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Health Learning Series

Grandma’s Herbal Lore – Ancient Herbal Recipes and Remedies

Grandma’s Herbal Lore – Ancient Herbal Recipes and Remedies – Volume 5

Table of Contents
Introduction
Delicious, Refreshing Traditional Healthy Drinks
How to make the perfect Nimbu pani – Lime Juice
Lassi – Buttermilk
Buttermilk And Grapes As a Cancer Cure
For Victims Of Strokes
Constipation
Kidney stones
Piles remedy
Hair Care
How to Get Rid of Baldness:
Alopecia Areata
Burning to An Ash
What on earth is Desi Ghee?
Premature Graying of Hair
How to Darken Your Hair Naturally
Gooseberry oil
Preventing Hair Loss
Asvhagandha-Withania
Asthma
Early Stages of Asthma
What Is the Best Diet for a Person Suffering from Asthma?
Sciatica remedy
Knowing about Hot and Cold Foods
Bacopa scrophulariaceae-Bhrahmi Booti
Alzheimers
Memory Loss
Epilepsy
Get rid of bedbugs
get rid of cockroaches
‘Ear, ‘Ear
Garlic remedy
Kum Kum
Periodic Deafness
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
In volume 5 of Grandma’s natural remedies, with herbal lore and ancient recipes, you are going to get an excellent critique mixture of the knowledge of the ages, brought around to us through papyri , books and trial and error experiments done by the ancients. The word of mouth results, have been the product of years of experimentation done millenniums ago.
When did grandma become the epitome of wisdom and experience? Well, we should go back millenniums, when it was the job of the oldest generation to take care of the youngest generation, while the adults generation in between went out to collect food, water and other basic necessities necessary for survival.
The job of raising and training the children was left to those people who were most experienced. It is possibly this reason why the oldest and the youngest generations still find that they are more compatible and comfortable with each other, due to natural preference, instinctive selection and human psychological and social behavior.
So the children of the tribe, group, gathering, and city were put in charge of the elders, who used to talk to them about their ancient traditions, talk to them by their own grandparents. The rules and regulations of living in society and getting to know one’s own place in the hierarchy of a tribe was thus transmitted from generation to generation through these elders.
Grandpa trained the kids with tribal knowledge and physical exercise. Grandma was in charge of their overall emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. She was responsible for their health, well-being, food and other essential things necessary to keep children healthy and well-balanced members of the family and later on the tribe.

…and that caring instinct still is present…
That is why the matriarch – mother – was given the job of passing on the herbal knowledge to the girls in the family, preparing them to be future matriarchs taking care of their own families, as years went by. The boys were trained into becoming warriors, teachers, farmers, food gatherers or in other professions by the males of the tribe.
So the lines were demarcated out very clearly in well-regulated times since ancient days. The house, home and hearth and other duties pertaining to a domestic nature was under the jurisdiction of the females. The land, the preservation, cultivation and protection of the area around it was under the jurisdiction of the males.
So it was the man’s prerogative to be the hunter and the warrior, to feed and protect his family and tribe. Read more..

Health Learning Series

Grandma’s Natural Remedies and Ancient Herbal Beauty Recipes

Grandma’s Natural Remedies and Ancient Herbal Beauty Recipes

Table of Contents
Introduction
Monday’s Child Is Fair of Face
The Healing Power of Infused Oil
Remedies for winter-
Chilblains
Sciatica
Stiff Joints…
Quit your Bellyachin’!
Simple Perfumed Ointments
Natural Cures For Summer Ailments
Appendix

