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Here are where you will find Herbal Recipes

Herbal Healing Salve


Recipe by Mountain Rose Herbs
This all-purpose salve recipe is perfect for minor scrapes, cuts, bug bites, or other skin irritations. The herbs may be adapted for different skin conditions and ailments as desired, and the amount of beeswax can be easily altered. Use less beeswax if you desire a softer balm or live in a cold climate, and use more beeswax if you prefer a harder salve or reside in a warm climate.

Herbal Healing Salve

Yield 4 oz


1 oz Calendula infused oil
1 oz Comfrey infused oil
1 oz St. John's Wort infused oil
1 oz Plantain infused oil
10 drops Vitamin E Oil
20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
½ oz Beeswax (Carnauba or Candelilla Wax may be used for a Vegan salve)
Glass Jars or Tin Containers


Place Herbal Infused Oils and Beeswax over a double boiler, and gently heat until the Beeswax melts. Remove from heat and add Lavender Essential Oil and Vitamin E Oil. Quickly pour into prepared tins or glass jars and allow to cool completely. The salve will last for at least a year, and is best if kept in a cool and dark area such as a cupboard or cabinet.

Aloe All-Amazing Hair Conditioner
Adapted from Naturally Healthy Hair, by Mary Beth Janssen (Storey Books 1999).

Simple Solution
Aloe vera has tremendous moisturizing properties for skin, but who knew that it has the same for hair?

It just may be the secret of the ages for the aid of dry, damaged, brittle hair. Here is a formula that takes under a minute to make (all you need is a bowl and spoon), and you can easily customize it with essential oils of your choice.

If your hair has any problems at all, you’ll want to see this!

Ingredients
¼ cup aloe vera gel (readily available in health food stores) ½ of a lemon 3-5 drops essential oils of your choice

To make
Mix the aloe vera gel with the juice of half a lemon. Add the essential oils.

To use
Apply to freshly shampooed hair. Leave on for 3 to 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

 
 
Citrusy Wake-Up Bath - How To
Adapted from The Essential Oils Book, by Colleen K. Dodt (Storey Books, 1996).

Simple Solution
This lively fragranced bath is a super antidote to the post-holiday blahs. One of the oils in this recipe is antibacterial as well as delicious-smelling, a great idea for winter when we’re exposed to so many colds and flus. In fact, all of the essential oils in this recipe smell wonderful and will keep practically forever. What a simple, enlivening recharge!

Run yourself a nice warm bath, add these magical oils, and sink in. Ahhhh!

INGREDIENTS

3 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil
2 drops peppermint essential oil

Add oils directly to a tub full of warm water and mix well. You can find essential oils at your local natural foods store.

Cooling Mint Body Spray - Formula
By Cait Johnson, author of Witch in the Kitchen (Inner Traditions, 2001).

Simple Solution
We are suffering through a heat wave in many parts of the country, including New York State where I live. Figuring we could all use a little cooling relief, I came up with this easy all-natural formula with a fresh, invigorating fragrance and a nice cooling effect.

It turns out that making your own body spray is really easy! Mint is a traditional cooler, and lemon adds some uplifting zing. You can keep it in the fridge for an extra blast of minty refreshment. It makes a great gift, too. Here’s the easy formula:

INGREDIENTS

1 cup vodka
Peel from 1 organic lemon
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, shredded

1. Place all ingredients in a lidded jar and shake well. Allow to macerate for at least 3 days, shaking daily, then strain out solids and discard.

2. Place cologne in a spray bottle and use whenever you need a refreshing spritz

Heavy-Duty Backache Oil

  • 1 part Valerian root

  • 1/2 part sassafras root Bark

  • 1/2 part Sage leaf

  • 1/2 part Chamomile

  • 1/4 part Ginger root

  • 5 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

  • 5 drops Camphor Essential Oil

  • 5 drops Wintergreen Essential Oil

  • Optional 1 drop each of Ginger, Chamomile
    and Clary Sage Essential Oils.

Cover the Herbs with olive or Sunflower oil and heat at a low temperature for several hours. Strain and add the Essential Oils. Apply the oil generously to your sore back and aching muscles.


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RE:Herbal Recipes
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Homemade Herbal Soap:

Makes about 3 lbs.

          • Cold water - 1 pint
          • Flaked lye -  6 ounces
          • Clean lard  - 3 pounds
          • Essential Oil  - 6 tsp.

Pour the water into a Pyrex or enamel bowl and slowly add the lye while stirring. Stir the lye until it is fully dissolved, and allow to sit for 15 minutes.

Melt the lard in a pan on low heat. Filter out any impurities by pouring the hot fat through a strainer lined with a paper coffee filter, then allow it to cool to temperature safe enough to handle.

Now, slowly pour the lye solution into the fat while stirring. Add 6 tsp. of your favorite essential oil and continue to stir until thoroughly blended. Allow this to sit for 20 - 30 minutes.

Pour the mixture into
cheesecloth lined molds of your choosing. These can be anything from an empty egg carton, sheetcake pan, or any other suitable form.

Cover the molds with a towel and allow them to sit for two days. At this point, carefully remove soap from molds. You can cut bars from the ones made in flat sheetcake pans at this point.

Place the bars evenly spaced (to allow air flow) on paper lined racks and allow them to cure for about 3 to 4 weeks in a cool dry place.

You now have soap!

Soap Making...
The Way We Used To Do It


This page reflects one axiom of the true pioneer spirit found in an active little lady who intimately knew those times: use everything and don't throw anything away. Anything can be used for something.

The following information and recipes are told by Mabel Mertz (born 1912).
© Al Durtschi


