Annies Remedy - Herbs for Self Healing
Annies Remedy A-Z Medicinal Herb Chart contains information on hundreds of traditional medicinal herbs and plants, yet it is still only a tiny fraction of the natural plants used for healing worldwide. The focus is for the most part on Western herbs though there is a sampling on the most popular herbs from the herbal traditions of China and Ayurveda as well as other cultures. The herb profiles include photographs, descriptions, medicinal uses, folklore, and references from the leading herbalists of today and ancient times. You can browse alphabetically by common names, to find information on a popular herb like ginger, or find it listed by its botanical name, Zingiber officinale.
Herbs are also grouped by their properties and actions. For example you will find herbs that are Adaptogens used in many herbal formulas for building the immune system and increasing the body's resistance to stress and adversity . Anti-inflammatory herbs help to calm flare ups in the digestive system as well as providing alternative remedies for arthritis. Antibacterial herbs help the body ward off cold germs and other infections of the airways while expectorants help to calm coughs.
The practical and common uses of herbs, as well as recipes and instructions on how to use them can be found in the herbal remedies section. The wise woman's knowledge of plants is of a practical nature, based on skill, observation, and recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. She was the family doctor, herbalist, candle maker, chef, and seamstress all rolled into one. This collection of herbal remedies grew out of a personal quest for self healing with herbal based alternative medicine. I hope you will find something here that helps you also, whatever your interest in natural, alternative medicine may be. Two of of the most popular uses for herbs according to our website visitors are: Natural strategies for healthy weight loss , and finding new ways to preserve and improve our ability to focus and combat memory loss . One of the most amazing things you will learn as you start to bring herbs and plants into use your daily life is how versatile they can be. We hope to provide you a good starting place in your search for health and well being.
September - Featuring Fennel
WELCOMING FALL WITH OPEN ARMS
Even though the summer months are marvelous for many of us in the USA, we are anxious to welcome the autumn months that bring cooler weather with a zip in the air.
Some of the first things that pop into many of our minds are from the kitchen such as fresh orchard apple pies, cool weather spices and several major holidays that are ahead between now and the end of the year.
It's an ideal time to begin collecting any seeds that you will be collecting from the garden such as fennel seed. Fennel is a valued plant, all parts edible. If you grow it and let the flower heads mature, then you can harvest the seeds in the fall for later usage. Everything from culinary to potpourri fragrance, it holds a special place that is unique. Certainly one that is worth considering growing, if you are not already.
A digestive aid among other benefits, Fennel brings the delicate anise flavor to compliment other foods.
Lemon Balm and Peppermint, both perennials in pots or garden, will take on a different tone and intent this time of year. Once enjoyed to cool down summer drinks...now they have an extra-added lift to everything they touch and we can see new ways to enjoy them.
As we transition from one season to another, it's a good time to slow down and review our gardens. Seed collection and clean up are just a step towards winding down to enjoy all the wonderful times of fall ahead.
Or browse about and scout around to plan a garden for next year.