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How to Use Goldenrod Plus Medicinal Benefits

goldenrod

Latin Name

Solidago virgaurea

Growing, Cultivation, and Harvest

It is rare to see one goldenrod plant growing alone; it multiplies by sending out root runners, so there are usually dozens of plants growing densely together. Notice all the bees and insects happily crawling about on goldenrod’s numerous small yellow flowers.

There are many types of goldenrod, and you are likely to find several kinds if you look around. The species Solidago canadensis and S. odora are considered the most medicinal (and the tastiest), but all species of goldenrod are safe and beneficial and can be used to help the immune system get ready for winter.

The Science of the Active Ingredients

 * Antibacterial * Astringent * Cicatrisant * Vulnerary

Goldenrod gets a bad rap from allergy sufferers, as it’s often falsely accused of being responsible for annual allergies. In actuality, it’s ragweed that blooms around the same time that is the culprit. As with most herbs, goldenrod is more than just a common garden plant, it also serves as a natural remedy that has been used to treat people across three continents with a variety of medical conditions related to the kidney and bladder for centuries.

How to Take

Typically, goldenrod is ingested in a dried form, but it’s also commonly used in tinctures and fluid extracts.

Goldenrod is a delicious edible. The flowers can be fried as fritters (similar to elder flower fritters) and the more mild tasting leaves can be cooked and eaten as well.

Health Benefits

Bladder, Urinary Tract, & Kidneys

Goldenrod has a history for use with the bladder and urinary system. The astringent and antiseptic qualities tighten and tone the urinary system and bladder making it useful for UTI infections. The German Commission E has officially approved goldenrod for urinary and bladder inflammations. It is a kidney tropho-restorative (tropho is Greek for nourishing), so it both nourishes and restores balance to the kidneys. According to Peter Homes, it is a good choice for long term use with chronic issues to this area of the body.

The Skin

The Latin name solidago means to make whole. The flowers and the leaves can be infused with oil or used as a poultice for wounds and burns. The infused oil combines well with plantain, yarrow, and St. John’s wort for a nice wound healing skin salve. It also makes a nice rub for tired achy muscles and arthritis pain.

Seasonal Allergies & Colds

Goldenrod often takes the rap for the inconspicuous ragweed plant but goldenrod is actually a nice antidote for seasonal ragweed allergies. Its astringent property calms runny eyes, runny nose, and sneezing that comes with late summer and early fall allergies. I have used goldenrod tincture successfully for my ragweed allergies for two years.

Its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties make this a good choice for sore throats.  As an expectorant, goldenrod can expel mucous easily from the lungs. Try it infused with honey or as a tea with honey added. The diaphoretic property of goldenrod helps to open pores of the skin to release sweat during a fever.

Antioxidant

For a period of time in the U.S., goldenrod was known as Blue Mountain Tea. When I first tried making a tea from goldenrod, I was expecting something pungent and challenging in flavor and was delightfully surprised to find it to have an agreeable taste. In any case, it is a good source of the constituent rutin, a powerful flavonoid that benefits the cardiovascular system. Rutin has the ability to support circulation for the cardiovascular system as well as to increase capillary strength. Some say it is higher in anti-oxidants than green tea!

Anti-Fungal

As an antifungal, goldenrod contains saponins and is a useful alternative for Candida type yeast infections.

The flowers are edible and supposedly very good lightly fried. Although I’ve not tried this yet, it’s on my list!

Goldenrod is an abundant plant and there is plenty of it to go around. The meadows and waste spaces are full and good for showing the plant off and there may be some in your backyard ready for harvesting. At least for now it is an underused and under-harvested plant with many wonderful uses and health benefits and just waiting to be your next ally. This is a great time of year to harvest goldenrod (or you can buy it here). I’m heading out for some right now. I hope I’ve talked you into doing the same!

Uses

Most commonly, Goldenrod is used as an aquaretic agent, meaning that it promotes the loss of water from the body (as compared to a diuretic, which promotes the loss of both water and electrolytes such as salt). It is used frequently in Europe to treat urinary tract inflammation and to prevent or treat kidney stones.

