The joys of being a woman are tough to remember when you're doubled over with menstrual cramps. Our fertility comes with a price that can be difficult to pay with a brave face every month. Herbs are a woman's best friend when it's impossible to stay curled up in bed with a hot water bottle. All of the herbs mentioned below may be taken as tinctures or teas.
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.
Sue said: This is a well made paperback book in an easy to read format. As an amateur, I enjoyed reading about the colorful history of mead that introduces the book as well as the historical blurbs sprinkled throughout the text. The terms for mead making were clearly described and tools and procedures were presented in a way that wasn't intimidating. The photographs were often fuzzy, but they always pertained to the text in a meaningful way. As a novice, I would choose this book as the first purchase in an ever-growing library of fermented drink references.
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.
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.
A friend of mine had a dog who suffered from digestive problems. She tried a variety of expensive dog food brands on him with little effect. She took him to the vet to for help but was met with disappointment. Her dog just couldn't eat without getting sick. Without proper nourishment, her dog would die.