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10 Herbal Teas You Should Keep in Your Kitchen Cabinet

Kitchen_CabinetBy Daisy Luther

When you’re sick, little is more comforting than holding a steaming mug of fragrant tea in both hands, warming your face with the hot steam. Somehow, no matter how rotten you felt before, you instantly feel just a tiny bit better.

Whether you are lucky enough to grow your own tea herbs, you purchase loose teas, or you use tea bags, your cabinet is not complete without the following ingredients. These teas are delicious and beneficial, with many different healing qualities. Just like band-aids, antibiotic cream, or aspirin, these items are vital additions to your pantry, allowing you to dispense a hot, steaming, fragrant cup of nurturing in as little time as it takes you to boil water.

There are many different herbs from around the world that have wonderful healing properties. I’ve concentrated this list on ones that can be easily acquired and stored, or which can be easily grown in a backyard garden or a sunny window.

1. Mint

Mint tea is the classic herbal tea. Mint is an ingredient in many different commercial tea blends and is much-loved for its refreshing fragrance.

Growing it:

Mint is an herb that doesn’t just grow easily – it can quickly overtake your garden! For this reason, it is recommended to grow mint in either a container or its own bed. There are many varieties of mint and the healing properties are similar. Whether you grow peppermint or spearmint, the active component is menthol.

Caution:

If you suffer from acid reflux, mint tea may worsen your symptoms. Mint has antispasmodic properties.

Mint tea can be used to:

Reduce congestion in a cold or flu sufferer.
Reduce pain and bloating from gas.
Reduce cramping from diarrhea.
Act as a mild expectorant for a chest cold or bronchitis.
Induce sweating, the body’s natural cooling mechanism. This is a natural way to reduce a fever.
Relieve nausea without vomiting.

2. Ginger

This homely root is an ingredient in many natural cough, cold, and nausea treatments. Instead of giving your child gingerale when they are suffering from an upset stomach (and all of the HFCS and artificial flavors that come in it) brew up a nice cup of ginger tea sweetened with honey for a real dose of soothing ginger!

Growing it:

Ginger is a tropical plant that is not difficult to grow indoors. It requires excellent soil, warmth, humidity, and filtered sunlight.

Caution:

It’s not recommended to exceed 4 grams of ginger per day – components in the herb can cause irritation of the mouth, heartburn and diarrhea if taken in excess.

Ginger tea can be used to:

Reduce nausea.
Prevent or treat motion sickness.
Warm the body of someone suffering from chills.
Induce sweating to break a fever.
Soothe a sore throat.

3. Chamomile

Chamomile tea should be steeped a little longer than other herbal teas in order to get all of the medicinal benefits. This soothing, slightly apple-flavored tea has mild sedative properties. The petals of the tiny flowers are where the medicinal values lie.

Growing it:

Chamomile is easy to grow from seeds. Start them in the late winter and transfer outdoors when the risk of frost has passed. Once the plants are well established, chamomile can thrive with little water during hot weather. When buying your seeds, note that German chamomile is an annual and Roman chamomile is a perennial.

Caution:

Chamomile tea should be avoided by people who take blood thinners. As well, those who suffer from ragweed allergies may also have an allergic reaction to chamomile, as the two plants are related.

Chamomile tea can be used to:

Relieve anxiety
Induce sleep
Soothe mild nausea and indigestion
Relieve a cough from throat irritation

4. Cinnamon

AspoonCinnamonCinnamon doesn’t just smell like a holiday in a cup, it is anti-bacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, making it an excellent all-around remedy for whatever ails you. Cinnamon is a wonderful source of immune-boosting antioxidants.

Growing it:

Cinnamon is the fragrant bark of a tropical evergreen tree which is surprisingly easy to grow indoors in large pots.

Try this delicious winter beverage:

1-1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder or a cinnamon stick
1 tea bag
honey to taste
Almond Milk to taste
Stir cinnamon powder well into boiling water and steep for 8 minutes. Add a tea bag and steep for 2 more minutes. Stir in honey and warm milk.

