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Medicinal Herbs and how to use them.
March 22, 2011
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happy-flowerHello every one,after reading the posts on comfrey and a couple other herbs, I thought it might be nice if we had a place were we could talk about the medicinal herbs and how to use them. I didn't see a thread on this topic.  I have herbs that I have planted, but really dont know what to do with some of them I am sure there are other readers wondering the same, maybe we can exchange some information here.

                                       Thank you.

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March 22, 2011
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Ooh, great post.  I have always wondered that too.  I am looking forward to reading what others use and how.  Thanks for posting Joell.  butterfly

March 22, 2011
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Well, I haven't used many herbs medicinally, mostly because I haven't yet had a place where I could establish a good herb garden (hopefully soon!).  But I did buy the book “Grow Your Own Drugs” by James Wong.  It's a great book, full of awesome info on practical uses for everyday herbs.  I've tried a few of the recipes to great effect.  He also has a series of short videos on Youtube.  Maybe check it out and see what you think. :)

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March 22, 2011
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MrsFuzz said:

Well, I haven't used many herbs medicinally, mostly because I haven't yet had a place where I could establish a good herb garden (hopefully soon!).  But I did buy the book “Grow Your Own Drugs” by James Wong.  It's a great book, full of awesome info on practical uses for everyday herbs.  I've tried a few of the recipes to great effect.  He also has a series of short videos on Youtube.  Maybe check it out and see what you think. :)

Hi MrsFuzz, would you tell us what herbs you used and what you made with them? Inquiring minds want to know…….yes

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March 22, 2011
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Well let's see…Out of the book, he has a great recipe for a facial mask that only uses lime & papaya.  That one was good.  I've also used nettle tea just as a sort of “pick me up.”  Chamomile tea for calming….He has an awesome recipe for a “sleepy time” pillow sachet with lavender & hops….  I think that's about it for the list.   :)  When I get to have an herb garden, it's gonna be a lot longer list!

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March 22, 2011
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Joell said”

Hello every one,after reading the posts on comfrey and a couple other herbs, I thought it might be nice if we had a place were we could talk about the medicinal herbs and how to use them. I didn't see a thread on this topic.  I have herbs that I have planted, but really dont know what to do with some of them I am sure there are other readers wondering the same, maybe we can exchange some information here.                                       Thank you.

” MaryB said ” What medicinal herbs do you have planted?  Inquiring minds want to know.” poke

March 22, 2011
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Medicinal herbs are wonderful to play with, but they do have to be respected.  There are tons of great books out there for knowledge of what they do and how to use them. There are also books to show you some very detailed recipes on how to make salves, teas, tinctures and even powder to put into pill capsules.  The secret to getting started with herbs would be to keep it simple…some herbs are very powerful or you may be allergic.  And all herbs just can't be mixed together to form a super tea. :)   Some can.  Herbs are best used as preventive or at onset.  I use a lot of different herbs and some I am just now getting established with. They are very much a part of my life. The topical ones are the easiest to work with and the least harmful of all of them. In addition to comfrey— calendula is a great skin herb, helps with eczema, itchy things and rashes,  has collagen and is used in many cosmetics to hydrate the skin, acne diaper rash and sunburn. The flower petals are edible and can be made into herbal ear drops easily for ear pain, or pink eye.  It is thought to be anti- inflammatory and anti- bacterial.  

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Have fun with herbs!  Great topic and I will keep response short next time…I get excited about this but I'll try to tame it. happy-flower   

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March 22, 2011
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What about aloe?  I know Aloe helps burns and wounds.  Or is it not considered a herb?

March 22, 2011
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Err….Maybe it's an unguent?  lol  I consider it an herb.  I've also heard that it has properties related to good digestion?  Don't know if that's true, but it's definitely good on minor to moderate burns.

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March 22, 2011
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I consider it an herb also.  Thats a great beneficial!

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March 23, 2011
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Yes, I know Aloe is great for burns, cuts and even sunburns.  I've always had it growing and used it in such ways.  Which reminds me to get some going here.  Does it grow year round in WV?

March 23, 2011
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MaryB, it grows all year long in WV–inside the house.happy-flower

 

I know it's not herb, but along the topic of natural things for burns…Emu Oil is absolutely wonderful!!  Some burn units here in the USA is using it now.  It is also great for any type of skin irritation, eczema, etc…

March 23, 2011
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happy-flowerAloe is a wonderul plant, we keep a plant in our planter window all year long.

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March 23, 2011
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Thank you SarahGrace!  hug

March 23, 2011
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A shot glass of Aloe Juice a day will do the gut wonders

I start my day with aloe and a tablespoon of plain yogurt the befits are outstanding :)

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March 23, 2011
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Crystal, do you get your aloe juice from your own plant or do you purchase aloe juice.  Just wondering if you just press it from the leaf, blend the leaf in a blender, or what.  I have heard it was very good for your gut.  clover

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TinaG said
Crystal, do you get your aloe juice from your own plant or do you purchase aloe juice.  Just wondering if you just press it from the leaf, blend the leaf in a blender, or what.  I have heard it was very good for your gut.  clover

most often I get it from my own plant thou it had a run in with my 2 year old grandson

when I extract the juice for drinking peel it and chunk it up in small pcs and drink it in a cool juice or tea

right now I have a bottle I got from local natural food store

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