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Knowing which herbs to have on hand can be a daunting task. The following lists are meant to assist you in planning theme gardens. They are not all inclusive, but serve as a starting point.
Quick Garden Planner
Bath Herbs Garden Basils Beebalm Burdock, Giant Calendula Catnip Chamomile Chervil Comfrey Evening Primrose Fennel Hyssop Lady's Mantle Lavender Lemon Balm Lovage Marjorams Mints Mugwort Mullein Oregano Rosemary Sage Sage, Clary Savory Southernwood Tansy Thyme Valerian Violet Yarrow
Cosmetic Garden Angelica Basils Borage Burdock, Giant Calendula Catnip Chamomile Comfrey Costmary Elecampane Fennel Hyssop Lady's Mantle Lavender Lemon Balm Lemon Bergamot Lovage Marjorams Mints Mugwort Rose Rosemary Sage Sage, Clary Savory Southernwood Tansy Thyme Violet Yarrow
Culinary Garden Angelica Anise Hyssop Basils Borage Calendula Cayenne Chervil Chickory Chives Chives, Garlic Coriander Costmary Dill Fennel, Bronze Hyssop Lavender Lemon Balm Lemon Marigold Lovage Lovage, Black Marjoram, Showy Marjoram, Sweet Mints Oregano, Greek Parsley Rosemary Sage Sage, Pineapple Savory, Summer Savory, Winter Thyme Thyme, Lemon Violet, Sweet
Dye Garden Angelica Calendula Comfrey Elecampane Fennel, Bronze Feverfew Hops Lady's Bedstraw Lady's Mantle Lily of the Valley Marjoram, Wild Motherwort Rosemary Sage Southernwood Sweet Woodruff Tansy Yarrow
Everlasting Garden Anise Hyssop Artemesias Baby's Breath Basil, Sacred Bergamot, Lemon Bishop Weed Blue Flag (pod) Boneset Borage (potpourri) Calendula Chamomile Chives Chives, Garlic Coneflower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) Costmary Elecampane Feverfew Hops Lamb's Ear Lavender Marjoram, Wild Mints Mugwort Rue Sage Sage, Clary Southerwood Statices Strawflower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s Tansy Thrift Veronicas Yarrows
Indoor Winter Garden Aloe Basils Canary Balm Cardamom Chervil Chives Chives, Garlic Costa Rican Mint Bush Lavender Marigold, Pot Marigold, Tarragon Marjoram, Sweet Mints Oregano Oregano, Mexican Parsley Rosemary Sages Savory, Winter Thymes Verbenas
Perfumery & Aromatics Garden Angelica Anise Hyssop Artemesias Basil, Sacred Bergamot, Lemon Chamomile Coriander Costmary Fennel Horsemint Hyssop Lavender Lemon Balm Lovage Marjoram, Wild Mints Mugwort Rose Rosemary Sage Sage, Clary Sage, Pineapple Southernwood Sweet Woodruff Thyme Thyme, Lemon Valerian Violet, Sweet
Tea Garden Anise hyssop Catnip Chamomile Costmary Hyssop Lavender Lemon Balm Lemon Bergamot Horsemint Violet, Sweet
Traditional Medicine & Herb Collector's Garden Angelica Basils Bee Balm Betony Blue Flag Boneset Borage Burdock, Giant Butterly Weed Calendula Catnip Chamomile Columbine Comfrey Coneflower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) Coriander Dill Daylily Elecampane Evening Primrose Fennel Feverfew Hops Horehound Horsemint Hyssop Lady's Bedstraw Lady's Mantle Lady's Thumb Lamb's Ear Lavender Lemon Balm Lemon Bergamot Lily of the Valley Lovage Lungwort Marjoram, Wild Mints Motherwort Mugwort Mullein Nasturtium Periwinkle Rue Sages Self heal Skullcap Speedwell Squawvine St. Johnswort Tansy Valerian Violet, Sweet Yarrow
(they move gas out of the intestinal tract). Used in tea or as lozenges, they soothe a hard cough. For the tea, steep one teaspoon of the seeds in one cup of boiled water for ten minutes. Take up to one and half cups a day. The seeds can also be tinctured using two ounces of seed per on-half quart of brandy and some lemon peel. Let the mixture sit for twenty days. The dose is one teaspoon as needed. The seeds are make into a liqueur called anisette, which is mixed with hot water as a remedy for bronchitis and asthma. Anise seed tea is sweetened with honey and given to children with lung colds. Epilepsy, colic, and smoker's cough are treated with anise. For colic, simmer one teaspoon of the seed in one-half pint of mild for ten minutes, strain, and take it hot. Oil of anise is a natural insecticide. Parts Used: Seeds and essential oil Aromatherapy Uses: Muscular aches and pains; Rheumatism; Bronchitis; Colds and coughs; Colic, Cramps, Flatulence; Indigestion.
*APPLE: (Malus spp.) Apples clean the liver, cure constipation, and tone the gums. When baked they can be applied as a warm poultice to sore throats and skin inflammations. The cooked apple is especially laxative. The peeled raw apple helps with diarrhea. The cider corrects intestinal flora, reduces stomach acidity, corrects gas, and helps the kidneys; take three or four cups a day. Apple cider vinegar and water make a rinse to restore hair, scalp and skin; use equal parts of vinegar and water. Blondes should use white vinegar. Apple cider vinegar, water, and honey aid digestion when taken with meals; use two teaspoons of vinegar to a glass of water, add honey to taste. This was one of my great-grandmothers favorite cures for a sore throat. Parts Used: Whole fruit (cooked or raw, apple cider, apple cider vinegar, and wood *ASAFETIDA: Ferula asafoetida Also called Stinking Gum. The pungent gum is extracted from the living rootstock by notching the plant at soil level. It was a popular Roman condiment. (If you can imagine that!) Research suggests the plant is anticoagulant and lowers blood pressure. Used to treat stomach ailments such as intestinal flu, gas, and bloating. Add a pinch to beans as they cook. The herb is good in cases of Candida albicans. Has been used for asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough because of it's antispasmodic properties and is a good herb for croup and colic in babies (newborns should get it through their mother's milk). Another method is to give it to infants via the rectum - make an emulsion with four parts asafetida to one hundred parts water and insert. It has been used as a sedative for hysteria and convulsion. Please Note: This herb tastes awful and is perhaps best taken in capsule form, one hundred milligrams to one gram being the dose. Parts Used: Resin of the root
Parts Used: Leaf and berry Aromatherapy Uses: Sprains; Colds; Flu; Insomnia; Rheumatism.
*BENZOIN: (Styrax benzoin) Benzoin is a shrubby tree with gray bark, simple leaves, and short racemes of small, fragrant, bell-shaped white flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s. The scented yellowish resin is thought to be created in response to injury, so it is tapped by making hatchet incisions in the trunk. The resin, called benzoin or gum benjamin, is used as incense, a fixative in perfumes, and is added to cosmetics to prevent fats turning rancid. The tree resin is used externally, diluted with water, as an antiseptic skin wash. Taken internally, it relieves intestinal gas and is antiseptic to the urinary tract. Take ten to twenty drops in water or tea four times a day. Put it in vaporizers or use it as an inhalant for bronchitis, and laryngitis. A simple method is to place it, along with a few drops of the oils of peppermint and eucalyptus, in a bowl of boiling hot water. Put your face as close to the bowl as you can and cover your head, and the bowl, with a towel. Inhale the steam. Tincture of benzoin is often added to salves as a preservative; (one pound of benzoin to about one and a half quarts of salve.) Benzoin is used in Aromatherapy but may cause allergic reactions. Parts Used: Resin
bark are simmered using two teaspoons of plant per cup of water for twenty minutes. The dose is one-fourth cup four times a day. The twigs of B. lutea (Yellow birch) and B. lenta (black birch) are gathered in spring and simmered gently for twenty minutes to make a delicious beverage. Please note: the leaves must be used fresh, and not after Midsummer, as they will then contain natural insecticides. The white birch has no real flavor and does not make a good beverage tea. The bark and bud oil are used in medicated soaps. Parts Used: Leaf, bark and twigs Aromatherapy Uses: Gout; Rheumatism; Eczema; Ulcers.
*BLACKBERRY: (Rubus villosus) A Blackberry leaf decoction is a blood and skin tonic, and a poultice treats eczema. The juicy purple-black fruit are rich in fiber and Vitamin C. The root is a classic remedy for diarrhea and is reputed to clean the kidneys and urinary tract of stones and gravel. Simmer two teaspoons for the root per cup of water for twenty minutes, and take a quarter cup four times a day. The buds and leaves are used fresh in poultices for wounds, burns, mouth sores, and sore throats. Chew the leaves or make a poultice. The berries are slightly binding (as is blackberry wine) and are useful in diarrhea, as are the leaves. Parts Used: Root, leaf, bud, and berry
* sloe berries BLACKTHORN: (Prunus spinosa)Also know as Sloe, Mother of the Wood, or Wishing Thorn. This tree has small, serrated, oval leaves on dark, thorny branches with purple blooms and black fruit. The leaves yield a mouthwash. The astringent fruits make Sloe gin. Traditionally, the wood was used to make clubs. Parts Used: Leaf, twig, fruit
*BORAGE: (Borago officinalis) The flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s decorate salads and cakes and are frozen in ice cubes. The cooling, mineral-rich leaves
flavor drinks, dips, and salt-free diets. A leaf and flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) infusion is an adrenaline tonic taken for stress, depression, or cortisone and steroid treatment. It reduces fevers, dry coughs, and dry skin rashes. Pressed seed oil can be used like Evening Primrose for menstrual and irritable bowel problems, eczema, blood pressure, arthritis and hangovers. Parts Used: flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com), leaf, stem and seeds
(P. virginiana). Chokecherry bark tea is used to clear the throats of singers and public speakers, the powdered berries were once used to improve the appetite. If you've never tried chokecherry jelly, you've missed a real treat. CAUTION:The stone is poisonous. Parts Used: Fruit, bark and wood
*CINNAMON: (Cinnamomum verum or zeylanicum) A tropical evergreen tree up to 50 feet tall. Cinnamon sticks are quills from the inner bark and the essential oil is distilled by water or steam from the leaves and twigs.
Parts Used: Bark Aromatherapy Uses: (Oil)Lice; Scabies; Wasp Stings; Poor Circulation; Childbirth (stimulates contractions); Anorexia; Colitis; Diarrhea; Dyspepsia; Intestinal Infection; Sluggish Digestion; Spasm; Flu; Rheumatism; Warts; Coughs; Colds; Viral Infections; Frigidity; Infectious Disease; Stress Related Conditions; Tooth and Gum Care; Nervous Exhaustion. Key Qualities: Warming; Reviving, Tonic; Strengthening; Aphrodisiac; Restorative; Uplifting.
*CINQUEFOIL: (Pontentilla reptans) Also called Five Fingered Grass, Creeping cinquefoil, and Five Leaved Grass. The rootstock was cooked as a vegetable by the Celts and Native Americans. Applied to sore areas, the fresh plant relieves pain. A root decoction is used in anti-wrinkle creams. A wash reduces skin redness, freckles, and sunburn. The powdered root and leaf are used to stop internal hemorrhaging. The powder also makes an astringent for mouth sores and treats diarrhea. Taken with honey, it relieves sore throats, coughs, and fever. Take one-quarter to one-half teaspoon at a time, or twenty to forty drops of the tincture. The leaves can be steeped using two teaspoons per cup of water for twenty minutes, or one ounce of the root can be simmered in one and a half cups of water for twenty minutes. The dose is a quarter cup four times a day. Parts Used: Root and leaf
* CLOVE: (Syzgium aromaticum) Cloves are the sun-dried unopened flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) buds of a dense evergreen tree, they have a strong spiciness that flavors foods and prevents nausea. The flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s are used to soothe aching eyes. Clove oil, from the distillation of leaves and flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) buds, is an antiseptic numbing agent for toothache and indigestion. It is added to cosmetics, perfumes, and cigarettes. There
are now Clove-based anesthetics. Parts Used: Leaf and flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) bud Aromatherapy Uses: Nausea; Flatulence; Asthma; Bronchitis; Arthritis; Rheumatism; Toothache; Diarrhea; Infections; as an Analgesic and Antiseptic; Insect Repellent (Mosquitoes). Key Qualities: Tonic; Stimulating; Revitalizing; Aphrodisiac; Warming; Comforting; Purifying; Active.
