Conditions With Herbal Remedies

 

Written by Sharing Sustainable Solutions

The following list is representative of the many conditions that herbs effect and the many herbal medicines that can be very effective.

Some notes are in order to set the stage properly (source shown in parenthesis):

a. Take all tinctures — concentrated extracts in an alcohol medium — in a little warm water (about 2 inches in bottom of glass) to help absorption and to dilute the strong medicinal taste. (JFH)
b. If alcohol intake is not desired — it is minimal for each dose — squeeze the dropper dose into a little just- boiled water and let it stand for 20 minutes. Most of the alcohol will evaporate. (You will have less than in mouth wash.) If one may not ingest any alcohol at all, these tinctures should not be taken. (JFH)
c. In serious situations, consult the nearest and best-qualified healthcare professional, as available. (TIH)
d. Child’s Dosages: divide the weight of a child by 150 to get approximate fraction of adult dose. Example: 50 lb child / 150 = 1/3rd the adult dose. (TIH)

Information Sources/Suppliers (Reference Abbreviations in parenthesis)

a. Blumes Farm (BF), P.O Box 402, Franktown, CO 80116
b. Just for Health Enterprises (JFH), Rachel Lord, 480 South Holly St., Suite 1, Denver CO 80246, (303)341-4384.
c. Steven Foster Group (SF), Post Office Box 1343, Fayetteville AR 72702, (501)521-5887, from Herbs for Your Health, by Steven Foster, 1996, a quick-reference guide to the 50 most commonly used herbs available in the US. Softcover, 121 pp.
d. Susan Mallamo (SM), Homeopathic and Herbal Education Consultant, Post Office Box 28265 #16, Lakewood CO 80228-0010, (303)989-7743.
e. Lotus Brands Manufacturing Turtle Island Herbs (TIH), Arv Donovan, Manager, 2825 Wilderness Place, Suite 400, Boulder CO 80302, (303)442-2215 / (800)684-4060
Suppliers

a. Herbs, Seeds, Foods: Rocky Mountain Food Storage, Tom Frizzle, Sales Director, 2045 South Valentia, Suite 17, Denver, CO, USA, 80231, (303)368-7900.
b. Containers and dropper lids: Mountain Rose (800)879-3337 and Sunburst Bottle Company (916)348-5576. BF
The format for this listing is:

Condition — Remedy (Information Source)

Adult Remedy Application

Comments/Cautions

Examples of Conditions and Herbal Remedies follow.

 

Abrasions — Echinacea (TIH)

Wash well, apply Echinacea drops to area.
Those allergic to pollen of other members of the aster family, such as ragweed, may also be allergic to Echinacea. May not be appropriate if you have an impaired immune system response, including tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis and HIV infection.

Bite, insect — Echinacea, Aloe Vera, Tea Tree, Plantain

Pull stinger out with tweezers; apply available pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory remedy, such as a split raw Aloe Vera leaf, few drops Tea Tree oil, chewed/mashed Plantain; bandage; 30 drops Echinacea under tongue.

Bleeding, passive: nose bleeds, blood in stools or urine — Yarrow Herb (JFH)

Take 2-4 ml tincture of Yarrow Herb stem and flowers; take 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea with 1-2 tsp of dried herb; steep in just boiled water 10-15 minutes; strain; drink 3 cups or more a day.

Bleeding, heavy — Cayenne (TIH)

Drink 10 drops Cayenne diluted in 2 oz water; apply a few drops of extract to bleeding area.

Bronchitis — Licorice (JFH)

Take 1-3 ml tincture of Licorice root 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea of 1 tsp dried Licorice root to 1 cup water; boil then simmer 10-15 min; strain; drink 3 cups daily.
May cause reversible high blood pressure, potassium loss, and sodium and water retention IF taken regularly (more that 3 grams a day for more than 6 weeks). This is unlikely when taken in recommended dosage. To be on safe side, do not use in cases of high blood pressure renal failure or current use of digitalis preparations.

Bruise — Arnica (TIH)

Apply Arnica immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day.

