The way our ancestors cured ills.
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to diagnose, treat, or heal medical conditions. Disclaimer:
We are not physicians. Please consult your physician
before taking any medication. Herbs may
be harmful or fatal if not taken correctly.
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|Aloe Vera . for burns, protection
radiation. This is an old-timer.
is a highly regarded Herb.
Herbal Teas and coffees
||Jock itch . . . read all about Tea Tree Oil
. Build and regenerate strength and
|Blue Cohosh Comes to us from the North American
Herbal Mosquito repellent . Ever forget the
|Cure a burn... with WHAT!.
|Cayenne regulates blood flow, heart, arteries,
Niacin. This works
for me . . .
Natural ways to reduce your cholesterol
Selenium Does selenium guard against Cancer?
|Comfrey . Soothe and coat the throat.
Enhance your immune system.
The power of
. . .
Helpful herbal teas and coffees.
|Dong Quai root . Queen of Herbs. Female
||Tea Tree Oil
. . . this will surprise most people.
Motion sickness and more . . .
Turmeric . . .
Supposed to aid with
intestinal gas, more.
White Willow Bark,
better than Asprin?
Yarrow blossoms . Runny nose? Sinus headache?.
||Yeast infection ?
Herbs are natural substances, many are very benificial. This doesn't mean
that they can be used without discrimination. As a general rule very few medical
problems result from herbs. However, remember that about 1% of all herbs may be
poisonous, mushrooms are a good example.
Our ancestors used many different items to cure their ills. Hundreds
of these items, or herbs, as people called them were developed into the
medicines that we use today. The remedy to cure a lingering winter cold
or flu may be right in your backyard.When antibiotics and pharmaceutical
drugs aren't the answer to health problems, herbalist Laynie Browne suggests
exploring the healing powers of herbal medicines.
Our ancestors did OK but now that we know more about proper diet we find that certain foods can help us live longer lives and some foods that cause a higher risk of stroke or heart attack. In other words there are foods that are good for us, foods that are bad for us. Click here to see a list of American Heart Association's recommended foods. Did you ever notice, all foods that are good for you tase bad and most foods that are bad for you taste good. Keep in mind, some of us are a little overweight, maybe our cholesteral is a little too high. So, before you start buying a bunch of herbs, check out this next list of foods that are NOT recommended for most of us to eat. Click here to see a list of foods that are NOT recommended by the American Heart Association. Sometimes a proper diet can do wonders.
Women who are pregnant or nursing,
or persons with known medical conditions should consult
their physician before taking any herbal products.
Nettles are one of the best all-around system
strengtheners. Nettle root has been shown to have a beneficial effect upon
enlarged prostate glands. Nettle helps control diarrhea and is at the same time
act as a diuretic which aids the elimination of uric acid. Nettle is amazingly
rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, especially the critical trace minerals:
anti-cancer selenium, immune-enhancing sulphur, memory-enhancing zinc, diabetes-chasing chromium, and
bone-building boron. Nettles can be brewed as a tea infusion or concentrated into
a tincture to fight winter ills, like colds or flu. A tincture is the combination
of an herb with either alcohol, vinegar or glycerin.
To make a nettle infusion, measure out 1 ounce of
the dried nettle leaves. Boil a quart of water. Put the dried leaves into a
quart jar and fill to the top with the boiling water. Stir with a wooden spoon
and add water until the jar is full to the top. Lid tightly and set aside to
brew for at least four hours, or overnight.
To use: Strain and squeeze the liquid out of the herb.
Be sure to refrigerate your infusion, as it will go bad at room temperature once
it is done brewing.
Just drink a glass of cold nettles infusion pumps
nourishment into the blood; you'll feelinvigorated in just a few days. Regular
use of stinging nettle (I drink 2-3 quarts a week) not only increases energy, it
brings a shine and swing to the hair, strengthens fingernails, clears and firms
skin, restores elasticity to blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and
cholesterol, counters incontinence, improves digestion, reduces cancer risk, and
strengthens the lungs.
COMFREY: another common plant, aids the respiratory system in combating
the common cold. Symphytum officinale, the Latin name for comfrey, means
"to heal" or "to cure." "Comfrey leaves are especially
good for coughs," Browne said. "[Comfrey] soothes and coats the
throat and repairs inflamed or damaged tissue in the lungs."She suggested
brewing a tea infusion or herbal cough syrup with comfrey to soothe an
Comfrey contains allantoin, which speeds the healing
of tissue, and rosmarinic acid, an anti-inflammatory.
Comfrey roots and leaves may be used topically, but do
not ingest. This astringent herb treats bruises, torn
ligaments and broken bones. Infuse a bath with comfrey,
or use it in fomentations and poultices.
Warning: Because of the presence of pyrrolizidine
alkaloids, comfrey isnít recommended for internal use. (Pyrrolizidine
alkaloids can damage the liver and cause cancerous
tumors.) You should also avoid using comfrey products on
broken skin. Children, nursing mothers and pregnant
women should avoid the comfrey products in general.