*CLUB MOSS: (Lycopodium selago or clavatum) Also called Selago, Foxtail, Lycopod, Vegetable Sulphur, Wolf Claw or Stag's Horn Moss. This toxic, evergreen, mosslike herb has trailing stems, upright branches and developing cones encasing the ripe spores. The spores were once used for gastric and urinary disorders, as an antispasmodic sedative and to coat pills. Blackfoot Indians knew of the spores' blood-stanching, wound-healing and moisture-absorbing properties and inhaled them for nosebleeds and dusted them on cuts. They are still used on wounds and eczema. The spores are explosive when set alight, and used to create theatrical lightening and added to fireworks. Magicians once used them to create "lightening flashes" and other pyrotechnics as needed. These effects were originally intended as a form of sympathetic magic -of evocation by emulation
- not simply (or deceptively) as stage effects. The club mosses are found in North America, northern Europe, Asia, and the southern hemisphere. The plants are several inches in height and resemble moss. They creep by means of prostrate stems, which branch upward at intervals, with crowded, linear, simple leaves. Large two valved spore cases product the medicinally active spores. While the whole plant was used by the ancients as a cathartic, the spores were used as a diuretic in edema, a drastic (a forceful agent of cure) in diarrhea and dysentery, a nervine for rabies and spasms, a mild laxative in cases of gout and scurvy, and a corroborant (strengthening agent) for rheumatism. The dose is ten to sixty grains
of the spores. The spores also make a dusting powder for skin diseases and diaper rash. CAUTION: Selago can be an active narcotic poison when overused. For this reason it is probably better to use only the spores, which are non-toxic. The whole plant can be used externally, however, as a counter-irritant - made into a poultice, it will keep blisters open and kill lice. Parts Used: Above-ground portions of the herb, and spores.
Debility; Headaches; Neuralgia; Insect Repellent. Key Qualities: Stimulating; Refreshing; Clearing; Purifying; Balsamic; Regulating.
Lemon Eucalyptus: (E. citriodora) Athlete's Foot and other Fungal Infections (such as Candida); Cuts; Dandruff; Herpes; Infectious Skin Conditions (such as Chicken Pox); Asthma; Laryngitis; Sore Throat; Colds; Fevers; Infectious Diseases; Insect Repellent. Key Qualities: Invigorating; Active; Stimulating.
*FLAX: (Linum usitatissimum) Also called Linseed. Annual Flax has slender stems with linear green leaves, beautiful, flat blue flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s, and oily brown seeds. A teaspoon of the seed is placed in a quart of water and gently simmered down to one-half quart. The resulting liquid is given for constipation, for ulcerated sore throat, and as an exectorant for
bronchitis in one-fourth cup doses throughout the day. To pass a gallstone, take one and a half to two tablespoons of linseed oil and lie on your left sied for a half hour. The whole seeds (about two tablespoons) can be taken with plenty of water to relieve constipation. Follow with stewed prunes or prune juice. The cooked seeds are added to fresh grated carrots, and the mix is warmed to make a poultice to rheumatism and swellings. Parts Used: Seed
*FOXGLOVE: (Digitalis purpurea) Also known as Fairy Gloves, Fairy Fingers, or Dead Men's Bells. A Druid sacred herb associated with the "little people". Caution: This plant is poisonous
* FRANKINCENSE: (Boswellia carteri) A small tree or shrub, with pinnate leaves, and white or pale pink flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s. It yields a natural oleo-resin gum, which is used to make a healing incense, which induces a meditative state. Frankincense essential oil is also useful in promoting spirituality and meditative states. Dilute before applying to the skin as it may be irritating. Pliny claimed that Frankincense was an antidote to hemlock poisoning. Avicenna advocated its use for tumors, fevers, vomiting, and dysentary. Chinese herbal(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)ists use it in powder form and in teas for rheumatism and menstrual pain, and externally as a wash for sores and bruises. The dose is three to six grains in a glass of wine; or twenty drops of the tincture. Frankincense is highly antiseptic and the scent is said to calm and clear the mind. Caution: Prolonged use of resins can damage the kidneys. Parts Used: Resin Aromatherapy Uses: (Oil) Blemishes; Dry and Mature Complexions; Scars; Wounds; Wrinkles; Asthma; Bronchitis; Colds; Coughs; Flu; Laryngitis; Cystitis; Anxiety; Nervous Tension; Stress-related Conditions. Frankincense has the ability to slow down, and deepen the breath.
*GALANGAL: (Alpinia officionalis or A. galanga) Also known as Low John the Conquerer or Siamese Ginger. Galangal has dark green, sword-shaped leaves, white flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s with pink veins, round red seed capsules, and a rhizomous rootstalk that smells of ginger and camphor. The rhizome has a spicy, gingerlike flavor used in Southeast Asia soups and curries. The young shoots and flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s are eaten raw and the flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s can be boiled or pickled. The rhizome yields an essential oil, essence d'Amali, used in perfumes.
*GARDENIA: (Gardenia jasmenoides) This evergreen shrub or small tree has exquisitely scented white double flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s and orange-red fruits, with glossy, dark green leaves. Parts Used: flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)
*GARLIC: (Allium sativum) Garlic has a clustered bulb made up of several bulblets (cloves) enclosed in a papery tunic. It has a single stem with long, thin leaves and an ubmel of edible, rose-tinted white summer flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s and a bulb whose flavor increases the more it is sliced or crushed. Cooking with fresh ginger prevents the slight nausea some experience with Garlic. Garlic repels insects and can be applied to their bites and stings. The cloves add flavor to savory dishes, especially in hot countries where the plants develop the best flavor. Garlic purifies the blood, helps control acne, and reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, and clotting. Tests confirm antibiotic activity against samples of candida, cholora, staphylococcus, salmonella, dysentery, and typhus: and a mild antifungal action. Garlic clears phlegm, thus providing treatment for colds, bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, and whooping cough. New tests suggest it has a role in treating lead poisoning, some carcinomas and diabetes. It's said that growing garlic around potatoes reduces potato blight. The garlic bulb is one of the great herbal(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) "polycrests" - herbs of many uses. Fresh garlic is a preventative and a cure for intestinal worms. It is generally taken in one-teaspoon doses, three to six times a day, with some grated fresh ginger root. Garlic is a natural antibiotic for internal and external use. Mash it and use as a wound dressing. For a sore throat, lightly roast unpeeled cloves in a dry frying pan, peel them when they grow soft, and eat them. For pinworms, a slightly smashed fresh clove can be inserted into the rectum with olive oil. For vaginal infections, smash a few cloves and wrap them in cheese cloth. Insert directly into the vagina. Fresh raw garlic is more effective than the powdered and extracted forms available for sale. Garlic has been shown to be more effective than tetracycline as an antibiotic. CAUTION: Pregnant women and persons with "hot and fiery" temperaments should avoid overuse of garlic. Parts Used: Bulb
*GINGER: (Zingiber officionale) Ginger has an aromatic rhizome, erect stems of two ranks, lance-shaped leaves, and spikes of white flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s. The rhizome is used fresh, dried, pickled and preserved. Essential to Asian dishes. Crystalized or infused Ginger suppresses nausea. Ginger tea eases indigestion and flatulence, and reduces fever. the root is warming to the body, is slightly antiseptic, and promotes internal secretions. Chop about two inches of the fresh root, cover with one cup of water, and simmer for about twenty minute, or one-half teaspoon of the powdered root can be simmered in one cup of water. Add lemon juice, honey, and a slight pinch of cayenne. A few teaspoons of brandy will make and even more effective remedy for colds. This preparation treats fevers, chest colds, and flu. A bath or a
foot-soak in hot ginger tea is also beneficial. The tea without additives helps indigestion, colic, diarrhea, and alcoholic gastritis. Dried ginger in capsules or in juice is taken to avoid carsickness and seasickness. Use about one half teaspoon of the powder. It works well for pets and children! Parts Used: Root Aromatherapy Uses Arthritis; Fatigue; Muscular Aches and Pains; Poor Circulation; Rheumatism; Sprains; Strains; Catarrh; Congestion; Coughs; Sinusitis; Sore Throat; Diarrhea; Colic; Cramp; Flatulence; Indigestion; Loss of Appetite; Nausea; Travel Sickness; Chills; Colds; Flu; Fever; Infectious Disease; Debility; Nervous Exhaustion. Key Qualities: Tonic; Aphrodisiac; Stimulating; Warming; Cephalic; Comforting
*GINSENG: Oriental(Panax ginseng) or North American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) roots older than two years are a famous yang stimulant (North American less so than Oriental). Rather than treating specific problems, Ginseng strengthens the body by increasing the efficiency of the endocrine, metabolic, circulatory, and digestive systems. It reduces physical, mental, and emotional stress by increasing oxygen-carrying red blood cells and immune strengthening white blood cells and eliminating toxins. Warning- Ginseng should not be taken continuously. Parts Used: Root
*HAWTHORN: (Cratageus spp.) Also known as May Tree, May Blossom, or White Thorn. The flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s consist of five white petals, sacred to the Goddess. During World War I, young Hawthorn leaves were used as substitutes for tea and tobacco, and the seeds were ground in place of coffee. The berry is a superior heart tonic, useful for almost any heart
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* HAZEL: (Corylus avellana) Also called European Filbert. A Druid sacred tree, Hazel is a deciduous, suckering shrub with pendulous male catkins in spring and clusters of nuts in autumn. The leaves have served as a tobacco substitute. Hazel nuts are rich in phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and copper. Culpeper says that hazel nuts with mead or honey will cure a chronic cough. These are made into an "electuary". Grind the nuts in an electric blender, then add mead or honey or form a past, which is eaten several times a day in tablespoon doses. Add pepper to discharge phlegm. Parts Used: Nut
*HEATHER: (Calluna vulgaris) A Druid Sacred Herb, there are more than a thousand cultivars from this low-growing, evergreen species, which has scale like leaves and crowded racemes of flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s. Heather provides a support system for rural farmers, who use it for fuel, thatch, fodder, tea, and as a dye. Growing the plants increases the soils fertility. The flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)ing shoots of heather are used for insomnia, stomach pains, coughs, and skin problems. Heather, used fresh or dry, strengthens the heart and slightly raises the blood pressure. Heather is slightly diuretic. Fresh or dried heather shoots are simmered, four teaspoons to a cup of water; the dose is one-half cup a day. Parts Used: flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)ing shoot
*HOLLY: (Ilex aquifolium) The American variety is Ilex opaca. A Druid sacred tree. Sacred to the Winter Solstice, when it is used for decorating. The leaf is dried and used as tea for fevers, bronchitis, bladder problems, and gout. Steep a half ounce of the chopped leaf in boiled water for twenty minutes; take up to one cup a day. The juice of the fresh leaf is helpful in jaundice; take one tablespoon per day. CAUTION: the berries are poisonous! Parts Used: Leaf
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companion to distract cabbage butterflies and planted near vines to increase yield. It should be avoided when pregnant and by those with hypertension and epilepsy. The herb is used (often in combination with sage, which has similar properties, or horehound) for respiratory tract infections. Flu, sore throats, lung complaints, asthma, chronic bronchitis, gas, adn bloating are treated by it. Externally, it is used as a wound herb for bruises, injuries, and rheumatism. The green tops of the herb can be added to soups to benefit asthmatics. Hyssop baths are useful for rheumatic complaints. Make a standard infusion of the herb using two teaspoons per cup of water and steeping for twenty minutes. The dose is one-fourth cup four times a day. Parts Used: The above ground portions of the herb Aromatherapy Uses Bruises; Cuts; Dermatitis; Eczema; Inflammation; Wounds; Low or High Blood Pressure; Rheumatism; Asthma; Bronchitis; Catarrh; Cough; Flu; Sore Throat; Tonsillitis; Whooping Cough; Colic; Indigestion; Amenorrhea; Leukorrhea; Anxiety; Fatigue; Nervous Tension; Stress related Conditions. Key Qualities: Tonic; Cephalic; Nervine; Warming; Calming; Purifying; Cleansing; Aphrodisiac; Mental Stimulant; balancing.
*IVY: (Hedera helix) Its toxic leaves are used as a poultice to soothe neuralgia, rheumatism, and sciatica, and in a tincture for toothache and whooping cough. They reduce fevers, expel worms and in a compress, reduce cellulite. They contain saponins and in solution, darken hair, blacken silk and taffeta. Ivy leaves kill some amoebas, fungi and mollusks. Tender ivy twigs are simmered in salves to heal sunburn; follow the standard instruction for salves. The leaves are used as a douche for vaginal infections. Externally, ivy is used in poultices to heal nerves, sinews, ulcers, enlarged glands, boils and abscesses.
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* JUNIPER: (Juniperus communis)Juniper is an evergreen tree or shrub with needle-like leaves in threes and berrylike cones that ripen to blue-black in their second or third year. Primarily a diuretic, the berries help digestive problems, gastrointestinal inflammations, and rheumatism. The berries are taken as a tea (simmer two teaspoons per cup of water for ten minutes; take up to one cup four times a day), or taken as jam or syrup in water, mild, or herb tea. The dry berries can be chewed; three a day is sufficient. CAUTION: Pregnant women and people with weak kidneys should not use juniper berry. Parts Used: Berry and young twig Aromatherapy Uses Acne; Dermatitis; Eczema; Hair Loss; Hemorrhoids; Wounds; Tonic for Oily Complexions; Accumulation of Toxins; Arteriosclerosis; Cellulite; Gout; Obesity; Rheumatism; Colds; Flu; Infections; Anxiety; Nervous Tension; Stress Related Conditions. Key Qualities: Aphrodisiac; Purifying; Clearing; Depurative; Nerve Tonic; Reviving; Protective; Restorative.
