10 Essential Herbs for Lifelong Health by Barbara L. Heller M.S.W.

By Barbara L. Heller M.S.W.

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The Greeks and Romans used mint to preserve milk as a curd and as a digestive aid. Hildegard von Bingen, the twelfth-century German abbess and herbalist, recommended mint as a treatment for gout and digestive problems. Both Native Americans and colonists used mints to treat respiratory conditions. Safety and Cautions for Peppermint There are no reports of problems caused by peppermint (the plant) in normal doses. Never ingest pure peppermint essential oil, which can be lethal. In rare cases, allergic reactions have been reported with external use of peppermint essential oil.

1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried echinacea root, or 1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh 1 cup (237 ml) water Honey (optional) Combine the echinacea and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Sweeten with honey, if desired, and drink. Safety and Cautions for Echinacea Echinacea use may cause mild digestive side effects; no major side effects have been reported at recommended doses. Those allergic to flowers in the Daisy family may experience an allergic reaction and, if so, should discontinue use.

Studies have shown that eating just one garlic clove a day reduced cholesterol in test subjects by 9 percent, which is equivalent to an 18 percent decrease in heart attack risk. Garlic is purported to have antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral properties. So even if you don’t abide by the old folk custom of wearing garlic around the neck, eating garlic will enhance the immune system, lessen the risk of getting sick, decrease cold and flu symptoms, and help to fight infection. Garlic may also be an important addition to a cancer-preventing lifestyle.

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