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Use herbs to boost your health
You can take them as herbal supplements or brew them up in your tea, and sometimes it's just nice to have them in your garden.
We're talking about herbs, with many easy-to-grow types being used to soothe various medical ailments, including sore skin, common colds and digestive problems.
According to Davina Wynne-Jones, founder of herbsforhealing.net, the most uplifting herbs to plant in your garden or window box are chamomile, echinacea and calendula, which is also known as marigold.
"Calendula is an orange flower which looks nice and cheerful in the garden. If you grow it in the summer, dry it and make a tea from it - it is uplifting. It helps if you are depressed in the winter. Calendula also makes a good skin ointment," she pointed out.
"Chamomile is good because it helps people to relax and echinacea helps the immune system - both can be made into a tea. Lavender is also wonderful to grow and looks good in the garden."
Herbs can also be added to juices if you want to kick-start a healthy living plan or are just trying to up your consumption of fruit and veg. Invest in a cold press juicer and load up your shopping trolley with lots of moisture-rich fruits, such as berries, peaches and pears, vegetables, leafy greens and wheatgrass, then add a few sprigs of a herb of your choice from your garden.
When using the juicer, scrunch up the herb leaves into a ball and feed it through the juicing tube. Roots of herbs can be fed through without rolling them up.
And if you're suffering from a spring cold or virus, try using fresh boneset or red raspberry leaf in your drink, as boneset has been used over the centuries as a way to break fevers in flu patients. Echinacea has been proven to halve the risk of catching a cold, as it works by boosting the immune system.
Posted by Matilda Jones