Elecampane for bronchitis, colds, & Chronic cough  

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Loosens mucus, calms coughing fits, soothe bronchial linings to help eliminate congestion due to bronchitis, common cold, or chronic cough.

Elecampane tea remedy recipe:
1. Simmer 1-2 teaspoons of dried elecampane root for 5 minutes.
2. Strain and drink 1 cup with 1/2 teaspoon of honey 3 times a day until cold is gone.

One Day Apple Fast  

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One Day Apple Fast to cleanse colon

Apple Fast directions:
1. Check with a doctor first!
2. Wash 3 pounds of apples.
3. Eat all 3 pounds of apples over a 24 hours period. Nothing else!
4. Between eating apples, drink 2 quarts of mineral water or herbal teas.
5. You may want to miss a day or two of work to stay near a bathroom.

You may feel like you have a cold while the toxins are eliminated from your body.

Improve liver functions  

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Potato tea can increase the liver's ability to eliminate waste and toxins from the body.

Potato tea remedy recipe:
1. Wash and peel 1 large potato.
2. Boil the potato skin in 1 cup of water for 5-8 minutes.
3. Strain, and drink.
Drink at least once a week to eliminate toxins from the liver.

Healing Mask for oily acne complexions  

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Herbal remedy acne mask:

1. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of healing earth powder (Use Fuller's Earth clay) with a small amount of orange juice. (acid in orange juice will help clear up oily complexions and dry out blemishes.)
2. Once the orange juice and healing earth have been mixed into a creamy smooth paste, apply to the face gently with finger tips.
3. Allow to dry for about 10 minutes to draw out oil and dirt from your face.
4. After 10 minutes gently rinse paste off your face.

Do this once a week to notice a better complexion with less break outs.

Chives Salt  

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Chives salt herbal recipe:

1. In a small glass baking dish mix 4 ounces coarse sea salt with 4 Tablespoons of fresh chive snips. (snip chives so they're about 1/4" long.)
2. Bake sea salt and chives mixture on very low heat.(warm setting) This will dry the chives and the salt with absorb the chives flavor. (if you do not have warm setting just set your oven to the lowest temperature.) Baking times will vary by oven so just keep checking the mixture to prevent burning. When the chives turn a dark green they should be dry enough.
3. Remove chive salt from the oven and let cool.
4. When the salt is cool to the touch, store in a small glass jar. Mixture will keep for a long time.

Use chive salt in recipes in place of regular salt, dash on french fries, or rub on steaks.

Just remember that while sea salt offers many minerals it does not contain iodine. However, if you consume a lot dairy, seafood, or processed foods you have probably gotten you iodine needs from those sources.

Internal cleansing cucumber drink  

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Internal cleansing cucumber detox drink herbal recipe:

1. Wash and peel 1 pound of cucumbers
2. Slice cucumbers length wise and scoop out seeds. (You won't need the seeds, why not bake them on a cookie sheet sprinkled with sea salt until dry. Then sprinkle on salads.)
3. Cube up the cucumber and place in a blender.
4. In the blender add, 1 cup of plain yogurt, a pinch of dill, 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of honey.
5. Blend until completely smooth.

1. Drink 1 cup of cucumber detox drink daily.
Store extra in the refrigerator for the next day, No longer.

Speak with a doctor before starting any cleanse. Fever, headache, and cold like symptoms are normal signs the internal cleansing is working the toxins out of your body. However, they may also be symptoms of an allergic reaction to a certain ingredient. So speak with a doctor before and during your cleanse for any health concerns.

If your new to detox, start slowly! Try to drink a detoxifing drink 2-3 times a month and slowly build yourself up to 1 internal cleansing drink a day.
Experiment with different recipes, ingredients, and doses! Some people can not handle beets while others can not tolerate carrots. Some drinks have a minor effect on one persons body yet a strong effect on another person. The effects will vary per body depending on the amount of toxins build up in their body. So be careful and start slow.

Homemade make-up remover and moisturizer  

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All natural herbal make-up remover and skin moisturizer will remove make-up and moisturize skin.

homemade Make-up remover recipe:

1. Mix 1/4 cup jojoba oil with 1/2 teaspoon of vitamin E oil and 4 drops of lavender essential oil.
2. Keep in a glass bottle with lid in the bathroom

Will keep very well. Jojoba will keep mixture from turning rancid.


1. Apply homemade make-up remover with cotton balls every night before bed.
2. Use clean cotton balls to remove make up remover mixture.

Basil wine for digestion  

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Basil wine remedy recipe:
1. Steep a small handful of fresh basil leaves in a bottle of white wine for 24 hours.
2. Strain wine and refrigerate.

Drink 4 ounces after each meal to help with digestion.

Unclog sinuses in minutes  

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Herbal Remedy Recipe:

1. Cut a small piece of cloth you won't mind if it stains. (Should at least be big enough to cover both nostrils when folded in half.)
2. Lay the cloth out on paper towel and drip 2-3 drops of spearmint essential oil around on the cloth.
3. Fold in half and let dry. (Should take just a minute)
4. Once dry, close your eyes and gently cover you nose with the cloth.
5. Slowly start breathing with your nose.
6. It should only take a few minutes to unblock your sinus cavity.

