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    10 Great Starter Herbs and Their Properties
    You can find these herbs online or in stores that have large bulk herb selections. If you have herbs growing in your garden, you can use them fresh instead of dried, but you'll want to double the amount since dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh ones.
     
     
    If you're planning to use herbs medicinally, do your research! We're not doctors, and this isn't medical advice.  
       
     
    Lavender — has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, thought to work as an insect repellent, can aid with headaches, sleep and relaxation Peppermint — is a digestive aid, thought to aid in fever reduction Spearmint — aids in digestion, reduces bloating, contains high amounts of antioxidant, invigorating Milk Thistle — thought to promote liver and gallbladder function, reported to detoxify and lower cholesterol Elderberries — has shown great success in treatment of influenza Fennel — long used as an aid to digestion and bloating, thought to have diuretic properties, improve milk supply in breastfeeding mothers, repel fleas; long used in India to soothe coughs Rosemary — used to improve memory, circulation, and act as an anti-carcinogen Chamomile — used as an aid for digestion, colds, and sleep Nettle — high in protein, iron, and vitamins Ginger — Proven to be useful for nausea, diarrhea, and arthritis, thought to aid in digestion more
     
     
    10 Great Starter Essential Oils
    Most essential oils aren't cheap, but a little goes a long way. You can find them in health and hippie stores the world over, or online. I bought a starter set from Amazon years ago. [Here are some options - Cat]
     
    Grapefruit — used as an energizer, thought to brighten dull skin and hair, dilute toxic build up, and resolve water retention Lemon — antibacterial, an astringent, thought to detoxify, energize and brighten dull skin Orange — antibacterial; thought to act as an anti-inflammatory, diuretic, aphrodisiac, boost immunity and detoxify Clary Sage — thought to be useful as a mild antidepressant, astringent, aphrodisiac, sedative, and digestive aid Rosemary — antibacterial, thought to stimulate hair growth and mental activity, be useful with respiratory problems and reduce pain Lavender — has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, used to calm anxiety, promote circulation and good respiration Peppermint — helps with indigestion and nausea, thought to aid with respiratory problems and headaches Spearmint — antiseptic, repels insects, thought to act as a restorative and a stimulant Eucalyptus — antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, a decongestant and a stimulant Tea Tree — antibacterial/microbial/viral, an insecticide and stimulant, thought to help with healing wounds, pain relief, and detoxification Health Benefits of Mint Leaves. http://www.balancemebeautiful.com/health-benefits-mint-leaves/  
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