In fact, goldenrod has received official recognition in Germany for its effectiveness in getting rid of kidney stones, and it is commonly found in teas and tinctures to help “flush out” kidney stones and stop inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract. Goldenrod is said to wash out bacteria and kidney stones by increasing the flow of urine and also soothing inflamed tissues and calming muscle spasms in the urinary tract. It isn’t used as a cure by itself, but rather as an adjunct to other, more definitive treatments such as (in the case of bladder infections) antibiotics. Several studies have found that goldenrod does in fact increase urine flow.

In addition, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, historically, goldenrod (Solidago canadensis or Solidago virgaurea) has been used on the skin to heal wounds. In folk medicine, it is used as a mouth rinse to treat inflammation of the mouth and throat.

Goldenrod is also associated with helping relieve symptoms associated with the common cold, flu, bronchitis, laryngitis and other similar ailments of the respiratory tract. It has been used to help treat digestive issues such as colic, diarrhea and stomach cramps as well.

In fact, the herb has been used for a variety of issues including:

  • dental infections
  • fungal infections
  • asthma
  • type 2 diabetes
  • allergies
  • various skin infections
  • tuberculosis
  • enlargement of the liver
  • gout
  • hemorrhoids
  • internal bleeding
  • arthritis

Spiritual Folklore

Planet: Venus
Element: Air
Gender: Feminine
Keywords: lucky, money, prosperity

The sudden appearance of goldenrod near your front door indicates that a stroke of good fortune is on its way. Goldenrod flowers can be used in wealth spells and money drawing sachets and planted on your property or placed in a vase inside your home to attract wealth and good fortune.

Goldenrod can be used for dowsing. Simply concentrate on what you’re looking for while holding a goldenrod in your hand. It will nod in the direction of the hidden object, or treasure! It will also point you in the direction of your true love.

If you wear or carry goldenrod for a day, the next day you will cross paths with your true love. Give him or her some goldenrod tea to seal the deal. But not just before you hop into bed, because goldenrod is a diuretic.

Dried leaves and flowers can be burned to enhance spells for drawing love and to enhance your intuition when performing any sort of divination.

Goldenrod can be used to aid in the grieving process.

Contraindications

Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with GOLDENROD
Goldenrod seems to work like “water pills” by causing the body to lose water. Taking goldenrod along with other “water pills” might cause the body to lose too much water. Losing too much water can cause you to be dizzy and your blood pressure to go too low.
Some “water pills” include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.

Recipes

To dry flowering goldenrod: Bundle 2-3 stalks together and hang upside down in a cool, shady room until thoroughly dry. When the stalks snap crisply, store the dried herb in brown paper bags. One or two large handfuls of crushed leaves and flowers, steeped in a quart of boiling water for thirty minutes makes a tea that can be used hot, with honey, to counter allergies (especially pollen allergies), fevers, sore throats, coughs, colds and the flu; or taken cold to relieve colic in babies, and gas in adults. Dried mint and/or yarrow are tasty, and useful, additions when making goldenrod flower tea.

To dry goldenrod roots: Rinse dirt off the roots, then cut away all the stalks, leaves and dead flowers. If possible, hang your roots over a woodstove to dry; if not, place them on racks and put them in a warm place to dry until brittle. Store in glass jars. Depending on the difficulty you are addressing, goldenrod root tea may be made with large or small amounts of the roots brewed or decocted in boiling water. Or the roots may be powdered, alone or mixed with flowers, and applied to hard-to-heal wounds and sore joints.

To make a goldenrod vinegar: Chop the goldenrod coarsely, filling a jar with chopped flowers, leaves, stalks (and roots if you have them); then fill the jar to the top with room-temperature, pasteurized, apple cider vinegar. Cap it tightly with a plastic lid. (Metal lids will be eroded by the action of the vinegar. If you must use one, protect it with several layers of plastic between it and the vinegar.) Be sure to label your vinegar with the date and contents. Your goldenrod vinegar will be ready to use in six weeks to improve mineral balance, help prevent kidney stones, eliminate flatulence, and improve immune functioning.

To make a goldenrod tincture: Chop the goldenrod coarsely, filling a jar with chopped flowers, leaves, stalks (and roots if you have them); then add 100 proof vodka, filling the jar to the very top. Cap tightly and label. Your goldenrod tincture will be ready to use in six weeks, by the dropperful, as an anti-inflammatory, a sweat-inducing cold cure, and an astringent digestive aid. Medical herbalists use large doses (up to 4 dropperfuls at a time) of goldenrod tincture several times daily to treat kidney problems — including nephritis, hemorrhage, kidney stones, and inability to void — and prostate problems, including frequent urination.

