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Easy Herbal Remedies

Kathy’s Herb Garden Bouquet

I am such a lucky lady! In my garden I have a number of herbs growing and three of them are in flour right now.

My feverfew, yarrow and lavender combined beautifully in this bouquet but are also extremely medicinal, and we shouldn’t ignore nature’s bounty when we get it.

Yarrow: has properties that help reduce the length of time one is suffering from a cold or flu; it helps for relaxation; and used internally can help itches, rashes, and to stop bleeding in wounds.

Feverfew: is greatly beneficial for migraines and headaches as well as helping to reduce fever and help with arthritis pain and general pain. New research is showing a possible link to helping to alleviate dizziness and tinnitus as well. This would be extremely beneficial for me!

Lavender: lavender has been known for ages as the relaxation herb. But it is also wonderful in cooking and teas. Used externally it is a skin calmer and can help ease rashes, it is also antiseptic and can be used to disinfect minor wounds (in tincture or poultice form).

I use all three of these herbs from my garden in a relaxing tea. Since I suffer from chronic pain, migraines, dizziness, tinnitus and vertigo these three herbs combine in a tes can certainly not hurt my conditions. Externally, I combine them into a mild infusion to help with mild eczema and restless leg syndrome.

Kathy’s Relaxation Tea

1 teaspoon dried yarrow
1 teaspoon dried feverfew
2 teaspoons dried lavender

Steep with boiling water at least five minutes, covered. Sweeten with honey or sugar. Particularly good before bed.

Enjoy!  Kathy

NOTE: These herbs are not intended for pregnant women (no exceptions for pregnant women) or people with blood clotting disorders, who are on Coumadin, and who have kidney or liver disease. Talk to your doctor if you’re unsure if you can take this tea.

Fennell Seed is a centuries old fold remedy for weight loss and is still used today. Drink fennel seed tea about 20 to 30 minutes before a meal to curb your appetite.

Fennel Seed is helpful in reducing bloating, gas and aids in digestion, and can help to alleviate abdominal cramping.  As an added bonus for women, fennel seed can help level hormones during menopause. (Also try my Hot Flash Buster (coming soon to Hilltop Arts store) which has been life altering for me!)

Fennel Seed Tea
1 teaspoon fennel seed for each cup of boiling water
Bruise the seed in a mortar and pestle (if you don’t have one you can bruise them on a cutting board with a spoon or rolling pin)
Steep for at least 10 minutes – COVERED (we don’t want those valuable herbal properties escaping!)
Strain and Serve hot (you can warm it back up if its not hot enough).  You can use honey if you don’t care for the taste. However, I find it very good without sugar or honey.)

Did you know? Fennel seed is also good for our pets.  It can help with gas, colic, bloating and can increase appetite for picky eaters, and help with bad breath. You can put fennel directly into your pets food or add a little fennel seed tea to their drinking water. (This post first appeared on my company blog at www.thehilltopgrp.net)

Enjoy!  Kathy

I am one excited chick! In my last post, I mentioned that I had been working on a migraine remedy using herbs.  Well, I’ve been working on it for a few weeks and I’m convinced! It WORKS! I can’t tell you how exciting it is – especially since it took nearly a decade to find the right combination of medications to alleviate my migraines before. I was extremely upset when the maker of the migraine onset medication was no longer making it, I pictured myself going through years of trial and error to find one that worked. Not any more!! 

Using a blend of different herbs, including Chamomile, Motherwort and several herbs that are flavor enhancers as well as medicinal, I’ve put together a migraine remedy that’s really effective. Especially after Saturday evening, we were in Walmart, after having taken a nice drive around our area, when a migraine hit. This was one of the BIG ones, a true migraine that wasn’t triggered by a food additive or stress.  Completely debilitating, and of course, horribly painful.

… I pictured myself going through years of trial and error to find one that worked…

We headed home and I put the migraine tea to the test.  It took two cups, about 45 minutes apart.  I’m convinced this is the right choice for me – and I didn’t have a medication hangover the next morning, I slept beautifully and the pain was gone before I went to sleep. Best experience with a migraine I’ve had – ever!
(This post first appeared on my personal blog at tobenamedlater.com)

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