How To Make A Warming Cinnamon Salt Bath

Cinnamon is a warming herb that makes a great aid for aches, colds, and congestion. Here's how to make a warming cinnamon salt bath!

Have you ever bathed in cinnamon? Cinnamon is a warming herb. It has properties that are decongesting, antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal. It relieves muscle spasms and acts as a relaxant, making it a great aid for aches, colds, and congestion.

How To Make A Warming Cinnamon Salt Bath

To make the bath salts mix:

To use:

  • Pour 1/4 of this mixture into a bathtub full of water.  
  • Soak for 20-30 minutes.

Why sea salt? Acid can build up in muscle tissue, causing you to feel sore and stiff. Sea salt is alkaline, helping to lower the acidity level of the body. It also stimulates the elimination of toxins, while providing a feast of minerals for the skin! Sea salt contains high concentrations of calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Not only does this salt bath aid in making you feel better, it also relaxes those sore muscles and could be just the comforting thing you need to be on the mend!

What is your favorite bath to soak in?

Tea vs. Infusion: What’s the Difference?

  Tea vs. infusion. What's the difference, and when should you use each one? Join me as I give a simple answer to this question!

There’s nothing like having a cup of herbal tea for mere pleasure or for the purpose of good health. Herbal teas are a favorite way for many people to enjoy the quality of nutritious herbs. Herbal infusions are also a great way to consume herbs. So what’s the difference between an herbal tea and an herbal infusion?

An herbal tea is most often used with single herbs or a mixture of herbs for the purpose of simply enjoying a cup of tea or during times of illness. An herbal infusion is very much like a tea, only it is steeped longer and uses a larger amount of herb. The purpose of an herbal infusion is feeding your body a high dose of vitamins and minerals. According to Nature Skills, a cup of nettle tea has 5-10 mg. of calcium, while a cup of nettle infusion can contain up to 500 mg. of calcium! Clearly, infusions provide many more times the amount of nutrition than tea!

Tea vs. Infusion: When do you use a tea and when do you use an infusion?  

Some people drink both teas and infusions on a regular basis for good health, some drink mostly tea and only make infusions occasionally, and some herbalists drink only infusions and don’t mess with the less-nutritious teas. This is what I personally do: I consume herbal teas as a daily drink and at times when my body needs a particular herb(s) for an illness. I treat infusions more like taking a vitamin and drink them as a way to supply my body with high doses of vitamins and minerals. Drinking at least one cup of infusion a day is a great idea for good health! Make sense? Great! :) Now I’ll explain how to make an herbal tea and an herbal infusion!

Tea vs. infusion. What's the difference, and when should you use each one? Join me as I give a simple answer to this question!

Herbal tea:

  • Combine 1-2 tsp. of dried herb per cup of boiling water.  
  • Once you’ve added the herbs to the water, remove from heat.  
  • Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes .  
  • Strain the herbs and drink.

During times of illness, it is recommended that adults drink one cup of tea three times a day.  Children typically drink half that amount. For pleasure drinking , I would personally recommend herbal mixes such as: Perfect Pumpkin Pie TeaPassion Fruit Black Tea, or Secret Garden Green Tea. For drinking medicinal teas 3 times a day or so during times of illness, I would recommend teas such as: Immune System Builder or Throat Rescue Tea.  

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Herbal Infusion:

  • Add about a cup of dried herbs to a quart jar.  
  • Pour boiling water over the herbs to the top of the jar.  
  • Cover tightly with a lid.  
  • Let the herbs steep 4-10 hours and then strain.  

A great way to do this is to make the infusion before you go to bed, and in the morning you have a healthy drink to start your day! You can drink 1-4 cups of infusion a day. Keep any leftover infusion refrigerated, and discard after 36 hours. Some of the best herbs for an herbal infusion are:

What do you make most – a tea or infusion?

Spice Up Your Marriage With These 5 Herbs

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Sometimes you may find that your body is thrown off balance and not functioning the way it should, which can include sexual energy. What exactly causes imbalances?

  • Diet – So many imbalances in the body are diet related.  We do not eat the way we should and our bodies cannot process all the junk we put into it.  It’s as simple as that.  Most of us need to change our diets in a major way, but it is a gradual process. Start where you can – little changes are better than none!
  • Toxins – We come into toxins on a regular basis through makeup, body care, cleaners, medications, etc.  This can really affect the way a body functions.
  • Stress – We live in a high-stress society. Stress is a HUGE factor in causing illness, cancers, and overall health problems. Be sure you are getting enough sleep each night to help your body recover from stress, and take herbs that are good for the nerves to help your body handle stress.
  • Lack of exercise – staying fit and active are very important for all areas of life!

Spice Up Your Marriage With These 5 Herbs

There are several herbs that can help your overall health and therefore boost your libido, but in this post I’m focusing on 5 herbs. Besides being aphrodisiacs and having the potential to “spice up your marriage”, these 5 herbs listed below also have other health benefits as well, such as: [1]

Ashwagandha Root 

  • Manage Stress
  • Heal Adrenal Fatigue and Fatigue in General
  • Protects Immune System
  • Helps with Memory
  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar [2]

Damiana 

  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Impotence
  • Menstrual Problems [3]

Catuaba 

  • Nervous Disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia [4]

Suma Root 

  • Gives energy
  • Improves hormone balance
  • Reduces dark circles in skin care [5]

Saw Palmetto Berries 

  • Good for reproductive organs for men and women (Perfect supplement to prevent prostate cancer!)
  • Antiseptic
  • Helps rid the body of excess mucus [6]

How To Use These Herbs

How you take these herbs are simply a preference. Some hate swallowing pills, and others don’t want to take the time to make tea everyday. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

  1. You can purchase these herbs individually in capsules to take, or buy them in loose, bulk form and put them in capsules with a capsule machine yourself to save money. You can also buy libido capsules too like FemmeX Intimacy Formula for Women.
  2. You can make a tea out of these herbs and drink a few cups as needed. Buy dried herbs here: ashwagandhadamianacatuabasuma rootsaw palmetto Or purchase libido tea bags!
  3. You can add these herbs in powdered form to smoothies, drinks, yogurt, applesauce, etc., like this saw palmetto berry powder!
  4. You can purchase many of them in liquid form too!

Have you ever used any of these herbs for your health?  I would love to hear about it in the comments below!

REFERENCES

  1. 10 Best Herbs for Boosting Female Sex Drive. (2014). Retrieved February 04, 2016, from http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-best-herbs-boosting-female-sex-drive/
  2.  What Is Ashwagandha? (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.chopra.com/ccl/ashwagandha
  3.  Damiana Benefits & Information (Turnera Diffusa). (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-damiana.html
  4.  The Effects of Catuaba. (2015). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/142981-the-effects-catuaba/
  5.  4 Benefits of Suma Root for Women’s Health. (2014). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/4-benefits-of-suma-root-for-womens-health/
  6.  Saw Palmetto Berries – Powder, Organic. (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.bulkherbstore.com/Saw-Palmetto-Berries-Powder
  7. What Is Ashwagandha? (n.d.). Retrieved February 06, 2016, from http://www.chopra.com/ccl/ashwagandha
This has been updated from its original publishing on February 6, 2016