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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that basically consists of hyperactive airway-in response to a variety of stimuli. During a wheezing attack it is recommended to drimk plenty of water to replace fluid lost in increase perspiration and rapid breathing. Liquid also help losen sticky mucus in the airways. Some asthma attacks can be life-threatening so dont hesitate to seek professional help if you can't get an asthma attack underbcontork right away. German chamomile tea bags prepared 1 cup 2-3 times daily helps prevent attacks for mikd cases of asthma. To relieve nasal congestion and fever taking ekderberry capsules is recommended. Green tea, taken the same ways as chamomile, avoiding it an hour within taking other oral medication, opens bronchial passages because it contains theophyline. Ginger helps deactivate platelet-activating factor (PAF) which promofes allergic reactions. To relieve heavy congestion feelings in the chest take hyssop tea, same way as chamomile.  Licorice root, taken in 200-800mg capsules depending on the severity of symptoms, increase s the effectivness of steroid inhaler by stimulating production to stop dry cough. Potassium is recommended to be taken with this herb. On top of this exercise daily and eat a lot of foods rich in amino acid. Watercress eaten in sakad has been known to help prevent alkerguc reactions and might help people with asthma. Other herbs to keep in mind are; elecampane root (found in many asthma medication), mullein, anise (found to loosen bronchial tightness), cocoa to help open bronchial tubes, gingko reduces inflammation, parsley leaf soothes cough, and tumrric anti-inflammatory. Please keep in mind self-treatment fir asthma is not advised please see your local herbalist for help with dosage and to find out what treatment is best for you.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Burdock (Arctium Lappa)

If you walked through the woods you might find you or your dog covered in burrs. You might know that these were the inspiration of the invention of velcro but did you know that the plants roots, and leaves have been used in cleansing remedies for a long time. This herb is valued by herbalist for its ability to detoxify blood. In Russia burdock juice is rubbed on bald heads to stimulate hair growth. To heal fungal or bacterial infections, such as athlete's foot and acne, wash the effected area twice daily until cleared with burdock syrup. Taking burdock tea 3 times daily will help clear toxins. Burdock used to cleanse the skin, as an antibiotic, and purify the blood. This plant prefers a moist, well-drained soil and partial shade. Sow fresh seeds in autumn. Harvest roots of one-year-old plants in spring and use them fresh or dried, contains most active ingredients when used fresh.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Treating or healing burns and sunburns

Burns
The first thing you want to do is cool the area by soaking it in cold water for 5-10 minutes. A very valuable and easy to find herbal remedy is honey as it promotes healing as well as being an antiseptic. You want to reduce touching the affected area to only necessary as it can irritate and prolong the healing process. Once the healing process has begun you want to use a vitamin E or lavender oil to aid the restoration of skin. Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory, analgesic abilities as well as tissue restoration, you can place the lavender oil directly on the burn or on a sterile gauze. To avoid blistering you want to dilute 1-2 drops of tea tree oil in a teaspoon of water and applying to the cooled burn. To avoid frying the skin avoid butter or other fats touching the area. Many people already know that aloe vera is great for treating burns, if you apply the plant's gel on the burn as soon as possible you can have scar-free healing. Chamomile or pot marigold infusions can be used to ease soreness and inflammation.
Sunburns
With the ozone layer thinning because of all the air pollution, sunburn is a common issue that not only increases the aging process but can cause cancer. For a mild case of sunburn start by cooling the areas with cool water. Apply a chilled infusion of chamomile, elderflower, or lavender as a compress. Cooled distilled witch hazel also makes a good compress. Strawberries and yogurt both take the heat out of sunburns. Keep the poultice in place with a gauze. Like with burns lavender oil can be used here. If the sunburnt area us large you can use chamomile or lavender oils can be adding to a bath 5-8
drops. keep the water tepid. Hot water will make it worse. 
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Herbal coping with gout

Gout is a form of arthritis that is very common these days. The best way to cope with gout is to eat healthy and avoid diuretics and caffeine. Adding cherry and apples to your diet is recommended as they contain enzymes that help reduce inflammation. You also might want to spice your food with thyme, mustard powder and chicory. Devil's claw root, gingerroot, meadowsweet leaves and flowertops, and white willow bark all act as anti-inflammatory agents that can relieve pain. An herbalist may prescribe this remedy to relieve joint pain. In a teapot or a saucepan, combine 1/2 teaspoon powdered devil's claw root with 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup daily.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi)

