Chinese Healing Herbs

Ginkgo biloba, Ginseng, Dong Quai and Resihi are just a few of the multitude of healing herbs found at your local pharmacy or grocery store. These herbs are the main ingredients in popular products, teas and concoctions.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is named after the ginkgo tree, a prevalent and historic Asian tree. It is one of oldest herbal remedies used to:

  • Improve sexual performance
  • Enhance cognitive function
  • Treat coughs
  • Treat Asthma and allergic inflammation
  • Reduce tissue damage

Touted as a rich source of antioxidants, this herb reduces free radical damage caused by environmental factors.

Ginseng

Ginseng was used for more than two thousand years in ancient Chinese medicine. It has grown in popularity and is now a healing element in herbal remedies used by healers, globally. The benefits of ginseng include:

  • Improved energy
  • Stress relief
  • Increased stamina
  • Fighting cancer and slowing aging
  • Lowers blood pressure and aids diabetes

Several types of ginseng exist. All have healing benefits and are readily available. American ginseng grows in the United States, in precipitous regions and on ginseng farms. Native Americans also used this variety of ginseng as a cough remedy and as a method to ease constipation. In addition, menopausal women may find relief from hot flashes and night sweats with the herb.

Dong Quai

Dong Quai is referred to as the female ginseng herb. It is indigenous to Korea, Japan and China and has a flowery appearance. Chinese herbalists remove the healing substances from dong quai by soaking or boiling the herb in wine and consuming it in liquid form. Other forms of the herb are tablets, capsules, teas and raw root form. Its benefits include:

  • Treating gynecological conditions
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Reducing high blood pressure
  • Strengthening reproductive organs
  • Preventing blood clotting
  • Relieving menstrual disorders and symptoms related to menstruation (headaches, PMS)

Reishi

Reishi mushrooms are a fan shaped fungus. They are an herbal mushroom used in tonics, teas and elixirs. One of their most significant benefits includes their cancer-fighting abilities. Reishi extracts possess an antihistamine action, which is helpful for controlling allergies. Other uses for Reishi mushrooms include:

  • Treating liver problems
  • Easing asthma symptoms
  • Reducing high blood pressure
  • Improving immune system function
  • Treating conditions like hepatitis, bronchitis and arthritis
  • Promoting general health and well being

Reishi mushrooms can be prepared in various forms. You can make it as a tea for sipping or soak the dried mushroom and cook it to enjoy in a host of dishes like sushi and stir-fry. They also make an excellent complement to sauces, salads and spaghetti.

Considerations

All of these herbal remedies represent alternative approaches to your health by promoting healing and strengthening your body. These nonconventional methods can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine, but may have side effects. In addition, drug interactions are possible. Whenever you are using any kind of herbal or alternative therapy, you should always discuss it with your doctor.   ~Thanks to Love to know herbs for the excerpt~

Immune System Health By The Leaf Lady

A strong immune system is your first defense against pathogens - What keeps your immune system strong? Good nutrition, a non-toxic environment, pure water.....

Yarrow Pink and Yarrow White

Strongest herbal antibiotics: The most ferocious killers of 30 bacterial species in Cornell University tests are (in order) onion, garlic, allspice, oregano, thyme, tarragon, cumin, cloves, bay leaf and cayenne pepper.  The natural antibiotic compounds are more concentrated in dried herbs and spices.

Natural Immunity Cocktail– An old time recipe known to be very good for promoting and maintaining your immunity by strengthening the cell wall membranes to stop invading bacteria and viruses.  Organic Concord grape juice (NO added sugar or artificial sweeteners, may dilute with pure water to reduce sugar sensitivity), raw wheat germ, and nutritional yeast blended together.  I use about 4 ounces of grape juice, 2 ounces of water, 1 TBSP each raw wheat germ and nutritional yeast.  Nutritional yeast DOES NOT cause yeast infection. 

Helpful Cocktail for HIV/AIDS –   Eat 1 fresh raw Brazil nut daily for selenium, take 1 TBSP psyllium husk in pure water daily, use Liver cleanse once a week, 1-2 teaspoonfuls of ‘Hot Stuff’ daily.

Hot Stuff or African Tonic:  Use 1 litre (quart or so) raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar, 3 whole cloves of organic garlic, one piece of ginger root, 25 Gms. of turmeric powder, 50 Gms. of chili powder, 100 Gms. blackstrap molasses, 25 Gms. cinnamon powder, 10 Gms. Fenugreek powder, 10 Gms. thyme powder.  Crush ginger and garlic then add all ingredients into a glass jar.  Cover and steep for 10 days then strain.  Use a plastic or glass lid on the jar because vinegar reacts with metal.  Sprinkle over food or mix in water.

ProbioticsAccording to Institut Rosell (Montreal) probiotic bacteria modulate the immune system, increase antibody production, and mobilize macrophages, lymphocytes, and other components of the immune response system. Also, probiotics inhibit pathogenic organisms in the intestine by competing for nutrients and creating a barrier that stops pathogens from adhering to epithelial cells.

