Nature’s Plant Medicines

“The world is not to be put in order, the world is order incarnate.  It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order,”

This blog is a work in progress and right now I’m working with plants/weeds that are in my own back yard/forests and creating soaps, massage oils, lip treatments, body butters, massage melts, healing tea’s, tinctures, vitamins and so on.  The experience has turned out to be amazing and I will share it with you as time permits.  I thought the purpose of this blog was to inspire people, but it’s me that’s been inspired by this beautiful teacher nature, I’m grateful for the experience.    More to come

Milk Thistle Medicine or a Weed?

MEDICINAL WEEDS  As time is moving forward with my trek I’ve noticed that most of the medicinal plants I’m harvesting are considered weeds and no where does it say be cured with nettles, dandelion, black berry leaves, devils club, cleaver, herb robert, comfry, milk thistle this list doesn’t stop here and all of these plants are considered weeds… drum roll and they are all for sale at our local health food stores.  there are a tons of MEDICINAL WEEDS at our disposal.

While picking black berry leaves this butterfly landed on my hand twice

How can one write about natural beauty and not write about natural health alternatives? I couldn’t being I consider health to be one of the largest beauty traits we have.

So I’ve decided to incorporate the two “health and beauty” based on natures remedies.

 The only source of knowledge is experience.                                                                                                  ~Albert Einstein~

My Herb of the Month I feel very proud of this herb for the simple fact I feel like the herb picked me. I walk every day and try to make it into a local forest and identify at least one medicinal plant and it’s uses. Beautiful Robert Herb every time I walked by would dance and move in the wind as to be saying look at me, look at me, and finally I did. What an amazing herb I would soon learn about.

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ComfreySymphytum officinale 

While out harvesting local plants I cam across the most beautiful wild Comfrey I’m sure at one point in time this was someones garden but as the years have passed by the home is now gone and the land completely grown over. (pics added see below)  

Comfrey symphytum officinale

Comfrey symphytum officinale

Geranium robertianum – Herb Robert geranium

Family Geraniaceae

A plant so revered it was named after the 11 th Century French saint Robert, Abbot of Molerne, whose medical skills were legendary. Herb Robert could also be called a true saint for the way it has helped and blessed so many people.

 I drink Herb Robert regularly and love it, it’s one of my favorite herbs and I highly recommend it for any other therapeutic use, or people wishing to use it as a preventative and strengthen their immune system, the leaves and stems (fresh or dried) can be used as a tea, sweetened with honey, if desired. Some people blend the leaves together with fruit juice, or add to vegetables and fruits when juicing.

Herb Robert prefers shady, moist areas,  have 5 petals, 10 stamens,  stems, foliage, roots have a strong smell!  Some are very bothered by the smell but I don’t mind it, I actually enjoy it and will be adding some tea’s later for you to make with this wonderful Herb.

Herbs Are Special but there are many things at our disposal that we can incorporate into our every day lives that makes a big difference. CLICK  even something as simple as being aware of the oils we are using in our cooking.  I will elaborate more on this later but for now check out the benefits of (Organic coconut oil) I use it in cooking but also I use it in all my soaps and a lot of the toiletries I create.

Lovely Poem ~ HERB-ROBERT (Geranium robertianum)

Flower Wisdom: the definitive guidebook to the myth, magic and mystery of flowers.  Poem by Giles Watson

Robin redbreast lies a-bleeding, Man, he killed him all for nought While Herb-Robert was a-seeding, Killed him, all for winter sport. Robin redbreast’s blood a-clotting On the ground where Robert lies, Robin redbreast’s flesh a-rotting
Feeds the soil, then feeds the flies, Feeds the seed where Robert’s sleeping
Through the hour when Wrens are kings; Robin’s rosy blood is seeping
Up the shoots when comes the spring.

Robert lies on ground a-bleeding, Blood-pinked flower and ruddy shoot, Man, he dug him up a-weeding, Exposed to air his withered root. Man, he cannot bare the thought of any beast that chews the cud, Such a curse has Robin wrought
That all their milk has turned to blood. Man no more shall Robin kill His blood upon the ground to sow, No more wish Herb-Robert ill But grant he is a good-fellow.