Blue Mountain Tea
This has a slightly bitter astringent value as well as a sweetness.  You taste the astringent bitter when it goes down. I prefer goldenrod tea mixed with mint.

Ingredients

2 cups boiling water
1 Tablespoon of fresh goldenrod or 2-3 teaspoons of dried
1 Tablespoon of mint or 2-3 teaspoons of dried

Directions

  • Bring water to a boil and combine with herbs.
  • Infuse for 15 minutes then strain and serve.

 

Further Reading

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/goldenrod

http://www.livestrong.com/article/511750-herbal-benefits-of-goldenrod/

http://herbsmed.net/medicinal-health-benefits-goldenrod/index.html

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/4-facts-goldenrod-kidney-health/

http://www.motherearthliving.com/plant-profile/goldenrod.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldenrod

http://gardensablaze.com/HerbGoldenrodMed.htm

http://www.ontariowildflower.com/goldenrods.htm

http://blog.emergencyoutdoors.com/edible-wild-plants-sweet-goldenrod-solidago-odora/

http://eatingwild.blogspot.com/2011/03/goldenrod-miracle-wild-food-source.html

 

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Bilberry Medicinal Properties & Lesson

Tips to be Impeccably Groomed

Bilberry, a relative of Blueberry, has been proven to improve eye health among many other incredible health benefits. This week, our herbal group is studying bilberry. The group is learning how to grow, utilize, and make medicine from this incredible plant to heal health concerns like diabetes, night vision, eye health, cardiovascular health and more.

Bilberry is not an herb for everyone and has some serious contraindications and warnings for people on blood thinners.

If you would like to use Bilberry as medicine, here is your guide: Bilberry Herbal Mentoring Lesson.

I purchase my dried bilberries here for syrups, teas, and elixirs.

 

Learn How to Use Alfalfa as Herbal Medicine

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Alfalfa is one of my staple herbs that I use in my every day life. Every morning I make a teapot of my Herbal Multivitamin Recipe for myself and my kids. Alfalfa is a main ingredient because of all of its incredible vitamin and mineral presence. There is a reason the Arabs nicknamed alfalfa as the “King of Food”.

In our Herbal Mentoring Class, we are studying alfalfa this week. Our members are learning how to grow alfalfa, harvest alfalfa, and use alfalfa as herbal medicine.

Herbal Mentoring no longer accepts new members for our yearly membership, but you can still learn all about alfalfa. Each Herbal Mentoring Lesson is available on our storefront and will soon be available for the kindle on Amazon.

If you want to learn alfalfa skin benefits and the health benefits of alfalfa, this is a great option for you.

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Are These 40 Herbs Dangerous? Adverse Effects Reported!

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It is the common misbelief that just because a plant or herb is natural, that it is safe. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Each herb has contraindications and warnings associated with it. Browse this list and understand that not every herb is safe for everyone. If you want to use herbal remedies, enroll in a course that teaches you the synergy and contraindications of herbs.

We want everyone to be safe, happy, and of course healthy. This list is to educate you, not scare you. If you find that you use one of these herbs on a regular basis, ask your herbalist to help you find a plant remedy that is more suitable for your needs. If you are the DIY’er, check my list of recommended reading after the list.

