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Herbs and Their Uses: Home

Calendula

Oil properties are antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic. Its uses span from soothing eczema to diaper rash. 

Echinacea

Echinacea has been identified as having anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties and as an immune-strengthening agent.

Peppermint

Peppermint has shown health benefits for nausea, skin conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, cold, and flu.

Chamomile

Chamomile has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years to calm anxiety and settle stomachs.

Dandelion

For centuries, dandelion has been used to treat a myriad of physical ailments, including cancer, acne, liver disease and digestive disorders.

Nettle

Stinging nettle has been used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia.

Yarrow

Used for fever, cold, hay fever, absence of menstruation, dysentery, diarrhea, loss of appetite, GI tract discomfort, and to induce sweating. 

Mugwort

Commonly used as a uterine stimulant that can both bring on delayed menstruation and aid in the support of a regular menstrual cycle.

What to do with your herbs...

Make an Herbal infusion

Herbal infusions offer an easy method for consuming the oils and flavors from favorite herbs. Infusion is the process of soaking herbs in water until the water absorbs the oils and flavors, then drinking the liquid for the taste or for medicinal value. (Continue reading from The Spruce Eats). 

Benefits of Herbal Tea (Develop Good Habits)

How to Make Hydrating Herbal Infusions (Nutrition Stripped)

Dry Your Herbs

Drying herbs at home is as easy as hanging bundled herbs to dry. Secure stems with twist ties or rubber bands as they dry. (Continue reading from Mother Earth News)

Smudge with Herbs

Burning sage — also known as smudging — is an ancient spiritual ritual. Smudging has been well established as a Native American cultural or tribal practice, although it isn’t practiced by all groups. Many other cultures around the world share similar rituals. (Continue reading from Healthline)

Keep the Pests at Bay with these Herbs & Plants

  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Chives
  • Rosemary
  • Citronella grass
  • (Continue reading from Garden Design)

Create a Home Apothecary

How to Start Your Home Apothecary (PNW Pixie)

Creating Your Home Herbal Apothecary (Moutnain Rose Herbs).

Create an Organized Home Apothecary (Mother Earth Living)

Share With Your Animals

Animals can benefit from an herbal lifestyle as well. Follow the links to find out more

Healthy Additions to Your Dog's Diet (Pretty Fluffy)

Herbs to Improve Your Cat's Life (PetMD)

Herbs for Healthy Hens (The Frugal Chicken)

 

Healing Properties of Herbs

Traditional cures from plants and herbs have been used by herbalists and apothecaries throughout the centuries. Herbs do more than simply adding flavor to your favorite dishes, their healing and restorative powers are pretty impressive too. (Continue reading from Herb Affair) 

Herbs and Supplements (MedlinePlus)

List of Herbs (National Library of Medicine)

9 Most Powerful Medicinal Plants (Healthline)

10 Culinary Herbs and Their Benefits (Nourished Kitchen)

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