Whether you’re traveling, at home, camping or taking a trip to the beach, here are a few natural remedies, herbs, essential oils and homeopathic remedies that may come useful as we wind down the summer months.
Herbs have been used in the traditional medical systems of many different civilizations for thousands of years. Medicinal herbs are perfect for treating everyday ailments at home, and many medicinal herbs grow well in your own herb garden.
Many herbs have been used as medicine and as home remedies for hundreds or even thousands of years. If you are thinking of starting a medicinal herb garden, or if you want to make your own herbal home remedies, here are 20 posts to get you started. How to Grow and Use Medicinal Herbs at […]
Hay fever symptoms range from the mildly uncomfortable to very annoying. Stuffy or runny nose, itchy and red eyes, sneezing, tiredness, a dry cough and a sore throat are common symptoms of hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis. Symptoms happen when the immune system reacts to pollen. Fortunately, there are many natural remedies that can […]
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has been considered a sacred herb in many cultures. It grows wild in many parts of the world, but you can also plant this valuable medicinal herb in your own herb garden. Both leaves and flowers are edible, although flowers are more often used for herbal remedies. The easiest way to use […]
Chamomile is a versatile herb that has been used for centuries in herbal medicine and as a home remedy. Herbal medicine uses two types of chamomile: Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), and although these varieties are slightly different, they can be mostly used for the same purposes. The easiest way to […]
Many edible weeds and wildcrafted herbs that appear in the spring are excellent home remedies for the springtime. Dandelion and nettle grow pretty much everywhere; both are full of nutrients and both also make great spring detox teas. Cherry blossoms and apple blossoms have a delicate sweet flavor and are lovely additions to DIY tea […]
Some of us get the flu every year, and even those who avoid the worst of the flu season may catch a cold at this time of the year. There are many ways to boost your immunity and fight the flu or the common cold naturally. Many simple home remedies relieve flu symptoms. […]
Recently, I made my own chest rub for colds and coughs for the very first time, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I used a basic recipe for an herbal salve from Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family, […]
Digestive upsets are common in the festive season, but they easily treated with herbal remedies. Indigestion and many other stomach problems respond well to simple home remedies. Keep bags of chamomile, peppermint and ginger teas in the cupboard for the holiday season – or make your own herbal infusions with dried or fresh herbs. […]
Lavender is used in herbal medicine, in aromatherapy as essential oil, in cooking, in beauty products… it is one of the most versatile herbs, and it is safe for most people both as an herb and as essential oil (look for Lavandula angustifolia/officinalis/vera essential oil for therapeutic use). Do you grow lavender in your herb […]
Herb teas and herbal infusions are healthy and refreshing drinks on hot summer days. Most herbal teas taste great cold; add a few ice cubes, a little honey or a few slices of lemon to ice cold herbal tea for a thirst quencher. If you grow a few common medicinal herbs in your herb garden, […]