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Acacia Protection, Psychic Powers
Adam & Eve Roots Love, Happiness
Adders Tongue Healing
African Violet Spirituality, Protection
Agaric Fertility
Agrimony Protection, Sleep
Ague Root Protection
Alfalfa Prosperity, Anti-hunger, Money
Alkanet Purification, Prosperity
Allspice Money, Luck, Healing
Almond Money, Prosperity, Wisdom
Aloe Protection, Luck
Aloes, Wood Love, Spirituality
Althea Protection, Psychic Powers
Alyssum Protection, Moderating Anger
Amaranth Healing, Protection, Invisibility
Anemone Health, Protection, Healing
Angelica Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Visions
Apple Love,Healing, Garden Magic, Immortality
Apricot Love
Arabic Gum Purify negativity and evil
Arbutus Exorcism, Protection
Asafoetida Exorcism, Purification, Protection
Ash Protection, Prosperity, Sea Rituals, Health
Aspen Eloquence, Anti-Theft
Aster Love
Avens Exorcism, Purification,Love
Avocado Love, Lust, Beauty
Bachelor's Buttons Love
Balm, Lemon Love,Success, Healing
Balm of Gilead Love,Manifestations,Protection,Healing
Bamboo Protection, Luck, Hex-Breaking, Wishes
Banana Fertility, Potency, Prosperity
Banyan Luck
Barley Love, Healing, Protection
Basil Love, Exorcism, Wealth, Flying, Protection
Bay Protection, Psychic Powers, Healing, Purification, Strength
Bean Protection, Exorcism, Wart Charming, Reconciliation's Potency, Love
Bedstraw/Fragrant Love
Beech Wishes
Beet love
Belladonna astral projection *DEADLY POISON!!  
Benzoin Purification, Prosperity
Bergamot, Orange Money
Be-Still Luck
Betony/wood Protection,Purification,Love
Birch Protection, Exorcism, Purification
Bistort Psychic Powers, Fertility
Bittersweet Protection, Healing
Blackberry Healing, Money, Protection
Bladderwrack Protection, Sea Spells, Wind Spells, Money, Psychic Powers
Bleeding Heart Love
Bloodroot Love, Protection, Purification
Bluebell Luck, Truth
Blueberry Protection
Blue Flag Money
Bodhi Fertility, Protection, Wisdom, Meditation
Boneset Protection, Exorcism
Borage Courage, Psychic Powers
Bracken Healing, Rune Magic, Prophetic Dreams
Brazil Nut Love
Briony Image Magic, Money, Protection
Bromeliad Protection, Money
Broom Purification, Protection, Wind Spells, Divination
Buchu Psychic Powers, Prophetic Dreams
Buckthorn Protection, Exorcism, Wishes, Legal Matters
Buckwheat Money, Protection
Burdock Protection, Healing
Cabbage Luck
Cactus Protection, Chastity
Calamus Luck, Healing, Money, Protection
Camellia Riches  
Camphor Chastity, Health, Divination
Caper Potency, Lust, Luck
Carawy Protection, Lust, Health, Anti-theft, Mental Powers
Cardamon Lust, Love
Carnation Protection, Strength, Healing
Carob Protection, Health
Carrot Fertility, Lust
Cascara Sagrada Legal Matters, Money, Protection,  
Cashew Money
Castor Protection
Catnip Cat Magic, Love, Beauty, Happiness
Cattail Lust
Cedar Healing, Purification, Money, Protection
Celandine Protection, Escape, Happiness, Legal Matters
Celery Mental Powers, Lust, Psychic Powers
Centaury Snake Removing
Chamomile Money, Sleep, Love, Purification
Cherry Love, divination
Chestnut Love
Chickweed Fertility, Love
Chicory Removing Obstacles, Invisibility, favors, Frigidity
Chili pepper Fidelity, hex Breaking, Love
China Berry Luck
Chrysanthemum Protection
Cinchona Luck, Protection
Cinnamon Spirituality, Success, Healing, Power, Psychic Powers, Lust, Protection, Love
Cinquefoil Money, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Sleep
Citron Psychic Powers, Healing
Cloth of Gold Understand animal languages
Clove Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money
Clover Protection, Money, Love, fidelity, Exorcism, Success
Club Moss Protection, Power
Coconut Purification, Protection, Chastity
Cohosh,Black love, courage,protection,potency
Coltsfoot Love,Visions
Columbine Courage,Love
Comfrey Safety during travel, Money
Copal Love, Purification
Coriander Love,Health, Healing
Corn protection,luck, divination
Cotton Luck,Healing,Protection,Rain,Fishing Magic
Cowslip Healing,Youth,Treasure Finding
Crocus Love, Visions
Cubeb Love
Cuckoo-flower Fertility,Lover
Cucumber Chastity,Healing,Fertility
Cumin Protection,Fidelity, Exorcism
Curry Protection
Cyclamen fertility,Protection,Happiness, Lust
Cypress Longevity, Healing, Comfort,Protection
Daffodil Love,Fertility, Luck
Daisy Lust,Luck
Damiana Lust, Love, Visions
Dandelion Divination,Wishes,Calling Spirits
Datura Hex Breaking,Sleep,Protection
Deerstongue Lust, Psychic Powers
Devils Bit Exorcism, Love, Protection, Lust
Devils Shoestring Protection, Gambling, Luck, Power, Employment
Dill Protection, Money, Lust,Luck
Dittany of Crete Manifestations, Astral Projection
Dock Healing,Fertility, Money
Dodder Love,Divination,Knot Magic
Dogbane Love
Dogwood Wishes, Protection
Dragons Blood Love,Protection,Exorcism,Potency
Dulse Lust, Harmony
Dutchmans Breeches Love
Ebony Protection, Power
Echinacea Strengthening Spells
Edelweiss Invisibility, Bullet-Proofing
Elder Exorcism,Protection,Healing,Prosperity,Sleep
Elecampane Love,Protection,Psychic Powers
Elm Love
Endive Lust,Love
Eryngo Traveler's Luck, Peace, Lust, Love
Eucalyptus Healing,Protection
Euphorbia Purification, Protection
Eyebright Mental Powers, Psychic Power
Fennel Protection, Healing, Purification
Fenugreek Money
Fern Rain Making, Protection,Luck,Riches,Eternal Youth, Health, Exorcism
Feverfew Protection
Fig Divination,Fertility, Love
Figwort Health,Protection
Flax Money, Protection,Beauty,Psychic Powers, Healing
Fleabane Exorcism, Protection, Chastity
Foxglove Protection
Frankincense Protection, Exorcism, Spirituality
Fumitory Money, Exorcism
Fuzzy Weed Love,Hunting
Galangal Protection, Lust, Health, Money, Psychic Powers, Hex breaking
Gardenia Love, Peace, Healing, Spirituality
Garlic Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Lust, Anti-Theft
Gentian Love, Power
Geranium Fertility, Health, Love, Protection
Ginger Love, Money, Success, Power
Ginseng Love, Wishes, Healing, Beauty, Protection, Lust
Goats Rue Healing, Health
Goldenrod Money, Divination
Golden Seal Healing, Money
