Category Herbal Guide

Home Remedy for Insomnia

Pretty literally every blog, magazine, and medical journal you read will tell you­ in no uncertain terms­ how important a good night’s rest is to your health. Persistent and occasional insomnia has been linked to a huge number of very real health risks, including:

  • healthy brain function
  • emotional wellbeing and mood
  • metabolic health and weight regulation
  • blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity
  • hormone regulation
  • circulatory health
  • growth and development
  • memory
  • immune system function

Sleep deficiency is a much bigger problem than just hiding those ever-present bags under your eyes. But for many of us, a “good night’s sleep” is easier said than done.
insomniaThere are a number of factors that can contribute to insomnia and sleep deficiency...

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Lavender, a Powerful Herb

Lavender is one of the most-used herbs in today’s cosmetics, fragrances, and aromatherapy circles, and is gaining popularity in culinary application as well. The plant is a rich source of essential oils that can have powerful effects on the human body, as well as one of the most unique and beloved scents in the world.

Thirty-nine plants within the mint family are classified as lavender, the most common being Lavandula angustifolia– the variety from which the color “lavender” is derived. This genus of flowering plants is found in Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean, and parts of Asia, as well as other small corners of the “Old World”. Though none of the plants in the genus are native to North America, several of them can be successfully grown in many parts of the continent.

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Chamomile for Your Health

Chamomile Tea– we have a history, you and I. During those high school years when I’d stay up reading till 3-AM, you were my mother’s #1 weapon in her war on my insomnia. When I waited tables until well past 2 in the morning, you were the only thing to wind me down, allowing me to get to sleep sometime before dawn. And when full-blown panic-attacks strike in the middle of the night, you’re the best thing to get me back to bed.

I swear, chamomile has super-powers.

Chamomile- or camomile- actually refers to a variety of different daisy-like plants, which are a member of the Asteraceae family. Though there are several varieties, the two most common are German chamomile (Marticaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)...

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Cinnamon, an Overlooked Health Booster

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One of the most popularly-used herbs in the western world is also massively underrated for it’s health benefits. This particular herb is a powerful tool for fighting viruses, easing symptoms of arthritis, and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Bonus points, it’s a delicious addition to a wide variety of recipes, and a kitchen staple; $10 says you’ve already got cinnamon on the spice-rack!

That’s right- you can feel just a little less guilty about everyone’s favorite mall-food: there is at least some redeeming quality to that giant cinnamon roll. (I’m completely rationalizing this for my own benefit.)
The herb cinnamon is derived from the inner bark of several trees in the genus Cinnamomum. Most publicly-sold cinnamon- what you’re probably buying at the supermarket- is called Cassia

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Health Benefits of Dandelions

Every spring, we hear it- the communal groan as the first dandelions start bursting through neatly manicured lawns. No matter what weed-spray we try, we just can’t seem to get rid of them. But when those pesky little yellow flowers start popping up in your yard- whether you like it or not- fret not! Though dandelions are considered a bother by many, they are actually an herb with numerous health benefits. And the best bit- they’re readily available in almost any climate, for free!

Dandelion is a rich source of beta-carotene- which we convert into vitamin A- as well as fiber, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. Include dandelion in your diet for immune-boosting vitamin C, fatigue-fighting iron, and non-dairy calcium...

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Harvest Dandelions and how to store them

Dandelions are a rich- and abundant- source of many vitamins and nutrients, and can be used to treat a number of health conditions, including UTIs, jaundice, and menopause symptoms. One of the reasons we’re so fond of these little weeds is that you can get their numerous health benefits in your own backyard- literally!

If you’re planning on harvesting your own dandelions- why not, they’re pretty much everywhere- take notes! The aerial part of the plant (the part growing above ground) should be harvested when the plant is relatively small- the taste is less bitter at this stage. This portion of the plant should also be frozen, rather than dried, to retain more of the medicinal properties and nutrients...

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