Grapefruit is great for your cardiovascular system. This is because it is rich in many chemicals and nutrients that protect arteries,the pectin in grapefruit lowers bad cholesterol and reduces high blood pressure. People with rheumatoid arthritis can benefit from grapefruit, it also helps aid digestion, breakdown fat, boost the immune system, prevent cancer helps with chest congestion and feed the good bacteria. Grapefruit can be used as an anti-inflammatory, dissolve gallstones, cleanse the liver and gallbladder. The key nutrients in grapefruit are, folate, potassium, fibre, iron, fructose, glucose, sucrose, vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, calcium, and small amounts of lipid and amino acids. Phytochemicals that are important include alpha and beta carotene, flavo-noid, beta-sitosterol, anthocyanins, lycopene, ellagic acid, and the list goes on and on. When picking a grapefruit you want to pick the smooth, glossy, round, firm, thin skinned fruit that are heavy for their size, with slightly flattened ends. skin scars or discoloration doesn't affect the quality of the fruit. Avoid fruit that is coarse skin, soft, puffy or have pointed ends. Grapefruit are juicier when at room temperature but they last long when refrigerated. There are risk with taking grapefruit because it is so rich with nutrients you body might have difficulty absorbing it all can may result with kidney stones. It can also boost the strengthen of medication in many cases this is a good thing but in some cases it can cause complication consult with your herbalist or doctor to make sure it is safe to take grapefruit. Grape fruit seeds yield natural antibiotics that is a good alternative to pharmaceutical antibiotics. The seed extract fight bacteria and fungi. Always dilute liquid forms of extracts as it can be harmful for your mouth. Some people experience flatulence or mild stomach irritation but for the most part it is safe and quick to work.
Purify Water
Add 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract per gallon of water. Shake or stir vigorously and let it sit for a few minutes. Because of the inherent taste of grapefruit seed extract you might notice a slightly bitter taste but it is not harmful. Always to at least a simple filtration to remove suspended particles. 
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Anti-inflammatory

There are many herbal anti-inflammatory you might find useful including; black pepper, basil, cardamom cayenne, chamomile, chives, cilantro, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, ginger, parsley, nutmeg, rosemary, turmeric, and peppermint. In this post I will talk specifically on only some of these. Cayenne has anti-inflammatory qualities along with painkilling, circulatory stimulation and aids digestion. Adding half a teaspoon of cayenne powder to food daily will fire up your circulation and digestion. You can use heated leaves place on your temples to ease headaches. Cinnamon can be uses as an antimicrobial, to lower blood sugar and as an aphrodisiac, on top of being an anti-inflammatory. mixing cinnamon powder with honey is and excellent acne face mask. adding half a teaspoon to your diet helps with stabilizing blood sugar. Chamomile is great as an anti-inflammatory but it also excellent for treating hayfever, skin problems, digestion and anxiety. taking chamomile tincture up to 3 times daily will help with indigestion, ulcers, and gastritis. Chamomile infusions helps with chapped or sunburn skin. Peppermint is one of my person favourites when it comes to anti-inflammatories. My sister is an athlete and uses peppermint infused oils to help with aching muscles. On top of being an anti-inflammatory it is great for stimulating digestion, muscle spasm and antimicrobial. This herb is also good for diets as it curbs your appetite. Drinking peppermint tea or peppermint echinacea tea daily boost immune system helping to avoid getting sick. Garlic is a great antibiotic that lowers your cholesterol, detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties. More information on garlic can be found in previous post here . Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory that boost circulation, digestion and reduces nausea. More information on ginger is found at here.

Arthritis


There are two major types or arthritis; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, each has different symptoms. Osteoarthritis is related to wear and tear of aging and the thinning or cartilage around joints, other factors can include injuries. Rheumatoid arthritis is different and is sometimes defined as an immune disorder, it is caused when the body defence system attacks its own cells. The result is swollen, painful, often deformed joints and a general feeling of being unwell. For rheumatoid arthritis it is not recommended to self treat, please consult with your doctor or herbalist that can monitor your condition. A daily dose of cod liver oil is suggested up to 1 teaspoon which is beneficial for joints and reduce stiffness. Keeping an active lifestyle and a diet high in essential fats, rich in vitamin and minerals is greatly needed. On top of a healthy lifestyle there are tea and decoctions that will be beneficial. Detoxifying the system is important as it eliminates irritant waste material and reduces muscular aches and pains. Stiff joint are also helped with stimulating the circulatory system. Teas and decocotions that are for this purpose includes; dandelion, nettle, meadowseet, celery seed and ginger. Dandelion leaf has diuretic properties that increases the functionality of the kidney helping you eliminate waste. The root is a gentle liver tonic and mild laxative. Nettle is rich in vitamins and iron but acts like a blood cleanser. This helps repair and renew tissues. It can be taken alone 'or mixed with dandelion. Meadowsweet is useful for easing discomfort of muscle pain. It should only be taken as a tea once daily for no longer that 2 weeks at a time. Celery seed has an alkalizing effect to the system and helps remove acidic toxins.For maximum effect use celery seed with parsley as it helps enhance the benefits. Celery seed should not be used during pregnancy or with kidney diseases. Ginger has a warming effect that stimulates the circulatory system. It is recommended for both types of arthritis but should not be taken in high doses.
Pain and stiffness can benefit from compresses. use 5 drops of the essential oil versions of the herbs mentioned above in 300ml (1/2 pint) of hot water, dip cloth, wring it out and apply to affected area.
A warm bath helps relax the muscles of the body adding 5 drops of the recommended oils with 3-5 of lavender oil will help your aching joints and muscle. 
Rheumatism Liniment
this is a liquid preparation that combines herbal oil with tincture. This should be applied at body temperature and massaged into the effected ares. Use 6 cloves garlic, 1 1/4 cups olive oil, 2 tablespoons juniper tincture. Crush garlic without peeling them and put in a bowl pour olive oil over the garlic and cover with foil and stand it over a pan of simmering water. Heat gentle for an hour. Strain out the oil and leave until lukewarm then stir in the juniper tincture and pour into a stoppered bottle. This will keep for several months.