First Aid Kit Herbs

first aid kit herbs

first aid kit herbs

First Aid Kit Herbs information below could just save a life

A first aid kit for herbs you may say? It’s highly likely that at least once in your life you’ll need to use basic first aid techniques.

If you go hiking or backpacking or enjoy any of a number of outdoor activities, the odds that you’ll encounter an emergency health problem go way up.

Despite those sobering odds, too few people keep first aid kits handy or know how to use them. While this article is no substitute for a good first aid course, it will provide some basic information about what herbs to use for emergencies. Being knowledgeable and prepared dispels anxiety and allows you to think clearly when an emergency situation arises and you are the caregiver.
You can use the following herbal extracts, oils, salves, and powders to augment a first aid kit you buy or already own. Just remember to write explicit instructions for the herbal medicines you include — in case someone else needs to use a remedy on you or in your absence. A thorough instruction booklet — one that starts with abrasions and ends with vomiting — can help you in emergencies when you’ll need a quick reference for remedies.

A number of companies sell herbal first aid kits, and you may want to tailor one of them to make it more specific to your needs. Or you may want the satisfaction of preparing one of your own. The following herbal items are welcome additions to any first aid kit.

HERBAL EXTRACTS

Herbal tinctures and extracts are the preferred form of medicine as they are assimilated quickly and administered easily. First Aid Kit Herbs

 

 

 

Tincturing also extracts valuable constituents not found in teas since certain active plant properties are only soluble in alcohol. If you dislike the alcohol, you can reduce its presence somewhat by placing the drops in a half cup of hot, boiled water and allowing it to sit for 15 minutes. You can also mix the extract with juice to disguise the taste. To keep things in perspective, it has been said there’s more alcohol in a ripe banana than in the suggested dosage of herbal extracts.

Arnica. This external remedy makes a great massage liniment for sore and cramped muscles. It will decrease pain and prevent swelling and bruising associated with torn ligaments, sprains, crushed fingers and toes, and broken bones — provided the skin is not broken. Arnica works best if applied immediately after an injury and continued every couple hours for the first day.

Cayenne. Five to ten drops diluted in two ounces of water can be used internally for frostbite and hypothermia. It moves the blood from the center of the body to the peripheral areas, warming hands and feet. A couple drops under the tongue will help to revive someone in shock or trauma. Used externally for heavily bleeding lacerations, it will coagulate the blood to stanch the flow (though it stings a mite).

Valerian. As an antispasmodic and painkiller, this herb relieves intestinal and menstrual cramps, headaches and general aches or pains. As a nervine, it will bring sleep to an exhausted person. The dosage range is 30 to 60 drops.

Echinacea. Besides possessing the ability to increase the supply of white blood cells to an infected area, thus boosting the immune system, echinacea is also antibiotic and antibacterial to gram positive bacteria such as strep or staph. It’s helpful with fevers, poisoning, or any type of internal infection and has reportedly been used for poisonous insect and snake bites by many native Plains tribes. Echinacea is a good preventative and supportive herb for the onset of the flu or common cold. The dosage ranges from 30 to 60 drops, the higher ranges used for fevers and acute situations. For toothaches, it can be massaged into the surrounding gums and teeth. For poisonous bites, 60 drops every 15 minutes is appropriate.

Grindelia. As an external remedy, grindelia cools and soothes hot, irritated skin rashes, sunburns, itchy insect bites and poison ivy. When taken internally, it helps expel mucus obstruction in the bronchioles and may be useful for some types of asthma and respiratory congestion.

Milk thistle combination. This can include milk thistle, burdock and kelp in equal parts. An alternative to chaparral that acts to leach heavy metals and radiation toxicity from the thyroid, blood, and liver as well as protects the liver against further damage. Good to take before and after dental x-rays and after taking Tylenol or Advil. 

