation, longer for digestive upsets. Dried chamomile flowers are used to make herbal baths, sleep pillows and poultices. Chamomile essential oil is one the few that can be applied to the skin neat. Used in skin care, and aromatherapy.

             Start keeping these herbs in the house at all times and you can never go wrong and you may be surprised how many ways you do find to use them.

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  1. Aromatherapy – Sandalwood Essential Oil,Did you know that the important oil of Sandalwood is considered an aphrodisiac? On top of that, it is useful for meditation along with the greatest quality oil still comes from India. Its aroma lingers and gets better the longer it stays on the skin. The trees are nearly extinct now and only used for aromatherapy purposes.

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