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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.



menuFATIGUE

Fatigue can have any number of causes. Allergies are one, especially undiagnosed food allergies. Take note if any one meal you eat often results in a feeling of loginess or mental confusion, then pin it down and avoid that food. Lack of proper rest is another issue that can be pinned down to reasons, then resolved with a bit of common sense. Poor eating habits are probably the most common culprit. Sugar can pick you up in the short term, but then you crash. A glass of orange juice and a bit of protein (chicken sandwich anyone?) is better to keep sugar levels even. Using essential oil of rosemary in a diffuser or drinking a cup of rosemary tea is said to be helpful in general.



menuFEET
Ah...the unsung hero...the lowly foot. But if our feet bother us in any way then the rest of body suffers as well. Foot baths offer a very relaxing solution to our problems. Foot massage...if you've got a willing helper...is also highly effective. As we get older the foot spreads, the padding thins out and proper shoe fit and style become essential. Orthopedic foot pads and arch supports can be very helpful.

FOOT BATHS
GENERAL
Mugwort, rosemary or any of the mints are soothing.

SWEATY FEET
Boil 1 lb of English walnut leaves in 1½ quarts of water for 45 minutes.

SORE, TENDER, ACHING FEET

  1. A decoction of white oak bark.
  2. 1 oz sage, 3 oz red oak bark, 1 oz plantain - mix well and use 3 tbsp and 2 tbsp of borax (to soften water) in water of sufficient quantity to make a foot bath. Boil slowly for about 5 minutes, then strain allow to cool sufficiently to immerse feet safely. Soak for 10 minutes.

ANTIFUNGAL
(athlete's foot)
½ cup black walnut hulls powdered, ¼ oz tea tree oil, 2 quarts water. Combine walnut hulls and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer (covered) for 10 minutees. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes; strain and allow to cool sufficiently to immerse feet safely. Add tea tree oil and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. For NAIL FUNGUS tea tree oil can be purchased specifically formulated to treat this problem.



FOOT POWDER
(antifungal)
1 oz powdered black walnut hulls, ½ oz powdered calamus root, ¼ oz powdered sage. Powder and measure herbs separately, then sift together and store in amber glass jar out of direct light. Apply to feet before putting socks on for the day. Use old socks as black walnut may stain.



RECOMMENDED READING
The Complete Foot Book
by Dr. Donald S. Pritt and Dr. Morton Walker



menuFEMALE MATTERS
Viva la difference between male and female. We may all be human, but we have some separate issues of health specifically related to our reproductive organs. Herbs, foods and supplements can assist in easing our female human condition at whatever stage of life we may currently find ourselves. Soy products, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, extra calcium and exercise all have a role to play throughout our lives.

CHAPPED NIPPLES
Use raw scraped carrot pulp on the nipples.

LACTATION

Combine equal amounts by weight of anise seed, carway seed, dill seed, fennel seed, blue vervain and alstonia bark. Use 1 tsp per cup of boiling hot water. Steep 10 minutes. Take 1 cup daily.

LEUKORRHEA/VAGINITIS
Although these conditions can appear at any point in life, it is more common among post-menopausal women. The tissue thins, dries and loses its resiliency. K-Y Gel can keep your sex life kicking along comfortably, but check with your doctor if intercourse is painful. It could be the result of a bacterial infection. If chronic irritating leukorrhea is a problem and infection has been ruled out, the itching can be controlled by changing panties (cotton) twice daily and carefully washing personal body parts with a non-irritating vegetable oil based soap once or twice a day until the condition clears up.

Herbal remedies are:
  1. Part 1: Make a decoction using equal parts of bearberry, dandelion and burdock using 1 oz of herbs per pint of water for douche.
    Part 2: Combine equal parts of echinacea, goldenseal and myrrh and put into 00 size capsules. Every 2 hours take ½ cup of the decoction and 2 capsules.
  2. 1 oz. birch leaves, 1 oz. sage, 1 oz plantain, 1 oz canada fleabane, 4 oz red oak bark. Mix well and divide into 20 portions. Use 1 portion in a quart of boiling water and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain when lukewarm and use as a douche.
  3. Make a tea of equal parts of goldenseal, chaparral, comfrey root, kava kava and use 1 oz of the herbs per pint of water. Simmer gently for 30 minutes. Strain; cool and add 1 tbsp of vinegar per pint. Use as a douche once per day for 1 to 3 days.



