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Fun, light and G-rated pages from Dan's family tree, sailing the Great lakes in old Cal Yachts, burning Ohio firewood, herbal cures, my humble opinions on several '70s Great Lakes sailboats, and muzzle loading ballistic charts .

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Cal Yachts
One of my favorite sailboats. I've owned a Cal 2-27 for over 20 years. I've owned larger, newer boats but the cal 27 remains my favorite sailboats for the Great Lakes especially Lake Erie.

fun sailboats
My humble opinion on several older sailboats that were popular on the Great Lakes during the '70s

Firewood facts
Interesting information on burning firewood as a home heating aid.

Our wood stove
We've backed up our home's heating furnace with a firewood woodstove for over 40 years.

Herbal cures
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. Note: For information only. We do not sell or promote herbs here.

Muzzle Loading
Muzzle loading ballistic tables from my son and my experiences with Ohio muzzle loading deer hunting.

my Family History
This web page contains a complete Dalrymple family line from Andrew Dalrymple, born in Scotland about 1682, all the way down to my grandson, Brian.

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The way our ancestors cured ills.
We've provided this information from various locations and offer them to you in one "easy to read" webpage. If our source is known, we post the source along with the information. We do not sell or promote these herbs or old fashioned remedies on this website. We make no medical claims, nor intend 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.

The underlined index below will take you down page to the herb's description. CTRL+HOME will bring you back here... or simply use your "back arrow" to return here. Or simply PAGE or SCROLL DOWN to read this entire page. Remember, this index doesn't cover ALL the herbs in this page.

Aloe Vera .  for burns, protection for sun, radiation. This is an old-timer.   Gum Disease
Asparagus is a highly regarded Herb.   Herbal Teas and coffees
Athlete's Foot   Jock itch  . . . read all about Tea Tree Oil
Alfalfa .  Build and regenerate strength and  vitality   Marigold (Calendula)
Black Walnut   Mint
Blue Cohosh    Comes to us from the North American Indians.   Peppermint
Burdock   Herbal Mosquito repellent . Ever forget the mosquito repellent?
Cure a burn... with WHAT!.   Nettles
Cayenne   regulates blood flow, heart, arteries, capillaries, nerves.   Niacin.  This works for me . . .
Chamomile   Saw Palmetto
Cholesterol.  Natural ways to reduce your cholesterol level.   Selenium Does selenium guard against Cancer?
Comfrey . Soothe and coat the throat.   Shiitake Mushrooms,  Enhance your immune system.
Dandelion, The power of . . .   Tea,  Helpful herbal teas and coffees.
Dong Quai root . Queen of Herbs. Female ginseng.   Tea Tree Oil
Dandelion Wine   Thistle
Geranium   Toothache?   . . . this will surprise most people.
Ginger Motion sickness and more . . .   Turmeric . . .  Supposed to aid with diarrhea, intestinal gas, more.
Ginseng   White Willow Bark, better than Asprin?
Grapefruit   Yarrow blossoms . Runny nose? Sinus headache?.
Green Tea   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: 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 aching throat.

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 steer clear!

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 /toxwatch@freenet.edmonton.ab.ca/ 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 below:

Alfalfa tea.        - Aids digestion
Blueberry tea   - Pleasant before-meal tea
Chamomile tea   - Mild, smooth-tasting, eases insomnia, stress. Excellent nervous system toner. (see more below)
Burdock root tea - Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis
Cinnamon tea   - Clears the brain and inproves thought process (more below).
Corn silk tea    - Reduces pain of Urinary infections.
Hops tea          - A full flavored tea that mixes well with others. It relieves insomnia, stress and nausea (see more below).
Couch Grass tea   - Good Diuretic (promotes the production of urine).
Chamomile tea   - Good before bedtime, relaxes, promotes sleeping.
Fennel tea      - Good for Pancreas
Ginger tea       - Releives Nausea, specifically motion sickness, heartburn, bloating, flatulence, and gastrointestinal problems.
Green tea        -  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.
Hawthorne Berry Energizing tea for the elderly.
Juniper Berry tea - Helps Cistitus or bladder inflammation.
Nettles tea    - Increases blood pressure, avoid if you have high blood pressure (see more below).
Parsley tea      - Diuretic, increases the flow of urine.
Peppermint tea   - Relieves gas (see more below).
Sage tea          - Improves brain nourishment, known as "thinkers" tea.
Thyme tea       - Aids 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 anything.
  • 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 C packages.
  • 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.

Green Tea:  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.

Grapefruit:   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.

MINT: 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 blood pressure.

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.

Cholesterol, 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 1 diabetes.

How much niacin should you take?  Children: between 2-16 milligrams daily, depending on age -
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.

Green tea
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.

Eating nuts regularly, especially walnuts and almonds, may help reduce cholesterol levels of LDL cholesterol.

Artichoke Leaf 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.

Soluble Fiber:  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. 

Ginseng:  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.

SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS:   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 taste.

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.

Peppermint:  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 breathing problems.

White Willow Bark:  A 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 inflamed area.

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 Bible.

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 here for 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 gallbladder disorders.

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 for me.


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