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Ingrown Toenails If you suffer from ingrown toenails, cut a notch V – a v inwards, in the centre of the nail. This draws the nail up and inwards toward the centre, helping to prevent the nail growing inwards. To clean drains, sinks and pipes Pour ½ cup baking soda down drain or plug hole, then add ½ cup white vinegar and let the chemical reaction occur. Leave for awhile, and then pour some boiling water in. No nasty chemicals, cheap and good for the waterways. Seaweed Fertiliser Collect kelp from the beach, rinse and then place in a sack […]

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Minerals found in these dried herbs

Chickweed 400mg Calcium, 178mg Magnesium, 280mg Potassium, 140mcg Selenium, 8.5mg Iron, 40mcg Chromium Confrey Leaf 600mg Calcium, 24mg Calcium, 565mg Potassium, 40mcg Selenium, 0.4mg Iron, 60mcg Chromium Nettle Leaf 966mg Calcium, 286mg Magnesium, 583mg potassium, 70mcg Selenium, 1.4mg Iron, 130mcg Chromium Horsetail 630mg Calcium, 145mg Magnesium, 520mg Potassium, 40mcg Selenium, 4.1mg Iron, 10mcg Chromium MARSHMALLOW Marshmallow 272mg Calcium, 172mg Magnesium, 403mg Potassium, 110mcg Selenium, 3.8mg Iron, 50mcg Chromium (Pedersen 1994) As you will see from this list of just a few common herbs – their content is amazing. I have only listed some of the minerals here and have not […]

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Celery Seed For Pain

This is a very old, inexpensive and simple remedy, suitable for many differing types of pain; celery is a rich source of potassium and magnesium, with the added benefits of keeping calcium in suspension in body fluids – minimizing deposition on and into soft tissue. Celery seed is also rich in sodium. When we can achieve optimum balance of sodium and potassium, rock like muscles can relax, ligaments can move fluids through more effectively and relaxation of both muscle and ligaments becomes more balanced. The result is simply – LESS PAIN! The herb lowers the bloodstream’s concentration of uric acid […]

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A few useful recipes

  Lemon Verbena Liquer 1/2 cup tightly packed lemon verbena leaves 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind 2 cups sugar 4 cups vodka or brandy Place lemon rind and lemon verbena in a large jar with vodka or brandy and steep for 2 days, then add sugar and steep 3 more weeks, shaking daily. Then strain and filter and transfer to bottles. Age an additional 3 weeks. A Lovely Christmas gift! Sinusitis Tea 1 part Echinacea 1 part Lime/Linden 1 part Marshmallow 1 part Golden Rod Take 2 teaspoons to 1 cup water and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes keeping the […]

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Vegan Lip Balm

5-6gm Macadamia Wax 20gm Cocoa Butter 10ml Jojoba Oil 25ml Castor Oil (not supermarket type, only cosmetic grade) 120ml Calendula Oil Flavour of choice or essential oil. Gently heat all ingredients, except flavour or essential oil in a double boiler until melted and well combined. Pour into hot, clean jug, then into tubes or pots then add flavour or essential oil.

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Some Hair Herbs…

Stinging Nettle Vitamin and mineral rich herb that stimulates scalp circulation and promotes hair growth. Make a tea and use into natural shampoo base. Rosemary A powerful scalp conditioner and circulatory herb that is highly recommended for thinning and falling hair. Also useful for dandruff and dry scalp (some dandruff and dry scalp problems are the result of using the wrong shampoo). Cider Vinegar Although not a herb, herbs may be tinctured into this amazing substance. Organic Cider Vinegar extracts all the vitamins and minerals from the herbs and when used as a final hair rinse after shampooing and conditioning […]

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Herbal Cheese

1 cup ricotta cheese 2 tblsp parmesan cheese 1 tblsp white wine 1 tsp tamari or increase white wine by same 1 tblsp chopped chives 1 tsp minced savoury (fresh or dried) 2 tsps minced herbs of choice (Basil, Thyme, Sage, Coriander) or a combination of. Mix ingredients together until well blended scrape into serving bowl – cover and chill at least one hour. Garnish with fresh herbs or chopped chives. This is a great spread for crackers or small sandwiches. For a dip, add extra wine.

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Natural Hair Colouring – For Fair Hair

2tblsp Chamomile flowers Juice of 1 lemon 800 ml boiling water Pour boiling water over chamomile and allow to steep. Strain and add lemon juice. Cool. Shampoo hair as normal and towel dry. Pour liquid through hair, holding head over bowl to collect – pouring through hair several times. Dry hair. Colour change is gradual, so this treatment needs regular applications.

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Hydrosols

For Burns The hydrosol adds a significant cooling effect and works synergistically with the essential oil. For severe burns add 15 drops of pure essential oil of Lavender to 100ml of Chamomile hydrosol. Spray onto burns and continue using until healing is complete. Hair Rinses Hydrosols can be used as a leave-in rinse after shampoo and conditioning, do not rinse out – dry and style as usual. Hydrosols may also be misted directly onto hair and scalp. Excellent for scalp problems, hair loss, poor growth, itchy and or flaky scalp, and dry hair. For Halitosis 30 mls hydrosol of peppermint. […]

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Thyme Recipes

Thyme Cheese Beat 1/2 tsp of Himalayan salt into 4 cups of plain acidophilus yoghurt. When creamy, pour into butter muslin over a strainer. Gather the ends of cloth – tie together and hang in a cool place for 48 hours. Unwrap the curds and roll into small rounds, then roll in fresh thyme leaves. Place the rolled cheeses in small jars and cover with cold pressed olive oil. You may add chillies, dried peppers, dried tomatoes or garlic to the oil. Leave the cheese in the oil for at least three weeks, though it will keep for months. Thyme […]

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Weeds As Food and Medicine

Plantain (Plantago sp.) Plantain is one of the most useful and valuable of our common weeds found in most gardens, paddocks and roadsides. Ribwort or narrow leaf plantain appears more common than the broad leafed variety – both are equally valuable. The juice of the plant will quickly neutralize stings and bites almost instantly. If you have a blender you can liquefy the entire plant, roots and all. (ensure you wash it thoroughly first) Add some water to the blender and liquefy into a dark green soup. This will keep for around one week in a cold fridge. The juice […]

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Cottage Hill Herb Farm’s 2008 Herbal Diploma

Cottage Hill Herb Farm is pleased to announce its 2008 Herbal Diploma course starting in July… A Little About Herbal Medicine Herbal medicine is the oldest medicine on the planet and still the referred medicine of the greater population worldwide. More than 80% of the world’s population uses Herbals as mainstream medicine, according to the World Health Organisation. Most of us do not have the slightest idea of how to achieve and maintain good health today. Our fast pace lifestyles, with polluted environments, alcohol abuse, drug dependencies, fast foods and high tech stress, make us susceptible to all sorts of […]

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