Store in a small Ziploc baggy and place in your pocket when not in use. This way you can take it with you in case your nose gets blocked up again.

Natural tooth powder  

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Cosmetic clay and baking soda are gentle but abrasive enough to clean teeth.
Natural tooth powder will clean teeth, freshen breath, and whiten teeth.

1. Mix 2 tablespoons and white cosmetic clay with 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
2. Add 1 drop of peppermint, anise, clove (for those with sensitive teeth and gums clove is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and a strong but gentle pain reliever), or orange essential oil for flavor.
3. Mix well
4. Dip toothbrush in powder and brush normally.

Sage Tea for acne  

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Antiseptic sage facial rinse for acne will help heal existing pimples and help ward off new pimples.

Herbal tea remedy recipe:
1. Pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 teaspoons dried sage leaves.
2. Steep for 10 minutes then strain.

Herbal Remedy directions:
1. Gently clean face and hands with a mild astringent. (and anywhere acne appears)
2. Dip fingers in hot sage tea and gently pat into skin where acne occurs.
3. Do not rinse the facial rinse off.
4. Either pat dry or allow to air dry.

Repeat once a day to help heal pimples.

Daily Herbal Skin Toners  

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For Normal skin:
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of cold water.
Gently pat on face with a cotton make-up pad.

Dry or sensitive skin:
Gently pat cold whole milk on skin with a cotton make-up pad to moisturize skin.

Acne or blemished skin:
Gently pat rose water or witch hazel on skin with a cotton make-up pad.

Homemade Rose water  

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A mild astringent.

You will need:
3 cups of rose petals
spring water
A large pot with lid
A medium size strainer
A glass jar with a lid

Homemade rose water directions:
1. In a large pot, place 3 cups of rose petals.
2. Pour in enough cold spring water to cover the rose petals.
3. Cover the pot and simmer over low heat until the liquid is reduced by half.
4. Once the liquid is reduced by half, strain the rose petals out. (They can be used as fertilizer in your garden!)
5. Once strained and cooled, pour into a glass jar, cap, and refrigerate.
Rose water will keep for about 1 week in the fridge.

Use homemade rose water as a mild astringent nightly for a clearer complexion.

Rosewater is safe to use on all skin types; oily, normal, dry, or combination.

Saffron Tincture  

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Saffron tincture to dispel the gloom and elevate your mood.

Saffron Tincture herbal remedy recipe:

1. In a large glass jar, add 4 ounces of 100 proof alcohol and a pinch of saffron threads.
2. Lid the jar and steep for 2 weeks.
Keep Saffron tincture stored in a cool dry place.

Saffron tincture directions:
Take 20 drops under the tongue to elevate your mood for the day.

Natural highlights for brown hair  

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You will need:
walnut-shell powder as follows:
4 ounce short hair, 6 ounces shoulder length hair, or 8 ounces for long thick hair
3 cups boiling water (use coffee if your hair is hard to color or if you have grey hair)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Homemade natural highlights for brown hair herbal recipe:

1. In a medium sized bowl, pour boiling water or coffee over appropriate amount of walnut-shell powder.
2. Stir well to make a thick paste.
3. Let the paste cool for approx. 10 minutes.
4. Add oil and lemon juice and mix well.

Before applying, make sure you change into "junk" clothes. The paste will dye your clothing and towel if it comes into contact with them. It will also dye your skin so use a water based gel, around your hair lines. Petroleum jelly works well.

To apply homemade highlight paste:
1. Using rubber gloves evenly coat all of your hair with paste. (Start at roots and work down to ends)
2. Once coated gather all your hair up on top of your head and then cover with a shower cap. (You can also use plastic cling wrap but its a bit messier.)
3. Once your hair is covered with the shower cap, wrap your head in a thick towel. (This will keep the paste warm in order to cling to the hair better.)
4. Let paste sit for a minimum of two hours. (The longer its sits in your hair the more intense the highlights.)
5. After 2 hours have passed rinse your hair, shampoo, and condition.

Do not use natural herbal highlight paste on chemically treated hair. The chemical can react differently than your normal hair possibly causing unusual color results.

Natural highlights for blonds  

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Herbal rinse for blond hair:
1. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 5 Tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers.
2. Steep until cool.
3. Add 2 teaspoons lemon juice to chamomile mixture.Strain.

1. Wash and condition hair as you normally would.
2. Apply rinse evenly over all you hair.
3. Do not rinse out the highlight rinse.

Use once a week for slight color highlights or frequently to achieve more dramatic highlights.

Relief from menstrual cramps  

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Ginger Tea herbal tea recipe:
1. Grate 2 Tablespoons of fresh ginger into a mug.
2. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over ginger and steep for 15 minutes.
3. Strain, mix in 1 teaspoon of honey, and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice.
4. Drink tea and cramps should be gone within 30 minutes.

chive flower oil  

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Chive flower oil herbal recipe:

1. Add 1 1/2 ounces chive flowers in 1 quart of olive oil.
2. Refrigerate for 1 week or until oil turns a light purple color. (lilac)

Use Chive flower oil on salads, in cooking, on french fries, or any time a recipe calls for olive oil.