Quassia. As an antimicrobial, this herb is traditionally used for bacterial diarrhoea, dysentery, and giardia — a lower gastrin testinal complaint contracted by drinking contaminated water. The standard dose is three to five dropper full every six hours. To treat suspected bad water, add 30 drops to each quart of water.

Syrup of Ipecac. This standard remedy promotes vomiting and should only be used in certain types of poisoning. 

Flower rescue remedy. Used for emotional trauma for all ages, flower essences work quickly and effectively on symptoms ranging from hyperventilation to neurosis. Rubbing the drops on the temples and wrists of hysterical children unable to take anything orally will have an immediate calming influence. Extracts will keep their potency for several years if stored in a dark and cool place.

POWDERED HERBS.

Slippery elm capsules. Used or food poisoning, this powder combines and buffers poisons in the stomach and bowels to decrease toxic absorption. It can soothe mucous membranes and settle an upset stomach.

Ginger root capsules. Use two caps for motion and morning sickness. It’s also effective for nausea caused by flu or bad food. 

Marshmallow-peppermint oil capsules. This is an easy-to-make combination of four parts marshmallow powder to one part peppermint oil. The powder in this formula is basically a vehicle for the peppermint oil to reach the small intestines without dissolving in the stomach. The capsules reduce intestinal cramping that can accompany any gastrointestinal tract infection.

For children not able to swallow capsules, you can dissolve the contents in four cups of juice or sweetened water.

Poultice combination power.

First Aid Kit Herbs

This should consist of at least one antibacterial herb, one antifungal, an emollient, and an astringent. A possible combination can contain equal parts gentian, myrrh gum, goldenseal, and marshmallow. This powder can be stored in a zip-lock plastic bag and makes a nice dust for sore feet, lacerations (it will stop excess bleeding), diaper rash, infections, insect bites, or inflamed eyes (it is cooling and soothing). A tea of these herbs can be used externally as a wash. For foreign objects in the eye, make a paste by adding water to the mix and bandage it over the closed eyelid to draw the object out and soothe the eye simultaneously.

OILS

Peppermint. A little on the temples can help you stay awake and a few drops in water will settle an upset stomach.

Tea tree oil. Called a “first aid kit in a bottle,” tea tree (Melaleuca leucadendron) it has strong antifungal and antibiotic properties with antiseptic abilities. It can be used for fungal infections, pus-filled wounds or burns, cold sores, and herpes lesions. For use with earaches and on sensitive skin, dilute with equal parts olive oil. Use sparingly — tea tree oil goes a long way. 

SALVES.

A good all-purpose salve is essential. You want one that will draw and shrink swollen tissues, fight bacteria, and soothe compromised tissues. Here is a list of common herbs that fall in each category: 

Emollients — marshmallow, slippery elm, plantain, comfrey, and mullein;
Antimicrobials — echinacea, goldenseal, yerba mansa, Oregon grape, osha, propolis, myrrh gum, garlic, calendula, chamomile, chaparral, gentian, and usnea;
Astringents — hose tail, bistort, geranium, rose, alum, yarrow, witch hazel, yellow dock, and St. John’s wort.
A combination of one herb from each category is a good disinfectant for anaerobic bacteria and is soothing to epithelial cells. The mixture will also cut down on bleeding and slow the scarring process. It will speed up the healing time and can be used anywhere a salve is needed to coat and protect.

All of the herbal products mentioned are available at most health food stores or by mail order herb businesses .

All of the hardware can be found at your local pharmacy.

First Aid Kit Herbs

If you are making your own extracts, start with either fresh or whole plants and cut to near powder yourself. The herb will be more potent. If you are buying your extracts and bulk herbs, look to see that they are either organically grown or ethically wild harvested, which means they were gathered in a conservative, sustainable manner that does no harm to the full survival of the plant species. If this is not written on the label ask your retailer to provide you with documentation as this information should always be available to the customer. Be sure to include dosage information on the bottles as well as in the instruction booklet, which can be nothing more than 3×5 cards that you can cover with see-through packing tape to waterproof and keep clean. The actual kit can be made out of many different things: a cigar box, a gutted cassette case, or something you make out of durable canvas material with a Velcro closure. Keep your first aid kit compact and organized with dividers or see-through nylon mesh so everything can be found quickly. I’m working on ideas, someday I may post mine

Using herbal remedies

Either those you prepare yourself or ones that are made by environmentally responsible companies — is self-empowering. And it’s rewarding to know you had a hand in the healing process.

