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Yarrow is used to make Remedies

Yarrow is used to make Remedies

The leaves and flowers of Yarrow are used to make remedies. Yarrow is used for fever, common cold, hay fever, to improve menstruation, to stop dysentery, diarrhea, to improve appetite, to assist gastrointestinal (GI) tract discomfort, and to induce sweating. It stops bleeding externally and internally. When you get a wound, it helps form a scab. The powdered dry herb or the fresh herb poultice stops bleeding from deep cuts and wounds almost immediately. Yarrow’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties make it a perfect first aid remedy. A yarrow tea bath or topical application with the ointment or oil can be useful for rheumatic joints and varicose veins. Some people chew the fresh leaves to relieve toothache.

Homemade Herbals Yarrow Herb

Edible parts: Leaves and Flowers (Aerial parts). Although the leaves are bitter, they can be eaten raw or cooked; young leaves mixed in with a salad are used. Yarrow leaves are also used as a hop-substitute for flavoring and as a preservative for beer.

Yarrow Tea

  • 2 teaspoons Yarrow Flowers and leaves dried or fresh
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Honey to taste
  • Put the Yarrow her into a teapot with 2 cups of boiling water
  • Let steep for 5 minutes
  • Add honey to taste

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  • Gather the wild white yarrow growing in the fields or order the dried cut yarrow (not powder)
  • Use a dark glass bottle or canning jar
  • Only wash the root. Because this is not going to be ingested we use the whole plant.
  • Chop the whole plant into small pieces and tightly pack a glass jar, leave some room on top.
  • Fill the jar with vodka or white vinegar
  • Label the jar with contents and date
  • Store in shade and shake daily for about 4-6 weeks
  • Top up the vodka or vinegar if needed
  • Strain and put into a spray bottle for daily use. This works better than Deet to kill insects and its natural

Yarrow Tincture

Red Clover Herb

Red Clover Herb

Red Clover belongs to the family of plants called legumes. Red clover contains substances called isoflavones. Isoflavones are phytoestrogens—compounds similar to the female hormone estrogen. It is a great blood cleanser and a natural blood thinner. So speak to your doctor when using Red Clover as remedy.

Red clover is commonly used to make a sweet tasting herbal tea. It is an ingredient in some recipes for Essiac tea. If you want to know more about Essiac herbal tea which is used to assist Cancer and other ailments as an effectual remedy endorsed by Robert Kennedy’s personal physician. Read the book, it is very interesting how the nurse Renae Caisse (Essiac backwards) brought the remedy to us from the indigenous American Indians.

This book is a compilation of research, data and testimonials about Essiac – the herbal based formula who have helped thousands attain relief and regeneration from cancer. You will learn how to safely navigate the preparation, doses and uses of Essiac. Included is the history and development of this ancient healing remedy.  The originator of the formula desired that the people who need help would get it without interference from any medical establishment. She treated thousands of people with this formula with an 80% recovery rate.

In the past, Red Clover was used for conditions including asthma, whooping cough, cancer, and gout. Isoflavone extracts from Red Clover are most often used for menopausal symptoms, high cholesterol, or osteoporosis. Red clover is also a source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.

Buy these fillable disposable teabags that you can fill with a recipe of your own blend of herbs to suit your taste

The flowering tops of the Red Clover plant are used fresh, dried, or as a powder for capsules, as well as made into teas and extracts in liquid forms. They grow in the fields everywhere so it’s easy to collect them and dry them to make your very own wildcrafted tea later.

Use these Disposable tea bags to make your own teabags of this wonderful blood cleanser or your own recipe of herbs crafted to your own taste. (with honey, honey!)

Echinacea Herb, for natural immune boost

Echinacea Herb, for natural immune boost

Echinacea is also called coneflower because of the lovely cone shape in the center of the pink flowers.

In your body, the therapeutic action of Echinacea works by increasing the number of Immune Cells and enhancing the amounts of natural chemicals and making them more active. It will increase the number of T-cells and Macrophages in your bloodstream in just a few days! It can boost the amount of Interferon, Interleukin, Immunoglobulin and other natural immune chemicals in your blood!

