Health Notes

July Health Genie: Growing Medicinal Herbs

Note: These articles are not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Growing Medicinal Plants

Growing medicinal herbs in your garden is a great way to take your do-it-yourself herbal teas, salves, and extracts to another level.  On top of providing great medicine, many of these herbs make great culinary ingredients, aid in the health and pest control of your vegetable garden, and bring life and color to your backyard. If growing these herbs for cooking or making medicine, it is very important that they are grown in lead-free soil (Burlington seems to have high leaded soils), with organic soil, and well prepared compost. For common organic medicinal herb seeds, High Mowing Seeds is a great source.  For more obscure medicinal herb seeds, Horizon Herbs is fantastic.  And for the easier, late to plant route, Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg, VT makes beautiful, healthy organic seedlings.  Here are some tips on growing some commonly used medicinal herbs that will grow well right here in Vermont:

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June Health Genie: Treating Muscle Soreness

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Dear Health Genie,

I ran the Vermont City Marathon over Memorial Day Weekend, and my muscles took awhile to recover. In the future, what can I do to help them recover more quickly?

Thanks,
Runner Rita

 

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May Health Genie: Spring Edibles

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Spring Edible Food

Anyone who has experienced a Vermont winter knows the excitement of spotting the first spring plants breaking through the thawing Vermont landscape.  And in an earthy, land-based, food conscious state like Vermont, many plant lovers are foraging their spring edibles and are eager to find the first of the fiddleheads at the market.  Here are some of the medicinal benefits to some of the most cherished spring sprouts:

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April Health Genie: Reviving Bitters

Urban Moonshine Bitters

Note: These articles are not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie:

I’ve been hearing a lot about bitters lately.  What are they and why should I use them?

Thanks,
Tessa Tonic

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Topical Treatments for Inflammation

Arnica

Note: While this article discusses, in part, the medicinal properties of various herbs, it is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

By Cristi Nunziata, Herbal Education Coordinator

Inflammation is the body’s response to injury and infection or the result of autoimmune conditions. While in some cases the use of pharmaceutical and over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs may be necessary and should be considered on an individual basis, when a minor injury is to blame, pharmaceuticals can often be avoided by turning to herbal allies instead. Topical use of herbs, in the form of a compress, bath, homeopathic preparation, or infused oil or essential oil, is a gentle way to address inflammation while avoiding potential side effects of drugs or the internal use of herbs.

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