SparkPeople The Alchemists Workshop of Herbs Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=28089 A place to explore, learn about all herbs, spices & teas for our well being and general good health. SparkPeople The Alchemists Workshop of Herbs Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=28089 New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x59084615 My name is Jessica. I'm looking for support to help lose the 30 pounds I've gained in the last 4 months Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:21:11 EST Lets Revive this team-- Lets talk compost http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28089x58292931 Hi Team Mates; <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team & hope we can revive this team, there are only old posts, & no leader??? We can make this team sing...... I love my herbs & my garden, how about you??? Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:48:07 EST Daily Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8873x28089x41922072 When someone in my family is suffering from a cold and chest congestion, I whip up a tea made from Elder Flower, Marshmallow Root and Eucalyptus. I add honey for sweetness and they are on their way to feeling better. <BR> Elder flowers can help to thin the mucus in the respiratory system and relieve congestion and allergies. Marshmallow root has a long history dating back thousands of years as an herbal remedy for cough, sore throat and other respiratory problems such as bronchitis and whoop... Thu, 19 May 2011 13:29:15 EST Leaving as team leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x38272916 I took over this team several weeks ago but.... <BR> <BR> There has been no activity, no huddles, no response to the couple of threads I started, no response to emails. <BR> <BR> Couple that with some health problems I had over the summer that seem to be recurring, and I have decided that it is my best interest to leave as leader of the team. <BR> <BR> If anyone else want to take over as leader, you can email coach Jen who will be able to set you up. <BR> <BR> I wish all the members best ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 17:59:14 EST Thankful Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x38116616 Today is especially meaningful being Thanksgiving in the US. <BR> <BR> Even if you are not in the US, what are your thankful for? Thu, 25 Nov 2010 04:11:37 EST Team leaderboards Nov 14 to 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x38082403 Congratulations to the top 5 on our leaderboards for this week <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> ELEANORABEMATHY <BR> THININSIDENQT2 <BR> THELADYINRED <BR> BUZEELADY <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> THININSIDENQT2 <BR> THELADYINRED <BR> ELEANORABEMATHY <BR> HAWKINS49 <BR> STRONGANDSEXY1 <BR> <BR> Way to go every one. We are proud of you and your efforts. <BR> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 04:36:33 EST Team Leaderboards Nov 13, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x37952152 On my other teams, I try to post the leaderboards so we can all take pride in our accomplishments. Here is this weeks leaderboards. <BR> <BR> Congratulations to the top 5 on our leaderboards for this week <BR> <BR> Spark Points: <BR> <BR> LITTLEWIND53 <BR> 4DJSHEART49 <BR> THININSIDENQT2 <BR> ELEANORABEMATHY <BR> BUZEELADY <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> THININSIDENQT2 <BR> THELADYINRED <BR> HAWKINS49 <BR> ELEANORABEMATHY <BR> STRONGANDSEXY1 <BR> <BR> Way to go every one. We are... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 21:59:30 EST SparkArticle: Herbs&Spices to Spark up your Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x37944795 I saw a link to this article when I was looking at the article on growing herb gardens indoors. What do you think? <BR> <BR> I printed off the list of herbs and spices and what they go good with. I am going to post it in my kitchen. Hopefully this will get me started using them.... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=297 </link> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:19:34 EST Spark Article: How to start an indoor garden. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x37944591 This is an interesting article. How many of you grow your own herbs? Do you just grow them in the summer outside, or do you also grow them indoors in the winter? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1495 </link> <BR> <BR> I have very narrow window sills so I have to do some thinking to see what I can come up with. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:06:00 EST Spark Article: Guide to Herbal Supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x37944499 I had planned to start posting some herbs and their uses, starting this week, but turns out I was not at home at all over the weekend. I won't be home next weekend either, so not sure what I can post next week. <BR> <BR> This article was included in one of the emails that came over the weekend. So we can start here.. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=506 </link> <BR> <BR> Have you read the article? What do you think? Mon, 15 Nov 2010 15:00:21 EST EMOTICON YOUR DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x37863505 Show with an emoticon how your day is going (has been) Thu, 11 Nov 2010 08:36:41 EST Green Tea Supplements http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8873x28089x37061631 Hi, everyone. My name is Gayle and I'm new to SP about 3 weeks in. I have a question. I particularly don't care for tea but was wondering if Green Tea Supplements would suffice? I'd like to experience the benefits of Green Tea, yet without the taste. