Herbs encourage the body to heal itself
Herbs have been part of our lives for generations, in every country and for many different reasons.  Herbs have been used for potions, lotions, salves, ceremonies and for healing for centuries.  Our history books tell us of how healers used herbs from Indian medicine men to the modern herbalist who studies holistic medicine.  Today because of the cost of medicines from our family doctor, many people are researching other ways to stay healthy through the use of herbs.  Herbal medicine works best when practiced holistically.  What that means is you want to think about good health for the whole body and work to heal the whole body as a whole.  This is called having a balance both emotionally and physically, instead of just treating the symptom itself.  You find this also referred to "holistic balance."  Herbs are not just for cooking and eating ya know.  Herbs encourage the body to heal itself!
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Clinical studies have shown that the four Gs—ginkgo, ginseng, Siberian ginseng and gotu kola—enhance mental abilities, including concentration, aptitude, behavior, alertness and even intelligence.  Ginkgo is the best known for improving memory and it boosts the brain's ability to use oxygen.

Memory Tincture
1 teaspoon each tinctures of ginkgo leaves and Siberian ginseng root-
½ teaspoon each tinctures of ginseng root and gotu kola leaves-

Combine ingredients. Take half a dropperful a few times a day. Take extra tincture an hour or so before an exam or an important office meeting, or at any time you need extra focus.

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Cayenne Pepper
Veggie Dip
1 1/2 cups of Mayonnaise.
1 finely chopped Cayenne Pepper.
1 cup Sour Cream.
1 package of veggie
soup mix.

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.  Place in decorative cup and chill.  Surround with various crackers or veggies on a platter.
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What is an Herb?
A(n) herb is a plant that is valued for flavor, scent, or other qualities. Herbs are used in cooking, as medicines, and for spiritual purposes.

"In American English "herb" is normally pronounced /ˈɝːb/, with the initial "h" silent, but in British English the "h" is sounded: /ˈhɝːb/ (see American and British English pronunciation differences)."

"Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, or in some cases even spiritual usage. General usage differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. In medicinal or spiritual use any of the parts of the plant might be considered "herbs", including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, resin, root bark, inner bark (cambium), berries and sometimes the pericarp or other portions of the plant."

Culinary herbs
"Culinary use of the term "herb" typically distinguishes between herbs, from the leafy green parts of a plant, and spices, from other parts of the plant, including seeds, berries, bark, root, fruit, and even occasionally dried leaves or roots. Culinary herbs are distinguished from vegetables in that, like spices, they are used in small amounts and provide flavor rather than substance to food."

"Some culinary herbs are shrubs (such as rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis), or trees (such as Bay Laurel, Laurus nobilis) – this contrasts with botanical herbs, which by definition cannot be woody plants. Some plants are used as both a spice and an herb, such as dill seed and dill weed or coriander seeds and coriander leaves."

Medicinal herbs
"Plants contain phytochemicals that have effects on the body. There may be some effects even when consumed in the small levels that typify culinary "spicing", and some herbs are toxic in larger quantities. For instance, some types of herbal extract, such as the extract of St. John's-wort (Hypericum perforatum) or of kava (Piper methysticum) can be used for medical purposes to relieve depression and stress. However, large amounts of these herbs may lead to poisoning, and should be used with caution. One herb-like substance, called Shilajit, may actually help lower blood glucose levels which is especially important for those suffering from diabetes. Herbs have long been used as the basis of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, with usage dating as far back as the first century CE."

"Some herbs are used not only for culinary and medicinal purposes, but also for recreational purposes; one such herb is cannabis."

Religious herbs
"Herbs are used in many religions – such as in Christianity (myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), ague root (Aletris farinosa) and frankincense (Boswellia spp)) and in the partially Christianized Anglo-Saxon pagan Nine Herbs Charm. In Hinduism a form of Basil called Tulsi is worshipped as a goddess for its medicinal value since the Vedic times. Many Hindus have a Tulsi plant in front of their houses."

Botanical herbs
"In botanical usage a herb or herbaceous plant is any non-woody plant, regardless of its flavor, scent or other properties. A botanical herb cannot therefore be a woody plant such as a tree or shrub."

See also:

   * List of plants used as medicine
   * Herbaceous plant
   * Pot herb
   * Apothecary
   * Herbalism
   * Herb garden
   * The Herb Society of America
   * International Herb Association
   * List of herbs and spices
   * Remedy
   * Prehistoric medicine
   * Strewing herb

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"Red chilis contain high amounts of vitamin C and carotene ("provitamin A"). In addition, peppers are a good source of most B vitamins, and vitamin B6 in particular. They are very high in potassium and high in magnesium and iron. Their high vitamin C content can also substantially increase the uptake of non-heme iron from other ingredients in a meal, such as beans and grains."
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