Morgan Botanicals

  (Loveland, Colorado)
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Sweet Lemon Balm......I'm In Love!

Jessica Morgan, M.H.I have several lemon balm plants growing right outside my kitchen window, and I just love the wafting lemon scent that flows into the house. This easy to grow herb thrives in any sunny, well drained location. Both the foliage and the flowers are attractive in the garden and the small white flowers attract honeybees and other beneficial insects.  I love to add fresh leaves to salads, soups, herbal vinegars, and fish. A simple cup of lemon balm tea is delicious too. If using the fresh leaves for tea, the leaves lowest on the plant are the highest in essential oils. In pastures this plant increases the flow of cows' milk, and is excellent with marjoram after calving. You can grow your own lemon balm from seeds found here in my local harvest store.

Melissa officinalis is a mint with a distinctly lemony scent. Its botanical name Melissa is Greek for bee, as bees obtain large quantities of honey from the flowers. And  "balm" refers to balsam, the ancient world's most important sweet-smelling oils. For thousands of years herbalists used lemon balm to treat any kind of disorder of the central nervous system.

Lemon balm is an excellent carminative herb that relieves spasms of the digestive tract and is often used internally for indigestion, flatulent dyspepsia and chronic gastrointestinal disorders. I like to recommend combining lemon balm with hops or chamomile for digestive troubles.

Because of its antidepressant properties, lemon balm is a good choice for anxiety or depression, as the gentle sedative oils relieve tension and stress. For stress and tension it combines well with lavender and lime blossom. Balm also has a tonic effect on the heart and circulatory system, thus lowering blood pressure. If you looking for fresh dried herbs you can buy lemon balm leaf here in my local harvest store.

Herbalists often use lemon balm to treat viral infections of the skin, especially herpes, both genital herpes and cold sores. Although it wont eliminate the flare-ups, it helps relieve itching, and will help lesions heal. Lemon balm is useful, both medicinal and culinary and is a wonderful herb for just about anyone, including pregnant moms and children.

This beautifully fragrant herbs is one of my favorites and I guarantee it will be one of your favorites too!

As always, please email any questions to herbalist@morganbotanicals.com.

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Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Jessica Morgan, M. H., Morgan Botanicals.

Disclaimer - The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for self-diagnosis or to replace any prescriptive medication. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or nursing.

Jessica Morgan, M.H.

 
 

Oat straw: Simple Yet Effective

Jessica Morgan, M.H. Avena sativa is one of my favorite herbs for just about anybody. Anyone who is stressed, overworked, or anxious, should include oats as part of a daily health regimen. It is a safe tonic herb for the nervous system. Avena is exceptionally rich in silica, calcium, and chromium and are one of the highest sources of magnesium.

 I highly recommend oat straw tea during pregnancy for calming nervous tension and stress. It is also safe for yeast infections that occur during pregnancy and it is great for varicose veins as the infusion is useful in strengthening the capillaries. If your looking for a great pregnancy tea try Nutritional Herbal Pregnancy Tea.

For children, oat straw is a perfect choice for nighttime unwinding, as well as high in calcium to support growth spurts. Use for children who are nervous, hyperactive, or stressed. Our valuable blend, Teddy Bear Tea is all natural, healthy, and yummy. This tea will become your favorite nighttime ritual.

Take advantage of this simple herb and you'll see how gentle and effective it is. Combine with lemon balm and passionflower for a good nervine, and with valerian as a sleep aid, or with digestive bitters for any liver or digestive upset.

As always, please email any questions to herbalist@morganbotanicals.com.

Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Jessica Morgan, M. H., Morgan Botanicals.

Disclaimer - The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for self-diagnosis or to replace any prescriptive medication. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or nursing.

Jessica Morgan, M.H.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Herbal Diaper Wipes For Your Herbal Baby

Jessica Morgan, M.H. Washable herbal wipes are a super green and economical way to wash baby’s bottom, plus, it’s a great chemical-free rinse! The diaper service here in Tehachapi suggests that by using natural products like your own diaper wipes and natural herbal baby balms such as Sweet Cheeks Baby Balm and baby powders such as Happy Hiney Herbal Powder that the diapers last longer.

We suggest at least a couple dozen or more if you go longer than 2 days between washings. You can store your wipes in a container and simply toss used ones into the diaper pail and wash with your diapers.

I have found that these herbal recipes are best to use with cloth wipes. These will clean baby's bottom or face without any unnecessary chemicals.  During outbreaks of rash you will find these useful recipes may come in handy. Try these great baby tested recipes:

Basic Recipe for Baby Wipes (For Every Day Cleansing)
  • 2 tablespoons unscented baby Castile wash
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (such as olive oil or sunflower oil)
  • 2 cups distilled water

  Antimicrobial Tea Tree Baby Wipes

  • 2 tablespoons Infused Calendula oil or other pure vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unscented baby Castile
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 4 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Anti-Fungal Herbal Baby Wipes

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1-2 cup Aloe Vera Gel (fresh if possible)
  • 1 tablespoon infused Calendula Oil
  • 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Soothing Aloe Vera Baby Wipes

  • 2 cups hot distilled water
  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera Gel (fresh if possible)
  • 4 drops Tea Tree Oil

For all of these herbal wipes recipes, mix in a jar and then pour over your contained cloth wipes (do enough for a couple days at a time).  Store any extra solution in the fridge.  You and your herbal baby are going to love diaper changes!

 

Please email any questions to herbalist@morganbotanicals.com.

Copyright 2007. All rights reserved. Jessica Morgan, M. H., Morgan Botanicals.

Disclaimer - The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for self-diagnosis or to replace any prescriptive medication. You should consult with a health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem, suffer from allergies, are pregnant or nursing.

Jessica Morgan, M.H.

 
 
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