Winter Afternoon Tea

February 14th, 2008

Ingredients:

Combine the Herbs in your warmed tea pot and add 2 cups boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes and strain. Add 1 tsp. of honey to each cup of tea. Notes: I put together this simple mellow tea one winter afternoon. I like it with the honey, but Lemon would be fine too. This makes 2 cups of tea, but it can easily be doubled and tripled.

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Natural Scents for Your Type

February 8th, 2008

by Cait Johnson, author of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air (SkyLight Paths, 2003). http://www.care2.com/

My friend Mag always smells so lusciously sweet and spicy, but when I asked her what perfume she uses, she laughed and said, “Oh, I make it myself. Artificial scents make me feel sick, so I don’t go near them. Instead I use natural ingredients- -and it’s really cheap and easy.” This all sounded pretty fabulous to me. We came up with these terrific all-natural cologne recipes for every type, whether you are a flowery romantic, a crisp sporty, or a spicy earthy-exotic- -and they make great gifts, too.

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Herbal Ear Oil

December 7th, 2007

1/2 ounce each:

Use Olive Oil as the carrier for this infusion. Warm the oil before dropping it into the ear. Heat a spoon under hot water, dry it and drop the oil into the warm spoon; now draw the drops back into the dropper and place two drops in each ear.

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A Green Tea Healing Mist

November 25th, 2007

At the beach or at work, get refreshed quickly and easily with this rejuvenating aromatic mist. Not only will it cool you down, but it also nourishes your skin! Combining Green Tea with these select essential oils will tone your skin, soothe and heal sunburns, and invigorate your skin after sun exposure.

What You Will Need:

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Delicious Homemade Yogi Tea Recipe

November 5th, 2007

Yogi tea has a myriad of health benefits. It’s great for digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps regulate blood suger, contains Antioxidants, as well as calcium, iron, and manganese.

Overall, it’s a fantastic herbal tonic and is so delicious that it can actually be addictive! But it’s a healthy one!

This particular version can be made with either dairy or non-dairy milk (i.e. soy, Almond, hemp or dairy milk). Or, if you prefer, you can also make it without milk. When it comes time to add it, you can just substitute the milk for the same amount of water.

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Herbal Back Pain Tincture Recipe

October 26th, 2007

This makes about a 1-ounce bottle of tincture (you can use a 1-oz dropper as full as you can get it to measure the “units” or “parts”). All of the Herbs are already in tincture form.

  • 6 parts Black cohosh root
  • 10 parts Mullein Root
  • 2 parts lobelia
  • 6 parts Solomon’s Seal Root
  • 10 parts St. John’s Wort
  • 8 parts Kava Kava

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Ginger-Apple Anti-Viral Tea

October 22nd, 2007

Ginger helps stimulate a therapeutic Sweat. Studies also show that it helps fight against bacterial infections that may develop as a result of the viral infection. Lemon juice does the same thing, warding off secondary bacterial infections and giving a whopping amount of Vitamin C. Apple cider (and apple cider vinegar), is extremely rich in Minerals and has been employed since ancient times for this reason.

Step One

  • One cup of peeled, chopped and minced fresh Ginger

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Traditional Herbal Blood Tonic Recipe Revealed by Medical Herbalist

October 17th, 2007

Blood tonics today are used for cancer prevention; cancer treatment; liver health, viral and bacterial infections. In the days of old blood tonics were called Spring Tonics and farmers would religiously take them come Spring Time after a long sedentary winter to get their sluggish blood in shape for the upcoming season of farming. A custom that has been lost in today’s world. Why? And why aren’t blood tonics readily available for purchase from holistic healers or from health food stores? Could it be that pharmaceutical companies don’t want any competition from herbal and botanical medicines?

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Herbal Healing Recipes

October 12th, 2007

Acid Indigestion: Warm a cup of milk and steep four or five Eucalyptus leaves in it. Drink this to ease discomfort

Aqua Vitae: Considered and excellent elixir of health for hundreds of years, this liqueur may be prepared and taken once a day, like a vitamin. To a liter of brandy add five or six Bay leaves, a teaspoon of Cardamom seed, a teaspoon of Clove, two teaspoons each of Angelica, Chamomile, Lemon rind, Fennel seed, Licorice, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, several slices of Ginger root (to your taste), and a handful of Juniper berries along with sugar or honey to sweeten. This may be warmed to incorporate the Herbs, or left in a sunny window, then strained after about a month.

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Potent Anti-Viral Tea

October 5th, 2007

By Annie Bond, Executive Producer of Care2’s Green Living content. http://www.care2.com/

A gifted African healer from Ghana gave my fiancé Len, who had the flu, instructions for how to make and use this strong and delicious tea remedy formula. In getting the ingredients I bought out the store’s fresh Ginger supply and made enough of this potent tea to last for a few days. I drank some too because it had such a vibrant apple cider/ginger/lemon essence that I found irresistibly sweet, tart and spicy (and of course, I didn’t want to get sick either). I never got the virus and Len recovered without lung problems, to which he is prone:

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