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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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Hemlock Tree

| August 1, 2014 | Reply

Make a tea of young twigs in boiling water and drink for kidney and bladder problems and also for a diuretic.  The tea is also a good gargle for sore throat and as an external wash for skin sores or ulcers.   The tree can grow to 100′ and is evergreen with drooping branches and 1″ [...]

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Turnip

| July 30, 2014 | Reply

Turnips are a high sulfur food and thus good for the skin.  Sulfur helps to draw out toxins and a poultice of grated turnip on a sore knee or joint is very soothing.   The purple top white globe is the most popular turnip in this country and it is good both for its globe [...]

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Cucumber

| July 28, 2014 | Reply

“As cool as a cucumber” is based on fact.  Cucumbers are cooling to the body and make an effective skin treatment for sunburn, inflammation, even bed sores.  That’s not all cucumber does.  It is diuretic and helps to dissolve uric acid implicated in kidney stones and gout.  A nice cucumber salad is relief for constipation.  [...]

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