  1. Aconite: Heart palpitations and arrhythmias, hypotension, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, respiratory system paralysis, death.
  2. Aloe Vera: abdominal pain, diarrhea, potentially carcinogenic, with others can potentiate cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmic agents
  3. Areca Nut (Betel Nut): deterioration of psychosis in patients with preexisting psychiatric disorders”; known carcinogen contributing to cancer of the mouth, pharynx, esophagus and stomach when chewed.
  4. Bitter Orange: ‘Fainting, arrhythmia, heart attack, stroke, death.
  5. Broom: Uterotonic properties, nausea vomiting, and diarrhea, contraindicated for pregnancy and breast feeding
  6. Buckthorn Bark and Berry: abdominal pain, diarrhea, potentially carcinogenic, with others can potentiate cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmic agents
  7. Cascara Sagrada Bark: “abdominal pain, diarrhea, potentially carcinogenic, with others can potentiate cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmic agents
  8. Chaparral: Liver damage, kidney problems, Hypotension in cancer patients
  9. Coltsfoot: Liver damage, cancer
  10. Comfrey: Liver damage and cancer
  11. Country Mallow: Heart attack, heart arrhythmia, stroke, death
  12. Dan Shen: Potentiates warfarin activity, leading to excessive anticoagulation and bleeding
  13. Dong Quai: May induce uterine contractions; contraindicated when pregnant or nursing
  14. European Mistletoe: Toxic to cardio and central nervous systems, gastrointestinal bleeding
  15. Ephedra: Agitation and palpitations, “hypertension, irregular heart rate, insomnia, nervousness, tremors and seizures, paranoid psychoses, heart attacks, strokes, and death”, kidney stones
  16. Germander: Liver damage
  17. Ginger: May alter bleeding time
  18. Gingko: Bleeding
  19. American Ginseng: Hypertensive and chronotropic activities, may increase digoxin levels”, diarrhea, itching, insomnia, headaches, nervousness, rapid heartbeat, hypertension or hypotension, breast tenderness, vaginal bleeding. Very rarely Stevens–Johnson syndrome, liver damage, severe allergy has been reported. May lower blood sugar excessively in combination with diabetes medication. Contains a chemical linked to possible birth defects. May worsen hormone sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids. Insomnia.
  20. Goldenseal: Uterotonic
  21. Greater Celandine: Liver damage
  22. Guarana: Agitation and insomnia
  23. Guar Gum: Obstruction of gastrointestinal tract
  24. Gugulipid (myrrh and guggal): Headache, nausea, hiccups, diminished efficacy of other cardiovascular drugs including diltiazem and propranolol.
  25. Hawthorn: Potentiates digitalis activity, increases coronary dilation effects of theophylline, caffeine, papaverine, sodium nitrate, adenosine and epinephrine, increase barbiturate-induced sleeping times.
  26. Horse Chestnut: Liver toxicity, allergic reaction, anaphylaxis
  27. Kava: Potentates CNS sedatives, chronic use might cause a reversible dry skin condition
  28. Khat: Chronic liver dysfunction
  29. Licorice Root: Hypokalemia, hypertension, arrhythmias, edema
  30. Lobelia: Toxicity, rapid heartbeat, hypotension, coma, death
  31. Milk Thistle: Mild laxative, allergy
  32. Pennyroyal: Liver damage
  33. Peony: May slow clotting; contraindicated for people with bleeding disorders and before and after surgery. May induce uterine contractions; contraindicated when pregnant or nursing.
  34. Safrole (sassafras): Liver damage
  35. Saw Palmetto: “rare and mild gastrointestinal upset, headaches, diarrhea, gynecomastia, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, ventricular rupture and death in one patient.
  36. Senna: “abdominal pain, diarrhea, potentially carcinogenic, with others can potentiate cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmic agents”, liver damage.
  37. St. John’s Wort: Photosensitization, GI disturbances, “allergic reactions, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, dry mouth
  38. Valerian: “drowsiness, GI upset, headache, palpitations, insomnia”, oversedation, overstimulation
  39. Vasambu: Vomiting and nausea
  40. Yohimbe: rapid heart rate, hypertension, hypotension, heart problems, death

Plants Are My Medicine Presents-

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The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety
The Way of Herbs
Botanical Safety Handbook

Learn Herbs
Tea, Infusion, & Juice Recipes (my ebook on Kindle, free to unlimited subscribers)

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57 Herbs and Remedies You Can Use Today!

57 Herbs & Remedies

Agnus Castus

Helps regulate progesterone levels in women, easing menopausal symptoms plus some menstrual problems such as breast tenderness and menstrually-related migraines and acne. Do not use if taking HRT. Can be combined with Black Cohosh, Sage and Feverfew as appropriate.

Aloe Vera

Aloe gel is a wonderful skin treatment. Can be used on burns, scars, wounds, acne, sunburn, varicose veins and ulcerated skin. Internally, can ease gastritis, peptic ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.

Arnica

Arnica cream helps with bruising. Can also restore hair loss. Do not use the cream on broken skin, do not take arnica internally (except in tiny homeopathic doses), and never use undiluted arnica as it can be toxic.

Anise

Make a decoction of seeds with honey to relieve a cough.