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*MYRRH: (Comniphora myrrha) An ancient and sacred incenses, the antiseptic, anti-inflammatory oil of Myrrh was used for embalming. It is now found in toothpaste and perfume. Myrrh was burned to Ra at noon in Ancient Egypt and was also fumed in the temples of Isis. Especially valued as a disinfectant, myrrh is used as a wash for wounds. Use as a wound wash only after the wound has been well cleaned. It has the tendency to seal wounds once it is placed on them. Use the alcohol tincture in water or the tea as a wound wash. Myrrh pormots circulation and increases heart rate and power. Said to move stagnant blood through the uterus, it has been used for menopause, menstrual irregularities , and uterine tumors. Myrrh benefits diabetes and obesity; the dose is one to fifteen grains. Combined with echinacea and mullein to one quarter part myrrh; steep two teaspoons per cup of water for twenty minutes; take a quarter cup every four hours. Myrrh, goldenseal, arnica, and cayenne can be soaked in rubbing alcohol for a few weeks to make a liniment for bruises and sprains. CAUTION:Prolonged internal use of myrrh (longer than a few weeks) can lead to kidney damage. Parts Used: Resin
Aromatherapy Uses: Athlete's Foot; Chapped and Cracked Skin; Eczema; Ringworm; Wounds; Wrinkles; Mature Complexions; Arthritis; Asthma; Bronchitis; Catarrh; Colds; Coughs; Sore Throats; Voice Loss; Diarrhea; Dyspepsia; Flatulence; Hemorrhoids; Loss of Appetite; Thrush; Pruritus; Treats Gum Infections and Mouth Ulcers. Key Qualities: Purifying; Uplifting; Revitalizing; Sedative, Restorative; Soothing.
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*NUTMEG: (Myristica fragrans) See Mace. Aromatherapy Uses: Arthritis; Gout; Muscular Aches and Pains; Poor circulation; Rheumatism; Flatulence; Indigestion; Nausea; Sluggish Digestion; Bacterial Infection; Frigidity in Women; Impotence in Men; Neuralgia; Nervous Fatigue. Key Qualities: Aphrodisiac; Analgesic; Narcotic; Tonic (nerve and heart); Comforting; Soothing; Calming; Elevating; Cephalic; Euphoric.
* oak and acorn OAK: (Quercus alba or spp.) Also known as Tanner's Bark, White Oak, and Common Oak. Oak bark and galls are astringent and antiseptic. Oak bark provides tannin and as leather tanners seemed immune to tuberculosis, the bark was used for
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*PEPPERMINT: (Mentha piperita) See Mint. Aromatherapy Uses: See Mint
*PINE: (Pinus spp.) Sacred to the Druids, the pine was known as one of the Seven Chieftain Trees of the Irish. Dry distillation of
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*ROSE: (Rosa spp.) The Rose has aromatic, cosmetic, medicinal, culinary, and craft uses. Fresh petals and rosewater flavor sweet and savory dishes and are crystallized for decoration. Rosewater revives tired skin and eyes. Dog Rose (Rosa canina) is the major source of hips for jam, syrup, tea and wine. Associated with pure love and femininity, it is valued by aromatherapists for it's rejuvenating qualities.
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*ROWAN: (Sorbus aucuparia) Also known as Mountain Ash, Witchwood, Witchbane, and Sorb Apple. A Druid sacred tree and sacred to the goddess Bride/Bridgit, Rowan bears clusters of spring flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s and bright red berries in autumn, when the leaves may turn red. The berries, rich in vitamin C, can be made into a tart jelly, Ground into flour, fermented into wine, or distilled into spirit. The seeds should be removed as they can contain hydrocyanic acid and are considered poisonous. Rowan is a traditional country charm against witchcraft.(!)
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*SAFFRON:(Crocus sativus) The stigmas and style tops flavor and color liqueurs and many dishes, especially rice. Saffron is considered an aphrodisiac, but too much may be narcotic. It is given to reduce fevers, cramps, and enlarged livers, and to calm nerves, and is applies externally for bruises, rheumatism, and neuralgia. In India saffron is used ceremonially. Although water soluble, it is used cosmetically and as a sacred dye. Turmeric is mistakenly called saffron in Asia. Parts Used: Stamens
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*ST. JOHN'S WORT: (Hypericum perforatum) A Druid sacred herb, the Celts passed it through the smoke of the Summer Solstice fire, then wore it in battle for invincibility. This herb has woody-based stems, with pairs of small, balsamic-scented leaves and clusters of lemon-scented, yellow summer flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s. The leaves are used in salads and to flavor liqueurs. Extract of the flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)ing tops is antiviral, astringent, and sedative; it treats inflammation, wounds, and diarrhea. Taken internally, it calms nerves and treats depression. It is under research for AIDS treatment. The flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s yield yellow and red dyes. The herb is teh part used for lung problems, bladder complaints, diarrhea, dysentery, depression, hemorrhages, and jaundice. Steep two teaspoons of the herb per cup of water for twenty minutes. Take one-half cup in the morning and one-half cup at bed time. Bedwetting is helped by a nightly cup of the tea. The oil and fomentation are applied externally the injuries, especially when nerve endings are involved (i.e. fingers and toes) and to soften tumors and caked breasts. To make the oil, cover the flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s with good cold-pressed olive oil and leave the sealedc preparation in the hot sun for twenty-one days or until it becomes a rich red. The oil is excellent for massages, as it affects the spine directly. Varicose veins, mild burns, inflammations, neuralgia, and rheumatism are helped by a poultice of it. CAUTION: Malignant tumors must be treated with care. Never rub or massage a malignant growth, as cells may become detached and travel to other parts of the body. Parts Used: flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com), leaf, and stem
*SANDALWOOD: (Santalum album) Sandalwood is one of the most valuable woods in the world. All parts yields Sandalwood oil, particularly the heartwood and the roots, which yield about 6 percent essential oil. Recorded in Ayuvedic medicine and Egyptian embalming, the oil is now used as an inhalant for its expectorant and sedative effect on coughs and as a powerful antiseptic for lung and urinary tract infections. Sandalwood makes a popular incense, as its calming effect aids meditation. It is commonly used for funeral pyres in India, where devotees believe the scent protects places from evil spirits. The fragrant heartwood is a classic for bladder infections. It is taken to help in the passing of stones, in kidney inflammations, and in prostatitis. The oil is cooling to the body and useful for fevers and infections when used as a massage. The scent is calming to the mind. Sandalwood has been used intermally for chronic bronchitis and to treat gonorrhea and the urethral discharge that results. Simmer one teaspoon of the wood per cup of water for twenty minutes, and take up to two cups a day in quarter-cup doses. Parts Used: Heartwood Aromatherapy Uses: Acne; Dry, Cracked, Chapped Skin; After Shave; Greasy Skin; Moisturizer; Bronchitis; Catarrh; Coughs (dry, persistent); Laryngitis; Sore Throat; Diarrhea; Nausea; Cystitis; Depression; Insomnia; Nervous Tension; Stress Related Conditions. Key Qualities: Aphrodisiac, Soothing; Relaxing; Uplifting; Purifying; Warming; Grounding; Opening; Elevating; Sedative.
*SPEARMINT: (Mentha spicata) Also called Garden Mint, Our Lady's Mint, Sage of Bethlehem, Erba Santa Maria and Lamb Mint. Spearmint is the most generally cultivated of the culinary mints. The leaves are almost or completely stalkless, lance-shaped bright-green and hairless. Mice hate the smell of mint and will avoid any place where the herb is scattered. Aromatherapy Uses: See Mint
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*TEA TREE: (Melaleuca alternifolia) Tea tree oil has huge healing potential. It is a powerful antiseptic and immunostimulant, active against bacteria, viruses, and fungi such as athlete's foot and thrush. It helps treat colds, flu, lesions, warts and acne. Tea Tree is the best remedy for yeast infections! Aromatherapy Uses: Abscesses; Acne; Athlete's Foot; Blisters; Burns; Bruises; Chicken Pox Rash; Cold Sores; Dandruff; Herpes; Insect Bites; Oily Skin; Spots; Rashes; Warts; Wounds (infected); Asthma; Bronchitis; Catarrh; Coughs; Sinusitis; Tuberculosis; Whooping Cough; Thrush; Vaginitis; Colds; Fever; Flu; Infectious Illnesses; Cystitis; Pruritis. Key Qualities: Penetrating; Medicinal; Stimulating; Refreshing.
*THYME: (Thymus vulgaris) Also known as Common Thyme, Mother of Thyme, and Garden Thyme. A Druid sacred herb, culinary Thyme aids the digestion of fatty foods and is part of bouquet garni and Benedictine liqueur. Thyme oil is distilled from the leaves and flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)ing tops and is a stimulant and antiseptic. It is a nerve tonic used externally to treat depression, colds, muscular pain and respiratory problems. The oil is added to acne lotions and mouthwashes. Research has confirmed Thyme strengthens the immune system. Thyme is an excellent lung cleanser. Use it to dry up and clear out moist phlegm and to treat whooping cough. It makesa good tea for the mother after childbirth, as it helps expel the placenta. Steem one-half teaspoon fresh herb or one teaspoon dried herb in one-half cup of hot water for five minutes. Take up to one and a half cups a day in
quarter-cup doses. A natural antiseptic, thyme is often used in salves for wounds, swellings, sciatica, and failing eyes. The tea relieves gas and colic (as does the oil, takin in one- to five-drop doses). The tincturecan be used in ten- to twenty-drop doses, taken three times a day. Use thyme for headaches and hangovers. Parts Used: Above-ground portions of the herb. Aromatherapy Uses: Abscess; Acne; Bruises; Burns; Cuts; Dermatitis; Eczema; Insect Bites; Lice; Arthritis; Gout; Muscular Aches and Pains; Obesity; Edema; Poor Circulation; Rheumatism; Sprains; Asthma; Bronchitis; catarrh; Coughs; Laryngitis; Sinusitis; Tonsillitis; Diarrhea; Dyspepsia; Flatulence; Chills; Colds; Flu; Infectious Diseases; Cystitis; Urethritis; Headaches; Insomnia; Stress Related Conditions. Key Qualities: Stimulating; Restorative; Warming; Reviving; Refreshing; Purifying; Antidepressant.
*TOBACCO: (Nicotiana tabacum) This annual or biennial has large, long leaves and green-white to rose tubulur florwers. The cured, dried leaves are smoked as a narcotic, but the poisonous incotine the contain causes heart and lung disease and cancer. North and South American tribes smoke the leaves in ceremonies and apply poultices to sprains, to infected cuts and bites, and to problem skin. The juice is applied externally to relieve facial neuralgia, and wet leaves offer a quick cure for hemorrhoids. Research has revealed a chemical in the leaves that inhibits tumors. Parts Used: Leaf
VALERIAN: (Valeriana officinalis) Also known as Garden Heliotrope, Vandal Root, and St. George's Herb. Valerian has compound leaves with a fresh pea pod scent, and clusters of honey scented flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s in midsummer. Both have unpleasant fetid
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*VERVAIN: (Verbena officinalis) Also known as Enchanters Herb, Holy Herb, Verbena, Blue Vervain, and Holy Wort. A Druid sacred herb, common in their many rites and incantations, this hardy perennial has deeply cut lower leaves and smooth upper leaves with small dense spikes of pale lilac-pink flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s. An ancient sacred herb of purification, visions, and love potions, it was included in liqueurs and aphrodisiacs. Vervain was so highly regarded by the Druids that offerings were placed on altars. "Vervain" is a derivative of the Celtic fer (to drive away)and faen (stone), given to it because of its abbility to purge calculi (gravel) from the bladder. A tea of the herb helps to increase breast mild and is helpful in lowering fever, especially of the intermittent type. It will benefit eczema and other skin eruptions, as it is a kidney and liver cleanser. Jaundice, whooping cough, edema, mastitis, and headaches fall under its sphere. To make the tea, steem one tablespoon of the herb per cup of water for twenty minutes. Externally, vervain is used in poultices for ear infections, rheumatism and wounds. Vervain is an emmenagogue (brings down the menses) and soothes the nerves. It is reputed to have aphrodisiac properties. It is a powerful lymphatic detoxifier and has a cleansing effect on the female organs. Blue Vervain (Vervena hastata), the American variety, is a natural tranquilizer and is helpful with colds and fevers, especially when the upper sespiratory tract is involved. It will eliminate intestinal worms and is used externally for wounds. It is deistinguished from the European vervain by its deeper blue flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s and denser, bristly flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) spikes. Blue vervain is also prepared in a standard infusion or tinctured in alcohol. Parts Used: Above ground portions of the herb.
*VETIVERT: (Vetivera zizanioides) Also called Khus-khus. This perennial grass grows in dense clumps of stout stems with long leaves and has an aromatic rhizome and roots. The distilled root essential oil flavors Asian sherbets and sweets, fixes perfumes, and scents quality soaps, cosmetics and aftershaves. The scent is a deep yet refreshing, woody, resinous mixture of myrrh and violets. Parts Used: Root Aromatherapy Uses: Acne; Cuts; Oily Skin; Wounds; Arthritis; Muscular Aches and Pains; Rheumatism; Sprains; Stiffness; Debility; Depression; Insomnia; Nervous Tension. Known as the "Oil of Tranquillity". Key Qualities: Sedative; Soothing; Calming; Tonic; Grounding; Uplifting; Protective.
