10 Essential Herbs for Lifelong Health by Barbara L. Heller M.S.W.

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3. Strain; drink as much and as often as needed. Safety and Cautions for Valerian In larger-than-recommended dosages, valerian can cause morning grogginess, nausea, headache, and blurred vision. In a small percentage of users, valerian causes the opposite effect of what is desired — it is stimulating rather than relaxing. These symptoms immediately disappear when the herb is discontinued. Some herbalists assert that long-term valerian use may exacerbate depression. The mission of Storey Publishing is to serve our customers by publishing practical information that encourages personal independence in harmony with the environment.

John’s-Wort Valerian Why Use Herbs? Throughout the ages, plants have served a multitude of uses for human survival. Ethnobotany, the study of plant lore and agricultural customs, has provided us with rich evidence of the ways different cultures have traditionally used plants to feed and nourish, house and clothe, inform and educate, and treat and heal bodies and spirits. These days, people increasingly are using natural remedies for health and healing. S. population has recently used one of the many alternative therapies, which include herbal medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage.

Its primary culinary use is as an edible flower garnish. The brightly colored and mildly flavored calendula flower petals, fresh or dried, can be added to salads, soups, and muffins. Dried and ground, calendula can be substituted for the more expensive saffron. Herbal History The ancient Romans grew calendula primarily for its ornamental qualities and also as a remedy for scorpion bites. In medieval households, calendula blossoms were often used in soups, salads, puddings, and wine. Although used in folk medicine, calendula was never considered a major medicinal herb.

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