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In the state of intoxication, a person may only be conscious of his animal existence and entirely unconscious of his higher self.


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Herbal Pain Killers

herbal pain killers

herbal pain killers

Herbal Pain Killers indeed

Caution: As with all herbal remedies, check to make sure they will not interfere with doctor prescribed medications.

This information is to be used wisely. Do not take any herb you are allergic to, and see your doctor if problem persists.

Pain killer-
Soak 1/2 teaspoon of dried willow bark in 2 cups cold water overnight. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain, cool, and bottle. The dosage is 1/4 cup, to be sipped slowly as needed for pain. It can be added to juices or teas if you wish.

Migraine Headaches –
This is a natural painkiller and is good for migraine headaches. Chop 1
tablespoon of Stinking Iris (Iris Foetidissima) and add to 1 pint of
water Boil gently for 15 minutes. Strain and take up to 3 tablespoons per day. Has a slight laxative effect so you may want to weaken it further.

Good Sedative –
Mix together 1 tablespoon each of bee balm, hops, peppermint, chamomile, and crushed fennel seed. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10 minutes and strain. Sweeten with honey. Drink 1/2 hour before bedtime.

Nervous Tension –
Vivid blue flowers are typical of many of the best nerve herbs and skullcap is one of them. Chop 1/2 cup of the leaves and flowers and add to 2 cups boiling water.
Steep 15 minutes and strain. Sweeten with honey and drink several cups a day. Can be used to treat epilepsy, convulsions, and any involuntary trembling of the limbs. Skullcap is also used during drug or alcohol withdrawal to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal.

Skullcap blend –
This is very good for nervous headaches. Mix 1 cup each of dried skullcap, sage and peppermint. To use, pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon of herb mixture. Cover and let steep 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Drink warm as needed. Skullcap is especially effective in dispelling headaches. It relaxes the whole system and is non-addictive.

Soothing bath for Tension Headaches –
Put 1 ounce each of mug wort, valerian, chamomile, and agrimony to 1 pint of
boiling water. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and add to bath water.
Very good for aching muscles.

Mild Sedative –
Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried catnip. Cover and steep until cool. Flavour if desired. Strain and sweeten. For
children, give 1 tablespoon; adults get 2 tablespoons.

For trouble getting to sleep –
Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 1 ounce of feverfew flowers. Cover and steep until cool. Strain and sweeten with honey. Drink cool.

Sleep Mixture –
Mix 1 tablespoon each of dried hop, chamomile, and lavender flowers,
skullcap, and powdered valerian root. Put in size 00 capsules. Take 2 capsules every couple of hours (not to exceed 6 capsules), shortly before you retire for the night. This should not be taken longer than 2 days. If the problem persists after two days, please consult your physician, to find out the reason for your inability to sleep. This is to be used only as a temporary measure.

To induce sleep –
Mix 2 tablespoons dried peppermint with 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage. This really soothes the nerves and allows you to relax enough to go to sleep

Valerian Tea –
Caution — Take this only once a day (at bedtime to induce sleep)
Pour 1 pint boiling water over 1 teaspoon powdered valerian root. Cover and
steep 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Add a pinch of mace as flavouring if desired. Drink warm.
Valerian is not a very pleasant smelling herb, but it is very effective. The valerian maybe added to other, better tasting herbs and will be just as effective. Simply add the herb of your choice to the water along with the valerian.