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*WILLOW: (Salix alba) Also known as White Willow, European Willow, Tree of Enchantment, and Witches Aspirin. One of the Seven Sacred Trees of the Irish. A Druid sacred tree, the willow is a Moon tree sacred to the White Lady. It's groves were considered so magical that priests, priestesses and all types of artisans sat among these trees to gain eloquence, inspiration, skills, and prophecies. The stem bark is a painkiller, a fever-reducer, and an original source for salicylic acid for aspirin. The infused leaves make a tea for nervous insomnia and are added to baths to ease rheumatism. The Salix species provide the best-quality artists' charcoal, branches are used for weaving, and the White Willow var. caerulea is the source of wood for cricket bats. The genus name Salix comes from the Celtic sal-lis, "near water". Black willow (S. nigra) bark is used to treat gonorrhea and ovarian pain. The white willow contains salicin, the active constituent from which Aspirin was first synthesized. White willow bark is used for rhematic complaints, arthirtis and headaches as well as diarrhea and dysentary. Fevers, edema, and the aftereffects of worms are treated with willow bark. To make the tea, steep three teaspoons of the bark
in on cup of cold water for two to five hours, boil for one minute, and strain. Willow is also available as a powder. The dose is one teaspoon, three times a day in tea or capsules. The tincture can be taken in ten- to twenty-drop doses four times a day. Parts Used: Bark, collected in the Spring.
* WITCH HAZEL: (Hammamelis virginiana) Also called Spotted Alder, and Winter Bloom, Witch Hazel, a distillation from the leaves and flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)-bearing twigs, is included in skin products for its disinfectant and astringent properties. It is used on chapped and sunburned skin, bruises, swellings, and rashes; to stop bleeding; and to reduce varicose veins and hemorrhoids. The seeds are edible and the leaves can be brewed for a warming tea. Commercially distilled witch hazel contains 14 percent alcohol. It must not be confused with tincture of Witch Hazel, which may be much more astringent and could disfigure skin. Parts Used: Leaf and young twigs Aromatherapy Uses: Distilled witch hazel is one of the basics in any home first aid kit. It is useful for stings, bruises, cuts, scrapes, sprains, tissue swelling, and many other minor conditions. It is also useful in skin care regimes.
*WOOD ALOE: (Aquilaria agallocha) The prized elusive scent of Wood Aloe exists only in resin-saturated diseased wood. Magical Uses: Wood Aloe possesses high spiritual vibrations. Will bring love if worn. Use in incense for Love, Protection, Money and Riches, and Spirituality.
*WORMWOOD:(Artemisia absinthium) Also known as Absinthe. A Druid sacred herb, Wormwood is very magical and sacred to Moon deities. An accumulative poison if ingested. Wormwood is a bitter herb used to flavor vermouth and the now-banned liqueur absinthe. A leaf and flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)ing top infusion is a tonic for the digestive system, liver, gallbladder, and blood, reducing inflammation and clearing impurities. The plant treats fever, expels worms, and reduces the toxicity of lead poisoning. As a companion plant, it acts as a deterrent against several insect pests. Toxic in high doses! The leaves and flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s are used in a light infusion to help digestion, flatulence, and heartburn. Wormwood improves circulation and stimulates the liver. The tea is said to relieve labor pains. Use one teaspoon per cup and steep for twenty minutes; take a quarter cup up to four times a day; or use as a tincture, eight to ten drops in water up to three times a day. A fomentation of the leaves and flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s soothes bruises and sprains. The oil relieves arthritis. CAUTION: The oil is for external use only! Prolonged use of wormwood can lead to nerve damage. Parts Used: Leaf and flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)
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The gallbladder is a small organ located directly under the liver. It acts as a bile reservoir, concentrating the bile that the body uses to digest fats. Bile contains cholesterol, bile salts, lecithin, and other substances. Cholecystitis is the inflammation of the gallbladder. It may be acute or chronic. Cholelithiasis is the formation or presence of calculi or bilestones (gallstones) in the gallbladder or common duct of the gallbladder.
Acute cholecystitis is almost always caused by gallstones. Other causes may include bacteria or chemical irritants. Chronic cholecystitis can occur with or without stones. But not all patients with gallstones experience cholecystitis.
Gallstones are concretions formed in the gallbladder or bile ducts. Traditionally gallstones have been classified according to their composition. This information was then used to demonstrate the cause of the stone formation. This is no longer considered valid. Generally the core of all gallstones contains a mixture of cholesterol, bilirubin, and protein.
In acute cholecystitis there is fever, gradually developing or sudden pain in the upper abdomen, nausea, vomiting, visible jaundice in about 25% of patients. Frequently pain is referred to back or right shoulder. Approximately 10% of the patients do not have pain. In chronic cholecystitis symptoms are usually less severe than in acute cases, but recurring stones may or may not be present.
Gallstone symptoms include digestive disturbances, heaviness in right upper abdomen, and tenderness on pressure over the gallbladder. Gallstone colic occurs when a stone obstructs the bile duct. Jaundice is flow of bile is obstructed. Pain may be associated with vomiting and sweating. If distended, the gallbladder is palpable. Treatment may include surgery. See the doctor, whether acute or chronic condition.
Stones may remain dormant and give little distress unless inflammation and distention of the gallbladder take place or unless it enters and is unable to pass through the biliary ducts, when colic ensues. The pain usually starts several hours after eating and when the stomach is empty (often after eating fried or fatty foods). Flatulence is a common symptom. If left untreated, the inflammation of the gallbladder can be life threatening.
Often a patient with gallstones will have no symptoms.
Alfalfa-10 tablets 3 times per day, is a liver cleanser, rich in vitamins and minerals.
Lecithin 1 tbsp. before meals or capsules as directed on the label, aids fat (cholesterol) digestion and is a fat emulsifier. Multienzymes (containing ox bile), taken with meals (Caution: if heartburn is present, use pancreatin after meals. Do not use products containing hydrochloric acid (HCL). Unsaturated fatty acids, taken as directed on the label. Vitamin A, 25,000 IU capsules daily (emulsified vitamin A is more easily assimilated. Vitamin B complex with B12 and choline, 500 mg. per day, is important in cholesterol metabolism and liver and gallbladder function. Inositol, 500 mg. per day, usually comes added to the vitamin B complex. Vitamin C, 3,000 mg. per day (a lack of vitamin C can cause gallstones). Vitamin D, 400 IU per day (gallbladder malfunction interferes with vitamin D absorption. Vitamin E, 600 IU per day, prevents fats from becoming rancid.
For inflammation: Eat no solid food for a few days, only distilled or spring water. Then begin to drink juices such as pear, beet root juice, and apple juice for 3 more days. Then add solid foods: shredded raw beets with 2 tbsp. of olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and freshly made uncooked applesauce.
Use 3 tbsp. olive oil with the juice of a lemon before retiring and upon awakening. Many stones pass in the stool with this technique. Look for them! Grapefruit juice can be used instead of lemon juice. Try a Castor oil pack on the gallbladder area. Soak a multi folded cotton flannel cloth in Castor oil; heat to very warm but not hot enough to burn the skin. Place the pack on the gallbladder area, cover with plastic and a light towel and apply a heating pad to retain warmth. Leave in place for one hour. Apply pack twice a day or more if desired.
With gallbladder diseases, do not overeat. Obesity and gallbladder disease are related. The female who is forty and overweight and who has had children is more likely to suffer from these disorders.
Eat 75% raw foods. Include each day in the diet: applesauce, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, broiled fish, fresh apples, and beets. Avoid sugar and products containing sugar. Avoid all animal fat and meat, fried foods, spicy foods, margarine, soft drinks, commercial oils, coffee, chocolate, and refined carbohydrates.
For 5 days consume as much pure apple juice as possible, pear juice occasionally and beet juice (beet juice will cleanse the liver). Rapid weight change may cause gallbladder problems.
For gallbladder problems the following tea is recommended:
Alder buckthorn bark (1 part) Restharrow root (5 parts) Yellow gentian root (5 parts) Peppermint leaves (10 parts) Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1 to 1 1/2 cups a day, in mouthful doses. For gallstones, here is a tea to assist in passing small stones and gravel: St. Benedict thistle Birch leaves Witch grass Speedwell Chicory Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1 to 1 1/2 cups per day, unsweetened, in mouthful doses.
Blend for treating burns
Lavender 10 drops, Chamomile 10 drops
The antibiotic action of the lavender helps protect against infection.
Soak a clean piece of gauze or bandage in ice cold water, apply 1 drop of blend for each square inch of skin affected If you don't have both on hand, either oil will work on its own as well.
Poultices for Burns
herbal(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) poultices are another good home remedy for cooling and soothing minor burns, skin irritations, and rashes particularly when associated with dryness and itching. Apply fresh mashed leaves moistened with vinegar to the burned area. Plantain's juice is in fact antibacterial and quite soothing when applied to a burn .Like comfrey, it contains allantoin, an anti-inflammatory photochemical that speeds wound healing, stimulates the grow of new skin cells, and give the immune system a lift. Slippery elm poultices are also used for treating inflamed, or irritated skin and minor burns. Chickweed is also a good choice for minor burns.
HOW TO MAKE ROSE OIL.
For rose oil... Gather fresh rose petals and cover with a good oil (pure olive oil is fine). Bruise the petals and leave them in the oil for at least twenty-four hours, then press the petals to remove all the oil. Strain the oil. Repeat the pressing and straining procedures, adding fresh petals each time, for at least six or seven times. The end product will be a wonderfully fragrant oil that works well in soaps.
To make rose water... Pour boiling water over rose petals. Cover the container until the liquid cools, then strain, and if it is not going to be used within a few days, it should be frozen. Start with about a pint of water to a cup of petals and adjust the amount of petals according to the depth of scent you want.
Pain Relief Salve
1 tablespoon Chickweed powder
1 tablespoon Wormwood Powder 10 drops Tea Tree oil 2 Pints Sweet Olive oil 3ounces Beeswax
Mix together chickweed, wormwood powder, add the mixed herbs to sweet olive oil and simmer 3 hours. Strain and add beeswax and Tea Tree oil. Pour into salve containers
An inflammation of the lining and the wall of the bladder. The main herbs used in dealing with this condition are Bearberry, Cornsilk, Couch grass and Marshmallow.
Combine equal amounts of marshmallow root, corn silk, couch grass, horsetail, with half as much bearberry. Steep 1 tsp of mixture in a cup of water just off the boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink hot 4
to 5 times a day.
Cuts and Scratches
This is one of my favorites and gets ALOT of use in my house. You know those little cuts and scratches you get from almost anything..they drive you nuts, well here what you can do for them.
Tumarac That's right Tumarac. Make a paste with tumarac and water spread over the cut or scratch allow to dry and gently wipe away the excess. Instant cooling and pain relief. Aids in healing. Works on
Cold and Flu, Sore Throat and Bronchial Remedies
Body Toner Formula
These herbs are useful to take for a period of 8 weeks during the spring and fall seasons as a supplement. It is also helpful during periods of stress to provide extra vitamins and to assist the body in not depleting itself.
1 C. red clover 1/3 C. blue violet leaves 1/3 C. dandelion leaves or root 1/4 C. plantain 1/8 C. nettle 1/8 C. chickweed 1/8 C. selfheal (optional)
Combine the herbs. Remove and crush just enough for one batch at a time. Use 1 heaping teaspoon per cup, pour water just off the boil over the herbs and steep for 7 to 10 minutes. Use a teaball, or strain the herbs from the infusion.
Although there are many formulations relying on a variety of different herbs to clear bronchial passages, some of those herbs such as ephedra and licorice should not be taken over a long period of time and especially by those who are susceptible to high blood pressure or similar circulatory problems. They should certainly not be used by children for long periods, or by pregnant woman at all.
I would caution parents who regularly dose their children with over-the-counter products containing pseudoephedrine to be aware of the long term ill effects to their children's organs. It does no good to get them comfortably through their childhood only to have them succumb to some serious health(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) problem in early adulthood.
This recipe is intended for occasional complaints. For chronic problems, see a doctor.
You will notice that many of the same herbs are again used in this recipe and that a few new ones are introduced as being more specific to a respiratory problem. Use as a tea or an extract.
1 C. red clover 1/3 C. blue violet leaf 1/3 C. dandelion leaf or root 1/8 C. nettle 1/4 C. plantain 1/8 C. selfheal 1/8 C. mullein leaf or flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s 1/8 C. chickweed 1 Tbsp Elecampane root
Crush herbs and combine. Begin with 1 heaping teaspoon per cup of water just off the boil steeped for 7 to 10 minutes. 1 cup twice daily for several days should break up congestion.
If one of those pug-ugly viruses is making the rounds, it helps to boost the immune system with Echinacea extract or to begin taking extra Vitamin C.
If it feels as though the virus is attempting to make a full scale attack on your body, then the extra Vit. C. will make it back off somewhat and perhaps lessen the severity of the ailment.