MENOPAUSE
Diet should include more fruits and whole grains and less meat. Soy products are very helpful in reducing symptoms so eating tofu and other soy foods can greatly reduce usual complaints. Flax seed is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids (1 tbsp ground seed daily). A program of daily walks to increase exercise is also very important at this stage of life. Although black cohosh is usually part of menopausal herbal supplements, it should not be used for longer than 6 months. It is important to monitor blood pressure when taking herbs useful for menopausal symptoms since several of them can contribute to higher blood pressure when taken regularly. These are usually not a problem, but CAN be. Herbs most often employed for menopause are Vitex a.k.a Chasteberry (thought to work on the pituitary to regulate estrogen and progesterone production), Dong Quai (balances hormones, tones uterus), Asparagus root, Motherwort, Black cohosh, Wild Yam. A cup of RED CLOVER TEA once a day can help ease a woman through menopause.

TONICS
  1. Combine 1 tbsp each of dong quai root, licorice root, black cohosh root (do not use for more than 6 months); powder herbs and sift together; combine with honey to form a thick paste; make small pills by rolling into small balls; dose is the equivalent of 1 tsp.
  2. Combine 1 part blessed thistle, 1 part cramp bark, 1 part false unicorn root, 1 part squawvine, 1 part bearberry, 3 parts goldenseal, 1 part ginger root, 1 part angelica or dong quai; powder herbs and place in size "00" capsules; take 2 capsules morning and night; after 6 weeks of use, go without using for one week.
    (Alternative: Make a tincture by combining 4 oz of the mixed powdered herbs with 1 pint of 100 proof vodka; allow to steep 2 weeks, then strain; dose is 1 tsp tincture morning and night; cease use for 1 week after 6 weeks of use; used to strengthen the genito-urinary tract.)
TINCTURE #1
2 parts chasteberry
1 part St. Johnswort
1 part life root

Combine 1 oz of the powdered herbs with 6 oz of 100 proof vodka. Steep 2 weeks; strain and use 1 tsp 3 times a day. The powdered herbs can also be used as a tea at the rate of 1 tsp per cup of boiling hot water, steeped 10 minutes and taken 3 times a day.

TINCTURE #2
(if nervousness and palpitations are a problem)
2 parts chasteberry
2 parts motherwort
1 part St. Johnswort
1 part black cohosh
1 part life root

Combine 1 oz of the powdered herbs in 6 oz 100 proof vodka; steep 2 weeks; strain and use 1 tsp 3 times a day.

HONEYED HERBS
(A combination which also contains a good amount of calcium)

Mix 1 cup sesame butter with ½ to 1 cup of honey; stir in 2 tbsp powdered ginseng, 3 tbsp powdered dong quai, 3 tbsp bee pollen, 1 tbsp spirulina, 2 small vials royal jelly and make into a thick paste and roll into balls. Eat 1 piece daily. You can also add raisins, coconut or nuts if desired for a sweet treat.

HOT FLASHES
2 parts sage
2 parts motherwort
2 parts blessed thistle
1 part blue vervain
½ part rosemary

Combine well and use 1 tsp of the mixture per 1 cup of boiling hot water; steep 20 minutes. Use ½ cup 3 times daily. There are many herbal products on the market designed for this problem, but diet, particularly the inclusion of soy products, may reduce them to a minor level of annoyance making other remedies unnecessary.