There may be other benefits as well. Probiotic cultures may produce antibacterial substances such as bacteriocins. They may lower intestinal pH by the production of lactic acid, creating an environment unsuitable for pathogens. And, they may suppress the activity of toxic and carcinogenic amine-producing enzymes associated with other intestinal flora.

part of your immune system lies in the intestinal tract

Astragalus – Astragalus is a tonic herb from the legume family. It is indigenous to China and has been used as a preventive health tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine since ancient times. It was first referenced in the original material medica: “Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing” of the late Han period. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is considered sweet and slightly warm and that is why it is not recommended to be taken by anyone with signs of heat in their body. It is considered to be very safe and non-toxic and may be consumed daily. It is well known for its ability to strengthen and support the body’s immune system. Astragalus has become an important botanical in the West since research demonstrating its immunoprotective effects have been documented. Astragalus is an ideal tonic for anyone who wants to help maintain a strong immune system.

What does Astragalus do? – Astragalus is one of the Chinese Tonic Herbs. The “tonics” are a unique category of herbals that benefit the body’s own healing system. Astragalus is considered immune enhancing and supportive.

How does Astragalus work? – The root is the part containing the active ingredients and it is used as an immunomodulator. The constituents of the root include: Polysaccharides, choline, betaine, rumatakenin, [beta]-sitosterol.

The botanical name of Astragalus is: Astragalus membranaceus.

Astragalus is one of the herbs known to stimulate the body’s natural production of interferon. It is known as a “Qi” (chi) tonic or replenisher. Chi is a concept in Chinese Medicine of the body’s “Vital Energy”. Astragalus is suitable for long-term use as an important aid in supporting the body’s natural defense system. (HF)

Beta-glucanBeta glucan, a polysaccharide derived from yeast, may stimulate phagocytosis and interleukin production. Phagocytosis is the destruction of a pathogen or foreign substance by a white blood cell.  Interleukin is a chemical mediator that triggers white blood cell production and activity.

Beta glucan and purified beta 1,3 / 1,6-glucan are potent forms of beta glucan manufactured using a process that removes the mannoprotein and yeast residues in the yeast cell. These compounds may interfere with beta glucan’s activity. 

Beta glucans, glycoproteins, and polysaccharides support a wide range of immune defenses, including NK cells, cytokine production, and T-cell and macrophage activity.

The October 2002 Peer-reviewed article on Microparticulate Beta Glucan research in the prestigious “Letters in Applied Microbiology,” demonstrate small particle glucan in minimal doses is “superior in immune potentiation.”

An Arsenal of Immune Defense: Czop, Joyce K., “The Role of Beta.-Glucan Receptors on Blood and Tissue Leukocytes in Phagocytosis and Metabolic Activation”. Pathology and Immunopathology Research; 5:286-296. Harvard Medical School. 1986. 

Beta Glucan is a constituent found in BioSupplemente, and in a mix of organic brown rice and hulled sesame seed cooked as a hot cereal.     

What is IM-ENCAP? a clinical formula for immune system support used successfully for almost twenty years. It is a blend of vitamins (A and C), minerals (zinc), glandulars (thymus, spleen, lymph), and herbs (echinacea, wild indigo, elder, boneset, tree peony, pau d’arco).  There have been no untoward effects reported when using this product.  All of the ingredients in IM-Encap have been evaluated in scientific studies that establish their benefit for immune support. 

What do some researchers think? –  Some researchers believe that autoimmune dis-orders are viral and related to polio and Epstein Barr viruses.  MS is one of these dis-orders.  In the late 1960s and early 1970s a study at a major southern US medical school found that a constituent of wheat germ oil, used safely in high amounts, was responsible for reversing MS in an average of 6 weeks.

Herbs help cleanse the mucous membrane: Astragalus, Isatis, Garlic, Oregon Grape, Goldenseal* and Pau D’Arco.  * = endangered.

Herbs help clear excess mucus: Mullein, Horehound, Polygonatum.

Support the body in its response to stress with Eleuthero, Astragalus, Calcium and Magnesium.

Consider using Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids, Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Selenium, Copper, Zinc or Hawthorn  for antioxidant support. 

CoBiozinCoBis a remedy to consider.

Studies show that regular meals and consuming green vegetables are associated with a stronger immune response by white blood cells.

NYU Medical Center reports today (4/19/04) on the health benefits of silver. A spokesman states that there is more than 100 years of evidence that silver works effectively to kill bacteria.

Colloidal Silver- Temple University did a major study some years ago on the use of colloidal silver in the treatment of Lyme Dis-ease.  The study showed that it cured the infection.  The form of CS was CollAg 40.  

Information is available on the uses of colloidal silver as a medical treatment before 1938.  It was commonly used in medical practice to treat many conditions with no untoward effects.

Colloidal silver has been helpful for those who have become ill from living in homes infested with black mold.

Make Your Own Colloidal Silver     Millenium CF

SILVER KILLS VIRUSES, STUDY FINDS – 
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 – FreeMarketNews.com

In a groundbreaking study, the Journal of Nanotechnology has published a study that found silver nanoparticles kills HIV-1 and is likely to kill virtually any other virus. The study, which was conducted by the University of Texas and Mexico University, is the first medical study to ever explore the benefits of silver nanoparticles, according to Physorg.

During the study, researchers used three different methods of limiting the size of the silver nanoparticles by using capping agents. The capping agents were foamy carbon, poly (PVP), and bovine serum albumin (BSA). The particles ranged in size from 1 to 10 nanometers depending on the method of capping. After incubating the HIV-1 virus at 37 C, the silver particles killed 100% of the virus within 3 hours for all three methods. The scientists believe that the silver particles bonded through glycoprotein knobs on the virus with spacing of about 22 nanometers in length.