Basil

Makes a great infusion to drink for migraines. Douche with it for yeast infection. Pregnant women should not have any basil.

Black Cohosh

Regulates oestrogen production in women, helping with menstrual problems such as cramps, and useful during the menopause for reducing hot flashes and menopausal depression. Also helps with rheumatoid arthritis, some types of headache, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and tinnitus.

Borage

Stimulates the adrenal glands, useful in dangerous or stressful situations and for anxiety, depression and grief, giving us the courage to go on. Also helps with rheumatoid arthritis and acts as a diuretic and cleanser of the kidneys.

Caraway

Regulates menstruation and helps with cramps.

Cayenne

Relieves arthritis pain. Helps regulate blood sugar.

Celery

Sedative. Relieves hypertension. Helps the kidneys to detoxify the body.

Celery Seed

Eases arthritis pain, including osteoarthritis, and relieves gout with regular use. Helps with urinary tract infections such as cystitis. Can also ease chest problems such as asthma and bronchitis.

Chamomile Flowers

Mildly sedative, helping with sleep problems. It also has anti inflammatory properties and is very useful for digestive problems including gastro-intestinal irritation, ulcers, colitis and irritable bowel. It can relieve cramps either related to indigestion or menstrual cramps. It also makes the body more receptive to other remedies, working well in combination.

Chickweed

It may come as a surprise to many gardeners to hear that this well-known and rampant weed has some good qualities! Chickweed cream can be very effective for eczema and other dry, irritated skin, as well as minor burns, stings and scars. It also helps relieve rheumatism.

Chicory

Dissolves gallstones. Cleans the liver.

Cilantro

Antibacterial. Relieves stomach upsets of bacterial origin. Helps to preserve meat.

Cinnamon

Helpful for bronchitis. For persistent coughs, use 4 drops of the essential oil in a bowl of boiling water and inhale the steam.

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Clove

Clove oil is a wonderful remedy for toothache. Cloves also help against alcoholism.

Comfrey

This herb contains allantoin, which aids growth and healing in cartilage, bone and muscle. It has been used to help heal fractures and sprains for centuries. Reduces swelling. For external use only – apply as a poultice. Comfrey can also help with acne and scars – mix a teaspoonful of powdered comfrey root with water to make a paste and apply it as a face pack, leaving on for as long as possible.

Cramp Bark

Useful for any kind of cramps. In the case of menstrual cramps, start taking it a few days before menstruation is due. Also helps with menopausal aches and pains. Can also be used to help control the bladder in cases of incontinence or bedwetting, and for irritable bowel syndrome.

Damiana

This Mexican herb was prized as an aphrodisiac and traditionally is mainly used for male sexual problems including impotence and premature ejaculation. It can also be helpful in stimulating the reproductive organs in women and relieving menstrual pains. Also used for depression linked to nervous exhaustion, and urinary infections.

Dandelion

Dandelion leaves are used in salad in many countries. It is a great detoxifier, helping the liver, kidneys and gallbladder to eliminate waste. For warts, rub the wart with the white juice from a dandelion leaf or stem twice a day for a few weeks.

Devil’s Claw

Eases the pain of arthritis and rheumatism, and persistent back pain. Works as an anti-inflammatory, also useful for fevers. Stimulates the digestion.

Dill

Great for insomnia and digestion.

Echinacea Root

Boosts the immune system, with anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects. Good for flu, colds, throat infections, tonsillitis, and even ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis). Also for boils, tooth abscess and acne where body toxicity is the cause.

Fennel

Helps with bad breath, digestion, and constipation.

Fenugreek

Soothing for the digestive system, relieving problems such as colitis, ulcers, irritable bowel, gastro-enteritis and diarrhea. Fenugreek also has a reputation as an aphrodisiac and the seeds are used for male impotence in China.

Feverfew

Anti-inflammatory. Take small doses as a preventive treatment for migraine, especially menstruation-related migraines. Also effective for minor headaches, hangovers, and arthritic and rheumatic pain.

Garlic

Antibiotic, especially effective for bronchitis and other chest infections. Reduces blood cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart attacks. Thins the blood, helping to prevent strokes. Antiseptic and antifungal, helpful for athlete’s foot, infectious rashes and warts. Contraindications: may irritate the digestive tract in some people; not to be taken by nursing mothers as it can cause colic in the baby.