Echinacea Root has strong Immune Stimulators and Enhancers! Because of these actions on the immune system, we can get better quicker from colds and flu and even prevent future infections. It also speeds up recovery from chronic and long-term Illness due to a depressed immune system. Use Echinacea Augustifolia Root and Echinacea Purpurea Seed together. Of the two, Echinacea Augustifolia is stronger. 

Add Echinacea to all your cold and flu remedies or just take it as a tea or tincture during change of seasons to boost your immunity and ward off colds and flu. Its an integral part of our CHOGG Cider the powerful cold and flu super juice.

This book, Fire Cider has 101 Health Boosting Remedies by respected herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar

Echinacea Tincture

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Ginseng herb and the natural benefits of taking ginseng

Ginseng herb and the natural benefits of taking ginseng

Ginseng tea is great for short periods; this tea can alleviate many symptoms of common aliments and lessen fatigue. Ginseng is the main ingredient to many of the medicinal teas. However, prolonged use can lead to insomnia and heart trouble, so be sure to consult your physician before drinking ginseng tea regularly as an alternative to coffee for that afternoon pick me up.

  • In China and Asia ginseng is held in high regard.
  • It is believed that ginseng has rejuvenating powers and provides stimulation to the whole body.
  • Taking ginseng has been known to lessen craving for sweet and candy
  • Ginseng also offers protection against fatigue and is known to be a stimulant for the central nervous system.
  • This root can also help with inflammation, fever, and hormonal imbalances to name a few benefits.
  • Ginseng has been used for thousands of years to help support relaxation.
  • Adaptogens like ginseng help you withstand mental and physical stress ginseng is a natural energy boost that’ll help keep you focused and functioning at your full potential.
  • With its adaptogenic properties ginseng not only fights stress, but helps enhance your mental clarity to keep you focused and energized all day long.

The tea is usually made from the Wisconsin ginseng root but this is not the premium ginseng. Slices can be steeped to create a tea that is a strong as the consumer would like, or purchased as a powder and brewed using tea balls. Both of these methods let the drinker control the amount of tea used. There are ginseng tea bags available from specialty stores, but it is not recommended to buy the tea without reading all the ingredients as some packaged teas are sold as ginseng but in fact have very little of this herb in them, instead use mostly fillers. It is also sold as a tincture which is perhaps the strongest and fastest working method of taking ginseng.

Consult an herbal practitioner or naturopath as to the right type of ginseng and how to brew your tea.

The tea can be sweetened with a little honey or stored cold in the refrigerator, as this tea is quite good served iced.

Take note, if you are pregnant use ginseng sparingly or not at all

Yarrow Herb, Remedies from the Fields

Yarrow Herb, Remedies from the Fields

Yarrow grows to about 3 feet tall in fields and along the road and has lacy leaves that look much like feathers, and pretty white flower clusters.

The wild yarrow is more potent than the garden variety. It has astringent properties that contract flesh and it was used by Achilles, who found that it beautifully knit together the sword wounds of his troops on the battlefield and was an antibacterial that helped with pain, inflammation, and swelling. It has wonderful properties that make it a medicine chest in itself. It has many uses that may seem complicated to us so it is worth studying this balancing, many-faceted herb.

It is very bitter although, when it is crushed it has a pleasant smell. The fresh plant contains Thujone which is also found in Absinthe and which makes you feel drunk and euphoric, and might even cause hallucinations if you have too much, so be careful. This Thujone dissipates when dried so it might be better to use dried cut yarrow in tinctures and teas. The thujone also dissolves when it is steeped in hot water.

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Edible parts:

Leaves and Flowers (Aerial parts). Only the flowers, buds, and leaves (aerials) are used to eat or in a tea. The leaves and flowers of Yarrow are used to make remedies. Although the leaves are bitter, they can be eaten raw or cooked; young leaves mixed in with a salad are used. Yarrow leaves are also used as a hop substitute for flavoring and as a preservative for beer.

Yarrow is used for fever, common cold, hay fever, to improve menstruation, to stop dysentery, diarrhea, to improve appetite, to assist gastrointestinal (GI) tract discomfort, and to induce sweating.

It stops bleeding externally and internally. When you get a wound, it helps balance bleeding and helps form a scab. The powdered dry herb or the fresh herb poultice stops bleeding from deep cuts and wounds almost immediately.