Source material. Herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum) and the Robin redbreast share a long-standing folkloric association with the mischievous and sometimes vengeful sprite, Robin Good fellow, also known as Puck. Both the bird and the plant have been revered as sacred, and  folk belief dictated that the killer of a Robin would never be able to have a cow milked without the milk turning to blood. To uproot a Herb-Robert may bring a similar inconvenience, or even occasion a death in the family. See Katherine Kear, Flower Wisdom: the definitive guidebook to the myth, magic and mystery of flowers, London, 2000 Poem by Giles Watson

                              IMPORTANT WORDS ON STEWARDSHIP

The Earth does not belong to Man. Man belongs to the Earth.

All things are connected like the blood which unites a family.

Man does not weave the web of life, he is only a strand of it.

Whatever happens to the Earth, happens to all of us.

Whatever Man does to the web of  life on Earth, He does to himself.

Blackberry leaf and berry: (wild harvested both)

Calendula: (just planted) Calendula flowers have long been used to cleans, stimulate circulation and wound healing. A wide range of skin diseases have been treated with this flower, ranging from skin eczema to ulcerations and conjunctivitis.
The herb’s active compounds include triterpenoids (anti-inflammatory) and flavonoids. Lab studies indicate that calendula petals have anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties. And possibly even offer immune-stimulating actions.
Some doctors say Calendula is an important herb in cancer illnesses. The freshly pressed juice of Calendula can be used even in cancer of the skin.
Calendula is currently being investigated for its anticancer and antiviral actions.

Cats Claw: (just planted) a rainforest herb called Cat’s Claw, also known as Una de gato. This powerful herb has documented properties that include; antimutagenic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumourous, antiviral and immuno-stimulant. Italian researchers reported in a 2001 in vitro study that cat’s claw directly inhibited the growth of a human breast cancer cell line by 90%.

Cleavers:  (Wild Harvested) a common hedgerow weed that is a wonderful cleansing remedy, clearing toxins from the system and reducing heat and, inflammation. Cleavers has a diuretic action, aiding elimination of wastes, and also acts to enhance the lymphatic system, promoting lymphatic drainage of toxins and wastes so that they can be excreted via the urinary system.
Cleavers can be used for lymphatic problems, such as lymphatic congestion and swollen lymph glands, congestion of the breasts, and is said to have anti-tumor activity, particularly when in the skin or breasts, and the lymphatic system.

Evening Primose: (Just planted)

Green Tea: Every week new scientific literature is published on the health benefits of green. Its ability to prevent cancer is so well established that new studies are now testing green tea as a potential cancer therapy. Green tea may be especially protective against lung cancer in former and current cigarette smokers.

Green Tea contains vitamins A ,B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E, P & U, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Chromium, Selenium & Iron
Green tea contains catechins – potent antioxidants that provide healthy benefits beyond their ability to neutralize free radicals. In clinical studies it has been shown to prevent cancer in the following ways:
help neutralize dietary carcinogens such as nitrosamine and aflatoxin
interfere with the binding of cancer-causing agents to cellular DNA, thereby protecting cells against mutations that can eventually cause cancer protect against free-radical DNA damage that causes some cancers, inhibit bacterial-induced DNA mutations that also can lead to certain cancers, work with enzymes and other antioxidants in the intestine, liver and lungs to prevent the activation of certain carcinogens before they damage DNA, protect against the effects of ionizing radiation and ultraviolet radiation.

Green tea has been shown to counteract both the initiation and promotion of carcinogenesis and some studies have shown that green tea blocks the formation of certain tumors.

Green tea also has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and serum triglyceride levels, and its potent antioxidant effects inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol in the arteries wich plays a major contributory role in the formation of atherosclerosis.

The formation of abnormal blood clots (thrombosis) is the leading cause of heart attack and stroke, and green tea has been shown to inhibit abnormal blood clot formation as effectively as aspirin. When looking at coagulation risk factors in the blood, green tea specifically inhibits platelet aggregation and adhesion via effects that differ from those of aspirin. Other benefits have been shown to include lowering of blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and suppression of foul breath

Lemon Balm: What a wonderful plant as much as I’ve heard about lemon balm and used lemon balm I  had never had the pleasure of working with the actual plant, (mind you I just planted some LB 3 days prior) Life can be so funny I’m walking into a store and a plant seems to be calling for me to look at it… I reach down and pick a leaf rub it between my figures and the most beautiful scent of a lemon would release, the flavor was as perfect as the scent.  I spoke to the lovely lady at the counter she told me infect it was and everything in her little area was edible and I could have what I wish.