Basic Instructions

      As we had no money to buy fat with when I was a girl, we made our own by rendering it when we killed an animal. We cut off the fat, cleaned it up, then cut it up finely with a knife. Then we put it in our big pots and cooked it until all that remained was the cracklings floating in the boiling fat. We drained off as much fat as we could, poured it into pails, and stored it in the root cellar. We used this to make pies, and to cook with. We put the cracklings away for another day when we would make soap out of them. The cracklings still had a lot of fat in them. In fact, the main reason we cooked the soap was to dissolve, or disintegrate the cracklings into the soap.
      On the day we made soap, we took the cracklings and put them in our big copper kettle. As they were heating on the stove, we added our lye, sprinkling the crystals on top of the cracklings. Then we added the water and started stirring it. We boiled this mixture until the cracklings disappeared. If there was any little pieces of meat in the cracklings they wouldn't dissolve and we had to take them out with a wooden spoon, or lift them out on the end of our stirring stick. We continued to stir and boil it, checking it every 20 minutes or so to see if it was done. We did this by taking a spoon full out and pouring it on a plate. We knew it was done when it hardened to the consistency of soft cream cheese after it cooled. Sometimes there was streaks of water running through it. If this happened we knew it needed more water. We poured more water in, boiled it some more, then tried it again. If it ran off the stirring stick like water, we knew it had too much lye and needed more water. We knew it was right when it left a creamy layer on the stick. We didn't have any recipes in the early days when I first learned how to make soap. After a bit of the mixture had cooled, I put it on the end of my tongue. If it’s bite was just right I knew I had the lye/fat ratio correct.
      When the soap had finished cooking, we poured it out of the kettle, sometimes as much as 4 inches deep into a small galvanized tub. The soap didn't set up really hard immediately. I waited until the next morning to tip the tub upside down, knock the soap out of it, and cut it up into bar sized pieces. Then I sat the bars outside on a board to continue drying. It wasn't too many days before it was ready to use. To store it, we threw it into a box.
      Sometimes we wasn't get to the soap making right away and the cracklings went rancid. This wasn't matter, however, as during the soap making process the lye cleaned them right up, and the soap that came from them was just as nice smelling as if we had used fresh cracklings.
      Home made soap makes great pre-wash. Get the clothes damp and rub the soap bar on the bad spots. It works as well as the expensive stuff from the store.
      I've seen dozens of soap making recipes. But let me tell you, as an old soap making expert, I haven't seen any better soap made than the soap haven't manufactured with the three simple ingredients: fat, lye, and water.


A little Story

      Mother once told me a bit of a mean little story about something that happened before I was born. At the time she was in charge of the woman’s organization at the church. One of the ladies felt her family didn't have as much money as the rest of them had and continually complained, "If we had as much money as you have, I could be like the rest of you," she said. You must keep in mind that in our little pioneer community, none of us had any money and we were all shabbily dressed! One day after tiring of listening to this woman, Mother asked her to come with her, took her outside to where our buggy was, and pulled out a box from under the buggy seat. Giving her the box filled with home made soap, she said, “Fine, if you want to be like the rest of us, take this home and use it!”


Never Fail Soap
  • 5 lbs cracklings
  • 1 gal soft water
  • 1 can lye (1 lb.)     (This recipe lye heavy. Use 10.6 oz. lye)

See the above information to see how long to boil it. Remove from heat and stir until thick. Perfume it if you like and pour it into molds if you prefer, in the wash tub it does a good job of cleaning soiled clothes.


Home Made Soap
  • 9 lbs fat
  • 1/4 lb. borax (optional)
  • 1/4 lb. rosin (this makes the soap softer, but again optional)
  • 2 small cans Gillette Lye     (This recipe lye heavy. Use 19 oz. lye)
  • 5 Quarts water

Boil together for 2 or 2 1/2 hours

Set for three days, then put in tight wood box lined with newspapers.


The two recipes come from Mrs. Mertz's little book she put together for the ladies of the community back in the 50’s called Remember Mama’s Recipes.

Liniments

Liniments are any combination of drugs applied to
increase heat and promote vasodilatation. They contain
one or more essential oils that produce sensations of
both heat and cooling. Usually, liniment is applied by
hand and vigorously rubbed in. The area is usually not
covered by wraps.
 

Liniment Recipe

 
  • Alcohol (wintergreen is best)
  • Witch Hazel
  • Listerine
  • Aloe Juice (optional)

Mix in equal parts and apply with spray bottle. 

~~~~~*~~~~~*~~~~~
  • 1 ounce Goldenseal powder
  • 1 ounce Myrrh powder
  • 1 ounce Echinacea
  • 1/4 ounce Cayenne powder
  • 1 pint Rubbing Alcohol

    Place herbs in a bottle and add Rubbing Alcohol. Shake
    daily for 3-10 days. Strain and store in bottle.
~~~~~*~~~~~*~~~~~
  • 20%Isopropyl Alcohol
  • 1% Phenol
  • 1% Menthol

Mix together. If mixture is too strong dilute with water.

Powerful External Liniment

(for congestion, sprains, etc.)

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pint cider vinegar

Boil gently for 10 minutes. Do not strain, and bottle while it is hot. This is a powerful, stimulating external application.

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RE:Herbal Recipes
(Date Posted:02/13/2009 01:12 AM)

Rose Water - How to Make Your Own
Adapted from Rosemary Gladstar's Herbs for Natural Beauty, by Rosemary Gladstar.

Simple Solution
Rose water is used in cosmetics for its lovely scent, but also because it has light astringent properties. As the gentlest of all astringents, rose water is often used as toner for fair and dry skin.

You must be careful when purchasing rose water to buy only the 100 percent pure form. Often what is available in pharmacies and even some natural food stores is synthetic rose oil and water with preservatives added. Pure rose water is the distilled water of roses. It is usually made by stream distillation, and it smells heavenly and tastes delicious.

Availability: Besides health food stores and herb stores, you can often find rose water in delicatessens; it is used as a flavoring in fancy Greek pastries, puddings, and cakes.

Rose Water, Method #1

This recipe is the more traditional way to prepare rose water. Though it's a little more involved, its fun to do and the results are outstanding. You can make a quart of excellent-quality rose water in about 40 minutes. However, if you simmer the water too long, you will continue to produce distilled water but the rose essence will become diluted. Your rose water will smell more like plain distilled water, rather than the heavenly scent of roses.

Be sure you have a brick and heat-safe stainless steel or glass quart bowl ready before you begin.

Ingredients
2-3 quarts fresh roses or rose petals
water
ice cubes or crushed ice

1. In the center of a large pot (the speckled blue canning pots are ideal) with an inverted lid (a rounded lid), place a fireplace brick. On top of the brick place the bowl. Put the roses in the pot; add enough flowers to reach the top of the brick. Pour in just enough water to cover the roses. The water should be just above the top of the brick.

2. Place the lid upside down on the pot. Turn on the stove and bring the water to a rolling boil, then lower heat to a slow steady simmer. As soon as the water begins to boil, toss two or three trays of ice cubes (or a bag of ice) on top of the lid.

3. You've now created a home still! As the water boils the steam rises, hits the top of the cold lid, and condenses. As it condenses it flows to the center of the lid and drops into the bowl. Every twenty minutes, quickly lift the lid and take out a tablespoon or two of the rose water. It's time to stop when you have between a pint and a quart of water that smells and tastes strongly like roses.

Make Your Own Nourishing Seaweed Spa Bath
By Annie B. Bond, Executive Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels.

Simple Solution
Having a long soak in your own bathtub filled with a rich infusion of mineral-rich seaweed is, I imagine, almost as balancing, nourishing, and purifying as soaking in the Dead Sea or hot mineral springs. Seaweed baths are one of the most divine experiences you can give yourself at home.

