Discover which Natural Herbs benefits us.
We have all done it, gone to the chemist or the supermarket and seen rows upon rows of shampoos ,cleansers and toners all containing a variety of herbs. Long before all these counters existed it had been discovered that herbs contained wonderful health and beauty properties.
All of the suggested herbs in this article can be grown at home ,you don't even need a garden ,they will grow just as well in pots or window boxes.
For some purposes , herbs can be used freshly picked ,but for other uses such as perfumes they can be just as effective if they have been dried and stored.
Drying Herbs.... There are several ways that you could dry your herbs, whichever you choose you must keep the herbs away from direct sunlight , this can destroy the aroma and colour. Sprigs of sage,marjaram and thyme can be hung up to dry. Tie the sprigs in a brown paper bag, leaving out the stems then turn upside down and leave for several days. Another way is to remove the leaves from the freshly picked herbs , place them on a tray and cover with a tea towel. [this protects them from the sun and dust] and leave to dry for several days in an airy room. Once dried store your herbs in air-tight jars for use in any way you please.
PARSLEY -rich in Vitamin A - helps to cleanse the system and to keep the complexion clear from the inside. to eat parsley..really tasty if chopped and mixed with softened butter and made into a sandwich. for inner cleanliness and fresh breath..chew on a parsley sprig. parsley can help to fade freckles...if you boil a handful of parsley,after ten minutes strain the water. Bottle when cool and dab onto your freckles daily.
SAGE - good for the digestion - sage counteracts richness, which is why a sage an onion stuffing is usually served with duck. disenfectant properties..in centuries past sage was used as a mouth wash and gargle. whitener..sage can be powdered by placing the dried leaves under a sheet of paper and rolled with a rolling pin. The powder can then be used as a tooth cleaner, placed on a dry toothbrush. A fresh sage leaf rubbed on teeth leaves them feeling free of film and often makes them a shade or two whiter.
NASTURTIUM - the leaves contain Vitamin C - Healthy teeth and gums need vitamin c so why not chop one small leaf and sprinkle on a sandwich. They have a nice tangy flavour to them.
ROSEMARY - stimulates circulation - Sprinkling a little rosemary on to your lamb chops whilst they are cooking or onto your sunday roast is a very pleasant way to injest this herb, by doing so your circulation will be stimulated and colour will be brought back to an otherwise pale or dull skin. hair tonic..boil a handful of sprigs in one and half pints of water for ten minutes. Strain and use in the final shampoo rinseing. skin tonic..allow one teaspoonful of dried rosemary to stand in half pint of boiling water. Soak a pad of cotton wool and place the rosemary compress on your face whilst lying in a relaxed position. This is wonderful.
LOST YOUR APPETITE Quite a lot of herbs sharpen the appetite, so if you wish your appetite were better, a little bay leaf, chopped chives, dill or marjoram used in cooking can help you to 'eat up'.
Just to make your herb experience more enjoyable:- Here's how to give your bath water the loveliest scent, chooseing a different herb to suit your every mood. Create a bag filled with your chosen herbs , out of a n old stocking perhaps or any other porous material and then fix it under the hot water tap of your bath so that the water will pass through it as it's filling. This perfumes and enriches the bath water. The bag can be dried and used a second time.
Hope you find this article useful...have fun fun fun.
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