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Useful Plants Guide
Useful Plants Guide - Herbal Recipes
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Useful Plants Guide - Medicinal
Useful Plants Guide - Medicinal Herbs
Useful Plants Guide - Medicinal Plants
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Herbal Medicinal Tea Chart:
Tea for One:
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of herbs, cover, let stand for 7 minutes and strain.
Note: teas can be made from fresh or dried herbs. Honey, a squeeze of lemon or both may be added, but no milk. Try mixing two teas together or add a little fruit juice with iced tea.
Nerve Sedative Angelica, Balm, Bay, Borage, Chamomile, Cress, Dill, Garlic, Lavender, Marjoram, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Salad Burnet, Thyme.
Digestion Angelica, Anise, Balm, Bay, Caraway, Chamomile, Chicory, Chives, Comfrey, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Garlic, Horseradish, Lavender, Lovage, Marjoram, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Spearmint, Tarragon, Thyme.
Rheumatism Basil, Bay, Borage, Chervil, Garlic, Lavender, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Salad Burnet.
Coughs & Colds Angelica, Anise, Balm, Basil, Bay, Chamomile, Comfrey, Dill, Garlic, Horseradish, Lovage, Marjoram, Oregano, Peppermint, Spearmint, Thyme.
Poor Skin Angelica, Anise, Balm, Basil, Bay, Borage, Caraway, Chamomile, Chervil, Chicory, Comfrey, Coriander, Cress, Fennel, Garlic, Horseradish, Lavender, Lovage, Parsley, Salad Burnet, Savory, Thyme.
Blood/General Tonic Angelica, Borage, Chervil, Chives, Comfrey, Coriander, Cress, Dill, Garlic, Horseradish, Lovage, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Sage, Salad Burnet, Savory, Tarragon, Thyme.
Heart Tonic Balm, Basil, Borage, Rosemary.
Kidney Tonic Balm, Basil, Borage, Caraway, Chervil, Chives, Lovage, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme.
Liver Tonic Chamomile, Chervil, Chicory, Chives, Dill, Peppermint, Sage, Spearmint.
Herbal Medicinal Recipes:
Bronchitis - Garlic Rub:
Chop 5 cloves of garlic small and add to the Vaseline of a small jar. Set the jar on a warm windowsill for a few days. Use to massage into chest and back when needed.
Colds - Horseradish snuff:
Inhale the fumes while grating horseradish (then eat the grated horseradish!).
Memory Improvement - Balm Tea:
Add 2 cups of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of balm and let it stand for 15 minutes. Add honey and lemon juice and allow cooling.
Muscle pain, stiffness, headaches, tension - Lavender bath
Generously add the stems and flowers of Lavender to your hot bathwater, or Add a couple of aromatherapy oil drops and 1tablespoon milk to bathwater. (The milk helps to break the oil down).
Sprain Cream – Myrtle
Take 1 ½ cups of myrtle and some berries and simmer (in double boiler) in 1 ½ cups of aqueous cream for 20 minutes. Add a handful of chopped comfrey leaves to the cream, strain and bottle in sterilized containers. Keep in fridge and apply generously over areas when needed.
Wounds - Thyme rinse
Take a handful of thyme stalks, cover with boiling water and let it draw for 20 minutes. Wash the appropriate area with this infusion.
Preserve the essential potency of herbs by making a tincture, ideal to use in medicines, cosmetics and the kitchen.
You will need:
240ml fresh herbs or 120g dried herbs,
mortar and pestle,
500ml apple cider vinegar or vodka,
a container that can be closed tightly,
a sieve and cheesecloth big enough to line the sieve,
a dark glass bottle that can seal tightly.
Step One: prepare by getting the mortar and pestle, the container and apple cider vinegar or vodka together. Harvest your herbs only when you are ready to proceed immediately.
Step Two: using the mortar and pestle, crush the herbs gently, and adding a few drops of the solvent now.
Step Three: place the crushed herbs and vodka or apple cider vinegar in a container and close tightly. Allow this mix to steep (macerate) for two weeks in a warm place and shake well twice on a day.
Step Four: strain the mixture through a cheesecloth lined sieve and squeeze the cloth to extract the last drops.
Step Five: pour this liquid (tincture) into your dark bottle, stopper it well and keep in a cool, dark place.
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This website contains general information about medicinal plants and their uses. It is intended as a general overview and not as a medical handbook for self-treatment. Many of the medicinal plants described are highly toxic and may cause severe allergic reactions or serious poisoning. We cannot be held responsible for claims arising from the mistaken identity of plants or their inappropriate use. Do not attempt self-diagnosis or self-treatment. Always consult a medical professional or qualified practitioner.