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The Healing Power of Herbs: Medicinal Herbs for Common Ailments

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The Healing Power of Herbs will help you confidently grow, prepare, and use herbs to treat and nurture yourself and your family.

For hundreds of years, herbs have been sourced for their countless benefits to our minds and bodies. Today, as information about herbal medicine is more widely available, more and more people are creating and using their own herbal remedies right at home. The Healing Power of Herbs delivers comprehensive descriptions of 30 vital herbs that are easy to find and grow, along with simple guidance for using them for your specific medicinal needs.

The Healing Power of Herbs strips away the mystery of herbal medicine by revealing exactly how to get the most out of the herbs that surround us―many of which you already have in your kitchen―and feel empowered using them. From teas and tinctures to syrups and salves, The Healing Power of Herbs will arm you with the knowledge you need to confidently treat common ailments with nature’s most healing remedies.

Inside the pages of The Healing Power of Herbs you’ll find:

  • PROFILES OF 30 ESSENTIAL MEDICINAL HERBS that include both commonly and lesser known uses, along with tips for successfully growing and harvesting them.
  • GUIDANCE FOR SELECTING THE RIGHT HERBS based on your exact needs and the therapeutic properties of each plant.
  • A VARIETY OF PREPARATION METHODS that feature recipes for making everything from virus-fighting elixirs, to sore muscle rubs, to tasty treats that kids will love!

With The Healing Power of Herbs you will build a solid foundation for growing, preparing, and using 30 powerful herbs to treat, heal, and care for yourself and those you love.


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Sample Herb Profile: ALOE

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Aloe is native to India and Africa and has more than 400 known species. The Egyptian Book of Remedies from 1500 BC mentions aloe. Alexander the Great fought for it, and even Greek physician Dioscorides wrote about it.

The useful parts of aloe are the gel and firm pulp inside the leaves, along with the bitter yellow aloe juice that forms between the green skin and the clear gel in mature plants.

This powerful plant is cathartic, anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, emollient, and even a laxative. It can soothe burns, skin infections, digestive issues, constipation, ulcers and gingivitis.

Aloe is difficult to preserve, so the best thing to do is grow it in your home to use whenever you need it. Don’t worry, it’s super hardy and nearly impossible to kill.

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Recipe: ALOE MOUTHWASH

Makes 1 cup | Prep time: 5 minutes

Gargling with aloe is terrific for your gums and helps prevent gingivitis. It can also be helpful for sore throats. You can even give it a try the next time you can’t wait for that cheese pizza to cool and end up with the roof of your mouth painfully blistered.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Combine all the ingredients in the jar and shake well to dissolve the baking soda.

2. To use, swish an ounce or so of the juice in your mouth for 30 seconds to a minute. Do not swallow.

3. Seal the jar and store in the refrigerator.

½ cup aloe juice

½ cup water

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 drop spearmint essential oil

1 drop tea tree essential oil

1 drop orange essential oil

a 10- or 12-ounce jar

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