Cinnamon tea can be used to:

Increase blood flow and improve circulation
Reduce nausea
Ease stomach discomfort, bloating, gas and indigestion
Warm the body of someone suffering from chills
Soothe a sore throat
Reduce cold symptoms

5. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is another herb that is loaded with healing properties. The spiky, easy-to-grow plant has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and antifungal properties, making it helpful in treating a plethora of ailments.

Growing it:

You can actually root the lemongrass that you buy at the grocery store to start your own patio lemongrass farm. It grows beautifully in a large pot, making it a good herb for the apartment windowsill farmer to cultivate. It can be grown year-round indoors.

Lemongrass tea can help to:

aid in digestion.
calm nervous disorders and anxiety.
aid in the treatment of high blood pressure if a daily cup is enjoyed.
dilate blood vessels and improve circulation.
act as a mild diuretic to reduce fluid retention.

6. Echinacea

This lovely flowering plant is probably the pinnacle of herbal preventatives. Echinacea is not only anti-bacterial, it stimulates the body’s immune system to fight off bacterial and viral attacks. The medicinal properties are in the leaves and the purple flowers.

Growing it:

Echinacea is also known as the “purple coneflower”. The plant has deep taproots and is somewhat drought resistant. It is a perennial. Sow seeds outdoors in the early spring before the last frost. These plants like full sun and they don’t like too much moisture.

Echinacea tea can help to:

enhance the immune system.
relieve pain.
reduce inflammation.
provide antioxidant effects.
shorten illness time for sufferers of the common cold.

Rose_hip_glassJar7. Rosehip

Rosehip makes a tart, tangy pink-colored tea. Rosehip is from the seed-filled pod at the base of a rose blossom, giving you a practical reason to have more rose bushes in your garden. It mixes well and enhances the flavor of any berry or fruit-flavored tea.

Rosehip tea can help to:

provide a nutritional supplement of Vitamin C.
improve adrenal function.
boost the immune system.
provide minerals such as calcium, iron, silicon, selenium, natural sodium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and zinc.
increase energy.
heal tissues and cells.

8. Blackberry leaf

Dried blackberry leaves give a luscious fruity flavor when steeped in boiling water. Not only are they the basis of many delicious teas, they are loaded with a beneficial component called tannins. (Bonus tip: add a blackberry leaf to a jar of pickles when canning – the tannin helps to keep the pickles crisp.)

Caution:

Excess consumption of blackberry leaves (or anything containing tannins) can cause liver damage.

Blackberry leaf tea can help to:

provide vitamin C.
treat diarrhea.
reduce pain and inflammation from sore throats.
provide an antibacterial effect against H pylori, the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.
provide immune-boosting antioxidants.
provide high levels of salicylic acid, which gives them similar properties to aspirin, such as pain relief and fever relief.
reduce inflammation of the gums.

9. Clove

Cloves are a wonderful addition to herbal tea just for the taste. Not only is the flavor delicious, but cloves have been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. The multipurpose little seed packs a mighty punch with its antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Growing it:

Cloves are the dried buds of a flowering evergreen tree that is native to Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar. They are generally imported and, unfortunately, are not easy to cultivate in other climates or greenhouse atmospheres.

Caution:

In high amounts cloves can cause liver damage, blood in the urine, diarrhea, nausea, and dizziness.

Clove tea can help to:

provide pain relief – it is a powerful analgesic.
break up mucous and work as an expectorant.
provide a fragrant decongestant in a steaming cup of tea.
treat strep throat or tonsillitis – it relieves pain and provides a wash of antiviral and antibacterial components.

10. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm, also known as Bee Balm, was first recorded to have been used by the ancient Greeks as an overall tonic for good health. It is an ingredient in the old world Carmelite water, a recipe created by Carmelite nuns in the early 1600s to treat headaches. (The traditional mixture also contained coriander, lemon-peel, nutmeg, and angelica root.)

Growing it:

Lemon balm is easy to grow and produces throughout the summer. The more you harvest, the more it produces. It is perennial in warmer climates. Lemon balm like rich moist soil with organic compost and partial shade in the hottest part of the day. It is another one of those herbs that can take over a garden, so plant it in a confined area.