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Introduction
A couple of years ago, somebody asked me what made me so interested in herbal remedies and natural cures as well as natural beauty recipes? That is when I told him that the wisdom of the ancients had not been garnered together, and would be lost as the generations forgot about asking their old wise ancestors, the Lore which they knew. So I was seven years old, when I decided to myself that I needed to know everything about what my grandmother had learned from her grandmother. And I started writing those ancient natural remedies and beauty recipes down.
More than three decades later, I started writing books on natural remedies and natural herbal recipes, which I collected, whenever I went around the countryside. People used to go around looking at the places to visit; I used to go around asking for the oldies of the village who would give me herbal remedies and recipes. In around 30 years, I collected thousands of these recipes, which were and are still being used by villagers and townsfolk and which have been given to them down the ages. And they work, because all the ingredients are natural. And also, the genetic makeup of hard-working people living in an unpolluted atmosphere helped in keeping them healthy. So they did not have to go running to a doctor whenever they caught a sniffle. They knew the easiest herbal tisane in which would put them straight in a couple of days.
Now, I spent my childhood and youth in jungles as well as in remote areas in all corners of the compass, where nobody believed in medicines, – and sometimes medical access for serious cases was able only through air lifting by a helicopter – but everybody believed in the power of nature and her curative properties. Also, plenty of exercise, a good and healthy diet and grandma’s natural remedies kept us healthy and happy. And the funny thing is that the only times we got sick with measles, mumps, and chickenpox was when we came down from the mountains to the cities and the towns during our annual vacations. The moment we got back into the healthy atmosphere of the mountains, with plenty of fresh air, plenty of fruit and drink and plenty of opportunities to create lots of childish mischief and mayhem, we were content and happy children again.
We never knew that there were medicines which you needed to pop to keep healthy.
Is not this the natural trend of the 21st century “civilized” person? You have lost your faith in natural remedies to keep you healthy. You would rather buy something expensive, which is being endorsed by your favorite star. I am certain she never uses that medicine herself, because it is made up of chemicals. These chemicals are going to have a harmful after effect on your body. The first thing you do when you wake up is take some vitamins with your breakfast. After that, you take some vitamins or pills to pep you up. Then you take the medicines prescribed to you by a doctor.
Count the times you take some sort of medicine in the shape of a pill, vitamin, and drug throughout the day. And then can you believe someone who has not been to see a doctor for the last 30 years? There are plenty of octogenarians in our area who believe in natural remedies and good diets to keep them healthy. They are all grandpas and grandmas. They do not coddle themselves with pills and medicines. Read more…

Health Learning Series

6 Days to D-Day The Six Day Naturally Beautiful Regime for That Special Day

6 Days to D-Day The Six Day Naturally Beautiful Regime for That Special Day

Table of contents
Introduction
Day 6
Combating sun exposure
Getting rid of winter tan
How to make Rose water
Honey lotion
Getting rid of pimples scars
Get rid of pimples
Natural soap
Moisturizing lotion
Wrinkles
Day 5
Face bleaching
Dark circles
Day 4
Tooth bleacher
Skin tightener
Day 3
Hand care
Keeping your legs beautiful
Leg exercises
Stylish sitting pose
Day 2
Removing blackheads
Body odor
Hair care
Special D-Day
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
Man is a social being and that is the reason why his life is going to be filled up with social occasions celebrating good times with other like-minded social beings. So naturally if you are fortunate enough to have a full social life with parties, celebrations, and family get-togethers throughout the year, you would want to look just that bit extra scintillating and fascinating, would you not?

Now she knows how to look good all the time. So can you!
Yes, it is said that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but do you know that some of the most “beautiful” women in history were plain looking. But their vivid personality made them really fascinating, and that is why people forgot that they did not have perfect classical Grecian features and the immediate allure of a Venus – Aphrodite. Nevertheless, when you get 1 months prior notice with an unspoken hint of “make sure that you Be There with bells on” and also “here is hoping that the gift that you bring will be substantial,” you know that you will need to be looking your best. And if you happen to be the bride, that means that you are going to be the cynosure of all eyes. That puts on that extra burden of you outshining all the other lovelies who have spent the whole month leisurely getting ready for just this occasion, while you rushed around getting things ready for the wedding.
Anyway, this invitation is quite enough for all the women recipients to immediately make an appointment with their favorite beauty parlors, or start to plaster and paste their faces with chemical cosmetics in the hope that they will look exquisitely beautiful on D-Day and also be the envy of all the other women around them.
It is not necessary to spend so many dollars upon expensive chemical cosmetics when the ingredients are available in right there in your kitchen or easily available in your favorite store.It takes just 6 days for you to know that you are looking your best, that your complexion is glowing and clean and that you are feeling good.
So this six-day regime is going to tone you up from top to toe, and all you have to do is sit back and smiled graciously at the appreciative looks and comments on D-Day. Read more..

