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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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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.

Using Water for Herbal Extracts

Using Water for Herbal Extracts

We can use different liquids as a solvent to extract the nutrients from a plant so we can get these beneficial properties into our body. Water, alcohol, glycerine, fruit juice, wine, apple cider vinegar. Here we look at the logics of water extracts.

The most basic water herbal extract is tea! Also called Tisane, medicinal tea, herbal tea, herbal infusion, decoction, poultice.  The decoction and poultice are teas that have much more herbs in them.

Here’s how to make a hot herbal infusion:

  • 1 oz herbs (2 tablespoons) fresh or dried cut
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • steep for 10 – 15 minutes
  • sweeten with honey or maple syrup to taste
  • keep refrigerated
  • drink 1 cup 3 or more times a day
  • Use within 2 days

Sometimes the herbs are roots or bark or woody twigs. The beneficial properties in these harder, denser parts of the plant are better extracted by simmering slowly in hot water for longer in order to make the extract. We call this a decoction and it takes a bit more effort to extract the nutrients into the water.

If you are making an infusion using roots and bark (woody parts), leaves and flowers (aerial parts) it is logical to first simmer the roots and bark for 10 – 15 minutes, then remove from the heat and add the leaves and flowers to let steep for another 10 – 15 minutes to extract the tender volatile oils and aromatic nutrients. This would give us the best of all the herbal ingredients.

Some herbs, like Marshmallow and Slippery Elm, are very mucilaginous which would extract better in a cold water infusion. This would make available all the slimy goodness which can nourish and lubricate mucus membranes.

Here’s how to make a cold herbal infusion:

  • 1 oz herbs (2 tablespoons) fresh or dried cut
  • 1-quart room temperature distilled water
  • Steep for 10 – 12 hours (overnight) till water is slimy
  • Strain and sweeten with honey or maple syrup to taste
  • keep refrigerated
  • drink 1 cup 3 or more times a day
  • Use within 2 days

If the herbs taste very strong or bitter, dilute the extract or use less of the herbs next time round. Herbs with strong or bitter taste are usually very potent so would require less to make a difference in the body. A milder herbal remedy can be taken more often rather than taking a stronger, more potent, dose.

Have fun with herbal teas.

Try natural herbal remedies

Try natural herbal remedies

Natural herbal remedies are drawing the attention of many ordinary folk who are looking for another way to keep healthy. There are hundreds of thousands of known herbs that have the ability to treat and prevent various human and animal illnesses, as well as properties that can enhance mental attitude, appearance, and performance.

Many cultures have studied herbs for centuries, for example, Indian herbal medicine (Ayurvedic), Chinese herbal medicine, and western herbal medicine and have created many uses for plants either singularly or in compounds, to prevent and treat various conditions and illnesses.

A natural remedy can be anything from a simple tea to complex preparations of herbal compounds used in hospitals and clinics. These formulas come in many forms such as capsules, pills, ointments, and gels.

You may be using some of the common herbs as a food in your home such as:

  • Garlic – natural antibiotic and helps reduce cholesterol
  • Cinnamon – lowers blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides
  • Ginger – prevents motion sickness and lowers risk of blood clots
  • Chamomile Tea – calms nerves and help relieve digestive problems
  • Peppermint – Treats many digestion and gastrointestinal problems

These common herbs may be mixed with other proven natural products to achieve a particular result.

The time and wait needed to visit a doctor to get a prescription, and the ever-growing cost of medicine is opening an opportunity for many people to try to get help from natural herbs and remedies.

Some traditional medicines are showing adverse side effects.

Natural, may have unwanted side effects just as with conventional medicines, however, an ever-growing number of people have been using herbals, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids for many years with very favorable results and no adverse effects.

Natural herbal products can be used by adults, children, and pets to remedy countless conditions from Angina and Arthritis, even skin care remedies, thyroid treatment, urinary tract infection and an unlimited number of other disorders.

Have fun and be brave enough to try and make these simple herbal remedies. We will keep it simple.

Dandelion – a most delicious and healthy, pesky weed …. er, herb

Dandelion – a most delicious and healthy, pesky weed …. er, herb

Dandelions are not weeds, they are actually a nutritious herb loaded with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B, C, D, and K, as well as minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They also contain flavonoids such as apigenin and luteolin. And dandelions make wonderful syrups, wines, and teas. Their leaves are occasionally used in soups, salads, and sandwiches, while the roasted roots can be used as a coffee substitute. Dandelion leaf tea daily may promote a healthy liver.

Dried or fresh dandelion leaves can also help with constipation, stimulates appetite, improve digestion, and reduce flatulence. It is diuretic so it increases urine flow and flushes out bacteria from the urinary tract and the bladder

Dandelion as an alterative (it alters us) or depurative herb, and acts as a blood purifier, which regulates metabolism and can help neutralize acids in the blood. It also encourages the liver to produce more bile, a greenish-yellow fluid that the body uses to digest dietary fats and remove toxins from the body.

Don’t use dandelions that have been treated with pesticides.

The leaves of dandelion are known to have a diuretic effect on the body which can increase the amount of urine passed. Dandelion may help lower total cholesterol and triglycerides while raising HDL cholesterol. may help lower hypertension. Since Dandelion leaves contain potassium, magnesium, and calcium, it has the potential to help regulate blood pressure levels.

Dandelion contains B vitamins, which can be an effective remedy for stress relief

Dandelion contains minerals and vitamins which are essential for clear and radiant skin when mixed with honey and yogurt and applied as a mask.