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Herbal teas are a modest luxury. Their flavor alone can be enjoyable, but recipes passed down through folk medicine tradition teach us that they do not only taste good, but also help us ease our bodies through discomfort or disease.

The following are a few simple recipes for the everyday woman and her everyday problems. Procuring the necessary herbs is easier than you might think; you can grow them in an herb garden, pick them, and crush them in a mortar; or you can visit a nearby health food shop for organic herbs, usually sold by the ounce. To brew these teas, simply procure re-useable cloth tea bags (oft sold at health food stores) or a wire/mesh tea strainer. Place the herbs within either and let steep in steaming hot water. If you wish, flavor them with sugar or milk to your taste, sit back, relax and enjoy!

For headaches caused by stress, illness or menstruation:
10g dried thyme
30g dried wood betony (Stachys betonia)
10g dried chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
Mix the herbs and place 2 teaspoons in your tea bag or strainer. Steep 5-10 minutes. Store the leftover tea in an airtight container for preservation.

For coping with anxiety, stress, and tension:
20g dried chamomile flowers (Matricaria recutita)
20g dried skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
10g dried St.John's Wort (Hypericum perfoliatum)
Mix the herbs and place 2 teaspoons in your tea bag or strainer. Steep 5-10 minutes. Store the leftover tea in an airtight container for preservation.

For aches and cramps:
15g dried yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
5g dried marjoram (Origanum vulgare)
15g dried heather flowers (Calluna vulgaris)
15g dried celery seed (Apium graveolens)
Mix the herbs and place 2 teaspoons in your tea bag or strainer. Steep 5-10 minutes. Store the leftover tea in an airtight container for preservation.

For premenstrual syndrome:
5g dried licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
5g fresh ginger root (Zingiber officinalis)
10g dried vervain (Verbena officinalis)
5g dried pepperment (Mentha piperita)
10g dried tangerine peel (Citrus reticulata)
10g dried St. John's Wort (Hypericum perfoliatum)
5g dried raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus)
Mix the herbs and place 2 teaspoons in your tea bag or strainer. Steep 5-10 minutes. Store the leftover tea in an airtight container for preservation.

For morning sickness:
10g fresh ginger root (Zingiber officinalis)
10g dried chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
10g black horehound (Ballota nigra)
10g fennel seed (Foeniculum officinalis)
10g dried peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Mix the herbs and place 2 teaspoons in your tea bag or strainer. Steep 5-10 minutes. Store the leftover tea in an airtight container for preservation.

As always, consult a doctor before treating yourself with herbal teas for a long-term, persistent set of symptoms. Herbal teas can relieve symptoms but if you are truly sick, they are not a cure. Especially when pregnant, consult a doctor before medicating yourself in any way. If you find the teas make you feel worse, or they disagree with you, discontinue use.