While further research is needed, researchers are optimistic that nanological silver may be the silver bullet to kill viruses. The researchers in the study said that they had already begin experiments using silver nanoparticles to kill what is known as the super bug (Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus). Already used as a topical antibiotic in the medical industry, silver may now come under consideration as an alternative to drugs when it comes to fighting previously untreatable viruses such as the Tamiflu resistant avian flu.

More Research on Colloidal Silver – A one year long study completed at Harvard and Cambridge Universities shows that CS is effective as an anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and natural antibiotic.  This study showed CS to be effective in humans with sinus infections, respiratory infection, bronchitis, strep throat, retro-viral infections, thrush (yeast), ear infections, fungal infections, urinary tract infections, and conjunctivitis.  No failures were reported in this study.  CS performed better than the five major classes of antibiotics in killing bacteria.  Testing is on-going.

Vitamin C- from Medscape: Vitamin C and SARS – Apr 21, 2003 –  Prof C. Alan Clemetson’s 1989 3 volume textbook “Vitamin C” contains a mass of scientific evidence proving how ascorbate could not only prevent but also cure all the then known viral infections, including pneumonia. Unfortunately, this reference source is long out of print and any rare copies exorbitantly expensive.  However, a new 2002 reference book by Thomas Levy MD with 1200 scientific references is available (ISBN 1-4010-6964-9 hardcover or -0 for softback). Levy references many of the earlier pioneers in this field. Notably, Klenner’s (1948) first (already cyanotic) case of pneumonia responded within 30 minutes to 2G I/V. Klenner published several papers in the 1950s and others such as Dalton (1962) followed with similar rapid and effective results. Klenner routinely administered 1G ascorbate every hour I/V and with the current easily obtainable vials containing 25G, an I/V infusion in 250ml water or dextrose is within the reach of any competent doctor or nurse. There appears to be no scientific or ethical reason for withholding this highly cost-effective and safe treatment. It would be even more relevant in situations of high stress and/or (endo)toxaemia when ascorbate reserves would be greatly depleted.

Ribavirin — a drug widely used against SARS but which has had very disappointing results — did nothing to stop the virus sample from replicating, nor did  mycophenolic acid.  Pyrazofurin and 6-azauridine had low and modest effect respectively, but were outclassed by glycyrrhizin, which was more than five times more effective than those two compounds and at high concentrations completely blocked replication.

“Of all the compounds, glycyrrhizin was the most active in inhibiting replication of the SARS-associated virus. Our findings suggest that glycyrrhizin  should be assessed for treatment of SARS,” Cinatl’s team says. Glycyrrhizin gets its name from Glycyrrhiza glabra, the Latin sobriquet for the licorice plant, which homeopathic medicine has long claimed to be useful in  tackling respiratory, urinary and digestive irritations and infections of the  mouth and throat. Licorice is especially used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Glycyrrhizin has previously been used experimentally against hepatitis B and  C virus and even against the AIDS (news – web sites) virus, where small-scale  studies have suggested it boosts numbers of T-cells, a key component of the immune system.

The extract is derived from licorice roots and takes the form of a yellow powder with a bittersweet taste. Why glycyrrhizin apparently works against SARS is unclear, the study says. It may induce the infected cell to produce nitrous oxide, thus blocking the molecular pathway that helps the virus to replicate. Nitrous oxide has previously been established as an inhibitor of the Japanese encephalitis virus. Glycyrrhizin is a well-known molecule with relatively few side-effects even at high doses, unlike ribavirin, whose toxic effects include reductions in haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying substance in the blood, the study says.

Since emerging in China’s southern Guangdong province last November, SARS has killed 750 people and infected more than 8,400 worldwide, according to figures from the World Health Organisation.

Oregano Essential Oil (oreganum vulgare) – Known to be anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, and emmenagogue.  Do not use if pregnant, or long term.  Skin irritation may occur.  Medical doctors in France are thoroughly trained in the therapeutic use of essential oils.

Organic Bulk Yarrow Herb

Yarrow – One of my favorite lovely perennial weeds is grown in many herb gardens, and it has many uses  (A dose is 10-20 drops, or up to 1 ml).  Yarrow is also used as a tea, and it is helpful for inducing sweating while soaking in a hot bath.  It is known as a liver helping herb, and the leaves help stop bleeding. 

 

Catananche Echinacea Aster Color Plant Flower Old Print Catananche Echinacea Aster Color Plant Flower Old Print

 Echinacea
Echinacea was first reported in a medical journal in 1891 and was recognized in 1910 as an immune stimulant (leukocytes or white blood cells). Enchinacea angustifolia may be the most potent form in this species.  Properly prepared echinacea has been validated in cases of abscesses, boils, diphtheria, fever, lung ailments, gangrene, malaria, ulcers, staph, strep, typhoid, cystitis, snake bite, and malignancies. It is antibacterial, anesthetic, interferon like activity, stimulates gamma globulins and properidin, killer T cells, inhibits tumour growth, immune system modulator, anti-candida and antiviral, promotes cellular immunity, anti-inflammatory, inhibits hyaluronidase, blood purifier, antimicrobial, and more.  Herbal medicine is the historical basis for medicines in the Untied States,  the USP and National Formulary.  German scientists feel echinacea begins to stimulate the immune system tissue in the mouth as soon as taken. Properly prepared Echinacea is non-toxic and non-mutagenic.  Scientific references upon request.
 

