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December 7th, 2010, 09:51 AM
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Aconite
Wolfsbane is another name this plant is known by. This plant grows easily in northern climates and can endure rough winters. This is an herb that is poisonous and must be grown w/ great caution and only by a seasoned herbalist. Grows three or more3 feet high w/ deep shiny leaves and vivid bunches of flowers.

The root contains an alkaloid but the entire plant is usually used.

1/50th of a grain can kill a small bird in seconds and 1/2 that amount upon your skin will leave a sensation that you can feel all day. This is a dangerous herb if you don't know how to use it, most definitely you have to know the exact amounts needed for remedies, if used at all.

Internally: lower both the rate and strength of the pulse. Used to treat serious pneumonia, feverish colds and croup. Used as an anodyne for heart conditions, and stronger amounts used to bring pulse into normal pace from heart attacks.

Externally: Used as an anodyne for rheumatism and deep pains.

This is definitely not an herb that anyone of us will probably ever work with, but it is good to know about all herbs so that you can recognize them. You never know what situation you might be in. It is a very powerful herb and much caution must be used w/ this herb. I really suggest deeply researching this herb yourself if you're ever wanting to try and and contact an herbalist as well for tips and advice.

Agrimony
Agrimony is a perennial that is usually found in the woods or fields. This herb is hepatic, expectorant and an astringent.
Internally
Aids in sleeping, try making an herbal pillow or eye mask! It's name can be translated to mean "heal the eye". This herb contains tannin, which is a large part of where the healing properties come from. Drink it for a cough or gargle for a sore throat. Taken internally can also heal the liver. Used mainly today for hepatitis and jaundice (because it heals the liver). This herb is said to help cleanse the blood when it is ingested.

Externally
An agrimony wash is great for oily skin and acne. The tannic acid within the herb is useful in a poultice to draw out venemous insect bites and inflamed sores.

Aloe
This plant has been used since ancient times. The juice and gels are what is useful on this plant and can be used for most external healing that is needed. It has been used for arthritis, any type of skin irritation, shampoo. The juice is mildly antibiotic, astringent, anodyne, and a tonic for healing.

Demulcent, stimulating purgative, tonic.

Angelica Root
Relieves tension headache, diuretic, beneficial to the stomach and digestion. Relieves buildup of phlegm due to asthma and bronchitis.

Use with caution- Large doses can negatively affect blood pressure, heart, and respiration. If pregnant, can cause miscarriage. Do not use if you have diabetes for this plant contains sugar.

Anise
Anise is used commonly in the banking of cookies and the liqueur Anisette. Likes to be grown from seed and lots of sun.

Remedial
Dry, raspy coughs where it's difficult to bring up phlegm. Can be made into cough drops to soothe the throat. Calms gas and nausea. Used to improve the condition of the skin (facial).

Basil


Bay Leaves


Blessed Thistle
Strengthens liver function, combat hepatitis, aids memory purifies the blood stream. Good fof migraine, nausea, and gallstones.

Burdock
Rinse with a root decoction for ridding oneself of a gloomy feeling about yourself or others.

Bramble (Blackberry)

Cocoa (Chocolate)

Camellia
Used in traditional Chinese medicine for treating skin conditions.

Caraway

Carob

Catnip
Use as a tea for happiness and relaxation. Menstrual cramps.

Cayenne Pepper
Contains capsaicin, which acts as a stimulating digestive aid. Apply externally for joint pain. Aids circulation, blood pressure, and colds. Those with ulcers or chronic bowel disorders should avoid using in large quantities.

Cedar

Chamomile
Chamomile tea is a great relaxer.

Chaparral
Joints and rheumatism

Cinnamon
A male aphrodisiac.

Cloves

Coltsfoot
A soothing expectorant and anti-spasmodic, which can be used to treat bronchitis, whooping cough, asthma, and chronic emphysema. Caution: Do not use if pregnant or nursing!

Cumin

Red Clover

Comfrey Leaf
Very nutritious, beneficial for healing sprains, strains, fractures and sores. Also soothes an upset stomach.

Damiana
It is a mild aphrodisiac. It produces a marijuana-like euphoria when smoked. Damiana tea is the best thing for hangovers. Use caution with this herb.

Dandelion Leaf
A very nutritious and universally beneficial herb. Use in dream pillows and sachets, the leaves and flowers can be used in tea for healing.

Dill


Eucalyptus Leaf
Uses include great healing properties, kills germs, infections, eases lung congestion, heart stimulant.

