I am very curious about herbs and enjoy planting a variety at home. However, I don't feel I take full advantage of the herb crops as much as I should so I referred to this home herbal book, which gave me some tips on how to use the herbs.
This book has a wealth of knowledge on how to grow herbs, harvest, how to safely use and cautions about using it. It is easy to refer to this book, as the content is separated by either the herbs used to heal from the inside through food we can make or herb used to heal from the outside such as skin treatments. Herbal remedies have helped many generations, but this knowledge was almost lost. Now, as people recognize the benefits of this holistic natural approach, treating the body with herbs in coming back.
Here are some of the things I learned from this book.
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder dissolved in 1 cup of water, juice or milk to help with arthritic problems and eczema.
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper in half a tumbler of warm water for sore throats.
- Mix 1 cup of boiling water in 1 to 2 tsp caraway seeds, and drink it warm 3 times daily to help with menstrual cramps, improve milk flow when breastfeeding, to help children with gas and colic; reduce depending on age.
- Mix 1 cup of boiling water in 1/2 tsp fennel seeds will help with sore throat, improve milk flow when breastfeeding.
- 1/2 cup oats mixed with water and apply the paste in the face as a scrub and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing to help with dull greasy skin.
- Aloe vera gel will help with burns, sunburns, wounds and eczema.
- Fresh garlic clove rub the cut side on acne pustules at night, eat 2 to 3 cloves cooked in food each day to improve cardiovascular system.
- Wild fresh strawberries crushed will help soothe sunburns and skin inflammations.
- Psyllium husks in 1/2 tsp into a cup of water and taken 3 times daily will help reduce blood cholesterol and diarrhea. Soak 2 tsp in warm water until it swells and drink; use in moderation do not take plenty.
- Keep 4 to 6 fresh jasmine flowers in 1 cup of boiling water for 5 minutes, then drink to help relieve stress.
- Chop lemongrass and leave it in olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes then apply the oil with the leaves on arthritic or painful joints.
- Soak 1 to 2 tsp of fresh echinacea leaves in 1 cup of boiling water and drink the water 3 times a day for common colds or influenza; high doses cause nausea and dizziness.
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