Nothing says summer like sitting on the porch sipping a tall glass of iced tea. Try growing your own herbal tea garden for twist.
Herbs to Grow for Teas
You can start some of these herb plants from seed, but it’s so much easier (and quicker — many herbs take a long time to grow from seed) to buy them as seedlings from a nursery or garden center. Here are my favorite herbs to grow for tea:
•Mint (you can choose from a wide variety of mint flavors. All of them work well for tea.)
Any combination of these herbs will work wonderfully. Here’s a quick tip: unlike brewing a cup of black tea, herbal teas taste best when they’re steeped in water that’s just below boiling. Bring your water up to the point where it’s just about to boil, then shut it off and steep your herbs for ten to fifteen minutes.
An herb garden planted in a strawberry pot is a beautiful, useful addition to your garden. If you live in an area where there are harsh winters, you could move the pot into a garage or unheated porch. Most of the herbs, such as the lemon balm, sage, and mints, are perennial and will return next year. The others, such as basil, verbena, and chamomile will have to be replanted again next year. Or you could just start from scratch every year, trying out new herbs and discovering your favorites!
Enjoy your Summer Ya’ll!
As summer approaches with it’s opportunities for picnics, camping, gardening and outdoor vacations, you’ll want to make sure you have natural summer solutions using essential oils on hand, to deal with whatever may come your way. Try one or all of these recipes.
Herbal Insect Repellent
2 1/2 teaspoons of any combination of the following essential oils:
1 cup 190-proof grain alcohol or favorite carrier oil.
Place ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously. Transfer to small bottles for storage. To use, rub a small amount on any exposed skin (test first to be sure your skin will not be adversely affected by the repellent) or dab it on clothing.
Experiment a little to find which essential oils work best with your body chemistry. If you’re lucky, you will also like the way they smell; otherwise, add a few drops of Peppermint oil to fine-tune the fragrance.
Lavender Essential Oils for Sunburn Treatment
Lavender is notoriously beneficial for any type of burn, including sunburns. It offers immediate relief and healing, and may accelerate the healing process.
Lavender Healing Oil Makes 4 ounces
Mix all ingredients in a bottle, and apply as needed. Use this oil after the sunburn has begun to heal, applying a carrier oil to a fresh burn may increase the heat and discomfort.
Lavender Sunburn Spray
Fill a spray mist bottle with lukewarm water or miracle II neutralizer and add lavender essential oil. Spray over the redness of sunburn areas, this will bring immediate sunburn relief and can be repeated as often as required, for an added cooling effect, try adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil, (product #30-55, member cost $9.60). May also be added to aloe vera gel and refrigerated for extra cooling.
Summer Body Mist
4 ounces water-based liquid such as green tea, rainwater or aloe juice
1 teaspoon plain vinegar or herb-infused vinegar (lavender, rose, peppermint, etc.)
28 drops lemon essential oil 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil,
6 drops lavender essential oil
4 drops grapefruit essential oil
2 drops geranium essential oil
Place vinegar in a spay-mister bottle. Add the essential oils and shake. Add water or other water-based product, cap and mist clothes and skin. Always shake well before use. Avoid eyes and sensitive areas.
This is an energizing body mist to help keep you cool.
Hope you enjoy these recipes, have a fun, safe, and bug/sunburn free summer!
Ingredients per 8 oz serving
1 slice grapefruit
½ cucumber, sliced
2 peppermint leaves
Ice – as much as you like
Wash grapefruit, tangerine cucumber and peppermint leaves. Slice cucumber, grapefruit and tangerine (or peel). Combine all ingredients (fruits, vegetables, 8 oz water) into water bottles.
Close Cap Tightly, Shake, Put In The Fridge Over Night, Take Out a Few Bottles for the Next Day & Enjoy
The longer it sits, the better it tastes. You can eat them as well but they are intended as flavoring and still work, so that is a personal choice. The Vitamin C turns fat into fuel, the tangerine increases your sensitivity to insulin, and the cucumber makes you feel full. Try it for 10 days and see what you think!
This recipe may also made by the pitcher and enjoyed throughout the day!
Arthritis is a disease that causes pain and loss of movement of the joints. The word arthritis literally means joint inflammation (arth=joint, itis=inflammation), and refers to more than 100 different diseases.
One Highly Effective Arthritis Remedy:
Once we hit a certain age, everybody wants to slow down the aging process. One of the simplest ways to stay young is to avoid eating unhealthy food.