Burn: fire, sun, wind — Echinacea, Aloe Vera, Plantain

Echinacea to cool; split Aloe Vera leaf or chewed/mashed Plantain often if second degree.

Cold, flu — Astragalus (SF)

Make tea with 1-5 tsp Astragalus root in one cup hot water; take three times daily. Chinese tradition is to take the large dosage and simmer for several hours.

Cold, flu — Echinacea (JFH)

Take 2-4 ml tincture of Echinacea root every 2 hours for acute condition. Or for long term use, take 2-4 ml, 3x/day. Take tincture in a little water for better absorption. Use for 6 weeks on, 1 week off and repeat if necessary.
Do not use as a long term immune enhancer; there are better herbs for this such as Ginseng root, Astragalus root or Reishi mushroom. If nausea occurs, mix with a little Ginger or Peppermint or discontinue.

Constipation — Cascara segrada (SF)

Take 10 drops (1ml) of fluid extract.
Follow label instructions. Only use aged bark. For chronic constipation, see your healthcare professional to avoid laxative dependency.

Cough — Licorice (JFH)

Take 1-3 ml tincture of Licorice root 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea of 1 tsp dried Licorice root to 1 cup water; boil then simmer 10-15 min; strain; drink 3 cups daily.
May cause reversible high blood pressure, potassium loss, and sodium and water retention IF taken regularly (more that 3 grams a day for more than 6 weeks). This is unlikely when taken in recommended dosage. To be on safe side, do not use in cases of high blood pressure renal failure or current use of digitalis preparations.

Cut — Calendula (SM)

If jagged, clean with mild soap and water; apply 22% Calendula extract or ointment to wound; bandage; dab with extract or ointment to keep it moist; if serious, take to healthcare professional.
See Homeopathic Medicine hints in Notes.

Diarrhea — Quassia (TIH)

Take 3-5 dropperfuls of Quassia every 6 hours.

Earache — Tea Tree Oil (TIH)

Dilute Tea Tree Oil 1-2 times w/ vegetable oil and insert 3-6 drops in ear.

Feet, sore — Arnica (TIH)

Massage with Arnica immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day.

Fever — Yarrow Herb (JFH)

Take 2-4 ml tincture of Yarrow Herb stem and flowers; take 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea with 1-2 tsp of dried herb; steep in just boiled water 10-15 minutes; strain; drink 3 cups or more a day.; combine with ginger, cayenne or peppermint to cause sweating.

Fingers or toes, crushed — Arnica (TIH)

Apply Arnica freely if skin not broken; dilute to drink every 15 minutes until pain and shock subside.

Frostbite — Cayenne (TIH)

5-10 drops Cayenne diluted in 2 oz water.

Gastritis, chronic — Ginger (JFH)

Take 2 ml tincture of Ginger Rhizome 3x/day in a little water. Or use fresh ginger root; grate 1 tbsp and steep in a tea for 20 minutes and strain.
Do not use if fever is present.

Headache — Echinacea, Valerian (TIH)

30 drops Echinacea; 30-45 drops Valerian.

Indigestion, nausea, — Chamomile (SF)

Make tea of 1/2-1 tsp of dried Chamomile flower per cup hot water; drink one cup 3-4 times daily. Or take 10-40 drops Chamomile tincture three times daily.
Those allergic to pollen of other members of the aster family, such as ragweed, may also be allergic to Chamomile.

Infection, bacterial and viral — Echinacea (JFH)

Take 2-4 ml tincture of Echinacea root every 2 hours for acute condition. Or for long term use, take 2-4 ml, 3x/day. Take tincture in a little water for better absorption. Use for 6 weeks on, 1 week off and repeat if necessary.
Do not use as a long term immune enhancer; there are better herbs for this such as Ginseng root, Astragalus root or Reishi mushroom. If nausea occurs, mix with a little Ginger or Peppermint or discontinue.

An expanded list is in our current eLetter at our eLetter site and in a separate article at our eJournal site — check Current Issue first.

Infection, minor — Astragalus (SF)

Make tea with 1-5 tsp Astragalus root in one cup hot water; take three times daily. Chinese tradition is to take the large dosage and simmer for several hours.