Health Learning Series

25 Essential Herbs You Need to Know

25 Essential Herbs You Need to Know

Table of Contents
Introduction
Sage – Leaves
Mint – Herb – Mentha spicata.
Mint Jelly
Mint Julep
Ginger – Roots
Ginger Tips
Ginger for Skin Infections
Ginger Ale
Coriander [Cilantro] – Coriandrum Sativum – leaves, seeds
Chives – Allium choenoprasum – leaves
Sauce Tartare
Lavender
Plant Cuttings with Heels
Lavender Seeds
Lavender Bags
Lavender Potpourri
Bergamot – Momarda Didyma – leaves, bark and flowers
Bergamot Tea Infusion.
Dill – Poucedomum Graveolus – Seeds and Leaves
Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare – F.officinale – Leaves, Stem And Seed
Chamomile Anthemis nobilis – flowers
How to Make a Chamomile Lawn
Parsley Petroselinum Crispum – Leaves.
Maître D’hôtel Butter
Drying Parsley
Rosemary – rosemarinus officinalis – whole sprig
Hungary Water
Rosemary Tea
Rosemary Scalp Tonic
Thyme – Thymus vulgaris – Leaves
Thyme Vinegar
Anise
Aloe Vera
Growing Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera for Beauty
Face Wash Mixture
PH Balanced Skin Toner –
Basil – Oscimum basilicum – leaves
Basil Vinegar
Carraway (Caraway) – Carum carvi – seeds, leaves, root.
Chervil – Anthriscus cerefolium – leaves and roots
Chervil Vinegar
Hyssop – Hyssopus officinalis – young shoots
Hyssop Tea.
Garlic – Allium sativum – bulb
Comfrey – Symphytum caucisicum – leaves
Violet – Viola odorata – Leaves And Flowers
Violet Cure for Insomnia
Violet pudding
Marjoram – origamum omits – leaves
Tarragon – artemisia dracunculus – leaves.
Tarragon Vinegar
Angelica – Angelica archangelica – stem
Crystallizing Angelica
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
Just imagine a world without herbs. You would be flavoring your food with spices or even with natural minerals, because you did not know all about the value of the plant world to make a difference between a bland dish, and a delicious one.
Also, just imagine trying to get rid of a cold more than 5000 years ago, by rubbing your face with cold water. Until somebody decided that he was feeling really cold and he needed something hot to drink. So he just put some water on to boil, but because he did not like the taste of bland water, he just added some nice green leaves. Hey, this chance combination turned out to be really tasty. It also happened to cure his cold and made him feel really warm.

Believe it or not, most of the herbal lore, which has passed down to us down the ages has been found due to experimentation or by Lucky chances. Also, anything which my goats, sheep, horses and cattle liked may not have suited my innards and vice versa. That is why you do not give your cats and dogs , well spiced food, especially your pizza remains, unless you want them really sick.
At that time people did not know much about writing, because we are talking about prehistoric times. However, down the generations, they passed on this knowledge to the people of their tribe. And when they met up with other people of other tribes, they shared this knowledge.
This continued some sensible person decided that this knowledge had to be stored up for the use of future generations. And so this compile addition of herbal lore and information was born and the teachers, the wise men helped mankind for ages to come.
This included the knowledge of the essential oils in the plants.

Basil and mint essential oils are excellent for cooking and in beauty products.

Many of the herbs and remedies known to our ancestors have been lost with the passage of time. However, a lot of these remedies are still being rediscovered by chance, or through documents, found in excavations. Many of the plants which were so common during the time of the Pharaohs are now extinct.
Nevertheless, their knowledge can be considered to be the basis of modern medical knowledge. They knew all about how to use onions to cure colds, as well as heart diseases. Thanks to the Eber papyri , modern researchers are researching on the benefit of onions to cure heart ailments. Read more…

