Echinacea – A “Must Have” Medicinal Herb | Modern Alternative Health You probably recognize this wonderful herb as a beautiful and popular garden flower. Echinacea, or as it is more commonly called ‘Purple Coneflower’, is a great addition to any garden, but not just for its beauty. Echinacea is a favorite herb to many herbalists and natural health enthusiasts… Keep reading to find out why it’s one of MY favorite herbs to have around this time of year! Tell Me More Echinacea is hard to misidentify with its brilliant purple-pink petals, peaked brown center and tall, fuzzy stems. Butterflies and bees love it, and you will too! There are several species of medicinal Echinacea with the most common being E. angustifolia, E. purpurea, and E. pallida. What Is Echinacea Used For? “I keep hearing that Echinacea is good for me and my family. Echinacea is one of the best herbs for the upcoming “cold and flu” seasons! Echinacea is also an excellent antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory! A few common conditions Echinacea is used for:
Want Cleaner and Purer Air? Try Air-Cleaning Plants, NASA Says NASA knows a thing or two about keeping air clean, sending astronauts into space with a limited amont of breathable air for months on end. Afterall, they can’t simply open a window when things get stuffy in space. What NASA researchers have learned about air quality in the home concerning air-cleaning plants, however, is refreshing to say the least. They’ve found several common houseplant varieties can essentially clean the air of certain chemicals. According to the NY Times: “Formaldehyde is commonly found in drapes, glues and coating products. And with asbestos, formaldehyde, and other VOCs leaching off every wall of our home, it’s no surprise that indoor pollution may be causing 50% of illnesses worldwide. Taken from NASA’s ‘Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollutant Abatement‘ report, it reads: The plants found to be most effective at purifying the air include: Peace liliesMother-in-law’s tongueFicusGerbera daisiesSnake plantsDevil’s ivy Dr. Additional Sources: NY Times Scribd
Survival Food Series: Medicinal Plants for the Survival Garden Plants have been revered through out history for their magical healing powers. In a dire situation where over the counter medicine is no longer available, many will be forced to turn their backs on modern medicine and reacquaint themselves with more homeopathic and natural forms. In this type of situation, many will be turning to alternative medicines to alleviate and assist some of the more chronic health issues such as high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, migraines, anemia and arthritis. Acquiring books on herbal medicines for a disaster scenario would be a great knowledge source to add to any preparedness library. In the book, Herbal Medicine: The Natural Way To Get Well and Stay Well by Dian Dincin Buchman, Ph. 1. “Cayenne pepper is a powerful stimulant, producing a sense of heat in the stomach, and a general glow ove r the body without a narcotic effect. This pepper can assist as a digestion aid. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. A tea made of common sage can help lift depression. 8. St. 9.
Grow a Medicinal Herb Garden; Help bees By Steven FosterThe Herb Companion Save time and money by stocking your backyard or windowsill gardens with five basic medicinal herbs. These superstars will treat common ailments such as colds and flu, inflammation, minor cuts, infections, pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, poor digestion and insomnia. Echinacea: Super Immune-Booster Echinacea products are among the top-selling herbs in health-food stores. The seeds of E. purpurea germinate readily, or plants can be easily propagated by dividing the roots. While most references suggest using Echinacea root for medicinal use, I make a tea of the fresh or dried flowers of E. purpurea: the chemical constituents of the flowers are similar to those of the root. Chamomile: Gentle Yet Powerful Most chamomile tea is made from the dried or fresh flowers of the annual German or Hungarian chamomile (Matricaria recutita, formerly M. chamomilla or Chamomilla recutita). German chamomile is easily grown from seed. Yarrow: First Aid in the Garden
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122 Uses for Coconut Oil - Even More of the Simple, the Strange, and the Downright Odd - Delicious Obsessions Many of you have seen my post 52 Uses for Coconut Oil – The Simple, The Strange, and The Downright Odd! Well, when I created that post, I was shocked that I could come up with 52 ways to use coconut oil. Lo and behold, there are many more ways than that! You can read the Original 52 Uses for Coconut Oil (in case you missed them) Check out my NEW printable versions of the 122 Uses of Coconut Oil here. Check out these fun graphics with various uses of coconut oil on them here. The following uses are all suggestions from readers – both from comments on the post and from emails I received or discussions with friends and family. So, instead of forcing everyone to read through 400+ comments, I have pulled out the new uses and compiled them in this post. DISCLAIMER: Please note, these uses are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Some uses are were covered in the original 52 uses, but readers have elaborated on some of them and I thought their tips were helpful. 53. 54. 55. 56.