MENSES
  1. To regulate: Drink fennel seed tea 3 times a day before and during.
  2. Combine ½ oz yarrow, ½ oz lady's mantle, 1/3 oz chamomile, 1/3 oz shepherds purse; use 1 tsp per cup of boiling hot water and steep 5 minutes.
  3. Combine ½ oz lady's mantle, 1/3 oz yarrow, ¼ oz elderflowers, 1 tbsp chamomile, 1 tbsp hibiscus flowers, 2 tsp rose petals, 2 tsp shepherds purse, 2 tsp black cohosh root (not to be used longer than 6 months), 2 tsp raspberry leaves, 2 tsp peppermint, 1 tsp cornflower. Use 1 tsp per cup of water, steeped 5 minutes.

CRAMPS/IRREGULARITIES
  1. Mix together 1 part cramp bark, 1 part angelica (or dong quai), 1 part squawvine, ½ part ginger root; powder herbs and combine; place in size "00" capsules; dose is 2 or 3 as needed.
  2. Combine equal parts of dong quai, peony root, rehmania and licorice. Use 1 oz in 1 pint of boiling hot water and steep 7 minutes (or else powder the herbs and place in size "00" capsules). Dose is ½ cup of the tea or 2 capsules 3 times a day. Useful for regulating periods or reducing cramps.
  3. Combine 1 part angelica root, 1 part cramp bark, 1 part chamomile, ¼ part ginger root; steep 1 oz in 1 pint of boiling hot water and take ½ cup of the tea 2 or 3 times a day on a regular basis.
  4. Combine 4 parts squawvine, 2 parts cramp bark, 1 part wild yam root, 1 part false unicorn root; simmer 1 oz in 1 pint of boiling hot water for 20 minutes; strain and take 2 to 3 tbsp 3 times a day.



OVARIAN INFECTION
Combine either 1 tbsp dried rosemary or 2 tbsp of red raspberry leaves with 2 quarts of boiling hot water and let steep 10 minutes. Cool and use for 7 days as a vaginal douche.



UTERINE FIBROIDS
½ oz blue cohosh
½ oz periwinkle
¼ oz chasteberry
¼ oz black cohosh
¼ oz wild yam
¼ oz cleavers

Combine herbs and mix with 8 oz of 100 proof vodka, steep 2 weeks, strain and take ½ tsp 3 times a day.



VAGINAL DRYNESS
Best, safest, and easiest is KY gel applied once or twice daily.

  1. Make a paste of aloe vera gel and slippery elm powder to the consistency of toothpaste and insert at bedtime.
  2. Make an herbal salve to use as a suppository by combining 1 part comfrey, 1 part St. Johnswort and 1 part calendula.

VAGINAL INFECTION
  1. In a saucepan combine 4 tbsp goldenseal powder and 1 quart of distilled water; bring to boil; turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes; remove from heat and allow to sit for another 5 minutes; strain and allow to cool to lukewarm; pour into douche bag and proceed.
  2. In the top of a double boiler, melt ¾ oz of cocoa butter, then stir in ¼ oz goldenseal and ¼ oz slippery elm powder till the mixture stiffens and can be worked into small pessaries about ¼-inch in diameter and 1 inch long; lay on a plate covered with a paper towel and refrigerate to harden. When placed in the vagina, the pessary will melt and the ingredients will be dispersed over the vaginal area. Wear a pad as stains could result on the clothing.
VAGINAL YEAST INFECTION
For the best information on this topic go to: The Yeast Page