Gorse Protection, Money
Gotu Kola Meditation
Gourd Protection
Grain Protection
Grains of Paradise Lust, Luck, Love, Money, Wishes
Grape Fertility, Garden Magic, Mental Powers,Money
Grass Psychic Powers, Protection
Ground Ivy Divination
Groundsel Health, Healing
Hawthorn Fertility, Chastity, Fishing Magic, Happiness
Hazel Luck, Fertility, Anti-Lightning, Protection, Wishes
Heather Protection, Rain Making, Luck
Heliotrope Exorcism, Prophetic dreams, Healing, Wealth, Invisibility
Hellebore,Black Protection *POISON*
Hemlock Destroy sexual drives *POISON*
Hemp Healing, Love, Vision, Meditation
Henbane POISON Not used
Henna Healing
Hibiscus Lust,Love, Divination
Hickory Legal Matters
High John the Conqueror Money, Love, Success, Happiness
Holly Protection, Anti-Lightning, Luck, Dream Magic
Honesty Money, Repelling Monsters
Honeysuckle Money, Psychic Powers, Protection
Hops Healing, Sleep
Horehound Protection, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Healing
Horse Chestnut Money, Healing
Horseradish Purification, Exorcism
Horsetail Snake Charming, Fertility
Houndstongue Tying dogs tongues
Houseleek Luck,Protection, Love
Huckleberry Luck, Protection, Dream Magic, Hex Breaking
Hyacinth Love, Protection, Happiness
Hydrangea Hex Breaking
Hyssop Purification, Protection
Indian Paint Brush Love
Iris Purification, Wisdom
Irish Moss Money, Luck, Protection
Ivy Protection, Healing
Jasmine Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams
Jobs Tears Healing, Wishes, Luck
Joe-pye weed Love, Respect
Juniper Protection, Anti-theft, Love, Exorcism, Health
Kava-Kava Visions, Protection, luck
Knotweed Binding, Health
Ladys mantle Love
Ladys slipper Protection
Larch Protection, Anti theft
Larkspur Health, Protection
Lavendar Love, Protection, Sleep, Chastity, Longevity, Purification, Happiness, Peace
Leek Love, Protection, Exorcism
Lemon Longevity, Purification, Love, Friendship
Lemongrass Repel snakes, Lust, Psychic powers
Lemon Verbena Purification, Love
Lettuce Chastity, Protection, Love, Divination, Sleep
Licorice Love,Lust, Fidelity
Life Everlasting longevity, Health, Healing
Lilac Exorcism, Protection
Lily Protection, Breaking Love spells
Lily of the Valley Mental Powers, Happiness
Lime Healing,Love,Protection
Linden Protection, Immortality, Luck, Love, Sleep
Liquidamber Protection
Liverwort Protection
Liverwort Love
Looestrife Peace,Protection
Lotus Protection, Lock-Opening
Lovage Love
Love Seed Love,Friendship
Lucky Hand Employment, Luck, Protection, Money, Travel
Mace Psychic Powers, Mental Powers
Maguey Lust
Magnolia Fidelity
Mahogany,mountain Anti-Lightning
Maidenhair Beauty, Love
Male Fern Luck, Love
Mallow Love, Protection, Exorcism
Mandrake Protection,Love, Money, Fertility, Health
Maple Love, Longevity, Money
Marigold Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Legal Matters, Psychic Powers
Marjoram Protection, love, Happiness, Health, Money
Master Wort Strength, Courage, Protection
Mastic Psychic Powers, Manifestations, Lust
May Apple Money
Meadow Rue Divination
Meadowsweet Love, Divination, Peace, Happiness
Mesquite Healing
Mimosa Protection, Love, Prophetic Dreams, Purification
Mint Money,Love,Lust,Healing, Exorcism,Travel, Protection
Mistletoe Protection, Love, Hunting, Fertility, Health, Exorcism
Molukka Protection
Moonwort Money, Love
Moss Luck,Money
Mugwort Strength, Psychic Powers, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Healing, Astral Projection
Mulberry Protection, Strength
Mullein Courage, Protection, Health, Love,Divination, Exorcism
Mustard Fertility, Protection, Mental Powers
Myrrh Protection, Exorcism, Healing, Spirituality
Myrtle Love, Fertility, Youth, Peace, Money
Nettle Exorcism, Protection, Healing, Lust
Norfolk Island Pine Protection, anti hunger
Nuts Fertility,prosperity, love, luck
Oak Protection, Health, Money, Healing, Potency, Fertility, Luck
Oats Money
Olive Healing, Peace, Fertility, Potency, Protection, Lust
Onion Protection,Exorcism, Healing, Money, Prophetic Dreams, Lust
Orange Love, Divination, Luck, Money
Orchid Love
Oregon Grape Money, Prosperity
Orris Love, Protection, Divination
Palm,Date Fertility, Potency
Pansy Love,Rain Magic, Love, Divination
Papaya Love, Protection
Papyrus protection
Parosela hunting
Parsley Love, Protection, Purification
Passion Flower Peace,Sleep, Friendship
Patchouli Money, Fertility, Lust
Pea Money,Love
Peach Love, Exorcism, Longevity,. Fertility, Wishes
Pear Lust, Love
Pecan Money, Employment
Pennyroyal Strength, Protection, Peace
Peony Protection, Exorcism
Pepper Protection,Exorcism
Peppermint Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, Psychic Powers
Pepper Tree Purification, Healing, Protection
Periwinkle Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Money, Protection
Persimmon Changing Sex, healing, luck
Plot Weed Protection
Pimento Love
Pimpernel Protection,Health
Pine Healing, Fertility, Protection, Exorcism, Money
Pineapple Luck, Money, Chastity
Pipsissewa Money, Spirit Calling
Pistachio Breaking Love Spells
Plantain Healing, Protection, Strength,Snake Repelling
Plum Healing
Plumeria Love
Poke Courage, Hex Breaking
Pomegranate Divination, Luck, Wishes, Wealth, Fertility
Poplar Money, Flying
Poppy Fertility,Love, Sleep, Money,Luck, Invisibility
Potato Image Magic, Healing
Prickly Ash Love
Primrose Protection, Love
Purslane Sleep, Love, Luck, Protection, Happiness
Quassia Love
Quince Protection,Love,Happiness
Radish Protection, Lust
Ragweed Courage
Ragwort Protection
Raspberry Protection, Love
Rattlesnake Root Protection,Money
Rhubarb Protection, Fidelity
Rice Protection, Rain, Fertility, Money
Roots Protection, Power, Divination
Rose Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck, Protection
Rosemary Protection, Love, Lust, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Purification, Healing,Sleep, Youth
Rowan Psychic Powers,Healing, Protection,Power, Success
Rue Healing,Health, Mental Powers, Exorcism, Love
Rye Love, Fidelity
Saffron Love, Healing,Happiness, Wind Raising, Lust, Strength, Psychic Powers.  
