Asian cold remedy soup

Homemade Asian Cold Remedy Soup There’s nothing more soothing than a bowl of hot soup when you are suffering with a cold or flu. Granny knew what she was doing when she made you eat chicken soup when you were ill. There are many natural healing properties in the ingredients of homemade soups. Homemade soups do not have chemicals or preservative sin them and are also lower in sodium than processed condensed soups you buy in supermarkets. Fresh herbs, spices and vegetables have incredible healing…

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Medical Uses of Marshmallow

Health Benefits of the Marshmallow Herb While we all wish the puffy, campfire confectionery has tremendous health effects, it is rather the Marshmallow herb (Althea officinalis) that does. The marshmallow has been featured in prescriptions worldwide since ancient times. It was also quite popular as a food – so widespread was its popularity as a food that the ancient Chinese, Romans, Sumatrans and Egyptians have all been known to use this herb. The Arabs have used its leaves in poultices to combat inflammation. The roots…

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Tips on Growing Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm Healing Properties The lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is actually a member of the mint family. This is an herb that is touted for its calming effects. The lemon balm, with its delicately aromatic lemony smell and its soothing flavor, has graced some of the most fabulous fragrant teas ever made. Like other delicious mints, the lemon balm too has its lineage in the shrouds of medieval Europe. The lemon balm has been used for ages as a nerve soothing aromatic miracle. As a…

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Liquorice

 Liquorice Medicinal Benefits and How to Grow it Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a flowering perennial plant with purple and white flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean, and South and Central Asia. The most helpful part of this plant is the sweet tasting taproot that can grow up to four feet deep. This gray taproot (yellow on the inside) has been the feature of prescriptions since ancient times. Hippocrates, the man who defined modern day medical practice in Ancient Greece, named the root of the plant ‘glukos…

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Lavender

How to Add Lavender to Your Herb Garden Lavender engulfs one’s senses with delight and pleasure – beautiful flowers in purple, lilac, white, pink or mauve shades featuring a sweet and soothing herbaceous aroma. Lavender plants are definitely a lovely sight to behold and a relaxing scent to smell after a stressful day! Lavender (Lavandula), is a flowering plant cultivated for its use as a flavoring herb, medicinal herb, ornamental plant for landscaping and gardening and for the extraction of oils used widely in bath…

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Medicinal Uses of Garlic

How to Grow Garlic and The Benefits of Using Garlic in Home Remedies Where would we be without garlic? From keeping vampires at bay to keeping over-eager suitors at bay, garlic has long been prized for its pungent aroma, unique taste and huge variety of medicinal and health-giving properties. Hippocrates wrote of garlic that it could be used against parasites, to regulate the digestion, to combat respiratory problems and to boost low energy – these days, we can add to that list, with claims that…

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Cinnamon

Buying Good Quality Cinnamon and Proper Storage Cinnamon is a spice with a rich and fascinating history. From the ancient Egyptians, who used it during the embalming process which produced mummies, to the ancient Chinese, who valued it more than gold, this sweet smelling spice has been traded, fought over and used for myriad purposes for thousands of years. It was among the most valuable of the spices which fueled the spice trade of the 17th century, and many myths were told by traders to…

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