Back to School: An Herbal Care-package

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<p>It’s that time of year again. Going back to school means late night cram sessions, unhealthy eating habits (coffee and chocolate anyone?) and mind and body exhaustion. <a href=””>
<font color=”#800080″>Try these herbs</font>
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<b>Herbs for Stress</b>
<p>When all of the tasks start to pile up at once and it seems like you can’t get anything done, try these herbs to calm your nerves.</p>
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<font color=”#800080″>Chamomile</font>
</a>: Make a chamomile tea to calm nerves and relieve stress headaches. After, put the warm tea bags on your eyelids to relieve tired eyes.</p>
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<font color=”#800080″>Lavender</font>
</a>: Use lavender to help concentrate on a task. Sniff the dried flowers or lavender essential oil to stimulate your brain when you’re down.</p>
<p>• Geranium essential oil: Before going into an exam or giving a speech, sniff some geranium essential oil to relieve butterflies in your stomach.</p>
<b>Herbs to Accelerate Energy</b>
<p>Lay off the coffee and energy drinks. They may increase energy for a while, but you’ll be sure to crash after the caffeine high wears off. Try these herbs for a natural way to boost energy.</p>
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<font color=”#800080″>Rosemary</font>
</a>: Increase your energy with an invigorating bath. Combine ½ cup rosemary, and ½ cup ground almonds and 2 cups plain rolled oats in a terry cloth bag or washcloth and float in the bath.</p>
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<font color=”#800080″>Thyme</font>
</a>: Get the energizing scent of thyme by filling a spray bottle with 2 or 3 drops of thyme essential oil and a ½ cup of water and spraying it in the air. Thyme’s also delicious with meats and sauces.</p>
<b>Herbs to Stimulate Sleep</b>
<p>With a thousand different worries popping up in your mind, getting sleep can be difficult. Try these herbs to get some rest.</p>
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<font color=”#800080″>Anise</font>
</a>: Chew the seeds by themselves or add them to hot milk to make you sleepy. Also try filling a small bag with anise seeds and place it by your pillow so you can breathe in the scent.</p>
<p>• Linden: Brew linden flowers in a tea to induce sleep. Or find linden flower tea in health food stores.</p>
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<p>How do you cope with the stress of school? Have any herbal tips? Leave me a comment and tell me about them.</p>

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