Post by Contributing Writer, Stacy
Herbs contain powerful properties that benefit the body in a variety of ways. With the abundance of information on the internet, and many DIY tutorials involving herbs, using them can seem complicated.
Today I’d like to share four simple ways to make herbs a part of your everyday life.
Drink Herbal Tea
Brewing a cup of tea is one of the easiest methods of administering herbs. Pouring warm water over a tea bag or a teaspoon of dried herbs, takes only a few minutes and results in a relaxing, nutritious drink that packs a medicinal punch.
Basic tea preparation when using dried or fresh herbs:
1 teaspoon of dried herb or 2 teaspoons of fresh herb per cup of water.
Pour warm water over herbs and let steep for 15 minutes.
For more detailed instructions see this post: How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea
Cook with Herbs
Using herbs liberally in cooking and baking not only brings many health benefits, it makes food taste great!
One of the easiest ways to cook with herbs is to add them to soups and stews. Fresh garlic, sage, thyme, oregano, parsley, and basil are all excellent additions.
Some recipes to try:
Use Essential Oils
Essential Oils enable us to make herbal remedies in a hurry. They are also excellent for creating natural cleaning products.
Here are some examples of easy ways to use essential oils:
- Add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a warm bath when sick to open up the nasal passages.
- Add 2-3 drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil to a tissue and sniff throughout the day to promote calm (or add to a pillowcase at bedtime).
- Make a disinfecting spray by adding 5 drops of tea tree essential oil to a 16-ounce bottle of vinegar.
Also see these posts for quick and simple (yet effective) ideas:
My new ebook, Simple Scrubs to Make and Give, includes lots of body scrub recipes which use essential oils to create unique scents. An essential oil chart explains the benefits of each oil.
Swallowing a capsule or taking a few drops of herbal tincture is an easy way to administer herbs.
My top picks:
Echinacea – Keep on hand to use at the first sign of illness.
Astragalus – Take regularly to strengthen the immune system.
Garlic Ear Oil – Excellent for treating ear infections.
Cayenne Pepper – Great for kicking a cold and improving circulation.
Many tinctures are easy to make, but there are some very good brands who create high quality supplements you can purchase (which makes adding herbs to your life even easier!). The following are some reputable brands to consider: Herb Pharm, Tri-Light, and Herbs for Kids.
What are your favorite ways to use herbs in daily life?
Stacy is wife to a preacher and mom to three busy children. She strives to live a healthy, happy life with God at the helm. Stacy writes about finding peace and joy at home, on her blog: Delighting in the Days.