Grow your green thumb and any food you please! Learn smart strategies for veggies, fruit and more that make bringing fresh food to your table a breeze. When you grow your own food, you get delicious flavor and a lower grocery bill! Join horticulture expert Melinda Myers and discover her insider tricks for growing carrots, peppers, raspberries and so much more. …
These 10 Indian Home Remedies for the Common Cold are made from natural ingredients and treat cold and flu without medicines. Besides the fact that most of these can be found at home already, the best thing is these remedies don’t have any harmful side effects like mainstream medicine might. These herbal medicine remedies are based on the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing….
When I was a kid and I got a cut, if I cried my grandma would tell me we needed to call the Penny Ambulance. I have no idea what that was or how she thought of it. My grandma was a clever woman. It always got me to stop crying long enough for the bleeding to stop so she could get the bandaid on me. These days my kids want bandaids for every scrape and cut – I find that a tea tree antiseptic ointment works the best to heal these pesky injuries that kids seem to acquire daily. There are so many Tea Tree Uses for healing and skin care it’s amazing. I wouldn’t be surprised if my grandma used it too….
So this isn’t the most popular topic to discuss, but herbal medicine for constipation is important nonetheless. We all need relief at some point, so let’s get it out there and help those who need it! There are plenty of over-the-counter drugs you can take, but you can have some pretty bad side effects from those as well such as blood in your stools, severe and worsening stomach pain, cramping, or bloating. Herbal medicine remedies are normally more gentle and easier on the body and you don’t have any manufactured medicine in your bloodstream. …
In a woman’s life, menopause is a big life event, and usually occurs after age 45. As I have turned the corner into my cough-40’s-cough, I have been thinking more and more about the onset of menopause and what kinds of Herbal Medicine for Menopause are available. I love learning about Herbal Medicine Remedies and using them when I can over OTC or prescription medications….
Do you sleep through the night? Do you fall asleep easily? I seem to have a hard time falling asleep each night – my mind wanders and then my thoughts keep me awake. I have been taking melatonin for awhile now, for well over a year, and I can say it is a lifesaver. Herbal medicines like melatonin are considered safe for sleep aids – much better than prescription drugs or worse yet, hard drugs and alcohol! Herbal medicine remedies like this can help ease our issues and save our health.
Herbal Medicines Like Melatonin Help You Get Your Zzzzs
Have you tried any herbal medicines like melatonin or others? I love valerian but melatonin really helps me sleep. Sometimes you can find melatonin AND valerian together. Also chamomile really helps one to calm enough to fall asleep.
Valerian is a dietary supplement that has been used since ancient times for insomnia and nervousness. Although many people use valerian as a sleep aid, its effectiveness has not been proven. Jawad Miran, DO, a sleep medicine specialist at Somerset Medical Center’s Sleep For Life program in Hillsborough, N.J., cautions that that there is little consistency in the quality or ingredients of valerian preparations on the market today: “There is no one compound which is valerian, rather there are numerous compounds in varying amounts,” says Miran. He says most doctors he knows don’t recommend valerian to their patients with insomnia. People who take valerian should not combine it with other supplements or medications for sleep.
There is some support for the idea that using valerian over a period of time (such as over four weeks) may be more effective than taking it one night only. People who are poor sleepers may find more benefit that those who are normally good sleepers.
Valerian extract contains 150 compounds that can help to calm your nerves. In fact, valerian extract is one of the oldest natural sleeping aids you can find. Valerian extract has been used since the 1800s to help people get sound, restful sleep.
Chamomile, like valerian, is a traditional herbal remedy that has been used since ancient times to fight insomnia and a wide range of other health complaints. Chamomile is sold in the form of tea, extract, and topical ointment. Chamomile is widely available in health food stores and supermarkets. Chamomile’s effectiveness as a sleep aid has not been widely researched in humans, but in animal studies it has been shown to be a safe and mild sleep aid. Chamomile also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
German chamomile is best taken as a tea. Roman chamomile has a bitter taste and may be taken as a tincture. Both types may have a calming effect, which can help people feel relaxed and more prepared for sleep.
Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin (I like this one) is believed to play a central role in regulating sleep and circadian rhythms. Synthetic melatonin is a popular dietary supplement that is sold as a sleeping aid and antioxidant. There is evidence that melatonin eases circadian rhythm disorders like jet lag and delayed sleep phase disorders, but it hasn’t been proven effective in treating insomnia or improving sleep quality in the long term.
Can melatonin help me sleep?
Melatonin may improve sleep. Scientific findings show that melatonin decreases the time it takes to fall asleep (“sleep latency”), increases feelings of “sleepiness,” and may increase the duration of sleep.
Your melatonin level begins to rise at dusk, making you sleepy at the end of the day. Then it peaks between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. But starting at age 40, melatonin production can slow down so it no longer helps you fall asleep, or get the restful sleep you need.
That’s where a melatonin supplement can help. A good melatonin supplement, taken in the right dose, can help you fall asleep when you should, and that same supplement can help you wake when you should. So a melatonin supplement is the first natural sleeping aid you want to take in order to combat those sleepless nights.
Are natural sleep aids and remedies safe?
Like all drugs, natural sleep remedies can have side effects and risks. It’s important that you understand all about the natural sleep remedies you take. Know what you’re putting into your body and how to discern which natural remedies will enhance your health and which ones might increase your chance of illness. In addition, talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of natural sleep remedies.
Arthritis can be a crippling and debilitating disease or one that only produces mild symptoms that can be treated easily. Arthritis is most often associated with aging but young people can develop arthritis, as well. Because of this, many people turn to herbal medicine remedies and search for herbal medicine for arthritis for treatment….
For some of us it can be hard enough just getting to eat our vegetables but growing them for ourselves is a whole different ball game. Whether it’s a busy schedule that keeps you from being able to devote our full attention to our gardens or simply a curse on every plant you try to grow, it can be hard to get started with growing your own vegetables at home.
Best 5 Veggies for Beginner Gardeners
Here’s a list of the five best vegetables you can start with even if you’re still a newbie gardener:
Being a root vegetable, carrots are safe from the elements so all you have to do is plant the seeds during some cool weather and in a few months (depending on variety) they’re ready to pull up, wash off, and bite right into! If you’re feeling adventurous, try a different kind than your standard orange carrot.
Did you know you can grow carrots in containers? Check out this awesome post at Empress of Dirt for tips on how to do that.
Peas are easy to grow, especially if you have something they can grow on like a trellis or fence, although you can just use a wire support if your yard or garden bed isn’t in an optimal place. Another cool weather veggie, these go great with carrots together in your garden and on your plate in a fresh salad.
Pumpkins are fairly hardy provided you wait for frost season to be over and they’re great for watching grow from tiny flowers into tasty treats. Perfect for planting when you can plan for them to be ready in the fall for October and November for pumpkin pie, you can cook and eat them tons of different ways or just enjoy a healthy, delicious batch of pumpkin seeds!
Herb gardens are easy to put together and can even be grown indoors in windowsill planters if you’ve got limited growing space outdoors. Just pick your favorite herb or spice and you’ll have it ready to pick and put right into your favorite dishes whenever you want to add a dash of fresh flavor to a meal.
For more info on growing herbs indoors head over to the Container Gardening page!
Whether you like them hot or mild, you’re sure to love them colorful and tasty! Peppers grow in close to the same conditions as tomatoes, making them a great choice for new gardeners to sink their teeth into (depending on how hot they are of course!). Nothing says summertime like a cool, refreshing taste of freshly chilled salsa on a hot summer’s day.
Even if you feel like your green thumb is more like the touch of death all you might really need is a little practice with some veggies that are a little easier to grow. You’re sure to find your garden bursting with fresh vegetables of all kinds in no time!
What is your favorite thing to grow in the garden?
Do you know how to store fresh basil from your herb garden? Whether you are growing herbs indoors or outside, you will want to harvest the herbs and learn how to store fresh herbs to keep the plants healthy.
Herbs are a way to add extra zest to foods without adding fat. If youíve ever had cuisine with fresh herbs then you know the difference it makes. The next best thing is dried herbs. Growing and drying your own is better and cheaper than buying them from the store.
How to Store Fresh Basil and Other Herbs
Here are a few tips that always need to be observed when planning on drying herbs.
