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

By Barbara L. Heller M.S.W.

For the reason that 1973, Storey's kingdom knowledge announcements have provided useful, hands-on directions designed to assist readers grasp dozens of state dwelling talents speedy and simply. There are actually greater than a hundred and seventy titles during this sequence, and their impressive acceptance displays the typical hope of kingdom and town dwellers alike to domesticate own independence in daily life.

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Due to governmental regulations, companies cannot make health claims about their products. But their evocative names, like Tranquil-A-Tea, Mama Bear’s Echinacea Cold Care, Sleepy-Time, and Heart’s Ease, often provide clues to the conditions they are meant to treat. MAKING AN HERBAL INFUSION When making a tea from leaves, flowers, berries, or seeds, you’ll want to infuse them. These ingredients easily release their essential oils when they’re steeped in hot water—and they easily lose their value when they’re simmered.

The Plains Indians used it to soothe bites from insects and snakes, clean wounds, and to treat the symptoms of flu, mumps, and smallpox. It was touted as a snakebite remedy in the late 1880s and became incorporated into conventional medical treatment. German studies of echinacea’s medical uses began in the 1950s and continue today, all with positive results. The root of an established plant, three to four years old, is the primary part used medicinally. ) Depending on the species of echinacea, however, commercial products may incorporate the whole dried plant.

As a secondary ingredient blended with other, sweeter-scented herbs, valerian can also be used effectively in soothing herbal baths. VALERIAN TEA Excerpted from Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbs for Reducing Stress and Anxiety, by Rosemary Gladstar (Storey Books, 1999). A hearty, relaxing blend, this tea is one of the better-tasting valerian blends. � part dried licorice root Water 1 part dried valerian root 2 parts dried lemon balm 1. Combine the licorice and water in a large pot. Use approximately 1 cup (237 ml) per teaspoon (5 ml) of herb.

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