Herbs are directly related to the quality of land, air, water and heat control on earth. How can we think to dissociate from them? The humblest weeds have hidden virtues. Often, the plant we are trying to eliminate at all costs from the lawn is precisely would need to feel good about ourselves.

Melissa

This plant has the delicate scent of lemon and is appreciated for its calming property. It is an effective tonic for anxiety, mild depression and nervousness. It cures the cold sores – thanks to the polyphenols it contains that fight with the virus. Melissa treats digestive disorders that are related to stress. It regulates the rules and alleviates symptoms of menopause. It is recommended to be taken as a tea or bath to remove nervousness, headaches and tension.

Nettle

Native Americans used this for drinking purpose, mainly for the pregnant women to strengthen the child and the mother. Nettles also regulate hormones. It is a great specialist of iron, which would promote assimilation. It can be eat in soup, early in the season. It stimulates the skin and helps circulation. Pregnant women with anemia can be benefitted from the nettle. It often works better than supplements and minerals that are sometimes difficult to assimilate. It is a good way to prevent arthritis. It can also serve as a tea leaf. A few drops of tincture treats hay fever.

Dandelion

Eat dandelions by the root is a sign of health! Consuming dandelions allows detoxification of the body, and drainage of the liver and gall bladder. It also stimulates renal elimination. Its leaves, served with salad, purify the body and lowers blood pressure. While conventional diuretics cause loss of potassium, dandelion leaves are rich in potassium. This antioxidant is also an antidote that counteracts the destructive effects and damage that coffee can cause on the body.

Valerian

It is not without reason that the plant nicknamed as “cure-all”. This ally of sleep has been recommended by the Greek physician, Dioscorides, as a panacea for nervous system disorders. This “tranquilizer plant” reduces nervous tension and anxiety. Valerian dilates blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. Caution, however, it is not a sleeping pill! It regulates sleep cycles, but it is necessary to absorb for at least a week to receive sedation. Its roots and bulbs are eaten in capsules, decoction, tincture or as a tea.

Thyme

Curative to a spice for everyone. In the Middle Ages, embroidered thyme on the arms of the knights to be braver in battle. Today it is recognized that it strengthens the immune system and alleviates coughing. It gives a boost to anyone in need of energy. Consumed as a tea, thyme has a tonic action that replaces the stimulatory effects of coffee on damaging the body.

Preparing medicinal plants

Poultice: Mix fresh plants, dried or powdered and to be applied locally to relieve pain.

Compress: This is a cloth soaked in a preparation of water-based plant and applied on the skin to soothe irritation.

Decoction: The more resistant parts of the plant (roots, bark, twigs and berries) should be boiled to extract their value.

Tablets or capsules: Dried or powdered make to tablets or capsules.

Infusion: The most delicate parts such as leaves or flowers are infused in hot water to produce a tea.

Medicinal oils: Macerate hot or cold, these oils are infused with herbs and preserved for a certain period of time.

Dyeing: The plant, preferably fresh, is macerated in alcohol or cider vinegar.

Ointments and creams: These preparations combine fat or oil to a water-based solvent in which plants are added.

Two tips in closing. Thyme is an excellent substitute for coffee. Consumed as a tea, it is an excellent tonic for body. Furthermore, pregnant women, who are anemic, should consume nettle. The iron contained in this plant is easily digestible and facilitates the absorption of iron from other sources.

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