Yarrow’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties make it a perfect first aid remedy.

A yarrow tea bath or topical application with the ointment or oil can be useful for rheumatic joints and varicose veins.

It makes a wonderful facial steam that improves complexion.

Yarrow Essential Oils

The anti-inflammatory, cooling and anti-infectious properties are available in the Yarrow essential oil. The oil is massaged into the forehead or the neck for headaches. 2-3 drops of yarrow essential oil per ounce of St. John’s Wort oil is a wonderful remedy for sunburn. Yarrow oil is used in salves or lotions to apply to the skin to soothe acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

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Yarrow is a bitter herb that stimulates digestion and treats poor appetite due to low digestive secretions and general inflammation.

Yarrow brings blood to the surface of the body, thereby inducing sweating. It may lower blood pressure.

Yarrow fights infection, stimulates sweating and lowers fever.

Yarrow might be used as a remedy to for asthma attacks through thinning the blood and increasing blood flow to the lungs.

Some people chew the fresh leaves to relieve toothache.

Yarrow might remedy hemorrhage during childbirth. It assists to stem the flow of blood and prevent painful clots. It is often used in a sitz bath after birth to cool and heal tissue. It is helpful to stimulate the function of the uterine tissue and tones and cools down inflammation.

The whole plant can be used externally as a poultice, salve, balm, soap or shampoo

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Brewer’s Yeast as a nutritional supplement

Brewer’s Yeast as a nutritional supplement

Brewers yeast, also called nutritional yeast, tastes great sprinkled on popcorn. And it is a powerhouse of nutrition. Especially the B Group Vitamins. Tastes like cheese or Cheetos. Not all yeast is good, but this one is. It’s packed full of the B vitamins and other goodies. Tastes great sprinkled on popcorn or cooked cauliflower and so healthy.

Brewers yeast is so good for you but it is not the same yeast you put in dough to make bread. It is a rough powdery nutritional supplement. Not to be confused with yeast for bread.

The two are not equal. Eating raw yeast used in bread making is not good for you. The baking kills the yeast after it has done its work of raising the bread. Then the bread is good, tastes delicious and has no more yeast action.

Nutritional yeast is not used in bread making but it is added to supplements or food preparations because of its cheesy taste. It’s the same strain of yeast bakers use to leaven bread, except it’s been pasteurized to dry out the yeast to extract its nutritional benefits.

Here are some interesting things about brewers yeast.

Pubmed.gov says this about brewer’s yeast…

Yeast is a unicellular fungus, and there are hundreds of species.  One of the most notable and well-known species of yeast in health and wellness is known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is also known by its more common names, brewer’s yeast or baker’s yeast.

Typically, brewer’s yeast is used as a protein supplement, energy booster, immune enhancer, or other vehicle where other compounds can be inserted to create a commercialized health product.

For example, one of the most notable positive findings was the encouraging results from a large randomized trial of adults recently vaccinated for seasonal influenza who also received an over-the-counter daily adjuvant modified brewer’s yeast-based product (EpiCor) to prevent colds and flu symptoms. The modified yeast-based product significantly reduced the incidence and duration of this common condition.

Yeast-based technology is also being used with the goal of improving the human life span. The current and potential impact of yeast-based technology in medicine is encouraging and should receive more attention, but the recent preliminary positive results of CR in humans may be in part due to what has been already learned from brewer’s yeast.

How to use Herbs as tea for health benefits

How to use Herbs as tea for health benefits

Herbal Tinctures & Teas:

Single Cup Infusers

There are many ways to prepare herbal remedies. The ones presented here were developed through trial and error over the course of centuries of use.

Herbalists have found that each herb releases its healing powers in certain forms. Some herbs are most productive when they are prepared as decoctions while others prove to be more appropriate in capsules.

Important Considerations When Making Teas

Infusions and Decoctions:

Not all herbs are suitable for making medicinals.

