Red Clover

How to Cultivate and Grow Red Clover Red clover is a perennial wild flower that grows in meadows all over Europe and Asia naturally. These days, it is also wild-growing in North America. It is a plant of the legume family – which includes beans, pulses and lentils. It is generally grazed on by cattle and sheep. However, this plant has some very surprising health benefits. The red clover is rich in a wide range of minerals, including magnesium, niacin, calcium, chromium, phosphorus, thiamine, and…

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Rosemary

Cultivating Rosemary for its Healing Properties The name rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is derived from the Latin words ros (meaning “dew”) and marinus (meaning “sea”). “Dew of the sea” was so named because in some places, the plant required no water apart from the mist carried by the breeze from the sea. Native to Asia and the Mediterranean region, rosemary is known for its sweet, herbaceous flavor, its use as an ornamental plant, and its role in traditional Mediterranean cuisine. The rosemary plant is a woody,…

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Plantain

Plantain Growing Tips and Health Benefits Plantain (Plantago major) is a weed that you may have thrown out many times from your garden. This is an abundantly growing plant found all over North America. It has oval, ribbed short-stemmed leaves, with spiky flowers. The plant grows in clumps. A very persistent plant, it has been seen to grow in cracks in walls, on fences, and virtually anywhere it is uninterrupted. Most people throw out weeds on the first instance of appearance, but you should know…

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Peppermint

Peppermint Cultivation and Health Benefits Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a very popular herb for its characteristic hot, minty flavor. It is used in cooking for its exotic flavor, and peppermint extracts have found their way to toothpastes, teas, and balms. The uses of peppermint are wide and varied, and they rely mainly on the numbing and calming effect of peppermint. Peppermint offers sweet relief from headaches, nausea, skin irritations, flatulence, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and many other health problems. Peppermint extracts have also been shown to…

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Homemade cough medicine

Homemade Cough Medicine Recipe Forget expensive commercial cough remedies. This quick and easy cough medicine is made using simple ingredients most of us have in the kitchen cupboards. All natural cough remedy that works! Saves you money and you don’t ingest all the preservatives and chemicals in commercial medications. The ingredients in this homemade cough mixture have powerful healing properties that are good for overall health and wellness too. Cayenne pepper is a great anti-inflammatory, good for pain relief too. Why not give this natural…

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How to Make Homemade Cough Drops

How to Make Homemade Cough Drops Tutorial This is a quick and easy homemade remedy using natural products to help ease coughs. The good thing about making your own cough drops is they are free from artificial sweeteners and chemicals that are not good for your health. The homemade cough drops keep well, you just need to make sure that they are kept in a dry, closed container. I like to use small tupperware or plastic containers for these. It makes them convenient to throw…

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Nettle

How to Cultivate Nettles in Your Herb Garden The stinging nettle (Urtica dioica and related Urtica urens) is a herb that has a long history of use for beneficial human health practices. The use of this surprisingly helpful herb dates back to medieval European traditional medicine, where it was used as a diuretic (a substance that stimulates urination – helping to get rid of excess water) and as an effective balm for muscle pain. By itself, the stinging nettle can be rather unpleasant to the…

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