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Gayle Sat, 2 Oct 2010 13:11:52 EST Hi, I'm new to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28089x32987930 Hi, I'm Kelly and I'm an herbalist but still have so much to learn and am hoping to learn from you all! I first became interested in herbs when I was very ill about 13 years ago but when I got better I got out of the habit of using herbs. About 5 years ago I fell back in love with herbs and they have been my passion ever since. I've been in the medical field for 20 years and became very disillusioned about bigpharma and the nature of medicine in the mainstream. I started my own medicinal h... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 16:20:35 EST Creative crafts with herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x26601521 I know many of you know so much more than I do about herbs, that said, help a fellow sparker out. Give us all some great things to do with the herbs we are growing and drying. <em>252</em> tina thanks Fri, 26 Jun 2009 18:48:18 EST Cultivating herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11600x28089x26562329 What herbs have you started from seeds? And how well did they transplant for you? I just separated aloe vera plants. Some took off great and some did not do so well. Any suggestion? I just started a tray of two types of parsley, curly and italian. I hope they do well. Has anyone been successful with digging up and replanting any wild herbs? Herbs are so much fun. Please try to share your thoughts with others on this team. tina <em>252</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2009 01:18:41 EST Crafts using Herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11600x28089x26562281 Does anyone have any craft ideas to share with the others on the team. I am planning to try to make some soaps with fresh herbs embedded in it. Any ideas? I also plan to sell some potions to the general public. Have any cute ideas? Thanks for your input in advance. tina <em>247</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2009 01:11:54 EST hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28089x26298874 hi my name is crystal I'm 21 and I'm from nc i dont know very much about herbs but i have been drinking tea and that has spakred my intrest i also came across a site that told my i could eat dandelion and that they are very healthy i was so surprised and very very interested so if y'all could share your wealth of knowledge on this matter i would be forever grateful to ya! oh and i wuld really like to kno a little about cooking with herbs ya know what herbs to use on which food when to put it ... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 01:18:20 EST Education /Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x25742860 I will post this in the other team I belong to, so if any of you get it twice, sorry. <BR> <BR> I am interested in learning all I can about Herbs and natural treatments, in use, and preparations. In benefits and concerns. Does anyone know of any good Places for further education on the subject. Is there any Online schools that you all know of? <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance, Fri, 22 May 2009 15:35:02 EST Disasters while experimenting with herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8873x28089x25732092 This is just for fun. Anyone have any funny or not so funny stories about attempts to make something that blew up in your face sort a speak? Come on share. We have to be able to laugh too. Laughter massages the liver and helps us live longer. <em>201</em> anyone perfected the recipe to turn a toad into a prince? lol tina Fri, 22 May 2009 08:04:05 EST natural body care recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x25726033 Here is my favorite lotion recipe. <BR> If you have never tried a hand made lotion you will be pleasantly surprised, this stuff is amazing! <BR> I originally got this off the toiletries list years ago. You can change it by substituting different oils or liquids. Just remember when substituting to only substitute solids for solids (cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter etc.) and liquid oils for liquid oils (almond, sunflower, olive,hemp etc.) I like using herb infused oils for the liquid oi... Thu, 21 May 2009 22:09:31 EST Cordials anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8873x28089x25715596 Herbal drinks can be made with an infusion of leaves. Thu, 21 May 2009 13:54:51 EST Culinary Herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8873x28089x25715291 How about sage? There are many uses more than the common use to season stuffing. Share what you can find. <em>436</em> Thu, 21 May 2009 13:43:07 EST Herbal Teas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8873x28089x25708160 What are your favorite teas? I love chamomile for calming and to sooth a sore throat. I like mint tea just because it is so refreshing. I like pine, yes pine to prevent scurvy. lol share what you have tried and what you think about it. Tina <em>436</em> Thu, 21 May 2009 09:25:57 EST Medicinal Herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8873x28089x25707936 Garlic is an herb. Uses are varied and wide. Did you know you can repeal mosquito's as well as vampires? lol Thu, 21 May 2009 09:18:15 EST What herbs work well on the kichen window seal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11600x28089x25688597 If you have a north facing window you can grow quite a few. I have Culinary thyme, sage,parsley, Chives, sorrel, french tarragon, oregano. Remember to crop and trim your herbs to keep them small, if space is an issue. more later Wed, 20 May 2009 13:46:48 EST What herbs do you use now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28089x25687967 I am just trying to get things started. There are some really experienced herbalists among us. Get to know one another and lets start sharing what we know and what we would like to know. Tina Wed, 20 May 2009 13:19:50 EST Germ Fighter Spray http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x24159665 We've all been told to wash our hands more frequently. Here is an antiseptic, germ fighting spray to use on cuts and scrapes. May also be used as a room spray. <BR> 12 drops tea tree <BR> 6 drops eucalyptus <BR> 6 drops lemon 2 oz. distilled water <BR> Combine ingredients and add to spray bottle. Shake gently before use. Thu, 26 Mar 2009 18:16:23 EST BooBoo Balm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x24127820 3 oz. carrier oil <BR> 1 oz. beeswax, grated <BR> 40 drops lavender eo <BR> 40 drops tea tree eo <BR> 1 4 oz. jar <BR> <BR> Melt the beeswax in a double-boiler or in the microwave on low in a microwave safe bowl. Add carrier oil, stirring constantly. Add eo's and stir well. Pour into jar. Wail until balm has cooled before using. Great for scrapes on little ones. :) Wed, 25 Mar 2009 18:43:37 EST something to counteract edema? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x22692786 I know about cucumber and ginger, what else that can be added to water counteracts edema? Is green tea good for it? <BR> <BR> love and light, <BR> Zoe Sun, 8 Feb 2009 00:22:34 EST Something Different! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x22486797 Hot cocoa with cayenne tastes great and heats up your metabolism and makes you feel warm in really cold weather. I was reading about it originating with the aztecs and I thought the idea was worth the try. Now I never make cocoa without it. I buy the powder and make from scratch to control the calories/fat/sugar. Try it and let me know what you think. I sprinkle the ground cayenne on top. <BR> <BR> Celia <BR> <em>436</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 19:10:15 EST Spicy tip of the week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x22095220 Hi everyone! Today's tip is to ejoy a cup of chinese oolong tea which is said to be beneficial in reducing and maintaining weight by increasing fat oxidation (fat burning) by a whooping 12%. It tastes great both hot or cold and there is a tremendous variety of affordable oolong tea. <BR> Enjoy a cup of oolong 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to your walk, workout or yoga session! <BR> Have a great day!! <BR> Wed, 21 Jan 2009 04:21:56 EST Spicy tip of the week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x22095190 Hi everyone! Today's tip is to ejoy a cup of chinese oolong tea which is said to be beneficial in reducing and maintaining weight by increasing fat oxidation (fat burning) by a whooping 12%. It tastes great both hot or cold and there is a tremendous variety of affordable oolong tea. <BR> Enjoy a cup of oolong 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to your walk, workout or yoga session! <BR> Have a great day!! <BR> Wed, 21 Jan 2009 04:09:00 EST Spicy tip of the week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x22095189 Hi everyone! Today's tip is to ejoy a cup of chinese oolong tea which is said to be beneficial in reducing and maintaining weight by increasing fat oxidation (fat burning) by a whooping 12%. It tastes great both hot or cold and there is a tremendous variety of affordable oolong tea. <BR> Enjoy a cup of oolong 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to your walk, workout or yoga session! <BR> Have a great day!! <BR> Wed, 21 Jan 2009 04:07:41 EST Spicy tip of the week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x21657575 Exercise and certain foods stimulate the production of serotonin and endorphins, which are responsible for a feeling of wellness and improved mood. Some of these foods are dark chocolate(1 square,just 30 calories), nuts, tuna and salmon(rich of omega-3, could be this week's dinner). As for herbs, the only one coming to my mind right now is St. John’s wort, which has been known for centuries and can easily be used like tea. To top it all I'd also reccomend some yoga or other breathing exercise... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 09:33:04 EST Ask a question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8873x28089x21595120 Hi everyone, feel free to post here if you have any question, doubt, or want me to help you find the best remedy to anything! Wed, 7 Jan 2009 17:58:32 EST Spicy tip of the week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x21584661 Allright, so I just got back from holidays in Sicily, sorry for the delay in posting this week's tip. And here it is: a glass of warm water with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of honey, a pinch of cinnamom powder and a pinch of cayenne pepper as your first drink early in the morning. It not only rejuvinates you but also reduces fat saturation in your body. Apart from that if you coninue to take this drink consistently, after 2-3 months you will see a considerable difference in your ap... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 13:26:34 EST Acts of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=8873x28089x21042496 Tell what your act of love towards yourself has been today!! Thu, 18 Dec 2008 17:58:08 EST Introductions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x28089x21041145 Ooops sorry clicked twice by mistake... <em>33</em> Thu, 18 Dec 2008 16:43:21 EST Did You Know... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x21040637 Did you know that a few drops of Rosemary essential oil on a handkerchief in the morning can be used as s great wake up call / energizer on your way to work? <BR> It has an overall stimulating and invigorating effect that works on both mental and physical levels. Also Fatigue and depression brought on by weariness or feeling "run down" are relieved by the stimulating and energizing effects of rosemary oil. <BR> Thu, 18 Dec 2008 16:17:26 EST Spicy tip of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x28089x21040307 A great way to flavor your meals is to add some particular spices which have thermogenic, or heating, properties that increase fat burn and boost metabolism. So, the tip is to season your dishes with 1/2 teaspoon per serving of cayenne or pungent spices like allspice, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander and cumin or use fresh spices like garlic, ginger, and onions in cooking. Thu, 18 Dec 2008 16:01:56 EST