Health Learning Series

The Magic of Asafetida For Cooking and Healing

The Magic of Asafetida For Cooking and Healing

Table of Contents
Introduction
How to Grow Asafetida
Harvesting the Sap
Type of Soil?
Watering Your Plant
Sowing the Seedlings
Asafetida to Heal
Fishing Bait
Ceremonial Magic
Throat Infections
Influenza Remedy
Urinary Infections
Bronchitis Cure
Heeng Spicy Mix
Arthritis Oil
Strengthening a Heart
Healthy Heart Mix
Suffering from Diarrhea/Dysentery
Mango Cure
So How Do You Make Buttermilk?
Making Clarified Butter the Traditional Way
Tempering Your Food with Asafetida.
Chicken in the Wok.
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
This book introduces you to one of the most notorious of all spices – the Asafetida. Many people do not use it, as a flavoring ingredient in their foods, because they say it smells. Nevertheless, this spice has been an integral part of the cuisine found near the regions, of the NWFP , which is now called Afghanistan.
My father was born in this area, and he talks about remembering Pakhtoons crossing the border with their backpacks full of dried fruit, Asafetida, and spices, which they used to grow on the mountains of Afghanistan. This Asafetida was collected as sap from the taproot of an indigenous plant, which grew extensively all over that region.
He remembers, running after the gruff Afghani salesmen saying “Khan-a, Kharo Moshai” which was a greeting to the Khan. In return, a gruff baritone would always answer Khara Moshay in return. These vendors sold their products, from door to door, and one knew that they were going to be getting original spices, dry fruits, as well as natural Asafetida without any sort of adulteration. That is why this spice is so expensive.
The call of these door to door salesman always used to be “Heeng-o-jeera” which meant Asafetida and cumin seeds. That is why, Asafetida cannot do without cumin seeds and vice versa, when you are cooking a traditionally Eastern dish.
It is on par with saffron, which is often adulterated with other dried flower stamens. Pure Asafetida powder is going to have its particular smell and that is why it is not used more than one pinch to give any dish, a taste of onions or leeks.
Since ancient times, Asafetida has been used as a medicine to cure lots of ailments. In the West, it was considered to be the devils dung, because of its fetid odor and lumpy yellowish dung like look. That is why it was used in black magic rituals. No wonder it got a notorious reputation in medieval times.
Any woman buying this spice would immediately be labeled as a Devil’s disciple, and would either be burned at the stake or ducked in the nearest pond. However, this sort of ritualism was definitely not a part of Eastern cuisine, or Eastern ancient medical alternative medicine tradition.
This is also known as giant fennel, and as fennel is traditionally called ajowain, Asafetida was called jowani badian- the badian meaning excellent in the vernacular. So excellent fennel!
Tempering in the Indian subcontinent cannot do without Asafetida. Every proud housewife has this ingredient in her kitchen, and all she has to do is put clarified butter in the wok, a hefty pinch of Asafetida, and some onion seeds and mustard seeds. When they start spluttering, she empties out her lentils dish or meat dish on top of this red-hot tempering oil. It will be served sizzling hot to people who enjoy their food.
In many parts of India, many people do not eat onions and garlic, because traditionally, they consider these herbs of not being a part of their ancient and traditional religious beliefs. That is why a pinch of Asafetida was enough to give the food an “onion taste.”
South Indian food, traditionally the sambhar you eat with traditional vegetarian foods like idli and dosai are tempered with a small bit of Asafetida, so that this food is acceptable to even all those people who are extremely particular about garlic, and onions in their diets! This tempering is called Popu in South India and Tadka in North India. Read more..

Healthy Gardening Series

The Magic of Bananas For Cooking and Healing

The Magic of Bananas For Cooking and Healing

Table of Contents
For Cooking and Healing
Introduction
Knowing More about the Banana
Growing Bananas
Best Temperature for Bananas
Preparing the Ground for Bananas
Banana Growing Tips
Planting Bananas
Why Not Seeds?
Fertilizer
Banana Diseases
Ripening on the Tree
Harvesting Bananas
Storing of Bananas
One Banana or Two
Yogurt and Bananas
Dry Cough
Want to Gain Weight?
Ulcers in your mouth?
Nosebleed
The Difference between Bananas and Plantains
Talking about Banana Republics
Bananas as a Healthy Complete Food
Banana Leaves
Using Banana Leaves for Cooking
Grilling Tip
Using Banana Leaves for Wrapping Food and Steaming
Banana Fiber
Banana and Coconut Rings with Palm Sugar
Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream
Plantain and Lamb Curry
Banana Bread
Conclusion

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Introduction
If you were a part of the flapper scene in the roaring 20s and 30s you would be Charleston-ing to “Yes, yes, we have no bananas.” “Going bananas” was popular slang for someone who thought he or she was losing his marbles over someone or something. A Bright Young Thing of that Era would tell her “Sheik” that she considered him to be the bee’s knees , and the cat’s pajamas and she was going bananas over him, but … if he was found escorting any other “Sheba” around to trip the light fantastic, she would have his blood for breakfast.
So what is there in this not so humble plant, which makes it such an integral part of popular culture, as well as slang? Well, firstly, bananas are delicious treats to have throughout the day. Also, they are rich in potassium and other minerals, which keep you fit and fine and glowing and chirpy. Also, the name is rather amusing, so no wonder the whole world has gone bananas over bananas. Since millenniums, the economies of countries have depended upon this delicious fruit.
You can eat these bananas and raw or you can need them ripe. You can roast them, fry them, boil them, mash them, and then your imagination is the limit to which particular use, you want to put these bananas.
Baby food definitely consists of mashed bananas
Bananas are normally eaten raw, but when you decide to cook them, you are going to choose bananas called plantains with more starch content. They may be raw bananas.
The color of our banana ranges from green to yellow. You may also have brown, red, and purple bananas depending on the species and the state of ripeness.
The bananas were called Musa sapientum by scientists before, but that name has now gone out of use. The banana species which we eat now belong to Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata. Hybrids are also very popular, especially when Musa balbisiana is crossed with M.acuminata.
Most of the banana plants, which you find now are completely seedless. That is why if you are looking for seeds, to grow your bananas in your garden, sorry, you will need to plant a banana seedling, propagated by horticulturalist and gardeners.
Bananas are native to tropical Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Malaya and other tropical regions, as well as Australia. They grew wild in the tropical forests here until people started growing them in New Guinea anywhere between 5000 to 8000 years ago. From there, they spread all over the world. Read more..

