Herbal Remedy Tips pg.4
These are not to be followed without consulting a trusted herbalist or person in your tribe experienced in handling herbs (elder, medicine person, midwife, healer, etc.). These are ONLY tips and helpful hints. Spiritwalker
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Ashwagandha And Blue Moods
The Ayurvedic herb Ashvagandha is useful in relieving
anxiety, blue moods and mild feelings of depression. Indian
herbal products are readily available in most larger health
food stores. They can also be found in other stores
specializing in herbal medicines. Look for capsules or
compressed tablets, and follow label directions.
Witch Hazel And Acne
Witch Hazel, or Hamamelis Virginiana, is used topically as
an astringent to treat bruising, swollen tissue and
varicose veins. Apply gently with a cotton ball to acne
blemishes to ease any tenderness and to help heal the
blemish itself. Witch Hazel is a good astringent for normal
and oily skin.
Bitter melon, or Momordica charantia, is a tropical vine
that was used as a uterine stimulant and treatment for
mastitis. New research shows that a protein found in this
plant may be effective against the AIDS virus.
Birch bark, or Bursera simaruba, was a traditional Mayan
remedy for skin conditions. When used in the bath, this
plant can relieve sunstroke, colds and flu symptoms.
Beard lichen, or Usnea barbata, is used externally for
fungal infections. You can apply extracts or tinctures of
this plant to cuts to prevent or treat infections.
Hypertension And Herbal Treatment
Home testing instruments are available now to check your
blood pressure at home. Mild hypertension, or high blood
pressure, can be eased with a blend of hawthorn, lime
flowers, and yarrow. Steep one teaspoon of this blend in
one cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Enjoy a cup twice
a day. Have your medical professional monitor your blood
pressure if youve been diagnosed with hypertension, and
follow their advice carefully.
Garlic- Fresh Or Pills?
There is some debate over whether garlic capsules are as
effective as fresh, raw garlic for its antibacterial,
antiviral and anti-fungal effects. In general, take one
capsule a day that provides 4,000 micrograms ofallicin a
day, or eat one large clove (remember, one bulb of garlic
is a rosette of many cloves) daily of uncooked, chopped
garlic sprinkled on other food, or juiced with other
Many women tell me that they cannot wear cologne, perfumes
or scented products due to allergies. The allergy may be to
the artificial chemical ingredients in those products. Try
this recipe for a natural cologne. Make a small amount and
experiment with the essential oils to find your most
pleasing blend. In a glass-stoppered or pump-spray perfume
bottle, add 8 ounces, or one cup, of 90% alcohol, 2
teaspoons bergamot essential oil, one quarter teaspoon of
neroli essential oil, one half teaspoon of lemon essential
oil, 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of
rosemary essential oil. Natural oils will lose their scent
over time because of contact with the air. Keep your
natural cologne tightly sealed when not in use.
Garlic For Women
Despite the form you choose, capsules or fresh, garlic will
boost the immune system, lower high blood pressure and high
cholesterol levels. This tasty bulb will also help to
prevent and to treat yeast infections. Follow label
directions if you are using capsules, or eat one large
chopped clove of garlic a day.
Footbath For Tired, Aching Feet
Too much holiday shopping can take a toll on your feet,
leaving them aching, tired and swollen. Indulge in an
aromatherapy foot bath as you relax after a long day. This
combination of oils can usually be added to electric foot
spas (check manufacturers instructions), or just added to
very warm to hot water in a pan deep and wide enough to
comfortably soak both feet. To your pan of water, add 3
drops of juniper essential oil, 2 drops of lavender
essential oil and 2 drops of rosemary essential oil. Follow
with a foot massage if possible!
Jasmine Instead Of Viagra
Jasmine essential oil is often used to treat mild
depression and anxiety. It is also useful as an
aphrodisiac. Add a few drops to a small amount of massage
oil for a relaxing yet stimulating massage. Add a few drops
of Jasmine oil to an aromatherapy oil diffuser to create an
intimate mood for your loved one.
Kava And Panic Attacks
A German study recently showed that Kava Kava can reduce
symptoms of anxiety and panic by up to 50%. Its
effectiveness can surpass chemical drugs used for the same
purpose, without side effects. Make sure you buy good
quality Kava Kava, and all other herbal products, from a
reputable supplier. Look for standardized extracts.
Many people are careful to use disinfecting sprays on
doorknobs, telephones and other areas if someone in the
household is ill. These chemical sprays will kill germs,
but at a price to those who come in contact with the
chemical fumes. For a natural, effective alternative, blend
5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, one-half teaspoon
juniper essential oil and one-half tablespoon bergamot
essential oil. Add this blend to pure water in a pump spray
bottle. You can also add this blend to your laundry when
washing your ill loved ones towels, clothes and bedding
until they are fully recovered.