  • It is important to cover your pot while boiling or steeping to prevent the aromatic oils from evaporating into the air. A lid will cause the steam to condense back into the water.
  • Use a glass or ceramic container. Aluminum, iron, tin or other metals will leach into the tea. Although copper and stainless steel may be okay, herbalists recommend you use clean glass, ceramic, pottery or enameled pot with no chips.
  • Use pure water. Fresh spring water or distilled water is best.
  • Boil the water first, then remove it from the heat and add the herb or pour over the herb.
  • Strain the finished tea before capping and storing.
  • Refrigerate if kept for more than a few hours.
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Herbal teas are quite pleasant and a healthy addition to your diet. They have a mild relaxing or invigorating effect, depending on the character of the herb. They don’t, however, have the potency, the medicinal dose, of the active constituents in herbs. Single strength herbal teas can be taken as often as you wish.

The easy way to make a medicinal cup of tea is to triple up on herbal tea bags or the loose tea leaves that you would normally use and steep them in one cup of very hot water, covered, for ten minutes. By tripling the amount of tea you come very close to the medicinal value of an infusion. Dosage is in cups per day.

Tea:

  • To use bulk dried herbs, toss a quantity of the herb in a nonmetallic container, pour in boiling water and allow to steep for ten to 20 minutes. Most herbalists prescribe an ounce of dried herb (you should invest in a small scale) in a pint of water.
  • Strain the herb parts. Usually, the tea is consumed at room temperature.
  • Drink the tea hot only if the goal is to induce a sweat or to break up a cough or cold.
  • Sip throughout the day, the cumulative dose would be one to four cups a day depending on the herb.

Infusions are another easy way to make an herbal remedy.

A decoction is made by boiling the hard and woody parts of herbs.

Because extracts and tinctures are much more potent than decoctions or infusions, much smaller dosages are used. They are dosed in drops, not cups.

Horsetail (Shavegrass) Herb

Horsetail (Shavegrass) Herb

Horsetail is also known as Shavegrass and has other names. Horsetail is a grass or reed that grows in marshy areas, it loves wet feet (roots). It has soft needles rather than leaves and no flowers. It contains an abundance of silica which makes it a rigid upright plant.  It used to grow as big as a tree but not anymore. Now it only grows about a meter tall but the roots are more than a meter into the ground. This is why it is so rich with minerals that it gathers from deep within the ground. It has phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese, chromium, vitamin A, and other minerals, as well as saponins and phytosterols which help emulsify fats in water so it can flush out of the body.

Silica is the most abundant mineral on the planet and silica is critical to build and maintain bones, tissue, repair of ligaments, assist in osteoporosis and strengthen the integrity of the veins and arteries of the cardiovascular system. Horsetail contains more than 35% silica. Silica is used to help absorb calcium properly. There must be a good balance of silica and calcium for bones to be strong. It’s a primary mineral used to improve skin, hair, nails and is very necessary for collagen. It promotes hair growth, strengthens hair, stops hair loss and repairs split ends. Silica also helps to get rid of aluminum in the body so we find it helps with Alzheimer’s and brain conditions.

Horsetail is a tonic remedy that strengthens tissues of the body including the lungs, sinuses, and kidneys. It was used in Greek medicine as a kidney tonic, diuretic and to help promote urine flow, bladder, kidney infections, kidney stones, gout and asthma and flushes out waste. Boil it up into a tea and drink it. It is very bitter and astringent which allows muscles to contract. This will also tone the urinary tract to help with bed wetting and incontinence in the elderly. Because it is a diuretic don’t take it just before bed. Use the tea as a mouthwash and gargle for mouths sores, bleeding gums, and gingivitis.

Horsetail has also been used for treating bronchitis and tuberculosis. It assists in respiratory health because it is high in salicylic acid which can help strengthen lungs and increase resistance to disease, bronchitis, dry cough, and nasal blockage.   The tea is high in quercetin, an anti-inflammatory compound that stabilizes mast cells that become easily inflamed during allergic reactions.  Horsetail is an excellent daily tea for people with asthma, especially when mixed with mullein leaf.  It strengthens lung tissue and prevents inflammation, while mullein helps to remove congestion and increase pliability of lung air sacks.

Use more herb in the water and boil it longer to make a decoction or mash up the fresh herb and use it as a paste topically on the skin and as a poultice for wounds and pain and for rheumatism and inflammation particularly. Put 4 oz (a handful) of horsetail herb into an old sock and throw it into a hot bath to soak in for muscle and joint pain and inflammation. Use the sock of herbs to rub on the skin.  It also assists the prostate by reducing swelling and inflammation.

