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HERBAL PAIN THERAPY
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HERBS USED FOR PAIN THERAPY
Many herbs have been used for centuries for their pain-relieving properties. Some of the best include:
PAIN-RELIEVING HERBAL PRODUCTS Aloe Vera Angelica Arnica Black Haw Blue Violet Bromelain Burdock Calendula Catnip Cats Claw Cayenne Chamomile Crampbark DLPA Eucalyptus Ginger Gotu Kola Hops Kava Kava Lavender Licorice Lobelia Motherwort Neem Papaya Passionflower Rosemary Saffron Skullcap Valerian White Willow Wild Lettuce Wood Betony Yellow Dock Yucca Aromatherapy Oils
Angelica, Black Haw, Cramp Bark, Kava Kava, Rosemary and Valerian Root are good for pain relief related to cramps and muscle spasms.
Angelica roots, seeds and leaves of the plant are used for medicinal purposes. The root stalks, leaves and fruit possess carminative, stimulant, diaphoretic, stomachic, tonic and expectorant properties, which are strongest inthe fruit, though the whole pllant has the same virtues. A tea made from the dried roots can be helpful with gastrointestinal problems, and as an expectorant for coughs and bronchitis. Soaking in a bath with angelica can be effective in calming the nerves. Every part of the plant can be used, seeds, leaves, stems and the root. The root is an abundant source of vitamin B-12, folic acid and niacin, which may explain its building attributes because these B vitamins are influential in making blood cells. Not only does angelica contain volatile oils and bitters, it also has furanocoumarins, including bergapten and angelicin, which enable it to relieve muscle cramps. The coumarin increase blood flow, relieves inflammation, stimulates the central nervous system and has antispasmodic effects. Research done in China has show that Angelica directly affects the uterus, causing both contracting and relaxing effects. Also, the plants active ingredients appear to affect nearly every part of the body, including the CNS, immune system, muscles, digestive tract, kidneys, blood vessels and cells. It is used today for nervous headaches, cardiovascular conditions and poor circulation, giving energy to the body and stimulating and warms the circulation. Angelica is often used for female conditions such as placenta expulsion, easing painful menstruation, and helps to get suppressed menstruation going, activating circulation in the pelvic region. It is used to stimulate the appetite and aid in digestion, triggering gallbladder and stomach secretions. It is helpful for colic in children, relieving gassy wind, indigestion, and heartburn, combats stomach cramps. It is used as an effective gargle for a sore throat, calms the nerves, helpful in respiratory congestion soothing cough and the throat and liver conditions such as hepatitis. It is applied externally to ease rheumatism and gout.
Black Haw root bark is taken as a miscarriage preventative. Drink one or two cups of tea or half cup of the infusion daily as soon as you are pregnant. Black Haw may be used throughout the entire pregnancy. Black Haw is part of the honeysuckle family. It is a deciduous spreading shrub with a reddish-brown bark that grows in the northern part of the United States, but in the South, it is a small tree. Since the early 1800s, women used a tea made from Back Haw bark to soothe menstrual pain. It was also thought to help prevent miscarriage and ease the pain that follows childbirth. When combined with False Unicorn root, it works well in preventing miscarriage. This plant contains salicin, a pain reliever that acts like aspirin. Black Haw also has antispasmodic, analgesic, astringent, sedative, cardiac tonic, uterine and muscle relaxant, nervine, diuretic, and tonic properties. This plant is sometimes erroneously called cramp bark, and though Black Haw's effects are much stronger than those of cramp bark, the two are used alternately in treating various conditions. Black Haw comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For making a tea with Black Haw bark, use 1 ounce of herb per one pint of freshly boiled distilled water. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes, and strain. Drink one cup 2 to 3 times a day. For other formulations and products it is best to read and follow product label directions.
Cramp Bark is commonly used in herbal medicine as a nerve sedative and anti-spasmodic in asthma and hysteria. It is also used to relieve muscle tension in the intestines, airways, uterus, and striated muscles in the limbs or back. It can be taken internally or applied externally for those conditions. Cramp Bark, as its name suggests, is used to treat conditions characterized by muscular cramps and spasms, particularly in the pelvic region, including menstrual cramps, bladder spasm, colic, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and spastic colon. It is said to protect against miscarriage and help with threatened miscarriage, relieve the symptoms of menopause. It is also taken to relieve tension headaches, muscle tension, anxiety, and arthritis. Although it has been used for centuries by Native Americans, and is still recommended by herbalists today, scientists need to catch up. Cramp Bark has also been effective in treating arthritis where joint weakness and pain have caused the muscles to become almost rigid. It has also been used in treating high blood pressure and other circulatory conditions. Cramp Bark comes in extract, tincture, and elixir forms. It is important to read label directions before use.