Yarrow blossoms , which are small, whitish flowers, have a special relationship
with the sinuses and help stop runny noses and relieve sinus headaches.
Browne recommended a daily yarrow tea or tincture for people suffering
from sinus-related cold symptoms.The healing energies of yarrow can also
be harnessed to stop bleeding, break fevers by promoting sweating and cure
bladder infections, she said. Many herbs have medicinal possibilities,
but Browne said certain herbs can be more beneficial or effective for different
individuals.She said the typical college student who doesn't eat well or
get enough sleep can benefit from using herbs preventatively as a daily
tonic.Gabriel agreed college students could benefit from herbal remedies.
"With a high stress lifestyle, the nervous system needs nourishment,"
she said. She also listed oat straw, chamomile and lavender as some of the other
herbs effective in reducing stress.
MOSQUITO's bite? . Herbal Tips and Tricks #1 - . Here's just a small
selection of the many varied uses of some of the wild plants in Alberta.
Mosquito season is fast approaching and our herb friends can offer us protection.
Wild Mint contains the chemical pulegone a highly effective mosquito repellent.
Collect several fresh leaves and rub them on the skin and mosquitoes will
Here's a simple and effective way to deal with
overheating on those
hot summer days; if we ever see any. Rose petals have a refrigerant action,
so to cool down just eat a few fresh picked petals to take the edge off
in the heat of the day.
Have you ever nicked yourself shaving? If you answered yes then this
tip is for you. Golden Rod leaves are an excellent styptic agent. Dry the
leaves and crush them to a powder, then keep them with your shaving gear
and apply with the tip of your finger to knit up shaving wounds.
Mosquito bite, overheating and shaving styptic are all from the Lion's
Mouth / Toxics Watch Society /email@example.com/ Revised:
9 June 1996
Dandelion season is upon us full force and judging from the bounty of
yellow flowers scattering the city it looks like a bumper crop this year.
To help us take full advantage of this bounty, we have some wonderful recipes
for Dandelion coffee, wine and tea.
Dandelion Wine. There are many recipes for dandelion wine and some debate
over just what the best method is. Here is a recipe from a reliable source:
1 kilo of honey per gallon of final volume Raisins and or lemon slices
may be added to enhance the flavours. Steep the well rinsed dandelion flowers
in an equal part of boiled water for one full day. Strain the water using
cheese cloth to remove the flowers and squeeze them out well. This extract
should be boiled again to ensure sterility and the honey can be added at
this point and will dissolve with more ease. Allow to cool slightly before
adding to the primary fermentor, then add the required amount of water
to reach the desired volume by honey content. The mixture should be 74
degrees F. for the yeast to be safely added. Fermentation is complete when
the temperature drops bellow 64 degree F. or when there is no observable
action, usually after 1-3 weeks. To improve the character and quality of
the final product transfer the wine to a secondary fermentor and allow
it to age another month or two before bottling. The most important thing
when brewing is to ensure that anything coming in direct contact with the
brew is sterile.
Roasting your root for dandelion coffee. Selection of roots: It is most
efficient to use only the best roots for making coffee. Select the medium
to large size roots and these are best before they have become too woody.
The tiny stringy roots are more work than they are worth and the older
pulpy roots take longer to roast and don't give as nice a finished product.Cleaning:
Scrub the root well with a vegetable brush, removing all the dirt and scabby
stuff.Roasting: Place the roots on a cookie sheet and put them in a 350
degree oven. After about 1/2 hour a lovely chocolaty smell will begin to
emanate from the oven. Give them another five minutes and then check them
for readiness. When they are brittle (like well done bacon), they are ready.
The narrow parts of the root finish sooner. Break off the ready parts and
put the rest back in. Check every 5-10 minutes and remove when done. Crushing:
Allow the roasted roots to cool a little and then place the on a dough
board or something similar and crush with a rolling pin. Store as you would
regular coffee. Enjoy!!
Dandelion is a very powerful diuretic, its action comparable to that
of the drug 'Frusemide'. The usual effect of a drug stimulating the kidney
function is a loss of vital potassium from the body, which aggravates any
cardiovascular problem present. With Dandelion, however, we have one of
the best natural sources of potassium. It thus makes an ideally balanced
diuretic that may be used safely wherever such an action is needed, including
in cases of water retention due to heart problems. As a cholagogue it may
be used in inflammation and congestion of liver and gall-bladder. It is
specific in cases of congestive jaundice. As part of a wider treatment
for muscular rheumatism it can be most effective. This herb is a most valuable
general tonic and perhaps the best widely applicable diuretic and liver
tonic. The New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann
HERBAL TEAS: As the weather changes and a chill hits the air, we are
often caught off guard and can catch a bit of a cold, become stressed or
just in need of a lovely, warming, uplifting cup of Herbal Tea.
Here are some ideas for formulating your own special blend of tasty,
healing tea from Kay Cox 12/96. Simply blend and mix one tea with another,
adding a touch of a favorite spice to create just the right flavor. Pleasing
the taste buds and enjoying the adventure of creating a really delicious
and healthy tea can play a significant role in the healing process.