Lemon balm is not just a great culinary herb it has many health benefits in herbal medicine as well.  As listed on encyclopedia of spices~ taken to treat colds and flu, lower blood pressure and for insomnia and indigestion.
Lemon Balm is an excellent carminative herb that relieves spasms in the digestive tract, and is used in cases of flatulent dyspepsia. Because of its mild anti-depressive properties, it is primarily indicated where there is dyspepsia associated with anxiety or depression, as the gently sedative oils relieve tension & stress reactions, thus acting to lighten depression.  I’ll write more on this wonderful herb later I’m going to go make my very first Fresh/Organic/Lemon Balm/ Lemon Thyme/Tea

Recipe for Lemon Balm Tea: 1 Cup hot distilled water, 2 tablespoons of fresh Lemon Balm leaves & Lemon Thyme leaves pinch of lemon rind if available.

(Recipes to make toiletries out of lemon balm)

Oregon Grape:  is a close relative of goldenseal and is not at threat of being over harvested  to the point of extinction.  Benefits many to skin-related issues and is beneficial for medicinal applications of the skin.

As a holistic remedy, the root of the Oregon grape tree treats psoriasis, blepharitis, eczema, acne and other skin conditions. Berberis aquifolium contains berbamine, a substance that kills bacteria on contact and improves immune conditions. This shrub grows rapidly up to 6 feet tall.

Osha: (Ligusticum porteri) is an herbal plant native to the Rocky Mountains of North America and can be found at altitudes of up to 10,000 ft. It is a perennial growing in rich, moist soil often found in aspen groves, upland meadows or ravines. Osha is a relative of the European lovage plant and is a member of the Umbelliferae family, as is parsley and dill, and it has the same long thin hollow stalk with large divided leaves that can reach to heights of 2 to 3 feet. The seeds and flowers are at the top of the plant and spread out in the form of an umbrella, hence its Latin family name. This herb has white flowers and the seeds have a sweet and strong celery-like fragrance, as does the entire plant. The root is very hairy, brown on the outside and yellow on the inside.

The plant has several other names: Chuchupate, Indian parsley, Porter’s lovage, mountain lovage, bear root, bear medicine, nipo and Colorado cough root. Chuchupate is the common Mexican name for Osha and is said to be an ancient Aztec term meaning “bear medicine.” Bears respond to the herb like cats do to catnip. They will roll on it and cover themselves with its scent. Males have been seen digging up the roots and offering them to females as part of a courting ritual. When a bear first comes out of hibernation, it will eat Osha root to cleanse its digestive system. The bear will chew the root into a watery paste, spit it on its paws and wash its face and whole body with the herb. The bear’s use of herbs for its own healing is the reason that the bear is considered to be the prime healing animal in many cultures. Any herb plant that is considered to be “bear medicine” is a potent and primary one. This is one of the most important herbs of the Rocky Mountains, considered sacred by the Native Americans and widely esteemed by them for its broad and effective warm healing power. Many tribes burned it as incense for purification to ward off airborne illness in their homes and also subtle negative influences and thoughts. Osha is said to be associated with mystical dreaming as well. The strength of this herb is immediately apparent by its strong odor and illustrates superiority over the Chinese (ligusticum wallichii) variety, which has very different healing properties.

The root of Osha is the part used medicinally. Energetically it is spicy, bitter and warm. The healing components in this powerful herb include volatile oils, essential oils, terpenes, lactone glycoside, saponins, ferulic acid, and phytosterols. Its healing properties are antiviral (a substance that destroys or weakens a virus), diaphoretic (producing perspiration), diuretic (increases the flow of urine), decongestants (breaks up congestion), expectorant (helps bring up mucus), stimulant (increasing activity), carminative (inducing expulsion of gas from stomach or intestines), and emmenagogue (provokes menstruation).

Osha root is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial herb strongly used for the respiratory system and mildly used for other body systems. It is used for such conditions as head colds with dry or wet cough, irritating coughs, bronchial infections and sore throats. It is also used to treat flues, fevers, pharyngitis, early stages of tonsillitis, pneumatic complaints, indigestion and delayed menses.

If one were using Osha root for upset stomach, nausea with vomiting, gastrointestinal discomfort or indigestion, then brewing a tea would be ideal.

Place one tablespoon of dried root with a pint of spring water and simmer for 15-20 minuets. Let the tea cool and drink one cup at a time. It can even increase the appetite after the stomach is settled.

Because of its strong antiviral properties, it should be taken at the first minimal signs of a cold or flu. It is extremely beneficial and effective combined with Echinacea against leukocytosis (increase of white blood cells), which is usually indicative of an impending infection. It can also be used externally on skin wounds for prevention of infection. Thanks goes to Good Earth.