To induce sleep –
Mix together 2 tablespoons chamomile, 2 tablespoons skullcap, 1 teaspoon goldenseal, 2 teaspoons elder flower, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint powder, and 1 tablespoon pennyroyal. Add mixture to 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer until liquid is reduced by half.
Bottle and label. Dosage is 1-2 tablespoons to one cup of hot water. Sweeten to taste. Take at bedtime to induce sleep.

Painful Menstruation –
During your menstrual cycle, drink glasses of red raspberry
juice daily to prevent cramps and pain.

Menstrual Cramps –
Mix 1 ounce each of cramp bark, skullcap, and blue cohosh. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Place in a quart of warm wine. Steep several days. Strain and take 1 tablespoon doses several times a day for cramps.

Cramping During Menstruation –
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of dried raspberry leaves.
Cover and allow to steep 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Drink warm several times during the day.

Sprains –
Apply a poultice made from comfrey to relieve sprains and swellings.
The Native Americans called this herb knit bone and use it extensively.

Sprain and Aching Muscles Treatment –
Mix together 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup of linseed oil, and 4 tablespoons
witch hazel. Use as a massage oil.

Menthol Cream –
Mix together 6 ounces of witch hazel, 4 tablespoons lanolin, and 6 tablespoons of menthol in a double boiler until creamy. Remove from fire and cool in the refrigerator. Use as a massage oil.

Pain –
Add several drops of lavender oil to your bath to relieve neuralgia (spasms of pain).

Arthritis Treatment –
Mix 1 cup each of buckthorn bark, cayenne pepper, alfalfa, comfrey, white yarrow, yucca root, parsley, and black cohosh root. Grind up thoroughly and fill some #00 capsules with the herbal mixture. The first week take 1 capsule daily; the second week take 2 capsules daily; and during the third week take 3 capsules daily.

Pain Reliever Salve –
Mix together 1 once of chickweed (reduces inflammation and aids in
healing), 1 ounce of wormwood (a great pain reliever), and 1 ounce of yarrow (an anti-bacterial agent that also helps relieve pain). The yarrow plant contains achilleic and achilleic acid. These substances reduce the clotting time of blood, so they help stop any bleeding.
Yarrow also has pain-killing and anti-inflammatory properties that are similar to aspirin. Add the mixture of herbs to 2 pints of olive oil and simmer 3 hours. Strain and add 3 ounces of beeswax and 1 teaspoon of tincture of benzoin. Test for consistency before pouring into wide mouth containers.

Balm of Gilead Salve –
Place 1 ounce of the buds in 1 pint of hot olive oil and allow to simmer, covered, 3 hours. Strain and add 1-1/2 ounces of beeswax and 1/2 teaspoon tincture of benzoin to the strained mixture. Test for consistency and place in sterile jar. This is a good salve to use on burns, scratches, swelling injuries. Also good for any skin eruptions. The signature of balm of Gilead is the resinous exudation covering the buds. It contains salicin, which is also found in aspirin. It has some of the same pain-killing and anti-inflammatory properties as aspirin.

Sedative Tincture –
Place 1-1/2 ounces of chamomile and 1-1/2 teaspoons of powdered peppermint into 1/2 quart of vodka. Allow to steep for 2 weeks, shaking daily. Strain and bottle. Use as a sedative for adults. Dosage is 1/2 dropper full under the tongue as needed.

Liniment for Sore Muscles –
Mix together 1/4 cup each of olive oil and spirits of camphor. Use to massage sore muscles.

Rheumatic Pain Ointment –
Place 1/2 cup of rosemary leaves and 1/2 teaspoon oil of cloves in 1 cup vegetable oil. Simmer gently for 20 minutes. Strain well and bottle.

