Most people think of Basil only as a culinary herb. It can be used for so much more than cooking. From aiding in digestion to easing the pain of insect bites, basil is a great addition to your herbal medicine cabinet.
I love drinking tea! I have compiled a list of my favorite teas to share with you. So put the kettle on and grab a cup as we go through this epic list. Ok, Ok, maybe it's not epic, but it was fun to put together.
You all know the feeling, the first sign of being sick. A sore throat! That unbearable pain that wakes you a night because your throat is bone dry. Then comes the coughing and scratchy throat. Well I'm experiencing that right now as I type. My husband had it last week. Now I blame him for spreading this misery to me! Last week I decided to find a remedy to help ease his cough and soothe the sore throat. I must say he was quit pleased with the remedy though I think it was the brandy that had a lot to do with it! I started with a recipe from good old Rosemary Gladstar and tweaked it a bit
I know, technically cinnamon is not an herb. It's tree bark! Did you know that? Did you also know that there are more than one type of cinnamon. If you want to get the most out of cinnamon you must know if you're using true cinnamon.
Winter is coming. It's time to harvest what you can from the garden before the bitter cold claims it. I've put together this quick tutorial of how to collect, hang and dry garden herbs. Now you can enjoy the flavors of summer all winter long.
Did you know raspberry leaves are used to make tea and herbal medicine? The tea is super beneficial especially for the female reproductive system and during pregnancy or if you are trying to get pregnant. Not only do I enjoy eating the delicious berries, the tea is an everyday must for a healthy cycle!
You may notice the Staghorn Sumac plant growing all over in the fall. The Native Americans used this all the time as a way to get vitamin C. It's free and abundant this time of year. Why not take advantage of it's sour/tart flavor? I was surprised the first time I tried it, it's pretty good actually. I guess it's not really lemonade, but uh, stagade? I 'll teach you how to make it.
It's the time of year when Goldenrod is in full bloom. Those beautiful yellow blooms that remind us of fall. Growing wild in most open, sunny fields and roadsides. Among many of it's qualities it is one of the best herbal treatments for urinary tract disorders.
Goldenrod usually grows wild, but can be cultivated by gathering seeds and planting in your garden. It attracts many beneficial insects into the garden such as ladybugs, lacewings and hoverflies. It can grow 3-7 feet so make you allow it enough space.
Lemon balm is a lemon scented type of mint. It has been known to reduce stress and anxiety, calm the stomach and promote sleep. Little did I know what I was getting when I purchased this plant. It will now be a staple in my herb garden. Read more to find out the many benefits.
Aloe can be used for all kinds of ailments other than a sunburn. Did you know the the outer skin is a popular laxative ingredient? There is more to this hardy plant then we give credit.
If you were to add any one herb to your diet, this should be it. Turmeric has incredible healing properties. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich, and an immune enhancer. It would be easier to write about what Turmeric doesn't do. Read on to learn more.