Chicken SoupSeveral studies prove chicken soup helps break up congestion and ease the flow of nasal secretions. It seems to inhibit the white blood cells that trigger the inflammatory response that causes sore throats and produces phlegm. Chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine, which is released when you make the soup. This amino acid is similar to the drug, acetylcysteine, which is prescribed by doctors to patients with bronchitis. It functions by thinning down mucus in the lungs, making it easier to cough out. Hot chicken vapors have been proven more effective than hot water vapors in clearing out the cold in your nose. To increase the effectiveness of chicken soup, add lots of hot and spicy ingredients, like cayenne pepper, fresh garlic, and onions.

MyceliaAHCC (active hexose correlated compound) is produced by the cultivation and enzymatic modification of several species of mushroom mycelia, including shiitake, reishi, maitake, turkey tail, and Agaricus blazei grown in rice bran extract. According to human and animal research, AHCC may significantly increase NK cell activity. AHCC may also increase macrophage activity, enhance cytokine production, and support the healthy functioning of the liver, as well as act as an antioxidant. Japanese hospitals and clinics recommend AHCC as part of an immune maintenance regimen.  Medicinal mushrooms have been used in oriental medicine for millennia.

Licorice help with viruses?  – Glyceron: an extract from the licorice plant named glycerrhizin, which by the way has been shown by recent studies inthe Orient as one of the best ways to treat SARS. 

PARIS (AFP) – A major ingredient in licorice has proven remarkably successful  at combatting the SARS (news – web sites) virus in lab-dish tests, according to a German study.

Licorice compound may put SARS on the run – Active SARS cases fall to 64, as Canadian officials signal WHO’s concerns.

Reuters – SARS News – Glycyrrhizin, a compound extracted from licorice roots which has been previously explored in anti-viral research, was highly effective at stopping the SARS virus from reproducing, the authors of the study in the British weekly journal The Lancet say. It easily beat out four standard compounds used to block virus or tumorous cell replication — ribavirin, 6-azauridine, pyrazofurin and mycophenolic acid. 

The research is only a preliminary study and much further work is needed, assessing safety as well as effectiveness, before anyone can call glycyrrhizin a  cure for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Even so, the findings are so positive that it should be taken seriously as a  potential weapon in the fight against this disease, say the team, led by Jindrich Cinatl from Frankfurt University Medical School.

The experiment involved taking samples of the SARS virus from two patients with SARS who had been admitted to the university’s medical centre.

The viruses were then used to infect Vero cells, a tissue culture of monkey kidney cells that are a standard item of lab equipment.

The dishes were exposed to each of the five compounds and examined 72 to 96  hours later to see how many infected cells had reproduced.

Excerpt provided by The Leaf Lady

Thyme For Healing Tea’s

 A Wall-flower spoke,—as I have somewhere read,-   
A Thyme-plant growing in a neighboring bed,
In the flower language, scornfully addressing:
“Heaven help you, Thyme! ‘T is really distressing!         
Though the most fragrant of all plants, I own,
Scarce a hand’s breadth above the ground you’ ve grown.”
“Dear friend, that I’m of humble height, ‘t is true, But without help I grow. I pity you,
That cannot rise, even a hand’s breadth high,
Without a wall to climb by, if you try.”
 
For writers, who, by clinging to the name
Of others, arrogate an author’s fame,—
By adding to a work, perchance a note,
Or a short preface, — this response I quote.
 

Thyme is a perennial belonging to the mint family and contains an essential oil that is rich in thymol, a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, and a strong antioxidant! That being said I have to pay a little homage to the mint family, including thyme, which possess terpenoids recognized for their cancer preventive properties. Rosmarinic and ursolic acids are major terpenoids in thyme that possess anti-cancer properties.

Now if all this wasnt enough you can add that it is said to instill courage and vigor, the ancient Romans considered it a remedy for melancholy and added thyme to cheese and alcoholic beverages.

Simple Thyme Tea: 1 cup distilled water 1/2 teaspoon thyme or lemon thyme, allow to steep “strain if needed” sweeten with honey, which also acts as a demulcent, thereby increasing the tea’s effectiveness!

I feel strongly about creating tea’s based on what you like and what your needs are, this is a great start to creating teas based on you.  

Ultimate Lemon Thyme Tea: 1 cup distilled water, 1/2 teaspoon lemon thyme, 1 tablespoon lemon balm, fresh squeezed organic lemon wedge, quarter slice of lemon grass,  Steep and know the energy you put into making this tea is coming back 10 fold because this is very energizing and Super detoxifying.. if you find it too strong/lemony add water.

MIGHTY HERBS POEM 

Thyme and Fennel,

two exceedingly mighty ones,

These herbs the wise Lord made

Holy in the Heavens; He let them down,

Placed them, and sent them into seven worlds

As a cure for all, the poor and the rich.  Author Unknown

Thyme for Tummy Tea: 1 cup distilled water, 1/2 teaspoon thyme and a dash of fennel, (experiment with the taste of the fennel, some find it strong in taste) 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger, couple sprigs of mint steep and enjoy.

Makatussin effective cough medicine and is NOT known to be marketed in the USA but is readily available in other countries world-wide. What I found about Makatussin is it contains extract of thyme and star anise oil. The German government has approved both herbs for colds and coughs and respectively got rave reviews.

No Cough Thyme Tea:  1 cup distilled water, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon echinacea,  and a piece of star anise and organic local HONEY~also an effective cough treatment!

Thyme for a Mint: 1 cup distilled water, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint and spearmint, steep add honey if desired, garnish with mint

Thyme for Ginger Tea: 1 cup distilled water, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1 stick of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, freshly squeezed organic lemon wedge.

