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Tuesday, February 24 , 2015

Tea for Tired Eyes

Eyestrain is so common today as we stare constantly at screens and work into the late-night hours. Here's a natural way to make your eyes look and feel better.

What better name than eyebright for an herb that can soothe sore eyes, alleviate eyestrain and clear up bloodshot eyes. Mix one ounce of eyebright—the whole dried herb, available at health-food and herb shops—into a pint of just-boiled water. Let it steep for 10 minutes, then strain through a super-fine strainer. Drink a cup of the tea. Use the other cup of tepid tea for dipping cotton pads and placing them on your closed eyes. Leave the damp cotton pads on your eyes for about 15 minutes. Blink…and then see and feel the difference!

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Tuesday, January 06 , 2015

Watch Our Trick to Get Rid of Flies

Mr. Buzzy and his little buddies are back. But I know his weak spot! Flies are repelled by the herb thyme—so if you want to force them outside, fill a plant mister with a cup of thyme tea. With kettle and measuring cup, brew a teaspoon of dried thyme in an eight-ounce cup of just-boiled water for five minutes. When it cools, fill a spray bottle and spray the window frames, countertops...wherever and whenever the flies tend to congregate. It is safe and nonchemical! You can use it every day, if need be—it's free of chemicals and harsh smells. But flies hate it and will think twice before sneaking inside your home!

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Wednesday, December 31 , 2014

Healing Bath for Itchy Skin…It’s Not Oatmeal

Winter has a way of making your skin feel like a burlap bag. Now is a good time to make time for a relaxing, itch-soothing bath. And all you need is one inexpensive herb to give you relief.

If you're itching to bathe, add a pint of thyme tea to your bathwater. To make the tea, add two teaspoons of dried thyme to two cups of just-boiled water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Thyme contains thymol, which is an antiseptic, antibacterial substance that can really help with itch.

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Monday, August 04 , 2014

Homemade Tea for Backaches

Hey, weekend warrior, did you hurt your back? Here's a homemade herbal tea you might want to try...

Yarrow leaves contain anti-inflammatory elements that help relax your muscles. You should be able to find the dried leaves at any health-food store or online. Add a teaspoon of yarrow to a cup of just-boiled water. Let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup before each meal and a cup at bedtime. It can help pain fade away.

Note: Yarrow tea has an unusual taste, so you may want to add honey.



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Wednesday, April 16 , 2014

Natural Relief for Hay Fever

Ah choo! Here’s natural help for this itchy, sneezy time of year…

The herbal treatment stinging nettle may sound like a painful solution, but it's a common plant that acts as a natural antihistamine...and you aren't going to sting yourself with it, for goodness sake. According to the naturopaths we consulted, a freeze-dried extract of the leaves taken in capsule form is best (available at many health-food stores and even drugstores and supermarkets). To control hay fever symptoms, take one or two capsules every two to four hours. Or follow the dosage directions on the label...or (best of all) ask your doctor what dosage is right for you.

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Friday, November 01 , 2013

Ancient Slimming Herb Boosts Your Metabolism

It’s hard to lose weight, and appetite-suppressing drugs can be a harmful (and costly) addition to your diet. Here’s a natural slimmer that’s probably waiting for you in your kitchen cabinet:

The secret is fennel seeds, which can be easily brewed into a tea. To prepare, add one teaspoon of the dried, loose herb to a cup of just-boiled water. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink one cup about a half-hour before each meal and one cup at bedtime. It has a refreshing, mild licorice-like flavor.

What’s going to happen? Well, the Greek name for fennel is marathron, from mariano, which means “to grow thin.” Fennel is known to metabolize and throw off fatty substances through the urine. It’s also rich in vitamin A (which means it’s wonderful for the eyes) and helps aid digestion. Note: This tea is not a “magic bullet” that melts the fat away. Please use in conjunction with a sensible eating and exercise plan to slim down for better health. And please check with your doctor before using any herbs or supplements for weight loss.

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Friday, June 21 , 2013

All-Natural Fly Repellent

How did those flies get inside? They are tricky little devils! Flies are repelled by the herb thyme—so if you want to keep them outside, fill a plant mister with a cup of thyme tea (brew a teaspoon of dried thyme in an eight-ounce cup of just-boiled water for five minutes…let cool) and spray doors, window frames, countertops...wherever the flies tend to congregate. You can use it every day, if need be—it's free of chemicals and harsh smells. But flies hate it and will think twice before sneaking into your home.

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Friday, July 06 , 2012

Help Your Medicine Go Down Easier

If you need to take a liquid medicine or an herb or pill that’s unpleasant tasting, numb your taste buds by sucking on an ice cube for a few minutes.

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