Insect repellent — Tea Tree Oil (TIH)

Use Tea Tree Oil sparingly.

Insomnia — Chamomile (SF)

Make tea of 1/2-1 tsp of dried Chamomile flower per cup hot water; drink one cup 3-4 times daily. Or take 10-40 drops Chamomile tincture three times daily.
Those allergic to pollen of other members of the aster family, such as ragweed, may also be allergic to Chamomile.

Ligaments, torn — Arnica, Valerian (TIH)

Massage with Arnica immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day; take Valerian.

Morning sickness, in normal pregnancies — Ginger (JFH)

Take 2 ml tincture of Ginger Rhizome 3x/day in a little water. Or use fresh ginger root; grate 1 tbsp and steep in a tea for 20 minutes and strain.
Do not use if fever is present.

Muscle spasms — A combination of: Passion Flower, Valerian Rhizome (JFH)

May use the herbs individually, though not as effective. Take 1-3 ml tincture of Passion Flower and Valerian Rhizome 3x/day in water. May mix with a little Ginger to protect stomach.
Valerian normally smells like dirty socks. Do not use this formula with any other sleeping medication. Do not use in pregnancy (Passion Flower is a uterine stimulant). Both are medium-strength herbs. If used continuously on own, take a few day’s break every 2 weeks. May cause nausea/vomiting.

Muscle, cramps, sore — Arnica (TIH)

Massage Arnica in immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day.

Nausea — Ginger (BF)

Grate one teaspoon fresh Ginger into 8 oz boiling water, simmering 10 minutes then strain; sip throughout day.. Or combine two 500 mg capsules Ginger;.

Nose, bleeding — Cayenne (TIH)

Insert tampon into nostril; 5-10 drops Cayenne diluted in water. Or tilt head back and pinch nostrils.

Pain — Arnica, Valerian (TIH)

Apply Arnica immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day; take 30-60 drops Valerian.

Pain — Cayenne (SF)

Use freely as a spice. Make tea with 1/2-1 tsp powdered Cayenne fruit in cup of water.
Cayenne’s pungent principle, capsaicin, is not water soluble and is a highly toxic irritant, so it is difficult to wash off and may cause burning skin irritation. Use under healthcare professional’s direction.

PMS — Licorice (JFH)

Take 1-3 ml tincture of Licorice root 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea of 1 tsp dried Licorice root to 1 cup water; boil then simmer 10-15 min; strain; drink 3 cups daily.

May cause reversible high blood pressure, potassium loss, and sodium and water retention IF taken regularly (more that 3 grams a day for more than 6 weeks). This is unlikely when taken in recommended dosage. To be on safe side, do not use in cases of high blood pressure renal failure or current use of digitalis preparations.

Poisoning, food — Ipecac Syrup, Echinacea (TIH)

Take Ipecac Syrup to vomit; 30 drops Echinacea as often as needed; take 2 Slippery Elm capsules to absorb toxins.

Scratches — Calendula (SM)

Wash gently with mild soap and water; apply 22% Calendula extract or ointment on dressing to wound; bandage; dab with extract or ointment to keep it moist.
Do not apply substances such as iodine which burn skin and delay healing.

Shock — Cayenne (TIH)

Put Cayenne under tongue until relieved.

Skin infections, fugal — Tea Tree Oil (TIH)

Apply Tea Tree oil full-strength or diluted w/ vegetable oil to skin surface.

Sprains, Strains — Arnica, Valerian (TIH)

Massage with Arnica immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day; take Valerian.

Stomach upset — Ginger, Slippery Elm (JFH, TIH)

Take 2 ml tincture of Ginger Rhizome 3x/day in a little water. Or use fresh Ginger root; grate 1 tbsp and steep in a tea for 20 minutes and strain. Or Take 2 Slippery Elm capsules.
Do not use if fever is present.

Swelling — Arnica (TIH)

Apply Arnica immediately and continue every couple of hours the first day.

Teething pain — Osha Root (TIH)

Chew Osha Root.

Throat, sore — Osha Root (TIH)

Chew Osha Root.