Oil will keep for up to 1 week (after infusing) in the fridge.

Cure for hiccups  

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Remedy for hiccups

Herbal remedy recipe:

Dill herbal tea:

1. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried dill leaves.
2. Steep for 15 minutes.
3. Strain and sip.

Relief should follow shortly

Herbal Tip: Easiest way to strain an herbal tincture  

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Herbal remedy tip:

An easy way to strain out liquid in an herbal remedy that calls for straining is to use a coffee filter. No more small pieces of herbs sneaking through the strainer holes.

To use the coffee filter as a strainer:

Lay a coffee filter over the opening of a jar. Tie a piece of twine or use a rubber band to hold the filter in place. Strain as normal.

Ward off colds with onion wine  

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Herbal remedy recipe:

Onion Wine:

1. In a food processor, puree 4 medium onions.
2. Strain onion juice from puree into a glass jar.
3. Add 1/4 pound of honey and 1 cup of white wine.
4. Mix well. Store in a cool place.

Take 1 tablespoon, 3 times daily to prevent colds during cold season.

Saffron for sore gums  

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helps reduce pain from sore gums.

Herbal remedy recipe:
1. Take a pinch of saffron threads and powder them. You don't need much.
2. Wet your finger slightly so the powder will stick to it.
3. Massage saffron powder gently into your gums.

Pain should stop within a few minutes.

Prevent after meal woes home remedy  

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Prevent indigestion, gas, and bloating

Home Remedy Recipe:

1. Boil 1 cup of water on the stove.
2. While water is boiling, ground 1 teaspoon of parsnip seeds into powder and place in a tall mug.
3. Pour boiling water over ground parsnip seeds, steep for approx. 10 minutes.

Stir and drink after each meal. Add honey to enhance taste.

Old Fashioned Peppermint sauce  

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Old Fashioned Herbal Food Recipe:

Peppermint Sauce:

1. Coarsely chop peppermint leaves. (2 bunches)
2. Brew a batch of black tea using 5 tablespoons of black tea leaves.
3. Mix black tea and 3 tablespoons of brown sugar in a saucepan.
4. Simmer over low heat until sugar dissolves; stir constantly.
5. Remove from heat and stir peppermint leaves and 6 tablespoons of red-wine vinegar into the tea mixture.
6. Add a pinch of salt; stir and serve warm over meats and vegetables.

Blueberry tea sitz bath for hemorrhoids  

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Eases pain and strengthens blood vessels around anus.

Remedy Recipe:

1. Steep 2 tsp. of chopped dried blueberry leaves in 1 cup of boiling water for 15 minutes.
2. Strain and add to a half full bath tub of warm water. (The water should come to about your belly button or a little below.)
3. Sit in bath for 15-20 minutes a day until hemorrhoid are gone. (Some say 3 times a day)

Promote lymphatic drainage  

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Herbal foot soak Remedy Recipe:
1. Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil to a small tub of warm water.
2. soak feet for 10 minutes. let feet air dry.

Herbal butter  

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Herbal Recipe:

1. In a food processor, mix 2 sticks of butter with a pinch of salt, a clove of garlic, and your favorite herb(s).

Most common choices are:
parsley, oregano, lavender, basil, coriander, sage, cloves, anise, dill, caraway seed, and chives.

2. Blend until everything is mixed well and has a smooth consistency.
3. Once mixed, spoon into a glass jar with lid and store in refrigerator.

Parsley tonic for circulation  

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Herbal home remedy to promote circulation.

Herbal Remedy Recipe:

1. Submerge 10 sprigs of parsley in 1 quart of red wine with 2 tablespoons of white-wine vinegar.
2. Boil mixture for 10 minutes.
3. Add 9 ounces of honey. Stir.
4. Strain and pour tonic into glass bottles with lids.

Remedy Directions:

Take one tablespoon 3 times a day for circulation.

*Store in a cool dry place.


Pregnant women should not take parsley as it may cause uterine contractions.

Peppermint vinegar  

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Herbal Recipe:

What you need:
4 ounces of fresh peppermint leaves
1 12 oz glass bottle with a lid.
1 1/2 cups of white-wine vinegar.

1. Put peppermint leaves into glass bottle.
2. Warm white-wine vinegar and pour into bottle with leaves.
3. Let cool and cap the bottle tightly.
4. Steep for 2 weeks. Strain into a new bottle. Enjoy!

Constant cold feet  

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Constant cold feet is a sign of poor circulation.

Foot Soak Remedy Recipe:

1. Add 9 drops of rosemary essential oil in a small tub of warm water. Swish your hand around to insure the oil mixes well.
2. Soak feet for 10 minutes a day. This will promote circulation and help remove water from tissues. (Helpful for swollen ankles.)

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