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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Herbal Wisdom

I'm one of those people who would rather try a natural cure than pop a pill but I understand that there are some times you need to take medication. Make sure that you have extras of your prescriptions when it's possible and start researching some all natural herbal remedies now. Here are a few of my favorites and ones that can be grown here in Vermont.

**Standard disclaimer - I am not a doctor or a nurse or a professional herbalist. Do not try these at home without consulting appropriate medical professionals.**

These herbs can be grown, dried & made into a tea.

Bergamot - monarda fistulosa - Good for nerves and soothes stomachs

Red clover - trifolium pratense - There is some research that indicates this has a beneficial influence on cancer. Also soothes nerves.

Fennel - foeniculum officinale - Helps indigestion, obesity and was held to help rheumatic and arthritic conditions.

Hollyhock - althea rosea - Helps a weak heart, digestion and is soothing.

Horehound - marrubium vulgare or marrubium nigrum - Excellent for coughs, colds and sore throats.

Lavender - lavandula vera or lavendula spica - Use in cases of nervousness and hysteria

Marigold - calendula officinalis - Makes a great skin tonic.

Peppermint - menthe peperita - Great for stomach ailments.

Mullein - verbascum thapsus - Great for chest congestion, said to have antibacterial properties, helps hay vever. Warning this stuff tastes HORRID but it works. (pictured)

Pansy - viola tricolor - Used for heart palpitations.

Parsley - petroselinum sativum - Is a diuretic and recommended for swollen glands.

Raspberry leaf - rubus idaeus - Known for easing labor and women's complaints.

Rosemary - rosmarinus officinalis - Helpful for headaches.

Sage - salvia officinalis or salvia agrestis - Used for constipation.

Thyme - thymus vulgaris or thyms serpyllum - Helpful for coughs and asthma

There are lots more herbal cures out there but these are the ones I am most familiar with that can be grown here in Vermont. Also WTSHTF, your average Joe may very well raid your first aid kit or medicine cabinet but chances are he isn't going to know mullein from poison ivy.


Bullseye said...

If only we all could/would use these herbs our health would be in such better condition. I belive that there is just about anything we need for all our problems growing right up from the ground for all to use. We really need to learn what and where they are and how to use them. It's a lost art that like so many we need to get back too. Great post.

ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom said...

Thanks, Bullseye! I try to learn a bit more each year but I know there is so much more out there that I don't know.

Mayberry said...

Good info, and great looking blog! Excellent job!

ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom said...

Thanks, Mayberry! I appreciate the compliment!

Lamb said...

OverworkedMom, Another great use for thyme is for poultices to *draw out* infection and heal wounds. The germ cleaning element in Listerine is actually an extract of thyme. A thyme poultice can help heal wounds in cases when *main stream* therapies (antibiotics, etc) are not providing relief.
I love your blog *redecorating* Looks great!

ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom said...

Thanks, Lamb. I didn't know that one. I'll have to give it a try once I can find my thyme underneath the snow :) Thanks for stopping by!

Kymber said...

i have just finished reading all of your posts - excellent job! i find all of the posts very helpful and the info provided is definitely useful! keep up the good work!

ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom said...

Thanks, Kymber! I appreciate the good words!

Outraged Patriot said...

Hi, I am glad I finially got the time to check out your blog-it looks good! I used to live in Derby Line for about 15 years before we moved to South Dakota about 4 years ago. I also LOVE herbs and am working on my masters in herbology. The one thing I love so much about south dakota is the very long and sunny summer! Felt like it took the first year of being here before my core thawed out-Vermont was cold and damp to me. Beautiful but the sun just didn't shine enough for us :) I've definately enjoyed learning about the herbs out here. keep up the good work.

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