Happiness and herbs, be inspired today!

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Taking time to cultivate happiness and herbs

 

It is the summer of 2020 and as we enjoy the warmer weather let’s take some time to take in the lovely warm days. Join us as we take time to cultivate happiness and herbs.

Life is so hard and full of challenges and it is good to enjoy the small things that make life simple. Our herb garden is a place where it is easy to leave behind daily cares, it is such a blessing. At this time of the year, our herb garden is usually overflowing with abundance. Spring has passed and we have gathered all the herbs that are best harvested in spring. Now we patiently wait for the herbs that yield its highest healing power in summer and autumn.

My husband is such a wonderful busy bee in our garden and together we work the soil to produce life-giving and healing herbs. In this blog post, I will share images of some of the herbs currently growing in our herb garden. I will also tell you about their properties and how to effectively use them. I hope you find the information informative. Happiness and herbs, be inspired.

 

Motherwort

Motherwort Leonurus cardiacaI have treated many patients with heart problems using this herb. I also use it as a support herb for regulating female hormones. Motherwort is one of the best herbs to naturally heal and support the heart. It is also effective in combating neuralgia and rheumatic complaints. Research suggests that taking a motherwort extract by mouth for 28 days can decrease blood pressure in people with untreated high blood pressure. Motherwort can alleviate symptoms of the menopause.

Heart conditions (fast heart rate, abnormal rhythm) can be treated with motherwort. Intestinal gas (flatulence). It helps in treating overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).  Combined with Dong Quai it is an effective menstrual regulator. Motherwort can also alleviate symptoms of Shingles. The standard infusion is recommended at 10 to 30gr.

 

Lemon  Balm

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This is one of the herbs that are invaluable in alleviating symptoms of anxiety. It is a calmative as well as an antispasmodic.  It helps with symptoms of depression and insomnia. Since it is a mild sedative it can also be used to treat colic in babies. remember to consult your herbalist before giving babies and small children herbs. Effective and correct dosages are important when treating little ones. Lemon Balm has been used for many years to alleviate fever and calm the overall awful feelings associated with the common cold and other childhood diseases that make them feel miserable. The standard infusion is recommended at 1/2 to 6gr.

 

Echinacea

Cone flowerAlso known as Cone Flower or Sampson root, is known to stimulate the body’s immune system against infections and inflammation. For instance, it stimulates digestions and strengthens the immune system against pathogens. It is a native of North America which combats the breakdown of cell walls and the formation of pus it is one of the most effective herbs to use against bacterial and viral infections. Echinacea is an effective blood cleanser. as a result, we use it for all illnesses where the blood has become putrid. You should take it everY 2hours at the hight of infection. Tapering the dosage as the symptoms of the infection improves. The standard infusion is recommended at 3 to 9gr; tincture, 10 to 30 drops.

 

Sage

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Salvia Officinalis, commonly known as Sage, is a time tested herb that has been used for thousands of years. It is used for medicinal herbal remedies and is a well-known seasoning used for culinary purposes. As a result, it is easy to find in shops. It is an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antiseptic. We could easily go as far as to say it is a cure-all.  it is effective in treating colds and flu and is an effective muscle relaxant. Gargling the throat when it is sore using sage is almost a must. For infected gums and ulcers in the mouth, using sage as a mouth wash helps. It can be used as a vaginal douche and is an effective treatment for cystitis. If you drink it cold during the day it can prevent night sweats. Used regularly it will expel worms in children and adults.

Used as a wash it is effective in cleaning wounds, ulcers and sores. Sage is used to reduce fevers caused by upper respiratory infections. It is known to cure dandruff because of its anti-fungal properties. If you want to stop the flow of breast milk drinking sage cold as a tonic will stop the flow of milk. In the past. women used sage when they weaned their babies or if illness prevented them from feeding their babies. Do not drink ingest sage if you want to breastfeed however, using it externally will still be effective.

A cup of  Sage a day truly would keep all doctors away. The standard infusion is recommended at 3 to 9gr; tincture, 10 to 30 drops.

 

Feverfew

We also have a wonderful yield of feverfew this year, you can find an article on feverfew by following this link [Feverfew]

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Historically we have used Feverfew to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches caused by inflammation and reduces pain, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise when they do occur. It has also been used to treat arthritis, asthma, constipation, dermatitis, earache, fever, headache, inflammatory conditions, insect bites, labour, menstrual disorders, potential miscarriage, psoriasis, spasms, stomach ache, swelling, tinnitus, toothache, vertigo, and worms.  The flowers act as a purgative. The standard infusion is recommended at 3 to 9gr; tincture, 10 to 30 drops.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed taking a closer look at some of the herbs currently growing in hour herb garden. Don’t forget to look for these herbs in my online shop.  I will write more posts about the herbs found in my herb garden as summer progresses.  Life is so unpredictable,  therefore, let’s enjoy the lovely summer weather by taking care of ourselves and the people we love.

 

I wish you happiness and herbs and I hope you were inspired today!