10 Essential Herbs for Lifelong Health: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-218
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per teaspoon (5 ml) of herb. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. 2. Add the valerian and lemon balm. Cover and let steep for 45 minutes. 3. Strain; drink as much and as often as needed. Safety and Cautions for Valerian In larger-than-recommended dosages, valerian can cause morning grogginess, nausea, headache, and blurred vision. In a small percentage of users, valerian causes the opposite effect of what is desired — it is stimulating rather than relaxing.
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medicinal purposes, most herbal practitioners recommend the tincture form; the tea is generally not strong enough. The usual dose is 1 dropperful of the tincture up to four times a day. Capsules of the freeze-dried extract are also a good choice for a potent dose. Follow the directions on the individual product label. It is common for the tincture to create a tingling sensation on the tongue when ingested. This reaction is harmless—and some say it’s a sure sign of the echinacea’s potency.
comes from the Greek word for honeybee, a fitting name because the plant’s fragrance has always attracted swarms. Use this versatile herb as a great-tasting and relaxing tea. It also makes a lovely culinary garnish for salads. Lemon Balm in the Garden Lemon balm is a low-growing tender perennial with deeply veined light green leaves and pink and white flowers. It grows up to 3 feet (90 cm) tall but may also spread low in the garden. Lemon balm can be grown from seed; it self-seeds so