Herbal Infusions

Lately I’ve been posting about my herbal infusions on my personal Facebook page and I’ve been getting a lot of questions. What is an herbal infusion? How do you make one and what are they for? I thought it would be easier to write an article than to respond to each person individually, so I hope this is helpful to everyone.
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The Dark of Winter: Natural Supplements for Depression and Anxiety

We know that the calendar says spring is almost here, but for many it still feels like winter, and that can often mean depression and anxiety. Fortunately, there are natural supplements for depression and anxiety that will often work better than prescription drugs. So if you’re looking out the window and feeling like you just can’t take another dreary day, read on and find your way to some sunshine, even if it’s only in your heart for now.
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How Do You Get Rid of a Migraine: 5 Quick Tips (and more!) for Relief

How do you get rid of a migraine? As someone who has suffered from migraines for as long as I can remember, I’d like to offer a few tips on how to get rid of a migraine. These are things to try when you first notice your pain is increasing. You need to act fast because waiting, at least for me, will mean a full blown migraine. And that’s the last thing you want.
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Herbs for Attracting Beneficial Insects

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Organic gardening is becoming a popular movement even though it was common-place to our ancestors. Of course, our ancestors didn’t call it organic gardening; they called it feeding their family. With the advent of synthetic chemical pesticides, farmers and gardeners thought their worries were over as they doused their crops with toxic chemicals that not only killed all the insects, but as was later discovered, also contributed to a variety of health issues. Continue reading

Benefits of Frankincense and Why You Should Have It in Your Home

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Part of living self-sufficiently includes managing your health as much as possible. I’m not especially fond of going to the doctor if I can avoid it, so I try to use natural remedies as much as possible. My personal choices are herbs and essential oils in most cases. In my way of thinking, essential oils are an extension of herbalism. They are all plant medicine.
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Lavender Lemonade and Lemon All-Purpose Cleaner

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So I finally made the lavender lemonade that my daughter posted on my Facebook page. The recipe was on the Healthy Holistic Living website. When the essential oils I ordered came in, I couldn’t wait to make this, but I had too much work to do, so it had to wait until today. Finally.

I’m pretty sure I used to have a juicer thingie, but I have no idea what happened to it so I ended up squeezing the heck out of 6 lemons to get 2 cups of fresh juice. It helps to nuke the lemons for about 15 seconds and then roll them on the counter. My hands were a bit sticky once I was done, but they sure smelled good.

Then I added the 12 cups of water and the cup of honey. After a bit of stirring to get the honey mixed in, I added 1 drop of my lavender essential oil*. I mixed it well and couldn’t wait to taste it.

I lifted the glass to my lips and immediately put it back down. What do I smell? Soap?? Arg! So I quickly poured it into another pitcher, thinking I hadn’t rinsed the first one well enough and had ruined my lemonade with soap. By the time I was on my third pitcher, I realized I was smelling the lavender oil. (yes, I’m a little slow sometimes) I am really surprised that 1 drop is that powerful!

Anyhow, the lemonade is really yum and I hope it helps with my headaches. I may need to start buying bigger jars of honey (or raising bees and getting my own).

Lavender is really great for headaches and it also helps you sleep better. You should also keep it on hand for cuts, burns, bruises, rashes and sunburn. It’s really an excellent multi-purpose essential oil.

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Now I have a bowl full of wonderfully fragrant lemon peels and they won’t go to waste. You can make an all purpose cleaner with lemon (or any other citrus) peels. Just put them in a jar and cover them with vinegar. Let it sit for a few weeks and then strain it out.

To make your cleaner even more powerful, especially in a greasy kitchen, add a few drops of lemon essential oil*. Lemon essential oil is great for odors as well as breaking up grease, which makes it a perfect addition to your home made cleaners. It’s also a good habit to have a drop in a glass of water each morning to wake up your digestive system and boosts your immune system.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are safe to ingest so please make sure the ones you have are safe. If you aren’t sure, order Young Living essential oils through me.

Candied Ginger Isn’t Just Candy

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I just realized that I had some ginger root in the refrigerator. I was having some problems with severe nausea for several days, so I bought it to make candied ginger. And of course, forgot I bought it. Because that’s what I do.

If you’ve ever eaten candied ginger, you probably know it’s pretty yummy stuff. You may not know that it’s good for upset tummies, it fights inflammation (making it good for pain) and some think it can even fight certain types of cancer. Continue reading