Herbal Remedies…Mysteries Revealed!

Herbal Garden

Wild herbs were used during ancient times as healing remedies.  Today many people continue using herbs as a means of helping themselves with various ailments and illnesses.  A 5,300 year old Iceman was found in the Alps in 1991, he had medicinal mushrooms among his personal effects – and have been used for centuries in Eastern Europe as medicine.  Growing your own herbs are easy and I find it relaxing.  Fresh herbs are more potent in cooking then with the dried variety.

When I started my herb garden several years ago I started with 5 varieties that were easy to grow for a novice gardner like myself.  These herbs could thrive in just about any environment, and they have few side effects when consumed in small amounts.  You can also take them with most pharmaceutical or over the counter drugs as well.  **If you are on blood thinners or have a serious health condition, consult your doctor first.

PEPPERMINT

What an amazing remedy for digestion.  It has been shown to calm the muscles of the stomach and digestive tract and is great to alleviate gas and cramping.  A cup of warm peppermint tea can also help to loosen phlegm and sooth sore throats.  Did you know that you can apply peppermint topically to take the itch out of bug bites, ease muscle cramps, help with headaches and arthritis?

LEMON BALM

This was used during ancient times as a drug to help ease anxiety and help with heart palpitations.  More recently doctors have endorsed it for relieving tension, anxiety and restlessness.  Studies have shown that it helps increase mental clarity, memory and improved mood.   I planted a whole yard of this stuff. 🙂

ROSEMARY

I LOVE cooking with Rosemary!  I throw it on top of roasts all the time.  It gives off an amazing scent while its cooking too.  The use of rosemary as a memory enhancer dates back to early Western Civilization.  Rosemary helps relieve joint pain.  It may be made into a topical ointment, and rubbed into the skin for relief.

VALERIAN

Valerian is commonly used in another form these days…Valium.  Throughout history Valerian has been used for pretty much the same thing.  It acts as a sedative and helps as a sleep aid.  Instead of filling a prescription for Valium, next time try some Valerian extract.  If you grow your own Valerian, cut the flowers as soon as they appear, otherwise the plant goes dormant too early.  Cutting the flowers keeps it growing.

SAGE

Sage combined with Echinacea is as effective a pain reliever as taking Lidocaine in sore throat relief?  It also helps as a breath freshener.  You can make a gargle out of Sage by steeping a tablespoon of sage leaves in 1 cup of hot water for 5 minutes.  Be sure to strain the liquid and then start gargling.

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