A tea made of Blue Violet, Catnip, Chamomile, Gotu Kola, Licorice, Rosemary, White Willow, or Wood Betony is effective in relieving tension and nerve pain. Caution: Do not use chamomile on an ongoing basis, and avoid it completely if you are allergic to ragweed. Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row, and avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.
The European or sweet violet is cultivated for its beautiful and fragrant flowers that are also used in perfumes, flavorings, and herbal medicines. Violets have been used in traditional folk medicine for thousands of years, usually as a headache remedy or natural pain reliever. Pliny the Elder suggested that a garland of violets could prevent headaches and dizziness. The Greeks considered the violet a symbol of fertility and love, and were know n to add it to any love potion that they made. The young leaves and flower buds can be eaten raw or cooked. They make a very good salad, and a tea made from the flower or leaves is equally as tasty. The dried leaf is traditionally used as a tea, and the fresh leaf and flower is traditionally used in salads, soups, jellies and jams, as well as other food preparations. May also be taken as a liquid herbal extract. The whole plant is anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, and laxative. It is taken internally in the treatment of bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, coughs, and asthma. Externally, it is typically used to treat mouth and throat infections. The plant can either be used fresh, or dried, and some reports suggest the dried material is much stronger in regards to its laxative qualities. The flowers are demulcent and emollient and are used in the treatment of biliousness and lung troubles. The petals are made into a syrup and used in the treatment of infantile disorders. Taking excessive amounts may cause nausea and vomiting. Violet Extract is a soothing, demulcent expectorant and diuretic. Lowers fevers. Mild sedative. It is a very safe, gentle and effective alternative for babies and young children. Viola, aka Wild Pansy or heartsease helps in relief of bronchitis, general infections, fever, colds, flu, coughs, rheumatism, and skin diseases such as skin eruptions, hives, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and cradle cap and milk crust in babies; has anti-inflammatory properties that benefit cystitis, smelly, staining or burning urine, and arthritis; soothes the chest, bronchitis and whooping cough; heals bruising and broken capillaries; lowers blood pressure; and is mildly laxative. Violet Extract is prepared from fresh (undried) flowering Viola tricolor plants. Fresh herb/ menstruum ratio: 1:1, Grain alcohol (47 to 52-percent), & Violet extractives. Adults can take 30 to 40 drops, 2 to 5 times per day. Lower dosage according to body weight for children. Violet Leaf is an alterative, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and expectorant. Violet leaves (Viola odorata) May be used in syrups for respiratory conditions including dryness of upper respiratory tract, dry asthma, chronic coughs, and sore throat. May be used to soften malignant growths, abnormal cell growths and other hard lumps. The flowers have a slightly laxative effect and may be used for cooling poultices. Culpepper used Violet to cool heat in the body, for eye inflammations, jaundice, pleurisy and lung diseases. Other uses include: headaches, intestinal ulcers, boils, abscesses, acne pimples, swollen glands, and difficult breathing. Use 6 to 12 drops in juice, water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
Enjoy a cup of Chamomile herbal tea. Chamomile's soothing qualities make it a wonderful treatment for heartburn and stomach upset by relieving esophageal irritation. It is often used for relaxation and as an aid for sleep. Caution: Do not use chamomile if you have an allergy to ragweed. Do not use chamomile on an ongoing basis, as ragweed allergy may result. Do not use chamomile oil during pregnancy since the oil is a very potent uterine stimulant. It can be used safely in dried or fresh herb form as a tea.
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is used in India similar to how the Chinese use Ginseng, for longevity and vitality. Although its name is similar to cola nut, Gotu Kola does not contain caffeine. This herb rebuilds the energy reserves, and is useful after a nervous breakdown and to help prevent nervous breakdown. The widespread belief that Gotu Kola helps improve memory led to several studies on its effect on the central nervous and circulatory systems. The preliminary results suggest that it may help with memory and cognitive disabilities as well as helping the body overcome stress and fatigue. However it should be noted that those with mild to moderate depression might want to use caution. Some testing done in India indicates it may act as a very mild depressant.