Herbs can be obtained by growing your own, by sharing with other gardeners,
knowing where there is a "safe and known species" growing wild,
or through local herb shops, health food stores and catalogues.
List of healing tea and coffee possibilities
Blueberry tea -
smooth-tasting, eases insomnia, stress.
Excellent nervous system toner. (see more below)
Burdock root tea -
the brain and inproves thought process (more
pain of Urinary infections.
flavored tea that mixes well with others. It
relieves insomnia, stress and nausea (see more
the production of urine).
before bedtime, relaxes, promotes sleeping.
||Good for Pancreas
Releives Nausea, specifically motion
sickness, heartburn, bloating, flatulence,
and gastrointestinal problems.
a diuretic, to control bleeding, heal
wounds, improve heart health, treat
flatulence, promote digestion, regulate
blood sugar, and improve mental processes.
More recently it has been used to lower
cholesterol, promote weight loss.
Energizing tea for the elderly.
Helps Cistitus or bladder
blood pressure, avoid if you have high blood
pressure (see more below).
the flow of urine.
Relieves gas (see more below).
Improves brain nourishment, known as "thinkers"
sore throat and colds.
- Chamomile: mild, smooth-tasting, eases insomnia,
stress. Excellent nervous system toner. Healing for high-strung adults and
children, And it tastes great!
- Cinnamon: Warm and spicy! Great when you feel chilled
or like you may be trying to catch a cold. Delightful mixed with almost
- Dandelion Tea... 1 teaspoon dried dandelion leaf to 1
cup of boiling water. Note: Tea is what the herbal refers to as an infusion.
Though this tea may be used for medicinal purposes it also makes a pleasant
cup of tea and may be taken freely for its tonic and cleansing effects. If you
prefer a more exotic drink, equal parts red clover, 1 part dandelion, 2 parts
water by volume. Blossoms and rose hips may be added for more colour and zing!
- Hibiscus: A very useful herb. It has a fruity taste
and is a cheery red in color. Cooling, detoxifying effect.
- Hops: A full flavored tea that mixes well with
others. It relieves insomnia, stress and nausea.
- Nettles: This green tasting herb blends well with
other teas and has all natural multi-vitamins.
- Peppermint: A happy pick-me-up that is also an
excellent remedy for indigestion. Children love it. It masks the tart or
bitter flavor of other healing herbs.
- Red Clover Blossom tea: Honey-like essence that has
beneficial influence on your skin.
- Red Raspberry Lea:f This earthy tasting herb tones
the female system. An excellent tea for all women.
- Rose Hips: Rose Hips are little super natural vitamin
- Rosemary: Have a headache? This tea has an unusual
flavor which accompanies its antiseptic qualities, aids digestion and also
provides relief from headaches.
- Kitagawa Koffee... 1 part of your favorite coffee, 1
part roasted dandelion root. Warning! This blend has astounding synergistic
properties and is reported to have nearly three times the kick of a
conventional cup of Joe.
- Mr. Rogers' cleavers blend, 1 part roasted dandelion root. 1 part dried
cleavers herb. Note: Cleavers is a variety of bedstraw which grows wild
throughout this region and will be featured in a later issue. It has many
healthful properties and has a mellow flavor that takes some of the edge
off the bitterness of dandelion.
Enjoy your creative efforts and have happy and healthy Winter Season.
STOP A TOOTHACHE -- WITH TWO CLOVES! "Take a couple of cloves from
the spice rack and place them between the aching tooth and your cheek,
much like you'd use chewing tobacco," says Richard D. Fisher, DDS,
President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
"This remedy has been known for centuries to relieve many kinds of
toothaches." Dr. Fisher goes on to say to chew the cloves a little
bit to release their juice, then just leave them in place for a half hour
or so or until the pain subsides. From New Choices in Natural Healing
BAYBERRY: As a circulatory stimulant Bayberry plays a role in many conditions
when they are approached in a holistic way. Due to its specific actions
it is a valuable astringent in diarrhea and dysentery., It is indicated
in mucous colitis. As a gargle it helps sore throats and as a douche it
helps in leucorrhoea. It may be used in the treatment of colds. The New
Holistic Herbal, by David Hoffmann
BLACK COHOSH: Black Cohosh is a most valuable herb that comes to us
via the North American Indians. It has a most powerful action as a relaxant
and a normalizer of the female reproductive system. It may be used beneficially
in cases of painful or delayed menstruation. Ovarian cramps or cramping
pain in the womb will be relieved by Black Cohosh. It has a normalizing
action on the balance of female sex hormones and may safely be used to
regain normal hormonal activity. It is very active in the treatment of
rheumatic pains, but also in rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis, in
muscular and neurological pain. It finds use in sciatica and neuralgia.