Ancient Romans and Celts believed the Mistletoe was related
to sexuality and fertility, and so began our tradition of
kissing under the Mistletoe. The leaves of this plant can
be used to bring on a tardy menstrual period, but should be
used with medical supervision. In the winter months,
Mistletoe can be seen growing in spherical clumps at the
tops of oak trees. It should be kept away from you pets, as
it is highly toxic to them.
Myrrh, or Commiphora Myrrh, is actually the gum resin from
the stem of the plant. It was used by the ancient Egyptians
in embalming mixtures and was traditionally used in
perfumes and as an insect repellant. Romans used it to
treat wounds, and was highly prized for that reason. Today
it is used often in toothpastes, especially in Europe, to
prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Bogbean And The Joints
Bogbean, or Menyanthes Trifoliate, is useful in the treatment of rheumatism,
osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It combines will with black cohosh
and celery seed for the improvement of joint complaints. Follow label
directions for dosage with standardized capsules or tinctures.
Anamu, Rainforest Herb
Anamu is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and can be
found in tropical America and Africa. Anamu has been used
in Brazil for malaria and rheumatism. In recent studies,
this plant showed anti-tumor and anticancer properties. It
stimulates the production of lymphocytes and other immune
cells. Other studies show anti-microbial properties and the
ability to lower elevated blood sugar levels. This
promising herb has been discovered from the
ever-diminishing rain forest in South America. Hopefully,
more studies will come that show the value of our earths
plant diversity and illustrate the importance of
conservation of our plant species.
Holiday overindulgence can leave the body with the need for
a good cleanse. Eat lightly of high fiber foods and include
plenty of pure water, gentle exercise and deep breathing.
Add onions, garlic, asparagus and parsley to your diet to
help the detoxification process.
Herbs For Coughs And Colds
Ridding your body of excess mucous is one bothersome chore
in dealing with coughs and colds. Two great herbal
expectorants are Elecampane and Mullein. These herbs also
soothe the respiratory tract as well as provide antiseptic
and antibacterial effects. Follow the label directions on
the tincture or capsule forms of these herbs.
Spices For Diarrhea
Diarrhea shouldn't be left untreated. Fluid loss can
quickly lead to dehydration. Sip water and diluted juices
with a pinch of salt to stay well hydrated. Add
1/8-teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper to 2
cups boiling water. Simmer for 20 minutes. Take 2
tablespoons of the cooled liquid every hour for relief.
Smoking And Childhood Ear Infections
Studies clearly show that children exposed to second hand
smoke are more prone to ear infections than those who live
in a smoke free environment. Second hand smoke is also
related to childhood asthma.
Plantago For Teething And Earache
It's no coincidence that some teething children are more
prone to ear pain and ear infections. A tincture of herbal
Plantago (or plantain) should be diluted to 2 parts herbal
tincture and one part pure water. Place a few drops of the
dilution in the ear and place some of the gums. To help
keep the Eustachian tubes clear, don't let your child or
infant nurse or take a bottle while lying down. Keep their
head elevated at least slightly to keep fluids out of the
Herbs For Tension Headaches
Herbal remedies can provide a natural alternative to drug
analgesics for the pain of headache. Combine chamomile and
skullcap, and brew a tea. Sip while you relax for 1- to 15
minutes. Time for relaxation and deep breathing can speed
Myrrh For Herpes
Viral herpes outbreaks can be painful and aggravating and
take weeks to fully heal. Tincture of myrrh can be applied
topically with a cotton swab several times a day. Myrrh
will help to dry herpes blisters and speed the healing
Stomach Ulcers And Cabbage Juice
Fried foods, citrus, tea or coffee can aggravate the
discomfort of a stomach ulcer. To help heal this sensitive
area, juice fresh green cabbage. This juice is high in
L-glutamine, an amino acid that soothes the stomach's
lining. Cabbage juice has been shown to be effective in
healing ulcers. Drink 2 to 4 ounces a day.
Herbs For PMS
Black Cohosh root and red raspberry leaf tea can quickly
soothe the discomfort and emotional sensitivity of
premenstrual symptoms. Drink 1 to 3 cups a day as needed,
and avoid too much caffeine and sugar.
Aromatherapy For Pain Relief
Many healing modalities from massage to homeopathy to
acupuncture do wonders for pain relief. The essential oils
of lavender and chamomile have sedating and relaxing
properties, and can relieve pain. Add these oils to your
bath, all to an aromatherapy diffuser or add to a small
amount of massage oil and gently apply to the skin.