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Growing Herbs
An overview of how to grow herbs and the benefits of chamomile, lavender, and ginseng.
# 49384 | 2,322 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 04, 2004 in Biology (Botany)

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This paper discusses how herbs have been grown and used for centuries as folk remedies, fragrant additions to sachets and soaps, and as decorative elements in gardens. In particular, it examines how lavender, chamomile, and ginseng may all serve important health-related causes and be both a charming visual addition to the garden and an important contributor to a family's health.

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"Traditionally, chamomile has been used to treat a wide range of symptoms. It seems to work as a mild sedative that reduces inflammation and irritation, calms muscle spasms and hastens general healing. It may also have some antimicrobial properties. In practice, this means that chamomile tea is great for calming the nerves before bed, and also helps with sore throats, coughs, stomach and tooth aches, and other common ailments of the throat and stomach that involve irritation, swelling, and spasms. It has also been used in a poltice for skin problems ranging from acne to burns to chickenpox. It is less well publicized, but still true, that chamomile can be combined with other more powerful herbs to help promote the onset of a delayed menstruation or to terminate a pregnancy in very early stages. It causes uterine contractions in large doses, but is also soothing to the pain associated with such contractions, making it a good combo herb for menstrual problems of all sorts."

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