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Feel-Good Friday: 7 Herbs for Health and Wellness


| 1/27/2012 1:42:25 PM


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Here are some of my favorite ways to use herbs for health and wellness.

1. Stay calm with herbal teas. Tea is a go-to remedy for reducing stress. Just holding a steaming mug of hot tea can help calm the nerves. Calming herbs that make a delicious tea include chamomile, lavender and holy basil. Read about 9 other ways to reduce stress.

2. Ease headaches with peppermint. Peppermint can soothe headaches in two ways. If rubbed on the skin at strategic points such as your temples peppermint oil can relax the muscles causing tension headaches. If inhaled, peppermint can relieve sinus pressure and induce calm. Read about 5 other health and beauty uses for peppermint.



3. Fall asleep with passionflower. This fast-growing vine contains tranquilizing compounds that can ease anxiety and help you sleep—but won’t cause drowsiness in the morning. Many varieties of the passionflower exist, but not all are suitable for medical uses. Be sure that you’re taking only Passiflora incarnate, as other variations can be dangerous. Steep one teaspoon of leaves in a cup of boiling water for a soothing tea. Read about 5 other herbs that work to aid sleep.



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