Welcome to the December 2012 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Natural Remedies.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they use natural remedies in their homes.
Whatever your problem may be, solve it with a good cup of herbal tea! Unlike medicine, herbs work with your body, not against it. Whether you have a headache, stomach ache or sore throat, there is an herbal remedy for you. There are so many great herbs but don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s better to know 20 uses for one herb, than 20 herbs with one use! No need to memorize a textbook. Stick with these common herbs and you can do just about anything.
German Chamomile- Probably the most well known and safest herb. It is great for children and adults and has a nice taste. It can be used both internally and externally.
- Key actions- anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic, antispasmodic, relaxant and carminative
- Uses- Digestive problems, gas, bloating, colic, heartburn, irritable bowls, tension, pain, headache, sore throat, irritation, menstrual cramps, hay fever, asthma, rashes, cuts, dry skin and itchy skin.
- Other suggestions- Use diluted essential oil on diaper rash. Make a poultice and apply to sore nipples.
Peppermint- This stuff grows like crazy. I planted some in my garden one year and it just keeps coming back! This is another well known herb with so many uses!
- Key actions- carminative, relieves muscle spasms, increases sweating, stimulates bile and antiseptic.
- Uses- digestive problems, colic, cramps, gas, diarrhea, constipation, pain, sore throat, headaches, migraines, respiratory infections and skin irritation.
- Other suggestions- Diffuse the essential oil for respiratory infections and headaches. Rub diluted essential oil on temples.
Lavender- A very popular scent but did you know you can drink it? It makes a wonderful tea and goes well with chamomile.
- Key actions- carminative, relieves muscle spasms, antidepressant, antiseptic & antibacterial, stimulates blood flow and antioxidant.
- Uses- Nervous system, sleeplessness, irritability, headaches, migraines, depression, indigestion, colic, gas, bloating, asthma, burns, wounds, sores, insect stings, pain, inflammation, scabies, lice, tension, and muscle aches.
- Other suggestions- Diffuse the essential oil for a calming aromatic effect. Rub diluted essential oil on the temples.
Ginger- This is a warming and stimulating root that is much more than a food spice. It’s the first thing I reach for when I have a stomach ache or I feel nauseous.
- Key actions- antiemetic, carminative, circulatory stimulant, inhibits coughing, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.
- Uses- indigestion, nausea, gas, colic, motion sickness, morning sickness, gastrointestinal infections, pain, arthritis, high blood pressure and fevers.
- Other suggestions- Uses diluted essential oil for arthritis aches. Make candied ginger!
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Source: DK Natural Health Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier
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