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Rosemary & Ginger - Power Herbs With Nicky!

Wednesday, 1 March 2006

ROSEMARY & GINGER - POWER HERBS WITH NICKY

The healing properties of herbs have been celebrated the world over for thousands of years. Nicky Treacy Kohler is with us all this week on the Afternoon Show to give us some handy hints for our own household herbal kits.

Rosemary
Rosemary is a stimulant, an astringent, a nervine (helps relax the nervous tissue), is antispasmodic and is used as a restorative for people who've battled long bouts of illness. Externally mix it with lavender to ease painful muscle joints.

What is it Good For
. Helpful in treating colds
. Sore throats
. Headaches
. Increases circulation (conditions such as Raynaud's syndrome, where the finger tips and toes are white and cold)
. Relieves menstral cramps
. Increases urine flow
. Relieves kidney pain
. Skin tonic
. Scalp stimulant
. Encouraging hair growth
. Natural remedy for dandruff and unruly, oily hair
. Achy joints

How can It be Taken
. Tea
. In soup
. Wine
. Tincture

ROSEMARY & EGG WHITE HAIR CONDITIONER

Ingredients
20 g of Rosemary
2 egg Whites
1 cup of Water

Method
. Boil the rosemary in a covered non-aluminium pot for three minutes with one cup of water.
. Strain mixture.
. Mix in the egg white.
. Apply to the hair.
. Leave for 30 minutes then rinse with cold water - if you use hot water, you could end up with scrambled eggs in your hair!!

ROSEMARY OIL

Ingredients
50 g chopped Rosemary
100 mls Olive oil

Method
. Place the chopped Rosemary into a jar.
. Cover with Olive Oil.
. Seal and place in a cupboard for two weeks
. Strain the mixture.
. Bottle in a dark bottle and label the mixture.
Tip
Mixed with lavender, this remedy is great for achy joints.

Side Effects
Rosemary oil taken orally can trigger convulsions; an overdose can induce miscarriage or damage a fetus. It can also cause nausea and diarrhea. Rosemary is not recommended for young children, and adults should not take more than four to six grams per day.

Ginger
Fleshy and aromatic, ginger has been used in cooking and healing since the dawn of history. It aids digestion; relieves congestion; is carminative (calming for the smooth (internal) muscles in the body), is a circulatory stimulant, promotes perspiration and relieves fever; soothes achy muscles and finally is antiseptic.

What is it Good For
. High cholesterol
. Raynauds syndrome (circulation)
. Low libido
. Flatulence
. Reduces dizziness
. Migraine
. Prevents stomach ulcers
. Minimizes symptoms of cold and flu
. Helps arthritic conditions
. Rheumatism
. Sports injuries

How Can it Be Taken
. Tincture
. Tea

Recommended Treatment
Use a face cloth steeped in a ginger brew as a hot compress on your chest when you have rattling cough.

GINGER ALE

Ingredients
Ginger root
Water
Sparkling water

Method
. For 600 ml grate 7.5 inches of ginger root.
. Mix in a saucepan with boiling water and simmer for fifteen minutes.
. Remove and stir in a teaspoon of honey.
. When it's cooled, mix with 50% sparkling water and drink.

Possible Side Effects
Ginger, in all available forms, is very safe to take for a wide variety of ailments. Some people report heartburn after taking ginger. Diahorrea and nausea is often a side effect if you take too much.

For Further Information
www.nationalregisterofherbalists.com

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