Sage Immortality, Longevity, Wisdom, Protection, Wishes
Sagebrush Purification, Exorcism
St.Johns Wort Health, Power,Protection,Strength, Love, Divination, Happiness
Sandalwood Protection, Healing, Exorcism, Spirituality
Sarsaparilla Love, Money
Sassafras Health, Money
Savory/Summer Mental Powers
Skullcap Love, Fidelity, Peace
Senna Love
Sesame Money. Lust
Shallot Purification
Skunk Cabbage Legal Matters
Slippery Elm Halts Gossip
Sloe Exorcism, Protection
Snakeroot Luck Money
Snakeroot/black Love,Lust,Money
Snapdragon Protection
Solomon's Seal Protection,Exorcism
Sorrel Wood Healing,Health
Southern Wood Love,Lust,Protection
Spanish Moss Protection
Spearmint Healing,Love,Mental Powers
SpiderWort Love
Spikenard Love
Squill Money,Protection,Hex Breaking
Star/anise Psychic Powers, Luck
Stillengia Psychic Powers
Straw Luck,Image Magic
Strawberry Love,Luck
Sugar Cane Love,Lust
Sumbul Love,Luck,Health,Psychic Powers
Sunflower Fertility,Wishes,Health,Wisdom
Sweetgrass Calling Spirits
Sweetpea Friendship,Chastity,Courage,Strength
Tamarind Love
Tamarisk Exorcism,Protection
Tansy Health,Longevity
Tea Riches,Courage,Strength
Thistle Strength,Protection,Hex Breaking,Healing
Thistle/holy Purification,Hex Breaking
Thistle/milk Snake enraging
Thyme health,Healing,Sleep,Psychic Powers,Love,Purification,Courage
Ti Protection,Healing
Toadflax Protection,Hex Breaking
Toadstool Rain Making
Tobacco Healing,Purification
Turmeric Purification
Turnip Protection,Ending Relationships
Uva Ursa Psychic Workings
Valerian Love,Sleep,Purification,Protection
Vanilla Love,Lust,Mental Powers
Venus Flytrap Protection,Love
Vervain Love, Protection, Purification, Peace, Money, Youth, Chastity, Sleep,Healing
Vetch/Giant Fidelity
Vetivert Love, Hex Breaking, Luck, Money, Anti-Theft
Violet Protection, Luck, Love, Lust, Wishes, Peace, Healing
Wah OOHex-breaking, Courage, Success
Walnut Health, Mental Powers, Infertility, Wishes
Wax Plant Protection
Wheat Fertility, Money
Willow Love, divination, Protection, Healing
Wintergreen Protection, Healing, Hex Breaking
Winters Bark Success
WItch Grass Happiness, Lust,love, Exorcism
Witch Hazel Protection, Chastity
Wolfs Bane Protection, Invisibility
Wood Rose Luck
Woodruff Victory, Protection, Money
Wormwood Psychic Powers, Protection, Love, Calling Spirits
Yarrow Courage, Love, Psychic Powers, Exorcism
Yellow Evening Primrose Hunting
Yerba Mate Fidelity, Love, Lust
Yerba Santa Beauty, Healing, Psychic Powers, Protection
Yew Raising the Dead
Yohimbe Love,Lust
Yucca Transmutation, Protection, Purification
Harvesting & Processing
Although some herbs may be collected all year, most have a particular growing season and must be harvested and either used immediately or preserved for use in the following year. Herbs need to be processed quickly to prevent deterioration and retain their  healing action. Gather only healthy plants, free from disease, insect damage, or pollution.
Harvesting from the Wild
Wild plants offer a free and natural source of herbal remedies and give the satisfaction of collecting herbs in the traditional way. Furthermore, active constituents are often more highly concentrated in wild plants since the herb is likely to be growing in its preferred environment.
Proper identification of wild plants is essential. Use a field or wild flower guide to help you, since many plants look similar. If in doubt, do not pick the plant, because poisoning can result from misidentification.
Ecological & Legal Factors
While common species, such as nettle, may be  readily harvested from the wild, many rarer species are under great pressure due to the lack of a suitable  habitat. In many  countries it is illegal to uproot any wild plant, and certain species may be protected. Although gathering medicinal plants such as helonias or gentian, may be legal in some countries, it will only reduce their future chances of survival in the wild . Never pick rare or uncommon plants from the wild, even if they are locally plentiful, and do not collect more than you will use. Do not harvest bark from the wild. Do not collect from roadsides, close to factories, or in areas where crop spraying has  occurred. Ideally, you will be familiar with the site from which you are harvesting herbs and knowledgeable  about local pollution risks.
Harvesting from your Garden
Cultivated herbs provide a ready supply of fresh material in a controlled environment.   Harvesting garden plants can be combined with pruning the plant, removing unwanted shoots, and encouraging bushiness. Cut perennials carefully so that plants can quickly regrow.  Some medicinal plants, such as lemon  balm, provide two or more crops per year.  
General Advice
Harvesting medicinal herbs requires careful planning to make sure that the parts are processed in peak condition and fast enough to retain their active ingredients.
If possible, use a wooden tray or an open basket for collecting medicinal herbs. This prevents crushing and deterioration of the plant. In the wild, a non- nylon rucksack or canvas sack may be more appropriate. Take a field or wildflower guide with you to aid in identification. Always make cuts with a shape knife or scissors to minimize damage to the plant, and in general try to handle plants as little as possible. Wear gloves if gathering prickly or allergenic plants, such as rue, to avoid an allergic reaction.
What to Look for
Collect material from healthy plants that are free from disease, insect damage, and, in the case of wild plants, pollution. It is important to discard any damaged plants since they can lead to disease or decay in dried plant material. Do not mix cut plant material to avoid mistakes in identification.
When to Harvest
Gather herbs in dry weather, preferably on a sunny morning after the dew has evaporated.
Picking in the right weather conditions, when the plant is at its peak of maturity, ensures that it will have a high concentration of active constituents. Unless otherwise stated in the individual plant entries. Leaves are best collected as they open  during the spring or summer months, flowers as they start to bloom, fruit and berries just as they become ripe, and roots in the autumn once the plant has drawn its vitality back below the ground. Bark must be gathered with great care if the shrub or tree is to survive- in most cases, harvest it in the spring or autumn.
The Correct Medicinal Part
In many cases, different parts of the same plant- for example, the leaves and seeds- can have quite different actions and uses. Make sure that you harvest the correct medicinal part of the plant for your purposes.
Processing Quickly
Only collect plant material that you will be able to either use or process immediately after harvesting. This is important because fresh plant material, especially tender flowers and leaves, deteriorates very quickly, and the medicinally active constituents are often the first to be affected. In particular, aromatic herbs, which leave their scent in the air or on your skin, can lose their volatile oils within hours. Salad leaves and culinary herbs are best eaten right away to make the  most of their nutrients, although they can be stored for a few days in a plastic bag filled with air in a refrigerator.  
Herbs can be preserved in a number
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                        Gathering, Storing, and Using your Herbs
GATHERING: When gathering or harvesting your herbs, first be absolutely
sure you know what you are
gathering! This is very important when gathering plants from the wild.
Be absolutely certain you know what
the plant is before you attempt to use it. If you are not sure of a
particular plant, or it "looks like" something
but could be something else, leave it alone. You would be better off to
purchase the herb through a store or
mail order. The alternative may leave you dead. If you care about our
natural plants, you will prefer to
purchase or grow what you need. Today's herbal needs are creating quite
a strain on the numbers of
medicinal plants in the wild.
