By Barbara L. Heller M.S.W.

In view that 1973, Storey's nation knowledge announcements have provided functional, hands-on directions designed to aid readers grasp dozens of kingdom dwelling talents fast and simply. There at the moment are greater than a hundred and seventy titles during this sequence, and their impressive reputation displays the typical wish of nation and town dwellers alike to domesticate own independence in lifestyle.

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Steeped longer—and it may not always taste pleasant. 1 cup (237 ml) boiling water 1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried herb or 1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh herb or a prepackaged tea bag Bring the water to a boil. Place the herb or tea bag in a mug. Pour the water over the herb; cover. For a mild tea, let steep for about 5 minutes; for a stronger, more potent tea, steep for at least 20 minutes and up to several hours—even overnight. If you’ve used loose herb, strain before drinking. MAKING AN HERBAL DECOCTION A decoction is a tea made from plant roots or bark.

Safety and Cautions for Garlic The PDR for Herbal Medicines reports that no health hazards or side effects are known for average levels of garlic consumption. For those with a sensitive stomach, however, ingesting garlic may cause gastrointestinal distress. Frequent contact has led to isolated cases of allergic skin reaction. Don’t mix medicinal doses with hypertension medications or with blood thinners, including aspirin, taken for heart-attack prevention. Garlic’s anticlotting action could cause problems for those with existing clotting disorders.

2. Strain and enjoy! Variations: Grate up to 1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh ginger into a cup of brewed black or green tea. For a homemade ginger ale, mix a cup of strongly brewed ginger tea with carbonated water and lemon. ” People taking anticoagulants or who have bleeding problems should limit their use of ginger. Excessive ginger use may raise blood pressure and be detrimental to those with gallstones. Supervised use is recommended for those taking ginger to counteract the nausea of chemotherapy (if a person’s platelet count is low, ginger may promote gastrointestinal bleeding).

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