- Harvest herbs at their peak
When are herbs at their best tasting and most potent as far as oil is concerned? It occurs when they are getting ready to bloom. You will notice several buds but none will be open yet. Wait until after the morning dew has dried before cutting your leaves.
- Carefully choose your leaves
Look for healthy branches that are free of disease, damage or yellowing. Also remove any insects that might tag along on the plants. This usually isn’t a problem for indoor herb gardens.
- Wash your leaves
Remove any dirt and soil from the leaves. Use cool water and then dry with a paper towel, being careful not to rip or tear the leaves. Wet herbs will mold so make sure they are completely dry.
Methods for Storing Fresh Herbs
This involves hanging your herbs. Remove all leaves from the bottom of about four to eight stems. Bind them together gently with a rubber band or a piece of string. Place them in a paper bag with the stems protruding out. Tie the bag closed around the stems and hang in a warm, dry area. Poke holes in the bottom of the bag for air circulation.
- Tray drying
This is done for the leaves. Remove the stems and the stalks from leaves. Place the leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet or a drying tray. Large leaves can be cut into smaller pieces. Place in a warm area that is dark until drying is complete.
- Drying in an oven
You don’t actually turn the oven on when you do this. Gas ovens seem to work more efficiently with this method. Using a baking sheet again, place leaves in a single layer so they are not touching. Separate more than one layer with a paper towel. Dry overnight.
- Solar drying
This is not a very efficient method but may work for people who live in a very warm area. Place your leaves on a drying tray or an old window pane in the sun. In order for this to work, the temperature needs to be constant with low humidity (below 100 degrees F and 60% humidity). Avoid direct sunlight because leaves will fade.
Store your dried herbs in a dry, dark place in airtight jars for up to one year. Drying fresh herbs can keep your food full of flavor all year round.
I love growing herbs indoors and there’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs in recipes you prepare. Growing herbs indoors is easier for me than gardening and I really enjoy seeing them sprout and grow large enough that I can harvest at the end of the warm summer months.
Luckily many herbs are easy to grow in small areas such as kitchen window sills. They need warmth, sunlight and water. And if your kitchen doesn’t have enough natural sunlight during the day, you can also place them in rooms with better natural sunlight. Remember that it takes about three times as much fresh herb to get the flavor of a dried seasoning, but the taste is much better.
Growing Herbs Indoors in Your Kitchen Window
Look for herbs which will remain relatively small. Those which are too wide or too tall may not fit in the area you’ve chosen to grow them. You’ll also want to consider the type of cooking you do most often and choose herbs which will match that type of cooking. Below are five herbs to grow in your kitchen window or another in your home.
This herb, which tastes like a combination of garlic and onions, can be added to homemade salad dressing, sour cream, soups or burgers. You may want to substitute chives for onions in some recipes to give your food a little different taste. These can be started from seed quite easily. Your recipe will also have a unique taste depending upon whether you use fresh or dried herbs.
Learn more about Herb Garden Plants and Their Uses here.
Basil is used in many ethnic foods such as those from Italy, Mexico or Thailand. If you’re preparing a dish with tomatoes, basil is a natural herb to choose. There are several varieties to choose from and you can either start them from seed or purchase seedlings.
Learn more about growing basil here.
Cilantro or Coriander
This is another herb which can be grown easily from seeds. Depending upon whether you’re using the leaves or allowing the herb to go to seed, you can use cilantro in Mexican or Indian cuisine.
Learn more about 6 Cooking Herbs You Need to Grow here.
Mint is a universal herb which is used in a myriad of cuisines. If you live in the South you know it can be added to iced tea. You can also use it as an ingredient in salads, jellies and desserts. It can be started as seeds or seedlings.
Learn what to do with mint here.
Thyme is often used when cooking meats and other savory dishes. It is best to start these out as seedlings so you can begin using the herb as quickly as possible.
Learn How to Grow and Harvest Fresh Herbs for Cooking here.
Seeds and seedlings for the above herbs can be found at many discount stores as well as farmer’s co-ops. If you choose to grow your herbs from seeds, follow the instructions on the packet to plant them. Before you know it, you’ll have fresh herbs to harvest and enjoy in your home cooked meals.
Make sure to read the other posts about growing herbs indoors!