Chamomile has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of ailments. It is most often used as a tea and is very beneficial when having difficulty sleeping. Its relaxing properties can be beneficial when suffering from muscle cramps as well. Allergy sufferers need to beware that chamomile is related to ragweed. Chamomile is a self seeding annual. It is a good companion plant in gardens, as it helps other plants grow.
Properties: anti-inflammatory, calming and soothing, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive
- for any kind of digestive upset – acidity, heartburn, gas, colic, indigestion, nausea.
- to ease anxiety, stress, tension, headache, arthritis, menstrual cramps and insomnia.
- for fever and teething problems in children.
- calms the nervous system and induces sleep.
- prevents and eases spasms, relieves pain, settles digestion, acts as a liver tonic.
as a compress or bath for sore and inflamed eyes and skin, like rashes, inflammation, cuts, boils, allergies, and insect bites.
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Fenugreek has a rich and spicy flavor popular in Indian and other South Asian dishes. The seeds are used to make curry powder, pickles, and pastes. The leaves and seeds are also used to produce flavoring for maple syrups. Roasted ground fenugreek seed is a popular coffee substitute in India.
Properties: antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, soothing, promotes menstruation, eases coughs, sore throats, and digestion
Dr. Atkins (The Atkins Diet) mentioned Fenugreek in his book, “Dr Atkins Vita-nutrient Solution”. He points out the most important use of Fenugreek, as a blood sugar regulator for sufferers of Type I and Type II Diabetes. Fenugreek acts in the stomach reducing the amount of sugar that the body is able to absorb from food. Fenugreek is not a substitute for a doctor-recommended treatment, but may sometimes be of assistance. By reducing the sugar absorption in your stomach Fenugreek can also help with weight loss, since it allows the carbs to wash straight through your system without entering the bloodstream.
- Seeds contain a lot of bulk and mucilage, mixed with water become gelatinous and ease sluggish bowels.
- Seeds can be eaten by nursing mothers to increase milk production.
- Gargling a Fenugreek decoction will soothe a sore throat and laryngitis, treat arthritis and aching joints, bring on menstruation and lower cholesterol.
- A poultice can be used to treat boils and rashes.
- Fenugreek reduces mucus and helps asthma and sinus problems.
- Mixed with yogurt Fenugreek makes an effective hair conditioner.
Minor side effects like diarrhea and flatulence have been reported by some users. Pregnant women should avoid taking Fenugreek because it stimulates the uterus and promotes menstruation. Always consult your doctor before beginning an herbal treatment course.
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