Please Note: It’s best not to use it for longer than 2 months at a time so your body can rest from it. Don’t eat too much raw Horsetail green stalks because they contain thiaminase, an enzyme that destroys thiamine or vitamin B1 stores in the body.

Red Clover Herbal Tea as a Blood Cleanser Remedy

Red Clover Herbal Tea as a Blood Cleanser Remedy

Red Clover is a blood cleanser as well as a natural blood thinner and is full of nutrients, especially for women. This is a simple and delicious way to use the blood cleansing Red Clover Herb. Drink it hot or over ice.

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The best part of this herbal tea that is so good for you, is that you can gather the pink or white clover blossoms in the fields. They grow wild everywhere. Grab the blossoms (with some potent leaves) dry them in a shaded area under a fly screen, (not in the sunshine because we want to preserve the delicate essential oils that are so good for us) and keep it in a container in the kitchen handy for an everyday cuppa wellness (with some delicious and good for you honey).

Making the tea with the fresh blossoms will be a new experience. It tastes so fresh and “green”. Gotta love it!

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Related Links:

Dr Axe writes about Red Clover

Jon Barron on Red Clover

Grow your own garden and herbs

Grow your own garden and herbs

During the last decades there has been a change towards mechanization and homogenization of farming, which uses pesticides, additives, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and mass-production techniques. All this is clearly affecting mankind’s health, and new diseases are spreading rapidly amongst humans and animals.

The World Health Organization produces reports to show how the use of chemicals and other products on food, coupled with the manufacturing processes involved, are actually a threat for our health.

Food Composter

If you have space for a few pots or even a small piece of land, it is a wise decision to grow your own organic vegetable garden. Make your own compost from kitchen waste etc. Here we have seven reasons for doing this:

  1. You should not use additives in your vegetables. Research by organic food associations has shown that additives in our food can cause heart diseases, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity.
  2. You don’t have to use pesticides or synthetic fertilizers used in your own garden. These chemical products are applied to boost crops regardless of plagues or weather conditions, and they detrimentally affect the quality of the vegetables. Besides, pesticides are usually poisonous to humans.
  3. Your vegetables will not be genetically modified (GM). Antibiotics, drugs and hormones are used on vegetables to grow more and larger ones. GMO results in all your vegetables looking all the same and are usually tasteless. Besides, we end up consuming the hormones that have been used on the vegetables, with the potential risks for our health.
  4. Eating your own organic vegetables will be much more healthy for you. They will not contain any of the products or chemicals named above, and they will be much more natural than any ones you would find at the supermarket. Your health will not be at risk because you will then know that nothing has been added to your vegetables.
  5. Your own organic vegetables will be much more tasty. The use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics make vegetables grow unnaturally and take the taste away from them. With organic vegetables, your cooking will be enhanced as their flavor will show fully.
  6. Organic farming is friendly to the environment. Because you won’t use pesticides or other equally harming products on your vegetables, you will not damage the soil or the air with the chemical components.
  7. When you grow your own organic vegetables you are contributing to your own self-sustainability and the sustainability of the planet. Small communities have been founded where members exchange products that they grow naturally, thus contributing to create a friendly and better place for us all.

In the end, eating organic products only means that we do not add anything else to them than they would naturally have. And, additives, fertilizers, pesticides or hormones are not components of naturally grown food.

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To better care for your health, grown your own organic vegetables -and a few pots is all you need. Amazon has lovely indoor grow rooms that facilitate all year growth of herbs and vegetables (and orchids …). Use these grow rooms for middle and large plants, and 2-Tiered 12″X24″X80″ and other sizes nursery area which is perfect for propagation & seedlings. You could grow seedlings at the 2-tier small tent, and transfer them to the larger tent after they grow taller.

Worm farms for worm wee natural fertilizer

There are Worm Farms that generate very concentrated natural worm wee to nourish plants. Its an option not often thought of as an option. Here is some interesting information about buying a worm farm and what it’s all about. Very interesting and something to learn about and consider.