Plantain:  Broadleaf Plantain, Great Plantain, Greater Plantain, Ripple Grass, Plantago Asiatica, Waybread, Waybroad, Snakeweed, Cuckoo’s Bread, Englishman’s Foot, White Man’s Foot Print.

Nicholas Culpeper

Plantain has been known by many names throughout its history, band-aid plant, Breitwegerich (German),  broad-leaved plantain, beside cart grass (Chinese in Hawaii),  buckhorn plantain, Che Qian Zi (China), common plantain, cuckoo’s bread, devil’s shoestring, dog’s ribs, dooryard plantain, Englishman’s foot, hock cockle, kemp (Danish), lance-leaved plantain, Llanten comun and L. major (Spanish), pig’s ear, Plantain lanceole (France), plantane (Older English), Podoroshnik (Russian for near or along the road), ribwort, round leafed plantain, rubgrass, slan-lus (Scottish),  snakeweed, Spitzwegeric (Germany),  Tanchagem-maior (Portuguese), waybread, waybroad,  weybroed (Anglo-Saxon), and white man’s foot.

Nicholas Culpeper listed plantain in his herbal printed in 1652, The English Physitian.  Today it is titled Culpeper’s Herbal and is still among one of the most popular books written in English. Even back at that time plantain was a well-known plant. Culpeper stated, “This groweth so familiarly in meadows and fields, and by pathways, and is so well-known that it needeth no description.” (Thulesius pg. 51).

Nicholas Culpepper gave this information on plantain.

The clarified juice drank for a few days helps excoriations or pains in the bowels, and distillations, of rheum from the head. It stays all manner of fluxes, even women’s courses, when too abundant, and staunches the too free bleeding of wounds.

The seed is profitable against dropsey, falling-sickness, yellow jaundice and stoppings of the liver and reins. The juice, or distilled water, dropped into the eyes cools inflammation in them. The juice mixed with Oil of Roses and the temples and forehead anointed with it, eases pains in the head proceeding from heat. It can also be profitably applied to all hot gouts in the hands and feet. It is also good to apply to bones out of joint, to hinder inflammations, swellings and pains that presently rise thereupon.

The dried and powdered leaves taken in drink kills worms of the belly; boiled in wine, it kills worms which breed in old and foul ulcers. One part of the herb water and two parts of the brine of powdered beef, boiled together and clarified, is a remedy for all scabs and itch in the head and body, tetters, ringworms, shingles and running and fretting sores. All Plantains are good wound-herbs, for wounds and sores, internal and external.  (Broad-leaved Plantain, p.2)

Plantain though was in use long before Culpeper’s time. The Ancient Persians and the Ancient Arabians used this herb for dysentery. They also favored it for use with all stomach and intestinal problems.

Alexander the Great (356 B.C.-323 B.C.) used plantain to cure his headaches. Pedanius Dioscorides, (40 BC-90BC), was a Greek born in what is today Turkey but at his time it was part of the Roman Empire. He studied medicine in Egypt and was a physician in the Roman Army.

He used plantain for its soothing, cooling, healing and softening properties.

To save someone bitten by a mad dog, Pliny the Roman (23 A.D.-79 A.D.) would use plantain. He also states “on high authority, [that if] it be put into a pot where many pieces of flesh are boiling, it will sodden them together.” (Herb a Day, p. 3) Early Christians considered plantain a symbol for the well-trodden path of the multitude who followed Christ.

In ancient India when the mongoose fought against a cobra, it was noticed that if bitten, the mongoose would use plantain to neutralize the venom.

The Anglo-Saxons (450 A.D. to 1066 A.D.) listed plantain as one of their 9 sacred herbs. They considered that it had great healing powers. They used it for ridding their bodies of worms, as a cure for kidney disorders, a diuretic, a laxative and to cure hemorrhoids. They also used it in a salve for “flying venom.” The salve included hammer wort, chamomile, plantain, water dock roots, honey and butter.

