Herbs can be a very natural way of healing/preventing ill health in the body

A list of useful herbs for common ailments

Various herbal recipes & tinuctures 

The different types of herbal teas

The magical powers of herbs are such.
one's eagerness prompts one to use too much;
But tis wiser to taunt than to tire the taste,
And a nice moderation guards against waste.

A good rule to follow, in seasonings, therefore,
Is a scant fourth teaspoon to each serving for four;
And you soon will discover that herbs used with care,
Will glorify all that you cook or prepare.

Dishes that simmer, or bubble or stew
For long patients house - like soup or ragout -
Should be given their herbs the last hour or so,
For too lengthy cooking lets herb flavours go.

But dishes that cook while you hurry and fix,
Should receive their herb quota right in the mix;
While cold things - like cocktail - really should sleep
Overnight with their herbs to allow them to steep.

Author - M. Dunnigan

 

SYMPTOMS INDEX
Acne Burdock, lavender, cowslip, dandelion, comfrey (good for scarring)
   
Anthihistermine Chamomile, Feverfew
   
Antibacterial Garlic, chives, pasque flower, chamomile, Echinacea, St. John's Wort, Sage, Angelica
 
Antifungal Calendula, chamomile,

 
Antioxidant Selfheal
 
Antiseptic Thyme, Echinacea, Rosemary, Wintergreen, Sage, Southernwood, Meadowsweet, Basil, (for the eyes - calendula, chamomile) (for the gums - myrrh essential oi)
 
Breast Milk to increase the flow
Fennel, holy thistle, parsley, raspberry, stinging nettle, (sage will dry up milk)
 
Boils Lady`s Mantle
   
Bones Broken or fractured
Comfrey
   
Bruises Comfrey, St. John's Wort. Witchhazel, Catmint
   
Burns Aloe Vera. House Leek. Lavender, yarrow, catmint, Sst. John's Wort
   
Candida Milk thistle, chamomile, thyme, burdock
   
Cataarh Yarrow, garlic, pasque flower, angelica, Holy thistle, witch hazel, hyssop,Lovage, lemon balm, peppermint, basil, sweet marjoram, oregano, rosemary, Elder, Golden rod, wood betony, thyme, wild pansy.
   
Circulation Anglica, elecampane, Yarrow (to the head - Rosemary)
   
Colds and Flu Echinacea, Elderflower, wood betony, chamomile, feverfew, oregano, elecampane, golden rod, pasque flower
   
Coughs Elderflower, Thyme, Marshmallow, angelica
   
Cracked Nipples Calendula, comfrey, marshmallow
   
Creates distaste for alcohol Angelica
   
Cuts and wounds Yarrow, Selfheal, Comfrey, St. John'sWort, Marigold, Foxglove leaves, Houseleek, viola heartsease, Creeping Jenny, Lady's Mantle, Golden Rod
     
Depression St. John's Wort, Borage, Milk thistle, Lemon Balm
     
Detox Burdock, milk thistle, vervain
     
Diuretic Angelica, dandelion, burdock, borage, fennel, marshmallow, parsley, yarrow
     
Eczema Lemon Balm, evening primrose, stinging nettle
     
   
Emotional Stress Lime flowers, chamomile, hops wood betony lemon balm, clary sage, cowslip, oregano, pasque flower, skullcap, St. John's Wort, vervain
     
Excessive Menstral Bleeding Raspberry leaves, mother wort, lady's mantle
 


General Tonic Bitter Vetch, viola heartsease, yarrow, wood betony, vervain, skullcap, clary sage, cowslip, holy thistle
   
Headaches Skullcap, wood betony, lavender, peppermint, parsley, cowslip, rosemary.
   