Licorice (Glycyrrhzin) is used for HIV / AIDS therapy as it increases T-cell counts and preserves immune function. General Uses: It is taken orally (DGL form) for ulcers, heartburn (esophageal reflux), and mouth sores. Other oral uses involving the whole herb is the treatment of coughs, asthma, and chronic fatigue syndrome. In its topical form (whole herb), Licorice can be used for eczema, psoriasis, and herpes. Scientific studies suggest regular use of DGL can heal ulcers as well as some over the counter medications; however, they must be taken regularly or the ulcer will return. For Ulcer Pain - chew two to four 380-mg tablets of DGL before meals and at bedtime in conjunction with conventional medical care. For Mouth Sores - Sucking on the tablets will relieve the pain. For best results, follow the directions listed on the label. For Respiratory Problems - Take orally 1 to 2 grams of licorice root 3 times daily, not to exceed a week. For Eczema, Psoriasis, or Herpes - Apply licorice cream to affected area twice daily. For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - This treatment must be taken under a health care provider's supervision to be given the needed dosage for the best possible effects. Caution: Do not use licorice if you have glaucoma, high blood pressure, or an estrogen-dependent disorder such as breast cancer, endometriosis, or fibrocystic breasts. Caution: Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure. Consume potassium-rich foods such as bananas or citrus juices, or take a potassium supplement daily when taking this herb. For HIV/AIDS - Take Glycyrrhizin Tablets, 50 to 75 mg daily. Use for 6 weeks, then take a 2-week break. Do not substitute deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL).
Rosemary is energizing and stimulating. It helps with those days when we need a little boost with our mental clarity. Rosemary hydrosol makes a nice toner for hair and is a vivacious spray for culinary dishes. Rosemary herbal oil has many uses; as a rub for muscular pain, gout, rheumatism and it is excellent for scalp problems like dandruff and itchiness. For scalp conditions or as a hot-oil treatment for damaged hair: Warm the oil slightly, and gently rub a small amount into the scalp and/or hair, wrap a towel around your head, and leave on for one hour. Shampoo out. Rosemary juice is made from the leaves of mountain-grown wild rosemary plants. Rich in oxygenated compounds, this rosemary juice has been used as a health aid for thousands of years and contains substances entirely unique compared to those found in rosemary oil. It is naturally free of all chemicals and additives. Rosemary is used for boosting memory, balancing the nervous system, and supporting the health of the brain. Take one to two tablespoons Rosemary juice in fruit juice or water once or twice daily. Use as a flavoring in food or tea. Drink your juice every day.
White Willow Bark was the basis of the synthesis of aspirin. It contains salicin and related compounds. It has been used for more than 2,000 years to relieve aches and pains of all sorts. White Willow Bark (Salix Alba) has the ability to alleviate pain, reduce fevers, deal effectively with arthritis, rheumatism, diarrhea, pain, inflammation, heart disease, and delays cataract formation.
DLPA (DL-Phenylalanine), combined with White Willow bark plus Bromelain, is a good natural pain reliever. Do not take a product containing phenylalanine if you are pregnant or nursing a baby; if you take a MAO inhibitor drug or you suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, or phenylketonuria (PKU). If you have high blood pressure, start with the lowest dosage and monitor your blood pressure before increasing the dose.
Bromelain is a proteolytic, that is, protein-digesting enzyme obtained from the stem of the pineapple palnt. Many health care professonals recommend bromelain for healthy, flexible joints. Bromelains effectiveness is due to its ability to maintain joint flexibility by reducing prostaglandins in the body. Bromelain can aid in the absorption of nutrients through the tissues and keep joints flexible. Bromelain increases absorption of Quercetin. A natural, non-toxic protease inhibitor. Bromelain facilitates protein digestion when taken with food and acts as an inflammatory when taken on an empty stomach. It can heal minor injuries such as sprains, strains, muscle injuries, pain, swelling, and tenderness. The well documented anti-inflammatory effect of bromelain has been found very useful for many with sinusitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Because bromelain prevents platelet stickiness, it acts to thin blood and mucus. Some trials have show bromelain to be useful for those with asthma. Caution: People with allergies to pineapple may develop a rash from bromelain. If itching develops, discontinue use.
