Herbs and Healing Properties

Herbs can be powerful medicine. Some herbal remedies, whether used in tincture, tea or capsule form, holds an incredible and potent medicinal quality. In addition, there are other plants that, when burnt, the smoldering smoke offers various remedies for many physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental imbalances.

Chamomile – A common name for several daisy-like plants, they are best known for their ability to be made into a tea which is commonly used to help with sleep. They are also known to be used for gynecologic complaints, including PMS and cramps; treating stomach and intestinal cramps and problems, nausea, and stomach flu. It is also an excellent calming agent and well suited for babies and children.

 Dogwood – Its inner bark, berries, and twigs have long been used in Native American remedies. Primarily it was used internally to treat malaria, fever, pneumonia, colds, and diarrhea; as well as improving digestion and appetite. Externally, poultices were used to heal ulcers and sores.

Eucalyptus – Topical ointments containing eucalyptus oil have been used in traditional medicines to heal wounds, fungal infection, reduce swelling, treat arthritis, and skin problems; while teas containing small amounts of leave were used to reduce fever, treat cough, colds, sore throats, bronchitis, and sinusitis. Sometimes, the vapors were utilized for the same purposes. Today, it is also used to treat diabetes, as an antiseptic, and continues to be found in many lozenges, cough syrups, rubs, and vapor baths.

Fennel Seed – The seeds, leaves, and roots of fennel are safe and edible; however, the essential oil, extracted from the seeds, can be toxic, even in small amounts. Fennel Send has been used as a digestive aid, remedy for flatulence, to promote appetite, and increase the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers. Seeds and leaves were used to ease stomach pains, treat colic in infants, for cough, colds, respiratory problems, and constipation. Used for Protection, Healing and purification. Assist in physical matters, keeping the mind stable and functional, yet uplifted. Helps one to remain grounded, and helps one to understand the lessons to be given in this lifetime.

Ginger Root – Ginger Root is consumed as a medicine and a spice. It has long been used for digestive problems and nausea, specifically motion sickness, heartburn, bloating, flatulence, and gastrointestinal problems. It is also a known remedy for colic, irritable bowel, loss of appetite, chills, cold, flu, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, stomach cramps, fever, headache, toothache, cough, and bronchitis. A powerful anti-inflammatory herb, it has also been used for arthritis, joint problems, rheumatism, and tendonitis. It also is reportedly effective in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and prevention of internal blood clots.

Ginseng – Ginseng has been an important herbal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, primarily as a treatment for weakness and fatigue. Over the years, it has also been used in a variety of other ailments including diabetes, reduce stress, boost energy, enhance memory, and stimulate the immune system. Research has shown specific effects that support the central nervous system, liver function, lung function and circulatory system. The root is most often available in dried form, either whole or sliced; however, Ginseng leaves and stems, although not as highly prized, are also used in dried form

Goldenrod – Goldenrod has long been used topically for wound healing. It has also been used to treat tuberculosis, diabetes, enlargement of the liver, gout, hemorrhoids, internal bleeding, asthma, arthritis, colds, flu, kidney stones, bladder and urinary inflammation, allergies, laryngitis and sore throat, mouth ulcers, cuts and abrasions. It has the ability to fight off infection because it has both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory elements.

Goldenseal – It was traditionally used by Native Americans to treat skin disorders, digestive problems, liver conditions, diarrhea, as a stimulant, and for eye irritations. It has also been used for infections of the mucus membranes, including the mouth, sinuses, throat, intestines, stomach, urinary tract, and vagina; as well as for minor wound healing, colds, flu, bladder infections, and sinus and chest congestion. Goldenseal should not be taken by pregnant women.

Green Tea – It has been used as a stimulate, a diuretic, to control bleeding, heal wounds, improve heart health, treat flatulence, promote digestion, regulate blood sugar, and improve mental processes. More recently it has been used to lower cholesterol, promote weight loss, and to treat cancer diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. It may also be useful in inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, as well as treating colds and flu.

Lavender – Essential oil of lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been found to beneficial in treating insomnia, hair loss, anxiety, depression, headache, fatigue, stress, and postoperative pain. Externally, infusions have been used on insect bites, burns, and acne.

Lemon Balm – It is considered a “calming” herb and has been used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion, including gas, bloating, and colic. It helps lifts the spirits, help heal wounds, and treat insect bites. Today, lemon balm is often combined with other calming, soothing herbs, such as Valerian, Chamomile, and Hops, to help promote relaxation. It is also used in creams to treat cold sores.

Oak – Scientifically called Quercus, these trees and shrubs have about 600 species found all over the world. Native Americans used the inner bark of the oak to make a bitter decoction used in the treatment of diarrhea, a gargle for sore throats, kidney and bladder problems, viruses, and menstrual bleeding. Poultices were also used for skin problems, ringworm, burns, sores, sprains, and swelling.

Olive Oil – Olive oil when used in food assists digestion, and prevents constipation. A spoonful has been used to relieve throat troubles. It has long been used as a moisturizer and cleanser on skin. Today’s studies suggest that using olive oil in food, rather than other types of oils, can provide protective effects against certain malignant tumors, cancer, and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Peppermint – It will soothe an upset stomach, heartburn, and aid in digestion. Because it has a calming and numbing effect, it has been used to treat headache, skin irritations, anxiety, depression, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. Externally, it has been used in chest rubs for the treatment of colds. Later it was found to be effective in boosting mental powers and energy, morning sickness, and irritable bowel syndrome. Do not give peppermint to an infant or small child as it has known to cause life-threatening breathing problems.