Ginger

Calms the gastro-intestinal tract, preventing travel sickness and nausea. May be useful for morning sickness in pregnancy (check with your doctor). Eases symptoms of colds, flu, bronchitis and whooping cough. Also thins the blood to reduce stroke risk.

Gingko Leaf

Aids memory and concentration by helping circulation in the brain, particularly for seniors. Is used to treat dementia. Antidepressant, helps to prevent strokes and thrombus, and relieves tinnitus. Taken by many multiple sclerosis sufferers.

Ginseng (Korean)

Relieves stress. Although generally a stimulant (including reputed aphrodisiac qualities for men) it will not prevent sleep if the body needs it. Improves health and spirits generally, especially in old age. Do not take with caffeine or alcohol, and do not use if you have hypertension. Siberian Ginseng is a milder form, but still should not be taken in these circumstances.

Golden Seal

Helpful for any problems with mucous membranes including respiratory ailments. Eases thrush in women, and athlete’s foot. Helps with peptic ulcers, liver problems and urinary infections, and stimulates the appetite.

Hawthorn Berry

Used under medical supervision for coronary heart disease and angina. Regulates blood pressure and helps stabilize irregular heartbeat. Not to be taken without medical advice.

Horseradish

Eases chest congestion. Relieves muscular aches.

Hyssop

Anti-inflammatory, widely used by asthma sufferers. Also helpful for hay fever and for colds (at the early stages). Relieves the nerves, preventing nervous diarrhea, and helps with nervous exhaustion, anxiety, depression, grief and guilt.

Lavender

Lavender oil can help relieve chilblains. Add a pinch of lavender flower to other mild herbal teas as a tonic, and to lime flower tea for migraine.

Lemon Balm (Melissa)

Calming and cheering, lemon balm can relieve mild depression, irritability, anxiety and panic. Can calm palpitations. Good for digestive problems caused by stress or anxiety. Externally, helps with herpes sores including cold sores.

 

Licorice Root

Balances the nervous system. Not to be used long term as it can damage the liver.

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Marigold (Calendula)

Relieves skin problems including acne, rashes, cuts and sunburn. Essential oil can help relieve cold sores. Also helps with fungal infections including athlete’s foot, thrush and ringworm. Can be used for liver problems, including hepatitis.

Milk Thistle

For liver disorders, including all types of hepatitis, problems resulting from alcohol abuse, or to assist and protect the liver during chemotherapy (as always, discuss with your doctor). Also useful against melancholic depression which is associated with the liver.

Mint

There are many different species of mint. Garden mint tends to be milder than peppermint in its effects. Relieves heartburn and flatulence, helps stomach aches, nausea and travel sickness. Useful for head colds and flu, sore throats, headaches and eye infections. Antibacterial. Can help to lower a high temperature by provoking sweating.

Mustard

Relieves some types of heartburn. Helps with muscle sprains.

Nutmeg

Helps with indigestion.

Oregano

Reduces fever. Relieves indigestion, flatulence and bloating. Helps to regulate menstruation.

Parsley

High in vitamin C, but only if eaten raw. Also aids digestion, acts as a decongestant and diuretic, helps with bad breath, and cleans the blood.

 

Raspberry Leaf

High in calcium, useful for preventing osteoporosis. Heals wounds, relieves sore throats, canker sores and gingivitis (gum disease). For women, can control heavy menstrual bleeding and traditionally used in pregnancy to prevent nausea and miscarriage and relax the cervix in preparation for childbirth (as always, discuss with your doctor). Also good for post-natal depression.

Red Clover

Relieves eczema and psoriasis. Used in treatment of some cancers.

Rosemary

Stimulant for the heart and nervous system. Improves blood circulation to the brain and scalp, helping with migraines, hair loss, and to improve memory, especially for examinations. Helps with convalescence after a serious illness and increases optimism.

Sage

For all throat and gum infections. Also for menopausal hot flashes. Helps with irritable bowel and diarrhea. Relieves insect bites and stings. Is said to help with failing memory in old age. A versatile herb!

Slippery Elm

Good for digestive problems and disorders of the colon including constipation, colitis and hemorrhoids. Also for chest infections – colds, flu, bronchitis, pleurisy and even tuberculosis. Not to be taken in pregnancy.

