Herb Basics

A Place to Start


| July/August 2005



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Chamomile

Karen Bergeron, www.AltNature.com

HAVE A HEADACHE? TRY THIS TEA

Herbalist and acupuncturist Chris-topher Hobbs created this tea blend for a patient who suffered from frequent headaches. It’s tasty and helps ease the tension that often accompanies headaches.

Hobbs says this tea can be used for immediate relief or on a regular basis to reduce the incidence of headaches.

HEADACHE TEA

1/8 cup dried lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
1/8 cup dried chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
1/8 cup dried linden (Tilia spp.)
1/8 cup dried passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

Blend the herbs and store the mixture in an airtight jar in a dark place.

When you’re ready to make the tea, steep 1 teaspoon of the blend per cup of hot water for 20 minutes. Strain and drink a cup two to three times daily.

STOCK UP ON SOY

Looking to add more heart-healthy soy to your diet? Health experts now suggest eating 25 grams of soy protein a day to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. If you’re unsure what to do with tofu, tempeh and other soy products, check out these tips.





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