As a relaxing nervine it may be used in many situations where such an agent
is needed. It will be useful in labor to aid uterine activity whilst allaying
nervousness. Black Cohosh will reduce spasm and so aid in the treatment
of pulmonary complaints such as whooping cough. It has been found beneficial
in cases of tinnitus. The New Holistic Herbal, by David Hoffmann
Black Cohosh is also said to contain a natural estrogen; helps normalize
menstrual flow and relieve cramps, used in many female pelvic conditions
and uterine difficulties. (warning: If you're pregnant, use only in the
late weeks of pregnancy and only under your healthcare practitioner's supervision.)
BLACK WALNUT: Black Walnut is rich in organic iodine and tannins which
provide antiseptic qualities. As an infusion it is good for all toxic blood
conditions. The tincture can be used to paint sores and pimples. It may
be used for bleeding surfaces or moist skin diseases (apply tincture or
powdered leaves). Use the infusion as an injection for vaginitis, bleeding,
piles, intestinal worms, dysentery, prolapsed intestines and prolapsed
uterus. It is good as a fomentation for ringworm and scabies. The Natural
Healing With Herbs by Humbart Santillo B.S., M.H.
has been consumed throughout the ages in India, China, Japan, and Thailand,
where it has long been used as a stimulate, a diuretic, to control bleeding,
heal wounds, improve heart health, treat flatulence, promote digestion, regulate
blood sugar, and improve mental processes. More recently it has been used to
lower cholesterol, promote weight loss, and to treat cancer, diabetes,
inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. It may also be useful in
inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, as well as treating colds and flu.
THISTLE: Through its bitter properties, Blessed Thistle increases the
flow of gastric and bile secretions. It may be used with benefit in appetite
loss (anorexia), dyspepsia and indigestion and it has a role in any disease
of the digestive system which is accompanied by passing gas and colic. Because
of its astringency it may be used in diarrhea or hemorrhage. Externally
it is a vulnerary and antiseptic. The New Holistic Herbal, by David Hoffmann.
BLUE COHOSH: Blue Cohosh is a plant that comes to us from the North
American Indians, which shows in its other names of Squaw Root and Papoose
Root. It is an excellent uterine tonic that may be used in any situation
where there is a weakness or loss of tone. It may be used at any time during
pregnancy if there is a threat of miscarriage. Similarly, because of its
anti-spasmodic action it will ease false labor pains. However, when labor
does ensue, the use of Blue Cohosh just before birth will help ensure an
easy delivery, In all these cases it is a safe herb to use. As an emmenagogue
it can be used to bring on a delayed or suppressed menstruation whilst
ensuring that the pain that sometimes accompanies it is relieved. Blue
Cohosh may be used in cases where an anti-spasmodic is needed such as colic,
asthma or nervous coughs. It has a reputation of easing rheumatic pain.
The New Holistic Herbal, by David Hoffmann.
BURDOCK: Burdock is a most valuable remedy for the treatment of skin
conditions which result in dry and scaly skin. It may be most effective
for psoriasis if used over a long period of time. The New Holistic Herbal,
by David Hoffmann.
A good source of vitamin C, grapefruit also contains
beneficial antioxidants, and evidence shows it can help
lower cholesterol, can prevent kidney stones and protect
against colon cancer. The vitamins and nutrients found
in grapefruit peel have been used to settle stomach
aches. Grapefruit seed extracts have been utilized as a
preventative when people travel to places where the
water is questionable. It also has a cleansing effect on
the kidneys, is said to help reduce obesity, and has
been used to treat muscle fatigue, stiffness, acne,
fluid retention, increase circulation, and as an
antiseptic and astringent. Caution: Grapefruit can cause
other herbs and medications to behave differently.
Consult a physician before consuming large quantities.
MARIGOLD (Calendula): Marigold (Calendula) petals are valued
for their antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Marigold
petals are one of the best herbs for treating
local skin problems. It may be used safely wherever there is an inflammation
on the skin, whether due to infection or physical damage. It may be used
for any external bleeding or wound, bruising or strains. It will also be
of benefit in slow healing wounds and skin ulcers. It is ideal for first
aid treatment of minor burns and scalds. Local treatments may be with a
lotion, a poultice or compress, whichever is most appropriate. Internally
it acts as a valuable herb for digestive inflammations or ulcers. Thus
it may be used in the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers. As a cholagogue
(promotes discharge of
bile from the system)
it will aid in the relief of gall-bladder problems and also through this
process help in many of the vague digestive complaints that are called
indigestion. Marigold has marked antifungal activity and may be used both
internally and externally to combat such infections. As an emmenagogue
it has a reputation of helping delayed menstruation and painful periods.
It is in general a normalizer of the menstrual process. The New Holistic
Herbal by David Hoffmann.
Fresh or dried leaves have long been used in teas,
beverages, jellies, syrups, candies, and ice creams, as
well as in certain cuisines. It has also been long used
to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, heartburn,
colds, flu, allergies, headache, and as a mild sedative.