menuFEVER

Herbs traditionally used for fever
Aloe
Alstonia bark
Angelica
Amer. sanicle
Apple tree
Balm of gilead
Basil
Bennet
Birch
Birds tongue
Black currant
Black elder
Black poplar
Blackthorn
Blue vervain
Boneset
Borage
Briarhip
Buck bean
Burnet saxifrage
Buttercup
Butternut
Calendula
Carline thistle
Catnip
Colombo
Coral root
Cowslip
Dandelion
Desert tea
Dogbane
Dogwood
Dropwort
English ivy
Echinacea
English oak
Eucalyptus
Eur. angelica
Eur. centaury
Eur. linden
Feverweed
Fraxinella
Fringe tree
Garden violet
Ginseng
Goats rue
Hemp agrimony
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Horehound
Indian pipe
Lad's love
Life everlasting
Lobelia
Magnolia
Ma-huang
Mandrake
Marsh tea
Masterwort
Meadowsweet
Milfoil
Mountain holly
Olive
Pasque flower
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Passion flower
Pearly everlasting
Pennyroyal
Peruvian bark
Pilewort
Quaking aspen
Quassia
Ragged cup
Red elder
Sage
St. Benedict thistle
Sandalwood
Sarsaparila
Sassafras
Sticklewort
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Strawberry bush
Sumac
Tacamahac
Tormentil
Wahoo
Water eryngo
White oak
Wild angelica
Wild bergamot
Wild marjoram
Willow
Wintergreen
Wormwood
Yellow parilla
Yerba santa
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APPLE WATER
(for fevers and feverish conditions)
Thinly slice 3 or 4 apples without peeling. Boil in a saucepan with 1 qt of water and a little sugar till the slices become soft; strain and take cold.

TEAS
  1. Use 1 tsp of lemon balm and 1 tsp fresh lemon peel (yellow portion only) to 1 cup boiling hot water; steep 7 minutes and sweeten with honey.
  2. 1 part elderflowers, 1 part linden flowers, 1 part peppermint, ½ part catnip, ½ part yarrow flowers; use 1 to 2 tsp of the mix to 1 cup boiling hot water; steep 4 minutes; strain; sweeten with a little fruit juice or honey; sip as warm as possible; take upto 1 cup every 2 hours. Mixture can also be made into a tincture; tincture dose is 10 to 20 drops in a little warm water every 2 hours.
  3. Sage tea with lemon juice and honey.
  4. Crush fresh raspberries into apple cider vinegar; drink diluted in water. You can also use a good raspberryjam instead of fresh raspberries.

COMPRESSES
  1. Use 4 drops of lavender oil in a bowl of tepid water and sponge on hands, feet and forehead.
  2. Lavender water: 2 tbsp dried lavender, 1 tbsp sweet cicely, 1 tbsp marjoram, 1 tbsp red rose petals, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 large pinch of ground cloves; powder all ingredients and mix with brandy; allow to steep 14 days then strain and bottle. To use, add a few drops of cold water then wring out a towel in the liquid and place on forehead; repeat for relief.
  3. Mint (for swellings, fevers and reduce pulse rate): Pour 1 quart of boiling distilled water over ½ cup of peppermint leaves; cover and steep for 10 minutes then strain and cool. When lukewarm, place in refrigerator to chill; soak a cloth in the chilled tea and wring out so it is not dripping; apply and resoak and reapply as necessary upto 5 times; when finished, dry the area thoroughly.

CATNIP ENEMA
(used to bring down a fever)
4 tbsp catnip
1 quart distilled water

Pour boiling water over catnip in a 1-quart, wide-mouth, heat resistant jar and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain and cool till lukewarm. Pour into enema bag.



menuFIRST AID

ANTISPASMODIC

Used for shock, cramps, and hysteria. May also be useful for poisonous stings and bites. Can also be used to treat pyorrhea and mouth sores.
1 oz. lobelia
1 oz skullcap
1 oz myrrh gum
1 oz black cohosh
½ oz licorice
½ oz ginger root

Steep in 1 pint of boiling hot water for 30 minutes. Strain and add one pint of apple cider vinegar. Use 15 drops in a half glass of hot water every hour as needed for internal applications.

WASH
1 tbsp crushed fennel seed
1 tbsp crushed comfrey root
6 oz distilled water

Bring to boil; turn off heat and steep till cool; strain and keep in sterile jar (will keep 1 week in refrigerator); use on cuts bruises, wounds. An old batch can be used as a fertilizer for plants.

EMERGENCY OINTMENT
Combine wheat germ oil and honey. Apply to sore, bruise or wound. Add 5 to 15 drops of tinctures of comfrey, calendula, St. Johnswort or mullein if available.



menuFROSTBITE
Aloe gel may be helpful by inhibiting bradykinin (pain producing agent) and hindering formation of thromboxane (substance detrimental to would healing in burns).




©1998 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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