Five Scientific Conclusions About Cannabis That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want You To Know Photo Credit: N.ico via Flickr July 29, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. While studies touting the purported dangers of cannabis are frequently pushed by the federal government and, therefore, all but assured mainstream media coverage, scientific conclusions rebutting pot propaganda or demonstrating potential positive aspects of the herb often tend to go unnoticed. 1. In the years immediately prior to the passage of the federal Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, exploitation journalists routinely, yet unfoundedly, claimed that cannabis use triggered psychotic and violent behavior. Writing in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, investigators assessed the impact of a lifetime history of substance use on mortality in 762 subjects with schizophrenia or related disorders. A ‘novel’ and ‘interesting’ finding indeed; too bad no one in the corporate media cared enough to report it. 2. Can cannabis use quell thoughts of suicide? 3. Or not.
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Freeze & Preserve Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil I found a great method to freeze & preserve fresh herbs in olive oil. Preserving herbs in oil reduces some of the browning and freezer burn that herbs can get in the freezer. It’s also a great way to have herbs ready immediately for winter stews, roasts, soups, and potato dishes. 8 Steps for Freezing Herbs in Oil Choose firm, fresh herbs, ideally from the market or your own garden.If you wish, you can chop them fine. Or leave them in larger sprigs and leaves. Source: Thekitchn
52 Uses for Coconut Oil - The Simple, The Strange, and The Downright Odd! - Delicious Obsessions <<Update 03/20/12 — Make sure you take some time to read through the comments on this post. When I first wrote this post back in January 2012, I thought 52 uses for coconut oil was amazing. Little did I know that my readers would leave double, and probably even triple that many new uses in the comments!>> Really? DISCLAIMER: Please note, these uses are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. 52 Uses for Coconut Oil Eat a spoonful when you need an energy boost. Check out the printable list of 122 Uses for Coconut Oil Check out these fun graphics with different ways to use Coconut oil What is your favorite way to use coconut oil? If you’re interested in making your own skin care products, I highly recommend this eBook: “Coconut Oil For Your Skin – Nourishing Your Body From The Outside In“. For lots of health-related information on coconut oil, I have found this book from the founders of Tropical Traditions to be very informative. Virgin Coconut Oil Book from Tropical Traditions
Biodiversity loss may cause increase in allergies and asthma Declining biodiversity may be contributing to the rise of asthma, allergies, and other chronic inflammatory diseases among people living in cities worldwide, a Finnish study suggests. Emerging evidence indicates that commensal microbes inhabiting the skin, airway, and gut protect against inflammatory disorders. However, little is known about the environmental determinants of the microbiome. Ilkka Hanski et al. from the Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki, investigated whether reduced human contact with nature and biodiversity influences the composition of commensal skin bacteria and allergen sensitivity in a random sample of 118 teenagers living in eastern Finland. The authors found that subjects living on farms or near forests had more diverse bacteria on their skin and lower allergen sensitivity than individuals living in areas with less environmental biodiversity, such as urban areas or near bodies of water.
Roselle (plant) The roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a species of Hibiscus native to the Old World tropics, used for the production of bast fibre and as an infusion. It is an annual or perennial herb or woody-based subshrub, growing to 2–2.5 m (7–8 ft) tall. The leaves are deeply three- to five-lobed, 8–15 cm (3–6 in) long, arranged alternately on the stems. The roselle is known as the rosella or rosella fruit in Australia. The plant is considered to have antihypertensive properties. The red calyces of the plant are increasingly exported to America and Europe, where they are used as food colourings. In East Africa, the calyx infusion, called "Sudan tea", is taken to relieve coughs. The heated leaves are applied to cracks in the feet and on boils and ulcers to speed maturation. In Andhra cuisine, Hibiscus cannabinus, called Gongura, is extensively used. In Burmese cuisine, called chin baung ywet (lit. sour leaf), the roselle is widely used and considered an affordable vegetable for the population.
15 most effective medicinal herbs that you can plant in your garden space | The Self-Sufficient Living The medicines that we see today, including the heavy antibiotics and the normal syrups, never existed century ago. However, people since inception have been taking a different form of medications for illness and other health problems. The power of herbal medicines cannot be overlooked at point time – prior to all the modern medicines, these herbal medicines even cured deadly diseases. Once again, pharmacy is going into the herbal era to explore and bring out the human health benefits. This is because of the ease of use and yes, the affordability and the power to heal almost every human health disorder. Unfortunately, we lack medicinal plant information and that is why never think of having some quick doctors (medicinal plants) at home. Are herbal remedies safe? This excerpt deals with the most common medicinal plants and their uses – moreover, you would get to know about the list of medicinal plants which can easily been grown at home. 1) Aloe Vera: BurnsWounds and cutsEczemaSkin allergies