The Macer Floridus (I found 3 possible dates for the writing of it, 9th and 11th century and the 1500’s), was read by Douglas Schar who puts it into his words stating:

I noticed that the author rarely has much more than a few words to say on each plant. Plantain is a different matter. According to this volume, the plant can be sued for: wounds of all sorts including dog bites and scorpion stings, black spots, boils, carbuncles, swellings of the lymph gland, epilepsy, excessive bleeding during menstruation, uterine pains, headaches, coughs, fevers, flu, and sore feet. It is also good for the eyes, gums, and bladder. The list goes on, and on, and on. (Schar, p.1)

Desiderius Erasmus, (1466-1536) a classical scholar, stated that plantain was an antidote for the toxins of poisonous spiders.  In Ireland plantain is known as the “healing herb” in Gaelic because they used it to heal wounds and bruises. One use of plantain came about because of the way it looked. The flower spikes suggested that it be used for virility.

King Henry the VIII, (1491-1547) was an amateur in medicine and loved to dabble in it, giving advice to others. The British Museum has his collection of 114 favorite recipes, written in his own hand.  He used plantain as one of his basic herbs.

Geoffrey Chaucer referenced the healing power of plantain in his works as did William Shakespeare, (1564-1616) who spoke of plantain in his plays, “Love’s Labour’s Lost” (iii,i), “Two Noble Kinsmen” (I,ii) and  “Romeo and Juliet” . From Romeo and Juliet “Radish, Raphanus sativus Romeo. Your Plantain leaf is excellent for that, Benvolio. For what, I pray thee, Romeo? For your broken skin.” (American Botanical Council, pp. 11-12) Shenstone also mentions plantain in his play “The Schoolmistress.” It goes like this, “And plantain rubb’d that heals the reaper’s wound.” (Plantago major, plantain, common p.5)

As ‘chemical’ surgeons began to come forth in the 1500s they still kept their plants. In fact, they used the plants to counteract the corrosive or irritating effects of their minerals. Plantain was one of the plants that would cool and sooth the system.

Dr. Herman Boerhaave, (1668-1738), a Dutch physician and botanist suggested that plantain leaves bound to your aching feet would relieve their pain and help you endure the fatigue of long hikes. In 1710 Salmon’s “Herbal” mentions using plantain for many ailment including the throat, glands and the lungs. It states that it is good for epilepsy, dropsy, jaundice and obstruction of the liver and spleen. It is listed as cooling inflammations in the eyes and reducing the pain in them. It will also ease ear, tooth, and head aches.

Native Americans were already using many herbs to care for themselves when the Europeans arrived. One of their beliefs shares their feelings about being a part of the earth.

The Earth does not belong to Man. Man belongs to the Earth.

All things are connected like the blood which unites a family.

Man does not weave the web of life,  he is only a strand of it.

Whatever happens to the Earth, happens to all of us.

Whatever Man does to the web of life on Earth, He does to himself.

Native Americans embraced this plant after it was brought over by the English. They called it “white man’s footsteps” since it seemed to grow wherever the white men went. The Shoshone would mix one part plantain with one part clematis bracts for wounds, bruises, boils and to reduce the swelling of rheumatic pains.  They would also heat the leaves and place them on wounds. Plantain was also used with yarrow to stop hemorrhages of the lungs and bowels. The story has come down that the Assembly of South Carolina gave a reward to the Native American who discovered that plantain would cure the bite of a rattlesnake.

The Native Americans chewed the roots of plantain to ease the pain of toothaches. The Cherokee also used plantain. They gave it to children who were learning to walk to strengthen them. The Delawares used it for the “summer complaint” or diarrhea. Native Americans used a combination of yellow dock, cramp bark, yarrow, milkweed, plantain, organic tobacco and tansy in a tea. A second tea used with it was made from alfalfa seed, blessed thistle and golden seal root. These were used as a four-day diet for hard and fungus tumors.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, (1807-1882) wrote about plantain in “Hiawatha”. In fact chapter 21 is titled “White Man’s Foot” a section goes like this:

Gitche Manito, the Mighty, The Great Spirit, the Creator, Sends them hither on his errand. Sends them to us with his message. Wheresoe’er they move, before them Swarms the stinging fly, the Ahmo, Swarms the bee, the honey-maker; Wheresoe’er they tread, beneath them Springs a flower unknown among us, Springs the White-man’s Foot in blossom. Let us welcome, then, the strangers, Hail them as our friends and brothers, And the heart’s right hand of friendship Give them when they come to see us. Gitche Manito, the Mighty, Said this to me in my vision. (Longfellow p.6)

An interesting side note is that the natives of New Zealand came up with a name that was almost the same, “Englishman’s foot”. They used the boiled leaves for ulcers. The upper side was used to draw the wound and they used the lower side to aid in the healing. Nothing was wasted. The water that the plantain was boiled in was used for scalds and burns. They also drank it as a uterine stimulant.

