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How To Make a Decoction: A Decoction is another form of infusion used to extract the chemicals from the hard or woody parts of the plant, such as twigs, roots, barks, rhizomes, berries, and some seeds. Use one cup water for each teaspoon of herb used. Bring to the boiling point, cover to retain the oils in the herbs, and gently simmer for thirty minutes. Strain the tea and drink while hot. See my own decoctions formulas on the herbal teas page.
Chinese medicinal herb noted for strengthening the spleen and building chi energy. Rhizomes are used to treat diarrhea, fatigue, lack of appetite and vomiting related to deficiencies of spleen or stomach. Animal studies suggest it strengthens endurance. Also used as a diuretic and to reduce excessive sweating.
(Pipal) Sacred tree of Hindus and Buddhists; Buddha meditated non-stop for 7 years under a bo-tree until he reached liberation. Has anti-bacterial properties. Fine houseplant like Ficus benjamina. Slow to germinate.
Ayurvedic medicine has used sesame oil to help treat teen acne and control eruptions, as well as keep the skin soft and supple and tighten facial skin, particularly around the nose, and has been used to help heal minor abrasions. In many traditional Mideast societies, it also is used to protect children against common skin pathogens easily transmitted from animals, for example, ring-worm fungus, and is successfully used in the hair of children to treat lice infestations. In some Asian and Middle Eastern countries, the oil is used to treat diaper rash by neutralizing the acidity of urine and lessening the chafing of cloth diapers. In these areas, school-age children have sesame oil swabbed into their noses to protect against air-born viruses and bacteria. As nose drops, sniffed back into the sinuses, sesame seed oil has been used for decades to cure chronic sinusitis.
(Xi Shu, Happy Tree, Tree of Life) Chinese tree with proven anti-cancer properties. The bark, stem and leaves contain camptothecin, an alkaloid effective against leukemia, colon cancer and other tumours, and it blocks the replication of the HIV virus that causes AIDS. Drugs derived from the tree are ringing up sales in excess of $1 billion
Cnidium Monnier is considered a warming tonic herb in China that exerts a gentle strengthening effect on the entire body by restoring enfeebled function and promoting vigor and a sense of well-being. Tonic herbs restore and strengthen individual organs and the entire system. As a bitter, it is thought to stimulate the digestive process and relieve indigestion and flatulence.
Liquorice root is the root and underground stems of an herbaceous perennial plant Glycyrrhiza glabra. Greek, Egyptians, Chinese and other Asian nations have been using liquorice root for flavouring, confectionery applications and medicinal purposes for centuries. It is also known as sweet root and Gan Zao in Chinese. liquorice Root contains a number of healthy compounds such as flavonoids, volatile oils, plant sterols, coumarins, glycosides, asparagine, chalcones, glycyrrhizic acid and anethole. liquorice Root has a peculiar sweet flavour with a faint hint of anise flavour and is sweeter than sugar (sucrose). However, studies suggest that along with its a slew of health benefits a key compound in liquorice Root, glycyrrhizic acid, may raise blood pressure levels when used in large quantities on regular basis. Therefore, processed liquorice Root is also available that does not contain glycyrrhizic acid and can be found under the label of Deglycyrrhizinated liquorice Root (DGL root).
(Jue-ming-zi) Excellent laxative: safe and effective for chronic constipation. Promotes clear vision, and relieves swelling, soreness and redness of the eyes caused by liver inflammation. Also used for high blood pressure, headaches, and dizziness.
Privet has some medicinal properties that can be used internally to treat backaches, blurred vision, cataracts, graying hair, insomnia, menopausal problems, palpitations, premature menopause, rheumatic pains, tinnitus and weak kidney and liver energy.
As a medicinal herb, epazote’ is used for the treatment of skin diseases (such as eczema), ulcers and wounds. The seed and flower oil is highly toxic, and it is used to kill parasites and worms in both humans and livestock. It is antispasmodic and reportedly has anti-timor properties. In Africa it is used for colds and stomach aches. It is even used as a dye.