If you think you're coming down with 'something', this is the time to take a day off and get plenty of rest and drink plenty of juices. Nipping this sort of common illness in the bud will prevent a more serious infection.
Elderberry extract, available at health(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) food stores can help lessen the severity and length of the illness.
The following recipe when taken as an infusion twice a day at the beginning and for the duration along with other commonsense measures should make it all a bit easier.
1/2 C. rose hips (extra Vitamin C) 1/4 C. dandelion leaf or root 1/4 C. mullein leaf or flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) 1/8 C. lemon peel 1/8 C. selfheal
Combine and remove enough to make 1/2 Tbsp of ground herbs (use a coffee mill or blender). Steep for 10 minutes.
For sore throats and coughs a soothing remedy is 1 to 2 Tbsp of lemon juice (or the juice of 1/2 of a lemon) in a 8 oz. glass of very warm water to which 1/2 tsp of honey is added. You can sip on this all through the day.
An old cough remedy is to place 5 or 6 cloves of garlic in a jar with 1 C. of whiskey and allow this to steep for a minimum of several days before using, but is allowed to continue to steep for some time. When needed, a teaspoon of the whiskey and a small amount of sugar are added to the warm water.
For stuffy head and breathing fill the sink or a wash basin with hot, steaming water and add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil of Eucalyptus. Place a bath towel around the head to use as a tent over the sink. Breath in the steam. (Use CAUTION around hot water!). Or you can add a few drops of the Eucalyptus oil to the dispenser of a steam vaporizer.
Another way to clear stuffed-up sinuses is with a Salt Water Snuffle. Add 1/4 tsp of sea salt to 4 oz. of warm water. Pour a small amount into the palm of the hand and snuffle up the nose -one side at a time. Continue until the liquid comes out the back of the throat. Nettie pots are an oriental device used to keep the sinuses clean on a daily basis and are another way to deliver a snuffle
The Ultimate Bird Flu Remedy....Reprinted with Permission
Machinegunmomma was kind enough to allow me to reprint her remedy for Bird Flu here. I thank her very much. You should check out her group How to Survive Disasters, lots of great and useful information and it just may save your life!
The Ultimate Bird Flu Remedy
All Natural Spices and Ingredients:
4 heaping tablespoons tumeric 2 heaping tablespoons cayenne pepper 2 heaping tablespoons dried/powdered garlic 2 heaping tablespoons powdered ginger 2 heaping tablespoons powdered cloves 1 cup lemon juice (or cider vinegar) 1 cup honey 1 cup dark rum 4 cinnamon sticks 2 heaping tablespoons black pepper 2 heaping tablespoon horseradish 1 heaping tablespoon each of marjoram, thyme and oregano.
Bring all ingredients to a boil, then simmer for 2 hours in a large saucepan. Stir regularly (Don’t worry, all of the alcohol in rum will boil off). FYI: Dark rum minus the alcohol has molasses and brown sugar. Then sweeten mixture with as much honey a necessary to make draught tolerable. Mixture will be full of lumps...keep them...just add them in...cool and store in well-sealed jars, like mayonnaise or peanut butter jars. Keep at room temperature.
Adults: 2 Tbsp in a cup of tea every 4-6 hours, daily… until well.
12–16: 1 Tbsp in a cup of tea every 4-6 hours, daily… until well.
Under 12: take 1 tsp mix in a cup of tea as hot as can stand every 6-8 hours until well.
Be prepared, and have some ingredients on hand. Print this recipe so that you have it available (especially in the event of a cyber-attack or prolonged power outage).
Simple Oil Compress
Dilute 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of tea tree and 3 drops of chamomile in a bowl of warm water. Dip a clean piece of cloth or bandage in the water, wring out the excess and apply to the area or swelling 2 or 3 times a day
Remedies for Fibromyalgia Do's and Don't for Fibromyalgia
-Take balanced diet including plenty of roughage, cabbage, salads, carrot, reddish, etc. Patient should also take plenty of fluid like plain water and freshly prepared juice in the diet. -Coconut water and coconut milk is also good for fibromyalgia. -Restrict your intake of sweets and sugar containing foods. -Exercise and meditation are very important for the fibromyalgia patients. -Try to live a stressful life. -Take proper sleep of at least 7-8 hours. -Prepare a mixture of olive oil and kerosene oil in equal quantity and massage gently 2-3 times a day for a month. -Apply warm vinegar over the affected muscles. -Avoid excess intake of oily or junk food. -Radish and cranberry are some of the effective fruits for treating fibromyalgia. Take freshly prepared cranberry or
radish juice. This will help in fighting with severe muscular pain.
-Raw papaya is also commonly used in treating fibromyalgia. Grind 8-10 papaya seeds and mix it in a glass of water. Bring it to boil and later drain it and take 2-3 times a day for one month. This is very useful home remedy for fibromyalgia.
-Patient suffering from fibromyalgia should take plain fresh orange juice, or mix cod liver oil into it.
-Cook ripe cherry in jaggery and butter. It is very useful in treating fibromyalgia. Take frying pan and add 2-3 tablespoon of butter or ghee. Add 10-12 cherries into it, after some time add 2-3 tablespoon of jaggery to it and cook for some time. Allow it to cool. Take this mixture 2-3 times in a day.
-You can also try this simple and effective home remedy for fibromyalgia. Cook 4-5 tablespoon of oatmeal in milk and add cherry and jaggery to it. Mix it well and allow it to boil till oatmeal is cooked completely. Take this food to patient 3-4 times a day.
-Vegetables like cabbage, carrot, beat, etc., helps in fibromyalgia natural cure. Take a glass of freshly prepared juice of these raw vegetables 2-3 times a day. These juices are very effective and health(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)y not only for fibromyalgia but for overall health(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com).
-Patient should also be given freshly prepared lemon juice with honey. Take 2-3 teaspoons of honey and lemon juice each and mix it in a glass of lukewarm water.
-Ginger is another natural home remedy that is very effective for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Patient should take 2-3 tablespoon of ginger juice 2-3 times a day.
-Turmeric is very effective home remedy for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Take 1-2 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of water 2-3 times a day. This will give fast relief from muscular pain.
A condition caused by narrowing of the arteries of the legs. Taking garlic daily as a supplement is believed to be helpful. The following tincture has been used to offer general support for this condition:
Combine equal amounts of hawthorn, horse chestnut, ginkgo, prickly ash and cramp bark. Measure out 1/4 oz of the mixture and powder them in a coffee mill.
Combine the powdered herbs with 2 oz of 100 proof vodka, cap securely, and allow to steep out of direct light for 2 weeks.
Strain and use 1 tsp 3 times a day. While waiting for the tincture you can make a tea of these same herbs using 2 tsp per cup of boiling water, steeped 8 to 10 minutes and taken 3 times a day.
Must be treated with antibiotics. Check with your doctor if no medical help is available,the following can be used to assist. Make a poultice of plantain leaves to which 20 drops of echinacea and 10 drops of usnea tinctures have been added. The poultice should be changed every few hours. Fresh plantain leaves contain the natural antibiotic aucubin.
See your doctor. Antibiotic and antiviral agents available through your doctor willknock out an infection far more surely than the herbal(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) alternative. Herbs can help,but the infection would be of a much longer duration and a far greater danger to thelife of the sufferer.
2. If medical help is unavailable, combine 3 parts echinacea, 1 part marshmallowroot, ¼ part cayenne pepper and fill size 00 capsules with the powdered mix. Take 2capsules every 2 hours.
OR 1 part powdered goldenseal 2 parts powdered chaparral3 parts powdered echinacea
Fill size 00 capsules with the powdered mix. Take 4 every 4 hours. As symptomssubside, the dosage should be reduced to 3 times a day for one week.
1 lb coltsfoot leaves ½ lb each of eyebright and buckbean 4 oz wood betony 2 oz rosemary 1½ oz thyme 1 oz lavender (rose leaves and chamomile flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s can also be added)
Rub herbs to a coarse powder with the hands. For a milder tobacco, the coltsfoot can be increased to ½ the total formula.
If you are trying to kick the habit, but aren't ready to give up puffing, make half the mixture with tobacco, then with each successive batch, cut back more until there is none.
Allspice (adds fragrance to pipe tobacco) August flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) (loosens nasal congestion due to head colds) Bearberry leaves (combine with tobacco to stretch the supply and a component of Kinnikinnik) Buckbean (used in place of tobacco) Chervil Cistus creticus Corn silk (used as filler) Cubeb berries (used for nasal congestion)
Deer tongue (used for fragrance) Dittany (substitute for tobacco) Ginseng root (substitute for chewing tobacco) Licorice (used for flavor) Life everlasting (substitute for pipe tobacco) Marjoram (used in smoking and snuff mixtures) Master-of-the-Woods (adds aroma to pipe tobacco) Mullein (leaves smoked like tobacco for nasal congestion and minor throat irritation) Rosemary (smoked as pipe tobacco) Sage Sassafras bark (used as pipe tobacco) White or Yellow sweet melilot or Sweet clover (used to flavor tobacco and cheese) Crushed tonka beans (used for a sweet aroma and also added to snuff) Yerba santa
The following remedy is indicative of the types of emergency measures that were available in times past and as such are of historical value. Seizures indicate a life threatening situation and immediate medical help must be sought. If no medical help is available you can try this:
1 oz lobelia seed, powdered 1 oz skullcap, powdered 1 oz skunk cabbage, powdered 1 oz black cohosh, powdered ½ oz cayenne, powdered 1 pint boiling water 1 pint apple cider vinegar Simmer herbs in the water for ½ hour, then strain and add the apple vinegar and bottle for use when needed. It is used both internally and externally for spasms and cramps. If there is difficulty in getting it behind the teeth and onto the tongue, bathe the neck and jaws with it frequently till relief is obtained.
Scarlet fever is a life threatening disease which must be under the supervision of a medical professional. Consult your doctor and discuss any alternatives you wish to introduce into the therapy. If no
medical help is available you can try this:
2 parts Echinacea tincture 1 part Garlic syrup 1 part Peppermint tincture 1 part Astragalus tincture 1 part Cleavers tincture 1 part Skullcap tincture ½ part Catnip tincture ½ part Elderflower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) tincture
Give ½ to 1 tsp 4 times a day.
Liver Problems 7 Different Teas
# Chicory flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s (1 part) # Woodruff (1 part) # Dandelion root (2 parts) # Speedwell (2 parts) Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1 cup a day, unsweetened, in mouthful doses.
# Alder buckthorn bark (1 part) # Restharrow root (5 parts) # Yellow gentian root (5 parts) # Peppermint leaves (10 parts) Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup of boiling water. Take 1 to 1-1/2 cups a day, in mouthful doses.
# Alder buckthorn back (2 parts) # Woodruff (2 parts) # Rosemary (3 parts) # Celandine (6 parts) Steep 2 tsp. in 1/2 cup of boiling water. Take 1/2 cup before breakfast and 1/2 cup before going to bed, in mouthful doses.
# Sticklewort # Cleavers # Woodruff Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1-1/2 cups a day. # Chicory flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s (1 part) # Woodruff (1 part) # Dandelion root (2 parts) # Speedwell (2 parts) Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1 cup a day, unsweetened, in mouthful doses.
# Alder buckthorn bark (1 part) # Restharrow root (5 parts) # Yellow gentian root (5 parts) # Peppermint leaves (10 parts) Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup of boiling water. Take 1 to 1-1/2 cups a day, in mouthful doses.
# Alder buckthorn back (2 parts) # Woodruff (2 parts) # Rosemary (3 parts) # Celandine (6 parts) Steep 2 tsp. in 1/2 cup of boiling water. Take 1/2 cup before breakfast and 1/2 cup before going to bed, in mouthful doses.
# Sticklewort # Cleavers # Woodruff Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1-1/2 cups a day.
# Oil of camphor (7 parts) # Oil of cloves (2 parts) # Oil of wintergreen (3 parts) # Oil of eucalyptus (3 parts)
# Oil of origanum (3 parts) Mix thoroughly. Use for soreness, swelling, pain, stiffness, colds, etc. Shake the bottle well before using each time.
Insomnia 7 Different Tea Remedies
Tea To Help You Sleep
# Fragrant valerian (1 part) # St. Johns Wort (2 parts) # Hops (3 parts) # Lavender flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s (5 parts) # Primrose flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s (10 parts) Steep 1-1/2 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. When cool enough to drink, add 1 tsp. honey. Take before going to bed.
# Hops (3 parts) # Fragrant valerian root (2 parts) Steep 1 tsp. mixture in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1/2 to 1 cup a day, unsweetened, in mouthful doses. Do not take for more than 2 or 3 weeks without interruption.
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This mixture is especially good for nervous insomnia
Dill seed (2 parts)
Anise seed (2 parts) Chamomile (1 part) Hops (1 part) Use 1/2 cup of boiling water. When lukewarm, add 1 tsp. honey. Sip just before retiring. More info on insomnia.
# Dill seed # Fennel seed # Peppermint leaves Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1/2 cup warm, sweetened with raw sugar or honey, before going to bed. More info on insomnia.
# Fragrant valerian root # Balm # Lavender # Milfoil Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 to 2 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water for a short time. Take warm.
