Tag: Herbs

Marshmallow

Althaea officinalis Marshmallow is most commonly used to ease sore throats and dry coughs. The Marshmallow plant, especially the leaves and roots, contains polysaccharides that have antitussive, mucilaginous, and antibacterial properties. Because of this, marshmallow has a soothing effect on inflamed membranes in the… Continue Reading “Marshmallow”

Licorice

Licorice root is one of the most-used herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is frequently used in small amounts in formulas and is considered to be a synergist or peacemaker in that it helps herbs work together more effectively.  This post will look at… Continue Reading “Licorice”

How To Brew Herbal Tea

Herbal Teas, sagehillbotanicals.com

Herbal tea making is just as much of an art as it is a science. Herbal infusions provide the best way to get acquainted with a new herb. You take note of the texture and color of the leaves and flowers as you measure… Continue Reading “How To Brew Herbal Tea”

Salt Glow Body Scrub

Rejuvenate your body and remove dead skin with this easy to make body scrub.  Glowing skin is always in. Ingredients 3 cups finely ground kosher salt, Dead Sea salts, or salt of your choice 1 cup of a dried herb (see below), finely chopped… Continue Reading “Salt Glow Body Scrub”

Chamomile

Scientific Name: Matricaria recutitaCommon Names: German chamomile, Roman chamomile, wild chamomileFamily: Asteraceae-Daisy FamilyPart Used: flower headsProperties:  analgesic , anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, diuretic, sedative Uses:  indigestion, gas, bloating, heartburn, peptic ulcers, to calm nervousness, insomnia, spasms in stomach and muscles, diluted for… Continue Reading “Chamomile”

Elder Flowers

Scientific Name:  Sambucus nigraCommon Names:  elder, mother elder, elderberries, elderflowersFamily:  Caprifoliaceae-Honeysuckle Family Uses: sweat-inducing for fevers encourage circulation, colds and flu bronchial and upper-respiratory allergy and hay fever eye wash tonsillitis and sore throat mild laxative rheumatism and gout inflammation The Elder, with its flat-topped… Continue Reading “Elder Flowers”

Shepherd’s Purse

Common Names – Shepherd’s Purse , Pickpurse, Casewort, Lady’s Purse Botanical Name – Capsella bursa-pastoris Family – BRASSICACEA What a curious name for a plant.  It was probably called this because of the resemblance of the flat seed pouches of the plant to an old fashioned leather… Continue Reading “Shepherd’s Purse”

Uva Ursi

Common Names – Uva Ursi , Bearberry Botanical Name – Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Family – ERICACEAE Uva Ursi, is a small groundcover shrub distributed throughout northern latitudes and in high altitudes further south. The plant produces small; stiff evergreen leaves that last 1-3 years before falling.  In late… Continue Reading “Uva Ursi”

Rosemary

Native to the Mediterranean region, rosemary is one of the most commonly found herbs in a spice rack, and for good reason – not only does it have a wonderful taste and aroma, but also a wealth of beneficial health effects if regularly added to our… Continue Reading “Rosemary”

Healthy Woman Tea Blends

It’s a fact of life, that every woman between the ages of 13 and 51, give or take a few years, has to endure menstruation every month. Most women breeze through this time with little problems.  But, like me, there are women who are… Continue Reading “Healthy Woman Tea Blends”

Thyme

Thyme is a tiny-leaved herb that is most often used in French cooking.  Make sure to strip the leaves from the woody stems before adding them to recipes (unless it’s used to flavor a roast or soup and then removed before serving!).  Run your… Continue Reading “Thyme”

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is one of my favorite garden plants.  It grows well in our Zone 7 with little effort.  The bees love beautiful flowers.  The best part, is the delightful lemony leaves for my teas or just to crush in my hands. Indigenous to… Continue Reading “Lemon Balm”

Astragalus

The most interesting health benefits of astragalus include its ability to protect heart health, alleviate allergies, boost energy levels, lower stress, strengthen the immune system, slow the aging process, and prevent chronic illnesses. This herbal medicine is also able to prevent cancer as well as aid in chemotherapy. For thousands of years, the powerful extract… Continue Reading “Astragalus”