Ginkgoes are very large trees, normally reaching a height of 20–35 m (66–115 feet), with some specimens in China being over 50 m (164 feet). The tree has an angular crown and long, somewhat erratic branches, and is usually deep rooted and resistant to wind and snow damage. Young trees are often tall and slender, and sparsely branched; the crown becomes broader as the tree ages. During autumn, the leaves turn a bright yellow, then fall, sometimes within a short space of time (1–15 days). A combination of resistance to disease, insect-resistant wood and the ability to form aerial roots and sprouts makes ginkgos long-lived, with some specimens claimed to be more than 2,500 years old.
Ginkgo is a relatively shade-intolerant species that (at least in cultivation) grows best in environments that are well-watered and well-drained. The species shows a preference for disturbed sites; in the "semi-wild" stands at Tian Mu Shan, many specimens are found along stream banks, rocky slopes, and cliff edges. Accordingly, Ginkgo retains a prodigious capacity for vegetative growth. It is capable of sprouting from embedded buds near the base of the trunk (lignotubers, or basal chi chi) in response to disturbances, such as soil erosion. Old individuals are also capable of producing aerial roots (chi chi) on the undersides of large branches in response to disturbances such as crown damage; these roots can lead to successful clonal reproduction upon contacting the soil. These strategies are evidently important in the persistence of Ginkgo; in a survey of the "semi-wild" stands remaining in Tian Mu Shan, 40% of the Ginkgo specimens surveyed were multi-stemmed, and few saplings were present.
POISON!The leaves and fruit. The fresh green Hemlock is employed in the preparation of Juice of Conium, Conium Ointment, and the green Extract of Conium.The British pharmacopoeia directs that the leaves and young branches should be gathered from wild British plants when the flowers are fully matured, and the fruits are just beginning to form, as they then possess their greatest medicinal activity. This is about the end of June. The smaller leaves are selected and the larger stalks picked out and discarded.
POISON:In small repeated doses Henbane has been found to have a tranquillizing effect upon persons affected by severe nervous irritability, producing a tendency to sleep, not followed by the disorder of the digestive organs and headache, which too frequently result from the administration of repeated doses of opium, to which Henbane is often preferred when an anodyne or sedative is required.Niger seeds has anodyne, narcotic and mydriatic properties, employed as a sedative in nervous infections.
Each seed pods is a three-sided green balloon that turns brown and stays inflated! When squeezed, it "pops" and you'll find 3 charming seeds inside, each having a perfect white heart at the place where it was attached to the pod. This makes collecting the seed pods a joy! Kids love to collect the pods and open each one to remove the seeds. Wondering each time: Will it have 3 seeds? Will they all really have hearts? Is there a fairy inside painting the hearts on the seed? Decorative heart-shaped seeds used for necklaces.
Jojobaproduces an edible oil from its fruit. Jojoba is grown commercially for its oil, a liquid wax ester, extracted from the seed.Indigenous Native Americans in the Sonora and Baja California used jojoba seed and oil for cooking, hair care and for treatments of many medical problems such as poison ivy, sores, wounds, colds, cancer, and kidney malfunction. Seeds may also be boiled to make a well-flavored drink similar to coffee, hence the name Coffeberry.
One tonne of Jatropha Curcas seeds will produce up to 600 litres of bio-diesel with proper management. Jatropha adapts to a wide range of climates and soils. It can grow almost on any type of soil whether gravely or sandy or saline and thrives even in the poorest stony soils and rock crevices. it is drought resistant perennial plant living for up to 50 years.
Root is an expectorant, used in Ayurvedic medicine for cough, asthma, chest pain. Also used for flatulence, sore throat, and toothache. Has high concentration of solasodine, a starting material for the manufacture of cortisone and sex hormones
Smooth muscle relaxant and antispasmodic; non-stimulating bronchial dilator and vasodilator. Dilates urinary tract and sphincters, and the bile ducts. Dilates coronary artery, strengthens heartbeat, and thereby enhances blood supply and metabolism of heart muscle.
The leaves and whole plant are digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, narcotic, sedative and stimulant. Use of the plant depresses the central nervous system, whilst it is also reputedly anaesthetic and hallucinogenic. It is used internally in the treatment of diarrhoea, nausea, indigestion, colic, hiccups, malaria and feverish illnesses.
