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Cardamon

| September 5, 2014 | Reply

Cardamon has long been used as a digestive aid not only stimulating appetite but also stimulating the whole digestive process.  It is especially good at preventing the formation of gas or from dispelling it if it does form.  Cardamon is the third most expensive spice (by weight) behind saffron and vanilla.  It is much prized [...]

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Bedstraw – Lady’s Bedstraw

| September 4, 2014 | Reply

If you wonder how this herb got its name – Lady’s bedstraw, it was gathered and put on the bed of a lady giving birth, to ease her childbirth.  It must have worked because it’s been used for centuries.  But this herb is not just for ladies, it has many more uses such as normalizing [...]

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Chervil

| August 29, 2014 | Reply

Chervil is not just a delightful garden plant, it’s a powerhouse of benefits.  It’s good for everything from digestive aid to expectorant to lowering blood pressure.  It is an easy to grow annual plant and having it in your garden means it’s easy to cut and add to a salad or to garnish a dish.  [...]

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Chives

| August 24, 2014 | Reply

Chives both stimulate the appetite and aid in the digestive process.  And all you need is a little bit.  Chives are always used fresh being added after food has been cooked.  The chive we’re most used to is a small hollow stem with a definite onion flavor.  The plant has a purple/pink flower.  It is [...]

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Coltsfoot

| August 22, 2014 | Reply

The dried leaves of coltsfoot make a tea that has been used for centuries for cough, congestion, asthma, emphysema and any other respiratory problem.  Its expectorant properties make it excellent for this use.  It is also astringent and emollient, making it a soothing substance for lungs and bronchial passages.  Coltsfoot grows wild in damp areas [...]

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Columbine

| August 14, 2014 | Reply

All parts of the columbine are useful; flowers, leaves, seeds and roots.  A tea made from any of these parts is astringent, acts as a diuretic and can promote perspiration.  The root is the strongest part and a tea made from it can help stop diarrhea.    I have columbine growing in my garden and [...]

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Comfrey Root

| August 13, 2014 | Reply

Comfrey root is not an herb you hear much about and that is because the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) banned it for many years; not so anymore.  What a relief because comfrey is a great healer.  It promotes fast healing of wounds, stops bleeding – both internally and externally – and is a pain [...]

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Bachelor’s Button – Cornflower

| August 8, 2014 | Reply

Bachelor’s button (or blue cornflower) is a lovely annual flower which makes a tea that helps digestion.  It is also a diuretic and is considered a tonic herb because of these properties.  The tea is also used as an eye wash or eye drops.  It is an easily grown annual and will reseed itself if [...]

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Hollyhock

| August 6, 2014 | Reply

Is is any wonder that many “old time” plants and flowers were also used to treat ailments?  At one time, the only pharmacy you had was in your garden, and pharmacists had huge gardens.  So what does hollyhock do?  A tea made from hollyhock flowers helps to soothe inflammation especially in the mouth and throat, [...]

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Heather

| August 5, 2014 | Reply

Heather has so many benefits.  When the flowering shoots are brewed as a tea, the tea will help digestion by promoting the secretion of bile.  Heather is also antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant, and is a vasoconstrictor;   that is, is tightens arteries and veins and can slightly raise your blood pressure.  It can strengthen the heart and [...]

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