# Balm # Hops # Fragrant valerian root Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling wate
# Juniper berries # Wormwood # Chamomile Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup of boiling water. Take 1/2 to 1 cup a day, in mouthful doses.
# Peppermint leaves (2 parts) # Lavender flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s (4 parts) # Thyme (5 parts) Steep 2 tsp. of the mixture in 1/2 cup boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Take 1 to 1-1/2 cups a day, in mouthful doses.
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# Chamomile # Balm # Fragrant valerian # Buck bean Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tbsp. in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Drink warm.
# Fennel seed (4 parts) # Water mint leaves (3 parts) # Chamomile flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s (2 parts) # Fragrant valerian (1 part) Steep 1/2 tsp. mixture in 1-1/2 cups boiling water for 5 inutes, then strain. Give in 5 or 6 doses during the day, in warm milk or by itself.
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Galactagogue, A Tea For Nursing Mothers
# Anise seed # Dill seed # Sweet marjoram Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1 to 1-1/2 cups a day, sweetened with honey, in mouthful doses.On the subject of successful nursing: Antiseptics should not be used for either mother's breast or for baby's mouth. Ordinary cleanliness is all that is essential. It has been conclusively proven that baby consumes 2/3 of the entire nursing during the first 5 minutes. It is then that he suckles hard and quickly. It is then also that he takes in considerable quantities of air which often cause distress.
When baby has nursed 4 to 5 minutes he should be taken from the breast and placed over mother's shoulder, abdomen down, then gently patted for a few moments in order that he may bring up whatever gas is within. This should be repeated 2 or 3 times during a 20 minute feeding.
A Tea For Relief
# Black pepper (1 part) # Coriander (2 parts) # Sweet flag root (powdered) (30 parts) Boil 2 oz. of the mixture in 1 pint of water until 1 cup liquid remains. Strain immediately. Take 1 tsp. 3 times a day.
Diarrhea, Tea To Control It
# Pomegranate (6 parts) # Spotted cranesbill (4 parts) # Colombo root (4 parts) # White oak bark (4 parts) # Black birch bark (4 parts) # Ginger (3 parts) # Wild sage (3 parts) Boil 1-1/2 tsp. mixture in 2 cups water for 2 to 3 minutes, covered; let stand for 10 minutes and strain. Take 1 cup, morning and evening. Sweeten with honey if desired.
# Milfoil herb # Pansy herb # St. Benedict thistle # German chamomile flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s # American senna leaves # Peppermint leaves Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tbsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Take warm.
# Oak bark # Horse chestnut bark Mix in equal parts. Boil 2 tsp. of the mixture in 1/2 cup water for a short time. Take unsweetened, in mouthful doses.
# Tormentil root # European mistletoe # Shave grass Boil 1 tsp. tormentil root briefly in 1/2 cup water and steep for 1 to 2 minutes. In this tea, parboil 1 tsp. each of the other plants. More info on diarrhea.
Diabetes, Tea To Improve Sugar Tolerance
Diabetes, Tea To Improve Sugar Tolerance #1 # Pumpkin seeds, peeled # Fragrant valerian root # Bilberry leaves Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tbsp. in 1 cup boiling water. Take 1 cup in the course of a day, unsweetened, in mouthful doses. More info on diabetes.
Diabetes, Tea To Improve Sugar Tolerance #2
# Mix bilberry leaves in equal parts with 1 or 2 of the following: # Bean pods # Nettle # Milfoil # European centaury # Dandelion # Blackberry leaves Parboil 1 tbsp. in 1/2 cup water for 10 minutes. Take 1 to 1-1/2 cups a day, unsweetened, in mouthful doses, but not within an hour of meals (before or after).
Whooping Cough Adult and Children Remedies
Whooping Cough...Good for children
# Licorice root (2 parts) # Sundew leaves (2 parts) # Lance-leaf plantain (2 parts) # Mother of thyme (5 parts) Steep 1 tsp. of mixture in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1 cup a day, sweetened with honey, in mouthful doses.
Whooping Cough # Oil of broom pine (80 parts) # Oil of eucalyptus (5 parts) # Oil of pine needles (5 parts) # Camphor (5 parts) # Oil of cloves (2 parts) Mix and shake until the camphor is dissolved. Add 2 tsp. mixture to slowly boiling water and inhale the vapors, or let evaporate in patient's room.
Whooping Cough # Sage (5 parts) # Anise (8 parts) # Primrose (10 parts) # Althea root (15 parts) # Elder flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s (15 parts) # Thyme (15 parts) Soak 1 tbsp. in 1/2 cup cold water for 3 hours, then bring to a boil and steep 10 minutes. Take 1/2 cup a day, in tablespoon doses.
Whooping Cough # Elecampane root # Thyme # Nettle leaves Mix in equal parts. Steep 10 minutes in boiling water. Strain. Sweeten with honey.
Whooping Cough # Mother of thyme # Mouse ear # Coltsfoot # Licorice root Mix in equal parts. Steep 2 tbsp. mixture in 3 cups of boiling water for 30 minutes, covered. Strain and sweeten with honey. Take 1 to 4 tbsp. 4 times a day between meals, dose depending on age.
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# Sundew # Horehound # Black currant leaves # Sage # Garden violet flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1/2 to 1 cup daily, sweetened with honey, in mouthful doses.
# Sundew (1 part) # Fennel (1 part) # Primrose flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s (3 parts) # Thyme (5 parts) Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes, then add 1 tsp. honey. Take 1 to 1-1/2 cups
a day, in mouthful doses.
# European mistletoe # Sage Soak 2 tsp mistletoe in 1/2 cup cold water for 6 to 8 hours. Then steep 2 tsp. sage in 1 cup boiling water, strain and let cool to drinking temperature. Add to mistletoe tea. Take the mixed tea, unsweetened, in mouthful doses as needed.
To Relieve Bronchial Cough
# Licorice (16 parts) # Lungwort (10 parts) # Spotted cranesbill (8 parts) # Aniseed (8 parts) # Wild cherry bark (8 parts) # Oswego tea (5 parts) # Irish moss (4 parts) # Lobelia (3 parts) Boil 1-1/2 tsp. mixture slowly in 2 cups water, in a covered pot, for 2 to 3 minutes; then let stand for 10 minutes. Strain and take 1 cup, morning and evening. Sweeten with honey or raw sugar if desired.
# Coltsfoot (2 parts) # Horehound (2 parts) # Cherry bark (1 part) Simmer 5 tbsp. mixture in 2-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes and strain. Add honey to sweeten. The dose is from 1 to 4 tbsp. 4 times a day, depending on age.
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# Note: All "ground" ingredients should be about as coarse as loose tea, the "powdered" ones about as fine as powdered sugar.
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The "Intestinal Broom" is easy to use. Usually a small amount, about the quantity that fits on half a teaspoon, or less, swallowed with a glassful of water, is sufficient for adults. It may be increased or decreased according to your own reaction.
It may also be used sprinkled over salads, or brewed as a tea: 1/2 tsp. to a cup of boiling water. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 10 or 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy. It has a fascinating flavor. Hedge hyssop leaves Milfoil American senna leaves Caraway
Mix equal parts. Add 1 tsp. to 1/2 cup simmering water, bring to a boil, and let cool. Take 1/2 cup, morning and evening.
For Lung Hemmorhage
This is for when medical help is NOT available...
# Shepherd's purse # Knotgrass # European mistletoe # Tormentil root Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take every 4 hours.
Chest & Lung Problems..Teas to Relieve Congestons & Inflammation
Chest & Lung Problems #1
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Chest & Lung Problems #2
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Chest & Lung Problems #4
Shave grass # Witch hazel # Hemp nettle Mix in equal parts. Add 1 heaping tsp. to 1/2 cup cold water. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute, then steep for 1 minute and strain. Take 1 to 1-1/2 cups a day, in mouthful doses, sweetened with 2 tsp. honey per cup, if desired.
Bronchitis, Healing and Soothing Teas 5 different ways
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# Anise # Licorice root # Lance-leaf plantain leaves # Fennel seed # Coltsfoot leaves Mix in equal parts. Bring 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup water to a boil. Sweeten with honey or brown sugar; take 1/2 cup, 3 times a day, as not as possible. More info on bronchitis.
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# Mullein # Licorice # Althea root # Althea herb # Coltsfoot leaves Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1/2 cup hot, sweetened with honey, 3 or 4 times a day.
# Elecampane root # Thyme # Nettle leaves # Lungwort Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1/2 cup hot, sweetened with honey, 3 or 4 times a day.
Arthritis Poultice and Liniment
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# Wintergreen # Yerba santa Mix in equal parts. Put any amount of mixture in enough olive oil to cover. Simmer for 30 to 60 minutes. Strain, and apply to affected parts when cool
# Fragrant valerian root (1 part) # Shave grass (1 part) # European mistletoe (4 parts) # Hawthorn (4 parts) Soak 1 tbsp. chopped plant parts in 1/2 cup cold water for 8 hours. Take 1/2 cup a day, spaced out in 3 or 4 doses.
Lack Of Appetite
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During actual combat, military operations continue around the clock at a constant pace, and often
under severe weather conditions. Terrible things happen in combat. During such periods the
soldier's mental and physical endurance will be pushed to the limit. Psychological first aid will help
sustain the soldier's mental/physical performance during normal activities, and especially during
military operations under extremely adverse conditions and in hostile environments.
Explanation of Term "Psychological First Aid"
Psychological first aid is as natural and reasonable as physical first aid and is just as familiar. When
you were hurt as a child, the understanding attitude of your parents did as much as the psychological effect of a bandage or a disinfectant to ease the pain. Later, your disappointment or grief was eased by supportive words from a friend. Certainly, taking a walk and talking things out with a friend are familiar ways of dealing with an emotional crisis. The same natural feelings that make us want to help a person who is injured make us want to give a helping hand to a buddy who is upset. Psychological first aid really means nothing more complicated than assisting people with emotional distress whether it results from physical injury, disease, or excessive stress. Emotional distress is not always as visible as a wound, a broken leg, or a reaction to pain from physical damage. However, overexcitement, severe fear excessive worry, deep depression, misdirected irritability and anger are signs that stress has reached the point of interfering with effective coping. The more noticeable the symptoms become, the more urgent the need for you to be of help and the more important it is for you to know HOW to help.
Importance of Psychological First Aid
First aid can be applied to stress reactions of the mind as well as to physical injuries of the body. You must know how to give psychological first aid to be able to, help yourself, your buddies, and your unit in order to keep performing the mission. Psychological first aid measures are simple and easy to understand. Improvisation is in order, just as it is in splinting a fracture. Your decision of what to do depends upon your ability to observe the soldier and understand his needs. Time is on your side, and so are the resources of the soldier you are helping. Making the best use of resources requires ingenuity on your part. A stress reaction resulting in poor judgment can cause injury or even death to yourself or others on the battlefield. It can be even more dangerous if other persons are affected by the judgment of an emotionally upset individual. If it is detected early enough, the affected soldier stands a good chance of remaining in his unit as an effective member. If it is not detected early and if the soldier becomes more and more emotionally upset, he may not only be a threat to himself and to others, but he can also severely affect the morale of the unit and jeopardize its mission.
Situations Requiring Psychological First Aid
Interrelation of Psychological and Physical First Aid
Psychological first aid should go hand in hand with physical first aid. The discovery of a physical injury or cause for an inability to function does not rule out the possibility of a psychological injury (or vice versa). A physical injury and the circumstances surrounding it may actually cause an emotional injury that is potentially more serious than the physical injury; both injuries need treatment. The person suffering from pain, shock, fear of serious damage to his body, or fear of death does not respond well to joking, indifference, or fearful-tearful attention. Fear and anxiety may take as high a toll of the soldier's strength as does the loss of blood.
Goals of Psychological First Aid
The goals of psychological first aid are to-
Respect for Others' Feelings
a. Accept the soldier you are trying to help without censorship or ridicule. Accept his right to his own feelings. Even though your feelings, beliefs, and behavior are different, DO NOT blame or make light of him for the way he feels or acts. Your purpose is to help him in this tough situation, not to be his critic. A person DOES NOT WANT to be upset and worried; he would "snap out of it" if he could. When he seeks help, he needs and expects consideration of his fears, not abrupt dismissal or accusations. You may be impressed with the fact that you made it through in good condition. You have
no guarantee that the situation will not be reversed the next time.
b. Realize that people are the products of a wide variety of factors. All persons DO NOT react the same way to the same situations. Each individual has complex needs and motivations, both conscious and unconscious, that are uniquely his own. Often, the "straw that breaks the camel's back" the one thing that finally causes the person to be overloaded by the stressful situation is not the stressor itself, but some other problem. Thus, an injury or an emotional catastrophe will have a personal meaning for each individual. Even though you may not share the reactions or feelings of another person and even though the reactions seem foolish or peculiar, you must realize that he feels as he does for a reason. You can help him most by accepting this fact and by doing what you can for him during this difficult time. He is doing the best he can under the circumstances. Your positive assistance and trust may be what he needs to do better.
Emotional and Physical Disability
Emotional Reaction to Injury
Every physically injured person has some emotional reaction to the fact that he is injured.
