How To Preserve The Flavor and Potency Of Dried Herbs

How To Preserve The Flavor and Potency Of Dried Herbs
How To Preserve The Flavor and Potency Of Dried Herbs

Preserving the fresh flavor of herbs does not end with drying them or even purchasing freshly dried herbs. To ensure your dried herbs stay fresh and potent all winter follow these tips.

1. Store dried herbs in a glass or ceramic sealed container that has an airtight lid. Plastic containers are permeable and allow air to easily come in dulling the flavor and potency of dried herbs.

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2. Store dried herbs in dark, dry and cool areas such as a drawer or cupboard. Do not keep dry herbs under bright lights, on windowsills, on the kitchen table or near any humidity sources such as the stove or sink.

If you would like to store your dried herbs under light or out in the open for some reason like on the kitchen table, you can do so without losing any loss in flavor or potency by storing them in a heavy duty ultraviolet glass or cobalt glass container. These containers have UV filtering properties and will protect light sensitive materials so you can store them anywhere you want with no degradation. You can find heavy duty ultraviolet herb containers here: http://amzn.to/1G0vsGr

3. If self-drying your own herbs, be sure the herbs are completely dry before putting them into an airtight container for storage. You will know the herbs have been dried enough when they crumble easily between your thumb and finger. To be sure they have dried properly, check the herbs in the container after a week. If there is any moisture inside of the container they have not been dried long enough. Remove the herbs from the container and dry again until the herbs have completely dried.

4. One of the most important points to remember in keeping your dried herbs flavorful and potent throughout the winter and beyond is to be mindful when you are adding dried herbs to a recipe to always measure out the herbs away from the stove. Standing over an oven with an open herb jar will add humidity to the jar, dull the flavor of the herbs and shorten the storage life of dried herbs.

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Herbal Remedies For Female Problems

Herbal Remedies For Female ProblemsHerbal Remedies For Female Problems

Almost all women experience menstrual problems at one time or another. The good news is that there are a few specific herbal remedies in place to help keep things running smoothly.

Many women experiencing heavy flows are often found to be overproducing a hormone called prostaglandin F2 alpha. Some women naturally produce this hormone in excess and others do as a result of a high fat, low nutrient diet. To help regulate a heavy flow and to deal with other menstrual problems here are the best natural remedies.

1. Vitex aka Chasteberry For Regulating Periods and Lightening Heavy Flows

Vitex aka Chasteberry is one of the best herbs for regulating the period and lightening heavy flows. Taking a chasteberry tincture daily will work wonders to staunch a heavy flow and keep your period regular. Chasteberry is also very helpful for women who are coming off of birth control pills. Many women experience irregular flows for up to several years after going off of birth control pills and chasteberry will significantly shorten the time needed to get back to a regular rhythm again. Chasteberry is also one of the best herbs for PMS and for helping ease out the placenta after childbirth and increasing breast milk. It nourishes the entire endocrine system and is also amazing for menopause as it helps relieve hot flashes, depression, flooding and irregular cycles.

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2. Red Raspberry Leaf For Cramping and Heavy Flows

Red raspberry leaf is one of the best all-around female tonics and every female should have a batch of it on hand to drink daily or weekly to nourish the entire female system. It is THE herb for the female body and takes care of almost all female problems within it in an overall manner benefitting every female organ. It is an amazing uterine tonic and helps to relieve heavy bleeding, lightening the menstrual flow and also relieves cramps. It is an excellent source of calcium and magnesium.

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3. Ginger Tea

Making a ginger tea or chewing on ginger chews works to slow production of prostaglandin F2 and also lightens heavy flows. It also has the added bonus of being the best natural cure for nausea and motion sickness.

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4. Progesterone Creams

Natural progesterone creams are very important and most women can benefit massively from them, especially if the hormones are going out of whack. Many women produce excess estrogen in the body. Natural progesterone cream regulates and blocks the excess estrogen and also lightens heavy flows in the body. It takes hormones that are unbalanced and rebalances them naturally. Simply apply ¼ to ½ tsp of cream to your stomach once or twice a day for relief.

