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    9 Familiar Herbs  for Beginners

    MINI-MONOGRAPHS AND RECIPES 

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Copyright 2015 Herbal Academy of New England, 24 South Road, Bedford, MA 01730

    Permission to make one copy for personal use is hereby granted to recipient.

    What is a Plant Monograph? 4

     Lavender 8

    Peppermint 10

    German Chamomile 12

    Thyme 14

    Ginger 16 

     Rosemary 18

     Red Clover 20

     Nettle 22

     Dandelion 24

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     plant monograph? WHAT IS A

    As you study the properties and actions of individual herbs, you may consider

    starting your own materia medica, a body of collected knowledge on plants, often

    including plant monographs. The word monograph comes from the Greek word,

    “monographia.” Mono [single] + grapho [to write]. In other words, a monograph is

    a detailed writing of a single subject — in our case, herbs.

    Start small, and introduce yourself in theory and in person to each plant as you

    begin your journey with the herbs. Ask each plant to impart its wisdom, use your

    senses, and simultaneously research written resources lled with information

    about the specic topics covered in each monograph.

    We recommend writing a monograph for each herb you encounter as you study

    herbs, embedding it in your memory using both the physical act of writing about it

    and the intellectual requirements of research and

    critical thinking and inquiry.

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    monog raph ia mono [single] + grapho [to write]

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    Throughout this ebook, we will highlight several herbs in mini-monographs

    along with recipes and links for further reading. Each of these herbs are also featured

    in more detail in The Herbarium’s extensive plant database.

    The Herbarium database includes some of the most beautiful and complete

    monographs to date, pulling together traditional herbal wisdom, hands-on experience,

    and modern scientic research to present a multifaceted description of each herb.

    Along with quick facts, there is detailed information on the medicinal uses of each

    plant. Multiple images and botanical prints, scientic research, and information

    on botany, energetics, safety, preparations, and dosage make these monographs

    wonderful tools for learning for students and curious dabblers.

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    Lavender i s a del ightful ly aromatic nervine that can be taken internal ly a s tea or

    t incture to upl i f t the emotions, re l ieve headache and anxiety, and ease one into

    sleep. Lavender i s used for i ts relaxing effect - s imply smel l ing the volat i le oi l s of

    this plant has a calming effect during t imes of stress and tension. In addit ion to

    being used as a nervine, lavender i s a lso car minative (a iding digest ion and rel ieving

    gas) , antispasmodic to the gastrointest inal system (relaxing spasms associated with

    anxiety and tension) , a circulatory st imulant ( increases circulat ion to the periphery of

    the body—perfect for someone with cold hands and fe et ) , and an antimicrobial and

    antiseptic useful for dis infect ing cuts and wounds. Lavender also soothes the i tch and

    pain of insect b i tes and soothes and a ids heal ing of burns .

     Lavendula officinalis (Lamiaceae) – Unopened Flower Buds

    Lavender 

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    INGREDIENTS

    1/2 cup dr ied lavender

    3-quart po t o f bo i l ing water

    DIRECTIONS

    Set the pot of boi l ing water on the table . Add lavender buds.

    Cover your head with a towel and hold your face over the

    steaming pot for a few minutes . Be care ful not to get too c lose as

    the s team can burn your skin!

    When you are done, wash your face with a c leanser and then

    r inse your skin with cool water to c lose your pores .

     Herbal S team for Beauty

    MORE ON LAVENDER

     Lavender Plant Monograph in The Herbarium

     Heaven in a Bottle

     Lavender Bath Salts

    http://herbarium.herbalacademyofne.com/monographs/#ID=1004 http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/07/lavender-infused-oil-recipe-aka-heaven-in-a-bottle/ http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/10/diy-lavender-bath-salts/ http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/10/diy-lavender-bath-salts/ http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/07/lavender-infused-oil-recipe-aka-heaven-in-a-bottle/ http://herbarium.herbalacademyofne.com/monographs/#ID=1004

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    Peppermint

    Peppermint st imulates dige st ion and relaxes

    tension, so i s helpful fo r digest ive disorders

    associated with pain and spasm, from gas

    and col ic and cr amps to nausea and vomiting

    to diarrhea. I t has a c ool ing qual i ty so might

    be best for someone with too much heat

    in the gut or in general . T he volat i le oi l s

    in pepper mint are antimicrobial and are effect ive against a range of bacterial , viral ,

    and fungal infect ions, and peppe rmint i s a

    tradit ional treatment for fevers, colds, and

    flus due to i ts antimicrobial propert ies as

    wel l as i ts abi l i ty to st imulate the r elease

    of heat from the body during a fever.

    Inhalat ion of the volat i le oi l s in

    pepper mint oi l or tea helps rel ieve nasal

    congest ion in the most pleasant, aromatic

    way. As a nervine, pepper mint i s both

    relaxing and st imulat ing to the nervous

    system, calming anx iety and rel ieving

    tension, but can also be used to r echarge

     vi ta l energy, increase mental c lar i ty, and aid

    concentrat ion. Pepper mint’s high essential

    oi l content make s i t unsafe in high amounts

    during pregnancy or for young chi ldren, and

    it can also aggravate heartburn.

     Mentha piperita (Lamiaceae) – Leaves

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    MORE ON PEPPERMINT

    Peppermint Plant Monograph in The Herbarium

     Real Peppermint Hot Cocoa

     Homemade Calamine Lotion

    INGREDIENTS

    1/2 cup dr ied or 1 cup fresh peppermint l eaves

    1/2 gal lon tap water

    DIRECTIONS

    Place peppermint and water in a 1/2 g al lon glass jar .

    Set in a sunny place for 2-8 hours .

    Refr igerate and enjoy as a co ld dr ink.

    Pepperm int Sun Tea

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     f o r  a  h o t  s u m m e r’  s  d a y .

    http://herbarium.herbalacademyofne.com/monographs/#ID=1016 http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/11/indulge-your-sweet-tooth-with-real-peppermint-hot-cacao/ http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/05/natural-itch-relief-recipe/ http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/05/natural-itch-relief-recipe/ http://herbalacademyofne.com/2014/11/indulge-your-sweet-tooth-with-real-peppermint-hot-cacao/ http://herbarium.herbalacademyofne.com/monographs/#ID=1016

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    German Chamomile

    Chamomile is a gentle, soothing ner vine that

    eases anxiety and tension and cools str ess-related

    anger and infla mmation. It is well loved by adults

    and children for calming the ner vous system

    in preparation for sleep. Chamomile is a great

    digestive aid due to its car minative, antispasmodic,

    and anti-inflammator y actions. It eases digestion

    by relaxing muscles in the digestive tract and

    relieving cramping. As a mild bitter, it stimulates

    appetite and the liver. It is also used f or the

    treatment of stomach ulcers, colic, and menstrual

    cramps, as well as the emotional symptoms

    associated with PMS.

     Matricaria recutita (Asteraceae) – Flowers

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