Capsaicin, an ingredient in Cayenne (Capsicum), can provide pain relief when regularly applied to the affected area. Capsaicin can be found and is available in Zostrix, an over-the-counter topical cream. Capsaicin is thought to relieve pain by limiting the production of a neural pain transmitter called substance P. Although the application of Capsaicin may cause a burning sensation at first, repeated use keeps the nerves from replenishing their supply of substance P, so that pain is not transmitted to the brain. In studies, Capsaicin has been used to control the pain of postherpetic neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, rhematoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and cluster headaches. Other painful conditions that Capsaicin relieves include post-mastectomy pain and is very good for shingles. Cayenne may also help alleviate pain if taken orally.
Eucalyptus is widely used in liniments and salves to treat sore joints and muscles. It can be used in conjunction with a natural oil base and other herbs to offer the body a quick method of reducing painful conditions. It can be used in aromatherapy to help clear nasal passages. The eucalyptus is an evergreen tree native to Australia but naturalized to California and the Mediterranean countries. Its leathery blue-green leaves are studded with glands containing a fragrant, volatile oil. There are many species of eucalyptus trees, but the most pleasant-smelling oil is produced by Eucalyptus globulus. In the early nineteenth century, the crew of an Australian freighter developed intractable fevers they were able to cure with eucalyptus tree. Eucalyptus became well known in Europe as the Australian fever tree. American physicians used eucalyptus oil to sterilize surgical instruments and incisions, and also as a steam inhalation for asthma, bronchitis, colds and flu, emphysema, and whooping cough. The leaf is used in medicinal preparations, its volatile oils released by steam. Typical preparations include facial or hydro-steams, aromatherapy, and teas. Some uses may include encapsulation or extracts, however we have found these to be rare. Eucalyptus oil acts on nerve receptors in the mucosa of the nose and sinuses in a way that causes release of mucus. In laboratory studies, eucalyptol (the main essential oil in the herb) is antibacterial against several strains of Streptococcus, the organism that causes strep throat. A combination of eucalyptus and mint may help relieve snoring. Precautions: Never take eucalyptus oil internally. For safety, use eucalyptus leaf teas and steams rather than the oil. Excessive use may cause gastro-intestinal upset.
Hops, Kava Kava, Passion Flower, Valerian Root, Wild Lettuce and Wood Betony have muscle-relaxing properties, and may help relieve lower back pain.
Hops (Humulus Lupulus) is an extremely useful nervine herb which has been traditionally used to calm the central nervous system, induce sleep, reduce nervous agitation, restlessness, abnormal apprehension, fearfulness, hysteria, alcoholic delirum tremens, nervous stomach and irritable bladder. Fresh hops provide bitters that stimulate digestion; these bitters are also found in the aged herb. In folk medicine, washes made with hops and waters are often used to treat sores and skin injuries. Hops teas are also used to relieve the pain of bladder infections. The hops used in beer are used "fresher," so drinking beer does not have the same effect as taking hops as an herb. Hops are also used as a brew, tea, infusion, extract, decoction, tincture, smoke, and poultice. They are also used for a variety of purposes in other beverages (such as a carbonated drink called Julmust, which is similar to cola soda, that is a popular beverage in Sweden in December) as well as herbal medicine (hops are used as a treatment for anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, and libido). They are even part of a popular folk remedy for sleeplessness by resting your head on a pillow filled with hops and are thought to naturally promote relaxation.
Kava Kava is excellent for insomnia and nervousness as it will invoke sleep and relax the nervous system. Use for pain associated with nerve or skin diseases. It relieves stress after injuries. The plant works by first stimulating the nervous system, and then depresses it. It is also a urinary antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, thus useful for cystitis and prostatitis. May be used in the treatment of rheumatism and gout. Externally used in liniments as an analgesic. Kava root is used as an effective natural herbal remedy that may help reduce anxiety, stress, and muscle tensions, promote friendliness and sociability, and produce relaxing physical as well as mental sensations. Kava kava helps to induce calm and relieve depression. Many systems of the body can be negatively affected by stress. That is why achieving a state of calm and relaxation is so important for wellness. Caution: This herb can cause drowsiness. If this occurs, discontinue use or reduce the dosage.
Passion Flower has been used by herbalists in Mexico, Central America, and Texas as a calmative and sleeping aid for over 200 years. Relieving muscle tension, the herb lowers blood pressure and calms anxiety. Passionflower is also a source of chrysin, a chemical that helps the body release testosterone. Chrysin stimulates the production of testosterone, and may aggravate conditions caused by excessive testosterone (baldness and prostate problems in men, unusual aggression, hair growth, and skin problems in men and women) so this should be evaluated before consuming too much Passionflower. Currently there is a German E monograph for passionflower citing its use as having sedative qualities. Pregnant women should avoid passionflower, since it can stimulate uterine contractions. Safe dosages for children under 6 have not been established. Caution should be used buy those on other sedatives as passionflower may intensify the effects.
