Whispering Woods Herbal Grimoire

  Kitchen Herbs

Allspice, Anise, Arrow root powder, Basil, Bay laurel, Black Pepper, Caraway, Cardamom, Catnip, Cayenne, Celery seed, Chives, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger, Lemon Balm, Lemon Grass, Mace, Marjoram, Mustard Seed, Nutmeg, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Taragon, Thyme, Turmeric


Allspice - Active ingredient is eugenol, same as cloves. Topical pain relief, tea and mouthwash.

Anise - Seven tsp. of seed to one quart water, boil down by half, add 4 tbsp. of honey, take two tsp to calm a cough. drink tea for memory, aid digestion, and a wash for oily skin.

Arrow Root Powder - One tbsp in a cup of juice every few hours to relieve diarrhea. Poultice to soothe skin inflammations.

Basil - (Ocimum bacilicum) - Good for acne, has anti-bacterial properties. Add fresh herb or seeds to boiled water to make tea for migraines and bed time restlessness. Use as a douche for yeast infections. Also as a gargle and mouthwash. Used in treating colds, flu, fever, stomach cramps, constipation, vomiting, headaches and menstrual pains. Pregnant women should avoid medicinal use of basil.

Bay Laurel - Heat leaves in a little olive oil to make a bay oil salve for arthritis and aches.

Caraway - Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 4 tsp lightly crushed seeds. Simmer for 5 minutes, then steep 15 min. Drink with meals to prevent gas, even for infant colic. Promotes menstruation and relieves uterine cramping.

Cardamom - Digestive aid, eases gluten intolerance (celiac disease). Sprinkle powder on cereal.

Catnip - (Nepeta cataria) - Contains chemicals called nepetalactone isomers, that are cousins to chemicals found in valarian. sedative, helps with anxiety.

Cayenne - (Capsicum annuum) - Stimulate the circulatory system. Capsicum speeds metabolism. Capsicum cream and oils relieve arthritis and aches, not just by warming and stimulating blood flow, but also by blocking pain transmission by nerves. (blocks substance P) Prevents blood clots, heals ulcers. Cayenne dramatically drops blood sugar levels and should by avoided by hypoglycemics. Cayenne promotes excretion of cholesterol through the intestines. Good for fever and infection.  It increases energy levels and aura brilliance.

Celery Seed - (Apium graveolens) - Sedative. Active ingredient thalide. Seed and stalk, reduces hypertension. Celery seed tea for the kidneys as a cleanser. Increases the elimination of uric acids.

Chives - (Allium schoenoprasum) - Rich in vitamin C and Iron, helpful in treating anemia.

Cinnamon - Used as a mouthwash, also good for upset stomach. A tonic for circulatory and digestive systems. And good for fever, infection and body cleansing. Simmer sticks with cloves for 3 min, add 2 tsp lemon juice, 2 tsp honey, 2 tbsp whiskey – as cold medication. Cinnamon is good for yeast infection and athlete’s foot. A 2% solution will kill both of these conditions. Boil 8-10 sticks in 4 cups water, simmer 5 min, steep 45 min, then douche or apply to athlete’s foot. Cinnamon reduces cancer causing tendencies of many food additives.

Cloves - (Syzygium aromaticum) - Clove oil is rich in eugenol, dentists use eugenol as a local anesthetic. Help reduce tooth ache pain. Add clove oil to neutral oils for topical pain relief of arthritis. Small amounts of clove in a tea for nausea. 3 cloves in two cups of boiled water, steeped for 20 minutes, as an antiseptic and mouthwash. Former alcoholics can suck on one or two cloves when the craving strikes to curb the desire.

Coriander - Used as a digestive aid for thousands of years. Both seeds and leaves may be used in a tea for strengthening the urinary tract and treating urinary tract infections. Coriander tea can be used topically to remove unpleasant odors in the genital area for men and women. The tea can be held in the mouth to relieve the pain of a toothache. Can also be drank to relieve flatulence and indigestion.

Cumin - (Cuminum cyminum) Cumin is an aromatic, astringent herb that benefits the digestive system and acts as a stimulant to the sexual organs. It has been used in the treatment of minor digestive complaints, chest conditions and coughs, as a pain killer and to treat rotten teeth

Dill - Bring one pint of white wine almost to a boil, remove from heat and add 4 tsp of dill seeds, let steep 30 minutes and strain. Drink 1 ½ cups a half hour before retiring to sleep well. To the same directions, but substitute for the 4 tsp of dill, instead add 1 tsp each of anise, caraway, coriander and dill to stimulate the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers. Chewing dill seeds removes bad breath.

Fennel -  (Foeniculum vulgare)                                                                                                                                             Aids in digestion. Chewing fennel seeds relieves bad breath. Fennel seed tea sweetens breast milk. Fennel tea relieves colic in infants.