Note:

We are not responsible for any adverse reactions to the herbal recipes or products here. Always make sure the herbs you use are not sprayed with any pesticides or chemicals of any kind.
Make sure to wash all your herbs thoroughly, even if bought at the supermarkets, and health food stores.
Using less herbs is always better than too much!!
Some people may be allergic to certain herbs……..and remember……some herbs are poisonous!!!
So before using take precautions always, and stop using if it makes you irritated in any way shape or form.
Before using any remedy always be cautious, and seek a professional but make sure you get more than one diagnosis.


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Inspired and energized by the Power within, we can rise from the ashes of our dead hopes to build anew our life in greater beauty and more in harmony with the Divine Ideal.


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Psychic Hygeine also Air Witch

Psychic Hygeine

Psychic Hygeine

One of the most important aspects of magical working, which is equally important in every magical act you ever perform, is psychic hygiene

Psychic hygiene prevents energy from becoming blocked in your body, which can make it difficult to use energy properly.

Every time you do a magical work you raise energy -that is you focus and direct energy.
When you have finished you will still have excess energy left in your body, which must be released.
You might think that retaining this excess energy would be good, but it is not it clogs up and causes problems.
Too much of this excess energy can cause serious problems. So always practice good psychic hygiene.

You can sometimes tell if you have excess energy after a ritual or magical working if you find yourself feeling lightheaded, or off balance, or disoriented.
Sometimes also it will manifest as a feeling of hyperactivity, an inability to be still literally a feeling of excess energy.
But even if you feel nothing unusual, you may still have excess energy and make it a point to clear and release as a matter of course.

Another word for clearing and releasing excess energy is GROUNDING.

Psychic hygiene is always important when you do magic or psychic work.
You should cleanse and release both before you begin, and especially after you finish.
But this is not the only time it’s important.
Many people on a magical path tend to pick up energy from others -usually emotional energy.
Such a people may find themselves picking up another person’s emotions, mood, or tension level, without knowing it.
The same techniques of psychic hygiene can be used to release such “pick-ups” as well.
Moreover, because we tend to pick up from others in this way, it is important to practice PSYCHIC SHIELDING.
Psychic shielding basically strengthens your own boundaries, so that you do not pick up any energy you don’t want.
It’s good to practice psychic shielding regularly, even daily, as it helps to keep the AURA strong.


Air Witch & Smudging Ceremonies

Smudging involves burning herbs and using the herbal smoke to cleanse and bless areas or people.
It is a common and sacred practice.

Native Americans make use of three primary herbs for smudging: white sage, cedar, and sweet grass.
The sage removes negative influences, the cedar cleanses the area, and the sweet grass calls in positive influences.
The prayers said during the ceremony are lifted to the gods upon the smoke.

To smudge, place sand or salt in the bottom of a fireproof dish.
If you are using a smudging wand, you can carry this dish beneath it to catch any hot ashes.
If you are using a dried, crumbled herbal mixture, light a charcoal tablet and place it in the center of the bed of sand.
Sprinkle the herbs over the charcoal as you move clockwise from area to area.

As you moved around the space wafting the smoke, say aloud, “Only love and light may dwell here.
All other vibrations must leave this house {person, etc.}.” You may direct the smoke into corners and crevices with a feather, a fan, your breath, or your hand.
When you have smudged the whole area, sweep the negative vibrations out the door and call in the positive vibrations that you want.
Try something along the lines of, “Be gone, worry, pain, misery, and strife! Welcome, healing comfort, love and light!”


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If any human acts may loosely be called causeless, they are the minor acts of a healthy man; whistling as he walks; slashing the grass with a stick; kicking his heels or rubbing his hands. It is the happy man who does the useless things; the sick man is not strong enough to be idle.


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Herbal Remedies Page 5

Herbal Remedies Page 5

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Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Menopause

Menopause is an important event in the aging process for all women.

This physical transition from the reproductive years to non-reproductive years is clinically defined as having had no menstrual period for 12 consecutive months.

The average age of menopause in the United States is 51, but it can be affected by such factors as smoking, alcohol use, having irregular cycles in the decade prior to menopause (all associated with earlier age at menopause), and mother’s age at menopause.