Emotional Reserve Strength of Distressed Soldiers
Realize that distressed soldiers have far more strength than appears at first glance. An injured or sick person may not put his best foot forward. The strong points of his personality are likely to be hidden beneath his fear, anguish, and pain. It is easy to see only his failures even though he worked efficiently beside you only a short time ago. With your aid he will again become helpful. Whatever made him a good soldier, rifleman, or buddy is still there; he is needed.
Battle Fatigue (and Other Combat Stress Reactions [CSR])
Battle Fatigue is a temporary emotional disorder or inability to function, experienced by a previously normal soldier as a reaction to the overwhelming or cumulative stress of combat. By definition, battle fatigue gets better with reassurance, rest, physical replenishment and activities which restore confidence. Physical fatigue, or sleep loss, although commonly present, is not necessary. All combat and combat support troops are likely to feel battle fatigue under conditions of intense and/or prolonged stress. They may even become battle fatigue casualties, unable to perform their mission roles for hours or days. Other negative behaviors may be CSRs, but are not called battle fatigue because they need other treatment than simple rest, replenishment and restoration of confidence. These negative CSRs include drug and alcohol abuse, committing atrocities against enemy prisoners and noncombatants, looting, desertion, and self-inflicted wounds. These harmful CSRs can often be prevented by good psychological first aid; however, if these negative actions occur, these persons may require disciplinary action instead of reassurance and rest.
Reactions to Stress
Most people react to misfortune or disasters (military or civilian, threatened or actual) after the situation has passed. All people feel some fear. This fear may be greater than they have experienced at any other time or they may be more aware of their fear. In such a situation, they should not be surprised if they feel shaky, become sweaty, nauseated or confused. These reactions are normal and are not a cause for concern. However, some reactions, either short or long term, will cause problems if left unchecked. The following are consequences of too much stress:
a. Emotional Reactions.
(1) The most common stress reactions are simply inefficient performances, such as:
people will fall into the first category (a above). Ten to 15 percent will show the more severe disturbances (b and c above). Another 10 to 15 percent will work effectively and coolly. The latter usually have had prior experience in disasters or have jobs that can be applied effectively in the disaster situation. Military training, like the training of police, fire, and emergency medical specialists in civilian jobs, is designed to shift that so that 99 to 100 percent of the unit works effectively. But sudden, unexpected horrors, combined with physical fatigue, exhaustion, and distracting worries about the home front can sometimes throw even well-trained individuals for a temporary loss.
e. Psychiatric Complications. Although the behaviors described (a through c above) usually diminish with time, some do not. A person who has not improved somewhat within a day, even though he has been given warm food, time for sleep, and opportunity to ventilate, or who becomes worse, deserves specialized medical/psychiatric care. Do not wait to see if what he is experiencing will get better with time.
8-12. Severe Stress or Battle Fatigue Reactions
You do not need specialized training to recognize severe stress or battle fatigue reactions that will cause problems to the soldier, the unit, or the mission. Reactions that are less severe, however, are more difficult to detect. To determine whether a person needs help you must observe him to see whether he is doing something meaningful performing his duties, taking care of himself, or behaving in an unusual fashion or acting out of character.
Application of Psychological First Aid
The emotionally disturbed soldier has built a barrier against fear. He does this for his own protection, although he is probably not aware that he is doing it. If he finds that he does not have to be afraid and that there are normal, understandable things about him, he will feel safer in dropping this barrier. Persistent efforts to make him realize that you want to understand him will be reassuring, especially if you remain calm. Nothing can cause an emotionally disturbed person to become even more fearful than feeling that others are afraid of him. Try to remain calm. Familiar things, such as a cup of coffee, the use of his name, attention to a minor wound, being given a simple job to do, or the sight of familiar people and activities will add to his ability to overcome his fear. He may not respond well if you get excited, angry, or abrupt.
a. Ventilation. After the soldier becomes calmer, he is likely to have dreams about the stressful event. He also may think about it when he is awake or even repeat his personal reaction to the event. One benefit of this natural pattern is that it helps him master the stress by going over it just as one masters the initial fear of jumping from a diving board by doing it over and over again. Eventually, it is difficult to remember how frightening the event was initially. In giving first aid to the emotionally disturbed soldier, you should let him follow this natural pattern. Encourage him to talk. Be a good listener. Let him tell, in his own words what actually happened (or what he thinks happened). If home front problems or worries have contributed to the stress, it will help him to talk about them. Your patient listening will prove to him that you are interested in him, and by describing his personal catastrophe, he can work at mastering his fear. If he becomes overwhelmed in the telling, suggest a cup of coffee or a break. Whatever you do, assure him that you will listen again as soon as he is ready. Do try to help put the soldier's perception of what happened back into realistic perspective; but, DO NOT argue about it. For example, if the soldier feels guilty that he survived while his teammates were all killed, reassure him that they would be glad he is still alive and that others in the unit need him now. If he feels he was responsible for their deaths because of some oversight or mistake (which may be true), a nonpunishing, nonaccusing attitude may help him realize that accidents and mistakes do happen in the confusion of war, but that life, the unit, and the mission must go on. (These same principles apply in civilian disaster settings as well.) With this psychological first aid measure, most soldiers start toward recovery quickly.
and will go far toward making him a useful member of the unit.
Reactions and Limitations
Mild Battle Fatigue PHYSICAL SIGNS* EMOTIONAL SIGNS*
SELF AND BUDDY AID
More Serious Battle Fatigue
More Serious Battle Fatigue PHYSICAL SIGNS* EMOTIONAL SIGNS*
**Do these procedures in addition to the self and buddy aid care.
Preventive Measures to Combat Battle Fatigue
Preventive Measures to Combat Battle Fatigue
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Poultice for Bruises and Pain Relief
This natural poultice may help to fade bruises and relieve any pain and inflammation.
In a medium-size saucepan, combine the herbs and water and bring to the boil over a high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain off the water, reserving the herbs.
Dampen a 12in/300mm square towel in warm water and place the herbs in the center. Fold the towel over the herbs and place the poultice on the bruise. Leave until the herbs have cooled. Reheat and use once a day until symptoms subside.
Peppermint Lotion to Relieve Itching
Here is a recipe for a light lotion which will relieve itching.
To make 8 floz/225ml
Pour the water and alcohol into a bottle and add the oil. Close the bottle tightly and shake well. Apply the lotion to sensitive spots with a clean cloth, but test it on a small patch of your skin before using; dab a little on the inside of your wrist and wait a few hours to see if it causes a reaction. If not, use as needed.
Pain Relief Salve
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Combine equal amounts of marshmallow root, corn silk, couch grass, horsetail, with half as much bearberry. Steep 1 tsp of mixture in a cup of water just off the boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink hot 4 to 5 times a day.
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Cayenne pepper blocks pain, and stops bleeding. Just sprinkle organic cayenne powder on cuts, scrapes and abrasions to stop bleeding. Contrary to what you might think, it does not burn! Just sprinkle cayenne powder on cuts, and paw punctures and abrasions to stop bleeding.
Use the diluted essential oil of rosemary or a rosemary infused oil to make a good massage treatment for stiff arthritic joints in dogs and other pets. Rosemary is a pain reliever, fights infections for wounds, minor cuts and burns. Essential oil, rosemary tincture or the herb infused oil can be diluted and used in sprains, sciatica, muscular and nerve pain.
A poultice of dried or fresh yarrow is useful for treating lacerated foot pads or other cuts and scrapes in companion animals. Yarrow is also useful for subcutaneous blood clots of the ears and the skin, especially when internal doses of the tincture are used in conjunction with external application of an oil infusion.
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Coltsfoot is used as a respiratory disinfectant, expectorant, and cough suppressant in a wide variety of different animals-we find it particularly useful trachemobronchitis in dogs (specifically kennel cough) especially when combined with antiviral herbs such as licorice.
Arthritis is as painful to dogs as to people, so be careful when treating them. Having said that, however, dogs generally love to be massaged and a dog with arthritis will both enjoy and benefit from the following treatment. Massage into affected joints by working through the coat and into the skin:
Don't worry about this being messy. Your dog will soon lick off much off the oil, but by then the correct amount will have penetrated the skin and got to the affected tissue and bone.
EFA deficiencies that can lead to a dull coat, excessive shedding, itchy skin and conditions like
eczema and other inflammatory skin disorders.
Topically, borage may be applied to relieve minor skin irritations.
irritations, provides a soothing, lubricating barrier in urinary tract infections compounded by gravel,
and combats bacteria. Very helpful in relieving sore throats and dry, raspy coughs.
Use marsh mallow in much the same way for pets for coughs and UTIs. Add 1/4 teaspoon of
marshmallow tea to food or water for lubricating and expelling fur balls in cats. Marsh mallow
powdered root added to pet food provides bulk to relieve constipation.
Animals often suffer from ear wax. Gently massage the ear with the 4 drops of the following formula in each ear daily to soften the wax. It then can be removed with a cotton swab.
Pull an old piece of towel, or other thick material down over a steel bristle brush until it is about 1 inch from the base, depending on the length of your pets coat. Prepare an bowl of warm water and mix 6 drops of the following oils * cedarwood * or pine * or lavender * or 2 drops each
Brushing will collect the fleas and eggs in the material, which should be rinsed out thoroughly several times during the brushing. If infestation is serious, put the essential oils directly on the material first, rub the material together to disperse, and rinse with plain warm water.
If you pet has had a run in with a skunk then this recipe will help you remove the smell:
Mix all the above in a bucket or bowl. Thoroughly wet your pet with the solution. Knead it well into his coat being careful to keep the formula out if the eyes, nose and mouth. You can use a sponge to carefully wipe it onto his face. Once finished rinse the animal thoroughly with clean water. Do not forget to give the pet lots of love as they will be feeling pretty sorry for themselves. Not only have they been sprayed by a skunk but mom or dad has just given them a bath.
pet remedy 60 drops sweet majoram, 40 drops lavender, 20 drops orange. Dilute in 4 fluid ounces of pure water and spray as needed.
Neem oil is one of the most prized oils from India and is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. For use in skin care for bacterial and fungus infections, acne, eczema, psoriasis, scabies, and athletes foot dilute with coconut oil, or other vegetable oil in a 10 to 20 percent solution. To treat parasites like mites, scabies and lice apply full strength to the affected area 2 to 3 times daily. Neem does not irritate the skin, but has a distinctly earthy smell some will find unpleasant. Neem Oil is a natural insect repellent against mosquitoes,flies and garden pests, and kills fleas and ticks on pets. Just add a small amount to your pet's shampoo.
Skullcap is especially effective for general excitability, restlessness,nervous twiching and nervous tension in dogs and cats. Unlike valerian and other sedatives, skullcap by itself does not cause drowsiness, or dull the reflexes or interfere with motor coordination. This makes it especially suitable for high strung cats who need to retain their survival reflexes outside the house.
Pennyroyal for fleas
Pennyroyal is excellent for getting rid of fleas, rub the crushed leaves on your pet.
Following are some of the simple tips for malaria:
- Keep your home airy, clean, dry, and hygienic. By this mosquitoes are discouraged from entering your house. Use detol, phenyl, etc. for cleaning house and toilets.
-Wear long pants and full-sleeved shirts while traveling in a tropical area.
- Use mosquito repellents while sleeping. In case you are allergic to the mosquito repellent, then you can use bed nets or mosquito nets.
-Take a light diet without much cooking and without much oil and spices.
Following are some of the simple tips for prostrate disorders:
-Eat foods that are rich in zinc such as meat, eggs and all kinds of seafood.
-Avoid alcoholism and smoking as they invite prostate problems.
reduced to half the amount. This is drunk along with sugar.
Following are some of the simple tips for kidney stones:
-Take proper rest and 7-8 hour sleep is a must for patient suffering with kidney stones.
-Vitamin A is good for treating kidney stones. It helps in strengthening the urinary system and thus prevents the formation of stones inside the body. It also controls the growth of protein within the body.
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Do's and Don't for Food Poisoning
-Cook mutton, chicken, fish at temperature at which all the germs are killed. Also preserve these
food items at appropriate temperature inside refrigerator.
-Always wash your hands before cooking, serving, and eating food.
-Do not use the oil which is left out in the pan after cooking something. Harmful chemical reaction
takes place in between.
-Keep your refrigerator properly clean. See the temperature of the freezer and other sections are
set at right temperature.
Use dish washers containing lemon.
-Never keep the food items at room temperature for more than 2-3 hours.
-Do not preserve milk products, cakes, breads etc., for more than a day.
-Check the manufacturing and expiry date of any eatable before buying it.
-Also check the seal of the canned food.
-Do not use rusted knife or chopper. Use good quality cutting board and wash it thoroughly after
-Always eat fresh and well-cooked food. If the food is left, keep it in refrigerator, and heat it before
- Do not eat fried food outside, you don’t know oil is of good quality or not.
-Always take lemon water before going to bed. This helps in easy digestion and will also keep the bowel movement correct.
Following are some of the effective home remedies for food poisoning:
-You can also take this immediate step for treating food poisoning like give warm water to the patient immediately after vomiting. This would sooth his stomach and gives relief from abdominal pain.