In China the plant has been used for rheumatism, diarrhea,  infertility and urinary tract infections. They feel that it helps with problem deliveries and also with a healthier childbirth in general. In the Materia Medica it mentions a study in China of women who fetuses were not positioned correctly for birth. The use of plantain reversed the position 90% of these fetuses for correct delivery. (Schar, p. 3)

The juice of plantain was used to soothe abused feet, lessen the pain of hemorrhoids and insect bites by the Pennsylvania Dutch. They also discovered it was good for getting rid of worms in the intestines. In the bayou of Louisiana plantain was used to help sores heal. Dried leaves were in linen closets to perfume the linens (although dried plantain doesn’t smell bad I haven’t noticed a perfume like smell). It also was supposed to keep insects out of the linens.

In 1903 Lady Northcote mentioned in her book, “The Book of Herbs” that an old woman had an ointment that was often used. It included plantain leaves, Southernwood, black currant leaves, elder buds, angelica and parsley. They were chopped and pounded then simmered with clarified butter. She used it for people who had burns or raw surfaces.  Lady Northcote also included her own recipe with Celandine, Elder buds, houseleek and plantain. Many of the old remedies included plantain. Ones for kidney disorders, splitting of blood and for piles. It was used in diuretics and to destroy worms.

Plantain used to be used commonly in the United States but during the switch over from rural to urban life most Americans forgot about it. It only took three generations for this wonderful herb to be lost. Rural Americans turned to doctors and their “miracle cures” instead.  Many people step on it or over it or even curse it, not understanding it is loaded with nutrition and is important medically.

In 1958 the Food Additives amendment was passed and many additives and ingredients were exempt from the new testing requirements because of their history of long, safe use.  Many herbs made this list, Generally Recognized as Safe or GRAS,  but plantain did not and so was not supposed to be sold for food or drug use. Americans stepped up to the bat and today the use of herbs is on a more solid footing, but herbal practitioners are bucking big business and must be ever vigilant.

Dr. John Christopher, (1909-1983), chose plantain to represent the Alterative Herb group in his newsletter, volume 1 number 3.  In his book “School of Natural Healing” he states that plantain is the best herb for blood poisoning.

Today researchers have proven that many of the old uses of plantain have a good scientific base. Germany’s official herbal “FDA” organization is the German Commission E. This group provides research on many herbs. Plantain research shows that it is a good choice for wound healing and as a treatment for lung conditions, including bronchitis, asthma, coughs, mucous membrane irritations, upper respiratory infections. Research has also shown that it is valuable used topically for skin problems.

The Chinese have also done research on plantain. Their studies show that plantain does stop diarrhea in children. The research also shows that this herb is helpful for some of the areas they use it for, including childbirth.  Research has also been done by another Asian country, Burma. The Burmese use it to treat blood pressure, sores and fevers for the tropics.  Their research shows that plantain in water or alcohol extracts drops arterial pressure in dogs and treats stomach problems. Their research points toward its use with ulcers and increasing the secretion of gastric juices. It also reduces intestinal contractions

by Margaret L. Ahlborn

Pacific Yew: cure for caner, but we are not allowed to harvest this beautiful tree some how a pharma giant has all the rigths to this ~ coming soon!

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Char Edens
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 00:10:17

    Hi. I recently transplanted a plant that was growing on another property my husband and I own (hubby didnt like it and was going to mow it down, but I offered to take it to plant in our backyard which is my domain). At first I thought it may have been an allium but the pictures didnt fit – plus the plant is clearly some type of thistle. Then I came across your milk thistle picture. The flower is identical to mine! I am so excited if it is milk thistle. I would greatly appreciate some guidance as to natural use and harvesting.


    • karonv
      Jun 02, 2012 @ 01:44:16

      Hey Char: I dont grow milk thistle as it is a large quick spreading plant.. up to 200 seeds per blossom and its the seeds are what you will be looking for. I purchase mine from a local herbal store but think harvesting your own is a beautiful thing. You will want to harvest the seeds when the bloom is complete this is done by hand ☼ Its most noted for its use in the area of the liver a quick search turned up some beautiful literature on uses, benefits of the lovely Milkthistle. Loved the story ty for sharing best wish’s in your garden ☼


    • karonv
      Jun 06, 2012 @ 22:21:32

      I also wanted to add if I had the room I absolutely would grow it!


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