Grow It, Heal It: Natural and Effective Herbal Remedies from Your Garden or Windowsill
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Where there's a symptom, there's also a homegrown cure. With just a windowsill, container, or small space, it's easy to grow an instant herbal remedy.
Whether it's a cough, heartburn, joint pain, or neuralgia, readers will discover how easy it is to treat 40 ailments and conditions using herbs and herbal preparations they grow and make themselves. With inspiration found in science, tradition, and modern herbalistic practices, Grow It, Heal It - by Christopher Hobbs and Leslie Gardner - touts the healing power of more than 50 herbs―from anise hyssop to yerba mansa. Two of the nation's premiere herbalists share growing, harvesting, and healing advice in this easy-to-use and friendly guidebook for herbal newbies, featuring teas, tinctures, salves, poultices, compresses, and aromatherapy.
Among the many benefits of growing do-it-yourself remedies, readers will discover the convenience of preparing healing potions and salves when they're most needed; the advantage of having organic, fresh, and high-quality herbs they've nurtured themselves; and how empowering it is to engage in self-care and why that's important to the healing process. Growing herbs at home allows readers to take an active role in their own health care.
It’s normal to experience these occasionally, but days or weeks of the same condition can be termed “chronic fatigue” and needs to be addressed. Chronic fatigue, to one degree or another, is all too common today, as evidenced by the ever-increasing consumption of foods and drinks containing caffeine and high amounts of refined sugar. Soft drinks, energy drinks, coffee, and green tea are available at every grocery store, quick stop, home improvement outlet, and produce stand. Many of us need our “fix”—frequently, it seems—to get up and out in the morning, to keep going, and to counteract the feeling of tiredness that accompanies long hours at the computer.
Nigra, S. canadensis, S. mexicana PRIMARY USES: Reduces fevers (flower); treats flu and skin ailments (berry). DOSE: Drink 2 to 4 cups infusion daily, or take 1 teaspoon berry syrup 3 times daily. SAFE IN PREGNANCY? Considered safe CAN BE USED IN: Infusions; Syrups; Tinctures; Creams, Lotions, and Salves Fennel Foeniculum vulgare PRIMARY USES: Improves digestion and relieves gas. DOSE: Drink 1 cup infusion after meals as needed. SAFE IN PREGNANCY? Use caution CAN BE USED IN: Infusions; Syrups; Tinctures Garlic Allium sativum PRIMARY USES: Benefits cardiovascular system; helps fight sinus and throat infections; treats cancer.
Make sure the herb is submerged in the oil at all times; if necessary, add more oil. Shake the jar vigorously every day for 2 to 3 weeks. Using a fine-mesh strainer or cloth, filter the herb out of the oil, pressing as much oil out as possible, and compost the herb. Bottle and label the oil and store it away from heat and light. Compresses Compresses are pads or cloths saturated with herbal teas that are then applied externally to heal skin traumas (wounds, rashes, skin infections, burns, scrapes, bites, and stings), contusions, sprains, strains, muscle aches, and even organ congestion (a lack of proper blood flow that can lead to the low functioning of an organ).
Many studies have shown its effectiveness against a variety of pathogenic organisms, including listeria and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria. Oregano is a common ingredient in cooking sauces, and you will get some of the antioxidant benefits by ingesting it that way. It can also be used to treat upper respiratory tract infections and for stimulating digestion (although you’ll want to use more concentrated forms such as the infusion, tincture, oil, or freshly dried herb in capsules).
Strain out the root, and drink 1 cup of the tea several times daily. Healing Properties Marshmallow root reduces irritation and inflammation and is especially favored in herb formulas and products, or even taken by itself, to treat urinary and respiratory tract infections and bowel irritation and inflammation. Marshmallow tea is very soothing and has a mild anti-inflammatory action. Herbalists recommend it to ease the symptoms of a sore throat, cystitis, stomach irritation, ulcers, and diarrhea. Externally, it is used as a poultice to soothe skin irritation.