This plant is widely used in companion planting schemes. Secretions from the roots of growing plants have an insecticidal effect on the soil, effective against nematodes and to some extent against keeled slugs.
Plantago Ovata is a annual that has it origins to the Mediterranean and North Africa region. The main use of Plantago Ovata is effects as a laxative as the seed consist of 19% fiber.It is a common source of psyllium seed husks, a material used as dietary fiber.
The graviola tree, or Annona muricata, produces the sweet soursop fruit, also called custard apple, paw paw or, in many Spanish-speaking countries, guanabana. The tree reaches a height of 25 or 30 feet and produces large fruit that may reach a length of 12 inches. Although its rind is quite bitter, the fruit's flesh is soft, smooth and sweet, and provides carbohydrate as its major nutrient. Soursop also contains abundant vitamin C and several B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, along with calcium, phosphorus and a small amount of iron.
Schisandra is claimed to be beneficial against premenstrual disorder. It is also said to be helpful in arousing immune protection, facilitate recuperation after surgeries, add stability to body functions, regulate the body mechanisms, shield against radiation and infections, protect against motion sickness, stabilize the blood sugar and blood pressure, provide additional energy during anxiety and tensions as well as improve the vigor. The herb also has beneficial effects in lowering cholesterol levels, protection from diseases, invigorate the RNA-DNA molecules to reconstruct cells, enhance the fitness of the adrenals as well as generate power in the body akin to that in the youthful sportsperson.
Used by the Montana Indians as a general tonic, to restore hair, and as a dermatological aid. Native from the Sierras, north into Canada. Strongly aromatic. Great for smudgesticks. Traditionally used by the native people of the inter-mountain west as a tonic herb and herb for the skin. Hardy perennial shrub. Hardy to zone 3
Research shows decoction of Yomogi leaf has an in vitro inhibitory effect against Staphylococcus aureus, α-hemolytic Streptococcus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Shigella sonnei, Salmonella typhi, and Salmonella paratyphi.Yomogi is highly recommended in all inflammatory conditions, especially asthma, hay fever and atopic dermatitis. In these cases, it should be used internally and put into the bath. It is safe to be used long term and should be used first to get the condition under control and then at any sign of a return of the condition.
NOTE! Please use medical herbs only under guided expert supervision for they are powerful remedies not to be taken lightly, having said that they are extremely effective when used with respectful caution.
Your own herbal garden comes with many benefits and best of all, it is quite easy to setup and maintain. Growing your own herbs is an excellent way to ensure you will be getting the full flavor for your herbs. By growing your own herbs organically, you can be sure the herbs you are using are fresh and chemical free. Fresh organically grown herbs will maximize the flavoring to your favorite meals at home.
Some tips to further help you with your herbal organic gardening:
1. Inside or out: If you want to grow your herb garden outside, you will be limited by the seasons. If you'd prefer to have no limitations, you are better off growing in a container garden indoors.
2. Select the right location for your herbs: They should be near or at a windowsill facing west or south. Ensure that whichever windowsill you decide to place the pot with the herbs is able to receive at least seven hours of light on a daily basis.
3. Choose the right pot: Choosing the right pot is important. Use one made from material such as clay. Clay is porous in nature which will enable the soil to receive more oxygen allowing your herbs to survive and grow strong.
4. Mix your soil: Herbs thrive in a type of soil that is low in nutrients Potting soil is quite nutrient rich and you may want to mix this with equal parts sand. Try adding a tablespoon of lime to add some sweetness to the soil.
5. Use pebbles as a base: Place a layer of pebbles in the pot before adding the soil. The pebbles will allow your plants to receive more oxygen and also works as to protect the roots from over watering.
6. Don't pack the soil: Avoid the urge to pack the soil too tightly. You want the soil loose to encourage the growth of a good root, tightly packed soil decreases oxygen absorption.
7. Plant the seed well: Make sure that the seed is planted approximately 1/2 '' in the soil.
8. Provide your plants with some air: Use an oscillating fan with the low setting. Too much wind can be damaging to your plants. Try to provide your plant with about one hour of 'wind' on a daily basis.
9. Patience: It should take about 6 weeks to reach maturity,It takes longer than a trip to the store, but will be worth the wait!
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