1855 Midwife's Herb Garden Plan
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May 19th, 2011, 11:57 AM
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Location: Auburn, IN
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia syn L. vera)
- Antibacterial properties.
- Has been used in the treatment of stress related symptoms.
- Has been used for pain and stiffness (embrocation of oil); headache and giddiness (infusion of fresh lavender as cold compress on forehead and temples).
- Added to bath water for fragrance and to stimulate (also foot bath).
- Calming, antiseptic, healing, soothing, appeasing, energy balance. Used in diffuser, sauna, massage, bath, facials, mask, and body wrap.
Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus)
- Essential oil shows promise for eliminating ringworm. A cream preparation using 2.5% oil shown to be most effective. Used in many fine culinary dishes where a mild flavor of lemon is desired.
Lesser Cat's Foot (Antennaria neglecta)
or Plantain Leaved, aka Indian Tobacco, Ladies Tobacco, Life Everlasting, Love's Test, Poor Robin, Rattlesnake Plantain, Scinjachu, Spring Cudweed, Squirrel ear, White Plantain
- Meskwaki tribe members took the tea of the leaves daily for 2 weeks after childbirth
CAUTION: Use only moderately when high blood pressure, edema, or electrolyte imbalance is present. Certainly not longer than two weeks. Should be avoided during pregnancy as there is a tendency toward over stimulation.
- Expectorant (expelling phlegm); antispasmodic; anodyne; demulcent; anti-inflammatory; mild cough suppressant; mildly laxative; antiviral properties.
Lily of the Valley
CAUTION! All parts are POISONOUS and should be prescribed by PROFESSIONALS ONLY. Because of its toxicity, it is not used today except in the most rare of cases.
CAUTION! Lobelia can be dangerous to self administer.
Use only professionally prepared formulas
under a professional's advice. POISONINGS have been recorded.
- Demulcent and expectorant.
- Considered an immune system stimulant.
Has been used for coughs, inflammations, sore throats, irritations of the mouth and mucous membranes, external and internal ulcers, muscular stiffness, asthma, diarrhea, and cystitis.
As a poultice for a healing balm for cuts, swellings and light burns.
CAUTION! TOXICITY! Risk if more than 1 oz is taken at one time or if smaller doses taken daily for months. Use for specific occasions only. MUST NOT BE TAKEN BY PREGNANT WOMEN.
- Nerve tonic, emmenagogue, appetite enhancer, diuretic, sweat inducer, stimulate digestion and bile flow, uterine stimulant, abortifacient.
Has been used for irregular menses, bronchitis, sciatica, colic, palsy, colds, epilepsy, fevers, diabetes, enteritis, and intestinal worms.
Has been used in therapeutic bath to relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. (1 oz. each of mugwort, burdock root, comfrey leaf, and sage infused in 1 quart of water and added to bath.)
CAUTION! Leaf hairs are irritating; always strain well through fine muslin before using.
Tea of the flowers helps to relieve pain and induce sleep.
Tea or fomentation has been used externally for skin conditions and wounds.
Anodyne, antifungal. Flowers are antiseptic.
The tea is said to help bring relief from chest congestion.
- Flowers used in the herbal bath and are astringent.
Oregano (Origanum vulgare var. vulgare)
- Used in the herbal bath for aching muscles and joints.
CAUTION! Should not be used medicinally if pregnant, have spasmodic menstrual pains, peptic ulcers or kidney disease.
Has been used post-childbirth to involute the uterus and also to increase milk flow in nursing mothers.
WARNING!! Pennyroyal should be avoided in any and all forms by pregnant women,
especially the essential oil
- The tea has been used strictly for medicinal purposes. It should NOT be taken by pregnant women (abortifacient).
Very young children
should not be given mint. It causes gagging and choking in them. Should not be used by those suffering from
. Also - it
so nursing mothers should avoid it. Although a safe herb, it should not be used daily over a long period of time. Do NOT use the oil except as an ingredient of liniment. Internal use of the oil can lead to damage of the mucous membranes and nerves.
Menthol in mint has antispetic properties. Also carminative, antispasmodic, locally antiseptic and mildly anesthetic.