Fresh Thyme Tea: 1 cup distilled water,  fresh sprigs of thyme,  sage leaves,  rosemary sprigs,  fresh lemon, fresh ginger, cinnamon, honey, steep and enjoy.  

Thyme for Sleep: 1 cup distilled water, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, some loose  freshly harvested california poppies & fresh jasmine.. if law prohibits the use of california poppies omit and use chamomile, steep, enjoy.

Mullein Anti-aging Recipe

Mullein known as velvet dock, flannel leaf or plant, feltwort, Aaron’s rod, shepherd’s staff, and lungwort is a biennial plant. Its easy to identify Mullein at every stage of its life by its large flannel or velvet feeling leaves. The leaves are shaped like a basal rosette, and covered with fine hairs. I’ve read that the leaves have been used as insoles for the feet by native American Indians because of the softness of the leaves.

Mullein Seeds

When I think of Mullein and its traditional uses I reflect on colds, sore throats, asthma, hay fever, and bronchitis and when combined with water Mullein produces mucilage which soothes and coats the intestinal track relieving stomach upsets. Preparations~ easily made into a chest salve, I’ve even read that it’s made into a mullein and garlic ear oil. Now if it couldn’t get any better there are really no known adverse side effects if used responsibly!   

There’s so much more on this remarkable plant but for now my thoughts are on its ability to rejuvenate skin.  

I read a one of Doctor Perricones books about skin and aging  not because of any other reason then I wanted the broadest perspective I could grasp when it came to beauty both naturally and over the counter. I mean they have to know something right? He said that aging is a result of inflammation! Simple Enough.. Eat well and use natural anti-inflamatory cosmetics

Cobalt Blue Bottle

Rosebuds and Petals Red 2oz

Mullein & Rose Water Splash: 1cup Hot distilled water, 2 tablespoons dried Mullein or a handful of fresh Mullein,
3 roses or if you have no fresh roses simply use a rose tea. Allow to steep for 15 minutes when cool add 10 drops of rose essential oil shake keep stored in fridge after  use. 

Mullein has antibacterial properties that when applied to the skin helps with aging, acne, soothes irritated skin, restorative and can take the place of many over the counter products you have in your home right now!           

Great alternative to wild harvesting

And it’s free for your taking, thanks Nature!

 A Flower Of Mullein:

Poem By Lizette Woodworth Reese

 I am too near, too clear a thing for you, A flower of mullein in a crack of wall,   The villagers half see, or not at all; Part of the weather, like the wind or dew.   You love to pluck the different, and find Stuff for your joy in cloudy loveliness;   You love to fumble at a door, and guess At some strange happening that may wait behind.   Yet life is full of tricks, and it is plain,   That men drift back to some worn field or roof, To grip at comfort in a room, a stair;   To warm themselves at some flower down a lane: You, too, may long, grown tired of the aloof,   For the sweet surety of the common air.

Lavender Essential Oil Facial Cleanser

Lavender what a beautifully effective plant on so many levels. I will write more on its properties but just wanted to share this fun cleanser you can create from home. 

Lavender Facial Cleanser: 

1/2cup powdered oats, 1/2 cup Moroccan red clay or a cosmetic clay of your choosing, 1cup powdered goats milk, several drops of lavender essential oil.   Mix ingredients  very well and then place in an air tight container and set aside to be used as desired. Mix with distilled water to desired consistency using circular upward motion then rinse stored ingredients will last months.

 
Store In Container
I must say it’s not just for washing
any more but accredited for its healing abilities nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect scalp and skin, helps with scar reduction and Safe for the entire family.  Much Love to my facebook friends Thanks for the heads up!

Angelica Herbal Tea for Depession

Loose Tea Cup


Preparation of herbal tea

Chinese Fox Glove~Root of Rehmannia (10g): Rehmannia is a Chinese herb known as Chinese foxglove that is often combined with other herbs to treat anemia, fatigue, constipation, high blood pressure, sleeping problems, and tinnitis

John Miller Botanical Studies from 1789 Poster print. Featured plants: Buttercup, Peony, Ranunculus, Orchids, Wood Sorrel, Daffodil, White Lily.

Peony Root (9 g): highly prized blood tonic used to relax muscle and cleanse the blood also very beneficial women’s herbs used traditionally to help regulate the female hormonal cycle and to tonify and purify the blood.         

Chinese Angelica (6g): member of the parsley family and Also known as Dong quai, female ginseng very beneficial to the female reproductive system helps normalize female hormones, eases arthritis pain, and lowers blood pressure. Folklore has it told that an angel appeared to a monk in his dreams and the angel told the monk to boil angelica herb into a tea to cure illness.

Chuanxiong:(6g) It can reduce depression, increase energy circulation, promote blood flow, reduce stagnation and pain, eliminate dampness.

1 1/4 cups (300 ml) of water

PLANTS HERBS CANVAS

Bring distilled water to a boil simmer for 20 minutes to reduce the volume to about half, and sip slowly while still warm. Using the same method, add more water in the evening and prepare the same tea. Discard the ingredients.  Take 2 teaspoons every morning and afternoon for 3 months. This is the most effective way to treat depression with herbs.  

For educational purpose and not meant to replace advice of your Doctor!  Anyone suffering from frequent, chronic depression must consult a physician. The herbal therapies suggested here can support medical treatment, but they cannot replace it.

