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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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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.

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

Always Label Your Herbals

Always Label Your Herbals

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This is not just nice to have but it is very important – you need to remember what you do and how you did it so you can do it again. Make a note of what you put in the recipe and the date you made it. After you make more herbals you will not remember the facts about each remedy after a month has passed. Download the pdf and print your labels. Cut them and write the info on the label then tape it to the bottle with clear tape over the whole label. Write your name above Homemade Herbals so it says “Ellie’s Homemade Herbals”.

Herbals are wet and messy. Keep things clean and sterilized. Bacteria can easily get inside your remedy and spoil all your efforts. Cut this label off the right and bottom to fit your bottles if you need a smaller label.making-herbal-remedies-print-labels-2

Download this pdf and print your labels. making-herbal-remedies-print-labels-2

Cut them and write the info on the label then tape it to the bottle with clear tape over the whole label. Write your name above Homemade Herbals so it says “Mom’s Homemade Herbals”. Herbals are wet and messy. Keep things clean and sterilized. Bacteria can easily get inside your remedy and spoil all your efforts. Cut this label off at the right and bottom to fit your bottles if you need a smaller label.

Or get this label printer that makes lovely neat info labels for your bottles and boxes. These will not be fancy but rather neat labels and you can make one or multiples with different information on small sticky labels that fit on small bottles and boxes.

Tea Tree Oil – Herbal First Aid in a Bottle

Tea Tree Oil – Herbal First Aid in a Bottle

Tea tree oil is steam distilled from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia.

This indigenous tree is found only in tropical northeastern New South Wales Australia. The name tea tree was given by Captain Cook during his exploration of Australia during the 1700’s. After running out of tea on his voyage, he found a fragrant plant and brewed the leaves into a spicy beverage and named these plants, tea trees.

Tea tree oil is both powerful and safe. It is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. The Aboriginal people of New South Wales have used the tea tree plant medicinally for thousands of years.

In the early 1900’s, tea tree oil was readily used by dentist and surgeons as a disinfectant and for incisions. The dentist also used tea tree oil for gingivitis, bleeding gums, and infection. During World War II, tea tree oil was included in the first aid kits of medics. It was poured on wounds to prevent infection.

It was also used very successfully to heal wounds that were already infected. They were amazed to find that this powerful germicide dissolved pus without damaging the surrounding tissue.

The beauty of tea tree oil is that it penetrates deep into the skin tissues. Acne and nail fungus are popular conditions many use tea tree oil for. It is effective and gentle on the skin.

There are numerous other conditions that tea tree oil is effective on such as arthritis, athletes foot, bites and stings, Candida Albicans, cold sores, dandruff, eczema, head lice, hemorrhoids, muscle aches, psoriasis, rashes, sinus congestion, warts, wounds and more.

Don’t forget about your pets. It’s great for removing fleas, ticks, lice and as an antiseptic.

Tea tree oil should only be used externally unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Make sure to choose high-quality tea tree oil that is 100% pure.

Tea tree oil can be found in body lotions, foot creams, deodorants, dandruff shampoos, toothpaste, mouthwash, soaps, healing saves and even dental floss.

Keeping herbs simple – one herb at a time

Keeping herbs simple – one herb at a time

What is a Simpler?

A “simple” is one herb used at a time. A “simpler” is an herbalist who generally uses herbs one at a time, rather than in combinations.

Why use Simples?

Most herbalists – whether from China or Japan, Eastern or Western Europe, Australia or North America – use herbs in combinations. Simplers, don’t. Why?

Well, it’s simply that herbal medicine is people’s medicine. Make herbal medicine simple: as simple as one herb at a time. Because people worry about interactions between the drugs they take and herbs, I keep it simple: with simples, interactions are simple to observe, and simpler to avoid. Because empowerment in healthcare is difficult, It should be easy to use safe herbal remedies: and what could be easier, or safer, than a simple?

Simples make you think

If you are just getting started with herbs, one thing that could confound you is the many choices you have when you begin to match symptoms to the herbs that relieves them. If someone had a cough you think, “Should I use garden sage or wild cherry bark or pine sap or mullein or coltsfoot (to name only a few of the many choices)?” One way out of this dilemma is to use them all. Some cough syrups can contain every anti-cough herb that you can collect. And they all work.

As you get more sophisticated in your herbal usage, and especially after studying up on the various herbs, you begin to see that each herb has a specific personality, a specific way of acting. You realize that you can’t notice the individual actions of the herbs when they were combined.

Dare to use just one herb.

Would wild cherry bark tincture all by itself be enough to quell that child’s cough? Yes!

Would mullein infusion alone really reduce a person’s asthmatic and allergic reactions? Yes!

Would sage soaked in honey for six weeks ease a sore throat? Yes!

Each herb that you try as a simple can be successful. They all work, not just together, but by themselves.