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5. Cramp Bark

Cramp bark, as the name suggests, is the ultimate cramp reliever for the body. It relaxes muscle tissues and relieves painful menstrual cramps. Cramp bark is also useful for relieving the pains associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It also is excellent for high blood pressure as it relieves tension in the cardiac muscle, veins and arteries. It is used for restless legs, thrown out backs and muscles and is used by midwives as a mainstay for preventing miscarriage and promoting uterine muscle tone and regulating contractions. It is excellent for the aftermath of pregnancy and lingering pain and helps the uterus to regain its natural shape.

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6. The Power Of Pressure Points

You can also try using the power of pressure points on the body to regulate heavy flows. Press on the center of your top lip right under your nose for 1 minute. Doing this every 15 minutes a few times a day has been shown to staunch heavy flows in the body and regulate bleeding.

7. Don’t Forget To Replace Your Iron

If you are bleeding heavily every month you are also losing a lot of iron every month as well. A lack of iron in the body leads to fatigue, irritability and an overall weakness. Be sure to take an iron supplement or dandelion tincture, which is loaded with iron and will keep your levels and energy high in the body, replacing any lost. For the best absorption mix the dandelion tincture recommended dosage into a glass of orange juice and drink it during the day. Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron in the body.

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These gentle remedies will help ease your monthly cycles and let you enjoy being female again.

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All Natural Deodorant

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All Natural Deodorant

Make an all natural deodorant by just mixing
1/8 Cup Baking Soda
1/8 Cup Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
2-3 Tbsp slightly warmed coconut oil (should be solid at room temperature – use high melt coconut oil for warmer climates – soften with mug warmer or other low temp heat as necessary).

Mix thoroughly and press or pour into deodorant container.

This mixture should fit nicely into brand new or used deodorant stick containers. Use like any standard deodorant.

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This is a great natural recipe that can be used in place of any standard or store bought deodorant.

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Natural Anxiety Remedies

Natural Anxiety RemediesNatural Remedies For Anxiety

Taking the following in the form of a tea, supplement, etc, will help greatly in calming, lifting the mood, relieving one from depression and even aid one in sleeping and physically relaxing if under a great deal of physical or emotional stress. These herbs are well known and have a very long history, in the thousands of years, of use for this purpose and are still used for such on a regular basis!

Choose only one and stick with that to make once daily for a week to two weeks and see if you improve. If you do not get much of an affect from one, give yourself a day or two then switch to another and see how it works out for you. Chances are you are going to find at least one, if not all, are very effective at keeping anxiety at bay.  However, use each for only up to two weeks at a time and give yourself a few days in between for the body to balance, clean and adjust as is required before resuming use, since many of these substances are also removing toxins and providing essential nutrients needed for big improvements within the body.

Licorice should be taken for only up to two weeks at a time like the others, but then one should stop or avoid taking licorice root tea for one to two weeks at a time in intervals.

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Super Seeds For The Body

Super Seeds For The Body
Super Seeds For The Body

Chia Seeds

Calcium, manganese and phosphorus for healthy bones and teeth.  Prevents blood sugar spikes.  Healthy omega-3 fats.  Fiber promotes healthy digestion.  Tryptophan regulates appetite, sleep and improves mood.

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Pumpkin Seeds

High in zinc, manganese, protein, phosphorus, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, copper, vitamin E and vitamin K.  Fights chronic disease and protects against osteoporosis. The most alkaline-forming seed.

Sunflower Seeds

High magnesium lowers blood pressure, strengthens bones, prevents migraines and reduces risk of heart attack and stroke.  Vitamin E neutralizes free radicals.  Selenium induces DNA repair and protects against cancer.

Flax Seeds

Rich in ALA which prevents heart disease, inflammation and arthritis.  Contains lignans that protect the body from cancer.  Reduces symptoms of menopause. High in Omega-3 and fiber.  Skin cancer protector.  Eat these if you will be in the sun a lot.

