10 Essential Herbs for Lifelong Health: Storey Country by Barbara L. Heller M.S.W.

By Barbara L. Heller M.S.W.

when you consider that 1973, Storey's state knowledge announcements have provided useful, hands-on directions designed to aid readers grasp dozens of state residing talents speedy and simply. There are actually greater than one hundred seventy titles during this sequence, and their impressive reputation displays the typical wish of state and town dwellers alike to domesticate own independence in daily life.

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For a softer salve, add more oil. CALENDULA INFUSED OIL You can use the infused oil by itself for topical healing of minor skin irritations. 2 parts extra-virgin olive oil 1 part dried calendula blossoms 1. Combine the olive oil and calendula blossoms in the top of a double boiler. Simmer gently for approximately 1 hour. 2. Strain the cooled mixture through a double layer of cheesecloth. Store in a cool, dark location, where it will keep for 3 to 6 months. Safety and Cautions for Calendula James Duke, botanist and author, points out that people who have hay fever may have an allergic reaction to this herb, especially if taken internally; he advises that a person stop taking it at the first sign of any itching or other discomfort.

For example, oils made from lemons and lavender are relatively reasonable in price, while those made from roses are so expensive that people sometimes purchase them by the drop rather than by the ounce! Essential Oil Caution Enjoy essential oils in external applications—massage oils, herbal bath mixtures, and compresses. They are also good additions to homemade cleaning products. Do not take them internally, however, unless directed to do so by a qualified healthcare professional. In addition, use just the amount specified in a recipe—if three drops are called for, ten drops are not necessarily better and can, in fact, be harmful.

Both German chamomile and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), a somewhat similar-looking perennial, are widely cultivated for commercial purposes. Health Benefits Chamomile has a relaxing effect on the nervous and digestive systems. In addition to being a sleep aid, chamomile has traditionally been used to treat stomachaches, ulcers, menstrual cramps, and arthritis. Chamomile tea is served to soothe heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux. Externally, chamomile has been used to heal wounds because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

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