October 25th, 2019

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Kitchen Herbs for Health

Kitchen herbs can improve health

Now think about how we use them in food.  Cinnamon is a sugar buffer and ginger soothes stomach upset, both used in sweet desserts.  Not listed among their properties here, several of these are digestive herbs: rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano.  Often used in heavy foods such as fatty meat, they help break it down and prevent indigestion.

Herbs aren't just in recipes to make the food taste better.  They play an important role in health and nutrition.  Those are things you can't get from artificial flavors, no matter how tempting.  
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Herbal Gummies

This recipe uses grape concentrate and elderberry syrup.  You could use a different fruit concentrate, like apple, and/or a different herbal syrup, like ginger or Buddha's hand.  Natural gummies also make a great base for fortified treats.  Throw in some superfood powder for a nutrient boost and different flavors. 
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Essential Oils

These essential oils make a good start for an aromatherapy first aid kit.  Aromatherapy can address a lot of problems that are difficult or impossible to treat with over-the-counter remedies from the conventional side.  There just isn't much for emotional injuries or imbalances, and skin care is limited to a few broad concepts; herbal medicine has a wider range in some regards.  

Good essential oils tend to be expensive.  It helps if you start with just a few.  Look at your current supplies and see what you can't cover with those, then start by filling those gaps.  If you're already well supplied, consider a range of one uplifting, one relaxing, and one skin-healing oil.