Garlic - (Allium sativum)                                                                                                                                                 Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, anti-bacterial properties helps to relieve cold and flu faster. Garlic reduces risk of blood clots and is useful in reducing blood sugar levels. Ultimate antibiotic. Useful even for sexually transmitted diseases. Strongly recommended for hypoglycemia, and diabetes. Destroys intestinal parasites. Reduces cholesterol. Repels insects, and reduces sting effects of insects and red ants.

Ginger - (Zingiber Officinale)                                                                                                                                         
Helps colds and flu, promotes perspiration and soothes the throat. Anti-nausea tea, blood thinner, substitute for coumadin. Boil 2/3 cup of freshly chopped root in 1 gallon water, wrapped in cheesecloth (or old nylon stocking) until the water is yellow. Then soak towel and lay on bruises. It is an excellent remedy for motion sickness, morning sickness and menstrual cramps. Also for aiding digestion, fighting infections and stimulating circulation.

Lemon Balm - (Melissa officinalis)
Calms nerves, protects from bacterial infections, can use to treat cold sores caused by herpes simplex virus. Use ½ cup dried leaves to 2 pints of water, simmer for 10 minutes, and sip to bring down fevers.

Lemon Grass - Make a tea and drink 1-4 cups per day to relieve congestion, coughing, bladder disorders, headaches, fever, stomach aches, digestive problems, diarrhea, gas, bowel spasms, vomiting, flu symptoms, as a mild sedative, and to promote perspiration - and as a possible cholesterol lowering agent.  ½ cup dried leaves to 2 pints of water, simmer for 10 minutes, and sip to bring down fevers.

Mace - Eases flatulence, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and nausea. Also used for kidney problems – make a paste of powder with cold water and then add to boiled water.

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) Used as a digestive aid. Also used as a cough remedy and a tranquilizer. As a tea, it aids digestion, relieves flatulence and eases colds and headaches .  Calms nervousness.  Essential oil is used for skin lotions and is antiviral and stimulating to circulation.

Mustard Seed - (Brassica nigra) The seeds improve circulation, and are used as a poultice for inflammations.  The leaves are used to treat bladder inflammation.

Nutmeg - Gas, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and kidney problems – make a paste of powder with cold water and then add to boiled water. 1 tbsp of powdered nutmeg produces a floating euphoria for between 6 and 24 hours. Can cause near constant erections for men during that time. Side effects are bone and muscle aches, burning eyes, sinus drainage, and limited diarrhea.

Oregano (Origanum spp.) Oregano is actually a wild species of marjoram, it's good for digestion and as an expectorant for coughs, colds and chest congestion.

Parsley - (Carum petroselinum) - Diuretic (rids body of water), rich source of vitamin C.  A few sprigs provide 2/3 the vitamin C of an orange, lots of vitamin A, and the important amino acid histidine, which is a tumor inhibitor. Also may be beneficial in treating high blood pressure and in quieting allergy symptoms. Chew for halitosis. Parsley tea is good for kidney problems, painful urination, and kidney stones. One cup of parsley to 1 quart of water makes a strong tea. Two cups of parsley to 1 quart of water, steep an hour and drink warm, as an aphrodisiac.

(Do not use during pregnancy)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Has a tonic and calming effect on digestion. May help reduce nasal and chest congestion. Acts as a circulatory- and nervous-system stimulant. Used in treating headaches. Boil water with rosemary in it to make it safe to drink. Diuretic and liver aid, increases bile flow. Two handfuls of flowering tips into 2 cups of good brandy, soak 10 days, strain and seal. Mouthful twice daily. Oil of rosemary is a natural anti-oxidant, and stress reliever; sniff for headaches. Chop a double handful of twigs and put in a pint of olive oil for one week, and use as a muscle liniment.

Sage - (Salvia officinalis) Lowers blood sugar levels. It is used for mouth sores, mouth ulcers, and sore throat medications (make teas and use as a mouth rinse - try a tea with equal parts Chamomile and Sage).  For sore throats, try  mixing a Sage tea with apple cider vinegar and salt for gargling.  Sage is reported to have moisture-drying properties, and can be used as an antiperspirant.  It can also be used as a compress on cuts and wounds.  Clinical studies have also shown that it can lower blood sugar in cases of diabetes.

Tarragon - 1 1/2 tsp cut dried herb in 1 3/4 cups boiled water, steep 40 minutes, drink warm for insomnia, hyperactivity, depression, or nervous exhaustion. (or anything "jittery") For digestion steep a handful of dried leaves in a jar with apple cider vinegar, stand 7 hours, strain and seal. Take 1 tbsp before each meal.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Thymol, the active constituent, has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and has long been used as an ingredient in mouthwash. Good for treating sore throats, laryngitis and coughs. It is a good anti-spasmodic for the digestive system.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Several studies show anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good treatment for arthritis. Stimulates bile and helps digest fats. It is used as an "herbal aspirin" and "herbal cortisone" to relieve discomfort and inflammation associated with an extraordinary spectrum of infectious and autoimmune diseases.




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