Annies Remedy - Herbs for Self Healing
Annies Remedy A-Z Medicinal Herb Chart contains information on hundreds of traditional medicinal herbs and plants, yet it is still only a tiny fraction of the natural plants used for healing worldwide. The focus is for the most part on Western herbs though there is a sampling on the most popular herbs from the herbal traditions of China and Ayurveda as well as other cultures. The herb profiles include photographs, descriptions, medicinal uses, folklore, and references from the leading herbalists of today and ancient times. You can browse alphabetically by common names, to find information on a popular herb like ginger, or find it listed by its botanical name, Zingiber officinale.
Herbs are also grouped by their properties and actions. For example you will find herbs that are Adaptogens used in many herbal formulas for building the immune system and increasing the body's resistance to stress and adversity . Anti-inflammatory herbs help to calm flare ups in the digestive system as well as providing alternative remedies for arthritis. Antibacterial herbs help the body ward off cold germs and other infections of the airways while expectorants help to calm coughs.
The practical and common uses of herbs, as well as recipes and instructions on how to use them can be found in the herbal remedies section. The wise woman's knowledge of plants is of a practical nature, based on skill, observation, and recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. She was the family doctor, herbalist, candle maker, chef, and seamstress all rolled into one. This collection of herbal remedies grew out of a personal quest for self healing with herbal based alternative medicine. I hope you will find something here that helps you also, whatever your interest in natural, alternative medicine may be. Two of of the most popular uses for herbs according to our website visitors are: Natural strategies for healthy weight loss , and finding new ways to preserve and improve our ability to focus and combat memory loss . One of the most amazing things you will learn as you start to bring herbs and plants into use your daily life is how versatile they can be. We hope to provide you a good starting place in your search for health and well being.
March - Signs of Spring
The green spring seems a far off dream this year. Much of the country is still under the grip of old man winter whose touch has brought heavy storms, extreme temperatures, drought and misery to broad swathes of the country. Still the cheerful blooms of daffodils are one of the first signs that winter's grip is about to be broken, one that even a late snowstorm cannot deny. Tiny buds tip the branches of trees and soon the first shoots of green growth will begin to push up through the cold ground. The modest blooms of wild violets color the spring a delicate purple and blue the first tender leaves of dandelions, chickweed, and salad Burnet will provide of the first of the seasons fresh greens for salads. The world turns as always and spring is coming.
Spring tonics are intended to help quicken the senses and cleanse and depurify the body after a long winter. Often we feel sluggish and more tired than we should as the sun sets on a long, cold work day. The shortened days with less sunlight can also increase stress and lead to depression . Herbal tonics can help you boost your energy levels and lighten anxiety.
Plants in the Aralia family are commonly known as wild or false sarsaparilla, but have a closer relationship to ginseng. Spikenard root tea is a traditional folk medicine of Appalachian mountains and a purifying spring tonic. Spikenard is antiseptic, depurative, and diaphoretic, which makes it useful in a wide range of conditions including gout, rheumatism, ,coughs and congestion. This spikenard and sarsaparilla root tea combines these two American classics in a warm and spicy blend.
AnnieFeatured Links for March:
- Coming Soon! Spring Allergy Season . Learn which herbs can be used to help prevent an allergy attack. Reishi mushroom, ginkgo biloba and stinging nettle act as natural antihistamines that act to gently support the body's inflammatory response.
- Burdock has an ancient and respected reputation as a nutritive liver tonic that helps to clean and build the blood.
- Alfalfa leaf contains a broad spectrum of nutrients, trace mineral and vitamins, dietary fiber and chlorophyll. Freshly sprouted Alfalfa seeds add flavor and nutrients to a winter diet.
- Asparagus The tasty green stalks are one of the most nutritious of the early green vegetables in the spring garden. Like tomatoes, they are high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.
- Violets have been used medicinally for ages, and are an important part of traditional folk medicine. Violets are a rich source of vitamins A and C.