Herb Lore: Natural Remedies

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We all know that herbs make great companions in the garden and kitchen. Herbs also have a long history as a natural remedy—and many other more unusual uses, too! Read on. . .

Anise
Romans paid taxes with anise, and it was used in cough drops.

Basil
Precious to lovers in Italy and considered sacred in India. Many years ago, Italian men wore a sprig of basil to indicate their intended marriage. A cup of basil tea after dinner helps digestion. Ease a headache by drinking tomato juice blended with fresh basil.

Borage
The Romans believed the herb to be an antidepressant, and ancient Celtic warriors took it for courage.

Caraway
Caraway was used to scent perfumes and soaps. The Greeks used it for upset stomachs.

Chervil
Eating a whole plant would cure hiccups; chervil was said to warm old and cold stomachs.

Chives
Bunches of chives hung in your home were used to drive away diseases and evil.

Dill
Romans made wreaths and garlands out of dill. Dill keeps witches away.

Fennel
Bunches of fennel were used to drive off witches. It was used in love potions and as an appetite suppressant.

Garlic
It was thought to give strength and courage. Aristotle noted garlic's use as a guard against the fear of water. It's also been widely used against evil powers.

Lovage
Chewing on a piece of the dried root will keep you awake. Lovage warms a cold stomach and help digestion. Added to bathwater, it was believed to relieve skin problems.

Marjoram
The Greeks believed it could revive the spirits of anyone who inhaled it. At weddings wreaths and garlands were made of marjoram.

Mint
It was believed to cure hiccups and counteract sea-serpent stings. The Romans wore peppermint wreaths on their heads. It was added to bathwater for its fragrance.

Oregano
Used for "sour humours" that plagued old farmers. Also used for scorpion and spider bites.

Parsley
Used for wreaths and in funeral ceremonies. Believed to repel head lice and attract rabbits.

Rosemary
Rosemary in your hair will improve your memory. It will protect you from evil spirits if you put a sprig under your pillow.

Sage
Thought to promote strength and longevity and believed to cure warts. American Indians used it as a toothbrush.

Summer Savory
It was believed to be an aphrodisiac. Some thought it was a cure for deafness.

Tarragon
Put in shoes before long walking trips to give strength. It has been used to relieve toothache and as an antifungal.

Thyme
Burning thyme gets rid of insects in your house. A bed of thyme was thought to be a home for fairies.

Anyone who has sage planted in the garden is reputed to do well in business.

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I am searching for a natural

By Brenda McDonald

I am searching for a natural cure for my lazy thyroid. Tests prove that it is not functioning as it should, but the hormone that the doctor prescribs is not a cure just a fix of sorts. Any help is appreciated.
MamaB

I'm searching for an old

By Pamela Jenkins

I'm searching for an old folklore tale re: Wolf * Plants * Trees & Man and the agreement between plants and animals was that man was good as he cleared and culivated healing herbs to help the trees and animals heal and he cured diseases----- so the wolf did not eat him.

Can anyone help. I heard it as a child and that was 45 years ago.

Has aanyone been using master

By Lost forest

Has aanyone been using master tonic...I have started giving it to my family and would like to know if I'm doing it in vain

I have been making and

By lostforest

I have been making and serving up master tonic for some time now..yes it works..The best it's worked so far is ..my husband gets a bad cold every year, almost walking pnemonia, I religiously gave him doses and he was better in three days apposed to usually a week or two with Otc meds..my 4 children drink it as well..including my 7 yr old..they don't like it but they can tell it works

Get the hottest peppers you

By Lost forest

Get the hottest peppers you can find..The Capsaicin that makes peppers hot is a great pain reliever

Does anyone know the herbs to

By old woman at 54

Does anyone know the herbs to use for pain. I've been on narcotics for a decade for ms, osteoporosis, ra, and lastly was diagnosed with leukemia. I am miserable and severely depressed due to pain, weight loss and helplessness. Thank you for your input.

one drop of marijuanna oil

By darren c

one drop of marijuanna oil per day will cure many things including cancers. It will not get u high either.

Do some research on

By Lost forest

Do some research on capsaicin. .it is the ingredient in peppers that make it hot, it is also a pain reliever. ..research it first because it may have effects that will react badly with your illness...eg. High blood pressure. ..

I would like to suggest

By jennie knutson

I would like to suggest drinking a good quality loose leaf tea. I'm not talking about flavored teas, but simple basic tea: White, Green, Oolong, Red, Black, and Pur 'eh. Tea enriches the body, clears the mind and uplifts the spirit. There are many documented health properties for tea. The key is drinking a good quality tea.

Here is another 'remedy' I

By Deborah Hock

Here is another 'remedy' I learned when my son was small, and, had just started school...
Campho-Phyic (spelling?) mixed with regular shampoo will kill any kind of lice and their eggs. Can also be put into the washing machine.
Need only 1 application of about 1 tablespoon.
Really works, and better than rubbing your child with chemicals.

I read about proper diet

By Dean Hyden

I read about proper diet being the best defense against disease and sickness. I agree with this completely. Most of the herbs mentioned above are part of that "cure". See The best vaccination is a healthy diet?

at http://www.osteosinefaq.com/the-best-vaccination-is-a-healthy-diet

Pineaple Sage is wonderful.

By gardengurl

Pineaple Sage is wonderful. If you are able to grow Salvia elegans (Pineapple sage), the leaves can be used as a garnish for fruit drinks and iced teas and the flowers can be used to garnish cakes and other pastries

The sap from Jewelweed

By gardengurl

The sap from Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) will take the sting out of stinging nettle, bee stings and of course stop the itch of poison ivy.

I learned the hard way - the

By Deborah Hock

I learned the hard way - the best way to deal with stinging nettles is a warm to hot compress. It 'cooks' the nettles rendering them "not Painful"

I use Olive Leaf Plus, an

By gardengurl

I use Olive Leaf Plus, an herbal extract for Dishidrosis Eczema. It is anti fungal, antibiotic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and a bonus is that I haven't had a cold or flu in the last three years of using it .

FYI..Spider webs will stop

By Jack V.

FYI..Spider webs will stop severe bleeding and fresh cow manure between two cloths and attached to blood poisoned area will cure..
Been there so I know its true. Thanks to Osage Indian culture

If we stepped on a nail,

By armin25

If we stepped on a nail, Grandma would have us place our foot in a fresh cow pie. She said that the nitrogen in it would keep out the infection.. Curious as to what cow manure between two colths...stated in your blog would do.

I love the Almanac! I love

By Susan Ray

I love the Almanac! I love reading all of the interesting facts & natural remedies the best.

Recently while weeding a

By littleangels

Recently while weeding a friends yard, I was bitten 8 times by a spider - Zseems as though I stuck my hand into a nest.
3 days later there were blisters forming, and the skin was deadening.
Don't know why I did this - but it really worked - I put honey on each bite, and they started to heal.
Now, if I can find a way to rid my body of the venom effects, (been drinking dandelion root and holy basil teas).
Would love to hear more about herbal remedies myself!

Very interesting would like

By judy base

Very interesting would like to see more natural remedys with herbs...

I like this very much and I'd

By Smittie

I like this very much and I'd like to see more natural remedy articles and recipes using herbs.

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