Contrary to popular myth, the modern drug Valium is not derived from Valerian, and there is no relationship at all between them. Valerian root does, however, have a long history of use as a sedative in Western Europe, dating back to the time of Hippocrates, (ca. 460-377 B.C). Originally native to Europe and parts of Asia but now common throughout North America, in the U.S. valerian root is widely used in sleep aids and sedatives in various forms including teas, tablets, and capsules. Often, valerian is combined with other herbs traditionally known to promote sleep including Hops, Passionflower, Lemon Balm, Chamomile, and Lavender. After numerous scientific studies, Germany's Commission E approved Valerian root as a sleep aid. Can be combined with St. John's Wort to increase its ability to reduce anxiety, or with hops and/or lemon balm to strengthen its sleep-inducing properties. Many people find the taste unpleasant and prefer to take it as a capsule or extract. Valerian is a calmative and tranquilizer. Its properties have been known at least since the time of Hippocrates, and it was prescribed by the ancient Greek physician Galen for the treatment of headaches, insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, menstrual problems, nervous stomach, and hysteria. Clinical trials have confirmed the use of valerian for treating insomnia, especially the insomnia that accompanies menopause. The advantage of valerian over tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax is that it reduces sleep latency, the time required to fall asleep, without a period of bedtime drowsiness and without creating a hangover or grogginess the next morning. Valerian has greatest effect in treating chronic insomnia, rather than short-term sleeplessness. It also soothes the digestive system and may prevent cramping caused by irritable bowel syndrome. If you use valerian for several months and suddenly stop using it, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as headache, insomnia, racing heart, and general grouchiness, although rare. Reduce dosage of a period of about a week if you wish to discontinue using the herb suddenly.
Ginger is an herb that stimulates blood circulation and enhances the healing process for skin irritations such as cuts, insect stings/bites, and bruising. It is a strong antioxidant and is an effective anti-microbial agent for sores and wounds. Ginger root has also been recommended as a treatment for atherosclerosis, migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, burns, ulcers, depression, impotence, and liver toxicity. Ginger Essential Oil is an ideal oil for those who lack confidence, personal drive and tend to procrastinate.
Essential oils of Jasmine, Juniper, Lavendar, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, and Thyme have been effective in the treatment of a variety of types of pain.
Lavender is effective for rheumatism and joint pain associated with arthritis. Lavender contains medicinal components such as perillyl alcohol, geraniol, and linalool. It contains limonene, a powerful immune supporting substance. Other attributes are that Lavender is antibacterial and anti-fungal. It is very good for psoriasis and other skin disorders. Lavender hydrosol is one of the more relaxing and balancing hydrosols in the collection of flower waters. It is ideal for oily and combination skin, and is an excellent coolant for minor burns, rashes, and hot sores. Mentally refreshing and marvelous on the emotions. Lavender is the ideal support for the adrenal glands, nerves, brain, digestive and immune systems. It helps to activate the senses, which is ideal for overall health.
Lobelia is an old herb that has been used to relieve sprains, strains, and muscle aches. Lobelia (Lobelia inflata ) often called Asthma weed or Puke weed has been used for centuries as a mild expectorant. The herb is named after botanist Matthias de Lobel who died in London in 1616. It has been used in preparations designed to lessen one's desire for nicotine. Externally it is used as an infusion of Lobelia can be used to treat ophthalmic disorders, and the tincture is used as a topical for sprains, bruises, or skin diseases. It has been suggested that Lobelia may reduce cravings and nervousness associated with smoking withdrawal. Not recommended for use by pregnant or lactating women. May cause nausea or vomiting. This product is not intended to be taken in large doses.