While some women never experience any discomfort during menopause, the majority of women do.

Hot flashes are the most common complaint, occurring in 70 percent to 85 percent of women. Night sweats are also common, and can be especially troubling for some women. Night sweats can occur several times each night and frequently cause interrupted sleep, leading to fatigue, irritability, and mood disturbances. Other signs of menopause include heart palpitations, urinary symptoms such as incontinence or frequent urinary tract infections, vaginal dryness, low libido, headaches, anxiety, and poor memory or “fuzzy” thinking. 

While menopause is a natural part of aging, many women who suffer from severe or prolonged symptoms seek help. Today, that help can come from many directions, including conventional, complementary, or alternative medicine. Conventional medicine is practiced by medical doctors (M.D.s) or doctors of osteopathy (D.O.s), and affiliated health care professionals, such as nurses, physical therapists, and dietitians.

Complementary medicine is used along with conventional medicine, and may include a diverse group of medical and health care systems, practices, and products such as acupuncture, herbs, lifestyle changes, or dietary supplements. Alternative medicine is used instead of conventional medicine. Some practitioners of conventional medicine also use complementary or alternative methods. 

Conventional Treatment–Hormone Replacement Therapy

The main conventional treatment for menopausal symptoms for several decades has been hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Replacement hormones are available by prescription and include estrogen alone or in combination with another hormone, progestin.
Using hormone therapy is very effective for women who are having severe symptoms or symptoms that have lasted a long time, especially hot flashes and night sweats. In addition, hormone therapy protects against osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease that occurs with age. Osteoporosis is more prevalent in women as they age than in men, and can be responsible for bone fractures, especially of the hip and back.

For decades, women with uncomfortable menopause symptoms were routinely prescribed hormone therapy by their physicians. However, in 2002, a large study, the Women’s Health Initiative, was ended early because the researchers discovered increased risk for a number of serious health problems in women who had been taking hormones for several years. The researchers found greater risk for breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and blood clots for women in the study who had been taking a combination of estrogen and progestin, and a heightened risk of stroke and blood clots for study subjects who were taking estrogen alone.
As a result, hormone therapy is now cautiously prescribed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account each woman’s risk factors for breast cancer and heart disease. In addition, doctors are advised to prescribe the lowest dose possible for the shortest time possible. For many women, the symptoms are not uncomfortable enough, or their risk factors are such that they choose not to take hormones. Consequently, many women and their health care providers are exploring complementary or alternative options that may help alleviate the discomforts associated with menopause.

Phytoestrogens

Soy is perhaps the best-know phytoestrogen, or estrogen that is found naturally in food. Soy, chickpeas and other legumes are a source of isoflavones, one kind of phytoestrogen. Flaxseed, whole grain foods, and some fruits and vegetables are the source of lignans, also a plant form of estrogen.
Isoflavones came to the attention of scientists studying the diets of women in China and Japan. They found that the Asian women they were studying had diets high in soy isoflavones and reported fewer and less severe symptoms associated with menopause. In addition, the Asian women had a lower incidence of osteoporosis and heart disease than Western women.
The research on the effectiveness of phytoestrogens is inconclusive, and it is unclear whether the estrogens found in these foods are strong enough to relieve menopausal symptoms. However, some women find that supplementing their diets with these foods helps to alleviate or reduce their hot flashes. 

The research is still ongoing as to whether phytoestrogens affect the risk of breast cancer-some studies actually show phytoestrogens to be protective against breast cancer, and no studies suggest that eating soy products are harmful if you have breast cancer. However, women who are at an increased risk for diseases affected by hormones or women who are taking drugs that increase estrogen levels in the body should check with their physician before using phytoestrogens.