Externally, it has been used to treat minor burns,
itching, acne, and skin irritations. The Cherokee were
known to have used the leaves and stems to lower high
CAYENNE: Cayenne is the most useful of the systemic stimulants. It regulates
the blood flow, equalizing and strengthening the heart, arteries, capillaries
and nerves. It is a general tonic and is specific for the circulatory and
digestive system. It may be used in flatulent dyspepsia and colic. If there
is insufficient peripheral circulation, leading to cold hands and feet
and possibly chilblains, Cayenne may be used. It is used for treating debility
and for warding off colds. Externally it is used as a rubefacient in problems
like lumbago and rheumatic pains. As an ointment it helps unbroken chilblains,
as long as it is used in moderation! As a gargle in laryngitis it combines
well with Myrrh. This combination is also good antiseptic wash.
Read next 6 paragraphs for more natural
remedies to maintain normal levels of cholesterol
without the need to take pharmaceutical drugs that
produce dangerous side effects.
Niacin (Vitamin B3)
As a cholesterol treatment, niacin has strong
evidence. Several studies have shown that it can boost
levels of good HDL cholesterol and lower triglycerides
as well or better than some prescription drugs. Niacin
also modestly lowers bad LDL cholesterol. It's often
prescribed in combination with statins for cholesterol
control, such as Crestor, Lescol, or Lipitor. Niacin has
more benefits. There's good evidence that it helps
reduce atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
For people who have already had a heart attack, niacin
seems to lower the risk of a second one. There's some
evidence that it might help lower the risk of
Alzheimer's disease, cataracts, osteoarthritis, and type
How much niacin should you take? Children:
between 2-16 milligrams daily, depending on age -
Men: 16 milligrams daily - Women: 14
milligrams daily - Women (pregnant): 18
milligrams daily - Women (breastfeeding): 17
milligrams daily - Maximum daily intake for adults of
all ages: 35 milligrams daily.
contains various compounds that lower LDL cholesterol
levels. A study performed in Brazil where people
consumed green tea extract in capsules resulted in a 4.5
percent lowering of LDL cholesterol levels.
regularly, especially walnuts and almonds, may help
reduce cholesterol levels of LDL cholesterol.
Extract may help lower cholesterol levels by limiting
its synthesis in the our bodies. Additionally, the
extract may increase the flow of cholesterol excretion
from the liver.
Slow the absorption of cholesterol in the
intestines by consuming foods such as oats, legumes,
prunes, apples, carrots, broccoli and yams, all high in
soluble fiber. Five to 10 grams daily can produce a 5
percent reduction in LDL cholesterol.
DONG QUAI: The root of this herb is used. The Chinese have long considered
this herb as the "Queen of theHerbs." Don-Quai means-" you
are compelled to return'- which refers to a woman's ability to restore
her body to her personal natural state of health. Don Quai-the "female
Ginseng" helps a woman to maintain proper Balance of her hormones.
Although this herb is mainly for women, it has been used by her male counterpart.
Dong Quai, a hormonal tonic, has a wide variety of positive effects
upon the female body. One of its most important aid is its ability to help
with menstrual disorders that certainly include cramps, backaches, hot
flashes and other menopausal conditions. The 'Queen of the Herbs' aids
in internal injuries and bruises, lubricates the intestine and strenghtens
the intenal organs and muscles-especially those muscles connected with
the birth canal.
In addition to serving as a hormonal tonic, Dong Quai is a nerve tranquilizer.
As "She" nourishes the brain, Dong Quai has a calming effect
upon individuals who are recovering from strokes and other nervous conditions.
Vitamins E, A, and B12 are important components of Don Quai. Here are only
a few of the additional symptoms that this herb has been historically known
to assist: Prolapsed Urterus, Headaches, High Blood pressure, Abdominal
Pain, Dry Skin, Anemia, Circulation, Child Birth, Breast Abcess, Constipation,
Dehydration, hot flashes, and more
CHAMOMILE: Chamomile is renowned for its medical and household uses.
The apparently endless list of conditions it can help all fall into areas
that the relaxing, carminative and anti-inflammatory actions can aid. It
is an excellent, gentle sedative, useful and safe for use with children.
It will contribute its relaxing actions in any combination and is thus
used in anxiety and insomnia. Indigestion and inflammations such as gastritis
are often eased with Chamomile. Similarly, it can be used as a mouth wash
for inflammations of the mouth such as gingivitis and for bathing inflamed
and sore eyes. As a gargle it will help sore throats. As an inhalation
over a steam bath, it will speed recovery from nasal catarrh. Externally
it will speed wound healing and reduce the swelling due to inflammation.
As a carminative with relaxing properties it will ease flatulence and dyspeptic
pain. The New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann.
GINGER: The root of Ginger is consumed
throughout the world as both a medicine and a spice. It
has long been used for digestive problems and nausea,
specifically motion sickness, heartburn, bloating,
flatulence, and gastrointestinal problems. It is also a
known remedy for colic, irritable bowel, loss of
appetite, chills, cold, flu, poor circulation, menstrual
cramps, stomach cramps, fever, headache, toothache,
cough, and bronchitis. A powerful anti-inflammatory
herb, it has also been used for arthritis, joint
problems, rheumatism, and tendonitis. It also is
reportedly effective in lowering cholesterol and blood
pressure and prevention of internal blood clots.