Fresh Papaya juice and/or fresh Pineapple is highly recommended for the treatment of inflammation, heartburn, ulcers, back pain, and digestive disorders. Papaya contains enzymes that help with digestion. The papaya is a small tropical tree with a straight stem marked by scars where leaves have fallen directly from it. Papayas do not have branches. The papaya fruit is pear-shaped with a bright golden-yellow skin. The flesh of the fruit is a brighter orange-yellow, juicy and silky smooth, with a sweet and sour flavor. The shiny gray or black seeds in the interior of the fruit have a peppery taste and are edible, although they are usually discarded. The papaya is an extraordinarily useful plant. In the tropics around the world papaya is the breakfast fruit, served either green or ripe. The juice is a popular beverage, and the leaves and young stems are steamed and served as a vegetable. The fruit yields an enzyme, papain, best known as a digestive aid but most commonly used to "clear" freshly brewed beer. The latex is used as a freckle remover, and the seed has antibacterial action against Bacillus cereus, Escherischia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, and Shigella flexneri. The leaves have been used as a substitute for soap, and for dressing wounds. Papaya and Bromelain (found in fresh Pineapple) enzyme supplements can help with digestive problems.
Neem (known as the Pharmacy Tree) is used for a variety of conditions from aches to gum disease. It can be taken internally or used topically for skin problems, such as eczema and psoriasis. Neem Leaf (Azadirachta Indica) is a bitter herb that reduces Pitta and Kapha in Ayruvedic medicine. Known to purify the blood, detoxify the liver, and alleviate skin irritations and itching.Neem has traditionally been used to purify the blood, cleanse the liver and support the immune system. The benefits of Neem Leaves are also similar to Echinacea and Goldenseal. It is also commonly used for a variety of skin irritations and inflammations, and to support healthy blood glucose levels. The neem tree holds a great deal of promise for India as a wonder plant with many uses. The leaves have anbibacterial and antiviral properties, and are often used in cosmetic and skin treatment preparations. It is an effective insect repellant, and its astringent properties make it an excellent treatment for skin conditions ranging from acne to eczema. It is used to treat ringworm and other parasitic skin infections and promotes healing of wounds. Taken internally as neem leaf tea, there is evidence to support its use to treat malaria, infection, pneumonia, ulcers, gout, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, and that's just the start of the long list of conditions and disorders that seem to respond to the regular use of neem leaf and its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Neem oil is a magnificent oil with numerous benefits for both therapeutic and medicinal use. Among other properties, this certified organic oil is antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. Used widely in creams, dental products, hair care products, and in gardens for natural pest control. Neem works as an effective insecticide against wool moths, ants, termites, fleas and sand fleas, as well as flying mosquitoes and their larvae. It is considered completely non-toxic to humans, pets and livestock. Can be applied directly to the skin or included within skin care preparations that are designed specifically to treat problematic skin conditions. This oil is exceptionally rich, contains a heavy odor, and may be diluted accordingly. Precautions - Not to be used while pregnant, and the oil should not be applied to broken or heavily abraded skin.
Yellow Dock acts as a blood purifier and is excellent for skin rashes, hives, eczema, psoriasis, and warts.
Aloe Vera Gel fresh from the plant (peel off outer skin) is recommended for burns, cuts and other wounds. It soothes the injury and promotes healing. Fresh pieces of aloe vera removed from the skin and placed on maternity sanitary pads can be placed against the sore perineum after the baby is born. This is very soothing for tears that occasionally occur during childbirth and for any suturing of tissue. The magnificent Aloe plant, that is designed to be self-sufficient & thrive in the desert, feeds us in unique ways with its 250-plus naturally occurring constituents including: enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, glycoproteins, sterols, growth factors, & all sizes of uniquely complex Aloe polysaccharides and mannans. This incredibly stable Aloe Vera Gel with a pourable consistency is highly beneficial for dietary, cosmetic, and household use. A helpful and indispensable household ally for treating burns, bites, and other skin maladies. Pulverized from the inner fillet of certified organically grown Aloe Vera plants, and further filtered to produce a clear and consistent Aloe gel with a well rounded, and fresh odor.
Saffron has been found to be effective in treating abdominal pain after childbirth. Do not use saffron during pregnancy.
Motherwort tea or tincture will help the relief of the afterpains of childbirth. However, the tea made from the herb is quite bitter. Motherwort is a mint with dull green, hairy leaves and an intensely bitter taste. The botanical name Leonurus refers to a fanciful resemblance of the leaves to a lion's tale. Native to Central Asia, the German E Commission has stated that it may be useful for nervous cardiac disorder and as an adjuvant for thyroid hyperfuntion. Many noted herbalists have gone on record that motherwort is also something mood elevator. Nicholas Culpepper wrote that motherwort will make 'the mind cheerful, blithe, and merry'. Maude Grieve wrote that there is 'no better herb for strengthening and gladdening the heart'. Many folk remedies revolve around motherwort as well Several involve it being a useful herb for the transition period of a women's life, in fact the Chinese name for it, yi mu cao, translate as 'benefit mother herb'. One rather odd Hindu tale relates that if you make a tea of motherwort and add it to the laundry when you wash your socks and underwear, you will bring peace to your home. The traditional use of motherwort is the treatment of racing heart (tachycardia) caused by nervous tension. Long-term use may reduce the formation of clotting factors and also lower total cholesterol and triglycerides. Motherwort is also used to treat menstrual tension. It treats false labor pains, and it is useful in the stimulation of delayed or suppressed menstruation, especially when prolonged emotional stress is factor.
