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"Why should a man die while sage grows in the garden?"
Old Chinese Proverb
"Eat sage in May, and live for aye."
Old English Saying
"To comfort the brain smell camomile, eat sage, wash measurably, sleep reasonably, delight to hear melody and wining." William Ram (1608)
Essential Herbal Wisdom:
A Complete Exploration of 50 Remarkable Herbs
Popular author and healing practitioner Nancy Arrowsmith takes readers on a fascinating in-depth exploration of the herbal arts.
Arrowsmith's friendly voice and vast knowledge of herbal applications, history, and folklore shine through in this herbalism reference work.
As entertaining as it is practical, this comprehensive illustrated herb guide covers everything from herb gathering prayers and charms to signatures for fifty powerful herbs.
Each herb is described in detail, with tips on growing, gathering, drying, and storing these marvelous plants, as well as their culinary virtues, cosmetic properties, medicinal merits, veterinary values, and household applications.
Along with thought-provoking bits of folk history and literary and spiritual references to herbs and nature, this directory includes step-by-step instructions on cooking with herbs and preparing herbal remedies, as well as gardening hints and seed-saving tips.
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The Herbal Handbook: A User's Guide to Medical Herbalism
This compendium of medical herbalism by one of the most eminent herbalists practicing today is both comprehensive and practical.
Basic as well as complicated questions about herbal medicine, it provides both the novice and the experienced practitioner with a reliable framework in which to develop their herbal skills.
A discussion of the history and modern practice of herbalism, encompassing the influences of Welsh, Chinese, and Native American herbal medicine is followed by a practical reference section that lists the various actions herbs have on the body (carminative, anti-inflammatory, etc.), with examples of herbs and their mode of activity in each category.
Presriptions for various illnesses are also organized under the main systems of the body so that information can be quickly and easily referenced.
A final section covers the fundamentals of growing, drying storing and cooking with herbs, as well as the making of infusions, decoctions, oils, and ointments.
The author also provides helpful introductions to aromatherapy and plant medicines.
The Benefits of Herbal Tea and Fruit Infusions
Most people are aware generally of the health benefits of herbal tea. The many vitamins and minerals contained in plants, especially when brewed into a liquid form, can provide essential nutritional support for the human body. The idea of adding fruit infusions to herbal tea only multiplies the possible benefits within a brewed concoction.
Herbal tea with fruit infusions is almost too good to be true. The plants that are used in most teas are by themselves full of nutritional elements. The green teas from Asia, the yerba tea from Brazil, and the rooibos from South Africa are full of essential vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, and antioxidants that are so very good for human health. The addition of the vitamin-packed fruits that are used in fruit infusions can provide much more than the daily recommended requirements for these nutrients.
The healthy aspects of drinking herbal tea with fruit infusions are complemented by the possibility of a wonderful tasting beverage. Many people have found that herbal tea with fruit infusions are fine as a hot drink, but are especially tasty when served cold. The habit of serving lemonade or fruit juice can be alternated with fruit-laced herbal tea, served over ice. In many ways, this type of beverage is more healthy overall, since the addition of a sweetener is not required, unless one desires it.
Another way in which herbal tea with fruit infusions is being consumed is a new take on an old routine. Many people have discovered the trick of brewing a pot of this kind of tea and then freezing it in ice cube trays, providing a very tasty and healthy way to enjoy a quick refresher on those hot summer days. This used to be done with artificially-flavored drinks and sodas, which served the same purpose yet contained a good deal of man-made chemical additives. This method, using herbal tea with fruit infusions, delivers nothing but natural goodness in an ice cold treat.
Some exotic blends are available in fruit infusions. Wild berries make for a very delicious beverage, and are very adaptable to being combined with herbal tea. Elderberries, blackberries, raspberries, and the ever-popular strawberries are very tasteful when included in a fruit infusion brew, and they can naturally enhance the flavor of any herb or plant that is used in a tea mixture. Apples are also a very good addition to an herbal beverage, as anyone knows who has had hot apple cider on a cold day.
There are other elements that can be used in fruit infusions as well. Hibiscus flowers and parts of the rose flower, such as rose hips and rose buds, are very complementary to herbal teas. Citrus fruits are also excellent choices for brews of this kind, including the essence of the peel of lime, orange, and lemon. These elements add a zesty tang that helps to bring out the natural flavor of many herbal teas.
These are just a few of the available fruit infusions that can be found among the herbal tea offerings.
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