Bee Balm

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Bee balm has several uses in one’s health and wellbeing. Bee balm is especially helpful for digestive and respiratory issues. I am not growing bee balm and do not have any near me, but it does grow wild throughout the US.

Bee balm, very much like hyssop, is especially useful for stomach viruses. It is a carminative used for gas, bloating, rumbling in the tummy issues, diarrhea, nausea, and general upset stomach. This makes bee balm a powerful ally for stomach issues that are especially caused by a virus.

Bee balm is a nervine that is also helpful for tension headaches, but is also known to help with cold and flu respiratory symptoms. Fever? Bee balm can also help with breaking it.

Do you grow or use bee balm in your herbal medicine cabinet? How do you incorporate bee balm in your life?

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Angelica Root

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Angelica root is a warm carminative herb. It’s extremely useful for gas, appetite, intestinal spasms, diarrhea, gastric ulcers, and indigestion. Angelica root is also antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and an emmenagogue. The smell and taste of angelica is very similar to carrots and is used often in digestive tonics. It should be avoided during pregnancy because of its high volatile oil count and its emmenagogue properties.

Angelica can also be used as a nervine. Angelica can have a significant anti-anxiety effect.

If you’re having stomach issues and are also sick, angelica root can help as it’s also an expectorant and decongestant. Angelica is a great lung tonic, so while releasing mucous, it also strengthens lung tissue. Look to angelica to aid with coughs, bronchitis, and flu.

As an emmenagogue, angelica can help with cramping caused by a menstrual cycle. It can also be used to induce a cycle, especially for irregularity.

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Add angelica to blends for colds and flu, fevers, and monthly cycles.

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Motherwort

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Motherwort is a cool and dry bitter tonic. It’s part of the mint family and it’s used frequently for indigestion and to aid the body in complete digestion. It likes open disturbed land and is very easy to grow and reseeds itself.

Antispasmodic

A herb with antispasmodic actions means it can aid in muscle spasms. This can also be useful for digestive issues since this motherwort already has actions that aid in digestion.

Emmenagogue

Along with its antispasmodic properties, motherwort also has emmenagogue properties. This aids in uterine cramping during menstruation and can help induce a cycle (especially helpful if you’re irregular).

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Hypotensive

Motherwort is hypotensive, which means it can aid in lowering blood pressure.

Nervine, Sedative and Heart Tonic

One of the most fascinating bits of information found on motherwort is that it’s a nervine. It’s extremely helpful for anxiety that leads to heart palpitations as it’s also a heart tonic. Motherwort can be used to increase blood flow through the coronary artery and improve microcirculation throughout the body. Motherwort can stabilize heart rate and prevent blood platelet agglutination (without thinning the blood). Motherwort can also be used for angina (chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart).

Safety

Motherwort should not be taken by pregnant women or people taking cardiac medications.

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Gentian Root

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Gentian root is a strong bitter and serves in aid for quite a list of digestive ailments; dyspepsia, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, loss of appetite, nausea, gas, anorexia, and inflammatory bowel disease. Gentian root contains the chemical glycosilated iridoids. This chemical contributes to its bitter taste and properties and its strength is what aids in this root’s amazing digestive properties. Up to 10% of the root’s weight can contain this chemical. If harvesting, do so during the spring time to get the most of its bitter properties.

Gentian has also been used to rid the intestines of parasites.

The root can also be used in colds with fevers where throat relief is needed. It can also be added in blends used for muscle spasms and headaches.

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The herb can be used topically for wound treatment.

Gentian root can also assist with kidney health. It helps eliminate harmful substances due to its antiseptic properties.

Gentian has a long list of uses, which makes it a great addition to many blends geared toward many different ailments. I absolutely love its versatility.

Do you use gentian root? What are your favorite blends and uses?

Many gentian species are threatened and should not be wild harvested. Although this herb can be decocted into a tea, many people prefer a tincture due to its taste.

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Rosemary

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This is a very popular herb to grow for culinary purposes. It’s great with several chicken dishes. It’s a strong taste and the smell is exhilarating.

It has several benefits other than culinary though.

Rosemary is often used for colds and sore throats. Because of its bitter taste, it can also be used as a tea 15-20 minutes before eating to aid in digestion. I don’t personally use rosemary by itself when I have a cold. I normally mix it with other herbs with similar and stronger benefits. The smell itself is very comforting and anything to boost morale when you’re ill is important as well. Illnesses are easier to get through if your spirit is at least a little less than foul.

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Rosemary is awesome for hair. In our house, our shampoos normally have SOME rosemary in it, along with tea tree. Rosemary helps with an itchy scalp and improves circulation. This is great for hair follicles because the blood supply is needed to actually keep the hair not only healthy, but keep the hair period. If there’s not enough blood there, the hair will fall out. It also aids in premature greying. I have personally been growing grey since I was 23. Before I began actually dying my whole head I did use several herbal rinses that included rosemary. It is effective. I stopped because I was blond and wanted to be a redhead. I use henna for that, but that’s another topic.

Its abilities on memory are what got me hooked on rosemary though (other than the amazing flavor). I’m a teacher and I have this going in my diffuser during longer than 10 minute lectures.

And bees love the blooms. I love providing enough plants for our bees. It’s so easy to grow and you can easily clip a branch or two to share with a friend.

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