Know what part of the plant you need. Some plants are used in their
entirety, others only specific parts. When
you are gathering plants from the wild, remember not to take all of a
particular species you may find in an
area. Leave some to grow and seed and flourish for the next time you
need them. Removing all of a group of
plants is rude, and the Goddess would not be pleased. Give thanks to the
plants you take for your uses.
Sprinkle around some of their seeds, to help them propagate Give them
an offering, i.e. some natural
fertilizer, a prayer, etc. in return for your uses. When taking leaves
or branches of a plant, leave plenty for
the plant to survive. You should offer the same respect to those plants
you gather from your own gardens. Be
kind to the Mother and all She has to offer, and She will reward you for
your efforts.
The parts of the plant above ground should be harvested in the morning,
before the heat of the sun has a
chance to wilt them. It is preferable to do so when the dew is still on
the plants. Leaves should be harvested
before the buds and blooms appear, and flowers should be harvested
before the fruits and seeds appear. Bark
and roots should be harvested in the early spring, just as the plant is
beginning to show its leaf buds, or in the
fall, just as the leaves are turning. Don't strip bark from around a
tree trunk, as this will kill it. Instead, strip
bark from small patches, or particular limbs, to preserve the mother
plant for later use, and to preserve its
When using an entire plant, it is customary to hang the plant upside
down in a dry area free from pests to
allow the plant to dry. Make sure your herbs have dried thoroughly
before storing them for further use, or
you may discover that you have a moldy mess instead of a medicinal herb.
Roots should be carefully washed,
scraped, and chopped into small pieces to be sure they dry uniformly and
thoroughly. Bulbs are tied together
and strung up to dry.
The dried portions can then be stored according to your needs. Roots are
usually ground into powder for use,
or left in small chunks for uses in decoctions, tinctures, and syrups.
Leaves are stored in their entirety, or
crumbled for use in teas. The same applies for blossoms. Store your
herbs in air-tight containers. The best
containers to use are colored glass. The herb then does not pick up
impurities from plastics, and does not eat
through your plastics, as can happen. Store in a dry, cool area, and
keep out of the light. This is the reason
for using colored glass. Light can often break down the healing
properties of your gathered herbs,
shortening their shelf life and rendering them nearly useless after a
short period of time. If stored properly,
the shelf life of dried herbs is approximately one year. Tinctures can
be stored for up to two years. Capsules
should be used within one year. Once an herb has been ground, it
shortens the amount of time the herb is
effective. So do pay careful attention to when you have purchased or
stored an herb, for maximum
When you use one of your herbs, whether for healing, cooking, or for
magick, you should once again give
thanks to the Mother for Her bounty.
The herbs that will be used for herbal teas are generally the cut and
sifted form, or the crumbled dried leaves
and/or flowers. Herbs should always be prepared in nonmetallic
containers. Steep the herbs in a nonmetallic
container with water that has just been brought to a boil. This is an
infusion, and is used for the more delicate
herbs to prevent destroying their healing agents.
A decoction is used to extract the healing agents from herbs that are
roots and barks. The herbs are
simmered in a nonmetallic cooking container for about one hour. Simmer
uncovered until the amount of
water is reduced by one half. Those herbs that contain important
volatile oils should be simmered in a tightly
covered pot.
Don't add table sugar to herbal teas. If a sweetener is needed, use
pure, unmolested honey for its nutritional
benefits, or use stevia.
A bolus is a suppository. It is made by combining powdered herbs with
cocoa butter. The two are mixed
together until it is the consistency of stiff pie dough. It is then
refrigerated to harden and preserve. Allow to
come to room temperature before use. Roll into strips and cut into
pieces about one inch long. Boluses are
inserted into the rectum for treating hemorrhoids, and into the vagina
for treating vaginal infections and
irritations, as well as tumors. Boluses are used at night. The cocoa
butter will of course melt with your body
heat, so take precautions to protect clothing and bedding. Residues of
the bolus should be rinsed away the
next morning.
Oil extracts are made from fresh herbs that contain volatile oils used
for healing. Fresh herbs are necessary
for the extraction of the oils. The fresh herbs are crushed with a
mortar and pestle. Olive or sesame oil is
then added, at the ratio of one pint of oil for every two ounces of
herbs. The mixture is allowed to stand in a
warm place, out of direct light, for three days. The oils are stored in
dark, glass containers. After the three
days, add one capsule of Vitamin E to each bottle for preserving the
extracted oils. This is another process
that is best done on the new moon.
Syrups are used for treating coughs and sore throats, and make it easy
to give herbs to children. Two ounces
of herb are added to a quart of water in a nonmetallic container, and
boiled down slowly and gently until about
a pint of liquid is left. Strain while it is still warm, and add two
ounces of honey and/or glycerine. Lemon oil or
juice can also be added for flavor. Store in a dark glass container.
Capsules are the best way to take herbs that do not taste good. They are
also the best way to take herbs that
need to be ingested over a long period of time, or for those of us who
don't have time at work to make herbal
teas. It is best to purchase finely powdered herbs for this purpose. The
small "0" sized capsules are used, or
the larger "00". The powdered herbs are blended together, if an herbal
combination is desired. Then separate
the two halves of the capsule, and fill each half. Then carefully put
the two halves back together. Take
according to the needs of the treatment.
Tinctures are easy to make, and a very convenient way to make use of the
healing herbs in today's fast
society. They are made with the more potent herbs that are generally not
taken as herbal teas.
Tinctures are made by combining 1 to 4 ounces of a powdered or
thoroughly crushed herb with one pint of
alcohol. The alcohol most often used is vodka. The amount of liquid
should be more than the herbs can absorb,
so you may need to add more as the days go by. It is shaken daily and
allowed to stand in a warm place, out of
direct light, for two weeks. The liquid is poured through a cloth, such
as layers of cheesecloth. The herbs that
remain are squeezed thoroughly to remove as much of the liquid from them
as possible. Keep the tincture
stored in a dark glass bottle or jar. Tinctures are used by the drop.
Don't be afraid of the alcohol content - if
you want to be sure the alcohol won't affect you, or you are a
recovering alcoholic, drop the recommended
number of tincture drops into a cup of hot water, wait a few moments,
and then drink. The alcohol will
evaporate. Tinctures can be made of single herbs, or herbal
combinations, depending upon your needs. It is
traditional magick to begin your tinctures on the night of the new moon,
and strain on the full moon, so that
the waxing powers of the moon extract the maximum amount of healing
agents from the herbs.
Creams are used to treat skin conditions of all kinds. They can be made
by melting petroleum jelly and
adding the herbs, although that is rather messy. A better method is to
boil approximately 1 cup of the herb(s)
to be used in 3 to 4 cups of water, in a non-metallic container, for
about 15 minutes for leafy herbs and 30
minutes for root herbs to extract the volatile oils. You can then strain
the herbs out, or leave them in if you so
desire, depending on the cream you are making. Add 5 ounces of sesame or
olive oil to the water remaining
and continue to simmer over low heat until all of the water has
evaporated. Melt 2 ounces of beeswax, and stir
into the oil mixture. TIP: try to have the wax and the oil near the same
temp, and stir like crazy! After the
mixture cools a bit, add 2 teaspoons of Vitamin E oil as a preservative,
and mix it in well. Pour into containers
and allow to cool completely. Most creams will keep for up to one year.