Fennel Seed
Delicious flavor, purifies breath, aids digestion and weight loss.

Feverfew
Also a strong herb for health and spiritual healing. Use to ward off sickness and bolster immune system. Excellent treatment for migraine headaches- eases inflammation and constriction of the blood vessels in the head, reduces sensitivity to light and nausea.

Dried Fig

Flax Seed
Very nutritious, good for cholesterol.

Galangal Root
A mild hallucinogen- eat about three inches of the root for this effect. Use caution with this plant.

Gardenia

Garlic
Great healing properties, antiviral, antifungal, strengthening.

Ginger

Ginseng Powder
Useful as an antidepressant, equalizes blood pressure, and aids digestion.

Hazelnut

Hulled Hemp Seed

Hibiscus Flower
Useful as an aphrodisiac, soothes nerves, antispasmodic. Tea aids digestion, and sweetens breath. Helpful with itchy skin.

Holly Leaf

Hops
Put inside pillow to induce sleep. Tea helps with a restful sleep.

Horehound
As a tea to increase energy and strength, both physically and mentally- it increases concentration and focus. The leaves and stems are used in candies, cough drops and syrups. Used to treat asthma, coughs, colds, bronchitis, sore throats, and skin irritations. Also used as a diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, stimulant, and stomachic.

Hyssop

Juniper Berries
Aids in digestion, intestinal cramps, diuretic, eases arthritis. Banishes energies injurious to good health.

Mandrake Root
A hallucinogen when used in tea.

Morning Glory Blossoms
Do not consume, toxic.

Moss

Mugwort

Mullein
Useful as an expectorant to clear and heal lungs, stops diarrhea and soothes hemorrhoids.

Nettles
Highly nutritious for anemia, skin disorders and allergies, restores health, expectorant, stops bleeding.

Nutmeg
A hallucinogen when made into a tea. TOXIC in large doses! Take no more than a pinch!

Orris Root

Pau d`Arco
The active ingredient is xyloidin, a very potent antibiotic and antiviral. Can relieve arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, eczema, gastritis, psoriasis, pyorrhoea, rheumatism, skin and nails, ulcers. Used to treat chronic candida. Potent tonic and cell regenerator, stimulating natural defenses and revitalizing the body. Also a sedative, an analgesic, and a diuretic.

Passion Flower
Heightens libido. Use to relieve nerve pain and hysteria.

Pennyroyal
Caution: stimulates menstruation when consumed, and can induce miscarriage.

Peppermint
Very useful for stomach upset and heartburn, nausea, and to ease congestion during colds and flu. Use for car sickness!

Pine
Its needles are a valuable source of vitamin C and can loosen a tight chest.

Raspberry Leaf
Useful during pregnancy and childbirth, eases diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Beneficial to the kidneys.

Rose Petals
Helps clear away headaches, dizziness, mouth sores and menstrual cramps. Heart and nerve tonic.

Rose Hips
Rose hips are very high in Vitamin C. Rose hips also contain A, B, E, and K, organic acids and pectin, and have a high concentration of iron. A woman should eat rose hips during her menstrual period. A woman's lover should gather roses for this purpose.

Rosemary
A tea of rosemary causes the mind to be alert. Circulatory, digestive and nerve stimulant. Heals headache, depression, and halitosis.

Sage
Heals wounds, aids digestion, eases muscle and joint pain, colds and fever.

Sea Salt

Shavegrass
Also known as Horsetail. Nutritious, helps the body absobrb calcium, may help to strengthen bones, hair and nails. Control excess oil on the skin. Diuretic, helps to relieve urinary disorders. May help blood to clot, reduce fevers, and calm nervous tension.

Scotch Broom Leaf
Its smoke is a sedative. Use in moderation, can be toxic.

Seaweed
Helps regulate an underactive thyroid. Relieves the pain of rheumatism and rheumatic joints.

Spanish Moss

St. John's Wort
Use as a tea to treat depression. Use the leaves in a necklace to ward off sickness and tension.

Star Anise
A stimulant and diuretic. Promotes digestion and relieves flatulence.

Tea
A stimulant. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, and other youth enhancing compounds.

Tobacco Leaf

Thistle Flower

Thyme

Valerian Root
A muscle relaxant and a tranquilizer.

Vanilla
Aphrodisiac.

White Willow Bark
Eases muscle and joint pain, beneficial for arthritis.

Yarrow Flower
Good remedy for colds. Opens the pores and purifies the blood. Said to prevent baldness as a hair wash.
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