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Minor Burns: Herbal 1st Aid

Fire fills our lives with luxuries we now take for granted like cooked food and warm rooms in winter. When we forget about the power of the fire element, we get burned. There are several herbs that help us salve the burns left by this oversight. To treat a minor burn, first wash the wound with cool water, then apply the herbal treatment and cover the area with a bandage. The treatment recommended below is for first degree burns; more serious burns require help by a qualified health care practitioner.
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Cold Care for Winter

The common cold is defined as a viral infection of the upper respiratory system. Stuffy noses, coughs and constant weariness are warning signs of an oncoming cold. There are over two hundred different types of rhino-viruses and since they travel through the air and via physical contact with ever benign objects such as doorknobs or light switches, these viruses are very successful. Although colds only last 2 weeks and host only mild symptoms, they can open the door to other more complicated bacterial infections like the flu, strep throat, or ear infections.
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Sinus Infections – Herbs to Help You Breathe Easy

Sufferers of either allergies or colds will tell you that sinus infections (sinusitis) make even the simplest tasks miserable. The symptoms are numerous: sinus pain, watery eyes, runny nose, coughs caused by post-nasal drip, fatigue, headaches, blurred vision, bad breath, jaw pain and swollen eye lids. In short - utter misery. It is not always possible to run to the doctor for antibiotics. Herbal medicine is a practical option for most households.
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Supporting Women’s Fertility with Herbs

Adding a baby to your life takes preparation. Herbs can increase fertility when combined with a healthy diet and exercise routine. The odds of success improve if you are as careful with your body before pregnancy as you will be after you get pregnant.
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Treating Mononucleosis with Herbs

I heartily recommend Astragulus root for preventing EBV infection. Astragulus is a powerful anti-viral that does particularly well up against a vast host of viruses. Astragulus tincture is the most effective form of this herb.
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Poison Oak/Poison Ivy Rash: Contact Dermatitis

Spring is a dangerous time of the year for eager herbalists. So many plants are emerging from their winter sleep that it is tempting to step off the hiking trail to examine them more closely. That is when the guardians assigned to protecting these tender sprouts spring into action. The Toxicodendron species which includes poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac, has an oily substance called urushiol which triggers an allergic reaction in many people.
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