Toothache — Echinacea, Valerian, Osha Root (TIH)

Massage sore gums/tooth w/ Echinacea; 30 drops Valerian; chew Osha Root.

Ulcers — Licorice (JFH)

Take 1-3 ml tincture of Licorice root 3x/day in a little water. Or make a tea of 1 tsp dried Licorice root to 1 cup water; boil then simmer 10-15 min; strain; drink 3 cups daily.
May cause reversible high blood pressure, potassium loss, and sodium and water retention IF taken regularly (more that 3 grams a day for more than 6 weeks). . This is unlikely when taken in recommended dosage. To be on safe side, do not use in cases of high blood pressure renal failure or current use of digitalis preparations.

Detoxifying Food — Parcells Oxygen Soak
from Live Better Longer, Joseph Dispenza, via Well Being Journal

The Parcells Oxygen Soak can revive foods, remove pesticides, toxins, chemicals, and fungi and bacteria from food, as well as help preserve food in your refrigerator for much longer. Around the world, it is the essential means of sanitizing food in out-of-the-way places. Foods include:

a. Eggs (the porous shells can absorb pesticides and salmonella)
b. Meats (which can be a heavy carrier of toxic materials: growth hormones, antibiotics and poisons in the foods that animals consume)
c. Fruits and vegetables, including sprouts and herbs

The benefits of this oxygen food treatment are:

a. Fruits, herbs and vegetables will keep longer
b. The wilted will return to a fresh crispness
c. Colors will restore (unless soaked longer than recommended times)
d. Flavor and texture will be enhanced
e. Meat, fish and foul will be tenderized
f. Dangerous additives will have been removed.

Application

Add 1 teaspoon of Clorox bleach to 1 gallon of water. Separate foods into the following groups and soak for indicated time (make a fresh soak for each group):

a. Leafy vegetables- 5-10 minutes
b. Root and heavy-fiber vegetables- 10-15 minutes
c. Fruits, thin-skinned fruits (berries)- 5 minutes
d. Fruits, medium-skinned (peaches, apricots)- 10 minutes
e. Fruits, thick-skinned (apples, citrus)- 10-15 minutes
f. Eggs- 20-30 minutes
g. Meat/poultry/fish, thawed- 10 minutes per lb
h. Meat/poultry/fish, frozen- 15-20 minutes per lb
Frozen meats/poultry/fish — except ground meats — will not lose any juices in the soak, and they can remain in the soak until thawed.

After the soak, place food in a fresh water rinse for 5-10 minutes. The fresh water introduces new oxygen into the food. Let the food drain well before refrigerating.

Caution: Do not use more bleach than recommended and do not soak longer than times given. Always use fresh (less than six months old) unscented bleach. If these instructions are not followed exactly, this could be dangerous for your health.

Background

In the 1950s at Sierra States University in California, Hazel Parcells, ND conducted an experiment with shriveled, discolored lemons meant for the compost pile. She placed them into a sink full of water into which she put a small amount of bleach. Within one-half hour the lemons had taken on a fresh appearance and the room smelled of fragrant lemon. Parcells portioned them out and placed them in a freezer. For the next three years they were tested for freshness and nutritional value in every class she taught. Through the third year they retained their freshness, moisture, tartness and rivaled the fresh lemons even in nutritional value.

The sodium hypochlorite — the only chlorine part of”chlorine” bleach — is an oxygenator and interacts with the natural chemicals in the lemons originally used by Dr. Parcells. Testing showed that the bleach actually cleaned the lemons, eliminating fungi, bacteria and other foreign material on them that might have contributed to earlier than normal deterioration.

Parcells found that Clorox bleach worked the best of all bleaches because of the manufacturer’s high quality procedures and filtration. She spent the next few years experimenting and refining her methods with different foods. She used the bleach soak for forty years, with nary a complaint, and lived to be 104 years, passing in 1996.

The Parcells Oxygen Soak is registered with the Smithsonian Institution under”Simplified Kitchen Chemistry,” and is used around the world with great success, having been adopted by health departments of many governments.

You can find out more about the late Hazel Parcells, see her center’s site: www.ParcellsCenter.com.

Originally posted @ Sharing Sustainable Solutions

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