Start the holidays right with this relaxing, deeply beneficial bath. You’ll feel refreshed, your skin will thank you, and you’ll be able to face the season feeling more nourished, grounded, and recharged. It’s easy:

How Make a Seaweed Spa

For my baths, I use about 3-4 ounces of dried seaweed--half kelp and half dulse. Kelp is very abundant in calcium, potassium, iodine, iron, and magnesium, and dulse is also rich in minerals and has a very high Vitamin A content. Ten wet pounds of seaweed dries out to about one pound of seaweed, so in a sense I am giving myself a bath with about 2.5 pounds of wet seaweed. I buy seaweed at my local health food store, or online at Maine Coast Sea Vegetables [http://www.seaveg.com/], where the cost is about $15.00 a dried pound (enough for four to five rich baths). If you harvest your own seaweed, gather it from the water of the ocean, rather than from what's washed ashore.

When using dried seaweed, fill muslin bags, large tea infusion balls, or old stockings cut off at the knee with dried seaweed. (The bags are needed to keep the seaweed from going down your drain.) Boil water in a large pot, add the seaweed, and steep for half an hour or so. Pour into the bath (seaweed in its bag and all). Fill the bath with water as hot as you can stand it. When using fresh seaweed, just add it to the bathtub as it is filling with very hot water, making sure to remove it before you open the drain at the end of your bath.

A slight gel or film from the seaweed will softly coat your body while you soak. Once it dissolves and you don't feel it on your skin any more, you know your bath is done and you've absorbed the seaweed's benefits.

Seaweed baths are considered very therapeutic because of their very high mineral content. Some call these baths iodine baths, since the iodine content of 1/3 of a cup of seaweed is more than 2000 times the RDA. I feel my thyroid stimulated from seaweed baths, just like when I do the thyroid-stimulating headstand pose in yoga. Seaweed baths also reportedly benefit other organs, including the adrenal glands, because of its vitamin K content, and helps maintain hormone balance.

Caution: Those with high blood pressure or other health problems should consult their doctors before having a hot seaweed bath.Helpful Hints

Lavender Salt Glow - Bath or Shower Formula
Adapted from Serenity Garden, 7 Radical Weeds for Natural Stress Relief, by Jullian VanNostrand and Chrstie V. Sarles.

Simple Solution
Lavender's unmistakable, relaxing aroma may be the most familiar herbal fragrance of all.

Used for centuries, it has never gone out of favor as a gentle sedative and muscle relaxer. It also works as a painkiller, antidepressant, and tonic strengthener for the whole nervous system. To soothe stress and help you cope, turn to lavender.

Salt glows are complete rubdown/massage s with Epsom salts followed by a warm water rinse, and they are ideal for exfoliating skin and renewing spirits. Here is an enhanced salt glow formula using relaxing lavender:

Lavender Salt Glow
Grind 1 cup dried lavender buds in a blender or food processor. Add 3 cups Epsom salts, grind until fine. Store in a glass jar, tightly capped. To use, rinse yourself off in the shower, then turn water off. Pour a handful of bath salts into your palm, and massage gently into your skin all over your body (not your face). Use more as needed. Rinse off, towel dry lightly, and moisturize.

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RE:Herbal Recipes
(Date Posted:02/13/2009 01:13 AM)

Poultices
 to relieve
Boils & Other Inflamed Areas

  1. Flax seed poultice. Flax seed should be mixed with a little boiling water over heat. Stir constantly, using a knife to blend. When thick enough to drop from a knife, remove from heat and stir well. Spread 1/4 inch thick between antiseptic gauze, Turn over edges of gauze and put on hot plate and cover with another hot plate then carry to patient, or cover and place on a hot water bottle until ready to use. Test before applying. and if too hot, cool a minute or two. Cover a small area first, then gradually the entire surface. A poultice should not remain on longer than one hour as it cools it becomes uncomfortable. After half an hour or so another hot poultice can be applied.
  2. Soap poultice. Grate a bar of brown or yellow soap such as Sunlight, add a little sugar, moisten and tie over boil to draw.
  3. Bread and milk poultice. Break bread into small pieces and moisten with milk and tie to area to draw out the infection.
  4. Bacon rind. Tie a piece of bacon rind over the boil or other infected area with the skin side of the rind on the outside. This will really draw out the infection.

Gardeners Soap
 
MATERIALS NEEDED:
clay flower pot (2 or 3 inch diameter)
4 oz. glycerin soap
("melt and pour" glycerin soap can be found at many craft
stores -but you can use a bar of glycerin soap grated up)
1 TBSP corn meal
1 TBSP dried calendula petals
a few drops of essential oil

DIRECTIONS: Cut an eight-inch square of plastic wrap and
line the flower pot by pushing the center down into pot.
Make sure the plastic wrap comes up over the edges of
the pot.

Grate the glycerin soap and melt in the top pan of a
double boiler (or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water)
Don't stir too vigorously or it will get air bubbles.
When the soap has melted remove it from the heat and
stir in the corn meal and calendula petals.
Add the essential oils by the drop.
Pour the soap into the plastic-lined flower pot and set it
aside to harden.

Once the soap has hardened remove the plastic wrap and
put the soap in the flower pot. Wrap in plastic and tie with
a ribbon.
 
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once the bad bugs (mainly squash Bugs) have decended upon your garden like a dragon on a flock of sheep.  You can handpick them off and drown them in a pail of kerosene, or pick them and deposit them in the nice (bad) neighbors yard a mile away, or take boards and lay them in the evening among the affected crop, and in the morning the bugs have crawled under it so simply step on them and  squish the 'squash' bug. or make this simple recipe
DRAGONS BREATH INSECT SPRAY
this mix is potent and will deal a death
blow to squash bugs, or any other demon
bugs that lurk in your garden.
 
6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 small onion finely chopped,
1 tablesp. of cayenne pepper 
1 tabelsp. liquid dish soap
1 quart of warm water
 
mix all ingredients together, and let mixture sit overnight.   strain out the solids pour the liquid into a hand -held mist sprayer, and spray the heck out of those demon bugs.  this is a good way of exterminationg the bad bugs anf not hurt the good ones. 

Getting Rid of Ants

Peppermint essential oil and borax are the answer.

The first thing you need to do is break the ants' trail to where ever they may have found food. The scouts leave a scent trail behind them for all their buddies to follow. So, wash your floors really well, then spray a solution of peppermint eo and water along the trail. You'll know where the trail is because you'll see a line of ants marching along it! Also use the peppermint eo/water solution all along your baseboards and anywhere you see that they're getting in.

The next thing you need to do is attack them at their source; that means finding their anthills.  To deal with the anthills, mixed equal amounts of borax and sugar; sprinkled this all around the anthills, and even down inside them a bit. The sugar attracts the ants and they bring it back into the hill as food. The borax sticks to the sugar, so that gets eaten as well, which kills the ants.