Has been used for painful periods. A few chamomile flowers have been added to mint tea to settle upset stomach and relieve cramps and pain.
CAUTION NOTE! Eating poppy seeds will cause a reading of "positive" in drug testing. If your employment requires drug testing, then avoid any food containing poppy seeds.
Narcotic. Used for pain control.
Garden Raspberry, Wild Raspberry
Tea combined with cream has been used to relieve nausea and vomiting; said to help with morning sickness.
Has been used in the last few months of pregnancy to tone and strengthen the pelvic muscle (with professional guidance).
(Rosa canina, R. eglanteria, R. gallica officinale, R. rugosa)
, the cold rosehip tea can be diluted and served with fresh peppermint, lemon and ice.
used for headaches.
with a pinch of cloves and cinnamon and a slice of lemon is considered stimulating and restorative.
Has some antibacterial properties; contains antioxidants; contains natural camphor.
An effective muscle relaxant which acts through the sympathetic nervous system (good after a day of outdoor activity).
Has been used for lack of energy, depression, and as a brain stimulant (reputed aid to memory).
- Has been used as a general tonic and stimulant.
CAUTION! Avoid during pregnancy as essential oil contains thujone can induce abortion in large amounts.
Antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent, anti-inflammatory.
- Acts directly through the tissue of the brain and eye to support memory and thinking.
Estrogenic substances can help alleviate certain female disorders.
Has been used for problems associated with the female genitals.
Has been used to settle stomach, reduce sweating, and to diminish milk flow when mother is weaning baby
- Oil used for massage, bath, facial, mask, compress, lotion, and body wraps. Used as a nervous tonic aroma, for low energy, neurasthenia, and vertigo.
NOTE: Not all scented geraniums are suited for internal use. Purchase plants from a reputable dealer and inquire as to safety. The following discussion refers only to the rose scented varieties designated as
Has been used as a headache remedy.
: used for
anxiety, nervous tension and depression
Silver King Artesmia
aka Sweet Annie
Anti-malarial use against quinine resistant strains.
Also used for colds, dysentery, diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence, fevers connected with sunstroke and tuberculosis.
aka Lad's Love
Infusion of the leaves considered tonic and a mild sedative.
- In the herbal bath it is used for fragrance and said to be soothing.
- An infusion of the leaves used for a hair rinse.
CAUTION! Large amounts can irritate kidneys and produce
symptoms of poisoning
Astringent, diuretic, laxative.
Part of the Essiac formula for cancer treatment.
- Juice is used for removing stains on hands. A
will remove stains from linen, wicker and silver. (WARNING! will also eat the bottom out of the pot!)
Same uses as peppermint, but a different flavor which is well-known. In the language of herbs is it "refreshment".
- Has been used mainly as an expectorant and for respiratory problems.
- JUICE = Taken 2 tsp in water or milk 3 times a day as a mild physical stimulant.
- Mild antiseptic and astringent. Source of potassium.
- Has been used for occasional diarrhea, minor stomach upsets and mild sore throats.
- Stimulating in the herbal bath.
CAUTION: Contains estragole and should not be taken by pregnant women. Essential oil not to be used externally or internally by pregnant women.
- CONTRAINDICATED: NOT when pregnant. NOT when nursing. NOT for prolonged use. NOT for infants or toddlers.
Warm, aromatic, restorative, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, stimulates the adrenal cortex, digestive aid, stomachic, galactagogue, prevents vomiting, tonic, carminative, febrifuge, expectorant, soothes itching, possible slight sedative action.. Used as a tea, infusion, decoction, gargle, inhalant and the essential oil in a carrier oil for massage.
5 to 10 drops of the essential oil has been added to bath water for nervous exhaustion, mental fatigue, melancholy or general uneasiness. Also the essential oil has been diluted in almond oil to use as a massage oil for nervous weakness. Has been combined with leaves of
as an infusion for mild depression.
Hot tea has been taken to promote onset of delayed menses (1 tbsp fresh herb to 1 cup boiling water, steeped 10 minutes, then strained).
Has been combined with motherwort (or several cups basil tea alone), an infusion being prepared and drunk immediately after childbirth to prevent retension of the placenta. It was also taken as a tea several days before labor began to assist with childbirth.
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