But there’s a flip side to that equation: There are certain foods that have extraordinary anti-aging properties. If we load our diet with them, they can dramatically slow our body’s life clock. “Too often, people think about what they are eating only when they are trying to lose weight, but eating certain foods can not only potentially lengthen your life, but also improve the quality of your life as well,” says Charles Platkin, M.D., professor of nutrition and distinguished lecturer at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College.
Here is Dr. Platkin’s list of foods everybody over 40 should eat: Read the rest of this entry
Analyze your eating habits to find the cause of your pain. While IBS is not caused by the foods you eat, they can increase or trigger attacks of pain. Keep a diet journal that records the food you eat as well as how those foods make you feel afterwards.
Many IBS-sufferers have wheat and dairy intolerances, so you might consider eliminating them from your diet to gauge the impact. To ensure you do not lose out on nutrients , take vitamin supplements daily.
If diarrhea is a problem, remove foods and drinks containing caffeine, high fat levels and sweeteners from your diet. These are all known laxatives that, to be honest, your body can do without. Instead of a cup of coffee, have the recommended eight glasses of water a day to ensure you don’t suffer dehydration.
Constipation can be alleviated by introducing soluble fiber into your diet. Foods such as whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables are rich sources of fiber and vitamins.
IBS can often be worsened by high stress levels. Combat stress by learning relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation. Some sufferers find that hypnotherapy offers relaxation and helps them deal with stress more efficiently shiatsu massage or an abdominal massage will relax both mind and body.
Consider introducing dietary supplements. While offering full benefits, these natural remedies avoid traditional medicine’s side effects.
Aloe Vera juice, sourced from the aloe plant’s inner-leaf gel, can help relieve discomfort by reducing intestinal spasms, abdominal pain and bloating.
Probiotics, the ‘friendly bacteria’, flourish naturally within the gut. Over 300 varieties inhabit the intestines: some good and some bad. Illness, antibiotics and stress can shift the balance between good and bad which is believed to lead to bowel trouble. Live bacteria yogurts as well as probiotic drinks and yogurts can help your body redress the balance.
Herbal remedies, given by natural health practitioners, can help relieve symptoms. Many use peppermint, an ingredient long known for its digestive healing properties. Its properties as a carminative herb mean that it can eliminate excessive, painful and embarrassing gas. It reduces abdominal pain and bloating of the gut by easing intestinal muscle contractions. Peppermint can be taken in many forms: tea, oil, inhalant or capsules. It is advised that IBS sufferers only take enteric-coated peppermint capsules to reduce the risk of heartburn.
The Orient’s healing traditions offer cures for IBS through therapies such as acupuncture. The World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health Consensus Panel both consider acupuncture an appropriate treatment for IBS-related conditions including: cramps, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Within just four weeks of treatment, many trained practitioners see their clients reducing their pain and symptoms significantly.
Hypnosis and self-hypnosis are often successful with IBS sufferers for several reasons. It is a stress-related disorder, in that stress can trigger painful spasms in the bowel, so a session with a therapist can help to encourage relaxation from day-to-day tensions. It also teaches the sufferer ways of reducing and dealing with IBS-related pains of virtually any intensity. A long-term benefit of this treatment is that it encourages new ways to reduce daily stress by programming the subconscious with positive responses to stress triggers.
Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease.
The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives. Read the rest of this entry
Organic kelp is a type of brown algae similar to seaweed that is grown without added chemicals or artificial products that could harm the environment. Kelp is often taken as a dietary supplement, primarily as a treatment for thyroid problems. Some studies have suggested that sea kelp contains agents that decrease fat absorption to the body. For these reasons, and because of the many vitamins and minerals typically found in organic kelp, this algae is thought to fight obesity.
Iodine can be found in dense doses in organic kelp. The element is essential for normal body functioning, especially in the thyroid gland. When the body does not get enough iodine, the thyroid cannot produce enough hormones. The resulting condition is called hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism has many serious health consequences such as weight increase and extreme fatigue. A mental imbalance could also occur, causing depression and other severe problems. Organic kelp in the diet can help to ensure proper amounts of iodine, possibly avoiding major health risks.
In addition to iodine, kelp often has considerable levels of both calcium and magnesium. These two elements are often found together in dietary supplements because they can complement one another during absorption by the body. Without calcium and magnesium, both the bones and muscle would deteriorate, leaving one’s body vulnerable to cardiovascular problems, fractures, and fatigue.
Common viral infections which olive leaf extract is reported to resist are:
- Colds and ‘flu
- Herpes infections – all types
- Other lung and upper respiratory tract infections
- Chicken pox, German measles, measles, mumps
- Gastric ‘flu
- HIV infections
- Epstein Barr