This worked like a charm and your ant problem cleared up within a few days.


Definitions and Making Herbal Preparations

Compress
Soak a soft cloth in a hot infusion, decoction, or 5-20 ml tincture in 500 ml hot water. Squeeze out excess water and hold pad against affected area.

Creams
A mixture of fats and water that blends with the skin to strengthen and smooth it. Use 30 g lanolin, 15 oz beeswax, 100 g. vegetable or fruit oil, and 30 ml herb water. Melt the lanolin and beeswax in a double boiler, gently stirring in the oil. Remove from heat and whisk in the herb water. Keep stirring as it cools. Store in wide mouth jars.

Decoction
Made by simmering larger pieces of the herb, such as bark, roots, or twigs. Use 30 g. dried or 60 g. fresh herb to 750 ml water; simmer until the water is reduced to 500 ml. Drink 1/2 cup three times a day.

Infused oils
--Hot infusion: 250 g. dried or 500 g. fresh herb to 750 ml Olive or Vegetable Oil. Heat gently in a double boiler for 3 hours. Strain through cheesecloth into dark bottles.

--Cold infusion: Pack a large jar with the herb. Cover it with cold-pressed oil and put the lid on. Let stand in a sunny window sill for 2-3 weeks. Squeeze the oil through a jelly bag and repeat the process. Store in dark glass bottles.

Infusion
A tea made by pouring boiled (not actively boiling) water over fresh or dried herbs. Use approximately 30 g. dried or 75 g. fresh herbs to 500 ml water. Drink 1/2 cup three times a day.

Macerate
To make, pour 500ml of cold water over 25g of herb and leave to stand overnight. Then strain and use as you would a decoction.

Massage Oils
Use 5 drops essential oil to 20 ml carrier oil. Sweet almond, jojoba, avocado or grapeseed make good carrier oils. You can also used infused oils.

Ointment
A mixture of oils and fats that forms a protective layer over the skin. Melt 500 g. petroleum jelly or soft paraffin wax in a double boiler. Add 60 g. dried herb and simmer gently for 2 hours. Strain through a jelly bag and pour into jars while still hot.

Plaster
Wrap the chopped or boiled herbs, or a paste made from them, in cheesecloth or muslin before applying to the affected area. This is good for herbs that might irritate the skin, such as mustard.

Poultice
Boil herbs in a little water for a hot poultice, or bruise or chop slightly for a cold one. Smooth a little oil on the skin to keep the herbs from sticking, apply the herb, and wrap with muslin or gauze strips.

Steam Inhalants
Place a few tablespoons of the dried herb in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Drape a towel over your head and breathe in the steam.

Syrup
An infusion or decoction preserved by adding sugar or honey. Use 500 ml infusion to 500 g sugar or honey; heat gently until the sweetener has dissolved. Store in dark glass bottles with cork tops; screw top bottles may explode if the mixture ferments.

Tincture
Steep the fresh or dried herb in a 25% mixture of alcohol and water. Do not use methyl, grain, or rubbing alcohol as they are toxic. Vodka is ideal; rum has the added benefit of covering unpleasant flavors. Use 200 g. dried or 600 g. fresh herb to 1 liter alcohol and water. Place in a sealed jar in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks,
shaking occasionally. Strain the liquid through cheesecloth and store in a dark glass bottle. Take 5 ml three times a day, diluted in a little fruit juice or water.

Tonic Wine
Pour 2 liters good quality wine, preferably red, over 500 g. dried herb, making sure all the herb is covered by the wine. Cover and leave for 2 weeks. Strain and take in 1/3 cup doses.

Wash
A tea or infusion meant only for external use. A mild form of a wash would be 1/4 ounce of herb to one pint of boiling water, steeped until lukewarm, then applied



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RE:Herbal Recipes
(Date Posted:02/13/2009 01:14 AM)

Herbs and Psychic Powers and Recipes

There are many herbs that you can easily use to enhance your own natural psychic ability. I believe that we all have these special psychic powers, but because we are usually so busy in the outer world, with all of it's distractions and demands, it is difficult for some people to tap into their natural psychic power.

So the trick is to learn how to quickly and simply change gears. When we learn how to "turn on" our psychic abilities, then it becomes much easier for us to interpret and divine information from the "inner world".

One way to cause that shift is by using certain herbs. An easy way to do this is to make some herbal blends and then burn them. The incense mixture that is created can be burned and the smoke and fumes that are let off can be breathed in to facilitate getting into a psychic state.

One way this works is to use herbs that "cleanse" the aura, which enables our Light Body to get rid of the everyday energies that have us distracted or blocked.

Another method is to use herbs that are specifically designed to open our natural psychic center, also known as the Third Eye, and allow us to get into that visionary state.

I really think that it is a good idea to use these in combination.

First, cleanse your aura. Then use an herbal mixture for enhanced psychic ability. Some cleansing herbs are: sage, cedar, and sandalwood.

Some visionary herbs are: mug-wort, patchouli, sandalwood, laurel and frankincense.

Make your own special mixtures by allowing yourself to mix and match any or all of the appropriate herbs together in whatever proportion you feel is right.

You really cannot make a mistake. To empower your herbal mixture state your intention over and over while putting the mixture together. You can do this silently. Prayer and visualization of the appropriate outcome will amplify the mixture and it's intended purpose significantly.

Then burn your special mixture in an astray or a special container that you designate just for that purpose. A potpourri burner makes a fine vessel for such use.

Use the herbs in this way prior to doing any divination work or before a meditation.

HERB LIST (there are others)

Anise: Raises vibrations to the highest possible psychic level. Good for bringing about changes in attitude (re-focusing) , for astral travel, dreams, crystal gazing and meditation. In a pillow, it is said to keep away nightmares. For any type of clairvoyance or divination or mental exercises. Anisette (liquor) is used during Voodoo initiations to anoint the head.

Bay: powerfully protective - even when used alone. Also a power and commanding herb. Used for banishing. In some traditions, used for hexing. Combined with other herbs for love and money rituals. Burned to induce visions. The leaves are put under a pillow for inspiration and prophetic dreams.

Buchu leaves: used for psychic development

Cedar: psychic and protective. Has a way of keeping psychic channels open while protecting the operator. Use to anoint the 3rd eye.

Eyebright: used for clairvoyance and to see fairies.

Honeysuckle: attracts friends, business and instills confidence. Used for money, prosperity and clairvoyance.

Lemon Grass: used to aid psychic powers.

Lilac: good for inducing "far memory" and recalling past lives. Also good for clairvoyance in general.

Lotus: a common additive to psychic incenses. Said to reach the highest realms of mystical insight.

Mint excellent for psychic matters and studying.

Mimosa: a commanding herb which also inspires courtesy in others. Use to anoint purple candles. Used tobring prophetic dreams and in healing.

