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Common Knowledge Daily infusions of nourishing herbs such as nettle, raspberry leaf, oatstraw,and lemon balm are a wonderful way to add extra nutrients to your diet. We commonly turn to herbs in times of imbalance - but the use of herbs can also be a wonderful preventative ally.

Nourishing Daily Brews:

 Herbalminerals Children and toddlers can benefit from them as a healthy alternative to sugary juice drinks. Herbs that help tame stress and anxiety can also play a huge part in keeping our systems in balance.

 A convenient way to prepare your daily brews is to make them in the evening and let them steep overnight. In the morning you can strain out the plant material and refrigerate your infusion if desired, or carry it with you to drink throughout the day.

 You can customize your daily brews based on specific needs. Following are some basic recipe ideas. As you learn more about specific herbs you can decide which ones best nourish your specific constitution.

~Anemia Prevention Brew~:

 ~1/4 0unce dried Yellow Dock root

 ~handful of dried Nettle leaves

 ~handful of dried parsley leaves

 ~a few pinches of dried Spearmint leaves

 ~Combine herbs in a quart-size canning jar and fill with boiling water. Cover tightly and let it steep overnight. The Yellow Dock, Nettle and Parsley are all great sources of highly assimilable iron and the spearmint gives it a refreshing, minty taste.

~Calcium-Rich Brew~:

 ~ handful dried nettle leaves

 ~ handful dried horsetail

 ~ handful dried oatstraw,

 ~ Combine herbs in a quart-size canning jar and fill with boiling water. Cover tightly and let it steep overnight.

~Mineral Boosting Brew~:

 ~ handful dried Alfalfa leaves

 ~ handful dried nettle leaves

 ~ 1/2 handful dried oatstrawleaves

 ~ 1/2 handful dried parsley leaves

 ~ Combine herbs in a quart-size canning jar and fill with boiling water. Cover tightly and let it steep overnight.

 Vitamins minerals are abundant in many common herbs. Daily herbal infusions provide essential nutrients in a highly assimilable form.

Minerals Vitamins Found in Common Herbs:

~VITAMINS~:

 Vitamin A Enhances immunity, prevents eye problems and skin disorders. Important in bone and teeth formation. Protects against colds and infection. Slows aging process.

 /Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, borage leaves, burdock root, cayenne, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, hops, horsetail, kelp, lemongrass, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, plantain, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, uva ursi, violet leaves, watercress, yellow dock.

 Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)Promotes growth, improves mental attitude, aids digestion, helps strengthen nervous system and prevent stress.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, bladder wrack, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, hops, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, yarrow, and yellow dock.

 Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)Needed for red blood cell formation, aids growth and reproduction, promotes hair, skin and nail growth. Important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, bladder wrack, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, ginseng, hops, horsetail, mullein, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, yellow dock.

 Vitamin B3(Niacin)Essential for proper circulation and healthy skin. Increases energy, aids digestion, helps prevent migranes.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, hops, licorice, mullein, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaf, red clover, rose hips, slippery elm, yellow dock.

 Vitamin B5 (Panothenic Acid)Enhances stamina, prevents anemia, helps wounds heal, fights infection, strengthens immune system.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, burdock root, nettle, yellow dock.

 Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)Needed to produce hydrochloric acid. Aids in absorption of fats, and protein. Mildly diuretic, helps prevent kidney stones. Helpful in treating allergies, arthritis, and asthma.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, catnip, oat straw.
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 Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)Helps prevent anemia. Protects nervous system, improves concentration, aids digestion.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, bladder wrack, hops.

 Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)Helps calcium and iron formation. Enhances immunity. Helps prevent cancer. Aids in production of anti-stress hormones. Antioxidant required for proper tissue growth and repair, and adrenal gland function.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, hops, horsetail, kelp, peppermint, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, pine needle, plantain, raspberry leaf, red clover, rose hips, skullcap, violet leaves, yarrow, yellow dock.

 Vitamin DEssential for calcium and phosphorous utilization. Prevents rickets. Needed for normal growth of bones and teeth. Helps regulate heartbeat. Prevents cancer and enhances immunity. Aids thyroid function and blood clotting.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, horsetail, nettle, parsley.

