Make Your Own Herbal Tea Medicine Cabinet

As we enter the cooler months, you might have an increased desire to explore natural remedies to common illnesses like the cold, flu, digestive upset and many others. Before†sickness strikes, prepare your herbal medicine cabinet with these favored herbs.

Herbs for Your Medicine Cabinet

Echinacea - Purple Coneflower

Echinacea

Echinacea is hailed as one of the top immune boosting herbs.†You can spot this native plant by its purple petaled flowers and its bold orange center. Gather fresh leaves, flowers, or seeds of the echinacea plant in the spring, then gather the root in the fall to create your own blend of echinacea. If youíre looking for something a bit easier, purchase echinacea root online or at your local herb store. Store it in an airtight container until needed.

Echinacea is best for warding off the cold, the flu or a sore throat. Give your immune system the boost it needs by drinking a hot cup of echinacea at the first signs of illness, rather than when your illness has already set in. Thereís no need to drink echinacea all fall or winter. Itís best if only used at the start of illness and then stopped thereafter.

Ginger root and ginger powder

Ginger

Ginger is known for its anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties. Itís also known to help soothe sore throats or ease upset stomachs. You can either purchase dried ginger to store in your herbal medicine cabinet, or you can keep fresh ginger on hand.

You can cut a few slices and steep in hot water to make tea or keep it for use in a variety of warm recipes all winter long.

Fresh lemongrass (citronella) on wooden background - Spice for h

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a spiky plant that, when plucked from the ground, looks like a green onion. Itís hardy plant that you can purchase at your local grocery store. You can root the lemongrass and grow it in your own home very easily. It can grow indoors, year-round.

Lemongrass provides a host of healing benefits. Itís a powerhouse of an herb. Studies have shown that itís anti-inflammatory, anti-amoebic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-diarrheal. Itís known to ease anxiety, reduce blood pressure, and acts a diuretic (remove fluid). It can be taken all year to promote health.

chamomile flowers

Chamomile

Chamomile is the gentle, relaxation herb in your new herbal medicine cabinet. Itís a soft white flower that looks like a daisy. You can tell the difference by the leaves. The base of chamomile is frond-like with thin, wispy leaves and stems. Daisies have clear, distinct leaves.

For fresh a herb, you can start your chamomile plants in winter, and plant them in the ground in spring. Otherwise, gather dried chamomile and store in an airtight container. Use chamomile to relieve anxiety, aid sleep or soothe an upset stomach or sore throat. The petals of the chamomile flower is what is most potent. Youíll want to steep the petals longer than your average herbal tea.

Peppermint

Mint

Don’t forget peppermint in your herbal medicine cabinet. Itís the healer and pick-me-up†you need in deep winter. You can use all kinds of mint. Itís one of the easier plants to grow in a pot, but beware if you plant in the ground, as mint likes to run wild.

The active component of mint is menthol, which helps your body heal in many ways. For instance, itís the perfect healer for a cold or flu sufferer. It helps to reduce gas, aid digestion and decrease cramping caused by diarrhea. It can act as an expectorant for those congested folks. And it can help with nausea.

Final Thoughts

These are only a few of the amazing herbs you can add to your herbal medicine cabinet, especially as we gear up for the coming cold and flu season. Prepare yourself and your family with natureís best remedies.

Make Your Own Herbal Tea Medicine Cabinet

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Jetana A
Jetana Aabout a month ago

Oh, yes, tea herbs and medicinal tinctures!

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Ruth Sabout a month ago

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