Mugwort: clairvoyance, summoning spirits, manifestations, dreams and for consecrating any items used in this manner.

Poppy Seeds: for dreams, visions clairvoyance

Rosemary used in pillows for dreams and visions.

Sandalwood: used to heighten spiritual vibrations, to cleanse, heal and protect. Often used to stimulate clairvoyance.

Solomons leaf Brings hunches, intuition and dreams.

Some recipes

Psychic Dream Powder
An effective way to induce psychic dreams.
1. Grind into a fine powder equal parts of: Basil, Vetiver Root, Mugwort, Orris Root
2. Blend the herbs together with your fingers
3. Sprinkle the powder around your bed before you go to sleep

If you have pets - keep them out of the room until you have cleaned the powder up the next day. If they lick up the powder they could get seriously ill.

Oil for Dreaming True
Combine olive oil, anise, cinnamon and nutmeg oils.
Heat till warm and apply to the forehead and temples.

For Psychic Dreaming:
On the first night of the full moon, combine Mugwort, Patchouli, Cedar shavings, Oak Moss, ground Cardamom and Lavender. Lace them with oil of Patchouli, Wisteria, Lemon Grass and Sandalwood.  Pour the mixture in a glass jar or bowl along with a small cleansed crystal and cover it. The jar should be set outside where it can catch the moon's rays. Be sure to bring it in again before the sun comes up. Do this for 3 nights in a row.  Use the mixture (crystal included) to stuff a small pillow case made of muslin. This can then be inserted into a cover made of black, deep blue or purple velvet. Trim the pillow with fringe or tassels and, if you wish, embroider a pentagram, crescent moon, small stars or runes on it.

This Magick Pillow may be placed by your regular one on a night when you wish to have a Psychic dream. Be sure to keep a journal and pen next to your bed along with a candle or oil lamp to record the visions that will come.

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HERB TONIC FOR HEALTHY PLANTS

1 1/2 teaspoon dried plantain herb
1/2 teaspoon dried horsetail herb
1/2 teaspoon dried nettle
1/2 teaspoon dried yarrow
1 clove garlic
1 kelp tablet (about 150 micrograms) crushed
6 cups boiling water

Combine all ingredients, pour on the water, and let steep, covered, for 5 minutes. Strain and use to water herbs. Or make a sun tea, letting the herbs steep all day. This tonic provides nutrients that herbs needs, and helps keeps pests away


A Witch's House

~simple natural cleaners and solutions~

Furniture Polish
Pound fresh sweet cicely seeds.
Place a handful on a rag and rub on wood.

Furniture Polish # 2
Mix 2 parts vegetable oil and 1 part lemon juice.
Wipe on areas to be polished.

Furniture & Floor Polish
Mix 3 parts olive oil with 1 part white vinegar.
Wipe on areas to be polished.

Glass Cleaners
Fill a spray bottle with equal amounts of vinegar and water.
This does not streak.

Glass Cleaner
Fill a spray bottle with:
2 cups rubbing alcohol
2 TBS household ammonia
1 1/2 TBS liquid dishwashing detergent

Window Cleaner
Make a wet paste out of cornstarch and water.
Wipe on windows and let dry.
Wipe off.

Wall Cleaner
Mix in bucket:
1 gallon of water
1 cup household ammonia
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda

Carpet Cleaner
1 TBS vinegar
1 TBS household ammonia
Mix with one quart water.

Carpet Cleaner
Sprinkle cornstarch on the carpet and let sit for 10 minutes. Vacuum.

Deodorizer for Cat & Dog Messes
Clean up mess. Sprinkle baking soda on the area and then spray with vinegar. Let sit for about an hour. Wipe up with a mild soap and water solution.

Oven Cleaner
Sprinkle fresh spills inside the oven with salt. The salt will absorb the spills and can be brushed away once the oven has cooled.

Oven Cleaner
Do this only if your kitchen is well ventilated. Preheat the oven to 200F and then turn it off. Pour 2 cups of straight ammonia into a non-aluminum pan and place on the middle rack. Shut the oven door and let sit overnight.
By morning the grease will be easy to wipe up.

Refrigerator Cleaner
Spray and wipe clean with equal parts of vinegar and water.

To Clean the Dishwasher
Once a month, pour a cup of vinegar into the dishwasher and run it through the whole cycle. This will clean, disinfect and reduce the soap build up.

Herbal Disinfectant
Simmer a handful of the leaves and stems of rosemary, juniper, lavendar or sage in 2 cups of boiled water. Strain and use to clean kitchens and bathrooms. Adding a little dishwashing detergent helps to cut the grease. Recipe can be doubled.

Kitchen Cleaner
Once a month, wipe down entire kitchen and the inside of the refrigerator with 2 TBS chlorine bleach in one gallon of water. This will kill off all the harmful germs.

For Greasy Dishes
Add a splash of vinegar to your dishwater to cut the grease.

Garbage Disposal Cleaner
Grind a couple of ice cubes made from vinegar in the garbage disposal and then run cold water for about a minute.

Get Rid of Sink Odor
Pour a 1/2 cup of vinegar down the kitchen sink. Flush with cold water a half hour later.

Air Freshener
Simmer 2 tsp. cinnamon in 2 cups of water.

Bug and Rodent Deterents

Ants:
Spray vinegar on ant trails and around the areas they are getting into your house. Place sprigs of pennyroyal, tansy, or rue in the cupboards and shelves.

Fleas:
Fleas hate laurel leaves, rue, and winter savory. Crush and place under rugs, sofa cushions, doormats, etc.. Add a tsp. of vinegar to your pets drinking water.

Flies:
Hang sprigs of lavender, mint, pennyroyal, peppermint, or rue. Make potpourris out of lavender. Grow any one of these herbs in and / or outside of your house.

Moths:
Make sachets out of lavender, lemon, thyme, mint, rosemary, tansy, or wormwood. Place in linen closets and drawers and in closets.

Weevils:
Place bay leaves on shelves and in cupboards. Put a whole leaf in with your flour, rice and dried beans.

Mice:
Place sprigs of tansy or mint on your shelves, cupboards and anywhere mice have been seen to deter them

Healing Pet Massage
by Annie Berthold-Bond,  Producer, Green Living Channels

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Calendula—also known as pot marigold—is a plant with brilliant yellow flowers that bloom almost continuously from spring through fall. The flowers are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral. When the flowers are crushed and blended with olive oil, the resulting ointment is powerfully healing for sores, cuts, eczema, psoriasis and other rashes.