-Take 10-15 seeds cumin (jeera) and fenugreek (methi) seeds each and powder it. Add these powders in a glass of water. Drink the mixture. This gives much relief from vomiting and abdominal pain. You can also take these powders with a half cup of fresh curd in place of water.
-Mix 2-3 tablespoon of basil leaves extract in a half cup of fresh curd. Add little amount of black salt and black pepper to it. Take this 3-4 times a day. This will give you fast relief from vomiting, weakness, and body pain.
Home Remedies for Ear Infection
-Mango is also used in earache. Grind mango leaves and boil it. Put 2-3 drops of lukewarm mango leaves extract in the infected ear. This is natural and effective remedy for reducing ear pain and infection.
-You can also try onion juice for getting relief from ear infection. Put onion juice in the infected ear.
-Try this easy and effective remedy for earache. Applying warm heat using pads over infected and aching ear gives comfort. Warm cloth containing boiled garlic pieces or warm onion pieces when gently positioned over paining ear gives relief from ear aches.
-Olive oil is also commonly used for getting relief from ear infection. Put few drops of olive oil in the infected ear. It will helps in moving out earwax.
-Prepare a mixture of warm olive oil and few pieces of garlic. Put few drops of this in the infected ear. It provides relief in ear infections and aches.
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- Garlic is very beneficial in ear infection. Take garlic juice and pour 2-3 drops of it into the infected ear. Use ear dropper for this. This gives relief in ear pain and infection.
- Another simple and effective home remedy for ear infection is holy basil. Using ear dropper, put 2 3 drops of basil juice in the infected ear. This will give you relief from ear infections and aches.
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discharge caused by physical manipulation or trauma.
Poplar Bud Oil (steeped)................2 ounces Arnica Oil (steeped)........................2 ounces Hypericum Oil (steeped)... ............2 ounces Oil of Wintergreen.............. ............30 drops Olive Oil....... ....................................6 ounces A Topical oil, used as an analgesic, counterirritant, and anti-inflammatory: 30-60 drops rubbed into the area aids dispersal and resolution of exudates. It is to strong for a true massage oil.
Licorice Root ....................................2 parts Korean red Ginseng............ ............2 parts Lily-of-the-Valley Root...................1 part Tincture 1:4, 50% alcohol 1/2 teaspoon AM and midday.
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worker in Denver, Colorado. Strictly speaking it is due to the lower oxygen level in the air at high altitudes. Symptoms can be as mild as feeling as though you're coming down with the flu or can be life threatening and include lack of coordination, stumbling, bad headache, nausea and vomiting, confusion, shortness of breath without any activity, coughing, and cough with blood-tinged sputum.
Herbs which improve oxygenation are Ginkgo and Reishi taken for several days in advance of travel to a high altitude destination. Ginkgo has been taken at the dosage of 80 mg per day of the tincture or capsules containing 40 to 50 mg of standardized extract per day (1 capsule 3 times daily), or according to the manufacturers label instructions. Reishi has been taken at the rate of 2 tsp tincture 3 times per day. Siberian Ginseng is another herbal(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) choice that can help. And Ginger is useful as an anti-nausea remedy taken at the rate of 10 to 20 drops of tincture in a glass of water, although should not be taken if gallbladder disease is present.
Other precautions to be taken are: Keep hydrated; drink plenty of water; dehydration occurs more quickly at high altitudes. Do not drink alcohol! which increases dehydration and depresses breathing. Ditto on the sedatives and sleeping pills.
Used for shock, cramps, and hysteria. May also be useful for poisonous stings and bites. Can also
be used to treat pyorrhea and mouth sores.
1 oz. lobelia
1 oz skullcap
1 oz myrrh gum
1 oz black cohosh
½ oz licorice
½ oz ginger root
Useful for skin rashes, swellings, wounds and eruptions.
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½ part plantain leaves
½ part mugwort
½ part comfrey leaves
Simmer the herbs in lard (1 lb lard for each 4 oz of herbs) till leaves are crisp. Strain and store in
A standard remedy is aloe. Ginger capsules or the juice can also aid in healing. For ulcerative colitis eating one clove of raw garlic daily and sipping on a warm tea of chamomile or vervain throughout the day can help the healing process. Also, purchase or make tinctures of the following: bayberry, wild yam, valerian, agrimony and chamomile. Combine 2 parts bayberry and 2 parts wild yam with 1 part valerian, 1 part agrimony and 1 part chamomile. Combined product of tinctures is taken 1 tsp 3 times daily.
I didn't write this article..had it stuck away in my files. Medical professionals are nice when you can get to them. This is something to try in case you are cut off from professional medical assistance.
A serious condition which needs to be under the direction of a medical professional. Of interest is the increasing percentage of this condition in children especially, but in the overall population as well. Without a doubt those currently alive in this country have been exposed to more chemical pollutants than at any other time in history. From home heating fuels with "additives" unknown to most of us, to plastics with a veritable soup of chemical ingredients, to electro-magnetic radiation and - I could type all day just running these items down. However, I have noticed that when we switched to catalytic converters with their sulphur emissions, this sudden rise in respiratory difficulties began in earnest. It's an area of inquiry rarely discussed in the media, but I believe it bears serious investigation. We may have substituted lead in the air for an even more threatening problem.
The anti-oxidant vitamins A, C and E are important supplements with this condition along with B6. Another important substance is magnesium as some asthma has been related to deficiency of this mineral. A diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and no sugars is recommended. To some degree herbs can be helpful but cannot substitute for medications during severe attacks. During an asthma attack, extract of Lobelia can help to curtail the spasms. Eight ounces of mullein tea sipped throughout the course of the day can help soothe bronchial tracts. An over-the-counter commercial product called "Breathe-Easy Tea" by the Traditional Medicinals company contains Ma Huang and assorted respiratory effective herbs and can be used to assist. For dry types of asthma the herbs Coltsfoot, Marshmallow root, Mullein and Licorice are better suited. Accompanied by white sputum the herbs Grindelia and Yerba santa along with those mentioned previously are helpful. Wild plum bark could be included to assist with the coughing. Elecampane is another very useful respiratory herb. Eucalyptus and Tea Tree are helpful as inhalant therapy to clear and soothe the passages and quiet any bacterial elements.
Historically, herbs such as Dragon turnip, Ephedra, Lobelia, Cypripedium, Quillaya bark, Cinnamon, Licorice, Elecampane and Comfrey have been combined and powdered and combined in capsules to be taken that way. Other methods involved the use of powders to be burned and the smoke inhaled. One such recipe called for Stramonium leaves, Henbane leaves, Lobelia leaves, Belladona leaves, Cascarilla bark, and nitrate of potash. Some of these are quite poisonous thus their use as inhalation therapy rather than internal dose. A variation of this same powder called for dissolving nitrate of Potash in water and saturating the herbs with this solution and then drying them in moderate heat. The treated herbal(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com) mix was then rolled into cigarettes to be smoked in an effort to relieve the asthma attack.
For Chronic Asthma and Emphysema: Create a tincture by combining the tinctures of Gumweed (5 parts), Wild cherry bark (2 parts), Lobelia (1 part), Licorice (1 part), Motherwort (1 part), Ma Huang (1 part), Thyme (1/4 part). Dose is 1 tsp taken 3 times daily. Another useful recipe is to purchase "Breathe Easy" tea by Traditional Medicinals and make a tincture combining the herbs with 100 proof vodka in a 1:8 ratio. Allow to steep 2 weeks, shaking daily, then strain and bottle. Dose is 5 up to10 drops in liquid (coffee preferable).
Echinacea Elderberry (syrup) Eucalyptus Forsythia (F. suspensa) Garlic Ginger Goldenseal Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) Juniper Lemon balm Licorice Shitake mushroom
OSHA TINCTURE Fresh Osha (Ligisticum porteri) root 180 to 190 proof alcohol
Fill a 1 pint wide-mouth jar with freshly gathered and cleaned Osha root which has been finely chopped. Cover with alcohol to the top of the jar. Cap tightly and shake well. Keep in a spot out of direct light and shake daily for 2 weeks. Strain and press out as much liquid as possible, then filter the liquid through a coffee filter and store in a tincture bottle.
Antiseptic Herbs Agave Alpine Cranberry Bilberry Birthroot Trillium pendulum) Clove Cubeb (Piper cubeba) Echinacea Eucalyptus Feverweed (Gerardia pedicularia) Garlic Goldenseal Guaiac (Guaiacum officinale) Heather Iceland Moss Lavender Myrrh Nasturtium Olive Onion Sandalwood Sassafras Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) Tormentil White mustard White Pond Lily (Nymphaea odorata) Wild indigo Willow, White Willow, Black Willow, Goat Wormwood
A strong sage tea or lavender tea is used to disinfect sick rooms.
ANTISEPTIC WASH = Take a handful of lavender flower(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)s and boil in 1 pint of water for 10 minutes. Strain through a coffee filter and allow to cool. Used for gargle for sore throats or sore and infected gums. Used as a wash in the sick room. Also used to relax the nervous system.
ANTISEPTIC CREAM = 1 cup sweet almond oil, 2/3 cup distilled water, ¼ oz beeswax, ½ tsp essential oil of lavender. Melt waxes and oils in top of double boiler, remove from heat and add lavender oil. Place water in blender and begin blending on "high" setting. Slowly drizzle in the melted oils and waxes.
ANTISEPTIC SALVE #1 (NOTE: only used on closed wounds due to the presence of wax which is occlusive) 1 oz powdered Goldenseal 1 oz powdered Myrrh gum 4 oz. olive oil ¼ oz beeswax any essential oils if desired
Place oil and herbs into the top of a double boiler. Center the pan in an electric skillet to which ½-inch of water has been added to protect the finish. Clip a cooking thermometer to the inside edge of the double boiler pan, then begin to "fiddle" with the skillet dial until the temperature of the oil remains at a steady 100°F (this is usually half way between the "off" and "warm" settings) Allow to steep at this temperature for 12 to 14 hours or until the herbs lose their color and look "used up". Strain the contents of the double boiler and press hard to release as much oil as possible from the dregs. Strain again through several layers of cheesecloth or muslin until there are no herb particles. Clean the double boiler pan and return the clean oil to the pan. Place the pan back in the center of the skillet and add the beeswax. Raise the temperature until it is at a steady 150° F (beeswax melts at 148.4 F). When the wax is melted, remove from heat and stir in 1 drop of tincture of Benzoin (or 1 drop of Grapefruit seed extract) per ounce of product. This will be 3 or 4 depending on how much oil you were able to squeeze out. Antiseptic properties can be enhanced with the addition of a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender oil after the wax is melted and you are ready to pour into a suitable container.
6 oz sweet almond oil (or olive oil) ¼ oz beeswax Tincture of Benzoin or Grapefruit seed extract as a preservative (add at the rate of 1 drop per finished ounce of product) 6 drops tea tree oil (optional) 800 IU of vitamin E
Follow directions as in Antiseptic Recipe #1 and add the vitamin E at the end when adding any essential oils as described. Yield 3 oz.
An agent which destroys or arrests growth of micro-organisms. Some herbs are: Aloe, Garlic, Withania and Usnea (actually a lichen which is not available in the wild in the Eastern US. It is not water soluble to much of a degree, so purer alcohol is required for extraction purposes).
USNEA TINCTURE: You will need freshly gathered Usnea lichen and 1 pint of 180 to 190 proof alcohol. Rinse the Usnea and shake dry. Place in a wide-mouthed jar and pack down. Add the alcohol, cap tightly and allow to steep for two weeks, shaking well each day. Strain off the liquid (press out as much as you can from the material) and filter through a coffee filter. Store in a tincture bottle (available through herbal(Buy now from http://www.drugswell.com)ware suppliers) out of direct light and heat.
1. Combine 1 part Rhubarb root, 1 part Restharrow and 2 parts Sticklewort. Steep 1½ tsp in ½ cup of boiling hot water for 8 minutes and take ½ cup before breakfast and 1 cup more during the remainder of the day.
more and strain. Take 1 cup, morning and evening, sweetened if desired.
3. Combine 1 oz Birch leaves, ¾ oz Bearberry leaves, ½ oz Dandelion root and leaves, ½ oz
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used longer than 3 months at most). Use 1 tsp per cup of boiling water steeped 10 minutes.
Combine equal parts of Plantain, Parsley root, Marshmallow root and ½ part Echinacea.
Make a tea using 1 tsp per cup of boiling water steeped 10 minutes. Taken ½ cup every 2
WEAKNESS 1 oz Dandelion root 1 oz Parsley root ½ oz Marshmallow root ¼ oz Ginger root
Combine herbs. Simmer 1 oz of the herbs in 1 pint of water for 30 minutes. Dose is 1 cup taken 3 times daily.
TONIC (and diuretic) ½ oz Buchu ½ oz Bearberry ½ oz Parsley root ½ oz Cleavers ½ oz Juniper berries ½ oz Marshmallow root 1 tsp Ginger
Combine herbs. Simmer 1 oz of the herbs in 1 pint of distilled water for 20 minutes. Dose is 1/2 cup of the tea 4 times a day, after meals and before going to bed.