REFERENCE GUIDE FOR HERBS

REFERENCE GUIDE FOR HERBS

Overview

Herbs are a gift from nature. They include leaves, bark, berries, roots, gums,
seeds, stems and flowers. They have been used for thousands of years to help
maintain good health.

ALFALFA

Aids in healing allergies, arthritis, morning sickness, peptic ulcers, stomach
ailments & bad breath; cleanses the kidneys & removes poisons from the body;
neutralizes acids; is an excellent blood purifier & blood thinner; improves the
appetite and aids in the assimilation of protein, calcium & other nutrients.

ALOE VERA

Helps alleviate constipation, aids in healing burns & wounds, canker sores, cold
sores, ulcers, acne and digestive disorders.

BLESSED THISTLE

Helps strengthen the heart & lungs; aids in healing urinary, pulmonary & liver
disorders; increases circulation to the brain; aids digestion, reduces fever,
expels worms, helps alleviate menstrual cramps.

BURDOCK ROOT

Is an excellent blood purifier and cleanser; aids in healing skin blemishes,
arthritis & rheumatism; promotes healthy kidney function.

CAPSICUM

Promotes cleansing of the circulatory & digestive system; reduces fever,
purifies the blood; helps prevent muscle aches, tiredness, skin blemishes,
headaches, rheumatism, ulcers & sore throats; helps in regulating your blood
pressure and pulse rate.
CASCARA SAGRADA

Stimulates the secretions of the entire digestive system; helps prevent nervous
disorders, colon & constipation problems.

CHAMOMILE

An excellent cleanser & toner of the digestive tract; aids in calming the
nerves; expels worms & parasites; Improves the appetite & helps eliminate
dandruff.

CHAPPARAL

Aids in healing skin blemishes, acne, arthritis & allergies; promotes hair
growth; acts as a natural antibiotic within the body with no side effects.

COMFREY

Aids in healing respiratory ailments, anemia, arthritis, fractures, mucous
membranes, lungs & wounds; it is soothing to the gastrointestinal tract; aids in
cell proliferation; helps the pancreas in regulating blood sugar level; helps
promote the secretion of pepsin & is a general aid to digestion.

ECHINACEA

Is the most effective blood & lymphatic cleanser in the botanical kingdom; its
acts as a natural antibiotic and works like penicillin in the body with no side
effects; aids in reducing fever, infections, bad breath & mucous buildup.

EUPHRASIA

Aids in reducing skin blemishes, clears bloodshot eyes, and helps with
impotence.

GARLIC

Is extremely effective in dissolving and cleansing cholesterol from the blood
stream; it stimulates the digestive tract; it kills worms, parasites and harmful
bacteria; it normalizes blood pressure and reduces fever, gas & cramps; it used
by athletes for increasing physical strength & energy.

GINGER

Aids in fighting colds, colitis, digestive disorders, flu & gas; it helps
increase the secretion of saliva; is excellent for the circulatory system and
helps increase stamina.

GINSENG

Aids in increasing endurance, longevity & vitality; aids in balancing hormonal
activity; acts as a sexual stimulant, mental & physical stimulant; normalizes
blood pressure levels; helps protect the body against stress; strengthens the
endocrine glands; stimulates the activity of RNA & DNA in your cells, thus
helping retard the aging process.

GOTU KOLA

Is an excellent “brain food” which promotes memory & helps alleviate mental
fatigue; excellent for the eyes, impotence, endurance, energy & normalizing
blood pressure; considered to be an excellent nerve tonic.

HAWTHORN BERRIES

Strengthens the muscles and nerves to the heart; aids in relieving emotional
stress; regulates high & low blood pressure; helps combat arteriosclerosis,
hypoglycemia and heart disease.

HYSSOP

Regulates blood pressure, purifies the blood & promotes circulation, excellent
aid for the eyes, hoarseness, lungs, mucous buildup, nervous disorders and skin
problems.

LICORICE

Expels mucous from the respiratory tract aids in healing hoarseness,
hypoglycemia, coughs & constipation; promotes healthy adrenal glands; acts as a
sexual stimulant; helps increase endurance & vitality; helps in reducing skin
blemishes (age spots).

