When many people think of herbs, they think of cooking. There are so many other uses for them! Take the list of herbs bellow and you have several natural ways to solve your everyday ailments. Go ahead and treat your acne with basil, clean your toilets with thyme, and build your bones with marjoram. Have fun exploring new ways to use herbs!
Rosemary: Mosquito Deterrent and Hair Rinse
To keep mosquitos away from your porch or other areas where you like to entertain guests, try growing rosemary in close proximity. Mosquitos do not like rosemary and so they will stay clear of that area. Another great use for rosemary is as a hair rinse. To strengthen your hair and eliminate pesky dandruff, rinse your hair in a cooled solution of boiled rosemary leaves and water.
Lemon Balm: Fatigue Treatment
To reduce your fatigue, make a tea out of equal parts lemon balm, raspberry leaf, mettle, and oat tops. Add ¼ part each of sliced and sifted ginger and licorice. Re-boost your energy by drinking 3 cups every day.
Marjoram: Builds Strong Bones
Marjoram is an herb similar to oregano that is often used in Mediterranean cooking as well as health and beauty products. Because marjoram contains about 520% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, it can contribute to building strong bones and delaying the onset of osteoporosis.
Oregano: Fights the Common Cold
The oil of oregano helps to drain sinuses and reduce inflammation, so it is perfect for fighting the common cold. Next time you have a cold, try placing a few drops of oregano oil under your tongue or else put a few drops in a glass of water before drinking it.
Peppermint: Headache Soother
Peppermint is a popular herb used in aromatherapy to sooth headaches and relieve tension. To sooth a pounding head, add 5 to 7 drops of peppermint oil to a small bowl of ice water. Dip a washcloth in the mixture, wring in out, and then apply the washcloth to your forehead for 10 to 15 minutes. Another common way to utilize peppermint’s soothing properties is to put several drops of peppermint oil on a washcloth and bring it in the shower with you for a minty steam.
Basil: Anti-Bacterial and Acne Treatment
Basil is great for treating acne and other infections because of its antibacterial and ant-inflammatory properties. For a natural acne treatment solution, simply soak fresh basil leaves in hot water for 20-30 minutes. After the water has cooled, apply the liquid to problem spots using a cotton ball.
Tarragon: Mouth Number
In ancient times, people used to chew on tarragon when they had a toothache. This is because tarragon has the ability to numb the mouth the natural way. Next time you have a toothache, try reducing your pain with tarragon.
Fennel: Breath Freshener
Fennel seeds have the ability to stimulate saliva production, which helps to eliminate bad breath. Next time you eat a meal with garlic or other pungent foods, simply pop a small handful of seed into your mouth to freshen your breath naturally.
Thyme: Household Cleaner
Thyme is a natural disinfectant and antiseptic due to the oil called thymol, which it contains. Rather than using harsh, toxic chemical cleaners around your house, try using thyme instead. Simply add fresh thyme to boiling water and then mix with a light, vegetable-based soap. Pour the solution onto a spray bottle and use it to clean hard surfaces in your bathroom, kitchen, or other areas of your house.
Parsley: Removes Dark Circles Under Eyes
Parsley is often added to beauty products because it contains vitamin K, chlorophyll, vitamin C, and other active compounds that help to lighten and tighten skin. It also works great as an anti-inflammatory agent. Next time you have dark circles under your eyes, try spreading crushed parsley on your skin.
Saffron: Red Colorant
Rather than purchasing red dye 20, which is derived from crushed red ants, try sounder option for dying fabrics and other materials. A small amount of crushed saffron will ensure a dark rosy tint naturally.
Mint: Keep Mice Away
Although most humans love the smell of fresh mint, mice absolutely hate it. Keep mice away from your home by scattering crushed mint or mint oil around problem areas of your house.
Save money, live healthier, and enjoy God’s gift of herbs by trying out the above suggestions. As you become more familiar with the many uses for various herbs, you may explore even more ways to incorporate them into your daily life.