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Herbs and Herbal teas and their natural uses.

Common Names
Basil, Sweet Basil
Botanical Name
Ocimum basilicum
Medicinal Uses: * Aromatherapy * Culinary/Kitchen * Facial Care * Insect Repellent * Insect/flea Bites * Longevity Tonics * Memory/Focus * Warts
Properties: * Antidepressant * Antifungal * Antioxidant * Antispasmodic * Aromatic * Diaphoretic/sudorific Stimulant * Stomachic
Parts Used: leaves, essential oil
The uses of basil are limited only by your imagination. The fresh picked leaves make a stimulating and refreshing tea, and in the summer, use them on sandwiches just as you would a leaf of lettuce. Crush the leaves and rub a bit on your skin to make a handy remedy for insect bites when you are out tending to the summer garden. To remove a wart, rub basil leaves on the nub daily and cover with a bandage. Basil is one of the best loved culinary herbs for good reason. Like other herbs in the mint family basil settles the stomach, improves appetite, and is a natural disinfectant.
Common Names
Lavender
Botanical Name
Lavandula spp
Syn. Lavandula angustifolia, L. officinalis
* Acne * Anxiety * Aromatherapy * Beauty * Burns * Candida/yeast * Children * Colds * Culinary/Kitchen * Cuts & Wounds * Depression * Ear * Facial Care * Fibromyalgia * Headache/Migraine * Herbal Steam * Hypertension * IBS * Insect Repellent * Insect/flea Bites * Lice * Lupus * Nausea * Pet * Pregnancy/Childbirth * Skin Care * Sleep/Insomnia
Properties: * * Analgesic * Antidepressant * Antifungal * Antioxidant.

Use lavender sachet bags to protect clothes against moths. Also, flies and mosquitoes dislike the fragrance, use the oil in insect sprays, or add the cut flowers to flower vases. Lavender is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. A tea made from the fresh or dried flowers can be applied as a skin wash for both pets and people to relieve itching due to flea bites and rashes, or the essential oil can be used
lavender relaxes the body in the presence of pain, most likely by reducing anxiety levels. A calm mental state makes pain more bearable, lessening its impact by reducing the perception of pain Lavender is a wonderful sleep aid. Combine with valerian, or chamomile for a relaxing tea, diffuse in an aroma lamp for restful sleep, use it in your evening bath, sprinkle a few drops of lavender on sheets and pillowcases, and add dried lavender flowers to sleep pillow mixtures

Common Names
Rosemary
Botanical Name
Rosmarinus officinalis
Medicinal Uses: baldness * Aromatherapy * Arthritis * Bronchitis * Cardiovascular * Cellulite * Circulation * Colds * Culinary/Kitchen * Diabetes * Fatigue * Hair * Herbal Steam * Hypertension * IBS * Insect Repellent * Lice * Longevity Tonics * Lupus * Memory/Focus * Pain Relief * Rheumatoid arthritis * Scabies * Skin Care
Properties: * Antioxidant * Antispasmodic * Antiviral * Aromatic * Astringent * Carminative * Circulation * Hypertensive * Insect repellents * Muscle Relaxant * Nervine * Skin tonic * Stimulant * Stomachic
Parts Used: Leaves, stems and flowers Rosemary stimulates the central nervous system and circulation making it beneficial for low blood pressure and sluggishness. Rosemary oil and rosemary essential oil are used to alleviate the pain of sprains, arthritis. Rosemary has a long herbal tradition as an herb that improves concentration and memory.
Common Names
Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus
Botanical Name
Eucalyptus globulus
* Allergies * Aromatherapy * Arthritis * Bronchitis * Burns * Colds * Congestion * Cuts & Wounds * Facial Care * Flu * Herbal Steam * Herbal Teas * Herpes/Cold Sores * Insect Repellent * Lice * Lupus * Nerve/Back Pain * Pain Relief * Rheumatoid arthritis * Sinus * Sore Throat * Antibacterial
Eucalyptus opens the lungs and encourages breathing, clears clogged nasal passages and bronchial congestion making eucalyptus one of the best known cold remedies. Eucalyptus leaves can be taken in tea, or used in steam inhalations. Eucalyptus leaf tea is a simple way to use the antiseptic, cooling and expectorant properties of eucalyptus to treat colds and coughs. While you sip the tea, relax, breathe and inhale the steam rising from the cup. Eucalyptus essential oil is invigorating in massage oils, aroma lamps, and in herbal baths.
Common Names
Chamomile, Chamomile, Chamomilla, German chamomile
Botanical Name
Matricaria recutita
Syn. M. chamomilla
Medicinal Uses: * Anxiety * Aromatherapy * Burns * Candida/yeast * Children * Cramps/abdominal * Dental/Oral Care * Depression * Digestion * Ear * Eczema * Facial Care * Gastritis/ulcer * Hair * Herbal Steam * Herbal Teas * IBS * Rashes * Skin Care * Sleep/Insomnia * Stress * Sunburns
Emotional healing: Chamomile calms anxiety, eases stress and may have a positive effect on attention deficit disorder (ADD). Chamomile tea and chamomile oil are safe for children and babies who have trouble sleeping or are under stress. First Aid: Both Chamomile teas, and chamomile essential oils can be used in herbal skin washes to help heal cuts, scrapes, and abrasions. To treat boils, bath the area with hot water and a blend of 3 to 4 drops chamomile, lavender and tea tree oil twice a day. Chamomile also teams up with lavender oil as a treatment for minor burns. Chamomile makes an effective hot poultice to reduce swelling and ease pain when applied to a swollen jaw, or painful ear. For a dental abscess, put 1 drop of chamomile oil on a cotton ball and apply directly to the abscess. German chamomile used as a gargle is beneficial for gingivitis. Steep chamomile tea gently for relaxation, longer for digestive upsets. Chamomile tea is yellow, slightly bitter, with a light apple aroma. Chamomile works on all levels of the body/mind, healing both physical distress and calming emotions. Dried chamomile flowers are used to make herbal baths, sleep pillows and poultices. Steeped chamomile flowers in a muslin bag makes an effective hot poultice to reduce swelling, and ease pain for toothaches and earaches. Relax in a bath of chamomile flowers and sooth your mind while you renew your skin.

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