Catnip is one of our traditional remedies for colds & flu and a favorite with cats! Nepeta cataria or Catnip is perennial plant having gray-green leaves with whitish pink flowers in summer. Native to Europe now naturalized in North America, catnip is a common garden plant that is easy to grow, preferring a dryer soil than it’s cousins the mints. A must for every herb garden, try growing catnip in hanging baskets for harvesting and some in the ground for the cats, bees and butterflies to enjoy. Don’t get “Catnip” confused with the perennial “Catmint” Nepeta faassenii with it’s gray leaves and showy blue flowers. Cats are attracted to Continue reading
Himalayan Pink Salt is believed to be the purest form of salt. It is derived from ancient sea deposits and has been hand-mined from the mountainous regions of Pakistan for thousands of years. This exceptional salt is packed with a rich mineral content used in culinary dishes, medicinal remedies and for cosmetics. The color ranges from a light pink with variations of white and red having a long shelf life of 4-5 years if stored in an air tight in a dry, cool place.
Pink Salt has many nutritional and medicinal benefits. Not only does it provides 84 essential minerals, trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron it also balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, normalizes blood pressure, and increases circulation and conductivity.
Medicinally, Himalayan Salt is used as a brine, dissolved in water often referred to as “energized water”. This brine is used for rheumatism, osteoporosis, gout, kidney and gall bladder stones, skin diseases, psoriasis, and for toxin elimination. Consume the brine in the morning on an empty stomach, taking one teaspoon of salt with a glass of water, then wait 10 minutes before eating or drinking anything else. Externally, the brine bath is used heal skin diseases, for soothing muscles and joints, to balance the skin’s pH, and for recovery after surgery.
Use Pink Salt in bath recipes, body scrubs, aromatherapy, homemade soap, and for all types of therapeutic and spa applications. To make a therapeutic salt bath, use 1-2 pounds of salt per bath in water close to body temperature. Soak for 20-30 minutes. Facial steams using salt brine can help to alleviate those with asthma, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, and for all acute, chronic, and specific illnesses of the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Simply boil water, add salt to water, cover your head with a towel to create a “tent”, and inhale the vapors for 10-15 minutes.
Poultices made with the brine can be used to treat open wounds, painful muscles and joints. To make a poultice, soak a cloth with warm brine, apply to the treatment area then wrap the poultice with a dry cloth.
Himalayan pink salt comes in a variety of grinds for different uses. Very fine grain crystals are good for seasoning, grilling or rimming cocktail glasses. Coarser salt can be used in grinders and for spice rubs. You can also buy a slabs or chunks of pink salt that imparts a slightly salty and mineral flavor to food. Large crystals are also used as lamps with an incandescent bulb or candle inside that has an attractive glow suitable for ambient mood lighting. It is thought that the heated crystals’ emission of negative ions into the air gives off a relaxing and healing feeling.
We usually think of Hydrangeas as a beautiful summer blooming shrub with it’s large leaves and colorful pom-pom flowers. It may surprise you that the wild species, Hydrangea arborescens, has been used by Native American Indians for hundreds of years for urinary and kidney troubles. Native to the eastern US, Hydrangea was used by the Cherokee as a remedy for kidney and bladder stones.
Currently, western herbal medicine considers hydrangea root a diuretic tonic for the genito-urinary system helpful for cystitis, urethritis, enlarged prostate and prostatitis. Hydrangea root is also used for Continue reading