Rosemary – A fragrant herb of the Mint family, with needle-like leaves. It has long been used for culinary purposes as well as medicinally, to improve memory, relieve muscle pain and spasm, and stimulate hair growth, and support the circulatory and nervous systems. Treat indigestion, and improve immune system. It also may have anti-cancer properties, help the liver and in the treatment of viruses

Sage – People have been cooking with sage for thousands of years and like other culinary herbs, it has long been thought to be a digestive aid and appetite stimulant. It has also been used for a variety of other medical conditions including flatulence, abdominal cramps, bloating, spasms, bleeding, diarrhea, colds and flu, cuts, bruises, irregular menstruation, tuberculosis, stomach ache, excessive perspiration, and to aide in childbirth. It has also been helpful in menstrual cramps, to stop breast-milk production, menopause symptoms, cough, throat infections, and dandruff. It is used in ceremonies, and transmutes negative energy.

Spearmint – A medicinal herb tea made from the fresh or dried leaves has a very pleasant and refreshing taste, and has been used in the treatment of fever, bronchitis, chills, cramps, chronic gastritis, common cold, headache, indigestion, morning sickness, motion sickness, nasal congestion, nausea, and painful menstruation. Externally, it has been used for bruises, stiffness, muscle soreness and rheumatism

St. John’s Wort – Is most commonly used as an anti-depressant. It has also been used to relieve muscle problems, to reduce swelling, sprains, cramps, bruises, varicose veins, menopausal symptoms, and anxiety.

Star Anise– Officially known as Illicium Verum, this is the fruit of a small tree that grows in Asia. Having a licorice-like flavor, it used as a spice in cooking and also in medical remedies. It has been used to treat rheumatism, colic, flatulence, headache, nausea, vomiting, and gastric distress, and flu, cough, whooping cough, to stimulate the appetite, aid digestion, and increase the production of milk in new mothers. Some folk remedies recommend it to facilitate birth and to increase the libido, as well as to relieve menopausal discomforts.

Tobacco – The plants have long been important in Native American culture for social, religious, ceremonial purposes as well as in medicinal remedies. The leaves have long been used to treat pain, colic, kidney problems, dropsy, fever, colic, worms, convulsions, toothache, as an antidote for poison, skin conditions, boils, tuberculosis, vertigo, and to treat insect and snakebites.

Wild Rose – Of the Rosa family, there are hundreds of species that have been used medicinally for thousands of years.  The ripe fruit of the Wild Rose is a rich source of Vitamin C, and is a reliable preventative and cure for the common cold. A tea from the hips is a mild diuretic, and stimulates the bladder and kidneys. When the infusion of the petals is used, it is an ancient remedy for sore throats. Other uses also include treatment for swelling, bladder, stress, digestion, infection, gout, rheumatism, fever, and to promote the immune, reproductive, circulatory and nervous systems

White Pine – The inner bark, young shoots, twigs, pitch, and leaves have long been used by Native Americans in medicinal remedies to treat colds, cough, flu, pneumonia, fever, heartburn, headache, arthritis, neuritis, bronchitis, croup, and kidney problems. Some Native American tribes used the inner bark or the sap as a poultice for wounds and sores. Pitch was used to “draw out” boils, splinters, abscesses, and it was also used for rheumatism, broken bones, cuts, bruises, and inflammation. A hot resin was sometimes spread on a hot cloth and applied for treating pneumonia, sciatic pains, and general muscular soreness

Wild Black Cherry – The dried inner bark was traditionally used in tea or syrup for cough, fevers, colds, flu, laryngitis, cough, whooping cough, bronchitis, sore throats, asthma, high blood pressure, colic, edema, arthritis, diarrhea, lung ailments, eye inflammation, swollen lymph glands, tuberculosis, pneumonia, inflammatory fever diseases, and dyspepsia. It was also found useful for poor circulation, lack of appetite, and as a mild sedative.

Wild Garlic – It has been used throughout its history for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Leaves, flowers, and bulbs have been used to treat diarrhea, colic, indigestion, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and loss of appetite. The juice is used to aid in weight loss and applied externally to rheumatic and arthritic joints. Garlic is also claimed to help prevent heart disease and cancer and lower cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Witch Hazel – Is widely used for medicinal purposes by American Indians. The Witch Hazel extract was made by boiling the stems of the shrub to treat sore muscle, cuts, insect bites, skin irritations, sores, bruises, swelling, and to stop bleeding. The Menominee of Wisconsin boiled the leaves and rubbed the liquid on the legs of tribesmen who were participating in sporting games. A decoction of the boiled twigs was used to cure aching backs, while steam derived by placing the twigs in water with hot rocks was a favorite Potawatomi treatment for muscle aches. Early Puritan settlers in New England adopted this remedy from the natives, and its use became widely established in the United States. It has also been found to be useful in treating acne, psoriasis, eczema, ingrown nails, cracked or blistered skin, poison ivy, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and sunburn.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and we make no medical claims, nor intend to diagnose, treat, or heal medical conditions. Women who are pregnant or nursing or persons with known medical conditions should consult their physician before taking any herbal products.

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