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • liberal handful of dried calendula flowers (commonly available in health food stores)
  • 1/4 teaspoon grapefruit seed extract
A Crock-Pot is a great utensil for infusing oils. Just put a handful of herbs in the bottom of the pot and cover completely with the oil. Place on low heat for six hours or so. Cool, strain, and add the grapefruit seed extract (available in health food stores). The color of this oil will be a rich, mellow yellow. Pour some of the oil on your hand, and massage deeply into the coat.
Makes 1 cup
Shelf Life: 1 to 2 months, refrigerated


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What is a syrup?

How to make a syrup!
A syrup is 1 part alcoholic extract of an herb mixed with 2 parts honey or corn syrup. The purpose is to make less palatable herbal remedies a bit easier to take.

To make your own, place enough of the alcoholic herbal extract in a canning jar to fill it 1/3 full. Add enough honey or corn syrup to the herb extract to fill the jar completely. Stir the mixture and transfer it to dark glass containers with non-metallic lids or stoppers. The shelf life is not more than two years when properly stored.

dosages are now dispensed accordingly: 1 tsp. tincture is equal to 1 tbs. of syrup. The measured dose for syrup is triple as for herbal remedies referring to tincture doses.


What is an oil infusion?

How to make an oil infusion!
An oil infusion is a method of extracting and preserving the essential oils of herbs in a non-concentrated form.

Unlike the pure essential oils offered commercially, an oil infusion is taken in the same dose and for the same purposes as the alcohol tinctures of the same herb. For some people, an alcohol free oil infusion may be preferred,ie; Someone with liver disfunction, a child, or maybe a recovering alcoholic. In any event, this method will give the herbal extract a shelf life of a year or more, as apposed to possibly 20 years with the alcoholic tincture. Personally, I've never kept any herbal product on the shelf that wasn't used in a matter of weeks.

To make an oil infusion, place enough fresh or dried herb in a canning jar to fill it 3/4 full. If you use dried herbs make certain that they still retain their color and scent. Dried herbs lose their strength over a relatively short period of time. Fresh herbs are generally much more potent then they are when dried. The amount by volume of dried herb only seems like a great deal more until you consider the difference in potency between the two. So, again I will stress that when filling the jar - fill it 3/4 full regardless of which form of herb you choose to use.

Add enough grapeseed oil to the herb to fill the jar completely. Make sure that the oil completely covers the herb.

Cover the jar with a cloth or loose fitting lid and allow the mixture to stand in a cool dark place for 6 to 8 days. Do not use a tight lid as some less experienced herbalists will try to tell you. Herbs will release gases, especially when fresh. The mixture needs to be able to vent or the build up of gas can break the container. Also, be careful to completely cover the herb with the oil or it may mold; if this happens then discard the whole batch and start again.

Strain the oil through a paper coffee filter and discard the spent herb. The recovered oil should be bottled in a dark glass container. This is the infusion; There are hot oil methods that some herbalists prefer to use which are quicker to make - but, this author believes that those methods destroy much of the oils value and chooses not to use those methods.

As a bonus, this method can be used with non medicinal herbs to make some very nice flavoured oils for salads and for cooking; just combine the finished infusion with an equal amount of the salad or cooking oil of your choice. Works great with such things as garlic, oregano and thyme.



What is a tincture?

How to make a tincture!
A tincture is an alcoholic extract of an herb.

To make your own, place enough fresh or dried herb in a canning jar to fill it 3/4 full. If you use dried herbs make certain that they still retain their color and scent. Dried herbs lose their strength over a relatively short period of time. Fresh herbs are generally much more potent then they are when dried. The amount by volume of dried herb only seems like a great deal more until you consider the difference in potency between the two. So, again I will stress that when filling the jar - fill it 3/4 full regardless of which form of herb you choose to use.

Add enough vodka to the herb to fill the jar completely. Cover the jar with a cloth or loose fitting lid and allow the mixture to stand in a cool dark place for 10 - 12 days. Do not use a tight lid as some less experienced herbalists will try to tell you. Herbs will release gases, especially when fresh. The mixture needs to be able to vent or the build up of gas can break the container. Strain the liquid through a paper coffee filter and discard the spent herb. The recovered liquid should be bottled in a dark glass container.


This is the tincture; basically a medicinal brandy. The shelf life is no longer an issue; tinctures will keep for years when properly stored.




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Old Time Remedies
 
1. Arthritis: Dissolve 3/4 teaspoon powder pectin (or 1 tablespoon liquid pectin) in a glass of purple grape juice. Drink once a day. This from an Amish doctor near Wooster, Ohio. It helps about 60% of the people who try it. Nobody knows why. The liquid dissolves better than the powder.

2. Poison Ivy (oak, sumac, etc). Make a paste from fels naptha soap and apply. Do not cover. Let it dry and flake off by itself. One application usually does the job. This from the 1930's.

3. Eat 3 almonds a day and you will not die from cancer. An Edgar Cayce reading.

4. Burns. Apply ice wrapped in damp washcloth until pain stops. No scaring will occur.

5. Bee sting. Remove stinger without squeezing poison sac. Apply moist baking soda to neutralize the formic acid poison.

6. Warts. Make a paste of baking soda and spirits of camphor and apply every night. Cover with a bandage. Remove in morning. Removes all kinds of warts, even stubborn planter's warts that resist every and all "medical" treatments. This is from another Edgar Cayce reading.

7. Insomnia? Try a small bowl of warm tomato soup (made with milk), just before bedtime and avoid eating protein.

8. Protecting your eyes. In a study of beer drinkers from England, Germany and Holland; people who drank DARK beer had fewer eye problems in their old age. "To your health," takes on a new meaning. Your eyes need LUTEIN daily. Found in green and yellow fruits and vegetables. You need to eat bushels to get the proper amount. Supplement with 6 to 20 mg every day.

9. Reduce HEART ATTACKS. Eating tomato (in any form) is twice as effective as taking a lycopene supplement. Eating tomato with olive oil improves your protection many fold.

10. Eating PECANS reduces CHOLESTEROL, but Chinese medicine warns not to eat too many.

11. Many suspect that many diseases start in the mouth, and that good dental hygiene is very important to good health. Every day, use a stimulator, floss between teeth, rinse with a plaque remover, and brush your teeth. Then, rinse with one of three washes:

  • A. salt water.
  • B. baking soda solution.
  • C. a splash of hydrogen peroxide in water.
Alternate between the three. They say that following these steps will add years to decades to you life span.

12. Beets beat cancer. Alexander Ferenczi, MD a Hungarian doctor, claims that he has cured every type of cancer by having the patients eat beets. He reported this in 1974, in the Hungarian Journal of Medicine. The article has been translated and reprinted in many journals since then. The treatment works with raw, cooked, baked, or pickled beets. The juice is good too. One warning from the doctor. Overdoing the treatment can lead to overloading the liver with demolished cancer cells, so take it easy.

