Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings Clockwise from top left: Plantain, honey and Epsom salt, lavender EO and onion for onion poultice. It’s that time of year again! Along with fun in the sun, one often ends up dealing with insect bites and stings form mosquitoes, bees, wasps, spiders and all things creepy crawly. Just this past weekend, I accidentally grabbed a yellowjacket while moving plant trays around in my cold frame. I never even saw the critter, as it was hiding under the lip of a plant tray, but within a fraction of a second I had pounding, stabbing pain shooting through my fingertip. I scooted over to the garden to grab some plant medicine, and went inside to lick my wounds and share the “fun” with the folks on the Common Sense Homesteading Facebook page. Home Remedy for Bug Bites and Stings #1 – Ice and Benedryl (diphenhydramine) Note: I recommend using this remedy in combination with any of the others. Susan B. says, “First, you have a lot of nerves and some pretty good blood pressure dedicated to your fingers.
Nutmeg Please share this page: Google + StumbleUpon Reddit Names of Nutmeg, past and present Chinese: rou dou kou / ron dau kouJapanese: hikayaMalay: pala / buah palaPinyin: Rou Dou KouIndian: jaiphal / jatipari / jatikoshaHindi: Jaayphala / Jayphala / Japhal / Jaephal / Jaiphal Spanish: nuez moscada / nuez moscada y macisGerman: die mustanuß / muskatbuamFrench: muscade / noix muscade / fleur de muscade / macis / muscade et macisEnglish: nutmeg / muscade (adapted) / mace / nutmeg and mace (complete nomenclature) Latin (esoteric): muscada (pronounced: moose-kah-duh) / nox muscada / macis (pronounced: mah-sees; alternately: mah-cheese)Latin (scientific nomenclature): Myristica fragrans / Myristica malabarica / Myristica officinalis Nutmeg - General Info Nutmeg is a popular (and formerly notorious) spice that is derived from the fruit (specifically the seeds) of the nutmeg tree - Myristica fragrans; a large evergreen tree native to the Banda Islands in Indonesia. Nutmeg - History Nutmeg - Esoteric Uses:
Herbs For Hot Flashes Top 10 Herbs For Hot Flashes image to repin / shareHerbs background pic © Africa Studio - Fotolia.com Please share this page: Google + StumbleUpon Reddit It's often said that nearing retirement age is a liberating experience for women especially once children have all grown up and you can start focusing on yourself. The exact cause behind hot flashes remains unknown although studies suggest it can be due to hormonal changes produced by the hypothalamus. Hormonal therapy is often used to relieve hot flashes but this has been linked to increased risk for breast cancer, encouraging many to turn towards natural remedies like herbs instead.  While most researches on hot flashes are focused on treatment,  studies conducted are still relatively young and limited. Red Clover Sage One study that involved giving 71 participants 1 tablet of fresh sage leaves everyday for a 2 month period demonstrated sage's clinical value in the treatment of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Soy Flaxseed
20 Ingenious Uses For Everyday Herbs Please Share This Page: Google + stumbleupon tumblr reddit If you are a first-time visitor, please be sure to like us on Facebook and receive our exciting and innovative tutorials on herbs and natural health topics! Photo – © Pixelbliss – Fotolia.com We discovered a great tutorial for people who are interested in herbalism and looking for some simple, memorable and yet ingenious uses for herbs: The page (from EcoSalon.com) lists 20 awesome uses of 10 of the most popular herbs. Although the tutorial itself is fairly simple, there is actually a hidden depth of herbal knowledge in it. Hidden depth…. ahh, this phrase is getting me thinking about some deeper ideas related to herbalism. Did you know that there are thousands of herbs altogether? There is no way to know everything about all of them. Mastery of one plant will then assist with mastery of another. A good way to get started with all this is to “tune in” to the herbs, and see which ones hold a strong attraction to you. We’ll help!
How To Make Your Own Homegrown Medicinals Please Share This Page: Google + stumbleupon tumblr reddit If you are a first-time visitor, please be sure to like us on Facebook and receive our exciting and innovative tutorials on herbs and natural health topics! Image (with permission) – Commonsensehome.com Here’s a great tutorial we found for those who are just getting into herbalism and looking for a “way in” to begin the process of making things with herbs – starting with the real living plants that grow (for free!) Although store-bought herbal products such as tinctures have benefits such as a certain degree of standardization and quality control, there is much value in learning to prepare herbs yourself. First of all – it is a survival technique and therefore an incredibly useful aspect of learning survival / off-grid skills. Second, one gets to “tune in” to the plant. Working with the plants is also remarkably therapeutic. Ok here is the link:
Herbs for Energy Please Share This Page: Top 10 Herbs For Energy image to repin / shareHerbs photo © Africa Studio, Athlete photo © Stefan Schurr - Fotolia.com Feeling your energy quickly being drained even before the day ends? Kicking your energy with coffee tends to strain your brain's adrenal cortex by causing it to work harder than normal to boost energy - and we all know about the "crash" effect afterwards.  A 2010 study has also found caffeine-based energy drinks to be typically loaded with sugar and carbohydrates and are even erroneously marketed as reversing alcohol related impairments such as motor coordination and visual reaction time, providing consumers a false sense of control.   Whether to boost your immune system and fight infection or improve mental alertness and cognitive performance or fight signs of ageing and even depression, herbs are reported to be a natural source for restoring your energy. 10 Energy Boosting Herbs Ginseng Ginseng is a well known energy booster. Green tea Cacao
Herbs For Circulation Top 10 Herbs For Circulation image to repin / shareHerbs background pic © Elena Moiseeva - Fotolia.com Please share this page: Google + StumbleUpon Reddit Since blood, flowing throughout your body, provides oxygen, warmth and nutritional support to all cellular activities, it is possible to imagine what conditions may arise as a result of poor blood circulation. While poor circulation may result from conditions such as diabetes, kidney, liver or heart diseases,  it is reported that it can just as easily come from simple deficiencies in your diet and lifestyle - where you are not getting the proper nutrients due to unhealthy foods or even habits like smoking.  There are some simple herbal remedies that can be found in your kitchen, garden or local store, which have been indicated by various studies to have potential to improve circulatory health. Cayenne Pepper Ginger Hawthorn Garlic Another basic herb for improving circulation. Gingko Biloba Rosemary Cinnamon Onions Yarrow Prickly Ash
How To Grow Your Own Basil At Home Please Share This Page: Google + stumbleupon tumblr reddit If you are a first-time visitor, please be sure to like us on Facebook and receive our exciting and innovative tutorials on herbs and natural health topics! Image – ABlossomingLife.com Whether grown outdoors or indoors, planting basil brings immense joys of having a steady supply of this wonderful herb all year round. Basil is probably one of the easiest to grow today, provided that they get adequate nutrients they require. This herb contains highly potent oils and flavonoids that bring unique health protecting benefits to the human body. Known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, basil leaves are widely used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and many inflammatory bowel conditions. On the other hand, its antioxidant properties equipped the body with unique protection against premature aging, age-related problems, common skin issues and certain types of cancer.
