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Ayurveda: Ayurvedic Herbology

Ayurveda: Ayurvedic Herbology
One of the main methods of treatment in Ayurvedic medicine is through the healing properties of plants and other substances. This style of Herbolism is based on principles that have been past down for a myriad of centuries. The wisdom of the vedic sages is at the foundation of this “Science of Life”. First shared as an oral tradition, the reliability of the knowledge has been substantiated by the generations that have benefited from its use. It is built upon the understanding of the five elemental theory (space, air, fire, water, and earth) and from this the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). The founding tenets are composed of an understanding of plant energectics along with the energectics of the person being treated. At first glance, one may think that it would be difficult to truly grasp the main concepts of Ayurvedic Herbology. In order to understand the dynamics of this herbal system , we will begin with the three properties - Rasa, Virya, and Vipaka. RASA means taste. Dr. Related:  Medicinal plants & herbs

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.

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: 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

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, 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

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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

Survival Library untitled Badass Weapons You Can Make At Home Want to make some awesome homemade weapons? In a SHTF situation, you’re likely going to need a way to protect yourself. Weapons, though very useful, are also a lot of fun, especially when you can make them yourself. With a multitude of DIY weapon techniques mastered and under your belt, you will never be without the ability to be armed or entertained. Check out our step by step instructions for 7 badass weapons you can make at home. Want even more badass weapons? Check out 7 REALLY Badass Weapons You Can Make At Home Click the links for full instructions! How to Make 7 Badass Weapons 1. This instructional video shows step by step how to make a compound bow from inexpensive, readily available materials. PVC Pipe Compound Bow Instruction Video 2. This is how to make a mini combustion cannon sized to fire airsoft pellets. Mini Cannon Instructional Video 3. With simple PVC pipe and baking soda and vinegar, these relatively harmless grenades are cheap and safe to use. 4. Pump Action Rocket Gun 5. 6.

12 Herbs to Curb Heart Palpitations - NaturalON Photo credit: Although some people experience rapid heartbeats, missed heartbeats, and even irregular heartbeats, these are not signs of true heart trouble, but rather a symptom from another underlying problem such as hormone fluctuations, certain prescription drugs, anxiety or panic attacks, excessive caffeine consumption, menopause, or even an overactive thyroid gland. If you are experiencing irregular heartbeats, be certain that you check with your doctor or cardiologist first to be sure that you do not have heart disease or any other type of heart issue. Once your doctor has given you the OK, check out this list of the top 12 herbs that are known to help calm those heart palpitations that are caused by things other than heart disease or heart malfunctions. 1. Lavender Many heart palpitations are caused by anxiety or panic attacks. 2. This is a great old fashioned herb that will lower a fast pulse and control the sudden thumping of the heart. 3. Continue to Page 2

End of World Guidebook University of Leicester astrobiologist highlights importance of understanding fundamental science in new book Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 2 April 2014 Image of book cover and photographs of Lewis Dartnell available from: Book launch: Wednesday 9 April at 6.30pm, at Lutyens & Rubinstein, 21 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2EU. RSVP to Maria Garbutt-Lucero at: If the prospect of a worldwide apocalypse plays on your mind, a University of Leicester astrobiologist will put your fears to rest with a guide to the technical knowledge you would need to survive the end of the world. The Knowledge: How To Rebuild Our World From Scratch, published by The Bodley Head, is described as ‘a captivating journey of discovery and a quickstart guide to rebuilding our world after the apocalypse’. Maybe an asteroid hit Earth. The Knowledge is a guidebook for survivors. Ends Supporting quotes: ‘As the scouts say - be prepared!