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Properties of Basic Household Herbs

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I think we are all trying to go more green. If not for the environment, if not to go easier on our septic systems and land, then without a doubt, just to save a dang buck. One way to save, cut down on the buying of Cleaning Products.

Not sure about the rest of you but I am a Self-Admitted – Cleaning – Product- Junkie. The big, fat amount of “Money Due” added to the end of my grocery bill each week, though, quickly broke me of that. Plus, not sure if anyone else has noticed but while the price of products have gone up, their cleaning potential and once-alluring-power has went down. Way down. Not sure if Companies are diluting them or reworking recipes to cut costs, but either way, it sure has ruined what those products used to be able to do.

Something else I am weary of, recipes that have ingredients most of us will never, ever find or if we do, we’ll never buy em just because when a person is on a budget, the “Cost” and “Trouble of Getting Them” easily outweigh desire. For instance, take essential oils. I won’t buy them because they are hard to come by locally and if I do stumble upon em, the cost makes my eyes bug out. I usually find a way to work around em or I have found a few easy recipes to create my own. (Will post at a later date.)

Below, you will find a list of Herbs and their beneficial properties. Some of these are real easy to come by. Some are special order or will take a trip to a Health Store or Herbal Shop just to get em. Some of you may grow em.

Still, most are ones we already have or can easily get. This list isn’t for “Healing”, although for those who study that, it may be applied (but I can’t say as a professional—because I’m not!). The list I have made was done so for cleaning.

HERB

PROPERTIES

Bay

Antibacterial

Bergamot

Antibiotic

Camphor

Antibacterial

Cardamom

Antibacterial

Chamomile

Antibiotic, Antibacterial

Cinnamon

Antiviral

Citronella

Antibacterial

Clove

Antibiotic, Antiviral

Cypress

Antibacterial

Eucalyptus

Antibiotic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral

Ginger

Antibacterial

Hyssop

Antifungal, Antibacterial

Juniper

Antifungal, Antibacterial

Lavender

Antibiotic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral

Lemon

Antibiotic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral

Lemongrass

Antibacterial

Lemon Verbena

Antibacterial

Lime

Antibiotic, Antibacterial

Marjoram

Antibacterial

Myrtle

Antibiotic, Antifungal

Nutmeg

Antibiotic

Orange

Antibacterial

Oregano

Antibiotic, Antiviral

Patchouli

Antibiotic, Antifungal

Pine

Antibiotic, Antibacterial

Rosemary

Antibacterial

Sage

Antifungal, Antibacterial

Sandalwood

Antifungal, Antiviral, Antibacterial

Savory

Antifungal

Spearmint

Antibacterial

Tea Tree

Antibiotic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral

Thyme

Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral

Vervain

Antibacterial

Wintergreen

Antibacterial, be careful when handling

Sources: The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegal-Maier

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