St John’s Wort

Well known as an antidepressant. Also antiviral, used to treat flu, hepatitis and HIV. Can have side effects – only to be taken under medical supervision.

Tarragon

Helps with insomnia and depression.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of a plant native to Australia. It has wonderful antiseptic powers and is also anti-fungal and rejuvenating. Helps with all surface problems of the body whether internal or external – problems of the skin including acne, mouth, sinus, bronchial passages, plus ear infections and dandruff.

Thyme

Antibiotic. Helps with asthma and respiratory tract infections.

Tumeric

This is an incredible antioxidant and has been linked to the prevention of cancer and reducing inflammation.

Valerian

Tranquilizer and sleep remedy. Helpful in panic attacks. However, can have the side effect of causing headaches in some people.

Vervain

Relieves depression, especially after a viral illness like flu.

Willow Bark

The active ingredient in willow bark was extracted in the 19th century and found to be a very effective pain reliever. It is now produced synthetically as aspirin. Willow bark has the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin, but does not thin the blood. Good for relieving arthritic pain.

Witch Hazel

Astringent, for external use on skin wounds, bruises and sprains. Helps rejuvenate sagging skin.

Yarrow

Aids blood clotting, helpful for wounds and nose bleeds. Used for some cardio-vascular conditions under medical supervision. Relieves catarrh and other symptoms of colds and flu.

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How to Grow and Use Dandelions as Medicine

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Ok…. So maybe you aren’t crazy like me and have a dandelion garden bed, but at least maybe this will help you see the benefits of this incredible plant. When taken care of, and not sprayed with herbicides, dandelions are an incredible addition to your medicinal garden.

Growing dandelions is kind of easy. They grow anywhere. Everywhere. And then they grow some more. I hope this next bit of information helps you see them as medicine and not as a nuisance.

You can grow dandelions in raised beds to make sure they stay away from the pesticides that you spray on your lawn. Intentional dandelions will give you a much more powerful punch of medicine than foraging where they’ve been sprayed in the past.

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Dandelion contains compounds which increase the livers production of bile, the body’s own natural laxative! With regular use people make more regular visits to the toilet which is a nature’s way of detoxing.

Dandelion contains sugars which act as diuretics, that is they increase the kidneys production of urine. Increased urination means reduced fluid in the tissues. For most woman water retention is cyclical. Dandelion can be used to reduce cycle based bloating.

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If you feel run down, tired, and lethargic all the time and for no good reason, dandelion may be the tonic for you. It stimulates the liver which results in increased energy levels. Herbalists find it gives an energy boost to those that find their get up and go has gone for no apparent reason.

Grab some Dandelion seeds here and designate a spot just for them so they can be their free and sunshiney little selves in a happy spot!

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How to Grow and Use Garlic as Medicine

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You can grow garlic! (And it will keep bugs off your roses if you plant them nearby.)

Garlic can be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked, but fall planting is recommended for most gardeners. Plant in the fall and you’ll find that your bulbs are bigger and more flavorful when you harvest the next summer. In areas that get a hard frost, plant garlic 6 to 8 weeks before that frost. In southern areas, February or March is a better time to plant. Break apart cloves from bulb a few days before planting, but keep the papery husk on each individual clove. Plant cloves about one month before the ground freezes. Do not plant cloves from the grocery store. They may be unsuited varieties for your area, and most are treated to make their shelf life longer, making them harder to grow. Instead, get cloves from a mail order seed company or a local nursery. Ensure soil is well-drained with plenty of organic matter. Select a sunny spot. Place cloves 4 inches apart and 2 inches deep, in their upright position (the wide root side facing down and pointed end facing up). In the spring, as warmer temperatures come, shoots will emerge through the ground.

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Garlic is another tonic herb because it’s reach is so far that it is even a cancer preventative. It is anti bacterial, anti viral, great for inflammation, helps blood sugar, and is also anti parasitic. Using garlic medicinally can absolutely make an impact on your health.

I like to add garlic to my immune boosting apple cider vinegar tonic: Delightful Immune Boost. This is an effective way to prevent colds and flu throughout the year.

Grab some Garlic seeds here and sprinkle them among your garden beds and flower beds. They make great flower and rose companions. You can start your garlic from bulbs you purchase at your grocery store, too.

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