Catnip Leaves is a well known menstrual cramp brew and relieves the afterpains of childbirth. It keeps the lochia flow moving freely and clot free and relaxes nervous tension as well as working as a pain reliever. Catnip hydrosol is a surprisingly fresh hydrosol with a softly rounded mint note that is best known for its relaxant properties. Makes for a soothing evening spray in times of duress and if you are feeling particularly adventurous you can drive your cat wild with a few mists onto most anything that they are free to mangle.
Skullcap tincture is a favorite for pain of all kinds. It can be used for headaches or for the discomfort of contractions during labor when the cervix is dilating.
St. John's Wort) can control spasms in the uterus, the back and sides. Both of these herbs can be used together to ease pain. St. John's Wort is mainly used for the treatment of mild to moderate depression. It has been proven in many European clinical studies to be a natural antidepressant and is widely used for this reason. St. John's Wort is the most popular anti-depressant in Germany, where one brand alone outsells Prozac seven to one. In 1996, the British Medical Journal summarized the results of over 20 studies on the herb which compared it to placebos and anti-depressant drugs. St. John's Wort not only outdid the placebos, it showed similar results to the drugs, but with fewer side effects. St. John's Wort contains the compound Hypericin which has been used as an anti-depressant since 1942. The tranquilizing quality of this compound increases blood flow to stressed tissue. This sedative effect relieves pain, anxiety and nervous tension. Among the uses for St. John's Wort are a variety of conditions such as chronic fatigue and mental burnout. This herb contains two substances, hypericin and pseudohypericin, that inhibit retroviral infections and could be useful in the treatment of AIDS. It can also be used for chronic insomnia and anxiety related to depression. St. John's Wort may also be effective in relieving seasonal affective disorder (SAD). St. John's Wort extract is usually standardized to the substance hypericin. The recommended dose of St. John's Wort is 300 mg 3 times a day of an extract standardized to contain 0.3 percent hypericin; however, a few new products on the market are standardized to hyperforin content of 2 to 3 percent, instead of hypercin, and should be taken at the same dosage. If the herb bothers you, take it with food. It can take four weeks of usage to receive the full benefits of St. John's Wort. Caution: Individuals with HIV have an increased risk for sunburn and should avoid this herb. This herb may increase the chance of developing sun blisters if you are out in the sun too long. If you decide to use this herb, avoid sun exposure. Do not use St. John's Wort if you are on prescription antidepressants or any medication that interacts with MAO inhibitors. Use with caution during pregnancy.Some research also suggests that St. John's Wort may reduce the growth of tumors. Consult with your health care provider if you are using anti-depressant medication before using this herb.
Arnica is a natural pain relieving herb for bruises, sprains and wounds. Arnica Montana is used primarily to relieve the after-effects of falls, blows, bruising, sports injuries and overexertion. It is available for external use as massage oil, tincture-extracts, creams and lotions as well as homeopathic tabs to be taken internally. Externally arnica is used in the form of an infusion, a fomentation, or diluted tincture of the flowers, both to prevent and discuss local inflammations, to remove ecchymosis, and as a dressing for cuts, lacerations, contusions, etc. Arnica herbal oil is made from fresh certified organic Arnica flowers (Arnica montana), infused in certified organic Olive Oil. A specific external treatment for physical trauma, sprains, bruising and other injuries. Use immediately after strenuous exertion or injury to prevent, relieve and reduce swelling, bruises and pain. Absorbs well, and soothing to the skin. An excellent muscle massage oil based on the ever popular and highly effective Injur-Heal oil, a nassage oil made with Arnica Herbal Oil, organic Olive Oil, organic Sweet Almond Oil, St John's Wort Flower Oil, organic Calendula Herbal Oil, Vitamin E Oil, and organic Lavender Essential Oil is suitable for use on bruises, strains, general aches, and after strenuous exercise. A wonderful way to treat your sore and exhausted body, and is best reserved for times of severe need.