Lemon balm tea can help to:

fight off viruses – it was used historically against shingles, mumps, and cold sores.
calm anxiety and nervousness.
aid in sleep.
aid the digestive system by reducing spasms and quelling heartburn.
reduce nausea.
What do you keep in your herbal medicine cabinet? Why is it an important natural remedy for you? Please share in the comments section below!

A Last Word

Be prepared by keeping the above ingredients close at hand, and be self-sufficient by producing as many as possible for yourself – which is always the best way to make sure that the items were grown using safe, organic methods. Considering that we most often turn to herbal teas for healing purposes, it’s especially important to purchase or grow organic herbs for this purpose. If your leaves are bathed in pesticide and then you add them to boiling water, instead of healing goodness, you are steeping toxins.

When making tea for medicinal purposes, be sure to steep the tea in a teapot with a lid, or to cover your mug while the herbs are steeping. This helps to make a more potent brew by keeping all of the healing oils in the tea, instead of allowing them to drift into the room. Most herbs should be steeped for about 10 minutes for maximum results.

About the author: Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter or visit The Organic Prepper.

The Quick Guide to Herbal Remedies – eBook

by Dr. Akilah El

by Dr. Akilah El

I am very excited to share with you my quick and easy to use herbal remedy guide. My quick guide to herbal remedies book is a comprehensive alternative health resource providing information on a variety of natural remedies, nutritional healing foods, as well as the deficiencies associated with each dis-ease or illness.

Please use this book as a reference guide for future use. Feel free to share this with your family and friends. SPREAD THE WORD!!!

 

 

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Herbs for Arthritis Relief

herbs5509by David Novak

More than 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis, but it remains an often misunderstood disease, according to the Arthritis Foundation of America. Arthritis is not a single disease, but it covers over 100 medical conditions that affects the musculoskeletal system, particularly the joints. One in every five American adults have been diagnosed with arthritis and it is not just a disease of old age.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly two-thirds of adults with arthritis are under the age of 65, and this includes children as well. Because it covers more than 100 conditions, arthritis management and prevention differs depending on the specific condition. Some people choose to rely on conventional medicine and therapy, while others opt for safer alternative medicine, specifically with the use of herbs in their diet, which have been shown to provide various arthritic benefits. Here are several herbs that are found to be effective in relieving arthritis symptoms:

Ginger
Ginger is a widely-known herb used in traditional medicine in alleviating arthritis pain. It is native to southeastern Asia, where it is prized for its culinary and medicinal properties. Ginger contains a very potent anti-inflammatory compound called gingerol, which helps in reducing pain and improve the patient’s mobility. It inhibits arachidonic acid metabolism, which is responsible for inducing anti-inflammatory action. Ginger is one of the safest alternative treatment for arthritis because it has no adverse side effect, and it’s relatively safe. Suggested dosage for ginger is 500 mg, up to four times a day for inflammation.

Turmeric
Turmeric, derived from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, has a peppery, bitter flavor and a mild fragrance. It is known as one of the main spices used in making curry dishes, and has been widely used for its healing benefits and as a textile dye. Turmeric has potent but safe anti-inflammatory properties that can be beneficial in relieving arthritis. It contains curcumin, which is comparable to potent drugs and over-the-counter anti inflammatory agents when it comes to effectiveness in reducing inflammation. Suggested dosage for turmeric is 1-3 grams per day in divided doses.

Green tea
Green tea comes from the evergreen tree, and is known to be the least processed among other teas, thus it provides more antioxidants that helps in fighting off free radicals. The antioxidant polyphenol is the active ingredient in green tea, which is effective in treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It also has an anti-inflammatory substance called EGCG that halts arthritis development. A cup of green tea contains 20-35 mg of EGCG, which is the highest antioxidant activity of all the green tea catechins.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera leaves produce a gel-like substance that contains sterols, which has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. It helps by reducing joint pain and inflammation, making it an effective treatment for arthritis. Regular intake and application of aloe vera juice and gel are needed to maximize the benefits it provided.

Bromelain
Bromelain is a complex mixture of substances found in the stem and fruit of the pineapple plant. It is an effective remedy in relieving arthritis pain and reducing inflammation, especially if combined with rutin and trypsin. It also helps in improving knee function for arthritic patients. Bromelain is considered safe if taken in appropriate amounts; however, moderate side-effects occur if taken with certain medications such as amoxicillin and antibiotics. It is best to consult your doctor before taking bromelain. The suggested dosage is 250-500 mg up to three times a day.