Over the years, ginseng has also been used in a variety
of other ailments including diabetes, sexual dysfunction
in men, reduce stress, boost energy, enhance memory, and
stimulate the immune system. Research has shown specific
effects that support the central nervous system, liver
function, lung function and circulatory system. The root
is most often available in dried form, either whole or
sliced; however, Ginseng leaves and stems, although not
as highly prized, are also used in dried form.
GERANIUM: The Cherokee were known to have
boiled geranium root together with wild grape, which was
used to rinse the mouths of children affected with
thrush. The Chippewa and Ottawa tribes boiled the entire
geranium plant and drank the tea for diarrhea.
Shiitakes contain a polysaccharide called
Lentinan. Lentinan has
been shown to slow the growth of cancerous tumors in animals. Lentinan may work
by enhancing the immune system's ability to fight against infection. It
also lowers cholesterol, helping to prevent heart disease.
CHICKWEED: Eat Chickweed flowers and
leaves either dried or fresh, to treat the pain of
rheumatism. They also find a common use as an external remedy for cuts, wounds
and especially for itching and irritation. If eczema or psoriasis causes
sort of irritation, Chickweed may be used with benefit. Internally it has
a reputation as a remedy for rheumatism. The New Holistic Herbal by David
Hoffmann. Warning: If pregnant avoid large quantities of Chickweed.
Passion Flower is the herb of choice for treating intransigent insomnia.
It aids the transition into a restful sleep without any narcotic hangover.
It may be used wherever an anti-spasmodic is required, e.g. in Parkinson's
disease, seizures and hysteria. It can be very effective in nerve pain
such as neuralgia and the viral infection of nerves called shingles. The
New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann.
What is an Herbal Tincture? An herbal tincture is a highly concentrated
form of herb which is extractedin an alcohol base. Customarily, 15 - 30
drops of an herbal tincture is mixed with a small amount of water and taken
internally. Some tinctures are available alcohol free and are made with
a glycerin base. These are recommended for children and have a more pleasant
Alfalfa: The first documented use by the Chinese dates back to the sixth
century. Chinese healers use alfalfa to treat kidney stones and to relieve
fluid retention and swelling.
First discovered by the Arabs, who dubbed this valuable plant the "father
of all foods," the leaves of the alfalfa plant are rich in minerals
and in nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and carotene
(useful against both heart disease and cancer). English herbalist John
Gerard (1597) recommended alfalfa for upset stomachs. Noted biologist and
author Frank Bouer discovered that the leaves of this remarkable legume
contained eight essential amino acids. Alfalfa is a good laxative and a
natural diuretic. It is often used to treat urinary tract infections. This
versatile herb is also a folk remedy for arthritus, and is reputed to be
an excellent appetite stimulant and overall tonic. Unfortunately, most
westerners regard alfalfa as a cattle fodder, and therefore, rarely take
advantage of the beneficial properties of this common plant.
Caution: Alfalfa has been known to aggravate lupus and other autoimmune
disorder. If you have an autoimmune problem, avoid this herb.
Part Used: Whole herb and leaf.
Common use: Excellent source of nutritive properties with minerals,
chlorophyll and vitamins; Arthritis; Blood purifier.
Dosage: F.E. 5-25 drops. For relief from rheumatoid arthritis, take
9 to 18 alfalfa tablets daily. This and the 5 paragraphs above are from
Earl Mindel's Herb Bible.
Alfalfa in Arabic, means father. Perhaps this refers to its function
as a superlative restorative tonic. It treats all chronic and acute digestive
weaknesses, aiding the assimilation of protein, carbohydrates, iron and
calcium, as well as various essential trace minerals. Thus alfalfa can
be given two or three times daily as a substitute for tea whenever there
is a need to increase flesh and generally to build and regenerate normal
strength and vitality. In this, its indications are not at all dissimilar
to its immune-potentiating Chinese relative Astragalus membranaceus. Alfalfa
serves as an ideal cooling Yin tonic suitable for various acute and chronic
inflammatory symptoms associated with degeneration and aging. Alfalfa is
indicated for chronic and acute cystitis, burning urine, prostatitis, peptic
ulcers, as well as various arthritic and rheumatic complaints, including
lower backache. It also increases mother's milk. It is slow and deep acting
so it should be taken regularly on a daily basis for treating chronic disorders.
From: The Way of Herbs, by Michael Tierra, C.A.,ND
Hawthorn Berries provide us with one of the best tonic remedies for
the heart and circulatory system. They act in a normalizing way upon the
heart by either stimulating or depressing its activity depending upon the
need. In other words, Hawthorn Berries will move the heart to normal function
in a gentle way. As a long term treatment they may safely be used in heart
failure or weakness. They can similarly be used in cases of palpitations.
As a tonic for the circulatory system they find their primary use in the
treatment of high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and angina pectoris.
Whilst they can be very effective in the aiding of these conditions, qualified
attention is essential. The New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann.