Burdock is used to purify the blood and to stimulate the immune system. It is used for skin disorders such as boils, acne, and eczema. It has been used by Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 3,000 years in the treatment of inflammation, tumors, and infections, both bacterial and fungal. Burdock Root is used as a food and medicine in cultures all over the world. Native Americans were known to use the whole plant as food, boiling the root in maple syrup (which made it like candy) so that it could be stored for longer periods of time. Noted 17th century herbalist Nicholas Culpepper said that it was good for 'old ulcers and sores', as well a treatment for someone bitten by a rabid dog. In China it is used as an aphrodisiac and for impotence. There is considerable evidence in the scientific literature that burdock root tea is a powerful anti-inflammatory remedy. Its numerous antioxidants protect the liver from toxic chemicals, allowing it to process the body's naturally occurring steroids which are helpful in achieving hormonal balance. A mildly bitter herb, it stimulates the release of gastric juices and aids digestion. This combination of qualities explains its traditional use in treating acne, eczema, endometriosis, psoriasis, and uterine fibroids. The tea can also be used as a wash to treat skin infections, eczema, and psoriasis. It is traditionally used for skin disorders associated with adolescence. Burdock combines well with Red Clover, Yellow Dock, Cleavers, and Dandelion. Used for Acne; Athlete's Foot; Blood; Bursitis; Calcium Deposits; Disinfectant; Eczema; Gangrene; Gout; Itching; Osteoporosis; Poison Ivy/Oak; Psoriasis; rheumatism; Skin Disorders; Skin Irritations; & Swelling. Burdock comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. A standard dose of Burdock is 1 to 2 grams of powdered dry root 3 times per day. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.
Calendula is excellent for most skin disorders including diaper rash, sun burns, bruises, and insect stings and bites. It has a soothing effect on irritated skin and reduces inflammation and fights infections from bacterial, fungal, and viral sources. It assists the skin to heal itself after a wound. Calendula salve is a soothing and gentle balm for dry and sensitive skin, and oh-so helpful during the onset of diaper rashes and chapped skin. An all around soothing salve for moments of discomfort and skin irritation, great for adults too! Calendula is a well-known and loved herb for its therapeutic properties, and Calendula Hydrosol has an infinite amount of possible uses! Beneficial for skin disorders, rashes, hotspots, epidermal healing, scratches, abrasions, sunburn, scars, and an all around skin tonic. Calendula Hydrosol has anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and astringent properties. The aroma of Calendula hydrosol is refreshing, soothing, sweet, and mildly floral. This hydrosol is a perfect facial toner, and may be included in your skincare and herbal formulations, added to bathwater, or used within a compress for aches and sprains.
Cats Claw (una de gato) is an herb from South America that inhances the immune system and aids in the healing process of cuts, bruises, and other skin irritations. It is a vigorous antioxidant that contains glycosides that exhibit anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. It is good for lupus, bursitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Cat's Claw is an exciting discovery from the Peruvian rainforest. Also called Una de Gato, Cat's Claw has been used for hundreds of years by the native Ashanica Indians. Cat's Claw Bark is a traditional tonic herb for well being, Cat's Claw was historically used by the indigenous people of South America to stimulate the immune system in a variety of serious ailments. Cat's Claw inner bark (Uncaria tomentosa) has been traditionally used in the Amazon Rainforest to promote digestion, enhance immune function and detoxify the body. Studies conducted since the 1970s at research clinics in Peru, Austria, Germany, England, Hungary and Italy validate the traditional usage of Cat's Claw and indicate that this herb may be beneficial in ameliorating a host of modern day afflictions which have no answers from the orthodox medical arena. It is known to help nutritionally support the body's defenses, circulatory and gastrointestinal systems through its antioxidant and build properties.
Yucca is an herb that acts like a blood purifier and is used for the relief of pain associated with arthritis, osteoporosis, and most inflammatory disorders. Yucca baccata (Datil yucca or Banana yucca) is a common species of yucca native to the deserts of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, from southeastern California north to Utah, east to western Texas and south to Sonora and Chihuahua. It gets its name from its banana-shaped fruit. Banana yucca is closely related to the Mojave yucca (Y. schidigera), with which it is interspersed where their ranges overlap; hybrids between them occur. That is, the yuccas are so closeley related, their constituents are so similar, that they are used interchangeably.
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