Boswellia
Boswellia is a herb that originates in India, but it can now be found in other parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It has been widely-used in Ayurvedic medicine because of its numerous health benefits. Boswellic acids are the active ingredients found in boswellia, which aid in blocking chemical reactions responsible for inducing inflammation. Though research proving its effectivity is limited, many arthritic patients confirm that it brings significant pain relief and improved functionality. Boswellia can be taken in pill form and should not be taken for more than 8-12 weeks unless prescribed by a qualified health practitioner.

Willow bark
Willow bark comes from several varieties of the willow tree — like black willow, crack pillow and white willow. The medicinal use of willow bark has been recognized throughout history. It helps in relieving fever, common cold, muscle pain, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Willow bark contains salicin, which is converted by the body into a chemical substance called salicylic acid. This substance helps in reducing the production of certain prostaglandins, which helps in easing pain and discomfort brought on by joint inflammation. Willow bark should be used with caution since it can interact with medications that slow blood clotting, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David_NovakDavid Novak’s byline has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world.  He’s an avid health enthusiast, and frequently is featured in regional and national health publications. He is also a weekly writer for Healthline.  To view his other stories on Healthline, visit http://www.healthline.com/.  

7 Heart Health Threatening Lifestyle Habits

Stephanie_Ingram

By: Stephanie Ingram 

Precise Lifestyle choices play a major role in living a hale and hearty life. Heart related ailments are on rise these days and are becoming the biggest cause of death around the globe. Heart is not just a pumping machine, it’s the most crucial part of a human’s body that is significantly responsible for overall health. A healthy heart levels a healthy life. You lifestyle choices will make your heart healthier . Apart from knowing what you can and should do for your healthy heart, it’s also vitally important to know what you shouldn’t do to lower the risks of heart ailments and strokes. Below are some of the:

Avoiding Regular Exercising

Sedentary lifestyle and paying no attention to regular exercise is the main heart health threatening tasks that weaken your heart. Avoiding exercising leaves you dull and unfit that directly affects your heart functions. Studies show that people who are not physically at least 5 to 7 hours in a week have a 40% higher risk of serious diseases and early death.

Skipping Breakfasts:

Skipping breakfast habit is surprisingly linked with poor heart conditions. Keeping your body in a state of fasting by omitting the first meal of the day may upset the metabolism. A disturbed metabolism is one of the life threatening conditions for your overall health. It may disturb the insulin resistance in the body which may lead blood pressure problems and heart ailments.

Avoiding Depression Management

Stress and tension can take a toll on your heart fitness. Feeling sadness or depressed is OK when things don’t go in your favor. The harm is to be depressed for prolonged periods. Avoiding the signs of depression can affect your heart health. Management of depression and talking about your problems with someone understanding is necessary to live life fully. Pessimistic attitude leads the heart diseases.

Smoking Consistently

Smoking is one of the habits that simply do NO good for you. The effects of consistent smoking are life threatening. Heart ailments, certain types of Cancers and respiratory tract infections are fast growing risks of smoking. It’s hard for people to say NO to cigarettes. Constant exposure to second hand smoke also harms your heart.

Avoiding Eating Veggies & Fruits

Vegetables and fruits are the main parts of a balanced diet. The hectic lifestyle and easy availability of cooked, frozen and fast foods make it hard to get plant food in adequate amount. It has been proved by researches that people taking lesser amount of veggies and fruits are at higher risk of a stroke than those who take a perfect balanced diet with all essential nutrients.

Avoiding Oral Health

Avoid Flossing is one of the heart threatening habits that not only affects your teeth’s shine but your heart. Studies prove that dental health and avoiding regular flossing exclusively harm your cardiovascular health.  Gum diseases and heart diseases are strongly correlated. Coronary artery passages are narrowed by the bacteria that enter through mouth’s blood vessels. It decreases the blood flow and hurts heart.

Disturbed Sleeping Patterns

Not having adequate sleep every day may affect your heart functions. Both are the signs of disturbed sleep patterns whether you’re getting lesser sleep than 5 hours or getting more than 9 hours. Poor sleeping habits directly lift up the blood pressure and levels of stress hormones.