Heartburn Peppermint, liquorice, fennel, marshmallow
   
High Blood Pressure Yarrow, Selfheal
     
Immune system Echinacea, Yarrow, Garlic, chives, angelica, burdock, marigold, holy thistle, chamomile, liquorice, sunflower, St. John's Wort, Hyssop, lavender, lemon balm, basil, oregano, evening primrose, parsley, rose, rosemary, sage, thyme, nasturtium
     
Lymph System (Stimulating) Calendula/marigold, Echinacea/coneflower,cleavers (common weed), figwort
     
Insomnia Lime flowers, chamomile, cowslip, vervain, lavender
     
Lethargy Wood Betony
   
Lowers blood sugar Burdock
     
Lowering fever Feverfew, yarrow, angelica, marigold/calendula, coriander, Echinacea, sunflower, hyssop, elecampane, lavender, lovage, peppermint, lemonbalm, cowslip, rosemary, elder, skullcap, goldenrod, thyme, vervain, wild pansy,
   
Menopause Sage. Black cohosh, Lady's Mantle, motherwort, skullcap, St.John's WortNettles
   
Migraine Feverfew, St. John's Wort, vervain, rosemary
   
Morning Sickness Raspberry leaves, chamomile, catnip black horehound.
   
Mouthwash /gargle Thyme, Oregano, sage
     
Overexcited children Chamomile tea, lime flower
     
Period pains Chamomile, Angelica, Golden Rod
     
PMS Evening Primrose, milk thistle, vervain, angelica chamomile (with high blood pressure - lime flowers (with nervous excitability) - valerian, skullcap, (with fluid retention) - dandelion or parsley
     
Pregnancy Consult a professional but nettle tea is nutrious and harmless.
   
Sore throat Echinacea,Thyme, Oregano, Cowslip, Rosemary, RaspberryAgrimony, Garlic, Marshmallow.
   
Wind Fennel, Wood Betony, Angelica, Chamomile, Dill, Yarrow, Meadowsweet.

 

Different Types of herbal teas

The first thing to understand about herbal tea is that it's not tea at all! At least not strictly speaking. The tea that we drink with our toast at breakfast is made from leaves of the tea bush, Camellia sinensis. It may be green or black, or flavoured - like Earl Grey, which gets its particular perfume from bergamot oil - but it's still tea.

A better name for the infusion of herbs or flowers that is called herbal tea is tisane. Many different types of herbs and plants have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal properties, and tisanes today are often used in the same way to remedy, revive or relax. However many people drink them simply because they like the taste or as an alternative to caffeine-rich tea or coffee.

In the UK, herbal teas sold in shops are treated as a foodstuff not as a drug i.e. they need to be safe for consumption but the alleged benefits do not need to be medically proven.

If you are on prescribed medication, check with your doctor before using any herbal teas. Also be wary if you are pregnant!

To Make a Tisane

If you're using leaves or berries, you need to allow about 1 tablespoon per cup. (Chop or tear the leaves finely.) Fill the cup with boiling water and leave to infuse. About 10 minutes is the suggested time but, by experimenting, you'll find out how strong a flavour a particular herb will give you and if you want to leave it to stand for longer.

If you're using dried herbs, leave it to infuse for about 5 minutes.

For ginger and liquorice roots or cinnamon sticks, you'll need to simmer them slightly - about 15 minutes - to extract the flavour. Similarly simmering will help the flavour if you're using seeds such as caraway or aniseed.

To Drink

Herbal teas are usually drunk without milk but you may like to add a little honey or sugar to taste.

 

Popular Flavours

Chamomile tea

 

Not just the preserve of elderly spinsters, chamomile tea is renowned for its sedative qualities. It's said to relieve anxiety and promote sleep and it also has an anti-inflammatory action that seems to be particularly effective in the gut. Not recommended for pregnant women.

Peppermint Tea

 

It's not for nothing that peppermint is used to flavour many of the antacid tablets available on the market. It's been known for centuries that peppermint relaxes muscles thus aiding digestion and relieving stomach cramps and flatulence. A pleasant-tasting tisane, it will, just like toothpaste, freshen your breath.

Jasmine Tea

 

Not a tisane but a true herbal tea, Jasmine tea is made from green tea leaves scented with jasmine flowers. Some research has suggested that jasmine tea can reduce cholesterol levels. There are many other health claims for it but most people drink it for its delicate fragrance.

Other ideas for herbal teas are:

Hawthorne, Dandelion, Fennel, Hawthorne, Horsetail, lemon balm, nettle, sage, St Johns Wort,Anise Fennel & Caraway to name a few. It is great to experiment with herbs they give us so much on a very subtle but effective way.