Vitamin E

While there is little research yet to prove its effectiveness, some women find relief from hot flashes by taking Vitamin E. Vitamin E is known for its antioxidant effect, and is available in several forms, both natural and synthetic. Natural Vitamin E is signified by the letter d, for d-alpha-tocopherol. Synthetic Vitamin E has antioxidant activity, but may actually prevent the natural form from entering the cell membranes. Synthetic Vitamin E is signified by the letters dl, for dl-alpha-tocopherol. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that excess is stored in the body. Consequently, taking more than 400 i.u. of Vitamin E a day is not recommended. 

Botanicals

Several herbs are being studied for effectiveness in relief of menopausal symptoms.
Black cohosh is perhaps the most commonly used herb for treating women’s symptoms. For generations, Native Americans have called black cohosh “cramp bark” and used it for treating menstrual cramps. Black cohosh is a key herb in the practice of Chinese medicine, and is used extensively in Europe and the United States for relief of hot flashes. 

Due to its low risk for side effects, the American Menopause Society supports black cohosh for short-term use (less than six months). However, the National Institutes of Health has said that, although early evidence is encouraging, there is not enough data to recommend black cohosh for menopausal symptoms. 

The NIH’s National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is funding a scientific study to determine whether black cohosh can reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.

Dong quai is also a frequently prescribed herb in Chinese medicine, especially to treat a variety of women’s problems such as menstrual cramps, irregular periods, and heavy periods. In addition, dong quai is found in almost every Chinese herbal formula used to provide relief from menopausal symptoms. Other herbs used for menopause include red clover, ginseng, kava, and chaste berry.

Acupuncture

Practiced in China for thousands of years, acupuncture is becoming popular in this country for a variety of conditions, including discomforts associated with menopause. Acupuncture is holistic in nature, and works by treating the source of the problem rather than just alleviating symptoms.
Acupuncture can be effective in treating hot flashes, night sweats, palpitations, insomnia, and other symptoms of menopause. In addition to acupuncture, a licensed acupuncturist may also incorporate dietary recommendations, an herbal formula, and lifestyle changes into an individualized treatment plan.

Lifestyle Changes

Some women find they can alleviate or reduce menopause discomforts through lifestyle changes, such as diet, exercise, and stress management. Most women find that their hot flashes are worse when they are in stressful situations, and stress-reduction techniques like yoga, meditation, visualization or breathing techniques can be helpful.
Dietary changes that may be effective include avoiding caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and fatty foods, eating more fruits and vegetables, and drinking more water. Regular exercise is also recommended because it can elevate mood, reduce stress, and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and heart disease. 

While there are a variety of options for women seeking relief from discomforts associated with menopause, there is no one clear answer as to what works best. Every woman needs to take into account her unique health history and personal preferences when choosing a conventional, complementary or alternative treatment for menopause symptoms.


Herbs for Fibroids – Herbal Remedies for Fibroid Tumours

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If you are considering using herbal remedies for fibroid tumours, it is vital that you understand that herbs for fibroids are not a complete cure in themselves, but can be used as an extremely valuable part of an overall treatment strategy. Although herbs are completely natural, a word of warning-This does not mean that they are necessarily safe! Many women can be lulled into a false sense of security when they hear phrases such as “natural” and “herbal”, but it is important to remember that some of the most potent substances known are derived from plants (such as opiates) and you should always be very careful about what you are taking. To this end, if you do consider using herbs for fibroids, ensure they are from a reputable source and their dosages are clearly stated. 

The benefit of using herbs for shrinking fibroids is mainly in two areas. Firstly, herbal remedies can be very useful in relieving some of the unpleasant symptoms of fibroids, such are heavy bleeding, cramping and bloating and secondly, in helping to reduce the amount of estrogen in the body by assisting with the detox process.

Yarrow, Cinnamon and Nettles can be drank in an infusion beginning about 5 days prior to your period and has been shown to reduce the heavy bleeding associated with fibroids. The Yarrow can also help to relieve painful cramps. Some women also add Ginger to the infusion as this can also help with localized period pains.