About Author:

Stephanie Ingram is a blogger, writer at fitnessrepublic.com, enthusiast to spend her efforts and time in learning, applying and writing fitness articles, food and nutrition articles, health care and green living. She has been passionate about learning and sharing the ways to improve fitness and maintain optimal health in order to live an active life.

8 New Ways to Detox

by Healthy Living

Acupuncture

Devotees swear that this 5,000-year-old practice cures everything from bad skin to indigestion. New York acupuncturist and skin/digestive specialist Selma Rondon recently cured a patient’s explosive hives in a day, after antihistamines didn’t work; patients with constipation or bloating quickly feel re-energized, too. Rondon, who learned Mandarin to read authentic Chinese texts, tackles toxicity by examining patients’ tongues — the color clues her in to how internal organs are doing — then inserts slim needles into the energy lines that run through the body.
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Charcoal

For centuries, the Japanese have used white charcoal to soak up substances, from poison to bad breath; its pores absorb a range of gases and toxins. The technique is landing stateside thanks to Sort of Coal, a line that incorporates the porous charcoal, produced from sustainably harvested forests in Japan and Korea.Best for: Removing daily environmental impurities from air and water
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Coffee Wraps

Doctors credit caffeine with reducing swelling and upping our fat-burning mechanisms when applied topically, which explains its omnipresence in cellulite creams. At Hawaiian SpaHalekulani, the “Day of Detox” package incorporates essential oil from a potent South American coffee plant in its Espresso Limon body wrap. Wild cinnamon and lemon oils are added to boost circulation, while massage and body-brushing soothe limbs and open pores further.Best for: Cellulite, lymphatic drainage
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Salt

Salt fights bacteria and inflammation and creates a negative-ion environment — the reason a dip in the sea feels great. At the new Halo/Air Salt Rooms in New York City, you can re-create that effect in “caves” full of Ukrainian salt, which is pumped into the rooms in controlled amounts; temperature and humidity are regulated, too. In the lungs, sodium chloride dispels bacteria and mucus. Sessions improve allergies and respiratory ills.Best for: Respiratory problems, asthma, flu, colds
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Ayurveda

Dr. Pratima Raichur, a longtime ayurvedic practitioner in Manhattan, works wonders for your complexion “with her holistic approach to health and life. Raichur nourishes and cleans skin with essential-oil-based treatments; detoxifying facials combine natural and antibacterial ingredients like sandalwood, aloe vera, red clay, and rosemary with a blast of steam to cleanse and exfoliate skin, and pressure-point massage around the nose and eyes clears sinuses and the puffiness that allergies can cause.
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Infrared Heat

The very technology used on preemies in the hospital, infrared heat penetrates skin almost two inches to warm the body directly, rather than heating the air around you. The infrared sauna at The Arcona Studio in Santa Monica, California (frequented by Diane Lane), is made of sweet-smelling Canadian cedar and confers all the benefits of a traditional sauna: Your pores open, shedding dead cells and toxins like zinc, lead, and cadmium; your heartbeat increases and blood vessels dilate as sweat evaporates; and after just a few minutes, your face develops a fetching rosy glow.
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Detox Bath

Aside from being relaxing, hot water increases blood flow and sweating and dilates the capillaries near the skin’s surface; your body expels the bad stuff and drinks in any herbal oils and salts. Detox Bathing enhances these effects with ingredients like grapefruit oil (a purifier and astringent) and rosemary oil (for circulation). It also makes our cut because of what it leaves out: parabens, sulfates, preservatives, and synthetic fragrances and colors.Best for: Fluid retention, bloating
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Vegetable Fast

More nutritious than sugary juice fasts,  an organic-vegetable juice diet, is a hush-hush favorite among lean beauties like Adriana Lima and Natasha Henstridge. These nutrient-packed liquids like kidney-cleansing almond milk, fibrous green vegetables (kale and celery) are also great for cleaning the liver and boosting immune function. Juicing for more than three days? Add light exercise, such as brisk walking, to counteract a slowing metabolism.Best for: Dropping the last 5 pounds
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