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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Herbs & Spices

From the Garden:
Catnip – Use dried leaf for flu and colds. Helps ease headaches and relieve restlessness. Tincture used for arthritis.
Chamomile - Use dried flowers as tea for easing stomach aches, sore throats and fraught nerves. Add to bath for sunburns or muscle tension.
Elder - Use dried flowers as an anti-viral to stave of flu and cold. Use externally to treat wrinkles!
Hops – Use dried cones as a relaxant and sleep inducer. Appetite stimulant.
Hibiscus – Use dried flowers to replace electrolytes. Flushes adrenal system.
Lavender – Use dried flowers for nerve relaxant. Good for cramps, stomachache and gassiness.
Lemon Balm – Use dried leaf to fight flu and cold. Reduces anxiety and panic.
From The Spice Cupboard
Coriander – Use seed to aid digestion and sooth stomachaches
Cinnamon - Use ground bark or chips to treat diarrhea and nausea.
Cardamom - Use seeds to ease bowel spasms and stomach disorders.
Fennel – Use seeds, fresh leaves or flowers to sooth coughs and sore throat. Eases digestive upset.
Garlic – Use cloves to fight colds, flu, coughs. Strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
Ginger – Use root to ease nausea, cramping, and diarrhea. Also helpful against cold symptoms and hangovers!
Rosemary – Use dried leaves to relieve headaches and indigestion. Calming and cleansing.

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