Herb Robert: Geranium robertianum “Saint Robert’s Herb”

HERB ROBERT (Geranium Robertianum)

If you would be happy for a week take a wife; If you would be happy for a month  kill a pig; But if you would be happy all your life plant a  garden. [1973 New Earth Catalog 55]

Herb Robert

Geranium robertianum long history as a medicinal  herb but the majority of people might see it as a  noxious weed  Herb Robert (Geranium Herb Robert, Robert Geranium, Stinky Bob, Red Robin, Fox Geranium many more…

In Itch Calm Tincture

Introduction

Herb Robert has long history of use in the treatment of skin conditions. It’s main applications were to

treat skin conditions like eczema, hives, badly healing wounds, ulcers and itchy skin.

Plant part used

Leaves and flowering tops

Key constituents Flavonoids (including rutin), minerals (including calcium, germanium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium), tannins, vitamins (including A, B & C), and volatile oil

Traditionally recognized actions

Adaptogen, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-rheumatic, anti-septic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, immune enhancer, sedative, styptic, tonic, and vulnerary

Traditional use

The following list is based on reported traditional clinical uses of this herb. Its actual safety and effectiveness in humans has not always been evaluated according to current scientific methodology. Some of these conditions are serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider:

Bladder conditions, burns, bruises, conditions of gallbladder and its ducts, digestive aid, eczema, haemorrhoids, herpes viral infections, hives, inflammations, irritations, itchy skin, kidney problems, liver conditions, mosquito repellent, rashes, sores, stomach problems, ulcers, and poorly healing wounds.

www.herbalmedicine.co.nz

Foot infusions are said to help remove toxins, heavy metals
and radiation from the body. This is highly recommended for people who have been subject to many x-rays, or people continually working in the fields of computers, cell phones, and other electronics, giving radiation, infrared and microwave irradiation.

Detox Foot Bath:  1 cup chopped Robert Herb place in a foot basin 4-5 cups of boiling water over it and stir, vigorously allow to steep for several minutes and also to cool down. Large glass of water,  your favorite book relax for 15 minutes. You could also add some peppermint or lavender essential oils.

Herb Robert & Cleaver Tea: 1 Cup distilled water 1/2 tablespoon dried Herb Robert and Cleaver OR a 1/2 handful of each, I also add a few sprigs of mint. You’ll eventually turn this into your own beautiful tea but this is one of my recipes I like to end my day with.

Herb Robert Tummy Tea:  1 Cup distilled water 1 tablespoon dried Herb Robert 1 tablespoon peppermint, 1/16 teaspoon crushed fennel. Allow to steep relax and enjoy

A story I came across while Studying this beautiful plant and felt worthy of a share. I’ll be adding my story soon and how Herb Robert came into my life, my personal experience with this beautiful weed.
The article below was from another website that I came across when researching more on Herb Robert. Compelled to share because I believe this is really where we learn about the herbs (Peoples experiences) I hope you find it enjoyable, as I did.

Botany Plants C1902 Herb Robert Geranium Robertianum

Herb Robert Tea and Other things Part 1:

I used to be active here last summer (’09) when my wife and I were working
to prevent or cure her possible breast cancer. We were doggedly determined
at that time to beat it, despite having no objective proof whatsoever that
she actually had breast cancer.

To recap, she had a needle biopsy that was inconclusive and from that point
the surgeon would hear nothing but to cut and leave her on the table for lab
results with the option to whittle away as he saw fit. Pardon my country boy
bluntness, but the ever-loving’ hell with that. Having seen me pull myself
back from death, she put it all in my hands. She also got real serious about
taking care for her health, far more serious that she had ever been before.

We did a great many things including making our own Oleander Soup which she
took religiously for quite a while despite that we made mistakes in brewing
and dosage which overdosed her and caused gastric problems.

Our/her turning point came when we procured a 13 millirem carnotite stone
from http://www.nighthawkminerals.com. My wife wore it in her bra, starting at 4
hours daily, increasing the time by 1/2 hour daily, until she wore it 24/7
either in her bra by day or taped on at night. It was during this time that
a large part of her breast and the nipple and areola collapsed inward, then
eventually filled back out, except the nipple remained flat. We did not then
know what we were looking at only learned about IBC (Inflammatory Breast
Cancer) later after it was all over with.

Consequently, it was after this occurred that the Oleander tea began to
really give her terrible gas like never before. We took this as a sign that
it was no longer needed and she stopped it. I do think Oleander played a
part in her recovery, if for nothing else than to keep the cancer at bay
until we got the ” hot rock ” .

We now conjecture that the lump was never cancerous, that it caused a
blockage that caused the cancer. She still has the lump. Nothing to date has
broken it down. We are headed in a new direction for that. We also think
that it was all her nutrition protocols that allowed the breast to rebuild
rather quickly.

I’ll pause here and mention again the theory of Radiation Hormesis. Both
Renee* and I mentioned it here on this group last year and got no response
so we dropped it. I’ll go no further than that again except to say that
since then we have really dived into it and it has been life changing for us
and our Lyme-infected daughter in more ways than I can presently enumerate.
(*Just to be clear, Renee is ” Gaiacita ” and she and I are not related).

OK that brings us up to date…

A few months ago while still searching for anything that would break down
this recalcitrant lump, we encountered Herb Robert Tea. It must be Geranium
Robertianum. There is precious little info on it or it’s effects to be found
in print or in the web. It is supposed to be able to carry oxygen to cells
and also to deliver natural radiation hormesis y it’s ability to pick up
natural Germanium from the soil, a natural radioactive element. Now don’t
get Geranium and Germanium mixed up OK?