MA HAUNG

A stimulant of the adrenal glands; helps increase energy level; aids in healing
asthma, bronchitis, lung, coughs & congestive disorders.

MULLEIN

A bone, flesh and cartilage builder; aids in healing respiratory ailments,
asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea, sinus congestion; soothing to any inflammation and
relieves pain; acts to relieve spasms & clears the lungs.

ROSE HIPS

Used to fight infection & curb stress. it is the highest herb in Vitamin C
content and contains the entire C-Complex.

SARSAPARILLA

Helps cure impotence; relieves inflammation & gas and will increase the flow of
urine; an excellent blood purifier; aids rheumatism, heartburn, hormones, gout,
fever ad mucous buildup; also used to promote perspiration.

SPIRULINA

Is an algae containing 65 – 70% protein; it contains 26 times the Calcium of
milk; also contains phosphorous & niacin and is far more nutritious than any
known food; used for rejuvenation & weight reduction; an excellent blood and
colon cleanser; very high in Vitamin B12 content.

YELLOW DOCK

A nutritive tonic, high in Iron and useful in treating anemia; also nourishes
the spleen and liver, thus, being effective for the treatment of Jaundice,
Lymphatic problems & skin eruptions; strengthens, cleanses & tones the entire
body; excellent for boils, ulcers, wounds, and cleansing

Herb of the Day for August 14 is Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera, Aloe spp.

MEDICINAL:  The gel of the inner part of an aloe leaf is used to treat burns, skin rashes, and insect bites, as well as chafed nipples from breastfeeding,  when applied to the affected area externally. Internally it can be used to keep the bowels functioning smoothly, or when there is an impaction, although it can cause intestinal cramping when taken internally, and there are other herbs that do this job better. It aids in healing wounds by drawing out infection, and preventing infection from starting. The fresh gel is best to use, rather than “stabilized” gels found in the stores. The fresh gel was used by Cleopatra to keep her skin soft and young.

RELIGIOUS:  Growing an aloe vera plant in the kitchen will help prevent burns and mishaps while cooking. It will also prevent household accidents, and guard against evil. It is reported that aloe was used to embalm the body of Christ.

GROWING: Best grown indoors in pots. Those living in the deep South, as in southern Texas or southern Florida, can grow aloe outdoors. Remember that Aloe is a succulent, not a cactus, so it needs water to keep the leaves fleshy and juicy.

Protect Yourself: Home Sunburn Remedies Aidan Koch

Protect Yourself: Home Sunburn Remedies

Aidan Koch

The 4th of July is just around the corner, which means the kick off to  sunburn season. Between lying on the beach and standing by the BBQ, a burn could  be the difference between 10 and 30 minutes in the sun! Your skin is damaged no  matter the severity of the burn and it’s smart to let it relax a little with  these clever, home care remedies.

Cool it down with running cold water or a soaked cloth or keep it moist with  a dose of witch hazel.

Most people know about aloe vera, and its always nice to have a plant around you  can clip a stem from, but what about lavender or vitamin E oil? Lavender oil can  help relieve and prevent peeling and E oil is an incredible moisturizer.

Check your kitchen for the following items: oatmeal, apple cider vinegar, milk, yogurt, honey and tea. All have soothing qualities that when applied  to burnt skin can really help out. With the vinegar or tea, you can add them to  your cooling bath and let it really soak in all over.

Of course, sunscreen and a hat or umbrella will do a world of wonders in  prevention.

 

Daily Feng Shui Tip for June 15 – ‘Smile Power Day’

‘Smile Power Day’ reminds me of the power a smile can pack, especially in regards to bringing health and happiness into our lives. Many years ago I learned an ancient Shamanic healing technique that shares the smile’s power to heal. According to this technique we should visualize a golden light surrounding our livers while seeing a smile there as well. I hadn’t put much stock in this until I read of a Balinese medicine man who teaches putting a smile on the liver during meditation in order to embrace health and happiness. Since this was the second time I’d heard this healing advice, it didn’t take me long to start seeing a smile on my own liver. If you want to detox in a happy way and find health in every smile, simply visualize one on your liver and see that organ as healthy and happy. If that doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com