Category: Herb

Herbs: Alfalfa May Just Be the Father of All Herbs

Alfalfa was recommended to treat upset stomachs back in 1597 by an English herbalist, John Gerard. While in the Americas, Colombians have been using Alfalfa to treat coughs. All five viscera have been treated by the Chinese, including intestinal and kidney disorders.

Arabs has called Alfalfa the "father of all herbs".

The leaves of Alfalfa have 8 amino acids. They also carry a lot of beta-carotene, which can help the immune system and skin. Plus, Alfalfa is high in Vitamin K. If you know anything about this unusual vitamin, you know that it's helpful for morning sickness in pregnant women. It's also reliable in supplying animals with Vitamin E. And, Alfalfa is unbelievably rich in calcium.

Alfalfa stimulates and feeds the Pituitary gland. Just so know, the Pituitary gland or hypohysis is a small pea-sized part of the brain that helps control growth, blood pressure, breast milk and a number …

Magickal Herbs – The Uses of Frankincense

The Traditional, Herbal and Magickal Uses of Frankincense

Frankincense is the resin from the tree Boswellia Thurferia or Boswellia Carterii that grow on the Somali coast, straight out of the rock. The gum resin is collected from cuts made into the bark, and it is the resin that is known as Frankincense. Common or Folk names for Frankincense include; Incense, Olibans, Olibanum, Olibanus, Gum Thus and Luban.

Traditional Uses of Frankincense

Frankincense has a long history of being used for incense, incense is even one of the folk names for this resin. The Hebrew tradition uses Frankincense in its ceremonial incense, as it is one of the four “sweet scents.” Frankincense was also part of the meet offering and was presented with the shew-bread on the Sabbath. Frankincense was one of the gifts the three wise men presented to the baby Jesus. At the time, Frankincense was rare and extremely …

Medicinal Herbs: My Personal Experiences

I have been studying herbs and herbal medicine for several years now, with special focus on historical use of medicinal herbs. A great many of our everyday medicines are descended from simple herbal remedies that we have forgotten or laid aside in the interest of commercially prepared and synthetic drugs. For example, willow bark tea, frequently used for headache relief, contains Salicylic Acid from which we now get Aspirin (Thompson). Digitalis, for treating heart conditions, comes from the Foxglove and Quinine, for treating malaria, is from Cinchona, also known as Jesuit's Bark or Peruvian Bark (Thompson). Clove oil was, and still is, used for toothaches. Many of the spices we use in the kitchen including ginger, cloves and cinnamon are antiseptic. The heavy use of spices in food in the days before refrigeration was not so much because the meat was bad at the time of preparation, but because these …

Study: Taking Herbs and Medication Dangerous

Those suffering from any sort of malady may have consulted both prescription medication and pursued natural herbal treatments as well. A press release from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, announced today that taking both prescription medication and herbal supplements at the same time can have adverse consequences. This study has been published in the July 2007 version of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

A literature review and comprehensive survey of 132 pharmacists revealed that 47% of the pharmacists surveyed had come in contact with an individual who had experience an adverse event by taking an herbal supplement. However, only 1.5% of these pharmacists reported those negative side effects to authorities. By contrast, 19% of adverse side effects resulting from the use of prescription or non-prescription medications were reported to authorities.

The study asserts that adverse herbal consequences are either not being reported or are being drastically underreported. A doctor …

Herbology – Gathering and Storing Herbs: Collecting and Drying Herbs – Flowers, Seeds, Leaves, and Roots

Herbs are also used in aromatherapy oils and preparations, in essential oils, body sprays, room sprays, and also for helping and healing people. You should always be cautious about using herbs medicinally, as some herbs can be poisonous, or have quite dramatic side-effects if used incorrectly.

Identifying Herbs

Try to learn to identify herbs, go out into the countryside and see what you can find growing naturally in the wild. Collect samples of herbs from various places. Use a notebook to document what you find, where you find it, and how you would identify it if you saw it again. It is very easy to build up a vast knowledge of the different types of herbs.

You may be lucky enough to have your own olitory / herb garden – All you need to know next is how to collect and store your herbs.

Collecting and Storing Herbs

Flowers – …

How to Choose a Supplier of Herbs and Essential Oils

The use of herbs, essential, and fragrance oils to naturally improve one's sense of well being and help ensure good health has surged in popularity in recent years. While there are many excellent suppliers that offer high quality products free of harsh and even dangerous additives many companies aren't so trustworthy. Unfortunately there is never a shortage of shady businesses willing to take advantage of consumer demand for products; the problem is exacerbated by the ease of opening and running Internet businesses. Consumers looking for herbs, essential, and fragrance oils must take care when choosing suppliers to ensure the quality of the products they purchase. When choosing suppliers the most important aspect to focus on is the quality of the materials wanted to purchase. Good bargains are attractive… but it is not worth it if the quality of the product is not up to standard. The quality of your materials …

Top Ten Herbs Used in Crafting Spells

Herbs are a versatile part of spell crafting. In some cases herbs can be used in food, however only some herbs are edible. If one is not familiar with an herb as food, they should not eat it.

Some herbs appear more frequently in spell casting recipes than others. The majority of these herbs have more than one area of correspondence. Below are the top ten herbs found in spell recipes.

Lavender Aids Relaxation

It’s widely believed that lavender is excellent for relaxation, sleep, and love. Many use it to help rebalance emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

It’s also used in house blessing and cleansing. Lavender is associated with the planet Mercury and the element of air.

Vervain is Versatile

Vervain is considered a versatile herb. Some believe it can be used for creativity, inspiration, purification, healing, divination, protection, and prosperity. Like lavender, vervain can also be used for sleep, relaxation, …

Using Herbs to Cope with Andropause

While it may not be as widely known about as female menopause, males experience a type of menopause as well.  It is a very real medical condition which troubles men between the ages of 35 and 65 – although for some it could start earlier in life. 

The symptoms of andropause are very similar to the symptoms of menopause in women – from feeling depressed and irritable to losing your hair, gaining weight, sexual dysfunction, confusion and much more.  Thankfully, there are many different things you can do to cope with andropause and help control the symptoms.

While female menopause is typically started by a drop in estrogen and the ceasing of the menstrual period, andropause starts gradually.  Over the years, the levels of testosterone in the man decrease, leading up to these symptoms and issues.  DHEA can often help because the pituitary glands turn it into testosterone.  It’s a …