We tried a little of it. It is VERY TASTY! It seemed to provide energy and
help with hunger abatement while not being overly stimulative. It is
supposed to be anti-tumor. My wife went crazy for it and drinks about 40
ounces a day. It has become her primary drink. She carries it in a liter
thermos everywhere she goes and misses it something awful if she can’t have
it. Unfortunately, it has done knighting obvious for her lump, leading us
still to conclude that it is a large lump of dead or scar tissue. OK we’re
headed off somewhere else with that.

But for me, drinking Herb Robert Tea, just a little bit, turned into ONE
WILD RIDE.

And now I’m tired of typing so part 2 will come later.

DaddyBob

Herb Robert Tea and Other things Part 2: 

So, this part starts with Peskin first, who tells us that our primary way to
*avoid* cancer (he carefully does not say treat or cure) is to get the
” Parent Essential Oils ” (his term) in our diet that allows our bodies to
make the proper forms of oils that will properly deliver oxygen to our cells
so they don’t turn cancerous even when affected by secondary cancer causing
agents, per Warburg’s research. I’d bet real money that this is what both
Oleander and Herb Robert Teas do.

So in my usual way of trying just about everything before I give it to my
wife, I focused on several oils and some of them did me some real good in
unexpected ways, but the most surprising was Nutiva Hempseed Oil, fairly new
to the market, and not mentioned at all by Peskin.

Botany Plants C1902 Herb Robert Geranium Purpureum

You see, I had my own recalcitrant breast lump. Had it for 2-3 years now
from using a particularly harsh systemic disease killing protocol that
caused this thing to form in my right breast. It quickly hardened and felt
like a pea or ripe soybean under my skin. After that, nothing would attack
it, nothing had any effect on it at all. It never bothered me, it was simply
there, that’s all.

Until the day that I took Hempseed oil. Within 24 hours that lump went sore,
doubled in size and turned red.

It just so happened to be when we also got our first Herb Robert. I drank
one cup of the tea about 2 days later. I had nothing at all in mind about my
breast lump, I was just tasting the tea, that’s all.

My lump reacted in maybe 12 hours, again increasing in size and soreness.

Another day or two passed and one day my wife forgot her Thermos of HR tea.
By this time I decided I liked it even though I was saving it for her. I
drank the whole quart that day because it would have been cold by the time
she got back.

By the next day my breast lump WENT NUTS!!!

It quadrupled or more in size and the inflammation spread out all around it
for 2 ” in radius. IT HURT!

To cut the story short, I kept taking Hempseed Oil and HR Tea but it became
very obvious that HR tea had the most effect on it by far. I also taped my
various hot rocks over it and some other experimental things. It began to
ooze, then I was able to squeeze bloody pus and blood out of it for several
days. It got very bruised from all that. It eventually opened up two drain
holes and began to weep plasma. Eventually all that stopped and it went on
the mend. The entire thing went on for about 3-4 weeks. It is now healing
nicely and has no reaction to anything that I ingest.

I can now drink Herb Robert Tea with no reaction at all, but strangely, I do
not desire it the way I did at first.

I will never know what I had in my chest. It could have been an encysted
parasite or pathogen. Cancer? Who knows? I sure don’t.

I am the one who suggested Herb Robert Tea to Sylviane. I see that she
reports serious swelling and inflammation of her breast now.

All I can say is that Herb Robert Tea is a really strange thing- it tastes
so good and it is SO POWERFUL!

And when it goes to work, it goes at it hammer and tong. It is ROUGH! And it
is apparently effective.

DaddyBob

My Personal Story and experience with Herb Robert will be posted as it occurs.

As I stated above I will continue to study this beautiful plant research others experiences and give you mine. My story really is the herb found me called me if you will and my research began. Saint Robert found its way into my life yet another way. I started a little compost bucket and this summer to my amazement Herb Robert was growing out of it. Here’s some pictures of this beautiful herb that I took this morning.

Lemon Balm Cosmetics & Medicinal Uses

Lemon Balm 1 Pkt. (500 seeds)

Lemon balm and chamomile Massage Oil:  1 cup
of dried lemon balm, 1 cup of dried chamomile flowers infused with sweet almond oil. This can be infused a few ways, very low heat for several hours or stored covered in an air tight container for several weeks. Keep the plant submerged always in oil, it should not appear visible at the top. Water, Heat and Air are your oils worst enemies after your desired effects strain the plant matter and bottle in a dark glass
bottle of your liking.  This will be the time you’ll want to add any essentials lemon grass essential oil, lemon, chamomile to add a little more scent and aromatherapy benefits. For more on the plants medicinal benefits click here.

Lemon Balm Herbal infused toner:  2 tablespoon dried lemon balm, 1 cup distilled water, 1/4 cup witch hazel, 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Infuse dried herb into the water  add witch hazel and lemon juice. This will help improve pores, circulation and also brighten your skin  

Lemon Balm Cut 1 lb Bulk Herbs

Keep left over in the refrigerator as with most recipes simple reminder that these are food based recipes  

Lemon Balm Facial Scrub: 1 tablespoon ground dried lemon balm, 1 tablespoon ground almonds, 1 tablespoon ground thyme leaves,  1 tablespoon ground oatmeal, 2 drops of lemon essential oil, 2 drops of lemon grass essential oil. Grind almonds using food processor or mortar and pestle when desired consistency is (almost) achieved add thyme, lemon balm continue to grind until you reach a uniform consistency, add essential oils.  Massage into your skin this is not only going to lift impurities but brighten, condition your skin as well.