HONEYBEE PRODUCTS: Such as Honeybee pollen has been long considered
a sexual system vitalizer, for its highly concentrated collection of raw,
pure nutrients. Pollen is 20 percent protein, 15 percent lecithin, rich
in fatty acids and carbohydrates and contains natural plant steriods through
to nourish and stimulate the glands that produce sex hormones. Loaded with
all the major vitamins (and flavonoids), pollen contains a significant
percentage of nucleic acids ("youth factors") and minerials,
like calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper, sulfur, potassium, magnesium, manganese,
silicon, sodium iodine, zinc and traces of other minerals.
Royal Jelly: A honeybee product said to prolong life, build sex glands
and restore vitality
Saw Palmetto has been
used for many years to treat enlarged prostate. Studies
show that it relieves urination problems due to this
common problem in men. It has also been used in remedies
for diarrhea, abdominal pain, to aid digestion, cough,
respiratory congestion, inflammation, prostate health,
sexual vigor, and to stimulate appetite. This small palm
grows throughout southeastern parts of North America,
and its berries have long been prized by people as well
as wildlife. Native Americans have been using saw
palmettos for a wide range of purposes including food;
the leaves used to weave baskets and and ceremonial
dance fans. The heartwood of the palms have been used
for traditional medicinal purposes as well as pounded
into flour. Caution: Any man who is having urination
problems due to enlarged prostrate should be examined by
a physician. Saw Palmetto could possibly mask the
symptoms of prostate cancer.
has a long
tradition of medicinal use. Most often known as a
flavoring for gum toothpaste, and tea, is has also been
long used used to soothe upset stomach, heartburn, and
aid in digestion. Because it has a calming and numbing
effect, it has been used to treat headache, skin
irritations, anxiety, depression, nausea, diarrhea,
menstrual cramps, and flatulence. Externally, it has
been used in chest rubs for the treatment of colds.
Later it was found to be effective in boosting mental
powers and energy, morning sickness, and irritable bowel
syndrome. Do not give peppermint to
an infant or small child as it has known to cause
White Willow Bark:
derivative of this bark, called Salicum, has been
used for centuries to break fevers, reduce headaches,
reduce pain and swelling. Salicylic Acid or Aspirin has
been derived from this bark. Aspirin can cause stomach
irritations, Salicum contains tannins which are good for
the digestive system.
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SELENIUM: Does Selenium guard the body against Cancer? Selenium is not
an herb but is a "trace mineral". A "trace mineral"
is simply a mineral that is found (in small amounts) in certain soils in
different parts of the world. These minerals are picked up by our foods
and vegatables as they grow and, in turn, consumed by us. If the same crops
are grown on the same soils year after year, these trace minerals are depleted
from the soil. Here are a few quotes from Dr. Edward Blonz, Ph.D. about
Cancer tests on 1,312 patients who were considered "high risk"
to Cancer because each had a history of one or two types of Cancer. These
patients each took 200 micrograms of selenium per day. They were monitored
for 4.5 years while taking the supplement, then for another 6.5 years after.
These tests came up with some very impressive results... "the selenium
group had a 37% reduction in the overall incidence of cancer and a 50%
reduction in cancer mortality." "Low selenium blood levels are
associated with an increased risk for cancer, heart disease, birth defects,
and fibrocystic breast disease. But while it is essential for health, excess
selenium can be very toxic. (If you take selenium supplements) the key
is to take enough but not too much. An intake range of 50 to 200 micrograms
per day is sufficient." quotes from Dr. Blontz.
If you want to try some natural selenium, here are some food sources.
Brazil nuts, seafoods such as tuna, clams, oysters, swordfish and lobster.
Grains such as oats and wheat. The selenium present in our foods, however,
depends to a great degree on the selenium content of the soils that they
were grown in. For example, oats and wheat grown on the same soils, year
after year, may contain very little selenium.
EASY WAY TO PREVENT GUM DISEASE . Gum disease causes the loss of more
teeth than cavities. Why? Because over 300 different types of bacteria
take shelter in our mouths. Without proper brushing and flossing some of
these bacteria burrow into our gums, resulting in a plaque buildup known
as Gingivitis that causes gums to redden, swell, and bleed easily. This
can lead to eventual tooth loss. Here's a simple, natural way you can prevent
such problems. When your gums look inflamed and irritated, add a drop of
TEA TREE OIL to your toothbrush (on top of your toothpaste) before brushing.
Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic that helps prevent gum disease before
it starts. Works like magic! From New Chioces in Natural Healing.
ATHLETE'S FOOT or JOCK ITCH: Simply add a drop of TEA TREE OIL to the
FIGHT YEAST INFECTIONS --- WITH YOGURT!... "Adding yogurt to the
diet helps when the yogurt contains acidophilus (the friendly bacteria),
which reduces yeast infections," says Elson Haas, MD. He adds that
you should also avoid foods that yeast thrives on.
