Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

EATING DISORDERS

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An eating disorder—whether it causes you to undereat, overeat, or binge and purge—can take over your life. These herbal remedies are best when used alongside conventional treatments such as talk therapy. They aid in supporting the healthy lifestyle changes you want to make, as well as balance hormones and manage triggers like stress.

Licorice–Ginseng Tonic

YIELD: ABOUT 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Ease bulimia symptoms with this tonic. The licorice helps to stabilize blood sugar while the ginseng relieves stress. Together, they reduce the desire to overeat.

1 tablespoon dried licorice root, chopped

1 teaspoon ginseng root, chopped

1¼ cups water

1.In a small saucepan, add the licorice and ginseng to the water. Bring to a boil.

2.Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the herbs for 10 minutes.

3.Strain into a mug, using the back of a spoon to press excess liquid from the herbs.

4.Drink a cup of this tonic 2 to 3 times daily, especially when the urge to binge arises.

Lemon Balm–Yarrow Tea

YIELD: 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Lemon balm and yarrow combine to stimulate appetite, helping to encourage sufferers of anorexia to eat.

1 tablespoon dried lemon balm, crumbled

½ teaspoon dried yarrow

1 cup boiling water

Stevia (optional)

1.Put the lemon balm and yarrow in a tea ball or infuser. Place in a mug of boiling water.

2.Steep the herbs for 15 minutes.

3.Sweeten with stevia, if desired.

4.Drink this tea 2 to 3 times daily, about 30 minutes before mealtimes.

Chamomile–Clove Tea

YIELD: 1 CUP
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Spicy and naturally sweet, cloves help to short-circuit the brain’s desire for excessive amounts of food. Chamomile alleviates associated stress. If bingeing is a problem for you, give this tea a try.

1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers

5 whole cloves

1¼ cups water

Stevia (optional)

1.In a small saucepan, add the chamomile and cloves to the water. Bring to a boil.

2.Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the herbs for 10 minutes.

3.Strain into a mug, using the back of a spoon to press excess liquid from the herbs before discarding them.

4.Sweeten with stevia, if desired.

5.Drink hot or iced as often as you like.