Lemon balm~Some Facts From 2011 University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a member of the mint family, is considered a calming herb. It was used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion (including gas and bloating, as well as colic). Even before the Middle Ages, lemon balm was steeped in wine to lift the spirits, help heal wounds, and treat venomous insect bites and stings. Today, lemon balm is often combined with other calming, soothing herbs, such as valerian, chamomile, and hops, to help promote relaxation. It is also used in creams to treat cold sores (oral herpes).

Plant Description:

Native to Europe, lemon balm is grown all over the world. It is grown not only in herb gardens or to attract bees, but also in crops for medicine, cosmetics, and furniture polish manufacturing. The plant grows up to 2 feet high, sometimes higher if not maintained. In the spring and summer, clusters of small, light yellow flowers grow where the leaves meet the stem. The leaves are very deeply wrinkled and range from dark green to yellowish green in color, depending on the soil and climate. If you rub your fingers on these leaves, your fingers will smell tart and sweet, like lemons. The leaves are similar in shape to mint leaves, and come from the same plant family.

Medicinal Uses and Indications:

Insomnia and anxiety

Several studies show that lemon balm combined with other calming herbs (such as valerian, hops, and chamomile) helps reduce anxiety and promote sleep. Few studies have examined lemon balm by itself, except for topical use. For example, in one study of people with minor sleep problems, 81% of those who took an herbal combination of valerian and lemon balm reported sleeping much better than those who took placebo. But it’s not clear from this and other studies whether lemon balm or valerian (or the combination) is responsible for the result.

The same is true of several studies for anxiety, which used a combination of herbs to reduce symptoms.

In another double blind, placebo controlled study, 18 healthy volunteers received 2 separate single doses of a standardized lemon balm extract (300 mg and 600 mg) or placebo for 7 days. The 600 mg dose of lemon balm increased mood and significantly increased calmness and alertness.

Herpes

Some studies suggest that topical ointments containing lemon balm may help heal cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). In one study of 116 people with HSV, those who applied lemon balm cream to their lip sores experienced significant improvement in redness and swelling after only 2 days. Other symptoms, such as pain and scabbing, did not improve. Both the patients and their doctors reported that the lemon balm ointment was highly effective. Another large study involving three German hospitals and one dermatology clinic showed that, when lemon balm was used to treat the primary infection of HSV I, not a single recurrence was noted. The cream has also been found to reduce the healing time of both genital and oral herpes. Several animal studies also support the value of topical lemon balm for herpes lesions. And preliminary studies show that lemon balm exhibited a high, concentration-dependent activity against HIV infection.

Other uses

Some evidence suggests that lemon balm, in combination with other herbs, may help treat indigestion. Others reveal that lemon balm oil has a high degree of antibacterial activity. In one study, lemon balm showed adequate activity against Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus auerus. And a few studies have found that lemon balm may help improve cognitive function and decrease agitation in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

What’s It Made Of?:

Lemon balm supplements are made from the leaves of the plant. Essential oils made from lemon balm leaves contain plant chemicals called terpenes, which play at least some role in the herb’s relaxing and antiviral effects. Lemon balm also contains substances called tannins, which may be responsible for many of the herb’s antiviral effects. Lemon balm also contains eugenol, which calms muscle spasms, numbs tissues, and kills bacteria.

Available Forms:

Lemon balm is available as a dried leaf that can be bought in bulk. It is also sold as tea, and in capsules, extracts, tinctures, and oil. Some creams used in Europe, which contain high levels of lemon balm, are not available in the United States. On the other hand, teas can be applied to the skin with cotton balls. Lemon balm is also available in homeopathic remedies and as aromatherapy (essential oil).

How to Take It:

Pediatric

Lemon balm may be used topically in children to treat cold sores. Speak to your health care provider for appropriate dosage for the child’s age.

Adult

For difficulty sleeping, or to reduce indigestion, flatulence, or bloating, consult a knowledgeable health care provider for the specific dose to best fit your needs. Possible doses may be as follows:

  • Capsules: Take 300 – 500 mg dried lemon balm, 3 times daily or as needed.
  • Tea: 1.5 – 4.5 grams (1/4 – 1 teaspoonful) of dried lemon balm herb in hot water. Steep and drink up to 4 times daily.
  • Tincture: 60 drops of lemon balm daily
  • Topical: Apply topical cream to affected area, 3 times daily or as directed.

For cold sores or herpes sores, steep 2 – 4 teaspoonfuls of crushed leaf in 1 cup boiling water for 10 – 15 minutes. Cool. Apply tea with cotton balls to the sores throughout the day.

Precautions:

The use of herbs is a time honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take lemon balm.

Possible Interactions:

Lemon balm may potentially interact with the following medications:

Sedatives, thyroid medications — Lemon balm may interact with sedatives and thyroid medications. If you are taking sedatives (for insomnia or anxiety) or medications to regulate your thyroid, ask your doctor before taking lemon balm.

HIV medications — It is not clear whether lemon balm interacts with antiretroviral agents. At this time, avoid use of lemon balm if you’re taking medication for HIV.

Alternative Names:

Balm mint; Blue balm; Garden balm; Honey plant; Melissa officinalis; Sweet balm.

 

 

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