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Hemp Seeds

High in GLA.  Naturally balances hormones.  Omega-3 and omega-6 for cardiovascular health.  Rich in vitamin E.  Perfect digestible protein.  Reduces arthritis.  Appetite regulator.  Promotes healthy hair, skin and nails.  Prevents Alzheimer’s.

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Sesame Seeds

Rich in copper.  Good source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum and calcium.  Highest phytosterol content seed.  Lowers cholesterol, enhances immune system response.

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The Backyard Beekeeper – Revised and Updated, 3rd Edition

The Backyard Beekeeper - Revised and Updated, 3rd Edition!
The Backyard Beekeeper – Revised and Updated, 3rd Edition

The Backyard Beekeeper, now revised and expanded, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and cooks everywhere. This expanded edition gives you even more information on “greening” your beekeeping with sustainable practices, how to use top bar hives, pesticide-resistant bees, and urban and suburban beekeeping. More than a guide to beekeeping, it is a handbook for harvesting the products of a beehive and a honey cookbook – all in one lively, beautifully illustrated reference.

This complete honey bee resource contains general information on bees; a how-to guide to the art of beekeeping and how to set up, care for, and harvest honey from your own colonies; as well as tons of bee-related facts and projects. You’ll learn the best place to locate your new bee colonies for their safety and yours, and you’ll study the best organic and nontoxic ways to care for your bees, from providing fresh water and protection from the elements to keeping them healthy, happy, and productive. Recipes of delicious treats and instructions on how to use honey and beeswax to make candles and beauty treatments are also included.

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All Natural Materials And Methods For Breast Enlargement And Female Health

All Natural Materials And Methods For Breast Enlargement And Female Health!All Natural Materials And Methods For Breast Enlargement And Female Health

With how popular breast enlargement is today, it should be known that breast enlargement has always been popular amongst women throughout time – for thousands of years of known history in fact. Originally however it was about boosting personal health and therefore glandular/bodily growth naturally. After all, sex appeal and conceiving children, therefore the survival of the human race and even health of the psyche of the individual, are all at stake in regards to personal appearance and self worth issues. But enough about “why”, as we should all already know this as mature, logical adults – despite the shortcomings and infantile teachings of modernity or modern day culture and it’s inability to allow individuals to embrace themselves and who they are entirely as not only a sexually healthy and complete being, but also a healthy and complete female who is able to breast-feed her young more efficiently and nutritiously, be more fertile and in less discomfort during menstruation.

There are several methods and multiple herbs that can be used to increase breast size naturally. Interestingly enough these very same herbs and even methods all positively impact female reproductive health and even aid in reducing pain and discomfort during menstruation. They will also aid in healing damaged breast tissue or aid in toning sagging breasts as well.

1. Proper diet, healthy living – Naturally you should place importance on a proper diet, proper sleeping habits and light or moderate exercise either daily or every other day to keep blood flow high. This is important in taking care of any tissue of the body, particularly when dealing with healing or enlargement.

2. Massaging the breasts – This should be performed once or twice daily. Gently massaging the breasts will increase blood flow and promote growth and health to the tissues as well. A most important part of this practice which is always overlooked however is the use of a massage oil and herbal material while performing this exercise. One should obtain at least one form of preferred enlargement herb and create a concoction using this chosen herb and a chosen oil to be used. Olive oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil or hemp seed oil preferred, one should mix a handful of the chosen health herb into a cup or even small bottle of the oil to be used. Allow this to sit overnight and begin using daily until the mixture is used up. Simply make another batch as before and repeat as desired. Be sure to shake or mix before use each day. Use the mixture first thing in the morning or just after a morning bath or shower. Let the mixture soak into the breast tissue for 15-20 minutes, then simply wipe clean or dry with a towel and go on with your day as usual. Do not bathe again until either later that night or the next morning so the herbs have plenty of time to take effect. If you will be applying the mixture a second time that day, be sure it is after any evening or night time bathing/showering and simply repeat the same steps as in your morning practice.

