Using Echinacea Although echinacea is used to fight many different ailments, it is most commonly used to boost the immune system and fight infection. To find out more about making tinctures, salves, syrups, antiseptics, sprays, and many other simple remedies, see Growing and Using Echinacea by Kathleen Brown. This little booklet contains a wealth of information about Echinacea, and costs only $3.95. There are two ways to brew an herbal tea: Infusion and Decoction. Use the infusion method when preparing a tea from leaves, flowers or seeds. To make an infusion: Place 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb or 2-4 teaspoons of fresh herb in a teapot. To make a decoction: Combine 2 teaspoons of dried root and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Below are two tea recipes excerpted from Growing and Using Echinacea by Kathleen Brown. The herbs in this formula all have active antiviral properties and are effective against herpes, shingles, flu, warts, and other viral infections. 1 part echinacea root 1 part ginger root 1 part St.
Healing Herbs Reference Database Natural AntiHistamine Herbs Antihistamine drugs are very popular medications, both over the counter and by prescription – but can we choose natural antihistamine herbs instead? Histamine is a chemical, which is involved in our local immune response as well as regulating physiological function in the gut, acting as a neurotransmitter. During the time of seasonal allergies, the body’s immune system sees pollen as an invader. In an allergic reaction, our body produces histamine, as a defense mechanism. An antihistamine serves to reduce or eliminate the effects brought on by histamine, a chemical mediator released during allergic reactions. There are hundreds of plants and antihistamine herbs used all over the world, which are used in herbal medicine as treatments for histamine attacks. Before we go into the list of natural antihistamine herbs, let me recommend a natural antihistamine remedy to you. This natural antihistamine remedy is manufactured by Native Remedies. Get an instant 20% off SOS Hista Drops!
Medicinal Plants: Mullein Disclaimer: Consult your doctor first!!The information contained within this article is no way intended to be taken as medical advice. Be certain to consult a professional before trying this for yourself. For those of you already subscribed to my newsletter (which you should definitely do ) then you already know a little bit about my journey into finding a solution to the concerns I had about the health-care system. Specifically becoming free from my dependence upon it. With the way the world is going and given the direction the health-care system is going, I think it’s best for all of us to reduce our dependence upon it as much as possible. I also shared with my subscribers how I finally found a solution that at first I was skeptical about but as I learned more about it, I totally embraced it. The answer I found was in herbalism, and the solution was signing up for a fantastic home-study herbalism training program (more on that soon). How to find and identify Common Mullein Where to find it
Baking Soda: Another Wonder Substance | PreppingToSurvive.com A while back, I wrote a piece extolling the virtues of vinegar. I want to focus some attention on another inexpensive multipurpose agent- sodium bicarbonate. Nearly everyone has a box or two of this humble stuff hanging around. You probably have one in the pantry and maybe another in the fridge to keep it from developing strange smells. I mentioned using it in the diaper pail between washings too. Beyond cooking and diapers, baking soda has lots of great uses. 1. Baking soda can be used to clean things all over the house. 2. Sodium bicarbonate gives off carbon dioxide when heated. 3. One old remedy for preventing gas when eating beans is to soak the beans in water that has baking soda dissolved in it. Also, some say it makes the soak time go faster, especially in hard water. 4. I am not a big fan of venison or wild duck. If you think about it, if food gets scarce, you may grateful for whatever the hunters can bring in. 5. 6. 7. Not by itself, though. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Some Notes
20 Uses for Garlic Pungent and powerful, garlic has dozens of health and household uses. Chew up a raw clove of garlic and you might exhale noxious, eye-watering clouds of stink all day, but you’ll also repel mosquitoes (and vampires), increase your immunity, heal cold sores, expel parasites and maybe even get in the mood. Garlic is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, killing bacteria, fungus, viruses and mold, so it’s an important ally for natural health. Check out these 20 unusual and sometimes strange alternative uses for garlic.Acne Slice open a clove of raw, fresh garlic and apply it to breakouts as a home remedy for acne. Pesticide Whiteflies, aphids, cabbage loopers and squash bugs. Cold sore treatment These unsightly lesions always seem to pop up at the most inopportune times, like the morning before a big date. Mosquito repellent If you don’t mind smelling like Italian dressing, garlic can work wonders in warding off pesky mosquitoes without the use of DEET and other potentially toxic chemicals. Fish bait
Horizon Herbs - Organic Medicinal Plants & Seeds Empowering Gardeners to Grow Roots of Sustainability Thank you for your interest in open pollinated vegetables, culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. We are here to serve you and to nurture nature. Our greatest joy is to provide you with GOOD LIVE SEEDS. We believe that the best way to support good health of friends and family is to get everybody out into the garden to do some work in the sunshine, then feed them up on fresh salads and vegetables that are the results of their own good labors. Naturopathic doctors tell us that the best way to avoid cancer is to eat organic, freshly grown green leafy vegetables. We believe that by planting diversity we can really help the earth to heal. Here at Horizon Herbs, we continuously clean and test myriads of seed batches, and these bright and viable seeds are then packaged by hand and made available by way of our paper catalog and on this website. We put detailed growing instructions specific to the plant on each and every packet of seeds.