The more you use individual herbs the more you come to know them as individuals. The more you use simples, the simpler and more successful your remedies can become. The more you use one herb at a time, the more you learn about how that herb works, and didn’t work.

Simples are intimate

When we use one herb at a time, we come to know that herb, we become intimate with that herb. Just as we become intimate with each other by spending time one-on-one, simply together; we become closer to the herbs when we use them as simples.

Becoming intimate with an herb or a person helps us build trust. How reliable is the effect of this herb? When? How? Where does it fail? Using simples helps us build a web of green allies that we trust deeply. Simples help us feel more powerful. They help abate our fears, simply, safely.

Simples are subtle

Using one herb at a time gives us unparalleled opportunities to observe and make use of the subtle differences that are at the heart of herbal medicine. When we use simples, we are more likely to notice the many variables that affect each herb: including where it grows, the years’ weather, how we harvest it, our preparation, and the dosage. The many variables within one plant insure that our simple remedy nonetheless touches many aspects of a person and heals deeply.

A Herbal apprentice, who tinctured motherwort flowering tops weekly through its blooming period, reported that the tinctures made from the younger flower stalks had a stronger effect on the uterus; while those made from the older flower stalks, when the plant was going to seed, had a stronger effect on the heart.

Simples give power

  • Using one herb at a time helps you feel more certain that your remedy has an active value, not just a placebo value.
  • Using one plant at a time, and local ones at that, reassures you that your herbal medicine cannot be legislated away.
  • Using one plant at a time allows you to build trust in your remedies.
  • Using one plant at a time is a subversive act, a reclaiming of simple healthcare.

Combinations may erode your power, and might lead you to believe that herbal medicine is best left to the experts.

From Complex to Simple

Take the challenge! Use simples instead of complex formulae. Rework some herbal remedies and get a sense of how simple it can be.

The great anti-cancer formula Essiac contains:

  • Arctium lappa (burdock),
  • Rheum palmatum (rhubarb),
  • Ulmus fulva (slippery elm), and
  • Rumex acetosella  (sheep sorrel)
  • Trifolium pratense (Red Clover blossoms)

Extracting the simple:

Rhubarb root has no possible use against cancer; it is a purgative whose repeated use can “aggravate constipation”. Slippery elm bark also has no possible anti-cancer properties and has no doubt been added to counter some of the detrimental effects of the rhubarb. Sheep sorrel juice is so caustic that it has been used to burn off skin cancers, but it would likely do more harm to the kidneys than to any cancer if ingested regularly. Leaving us with a great anti-cancer simple: burdock root. One that is found to be superbly effective in reversing dysplasias and pre-cancerous conditions.

But this herbal magnifies its power in the combination. Not only for cancer, this treatment can be used for almost anything. It is kind and gentle and good tasting. It has the most amazing healing properties. This brew is so easy to make and keep as a dried mix in the cupboard. If you get sick -any kind of sick, even gastro, it can be brewed up a cup at a time:

1 teaspoon boiled slightly in pure water and cooled with a lid on to keep the delicate essential oils inside. then drink as a tea. It is mighty soothing and uplifting and can be kept down very easily.

Simples are fun. Give them a try

Among the many variables, you can especially notice that the tinctures that are made with fresh plants are many times more effective than tinctures made from dried plants. Some say that preparations of common plants growing in uncommon places will be stronger as well. Many herbalists are aware of certain areas of their land that nurture plants that are particularly potent medicines.

Herbal Tooth Powder

Everyone has a variety of bacteria in their mouth which helps by beginning the digestive process.

Excess bacteria in your mouth could cause tooth decay, gingivitis or gum disease. This Tooth Powder helps to control the plaque-building bacteria in your mouth that ultimately can create gingivitis. This is where the bacteria flourish in your plaque and cause your gums to inflame, bleed, and separate from your teeth. This may also cause bad breath and in more severe cases, your mouth becomes sore, teeth hurt, gums recede, and teeth loosen.

To stop the inflammation and gum separation use this natural remedy to kill some of these bacteria and strengthen your gums in your mouth by swishing and brushing with this Herbal Tooth Powder.

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How to use it:

Use this powder once a week or more often.
If you have gingivitis, you can use this 3 times a day to fight bacteria in your mouth.
Sprinkle some powder on your toothbrush and brush your teeth and gums.
After brushing, swish for a while then spit out the saliva and any leftover powder.
Don’t swallow cause by then it’s full of bad stuff.
Don’t rinse out your mouth because the tiny bit of herb powders will stay active in your month. You can safely swallow any powder that remains in your mouth.

For severe cases of gingivitis and toothaches, you can also moisten some powder with distilled water and then place the paste all along your teeth and gums – front and back.
Leave the paste in your mouth as long as you can and don’t worry about the herbs getting in between your teeth.