 Vitamin EAntioxidant which helps prevent cancer and heart disease. Prevents cell damage. Reduces blood pressure and promotes healthy skin and hair.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, bladder wrack, dandelion, dong quai, flaxseed, nettle, oat straw, raspberry leaf, rose hips.

 Vitamin KPromotes healthy liver function. Helps bone formation and repair. Increases longevity.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, green tea, kelp, nettle, oat straw, shepherds purse.

~MINERALS~:

 Calcium This mineral builds and protects bones and teeth. Helps maintain regular heartbeat. Prevents muscle cramping.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, chicory, dandelion, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, flaxseed, hops, horsetail, kelp, lemongrass, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, plantain, raspberry leaf, red clover, rose hips, shepherd's purse, violet leaves, yarrow, yellow dock.

 Chromium This mineral is vital in the synthesis of glucose and the metabolism of cholesterol, fats and proteins. Maintains blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

 Herbal Sources:Catnip, horsetail, licorice, nettle, oat straw, red clover, sarsaparilla, wild yam, yarrow.

 Copper This mineral converts iron to hemoglobin. Protects against anemia. Needed for healthy bones and joints.

 Herbal Sources:Sheep sorrel.

 Germanium This mineral helps fight pain, detoxify the body, and keep immune system functioning properly.

 Herbal Sources:Aloe vera, comfrey, ginseng, suma.

 Iodine This mineral is needed in trace amounts for a healthy thyroid gland , and to help metabolize excess fat.

 Herbal Sources:alendula,tarragon leaves, turkey rhubarb.

 Iron This mineral is essential for metabolism, and the production of hemoglobin.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, chicory, dandelion, dong quai, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, horsetail, kelp, lemongrass, licorice, milk thistle seed, mullein, nettle, oatstraw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, plantain, raspberry leaf, rose hips, sarsaparilla, shepherd's purse, uva ursi, yellow dock.

 Magnesium This mineral prevents calcification of soft tissue. Helps reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones. Helps prevent birth defects. Improves cardiovascular system

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, bladder wrack, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, eyebright, fennel, fenugreek, hops, horsetail, lemongrass, licorice, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaf, red clover, sage, shepherd's purse, yarrow, yellow dock.

 Manganese Minute quantities of this mineral are needed for healthy nerves, blood sugar regulation, normal bone growth, and thyroid hormone production.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, ginseng, hops, horsetail, lemongrass, mullein, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaf, red clover, rose hip, wild yam, yarrow, yellow dock.

 Molybdenum Small amounts of this mineral are required for nitrogen metabolism. Supports bone growth, and strengthens teeth.

 Herbal Sources:Red clover blossoms.

 Phosphorous This mineral is needed for teeth and bone formation, nerve impulse transfer, normal heart rhythm, and kidney function.

 Herbal Sources:Burdock root, turkey rhubarb, slippery elm bark.

 Potassium This mineral regulates water balance, and muscle function. Important for health nervous system and regular heart rhythm.

 Herbal Sources:Catnip, hops, horsetail, nettle, plantain, red clover, sage, skullcap.

 Selenium This mineral provides an important trace element for prostrate gland in males. Protects immune system and helps regulate thyroid hormones.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, fennel seed, ginseng, garlic, hawthorn berry, hops, horsetail, lemongrass, milk thistle nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaf, rose hips, sarsaparilla, uva ursi, yarrow, yellow dock.

 Selfur This mineral helps skin and hair. Fights bacterial infection. Aids liver function. Disinfects blood. Protects against toxic substances.

 Herbal Sources:Horsetail.

 Vanadium This mineral is needed for cellular metabolism and formation of bones and teeth. Improves insulin utilization.

 Herbal Sources:Dill.

 Zinc This mineral promotes growth and mental alertness. Accelerates healing. Regulates oil glands. Promotes healthy immune system, and healing of wounds.

 Herbal Sources:Alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, eyebright, fennel seed, hops, milk thistle, mullein, nettle, parsley, rose hips, sage, sarsaparilla, skullcap, wild yam.

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