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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 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 against nausea, diarrhea, and arthritis, thought to aid in digestion
  • Health Benefits of Mint Leaves. http://www.balancemebeautiful.com/health-benefits-mint-leaves/




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 for 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

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I just ran across this, very good info! See a coupl herbs I gotta add to my garden :D   There was a post I believe Pete put up about using  a teaspoon of coconut oil as mouthwash for 20 minutes to pull toxins out of your body....I was tryin to find it....

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