                                The Herbal Encyclopedia
                               HERBAL COMBINATIONS
Healing herbs are often used in combinations when combating an illness.
Herbs are combined to give the
benefits needed from each, some to give a boost to others, some to boost
the body with healing energies. Below
are some of the more popular herbal combinations. The herbs can be taken
singly for these illnesses as well,
although the suggested combinations are best. Don't fret if you don't
have all of the suggested herbs for any
given combination - use what you have, and add the rest as soon as you
can. These combinations can usually be
in any form you choose - teas, tinctures, capsules, etc. You will want
to use equal parts of each herb, or use
more of the herb most needed, with equal parts of the booster herbs.
Remember that in any herbal healing undertaken, diet is also very
important. These combinations are not
meant to be used in the place of a doctor's advice. Also realize that
you should not take herbs continually
over a long period of time on a daily basis, as your body may build an
immunity to the herb itself, or you
may experience side effects. The exception to this would be when
treating a chronic illness, but even then,
there should be time off for your body from the herbs on a regular
schedule. Herbs are medicine, and
should always be treated as such.
Often, when taking antibiotic herbs, or prescription antibiotics, the
natural bacteria in our digestive
system is destroyed, making digestion difficult (and sometimes causing
constipation) for several days to
several weeks. To combat this, eat fresh yogurt daily, or take
acidophilus capsules, to restore the natural
digestive bacteria. This can also help to alleviate vaginal yeast
infections in women.
When using an herb or herbal combination to combat an illness or
strengthen various systems in the body,
it is best to start with a small amount, and then wait a few hours to be
sure you are not going to have an
adverse reaction, before continuing with the therapy. Stop any ingestion
of herbs at the first sign of any
adverse reaction.
        Herbs Used: Evening Primrose Oil, Raspberry Leaf, Nettle,
Dandelion, Lemon Grass
Recipe for Acne Help
Bring to a simmer in a non-metallic pan 2 quarts water, 3 tablespoons
Witchhazel bark, 1 tablespoon
ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ground cloves; let simmer for 5 minutes.
Then add 1/2 cup chopped fresh
thyme, 1 cup fresh chopped peppermint leaves, and 1/2 cup fresh chopped
marjoram. Simmer 5 more minutes,
set aside until cold. Mix 1/2 cup of the simmered mixture with 2
teaspoons cider vinegar, 2 ounces grain
alcohol(vodka is best), 4 drops lemon oil, and enough water to make one
pint. Apply with cotton to acne
prone areas after washing. A good aloe moisturizer afterwards is
      Herbs used: Blessed Thistle, Skullcap Goldenseal, Cayenne,
Marshmallow, Lobelia, Burdock.
Other uses: Colds, Hay Fever, Upper respiratory infections
              Herbs Used: Red Beet, Yellow Dock, Lobelia, Burdock,
Nettle, Mullein
Other uses: Energy, Fatigue, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease
                      Herbs Used: Cayenne, Garlic, Hawthorne, Parsley
Other Uses: Blood Pressure, Heart
 Herbs Used: Yucca, Comfrey, Alfalfa, Yarrow, Cayenne, Lobelia,
Burdock, Chaparral, Black Cohosh, Cat's
                                  Claw, Lemon Grass
Other uses: Bursitis, Rheumatism, Gout, Blood Cleanser
                            CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
  Herbs Used: For the acute phase of CFS, a combination of echinacea,
goldenseal, and licorice. If this
 combination is needed for more than seven days, add potassium-rich
foods and/or herbs to your diet. For
the chronic phase, a combination of goldenseal, astragulus, licorice,
ginseng, and evening primrose oil. One
                   month on, one month off is the recommended usage
Other Uses: The combination of herbs for the chronic phase is being
studied for the treatment of
Multiple Sclerosis.
 Herbs used: Chamomile, Slippery Elm, Cayenne, Goldenseal, Myrrh,
Peppermint, Sage, Lemon Grass, Rose
                                     Hips, Garlic
Other uses: Bronchitis, Ear infections, Fevers, Flu, Tonsillitis
                       Herbs Used: Alfalfa, Peppermint, Fennel, Catnip
Other uses: Digestive disorders, Heartburn, Appetite
                       Herbs Used: Aloe Vera, Slippery Elm, Barberry
Other uses: Cleansing, Colon
            Herbs Used: Elecampane, Wild Cherry Bark, Licorice, Comfrey
Root, Lobelia
Other uses: Hay fever, Sore throats
                                   DIAPER RASH
                 Apply cream made from calendula, or a cream made from
                                DRUG WITHDRAWAL
                 Herbs Used: Chamomile, Ginseng, Licorice, Cayenne,
Gotu Kola
Other uses: Endurance, Energy, Memory
       Herbs Used: Oil of Mullein, Garlic Oil, or Lobelia Extract drops
directly into the ear.
                         Herbs Used: Cayenne, Ginseng, Gotu Kola
Also add: Bee pollen, bee propolis, royal jelly
Other uses: Endurance, Fatigue, Memory
                                   EYE PROBLEMS
                        Herbs Used: Goldenseal, Bayberry, Eyebright
Other uses: Eyewash, Allergies, Hay fever, Cataracts
                                 FEMALE PROBLEMS
          Herbs Used: Black Cohosh, Ginger, Raspberry Leaf, Blessed
Thistle, Dong Quai
Other uses: Hormonal balance, Vaginal problems, Uterine infections
                      Herbs Used: Ginger, Cayenne, Goldenseal, Licorice
Other uses: Nausea, Motion sickness
                    Herbs Used: Comfrey, Horsetail, Alfalfa, Slippery
Other uses: Fingernails, Hair, Joints, Teeth
                            GALL BLADDER (TO CLEANSE)
Before bed, mix together the juice of 2 lemons, 4 ounces olive oil, 6
ounces Coke Classic; drink. Upon
rising, take 10 ounces of magnesium citrate (available in drug stores).
Do not eat until you have had your
first bowel movement. Bowel movements will continue sporadically for
several hours, so do this on a day
you are at home!
                                   GUM DISEASE
               Herbs Used: Goldenseal, Myrrh (both internally and as a
                         Herbs Used: Hawthorne, Cayenne, Garlic
Other uses: Arteriosclerosis, Cholesterol, Circulation
              Herbs Used: Anise seed, Fennel seed, Peppermint,
Cinnamon, Lavendar
                                 IMMUNE SUPPORT
          Herbs Used: pau d'arco(taheebo), Echinacea, Burdock,
Spirulina, Kelp, Cat's Claw
                     Herbs Used: Echinacea, Goldenseal, Cayenne, Myrrh
Other uses: Colds, Earaches, Fevers, Flu, Measles, Mumps
                                INSECTS, REPELLING
For repelling insects on skin: Mix 1 teaspoon each of essential oils of
pennyroyal, citronella, eucalyptus,
   rosemary, and tansy. Shake oils in 1 cup of vegetable or olive oil.