Healthy Gardening Series

20 Most Beneficial Herb Plants for Your Garden

20 Most Beneficial Herb Plants for Your Garden
Popular Herbs for Health and Cuisine

Table of Contents
Introduction
Knowing More about John Innes Compost
How to Make Leaf Compost
A Little Rant about Outdated Agricultural Practices
Growing Herbs in Pots.
Marjoram- Origamum omites- leaves
Mint – Mentha spicata
Basil -Oscimum basilicum– leaves.
Basil Vinegar
Thyme – Thymus vulgaris-Leaves
Thyme Vinegar
Chives –Allium choenoprasum –leaves
Tarragon – Artemisia dracunculus – leaves.
Fennel -Foeniculum vulgare–F.officinale – Leaves, Stem And Seed
Shrub Permanents for Your Garden
Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis
Sage – Salvia officinalis
Roses
Rue –Ruta graveolens
Artemisias –Artemisia pontica – the Roman wormwood.
Hair Growth Recipe
Bay – The Roman Laurel –Laurus nobilis
Winter Savory – Satureja Montana
Medieval Sciatica Remedy
Other Herb Garden Favorites
Sorrel – Rumex acetosa
Traditional Sorrel Sauce
Tansy – Tanacetum vulgare
Poppy – Papaver Orientale
Clove Carnation – Dianthus caryophyllus
Borage – Borago officinalis – leaves, flowers and stems
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
Someone once asked me what was the logic behind the choices of plants which I grew in my herb garden? Why did one plant grow profusely while the other was completely absent from the beds or borders?
Well, the answer is – the choice of plants in my herbal garden depend on these things – how useful and beneficial they are as natural and curative herbs. How often can I use them while preparing natural, healthy meals in the kitchen? How often can I harvest them? And last but not the least, how much trouble will I have to take, while growing them?
This last should show you that I am more of an herbalist and cook than I am a gardener! In fact, sometimes the mere thought of going out in the garden, and getting soil under my nails makes me want to make childish faces and whine like an un-oiled machine.
Also, rain in the face and midges are all very tolerable, when you are young, but as you grow older, you prefer sitting down in an easy chair, and in a warm room, instead of kneeling outdoors and weeding. Read more…

How to Build

How to Build A Portable Chicken Coop Plans and Videos

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Step by step instructions on how to build a portable chicken coop. With over 100 pictures and illustrations. Also complete video links to watch the author build the portable chicken coop pictured on the cover of the book. Chicken coop plans and blueprints design and construction.

Table of Contents
About the Author
Disclaimer
Portable Chicken Coop Plans
Building a Portable Chicken Coop Videos
Pictures of Building the Portable Chicken Coop
PDF File Links for Downloading and Printing High resolution with 6 bonus Plans
How To Print Plans
Plan Copyright Information
Other Plans Available

6 chicken coops plans included that have complete plans in the book and links to download high resolution PDF Plans for printing. Read more…

Healthy Gardening Series

A Beginner’s Guide to Planting a Garden – Gardening Tips, Techniques and Systems for planting the right herbs, Shrubs and Trees in Your Sustainable Garden

A Beginner’s Guide to Planting a Garden
Gardening Tips, Techniques and Systems for planting the right herbs, Shrubs and Trees in Your Sustainable Garden