13. Walking is the best exercise you can do. Every time you lift a foot, blood fills the bottom. Every time you put the foot down, you force blood back up to the heart. So, walking is like having 3 hearts pumping your blood. Dancing works too, and is more fun, as two people are exercising. Walking, running or jogging the same distance uses the same energy. Walking takes more time, but old people have plenty of that; and walking is less strenuous for old and/or overweight people.

14. Peel potatoes before cooking them. Potatoes are sprayed with a poison that stops sprouting. Cooking potatoes with the skin on forces this poison into the potato. Also, never eat the green part of a potato. It too is poisonous.

15. Wash all vegetables and fruits that you buy to remove oils, waxes and sprays on them. Use cold water with vinegar, and a very small dash of bleach to clean them.

16. Food going through the distribution system is exposed to insecticide spray and dust through the entire system, even in your grocery store. Wash the lid on any can you open, wipe off the lid on any jar or bottle you open. Clean fruits and vegetables as described above.

17. Diarehhia. Eat two coconut cookies. Some say it cures Chrones disease.

18. Control cholesterol. Make a mix of 4 cups of apple juice, 3 cups of white grape juice and 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. Drink 3/4 cup of mix every morning.

19. Stop food poisoning with vinegar, a strong medicine. It kills e. coli bacterium. A world traveler carried a flask of vinegar, and would put some in his drinking glass at the start of every meal. He would sip from the glass during the meal. He never got sick with food poisoning. Maybe first eating a salad with vinegar dressing would also work. During the black plague, a group of thieves robbed the sick, dying and dead with impunity. When captured, the were offered a full pardon if they would reveal how they avoided the plague. They said they washed themselves with vinegar that had bay leaf and other spices steep in it.

Controlling Bad Critters

1. Put Oasge oranges in the corners of the house to keep out spiders and bugs. They last for a couple of years.

2. Kill ants with a can (or bottle) of regular Coke (R). It's supposed to be really good at eliminating fire ants.

Attracting "Good" Critters

1. Wash pulp from melon seeds and bake in 350f oven for 15 minutes. Then put out for the birds.

2. Birds will eat fat in the winter time, but will not touch it in the other seasons. I soak cheap bread in the fat and the birds eat it up. Why wash grease, fats and oil down the drain or bury it with the garbage? This method recycles at the highest level. You have happy birds and a cleaner environment. Also, put out fried skins from chicken or turkey. They will gobble it up. Better fat birds than fat people.

Avoiding Colds And Flu: A virus coated with grease is totally immune from everything. strip away the grease coating, and it can be killed or washed away. People get colds and/or flu from repeated infection from their dishes, cups and silverware. When you wash them is soapy water, soap washes away the virus. When you put that utensil into a sink full of clean rinse water, the soap disperses into the clean water, leaving the virus again coated with protective grease, and it sticks to the utensil. You keep re-infecting people when they use that utensil. The cure is to rinse each utensil separately in running water. This was taught to me by the late Dr. Albert J. Lewin, MD. of Cleveland, Ohio. He was a man who truly deserved the title of "Doctor". Note! Adding a splash of bleach to the wash water helps also.

When you wash underwear in the washing machine, bacteria found in them contaminates everything in that wash; dish towels, wash cloths, handkerchiefs, etc. There is a danger of E. Coli infecting you through everthing in the wash. Not only that, but some of it remains in the botton water of the machine. This water then contaminates the next load of clothes, and on and on it goes. The cure? Add bleach to the wash water to kill the germs

Tried and True Remedies

[Editor note: Please think twice before using these remedies as a few of the ingredients are now known to be poisonous.]

HEAL SORES OR CRACKS IN THE SKIN OF MAN OR BEAST: Use pine tar to Coat the sore area well to keep off insects and promote healing.

SLACKED LIME: dust on animal cuts to seal injured area and promote healing.

FOREIGN OBJECT IN THE EYE: Drop a flax seed into the eye. The particle in the eye will stick to the flax seed and the flax seed is easy to see and remove.

COUGH REMEDY: 2-3 drops of kerosene on a tsp of sugar.

COUGH REMEDY: Equal parts of oil of peppermint, friars balsam and tincture of red lavender. Mix and use drop by drop on a tsp. of sugar to alleviate the condition.

COUGH SYRUP:

  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp glycerin
  • juice of 1 lemon

Mix well and use when needed.

CANKER AND COLD SORES: Collect the berries from wild rose bushes and make a tea from them. (These berries may be picked and dried for winter use.) Drink a little of this when you feel a canker or cold sore coming and it should clear up. (This is nothing more than vitamin C.) A little pot ash daubed on a cold sore will also clear it away.

SUNBURN AND STEAM BURNS: Sprinkle area with vinegar.

DYSENTERY AND DIARRHEA:

  1. Take a liberal amount of black pepper on a tsp and cover this with thick cream and take this to relieve the situation.
  2. Toast bread until almost burned pour boiling water over this. Drink the brown water for diarrhea.

PIONEER LINIMENT: Beat one egg slightly and measure the beaten egg. Add to the egg the exact amount of turpentine as egg and the exact amount of apple cider vinegar as the egg. Mix altogether well and store in a covered jar. This is very good for Arthritic and Rheumatic pain.

HONEY: Honey has been used through the years to cure many things. Taken internally, it has been known to relieve arthritis. Externally it is good first aid for wounds and burns. Bacteria will not live in honey.

Burn Salve

This recipe has been passed down through the Hovey, Clark, and Hardy families since the 1860's. This salve is reported to be very effective in healing of burns. [Editor note: I've heard personal testimonials from the old timers about how well this recipe works - bad burns - no scars!]

  • 1 tea cupful lard
  • 1 tea cupful mutton tallow
  • 1 tea cupful olive oil
  • beeswax the size of an egg
  • resin the size of an egg
  • 2 tsp carbolic acid

Dissolve all ingredients on the stove except the olive oil and carbolic acid, which you add upon removing from the heat. Mix well and store in covered jar.

Flu Ointment

An early Lethbridge druggist, J.D. Higgenbotham, made this ointment for the flu epidemic of 1918.

  • 2 large jars white Vaseline
  • 2 oz. turpentine
  • 1/4 oz. menthol crystals
  • 2 cakes of camphor gum
  • 1/3 oz. oil of peppermint
  • 1/4 oz. eucalyptus
  • 1/4 oz. oil of wintergreen

Melt and mix well over low heat and store in covered jars.

Black Currant Tea

(An infallible remedy for a sore throat)

  • 1 Tbsp black currant jam or jelly
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 pint boiling water
  • sugar to taste

Simmer altogether for 15 min. the hotter you are able to drink the tea the better.