Store away from light in a sealed
container. Use by rubbing a small amount between the palms of your
hands, and then apply to any exposed
skin. Avoid applying to the face to prevent eye contact. Reapply as
necessary. Discontinue using if a rash
develops(some people are sensitive to pennyroyal oil. Test on a small
area first). Also safe for animal use.
                           Herbs Used: Valerian, Skullcap Hops
Other uses: Headaches, Stress, Hyperactivity
            Herbs Used: Juniper, Uva Ursi, Marshmallow, Ginger,
Goldenseal, Dandelion
Other uses: Bladder, Urinary problems
Herbs Used: Dandelion, Parsley, Horsetail, Blessed (or Milk) Thistle,
Chamomile, Lobelia, Wild Yam, Ginger,
                                   Sassafras, Kelp
Other uses: Cleansing, Kidneys, Spleen, Gall Bladder
               Herbs Used: Comfrey, Fenugreek, Marshmallow, Mullein,
Other uses: Asthma, Bronchitis, Coughs, Hay Fever, Pneumonia
                       Herbs Used: Gingko Biloba, Gotu Kola, Ginseng
Other Uses: Energy, Circulation, Tinnitus
      Herbs Used: Black Cohosh, Licorice, False Unicorn, Ginseng, Squaw
Vine, Blessed Thistle
Other uses: Hormone imbalance, Menstrual problems, Hot flashes, Uterine
                                MENSTRUAL CRAMPS
        Herbs Used: Cramp Bark, Ginger root, Raspberry Leaf, Yellow
Dock, Vitex, Wild Yam
                Herbs Used: Fenugreek, Thyme, Lobelia, Wood Betony,
Other uses: Fever, Flu, Headache
                                MORNING SICKNESS
                      Herbs Used: Wild Yam, Dandelion, Ginger, Vitex
      Herbs Used: Black Cohosh, Cayenne, Valerian, Ginger, St.
Johnswort, Hops, Wood Betony
Other uses: Headaches, Anxiety, Stress
                                  POISON IVY/OAK
 Herbs Used: Burdock, Mullein, Yellow Dock (bathing in a peppermint tea
bath will relieve the itching as
                           well as aid in drying up the oak/ivy)
Other uses, Itching, Insect Bites
                             PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME
                     Herbs Used: Evening Primrose Oil, Dong Quai, Vitex
Other uses: Menstrual regulation, Painful breasts
 Herbs Used: Black Cohosh, Licorice, Kelp, Gotu Kola, Ginger, Cayenne,
Juniper, Uva Ursi, Taheebo, Saw
                                 Palmetto, Cat's Claw
Other uses: Bladder, Liver, Spleen
                                 REDUCING WEIGHT
Herbs Used: Chickweed, Licorice, Safflower, Echinacea, Black Walnut,
Hawthorn, Papaya, Fennel, Dandelion
Other uses: Energy, Cleanser
                                  SEXUAL DESIRE
Damiana, Ginseng, Saw Palmetto, Gotu Kola
Hops, Skullcap Valerian
                          Herbs Used: Horsetail, Sage, Rosemary
Other uses: Hair, Nails
                                   SORE THROAT
                          Herbs Used: Marshmallow Fenugreek
Alternate: Cayenne, Ginger mixed with honey and lemon
                                   STOP SMOKING
                  Herbs Used: Hops, Skullcap Slippery Elm, Valerian,
Other uses: Cough, Nerves, Stress
                Herbs Used: Irish Moss, Kelp, Parsley, Black Walnut,
Other uses: Fatigue, Glands, Lymphatic System
                   Herbs Used: Chaparral, Red Clover, Taheebo (Pau
Other uses: Cleansing, Blood Disorders
                Herbs Used: Cayenne, Goldenseal, Myrrh, Marshmallow,
Other uses: Indigestion, Heartburn
                                 YEAST INFECTION
 Herbs Used: Cayenne, Garlic, White Oak Bark, Marshmallow, Mullein (all
mixed together and used as a
Other uses: Leuchorea, Vagina
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                               HERBS AND PREGNANCY
  The following is help for those trying to get pregnant, already
pregnant, or about to experience the
blessed event. Once again, please seek the assistance of a qualified
person before taking these herbs. Use
                                   at your own risk.
The first place to start is at the beginning. Below are some things that
will help to improve your fertility
when the decision is made to go from a couple to a family.
First, you need to check with a physician to determine where the
infertility problem lies. Many things can
affect fertility for both the man and the woman. A few tests will go a
long way to preventing a lot of
hair-pulling and finger-pointing. If sperm count is low, a quick
solution is to wear boxers instead of
briefs. Sperm needs to be cooler than the body temperature to form
Uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, stress, age - all have a
factor in fertility for women, and
these situations need to be addressed and treated before embarking on an
herbal treatment for fertility.
You should not be in such a hurry to get pregnant that you put yourself
or your fetus in any kind of
Fertility Tonic
           2 parts ho shou wu
           1 part astragalus root
           1 part dong quai root (substitute ginseng for men)
           2 parts false unicorn root
           3 parts wild yam root
           1 part vitex berries
           1 part squaw vine
           1 part cinnamon
The tonic may be used in tincture (3/4 teaspoon daily), capsule (3
capsules twice per day), or tea (one cup
three times per day) form. Use daily for up to 3 months. During this
time, change your lifestyle to include
plenty of exercise, rest, and above all, a healthy diet. Take a
multivitamin every day, as well as bee pollen,
propolis, and/or royal jelly. Your life is a direct reflection of what
is going on in your body, both male and
female. Take stock and change what you should to aid in overcoming the
infertility. And remember -
sometimes trying too hard can make it difficult to conceive!
Herbs During Pregnancy
These are herbs that will help the mother and baby in the early
development stages.
Black Haw - used in the early stages of pregnancy to help prevent
Blessed Thistle - used in the latter stages of pregnancy as a liver
tonic and builder, as well as a stimulant
of blood flow to the mammaries, and used to increase milk production;
also reduces hemorrhaging during
Burdock Root - has a high concentration of vitamins and minerals and is
a liver booster
Chamomile - lifts the spirits and calms the nerves, used for digestive
disorders during pregnancy, is
combined with ginger to help morning sickness, and has a high calcium
content as well as an
anti-inflammatory aid
Cramp Bark - a remedy to have handy in case of spot bleeding during
early stages of pregnancy, and helps
prevent miscarriage due to stress and anxiety
Dandelion - greens and root - a high source of vitamins and minerals,
aids digestion, nourishes and tones
the system, diuretic, useful for fatigue and exhaustion, liver booster
Ginger Root - used for morning sickness and digestive problems, safe
during pregnancy for treating colds,
sore throats, and congestion
Kelp - high in vitamins and minerals, aids thyroid
Nettle Leaf - rich in many vitamins and minerals, especially iron, so it
is very useful for those suffering
from chronic fatigue and exhaustion due to low iron, aids in enriching
and stimulating flow of milk; good
for use throughout all stages of the pregnancy
Red Raspberry Leaf - tones and nourishes the uterine muscles, rich in
vitamins and minerals, enriches and
increases milk flow, restores the system after childbirth; good for the
entire pregnancy
Spirulina - high in vitamins and nutrients
Bee Products - many nutritional benefits
Always remember to eat a very healthy diet when pregnant and/or nursing!
