How to Make Medicinal Vinegars & Oxymels Medicinal vinegars (Vinegar Extracts) have been around since ancient times, and were an excellent way to preserve and dispense herbs before distilled spirits were known about. While the advantages of using vodka or brandy to make your herbal tinctures are many – including greater potency and longer shelf life, there are those who wish to avoid alcohol for personal reasons or due to the higher cost, making vinegar extracts ideal for them to create. Vinegar extracts (also known as “aceta”) are weaker than alcohol based tinctures, so the required dose is higher. Making a Vinegar Extract: According to my well loved book, Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech, the standard formula to follow is 1 part dry herb to 7 parts vinegar. Cover tightly, shake and store in a cool, dark place to macerate for about two or three weeks, shaking daily. Dry herbs generally make a stronger extract than fresh and have a longer shelf life. Vinegar Extracts (aceta) have a shelf life of around 6 months, if not longer.
Prakriti Quiz | banyanbotanicals If you have previously taken the Prakriti quiz and opted to save your results, sign in to see them. Lifelong characteristics, qualities, and tendencies Knowing your Prakriti can help you maintain optimal health. Prakriti is your basic constitution. Prakriti is enlivened and described by three main doshas or forces: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. In Ayurveda, seven dosha-predominant Prakritis are described: Vata-predominant, Pitta-predominant, Kapha-predominant; three dual Prakritis, where two doshas are equally, or nearly equally predominant: Vata-Pitta predominant, Pitta-Kapha predominant and Vata-Kapha predominant; and one Prakriti that has all three doshas equally prominent: Vata-Pitta-Kapha predominant. Click below to determine your Ayurvedic Constitution (Prakriti) Note: Even a thoughtful test cannot take the place of an evaluation by a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. COPYRIGHTThe above information was written by Dr.
Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization In survival situations, medical emergencies will arise. One of the main concerns with any medical procedures is clean, sterilized equipment so as to not pass on infection and compound or completely compromise any medical procedures that must be done.. Here is a basic primer on disinfection and sterilization in survival situations Q. What is the difference between disinfection and sterilization? A. Sterility is only a temporary state – once sterile packaging is open or the product has been removed from an autoclave colonization begins almost immediately just from exposure to air and bacteria present in the environment. Q. A. Infection rates are no greater if a superficial wound has been irrigated and cleaned with tap water vs. being cleaned and irrigated with sterile saline. Expendable vs. Expendable supplies are used once and discarded. Sterilisation of specific items: Syringes: There are two types of syringes: disposable and reusable. Sharpening permanent needles: Surgical instruments:
20 of the Best Antiviral and Antibacterial Herbs and Plants Ever! Photo credit: bigstock.com Depending on your age, your mother or grandmother most likely used some type of herb or plants to help heal you when you were sick without you realizing it, or perhaps you just didn’t appreciate it at the time. For many of us, it’s not until we have our own children that we realize that we don’t want to put chemicals and other toxic things into those precious little bodies. Especially when it comes to antibiotics or antiviral medicines. Before using these antiviral or antibacterial herbs, you would be wise to consult a herbalist for exact dosing instructions as everyone’s body, especially children’s, are unique and different herbs should be consumed in different quantities and in different ways, such as teas or tinctures. If you are under a doctor’s care or if you are taking prescription medication, always consult your doctor before beginning any herbal program. 1. Yes, we are talking about the same little herb you have in your kitchen. 2. 3. Continue to Page 2
Ayurveda The Mother of Natural Healing - Theory - Planet Herbs Dr. Michael Tierra, L.ac., O.M.D., Herbalist, AHG The culture and philosophy of India has had a profound impact on the West over the last several decades. Almost weekly we read reports in popular magazines how Yoga has entered the mainstream of American culture. Now with the advent of Ayurveda, we have yet another contribution from India, a complete ancient system of natural health care. Like yoga, Ayurveda embodies concepts of body-mind care which includes spiritual philosophies that transcend religious orthodoxy. Both TCM and Ayurveda are based upon a universal concept expressed in nature in bi-polar terms called Yin-Yang in TCM and Shiva-Shakti in Ayurveda. The unique appeal of Ayurveda is the integration of a Universal spiritual philosophy which has been largely expunged from the more materialistic "Maoist-styled" TCM. Ayurveda teaches that humans consist of three aspects: the physical, the subtle and the causal, or body, mind and soul in Western terms. The Three Humours or Tridosha
