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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

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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.

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Vitamin D Prevents Flu Better Than Vaccine

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by Marcus Gitterle M.D

Our readers know that we have been on the forefront of recommending vitamin D for prevention of influenza. The evidence continues to mount that vitamin D is probably the single, best thing you can take to prevent the flu (and a host of other diseases).A new study, conducted by researchers at Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan, during the 2010 and 2011 flu season, showed that kids given 1200 IU of vitamin D (a modest dose), had a dramatic reduction in incidence of flu.

Just how effective was vitamin D in this study? It was about 9 times better than the anti-viral drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, and about 50% more effective than flu vaccine. Only one in ten kids who received the extra vitamin D came down with the flu!

An interesting aspect of this study was that the advantage of the extra vitamin D only became apparent during the second month of supplementation. Why? These kids were already deficient (as are most kids in the northern latitudes, during the winter), and it took a month to get their vitamin D levels up.

This is good news for all of us in this era of scary influenza virus mutations, expensive and dangerous anti-viral drugs, and dubious, hastily manufactured vaccines. Score another one for vitamin D, which is quickly becoming a health revolution, in a class all its own.

When is the US going to officially raise the RDA for this critically important vitamin? And how long is it going to take for parents to realize that milk, fortified with trivial amounts vitamin D is not going to be adequate for their kids?

When is the public going to appreciate the critical difference between the so-called vitamin D2 found in most milk and low-quality vitamin supplements, and the vitamin D3 that we really need and our bodies can use?

I hope the answer is soon, because our failing healthcare system can¡’t afford many more years of caring for a vitamin D deficient populace.

Adequate vitamin D intake, meaning at least 2000-5000 IU per day for everyone over 12, and at least 1200 IU per day for most kids under 12, will create a health revolution; an era where cancer, heart disease, depression, sleep disorders, diabetes, arthritis, autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis and many other conditions, will cease to be epidemics, and health care costs will become manageable.

And it will come to pass because folks started heeding the evidence-based recommendation to choose adequate levels of vitamin D supplementation.

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Natural Remedies for Hypoglycemia

takingBLOODLow blood sugar or hypoglycemia is a disorder of blood sugar metabolism. Hypoglycemia is the medical term for the condition in which blood glucose or blood sugar levels are lower than normal  levels. Glucose, which is one of the main sources of energy for the human body is mainly derived from carbohydrate rich foods. Foods like potatoes, rice, various fruits,  different cereals, and dairy products along with  sweets are also considered carbohydrates.

Craving for Sweets
A craving for sweets and starch in excessive amounts between meals is the first sign of a low blood sugar level.
Nervousness, Irritability, Fatigue
When the blood sugar level falls below normal symptoms such as nervousness, irritability, fatigue, depression, disturbed vision, and headaches appear.
Sweating, Trembling, numbness
Other symptoms are sweating, trembling, numbness, absent-mindedness, dizziness, palpitations of the heart, and some sexual disturbances. Most hypoglycemia patients feel hungry and eat frequently to get over the feeling of weakness and emotional irritability. They feel tense if they have to go without food for several hours. 
Low Blood Sugar Causes
Low blood sugar (which is also known as Hypoglycemia) is usually caused by an excessive intake of refined carbohydrates and sugary foods. Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by abnormally low blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, usually less than 70 mg/dl. However, it is important to talk to your health care provider about your individual blood glucose targets, and what level is too low for you. Hypoglycemia may also be referred to as an insulin reaction, or insulin shock.