Remember to fully grind and powder all herbs before use in topical mixture for most effectiveness. Also, capsules and tablets can be opened or crushed and used when loose herbs are not available for the concoctions.

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3. Daily ingestion of an herbal supplement – This is the simplest part and a no brainer. Naturally by ingesting the same sorts of herbs that you will be applying directly to the breast tissue will aid in having a similar effect from the inside out. Simply take a daily supplement as directed or make your own supplement and ingest daily to get results. Most of the herbs that promote breast enlargement, overall breast health and female sexual health / menstrual relief are of course those that promote the most estrogen release and absorption within the body. As a general rule, excessive testosterone will reduce breast size and higher estrogen release/absorption will increase breast size and even health.

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Now on to the actual herbs that are most effective for these purposes:

Whichever one or more that you choose of the following are to be both ingested daily and applied in the mixture on the breasts daily as well. You can easily use 2 or 3 at once of the materials on the following list, though it would likely be a bit excessive. Typically one or perhaps even 2 or 3 of the preferred herbs are chosen and used for this purpose.

Please note: Changing the herbs you use from batch to batch or switching to one or more different herbs once your original batch is used up is a little known method for promoting even further growth by taking advantage of making the body adapt to periodic but beneficial change.

Like most herbs, all of the following can also be steeped as teas and ingested in that manner as well. It is all up to personal preference how you will ingest any of these. Any and every method is acceptable.

1. Fenugreek – Probably the most effective of all, fenugreek contains both phytoestrogens as well as nature’s most potent prolactin stimulants. Estrogen and prolactin are both needed for breast-enlarging hormones, and fenugreek gives you both.
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2. Red Clover – Red clover is an herb that is used to treat a massive amount of ailments. Interestingly enough, its breast-enlarging powers are second to perhaps only Fenugreek, if any. Red clover contains four different phytoestrogens, one of which is genistein. Genistein binds to estradiol receptors, which are specifically associated with breast growth. This makes red clover especially beneficial for breast growth.
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3. Fennel – Fennel has been used for centuries to increase breast size and to promote milk production in new mothers. It is second only to fenugreek or red clover in estrogenic compounds.
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4. Saw Palmetto – Saw palmetto helps to control excess testosterone in the body, which would otherwise stop breast growth. Saw palmetto was first used by the American Indians to treat menstrual pain, however it was also used to treat prostate problems in men. It is just as effective for breast enlargement.
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5. Wild Yam – Long used as a cure-all for female reproductive and menstrual problems, the phytonutrients in wild yam are a good complement to the nutrients in fenugreek for stimulating breast growth.
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6. Blessed Thistle – Typically used for loss of appetite and indigestion; and to treat colds, cough, fever, bacterial infections, and diarrhea. It is also used as a diuretic for increasing urine output, and for promoting the flow of breast milk in new mothers. It also happens to be great for preventing excess testosterone in the body and production of estrogen.
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7. Onion – particularly onion juice. An age-old concoction involved mixing equal parts onion juice, honey and powdered turmeric to either apply directly or to ingest for breast size and overall female health.

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Also, taking a coral calcium along with a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement and drinking plenty of water will aid you in keeping overall health including breast health. And try colloidal silver for overall immune and glandular health. This is of the utmost importance if you are to invest the time and energy into beautifying, naturally enlarging and overall healing/developing your breasts.
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We also recommend that you use thermography or thermograms in place of mammograms if you must have a scan of the breast performed. Mammograms utilize radiation to scan the breasts, thermograms utilize only heat and are therefore harmless and gentle. Talk with your doctor about this option and press the switch to thermography. Also, self checking the breasts for hard lumps or continually painful areas is quite important, and the coral calcium as well as colloidal silver, along with the switch to thermograms in place of mammograms, will go a long way in keeping your breasts, and your body overall, completely healthy.

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