The inflammatory nature of fibroids means that soothing herbs for fibroids such as Yam, Ginger and Willow can also be beneficial in helping shrink fibroids when combined with other therapies. These can be drank in an infusion or bought in tablet form. 

Herbal remedies for fibroid tumours are very often combined with strategies to reduce estrogen in the body as it is well-known that this can be the fuel which fires fibroid growth. Although estrogen is a natural hormone, frequently overproduction can occur when a woman is overweight as estrogen is both produced by, and stored in fat cells. In addition to this, estrogen-mimicking compounds which originate from pesticides and environmental toxins can be locked into the liver. Removing these can be very difficult but it has been shown that the herbs Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root and Artichoke Extract do a very efficient job. 

There is an excellent 7 Step Plan which incorporates the use of herbal remedies for fibroid tumours which is completely guaranteed to work.

It has been used very successfully by many thousands of women worldwide. You can find further details at Shrink Fibroids Naturally Please bear in mind that it requires you actively participate by making lifestyle and dietary changes. It also details exactly which herbs are recommended for the various symptoms and types of fibroids and what the recommended dosages are as well as recommending pre-made products.

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Thought for the day

It is said that Paganism is a religion of joy and Christianity of sorrow; it would be just as easy to prove that Paganism is pure sorrow and Christianity pure joy. Such conflicts mean nothing and lead nowhere. Everything human must have in it both joy and sorrow; the only matter of interest is the manner in which the two things are balanced or divided.


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Water Betony & Herbal Massage Oil

Water Betony

Water Betony

Water Betony

Description

First of the Water Betony, which riseth up with square hard greenish Stalks, and sometimes brown, set with broad dark green leaves dented about the edges with notches, somewhat resembling the leaves of the Wood Betony, but much larger, two for the most part set at a joint.

The flowers are many, set at the tops of the stalks and branches,
being round bellied.

Water Betony & Herbal Massage Oil

They are open at the brims and divided into two parts, the uppermost being like a hood, and the lowest like a lip hanging down, of a dark red colour, which passing away, there comes in their places small round heads with small points in the ends, wherein lie small and brownish seeds: The root is a thick bush of strings and threads growing from an Head.

Place.

It groweth by ditch sides, brooks, and other water courses generally through this Land, and is seldom found far from the waters sides.

Time.

It flowereth about July and the seed is ripe in August.

Virtues and Use.

It is of a cleansing quality; the leaves bruised and applied are effectual for all old and filthy ulcers; and especially if the juice of the leaves be boiled with a little honey, and tents dipped therein, and the sores dressed therewith: as also for Bruises or Hurts whether inward or outward.
The distilled water of the Leaves is used for the same purposes; as
also to bath the Face or Hands spotted or blemished, or discoloured by sun burning.

I confess I do not much fancy distilled waters, I mean such waters as are distilled cold, some virtue of the herb they may happily have (it were a strange thing else) but this I am confident of, that being distilled in a Pewter Still, as the vulgar and apish fashion is, both Chemical Oil and Salt is left behind, unless you burn them, and then all is spoiled, Water and all, which was good for as little as can be by such a distillation. You have the best
way of distillation in my translation of the London Dispensatory.

The College of Physicians having as much skill in distillations as an Ass hath reading Hebrew. Water Betony is an herb of Jupiter in cancer and is appropriated more to wounds and hurts in the breast than wood.


Herbal Massage Oil

Herbal Massage Oil

I found this recipe on another website and it looks great but I have not tried it yet – I may try it this weekend but I wanted to share in case someone else wants to try it too! 

Try this soothing and nourishing oil for your next massage or after a shower or bath.

2 ounces Apricot Kernel Oil
2 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
4 drops rose geranium essential oil
8 drops bergamot essential oil
10 drops sandalwood essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a small (4-6 ounce) plastic squirt bottle or other appropriate container and shake gently.

If using after a shower or bath, apply lightly while skin is still damp.

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