Table of Contents
Introduction
First Season, When to Plant?
Planning Your Border
Herbaceous Borders
Bedding Plants
Choosing Your Plants
Color Combinations
Mistakes Beginners Make
What Is with All Those Names
Planting Techniques
Herbaceous Border Plants
Restocking your Herbaceous Garden
Propagation Methods
How to Do Root Division
Should you Try Raising Seedlings from Seeds?
Propagation through Cuttings
Layering
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
Now that you have decided to make your own garden, the first instinct is, “but I have never made a garden before. How do I set about planting it?”
Do not worry; this has been the problem of gardeners down the millenniums. Once they know that they are going to take up with the effort of gardening, their enthusiasm soon leads them to dream of flowering hedges, shrubs, herbs and trees blooming in their garden throughout the year.
The first season of your new garden is going to be the most important one, making the difference between whether you have it in you to maintain a garden, or whether you are going to think, “no, gardening is definitely not my forte, it takes too much of effort and time which I can ill afford.”
If you have that mental outlook, you may as well stop reading this book now. If you are still reading it, then you are going to get important tips, techniques, and points which you need to keep in mind when planting your brand-new garden in its first season. Read more…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Healing Plants and Herbs – Herbs in Your Kitchen that Heal

A Beginner’s Guide to Healing Plants and Herbs
Herbs in Your Kitchen that Heal

Table of Contents
Herbs in Your Kitchen and to Heal
Introduction
How to Make Herb Biscuits
Making Herb Butters
Green Butter
Making Natural Green Dye for Your Butters
Herb Waters for Perfumed Uses
Lavender Vinegar
Essential oils
Herbal Teas
List of Herbal Teas
Angelica
Coriander
Dandelion
Balm
Bergamot
Elderflower
Hyssop
Dill and Caraway seeds
Parsley
Marigold petals
Mint
Chamomile
Borage
Rue
Sage
Rosemary
Thyme
Anise
Lime flowers- Linden- – also known as Tilleul- teey- uhl.
Lime flowers Sirop
Tomato Cream Sauce
Traditional White Sauce – Béchamel
Conclusion
Appendix
How to make Rose Water
Rosewater through Steam Condensation
Conversion units.
Author Bio

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Introduction
A keen young budding botanist once asked me, “Ma’am, how do we know the difference between herbs, shrubs and trees?” Well, the answer is that a majority of herbal plants are definitely soft stemmed and smaller in size when compared to shrubs which are woody and often branched. Herbs are annuals and sometimes perennials. Shrubs are perennials like trees. And trees are definitely different, because they have long woody trunks, which are branched, grow to huge heights, and live really long.

Herbs have been used since ancient times, for medicinal value, and also for cookery purposes. Shrubs are mainly ornamental plants, with their leaves and flowers being used as culinary accompaniments, and also for medicinal purposes. Herbs can be shrubs. Shrubs can be herbs.
Woody stemmed bushes like rosemary, thyme, lavender, winter savory, and Sage come in the herbal category. The serious use of plants in medicine is in the province of homeopathic practitioners and natural herbalists who employ most species of herbs from mosses to trees in making their herbal remedies.
This book is going to give you an introduction to some of the herbs, which are easy to grow and you can obtain easily fresh or dried.

How did people get to know about herbs in ancient times? The awareness of the edible as well as the remedial qualities of herbs must have been gained by happy and sad experiences in prehistoric days. When food was scarce and often very nasty, pungent herbs made it more palatable. The larger succulent leaves, and plants provided salads and vegetables as an accompaniment to hunted mastodons and other prehistoric beasties.
Soon, man found out that some of these herbs could cure and heal wounds and ease suffering, as even the tastiest culinary herb has a real medicinal value and virtue. This is how prehistoric man found out that Moss – sphagnum – was an excellent healer of wounds. Just imagine he went hunting and got into an argument with a sabertooth. And there he was with wounds all over his body, lying nose down on the mossy ground.
So he found himself clutching a handful of moss, squeezing it, and trying to stop the blood flow from the wounds. Hey, the Moss was so absorbent, that it stopped the wound from bleeding any more. So back he came back to his tribal camp with Moss sticking all over his body. After a week or so, he noticed that his wounds were healing really well.
Now, most of this was just by trial and error, and luck. His genetic makeup was strong, and his diet conducive to good natural healing. But that meant that the next time he went on the warpath with other tribes in the vicinity, he made sure that the healer had packed lots of sphagnum, along with food in a pouch for every warrior.
Early civilizations inherited this knowledge and developed it even further, and both doctors and cooks used herbs appreciatively and with increasing beneficial effects.
Doctors experimented with every kind of plant and cooks with the more deliciously flavored types. Read more…