10 Essential Herbs for Lifelong Health: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-218

10 Essential Herbs for Lifelong Health: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-218

Language: English

Pages: 32

ISBN: 1580172830

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

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has long fernlike leaves. The white to pink and lavender flowers are small and grow in branched clusters at the top of the plant. The root of valerian, which has a particularly definitive strong odor, is the part of the plant used medicinally. Health Benefits Valerian is the herb of choice for insomnia and stress. It also works well for reducing menstrual cramps, headaches associated with the menstrual cycle, other muscle cramps, and intestinal upsets. The FDA places it on its list of

capsule. Pour the mixture into small containers. The salve will solidify as it cools. Note: The ratio of oil to beeswax is flexible and varies according to personal preference. To test the salve’s consistency, put a spoonful of the beeswax mixture on a spoon and place in the freezer for 1 minute. If you want a firmer salve, add additional grated beeswax. For a softer salve, add more oil. CALENDULA INFUSED OIL You can use the infused oil by itself for topical healing of minor skin

topical cream significantly reduced dermatitis. It is included on the list of herbs that the FDA deems “generally regarded as safe.” How to Use Chamomile Serve chamomile as a soothing, sweetly scented tea. Although I often recommend infusing medicinal teas for a longer period of time, if you desire a mild, pleasant-tasting tea, don’t steep chamomile for more than 10 minutes. It becomes bitter the longer it is steeped. You can brew it alone or in combination with other calming herbs, such

spice section. Ginger beverages are also popular. Ginger ale (the old-fashioned kind made without refined sugar, which negates ginger’s actions) can soothe a stomachache. You can also make a tasty ginger tea. Try candied ginger, ginger cookies, and various spiced soups and dinner entrées as a way to increase your ginger intake. Capsules of ground ginger are especially convenient during travel as a remedy for motion sickness. Take two 500 mg capsules (which contain about 1 gram of dried ginger)

best suited for your climate and gardening zone. Lovely fields of lavender are cultivated in French provinces and the British countryside. Commercially, an acre of lavender yields 12 to 20 pounds of the essential oil. To dry your own garden lavender, pick the stalks just before the flowers open, tie in small bundles, and air-dry upside down. Health Benefits Lavender has a long-standing reputation for its medicinal attributes. It is used externally to help combat insomnia, nervousness, and

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