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Star Anise

| April 14, 2014 | Reply

For health purposes, star anise seeds are crushed, steeped for tea, and drunk.  Anise is good for all parts of your digestive tract because it promotes good digestion and relieves gas.  Star anise isn’t your usual spice but it is used extensively in Asian and Indian cooking.  For cooking, it has a very mild anise [...]

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Squaw Vine

| April 13, 2014 | Reply

Squaw Vine is one of those herbs you don’t hear about much, anymore.  Not because it isn’t effective, but because it was hard to find.  What is it good for?  To prepare a woman for childbirth.  A tea made from the leaves is drunk the last few weeks of pregnancy to make childbirth faster and [...]

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Norway Spruce

| April 12, 2014 | Reply

Think Christmas tree and you will know what a Norway Spruce looks like.  Get sick and you may wish you had one growing nearby.  The young shoots are used to make a tea.  When warm the tea acts as an expectorant to loosen and bring up congestion; when hot, it can promote perspiration which is [...]

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Summer Savory

| April 11, 2014 | Reply

You may know savory from your herb rack but did you also know it is a good remedy for most stomach and colon problems?  Whether  it’s gas, indigestion or even diarrhea, savory will help.  There are two kinds of savory; summer savory and winter savory.  Summer savory is what you usually find in the herb [...]

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Sassafras Root Bark Tea

| April 10, 2014 | Reply

If you live in the Eastern part of the country you may have been introduced to Sassafras tea as a Spring tonic.  (Sorry Western U.S. it doesn’t grow your way).  Sassafras has some pain relieving properties, is a blood purifier and stimulates urination all of which make this a good tonic herb.  It was also [...]

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Rose

| April 9, 2014 | Reply

Roses have long been used in European home remedies, both externally and internally.   They are used on the outside in skin care as toners (tightens pores), emollients (lubricants for the skin), and stress relief.  On the inside, a tea made from dried rose petals was used for congestion.  Cooled, the tea (now rosewater) made [...]

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Irish Moss Seaweed

| April 3, 2014 | Reply

Irish Moss is actually a seaweed growing along rocky coastlines in Ireland (and North America).  It is nutritionally rich in protein and many essential vitamins and minerals.  During the potato famine in Ireland, many people took to eating Irish Moss and did well on it.  It is mucilaginous-that is forms a “slime” that is soothing [...]

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IP6

| April 2, 2014 | Reply

IP6 is a derivative of inositol and is used as part of a nutritional treatment for cancer.  IP6 occurs naturally in all seeds, such as rice, wheat, beans and corn (and other high fiber foods), and in mammals-including us, provided we get enough nutrients.   IP6′s many benefits to the human body may include relief from [...]

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Gravel Root – Queen of the Meadow

| March 29, 2014 | Reply

Gravel root does just what the name implies; it breaks up stones such as kidney and bladder stones.  All parts of the plant are useful; leaf, flower, and root.  We suggest an easy to use tincture, but you can make a tea that is equally effective.  It is useful for many urinary conditions, beneficial for [...]

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Honey

| March 24, 2014 | Reply

Honey has a long history of use both as food and as medicine.  It can soothe a cough, heal a burn, and is an excellent wound dressing because of it natural anti-bacterial activity.  I can remember as a child being given a mixture of honey, lemon juice, and a tad of whiskey for a cough.  [...]

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