Mustard Plaster

[Editor Note: You have to be careful with mustard plasters. A woman E-mailed me several months ago after trying a different mustard plaster saying it gave her a very bad burn. This is powerful stuff!]
Good for chest colds


Use the white of an egg instead of water with the dry mustard. The egg will prevent blistering of the skin. Mix egg white with half dry mustard half flour, cover the mustard mix on a cloth or paper. Cover the plaster with gauze or soft cloth and hold in place on chest with tape.

Mustard Plaster Recipe #2

  • 4 T. flour
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 1 T. dry mustard

Mix in lukewarm water to form a paste. Spread on a thin clean cloth and cover. Place on chest for 20 minutes (You may want to put a layer of cloth on the skin before applying this ) (shorter time for small children). Be careful not to burn the skin. Remove the plaster and cover the chest with camphorated oil or Vicks. Then cover with warm fabric such as flannel or a towel. Repeat in 4 hours.


Hi, My mom used to put Vaseline on my skin before placing the Mustard Plaster on it. She said this would protect my skin from burning. Even though she would put fabric between it and my skin, she also used the Vaseline as well. She also made sure there was Vaseline on the skin around the edges of the Mustard Plaster. Also, she checked it often and as soon as my skin was red, she would remove it. If you go much longer than that, you'll get blisters. Hope this helps

Six Herbs for Hay Fever
Adapted from Hay Fever: The Complete Guide by Jonathan Brostoff, M.D. and Linda Gamlin (Inner Traditions, 2002).

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Spring heralds the return of pollen season, which brings discomfort to so many of us. Find out which herbs have been tested and shown to alleviate the congestion, sniffling, and sneezing of hay fever, so you can enjoy the warmer weather and longer days.

Here are six herbal allies that can help you find n*atural relief from your seasonal allergies.

Do be aware that just because something is natural doesn’t mean it can’t cause side effects in some. Always proceed cautiously with any medication, herbal or otherwise.

Most of these herbs may be found at your local natural foods store, or go online to find an herbal purveyor.

Butterbur may be a very effective treatment for hay fever. It was recently compared to an antihistamine and did just as well in controlling hay fever symptoms, but did not produce drowsiness. This plant contains substances that are known to affect the immune system, and it has also been used to treat asthma.

Stinging nettle was thought to be as good as, or better than, previous hay fever medications by half of the patients tested. The dose used was two 300 mg capsules taken whenever the symptoms were experienced. This is not a conclusive study, but it does suggest that stinging nettle might be a useful treatment. It is probably a safe herb.

Ginkgo may decrease the body’s reactions to allergens. (For those with pollen asthma, it could also help by calming the inflammation of the airways.)

Luffa complex (also marketed as Pollisan) contains extracts of several different plant products, including the sponge cucumber. (Also called a luffa or loofah, this is better known as a scratchy cylinder used to scrub the ski while showering. ) Unpublished results of a trial carried out by the manufacturer suggests that 75% of hay fever sufferers find benefit from this mixture.

Quercetin is found in red wine, apples, onions, and other foods and is therefore likely to be safe as long as you don’t overdo the dose. It has been tested in the laboratory with mast cells taken from the noses of people with allergic rhinitis (mast cells are responsible for starting off the allergic reaction.) Exposure to quercetin made the cells less likely to respond to allergen. Although we are not sure if quercetin is as effective when taken by mouth as it is in a test tube, if you want to give it a try, the dose usually recommended is between 250 mg and 600 mg, taken 5 to 10 minutes before meals.

Perilla 6000, which is marketed as a treatment for hay fever and other allergies contains Perilla frutescens, a Chinese herb with a long folk tradition of treating allergy, plus Coleus forskohlii. The latter has been tested for asthma and has definite benefits, but it can also cause soreness in the mouth and nausea. Perilla itself has only been tested in animals, but did show promising results in blocking allergic reactions. (Unfortunately, this mixture also contains alfalfa, which is harmful to some people with autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus.) Perilla 6000 is not yet sold in the United States, but can be found via the Internet

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Longevity Herbs for Dogs?
Excerpted from Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Dog Care, by Randy Kidd, D.V.M., Ph.D.

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Rufus (my aging dog), my wife, and I all take our antiaging herbs on a daily basis, and I am firmly convinced that they are helpful. Judging by the comments from my many human clients who are using the herbs I've recommended for their older dogs, herbs are truly one of the very best treatments available for an aging body - whether you are a human or a dog!

The following herbs are beneficial for both humans and dogs.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
Ginkgo is our primary antiaging herb. It acts on two major systems of the body: the nervous system and the cardiovascular system. Ginkgo has proved effective in treating Alzheimer's disease, depression, and senile dementia. (In animals, senile dementia associated with Alzheimer's-like symptoms is referred to as cognitive dysfunction or dimming mind syndrome.) Ginkgo enhances both long-term and short-term memory in puppies and old critters alike. This popular herb improves circulation and has good antioxidant activity. Studies also indicate that ginkgo is often effective as a treatment for age-related hearing and vision loss, dizziness and vertigo, and tinnitus (ringing in the ear).

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Rosemary contains bioactive ingredients that help prevent the breakdown of the chemical acetylcholine in the brain. A deficiency in acetylcholine is believed to be a contributing factor in senility in general and Alzheimer's disease in particular. Rosemary is also an important antioxidant.

Flaxseed Oil (Linum usitatissimum) Flaxseed oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, the good fats that reduce triglycerides and cholesterol (the prime fatty arterial blockers) and prevent blood clots.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Turmeric is the yellow component of curry powder, and it stimulates the liver's bile production. This herb is a potent antioxidant. Turmeric is also heart healthy, acting as a blood thinner (which prevents clots) and helping to prevent excess cholesterol accumulation.

Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) The green variety of tea contains flavonoids and polyphenols, which are a type of flavonoid that may be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins C and E. Green tea is oxidized for a shorter period of time that black tea; practitioners don't think the black variety has the same health benefits.

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) A traditional herb of both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, gotu kola has antioxidant activity that protects the body from damage by free radicals. The herb is particularly useful for stress-related disorders and memory problems


HERB STEM KINDLING BUNDLES

Charmaine Kinton

These little bundles are a good way to use dried herb stems after you take off the leaves, and are perfect for holiday gifts. They start the fire in a flash and smell great! Lavender, rosemary, sage, bee balm, hyssop, etc. are especially nice. A fun project for kids...

1. Take a small bunch of dry herb stems that have been stripped of their leaves. Arrange them into a tidy bundle.

2. Tie the bundle around the middle with raffia or natural fiber cord - plain or colored. Make a nice bow. Add a dried flower or two if you wish.

3. Put several bundles together in a pretty basket, or wrap in tissue paper, or just tie several bundles together with one long piece of cord or ribbon.

4. Add a gift tag, and it's ready to give to someone with a fireplace or woodstove! (You might have to explain to them what it's for...)



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