Sinus Infection Treatment – Natural Remedies and Prevention I’ve experienced many ailments in my 28 years. Rickets. Scarlet Fever. (Yes, seriously). Since then, I’ve experienced one more sinus infection and I hope to never experience the pressure, headaches and loss of smell that is characteristic of this all-too-common problem. What is a Sinus Infection? Sinus infections (sinusitis) are an inflammation of the sinuses and can be caused by viral, fungal or bacterial infections. Sinusitis can also be a symptom of intolerances to certain foods or pinched nerves, which can cause inflammation in the body. Many doctors will prescribe antibiotics or recommend over-the-counter nasal sprays, but, as our name implies, we like to take a natural approach. (Communicate with your health practitioner if you are experiencing occasional or frequent sinus infections. Natural Remedies that Work Essential Oils Essential oils are very potent remedies that can really simplify healthcare. You can also add certain essential oils to your Neti Pot to irrigate your sinuses.
Herbs For Skin Top 10 Herbs For Skin image to repin / shareHerbs background pic © Elena Moiseeva - Fotolia.com Please share this page: Google + StumbleUpon Reddit The skin is not just the largest organ in your body but the most visible one as well. Scrapes, cuts, burns, acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin cancer- just some of the most common skin conditions - which explains why several billion dollars are spent annually on cosmetic and skin care products.  Globally, sales exceed over $300 billion every year and in the U.S. alone, expenditures can reach $8 billion yearly.  Not only is healthy skin beautiful on the outside, it is also an indication of good health inside. However, you need not spend so much on commercial skin products when there are natural plant extracts and herbs available that trace their origin and use since ancient times. Calendula Also known as pot marigold, calendula has been shown to heal and regenerate skin tissue. Aloe St. Externally applied as a cream, ointment or macerated oil, St.
Herbs For Pancreas Top 10 Herbs For The Pancreas image to repin / shareHerbs background pic © Africa Studio - Fotolia.com Please share this page: Google + StumbleUpon Reddit Although small and generally unnoticed, your pancreas forms a key role in the digestive and endocrine process. If your pancreas malfunctions, nutrients from food become unavailable to your system. 3 major pancreatic problems may occur: Diabetes, which is due to insufficient secretion of insulin and is one of the most dangerous and common pancreatic disorders; acute or chronic pancreatitis which results in inflammation and tissue damage along the pancreas;  and the lethal pancreatic cancer which is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in America and has a 100% mortality rate.  Diet and lifestyle are currently thought to play a major part in restoring pancreatic health. Horsetail Oregano Haritaki Calendula Dandelion Gentian This herb has proven itself to be one of the best in promoting healthy pancreas. Goldenseal Cedar Berries Licorice
Herbs For Cholesterol Top 10 Herbs For Regulating Cholesterol image to repin / shareHerbs background pic © Elena Moiseeva - Fotolia.com Please share this page: Google + StumbleUpon Reddit Undoubtedly, if there is one factor you should consider to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, it would be controlling your blood cholesterol levels. Once there is too much cholesterol in the body, the excess accumulates along the arterial walls which eventually narrows them and obstructs the flow of blood to the heart, leading to potential cardiovascular disorders. As there are herbs for almost all kinds of diseases, there are also of course herbs for reducing cholesterol. Garlic Extensive studies have been conducted on garlic for its cholesterol regulating abilities and some studies suggest it can decrease blood cholesterol by a few percentage points.  Other researchers found that the more frequent the intake of garlic, the greater the reduction in cholesterol levels. Turmeric Fenugreek Ginger Artichoke Alfalfa Guggul
Top 10 Home Remedies For Sunburn Please Share This Page: Google + stumbleupon tumblr reddit If you are a first-time visitor, please be sure to like us on Facebook and receive our exciting and innovative tutorials about herbs and natural health topics! Going out into the sun to have a little fun outdoors is a commonplace thing when occasion and the season calls for it. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Remedying sunburn need not be difficult or expensive, nor should you always resort to synthetic substances to help soothe the discomfort associated with a very minor topical problem, when there are a myriad of ways to treat it right at the comfort of your own home.