Outdoor Survival Instructables has one of the best collections of survival how-to's on the web. There are enough outdoor survival Instructables to take someone from novice to survivor with nothing more than a laptop and a can do attitude. There are so many good Instructables on this topic and this is just a small sample to get you started. Instructables is the most popular project-sharing community on the Internet. Laura Khalil Editor, Instructables.com Usnea - an herbal remedy for strep throat and staph infections. Usnea is a lichen rather than a plant. Lichens are unusual combinations of algae and fungi that work together as a single organism. It can be found growing on old trees in the cool damp of the forest. Native to the Pacific Northwest, this is an epiphytic herb, meaning that it grows abundantly on other trees without taking any nutrients from the tree, and instead gets its nutrients from surrounding air and moisture in rain or on the surface of the host tree. Key Medicinal Uses Internally Usnea aids the immune system when used in a tonic. It can help those suffering from chronic fatigue, herpes, HIV and other conditions with a depressed immune system. Externally Usnea can be used as a mouthwash, a gargle or in lozenges to aid inflammation of the oral mucus membranes. Other Uses It is used as a fixative in perfumes that have a mossy note to them. Herbs to Combine/Supplement Usnea combines well with Echinacea as an immune booster. Parts Used Cautions Preparation and Dosage
How Food Changes Your Personality By the miracle of digestion, food that you eat becomes transformed into your living human body. This profound assimilation of food has the power to change your very identity. The fact is, food becomes blood. Your body feeds this blood to your brain. Every plant and animal you eat is a virtual factory of mood changing chemicals. As your blood chemistry changes, so do your emotions and thoughts. The passionate italian chef will have a new scapegoat. questions, comments & reviews for how food changes your personality (5.00 out of 5 stars) 1 review This is an excellent article.
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Sarsaparilla Benefits & Information Sarsaparilla is the common name for Smilax ornata (formally smilax regelii), which has been used medicinally to treat everything from chronic pain to toe fungus. It has likely been used for thousands of years by indigenous tribes of South America but was first introduced to Europe near the end of the Dark Ages. Today, it is still a popular supplement ingredient and medicinal treatment for a wide variety of internal and external health conditions. Description of the Plant This prickly vine is native to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. A sarsaparilla root typically measures between six and feet in length. Uses Sarsaparilla root is globally recognized for medicinal properties. Sarsaparilla first came to Europe in the 1400s as a medicine discovered in South America and brought back via boat. Sarsaparilla is also consumed for pleasure in drink and pickled form. Today, sarsaparilla roots is available most readily in health food stores. Active Ingredients Preparation
Ayurvedic Medicine: An Introduction to Panchakarma Ayurveda emphasizes preventative and healing therapies along with various methods of purification and rejuvenation. Ayurveda is more than a mere healing system, it is a science and an art of appropriate living which helps to achieve longevity. It can guide every individual in the proper choice of diet, living habits and exercise to restore balance in the body, mind and consciousness, thus preventing disease from gaining a foothold in the system. According to Ayurveda, every human being is a unique phenomenon (manifested through the five basic elements - ether, air, fire, water and earth) of cosmic consciousness. Vata (ether plus air), pitta (fire plus water) and kapha (water plus earth) are called the tridosha, meaning the three humors or the three organizations of the body, which are also derived from consciousness. The internal environment is governed by V-P-K, which is constantly reacting to the external environment. Five Basic Shodhans: Cleansing Methods Vaman: Emesis Therapy