Butterbur for Migraine Prevention and Allergy Relief « The Healthy Haven Butterbur can be found growing along rivers, ditches, and marshy areas in northern Asia, Europe, and parts of North America. It sends up stalks of reddish flowers very early in spring, before producing very large heart-shaped leaves with a furry gray underside. Once the leaves appear, butterbur somewhat resembles rhubarb—one of its common names is bog rhubarb. Butterbur is often described as possessing an unpleasant smell, but being malodorous hasn’t protected it from harvesting by humans. Externally, butterbur has been applied as a poultice over wounds or skin ulcerations. What Is Butterbur Used for Today? A special toxin-free butterbur extract has been investigated for the treatment of a variety of illnesses. Preliminary evidence suggests that butterbur is not likely to be particularly effective for allergic skin diseases, such as eczema.19 What Is the Scientific Evidence for Butterbur? Migraines Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis) Dosage Safety Issues 47Share 7Share
Edible Weeds: Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard Don’t kill, spray, tear up, or destroy the weeds in your garden, yard, and fence rows. Many of them are actually highly-regarded, widely-used, and extremely-valuable medicinal herbs! What could be easier than growing an herb garden with no effort? Of course, you’ll have to harvest your edible weeds, but you would do that anyhow: it’s called weeding. Spring is an especially fertile time for harvesting your edible weeds – roots and all – and turning them into medicines. To make your medicines you’ll need glass jars of various sizes with tight-fitting lids. In general, you will fill a jar (of any size) with coarsely-chopped fresh, but dry, plant material. A field guide is helpful for positively identifying your weeds. Ready? Shepherds’s purse (Capsella bursa pastoris) is an annual in the mustard family. Cleavers (Gallium aparine) is a persistent, sticky plant which grows profusely in abandoned lots and the edges of cultivated land. St.
Hill Country Herbalist: Making Infused Oils One of the basic components in making natural homemade products that are good for you and nutrient rich is infused oils. Infused oils can be any one of your favorite carrier oils, i.e., extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, etc. I typically use extra virgin olive oil for it's long shelf life, but many people rely on grapeseed oil for its light texture and affordability. Mindy Green recommends olive oil and coconut oil for a longer shelf life and I agree. So, what's an infused oil? Here's a simple process you can follow so you can make wonderful infused oils at home. Here's a picture of the "marc" - basically depleated of it's plant powers and ready for composing. As you know, I grow lots of yummy herbs in the garden and here are some of the infused oils I've made just from what I've grown: Although I don't grow enough Calendula to harvest all I would need to make an infusion, I do buy it organically from Mountain Rose Herbs and let me tell you..
Can Ginger & Water Beat Out The Multi-Billion Dollar Acid Blockers? Did you know that the multi-billion drug category known as “acid blockers,” despite being used by millions around the world daily, may not work as well as the humble ginger plant in relieving symptoms of indigestion and heartburn? Ginger is a spice, a food, and has been used as a medicine safely for millennia by a wide range of world cultures. Research on the health benefits of ginger is simply staggering in its depth and breadth. In fact, the health benefits of ginger have been studied extensively for over 100 health conditions or symptoms, making it one of the world’s most versatile, evidence-based remedies. The biomedical literature on acid blockers, on the other hand, is rife with examples of the many adverse health effects that come with blocking stomach acid production with xenobiotic, patented drugs, i.e.proton pump inhibitors and H2 antagonists. The list of 30+ harms is extensive, but here are a few of the most well-established adverse effects you may not be aware of: Diarrhea
Yarrow - A Natural Remedy For Fevers In Children Home » Home health treatments Yarrow – a natural remedy for fevers in children There’s nothing worse than seeing our children ill and a high fever can be one of the most terrifying things. It tests even the most ‘natural parents’ to trust in natural healing because there can be worrying side effects from a high fever. Thankfully Mother Nature is on hand, providing all we need for great health and wellness. Crystal, over on Happy Mothering reminded me of a very powerful remedy for fevers when her daughter was taken ill the other week. Yarrow One of my ‘must have’ natural remedies is yarrow. Yarrow has feathery leaves and tiny clusters of white / pink flowers. Yarrow and fevers Yarrow is extremely effective for breaking a fever, but it’s safe enough for children and even babies. Harvesting yarrow Harvest the herb by cutting the stems, complete with flowers in the summer – cut them about half way down the stem. Yarrow infusion