Grow Your Own Medicinal Herb Garden

Medicinal Herb Garden

Sow your seeds, water, and watch your medicinal herb garden grow!

  • Arnica ~  Used for sprains, bruises, soaks, compresses, and an ingredient for salves and oils.
  • Ashwagandha ~ Used for physical and mental exhaustion.
  • Astragalus ~ Used for its immune enhancing qualities.  Improves function of liver, lungs, and spleen.
  • Black Cohosh ~  Used for controlling the infamous “hot flashes” of menopause.
  • Borage ~ Delightful blue/purple flowers for salads, teas and desserts. Put them in ice cube trays for floral icecubes. Gladdens the heart.
  • Burdock ~ Leaves make a lovely poultice for skin damage.
  • Calendula ~ Premier healing agent in salves, tinctures or applied to external injuries.
  • California Poppy ~ Works well for calming children and adults who have sensitive constitutions.

    California Poppy

    California Poppy

  • Cayenne Pepper ~ The fruit is widely used in cooking and contains capsaicin, which can help with some pain management.
  • German Chamomile ~Perfect for gentle bedtime sedation or for treating stomachache.
  • Chickweed ~ Used daily, the herb will assist in weight reduction programs.
  • Echinacea Angustifolia ~ Beloved medicinal that is used for its immune enhancing properties.

    Echinacea

    Echinacea

  • Ephedra ~ A natural adrenergic stimulant to the central nervous system and a bronchodilator for treating colds and asthma.
  • Evening Primrose ~  Some women report alleviation of PMS by eating the plant and the seeds.
  • Feverfew ~ Fresh leaves are tonic to prevent migraines.
  • Hibiscus ~ The flowers are used to make tea, and are also a mild diuretic and laxative.

    HIbiscus

    HIbiscus

  • Hyssop ~ This mildly anti-viral and expectorant herb makes an excellent tea to treat the common cold.
  • Lemon Balm ~ Favorite tea herb for its aromatic & sedative uses. Mildly anti-viral.

    Lemon Balm

    Lemon Balm

  •  Licorice ~ A demulcent and expectorant, essential herbal treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, adrenal exhaustion or gastric ulcer.
  • Marshmallow ~ Enhances immune function. Makes a healing tea that is soothing to throat and urinary tract.
  • Meadowsweet ~  Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving.
  • Mullein ~ Used as tea or tincture for moistening mucous membranes. A great soothing agent for the throat, bronchia, and lungs.

    Mullein flower

    Mullein flower

  • Plantain ~ Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. Particularly useful as a first-aid poultice and for dental infections.
  • Purslane ~ Eaten fresh as a salad herb, and is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Sage ~ The leaves are used in cooking, and tea from the leaves acts as an astringent and can help relieve itching.
  • Summer Savory ~ Widely used in cooking, and has traditionally been used to treat stomach upsets.
  • Stevia ~ 250 times sweeter than sugar. A flavoring agent, a wound healer, a treatment for hypoglycemia and a digestive aid.
  • Thyme ~ Used in cooking and for its astringent and antibiotic properties.
  • Tulsi (Holy Basil) ~ Adaptogenic, antifungal, antibacterial, immune enhancing, and of the Ayurvedic tradition.
  • Yarrow ~  Yarrow flowers are fabulous for their anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties.

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You can buy certified organically grown seeds from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Happy planting!

Get Your Magnesium!

magnesium-rich-foods, and why you need magnesium

Magnesium is a vital nutrient, one of the six essential minerals that the body needs in large quantities.  Revered as the “beautiful mineral” in Chinese Medicine, magnesium contributes to the manufacture of energy, cardiovascular function, and cellular reproduction. Strong bones and teeth, radiant skin, balanced hormones, a healthy nervous system, and relaxed body and mind are all made possible by sufficient magnesium in our cells. In other words, not only is magnesium anti-aging, but magnesium also helps with inflammation, sleep, depression, stress, and fatigue!

Amazingly, most people are deficient in magnesium. Currently less than 30% of Americans meet the recommended daily intake for magnesium in the diet.  And a stunning 19% of adults—one in five—consumes less than half of the US RDA for magnesium.

According to USDA food charts, the five foods with the highest magnesium per typical serving are:

  • Halibut
  • Mackeral
  • Boiled spinach
  • Bran breakfast cereal
  • Almonds

Foods with highest magnesium per milligram, regardless of typical intake, are:

  • Cocoa
  • Bran breakfast cereal
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pumpkin seeds

However, the amount of magnesium your body actually uses is different than the total amount of magnesium found in a food or supplement – in fact researchers have found that the average magnesium absorption by the digestive system is only 20 to 50%.

This is why applying magnesium directly to the skin is so effective. Known as transdermal magnesium therapy, it is a powerful new tool that combines the healing power of the body’s largest organ — the skin — with the life sustaining properties of one of our most vital minerals.

magnesium oil massage

And it’s amazingly simple ~ apply magnesium lotion as you would a moisturizer; spray magnesium oil on the bottom of your feet; have a massage with magnesium gel; or add some magnesium flakes to your bath.  Ancient Minerals,  sold by LL’s Magnetic Clay, is the brand we use, and heartily recommend. They utilize an ultra-pure, highly concentrated form of naturally occurring magnesium, along with other trace minerals.

Some benefits of Ancient Minerals topical magnesium:

  • Relieves headaches and migraines
  • Calms stress and hyperactivity
  • Facilitates safe and effective detoxification
  • Relief of aches, pains, spasms
  • Elevates mood and relieves stress
  • Encourages healthy skin tissue
  • Helps maintain proper muscle function
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Balances the hormonal system
  • Calms overactive nerves
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Relieves restless leg issues and leg spasms
  • Helps with depression
  • Helps with peridontal disease
  • Helps with eczema and psoriasis
  • Anti-aging
  • …and much more

So, go ahead and eat your magnesium rich foods, but to supplement with magnesium , let your skin do all the absorbing!

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Home-Grown Garlic

garlic

It has been said that once you taste home-grown garlic, you’ll never reach for the store-bought version again. And the good news is: it’s incredibly easy to grow your own. Just pull the biggest cloves off of the bulb, and plant in loose fertile soil with the pointy tip facing up. Fertilize and water well.

Typically, garlic should be planted in the late fall; however, it is not too late to plant your garlic cloves in April. If planting in the fall, then place the cloves in the soil about 2 inches deep – if planting in April, then place the cloves just below the surface.

Harvest your garlic in late spring or early summer, when the plants have 5 or 6 green leaves. Gently pull them out of the soil after you have pried them loose by poking a garden fork under the bulbs.Your garlic is ready to eat!

If you want to store it, then you must let your garlic cure for a few weeks. This you do by hanging the bulbs with their foliage bundled, or by spreading them out on a rack or table.

After a few weeks, trim the roots close to the bulb and trim the stalks down to about 12 inches. Gently remove the outer layer of skin off the bulb, and also any loose soil. Finally, store the bulbs in a dry, dark, and well-ventilated place.

Before you start, choose your type of garlic – there are two types; Softnecks and Hardnecks. Softnecks do better in warmer climates, and tend to make smaller, stronger flavored cloves. Hardnecks prefer a real winter, after which their stiff stem creates a beautiful mini-bulbed flower.

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Grow your own garlic!