Low Blood Sugar Remedies

Certain vitamins have been found effective in the treatment of low blood sugar. These vitamins are  C, E, and B complex. Foods rich in these vitamins are therefore valuable in low blood sugar. Vitamins C and B increase tolerance of sugar and carbohydrates, and help normalize sugar metabolism. Pantothenic acid and vitamin B6 help to build up adrenals which are generally exhausted in persons with low blood sugar. Vitamin E improves glycogen storage in the muscles and tissues. Individuals should take vitamin C in large doses from 2,000 to 5,000 mg B6 – 50 mg, and vitamin E – upto 1600 IU daily

Treatment for Low Blood Sugar using Apples
Apples are considered valuable in low blood sugar. Two small apples with their peels should be eaten after each meal for treating this condition.
Treatment for Low Blood Sugar using Molasses
The use of molasses has been found very useful in low blood sugar. When blood sugar becomes abnormally low as a result of over exertion or under-nutrition, a glass of homemade lemonade made of molasses will serve as a tonic and prevent the feeling of faintness. It also serves the same purpose in the body as glucose.
Low Blood Sugar Diet - Grains, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables
The ideal diet for low blood sugar should be based on three basic food groups, namely, grains, seeds and nuts, vegetables and fruits. Seeds, nuts and grains should be the main part of the diet. Seeds and nuts should be taken in their raw form. Grains in the form of cereals, should be cooked. Cooked grains are digested slowly and release sugar into the blood gradually ( six to eight hours after meals). This will keep the blood sugar level normal and constant for a long period.
Eat 6-8 smaller meals per day
People suffering from a low blood sugar should eat six to eight meals a day instead of two or three large ones. Eating raw nuts and seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds, or fruit juices between meals will be beneficial.
Avoid refined and processed foods, reduce salt intake
All refined and processed foods, white sugar, white flour and all their by-products should be completely eliminated from the diet. Coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks should also be avoided. The consumption of salt should be reduced as an excessive intake of salt causes loss of blood potassium, which causes blood sugar to drop.
Rest, relaxation, meditation
Proper rest is essential for those suffering from low blond sugar. A tranquil mind is of the utmost importance in this condition. Nervous strain and anxiety should be relieved by simple methods of meditation and relaxation. A prolonged bath at room temperature will also be helpful in relieving mental tension.

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Coconut Water – 8 Benefits You Didn’t Know

There are hundreds of companies that produce energy and sports drinks, but in health and hydration, none can overcome nature. Learn about the benefits of coconut water and check them out for yourself.

  1. coconutWATERyumIf you can’t get it fresh from the tropics NO PROBLEM: Packaged coconut water is invading supermarkets. (Not to be confused with milk or coconut oil) Its popularity has grown thanks to high performance athletes and celebrities recommending it as the best remedy for a hangover, long workouts and malnutrition problems.
  2. Natural hydration. Coconut water has electrolytes and carbohydrates that are easily assimilated. It’s like a sports drink but with many more advantages. For example, in one ounce of coconut water has 61 mg of potassium, whereas in an average sports drink there is only 3.75 mg. What’s more, coconut water contains no dyes or preservatives objectionable.
  3. Nutritional based sugar. Children and adults with special diets can consume coconut water without worry, as well as being a good source of vitamin B and ascorbic acid. It contains only 60 calories (three times less sugar than fruit juice, and nine times less a gas). To avoid surprises always read the label and check that the juice has no added sugars or syrups.
  4. Ideal for extreme situations. High performance have proven the benefits of coconut water. Mixed with 50% water and enriched with protein supplements it helps regulate temperature, energy and minerals lost in long hours of exercise, extreme heat and humidity.
  5. Antinausea Juice. Coconut water is the best remedy for sensitive travelers and pregnant women. Its mineral helps combat nausea and prevents fluid retention.
  6. Kills parasites, balances and strengthens the body.Coconut water strengthens the immune system, facilitates the absorption of nutrients in the blood and combat acidification of cells [one of the causes of cancer]. Since ancient times, it was given to children to kill intestinal parasites.
  7. Better than cow’s milk. Coconut water contains higher protein concentration (alanine, arginine, cystine, lysine, tyrosine and serene) than commercial milk, so it is recommended for those suffering from lactose intolerance drink or deficiency calcium and magnesium.
  8. Burns and dryness. Coconut water is moisturizing and relaxing, so is used to relieve mild sun burn and skin dryness.

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