HEAL A BURN -- WITH MILK! Milk can heal a burn. But not if you drink
it. For minor (first degree) burns, M. Purcell, D.O., Chairman of the Deptartment
of Dermatology at Philidelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, recommends
that you soak the burned area in WHOLE MILK for fifteen minutes
or so. Or you can apply a milk-soaked washcloth... Repeat either treatment
every 2 to 6 hours as needed for pain. Be sure to rinse your skin (AND
the washcloth) well with clean water (do NOT rub burned skin) afterward
because the milk will smell bad after it warms up. From New Choices
in Natural Healing.
ASPARAGUS is highly regarded worldwide
as an important herb. Many believe that it will increase
feelings of compassion and love. This may be true as
asparagus root contains compounds called
steroidal glycosides that
directly affect hormone production and may influence
emotions. An excellent diuretic, asparagus is also very
nutritious. It's high in folic acid, which aids in the
production of red blood cells.
ALMOND: If you find commercial soap products too dry for your face,
check in your local health food store for facial soaps and cleansers derived
from almond. The kernal from the almond plant provides us with one of the
best face scrubs Mother Nature has to offere. It is also as excellant emollient.
A recent study suggests that almond oil may also help prevent heart disease.
At the Health Research and Studies Center in Los Altos, California, almond
oil was shown to lower serum cholestrol levels in people who consumed it
in place of saturated fat. According to this study, almond oil was a more
potent cholestrol reducing agent than olive oil! More studies are needed
to determine if almond oil should be part of a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Chinese Facts:As far back as 200 B.C., the Chinese have used almond
oil as a local anesthetic and muscle relaxer.
Usage: Almond Meal: A handful of almond meal makes a good face scrub.
Oil: Rub almond oil directly into rough areas, such as hands and heels
of feet.This and the 5 paragraphs above are from Earl Mindel's Herb
Aloe Vera: LU HUI: Aloe barbadenis
Use juice from Aloe to treat minor burns and wounds. It's antiseptic,
emollient, insecticidal and digestive. This herb seems to work for me. I
receive mild burns on my arms while stoking our wood stove, we enjoy a wood
fire. I've heated our home with
firewood for over fifty years. Click
my firewood page.
We always keep a potted Aloe plant or two
growing in our south-facing picture window. When I get a burn I cut a
couple inches off an Aloe leaf, split it in half, squeeze juice from the pulpy
center directly onto the burn. Rub it in with the pulpy leaf. I make several
applications from the same leaf during the day. The pain is relieved quickly and
my burn seems to heal faster.
Aloe has been used for at least two thousand years by the Chinese. It
was taken internally as a laxative, and to promote healing of disorders
of the stomach, liver, and spleen. Externally, the gel was used to treat
burns. Today, the Chinese have used aloe gel against radiation, and thermal
burns, chapped and dry skin, leg ulcers, and skin disorders.
Facts: For more than 3,500 years, healers and physicians have touted
the benefits of this fragrant desert lily. There are about two thousand
species of this amazing plant, but the aloe vera, meaning "true aloe"
in Latin, is considered the most effective healer. The leaf of the aloe
contains the special "gel" or emollient that is used externally
in cosmetics and skin creams. Aloe gel is regarded as one of nature's best
natural moisturizers. The bitter juice, which is extracted from the whole
leaf, may be taken internally for digestive disorders. Two thousand years
ago, the Greek physician Dioscorides wrote that aloe vera was an effective
treatment for everything from constipation to burns to kidney ailments.
Queen Cleopatra regarded the gel as a fountain of youth and used it to
preserve her skin against the ravages of the Egyptian sun. The Eygptians
were also believed to have used the aloe plant in their embalming process.
The bible is full of references to aloe, and it is still widely used in
Africa to heal burns and wounds. Aloe vera has been used successfully in
the United States to treat radiation burns. A resent study in the Journal
of Dermatological Surgery and Oncology shows that aloe vera significantly
speeded the healing process on patients who underwent facial dermabrasion--removal
of the layers of skin to remove scars.
Part Used: Juice or Gel
Caution:Do not take aloe internally during pregnancy. Aloe should not
be used internally by children or the elderly. Only use aloe products that
contain 97-99% pure aloe.This and the 4 paragraphs above are from Earl
Mindel's Herb Bible.
BASIL: Chinese Facts:Since the sixth century, basil has been used to
improve blood circulation and to enhance the digestion. Externally, it
is used to soothe bloodshot eyes and relieve itching from hives.
Facts: The word basil is derived from the Greek word king, suggesting
that the acient healers held this aromatic plant in high regard. Today
we think of basil as something that you either sprinkle over tomato sauce
or pound into a pesto. Fresh basil is delicious to eat, but the herb is
also an effective remedy for a variety of digestive disorders, including
stomach cramps, vomiting, and constipation.
Part Used: Whole herb and leaf. This and the 2 paragraphs above are
from Earl Mindel's Herb Bible.
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Turmeric is a plant. You may know turmeric as
the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and
is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders,
mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric
is also used widely to make medicine.
Turmeric was used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia),
stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach
bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and
It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung
infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual
problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression,
Alzheimerís disease, water retention, worms, and kidney
problems. Turmeric is another herb that seems to work
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