Many herbs contain steroids that can affect the baby's development
during pregnancy and/or nursing.
Others may be of a mild toxic type, and others may be strong uterine
stimulants. Please read this section
carefully and take heed.
Angelica - stimulates suppressed menstruation
Black Cohosh - uterine stimulant - mostly used during labor
Blue Cohosh - a stronger uterine stimulant
Borage oil - a uterine stimulant - use only during the last few days of
Comfrey - can cause liver problems in mother and fetus - use only
briefly, externally only, for treating
sprains and strains -
Dong Quai - may stimulate bleeding
Elder - do not use during pregnancy or lactation
Fenugreek - uterine relaxant
Goldenseal - too powerful an antibiotic for the developing fetus, also
should not be used if nursing
Henbane - highly toxic
Horsetail - too high in silica for the developing fetus
Licorice Root - can create water retention and/or elevated blood
Motherwort - stimulates suppressed menstruation
Mugwort - can be a uterine stimulant
Nutmeg - can cause miscarriage in large doses
Pennyroyal Leaf - stimulates uterine contractions (NOTE: Pennyroyal
essential oil should not be used by
pregnant women at any time!) - do not handle if pregnant or nursing
Rue - strong expellant
Saffron - can cause miscarriage and other problems
Shepherd's Purse - used only for hemmorhaging during/after childbirth
Uva Ursi - removes too much blood sugar during pregnancy and nursing
Yarrow - uterine stimulant
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                                  Herbs for Children
There are many herbal treatments that are safe and effective for use
with children of all ages. Here I
will deal with the childhood illnesses and problems I am most often
asked about.
The most important factor in dealing with any illness, whether acute or
chronic, is diet. A proper diet
goes a long way to alleviating problems and illnesses that stem from
inadequate nutrition. Were you aware
that medical studies are proving that diet can profoundly affect illness
in children? It has also been
proven that a lot of dietary factors are responsible for worsening such
problems as Attention Deficit
Disorder (ADD), hyperactivity, asthma, and others. A child who is
getting what his or her body needs
through good nutrition is going to develop more normally, be less prone
to illness, and the duration of
common illnesses is shortened.
Remember too that our children today are under a lot of stress, just as
us adults are. Peer pressures,
pressures in the classroom, dealing with separation anxieties and broken
marriages are just some of the
things creating stressful situations for our youngsters. This stress can
manifest itself in many
mysterious physical and mental ailments. Teaching your children when
young how to meditate and relax is
an important building block for their young lives, and is a useful tool
that they will carry with them
through adulthood.
Diaper Rash
This is a common problem that is easy to deal with. It is usually caused
by irritating diapers, prolonged
contact with wet or dirty diapers, or even a reaction to the soap used
to wash cotton diapers. Some foods
and juices ingested by the infant can raise acid levels in the urine and
stool, causing a skin reaction. Wash
the baby thoroughly and dry thoroughly at each diaper change. Use plain
mild soap and water, as some of
those baby wipes can irritate, due to the chemicals in them. Leaving the
diaper off for a while each change
can also help clear up the rash. You can apply a cream made of calendula
and/or aloe vera. You can also add
to that mixture comfrey and/or chickweed. Remember that problem will not
go away with herbs alone. You
also need to determine the cause and eliminate it.
Cradle Cap
Cradle cap usually appears in the first month of an infant's life. Make
a decoction of calendula and
comfrey root. Rinse the baby's head with the warm solution each night,
allowing it to air dry on the scalp.
It may take a few days for this to clear up the problem. You can also
massage olive oil into the scalp each
night, washing it away thoroughly with a mild soap and water each
morning. Leaving the oil on the scalp
continually can actually increase the problem.
Teething pain can be soothed by giving a chamomile and/or lemon balm
infusion internally. Mix a teaspoon
of powdered slippery elm bark with a little water to make a paste, and
rub it gently on the gums.
Chickenpox usually strikes in young children, but older ones do get it
as well. To relieve the itching that
usually makes the pox so unbearable, you can make a decoction of
chickweed, comfrey, and rosemary. Apply
the warm mixture with a clean cloth. Don't rub, as this will irritate
the sores and can cause them to leave
scars, but gently pat the solution on. Allow to air dry. This can be
applied several times per day to relieve
the itching. Internally, the child may benefit from a mild infusion of
echinacea, catnip, chickweed, and
yarrow. After the illness, and after any illness, the child's digestive
system will benefit from acidophilus,
or a cup of yogurt, to aid getting the beneficial bacteria in the
digestive system back in balance.
Measles is usually treated herbally in the same manner as chicken pox.
Eye strain and discomfort is
common with the measles, so keep the child in a darkened room. A mild
infusion of eyebright may be used to
ease discomfort in the eyes. This can be used as a wash for the older
child, or for young children you can
soak a clean cloth in the eyebright infusion and apply as an external
compress over the eyes.
Coughs in children are common, and usually accompany many of the normal
childhood illnesses. A cough that
continues for several days, or increases in severity, should be
immediately checked by a physician to rule
out other diseases. A mild infusion of mullein and coltsfoot usually
helps the mild cough. Horehound and/or
ginger can be added if a stronger combination is needed for older
children. The child can also benefit from
chest rubs of tea tree oil or peppermint oil. Both should be diluted in
olive or sesame oil, and remember to
do a patch test first to determine sensitivity. Inhaling the vapors of
the essential oil of lavendar, and/or
a warm bath that includes lavendar oil, can also help clear a cough. Cut
back or eliminate dairy products in
children that have a lot of mucous with their coughs, as dairy often
adds to the production of mucous.
Colic is torture for the baby and the parent. There are easy ways to
alleviate the problem, however. Give
the baby a small amount of peppermint, chamomile, or catnip infusion in
a bottle at the first sign of
distress. It also helps to give the baby a warm bath that has lavendar
essential oil added. The vapors have
a calming, soothing affect on baby and parent. Breastfeeding mothers
will want to add some fennel to their
diet for a couple of days to help alleviate the colic.
Most of the same herbs used to treat colds in adults can also treat
colds in children. You will want to
reduce the dosages, however, or make milder infusions than normal. Steam
or inhalant therapy can also
help, using essential oils of lavendar, tea tree, eucalyptus, and/or
peppermint. Make sure the child is
getting plenty of vitamin C in their daily diet for the duration of the
Diarrhea can cause dehydration rapidly in small infants and very young
children. It can be treated with a
mild infusion of meadowsweet, rosemary, and/or red raspberry. If
diarrhea continues for more than three
days, or is accompanied by blood in the stool, or severe cramping, seek
emergency medical care immediately.
Anxiety, Stress, Excitability
Externally, these problems can be alleviated with a warm herbal bath at
bedtime. Combine a handful of
lavendar and a handful of chamomile in one quart of water. Bring to a
boil, cover, and let steep for 15 to
20 minutes. Strain, then add the liquid to a warm bath for the child.
This is good for colicky infants as
well. Allow the child to bathe and relax in the warm water. Internally,
a cup of the infusion of chamomile
and/or skullcap can be very beneficial and calming.
Hyperactivity, ADD
There is strong evidence that chemicals such as heavy metal pollutants,
dietary allergies such as to wheat,
corn, dairy, etc., and artificial colorings, preservatives, or
flavorings, play a role in these problems. As
such, you will want to treat by supporting both the nervous system and
the liver, aiding in detoxification.
A treatment plan should consist of chamomile, gotu kola, skullcap red
clover, milk thistle, and gingko
biloba. A daily supplement of flax seed and/or grape seed oil has also
shown to be beneficial. The herbal
bath above can help, as well as inhaling or massaging with a calming
essential oil such as lavendar. And
most important, look at changing the diet to one that supports the body.
Natural diet is best. Eliminate
foods that could cause an allergic reaction, and add them back to the
diet one at a time, watching for any
changes in the child's behavior. Be sure the child gets adequate amounts
of zinc and B-complex vitamins as
Mumps can be treated internally with a combination of echinacea, clover,
chamomile, and peppermint.
Externally, fresh chopped ginger applied as a compress can alleviate the
pain of the swelling. Gentle
massage of the swollen areas with chamomile oil is also beneficial.
Inhaling eucalyptus oil also helps.
Tonsillitis can be treated with echinacea, mullein, chamomile, and sage
internally. A gargle of salt water,
honey and lemon (if the child is over the age of three), or sage
infusion can greatly ease the discomfort.
Flu can be treated internally with boneset, fenugreek, peppermint,
echinacea, and mullein. Eucalyptus or
tea tree oil can be inhaled to open blocked sinus passages, or rubbed on
the chest to help open the
bronchial tubes. Additional vitamin C and zinc are also beneficial.
Lice can be treated by placing drops of tea tree oil on a fine toothed
comb, and comb the hair thoroughly
every day for two weeks. Wash the hair nightly with a mild shampoo that
has oil of thyme and tea tree oil
added. Alternatively, you can mix together 4 cups of apple cider
vinegar, 4 cups of water, 1/2 ounce oil of
thyme; use nightly as a shampoo.
Internally give a combination of echinacea, chickweed, and astragalus 3
to 4 times per day. Reduce the
child's intake of dairy, red meats, and peanut butter, as all have been
shown to irritate this illness. Wash
the sores carefully with an infusion made of calendula several times per
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                                Glossary and Definitions
        A guide to those difficult, confusing, and hard to understand
terms and jargon
Abortificant causes induced or spontaneous abortion
Alterative helps to restore normal health, cleanses and purifies the
blood, gradually restores normal
bodily functions
Analgesic relieves pain
Anaphrodisiac reduces the sexual appetites
Anthelmintic helps kill and get rid of parasites in the body
Antibacterial destroys or stops the growth of bacteria
Antibiotic destroys or stops the growth of microorganisms in the body
Antifungal destroys or stops the growth of fungi, such as athlete's foot
Anti-inflammatory reduces or counteracts inflammations
Antioxidant inhibits or prevents oxidation
Antispasmodic relieves voluntary and involuntary muscle spasms
Antitussive prevents or eliminates coughing
Antiviral inhibits or eliminates a virus
Aphrodisiac creates or enhances sexual arousal
Aromatherapy relies on the aroma of healing plants to stimulate healing,
relaxation, mood alteration, and
overall well-being
Asthenia loss of or lack of strength, usually affecting the muscular
Astringent firms organs and tissues as well as reduces excretions
Bolus an herbal suppository inserted in the vagina or rectum
Calmative soothing action on the body's systems
Carcinogenic causes cancer
Cardiac about or relating to the heart
Carminative relieves intestinal gas and accompanying annoyances
Catarrh inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose and breathing
passages, sometimes chronically
Cathartic strong laxative that acts fast
Cholagogue increases the flow of bile from the gall bladder
Choleretic stimulates the liver to produce more bile
Cirrhosis loss of tissue function of an organ, usually the liver
Cystitis inflammation and irritation of the urinary bladder
Decoction an extract made by putting the parts of a healing plant into
water and bringing it to a boil, then
cooled and strained for medicinal use
Demulcent protects and soothes internal mucous membranes
Dermatitis inflammation or irritation of the skin
Detoxicant eliminates toxins
Diaphoretic increases perspiration
Diuretic eliminates excess fluids and aids the kidneys and bladder
Emetic induces vomiting
Emollient protects and soothes the skin
Enteritis irritation and inflammation of the small intestine
Essential oil plant oils, usually highly scented, extracted from healing
plants for healing applications
Expectorant aids discharge of phlegm and mucous from the lungs and
Extract withdrawing the desired constituents from a plant through
physical and/or chemical means
Fast to abstain from all or most foods for a specific period
Febrifuge reduces fevers
Fomentation a hot compress made by soaking a cloth in a decoction or
infusion, then applying externally
Gastroenteritis inflammation and irritation of the stomach and
Hemostatic stops the flow of blood
Hepatic having to do with the liver
Herbalism the practice of identifying and using plants that have
medicinal qualities
Homeopathy a system of medicine that stresses the administration of
minute doses that would produce
symptoms of the disease in healthy persons; it is based on the system
belief that "like cures like"
Hypertensive raises the blood pressure, or deals with high blood
Hypotensive lowers the blood pressure, or deals with low blood pressure
Hypnotic relaxant and sedative that induces sleep
Infusion medicinal made by pouring boiling water over an herb, or adding
an herb to boiling water, similar
to a tea
Inhalant a remedy breathed through the nose or mouth
Irritant something that causes irritation or inflammation
Jaundice yellowing of the skin caused by bile pigments in the tissues
Laxative aids in promoting bowel movements
Lesion a wound or inflammation, internal or external
Liniment a liquid or thin paste used externally as a pain reliever or
Naturopathy medical treatment based on using natural plants and agents
to cause a cure or prevention
Nephritis inflammation and irritation of the kidneys
Nervine strengthens and normalizes the nervous system
Ointment a solid form of medication applied to the skin
Opthalmic soothes and heals the eyes
Photosensitive a heightened sensitivity to light or direct sun
Poultice a plaster applied externally, usually hot
Prophylactic aids in warding off diseases
Purgative induces the evacuation of the intestines
Renal having to do with the kidneys
Salve the same as an ointment
Sclerosis hardening of tissue due to inflammation
Sedative calms by lowering the activity of an organ or body part
Stimulant increases internal body heat, strengthens metabolism and body
Tea a dried herb steeped in hot water for drinking
Thrombosis a blood clot that partially or completely blocks a blood
Tincture a medication derived from the medicinal agents in herbs being
dissolved into alcohol
Tinnitus persistent ringing sound in the ear
Tonic stimulates the overall body systems
Toxins poisons
Ulcer a slow-healing wound, either internal or external
Vaginitis irritation, inflammation, or infection of the vagina
Vasodilator relaxes the blood vessels