"18" HERBS FOR HUMANITY
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The powerful support these plants provide is amazingly profound. So much so, that these herbs have been recorded for thousands of years to have deeply impacting effects on the mind, body and emotions.
At this point in our human evolution, surviving is simply not enough anymore. It is essential we consciously choose to thrive. We do this together through the traditional experience of using, drinking, and sharing
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As burdock was associated with the thunder god, Thor, it was called "Toennersbladen" (thunder leaf) in Northern Germany, where it was hung from roof gables to protect houses from lightning. Lymph system strengthener and blood cleaner. The top herb for skin conditions. Rids the body of toxins and mucus, promotes kidney function, reduces tumors, and helps remove acid buildup within the body (especially uric, sulfuric, and phosphoric acids). Diuretic. Use the leaves for burns. Liver, and spleen cleaner. Reduces swelling especially around the joints, promotes urine flow and perspiration. Good for everything. Used in blood building, kidney/bladder, liver/gallbladder, lymphatic, lymph node, pancreas, pituitary, and skin formulas. Found fresh in Asian markets as Gobo.
Nettle is the most nutrient-dense plant in the world and is a great tonic for all people, but especially for those recovering from illness and for the chronically sick. Other than the stinging hairs in the fresh plant, nettles have no known toxicity or side effects. In fact, it's like eating supercharged spinach. One of the few herbs for the thyroid gland. Alkalizes lymph fluids and helps get the kidneys filtering. Dissolves kidney stones, increases circulation. Anti-inflammatory–good for prostatitis, joints, arthritis, rheumatism, and respiratory issues (bronchitis, asthma, COPD, emphysema, etc). Neutralizes uric and sulfuric acids. Helps detox the skin, a blood purifier, stops bleeding, high in minerals (potassium and iron). Astringent and an expectorant. Used in gland, kidney, lymph, prostate, thyroid formulas.
Legend has it that Marco Polo returned from China with this ancient herb. It aids the kidneys in releasing stones and sediment. Cleanses and soothes the urinary tract. Aids the pancreas, liver, spleen, bladder, prostate. Used as a douche for vaginal infections. It is thought to be useful in the treatment of cystitis, urethritis, bed-wetting, prostate problems, CHF (congestive heart failure), piles, hemorrhoids–and to a lesser extent, gout and rheumatism. Antiseptic, astringent, regulates blood sugar, diuretic.
WHITE OAK BARK
As a tree that can live between 300 and 500 years, it is the most widely valued of all sacred plants. The Celtic word for the tree is Duir, which means door, and there was a belief that the white oak was the door to other worlds. It was considered sacred to them and to other cultures because of its size and its long life. A very strong astringent (cleans & tightens), moves lymph, strengthens cells, anti-inflammatory, used to eliminate kidney and gall stones, strengthens prolapses, good for mouth and gums, good for teeth enamel and bone growth, diuretic, anti-parasite, anti-bacterial, clears mucus congestion, kills worms, flushes kidneys, bladder, and liver; flushes kidney stones, treats diarrhea. Improves digestion. Antivenom (used with plantain for snake bites). strengthens veins (varicose, spider), arteries, capillaries. Used for all skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis. tumors, boils, gangrene and the like). Helps stop bleeding and cleans the blood.
In Africa, Banana leaves symbolize abundant fertility and are used in a ritual to make women fertile. In Asia, the banana plant is considered a very large herb and not a tree as it doesn’t have any seeds and because of this, it was considered the first gift from the gods. As a home remedy, banana-leaf poultices help to heal burns and other skin irritations, according to Purdue University, which adds that individuals suffering from, ulcers, diarrhea or dysentery may ingest the leaf ashes as a treatment for their condition. And enhances the effects of other herbs.
One of the top lymphatic herbs. Pus, boils, abscesses, tumors, astringent, pulling, cleansing, anti-inflammatory, antacid for stomach, mild expectorant, bronchitis, VD, eyewash for cataracts and glaucoma. Medicinally, plantain is astringent, cooling, expectorant, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-toxin, and diuretic. Proved to promote wound healing, speed up cell regeneration, and has skin-softening effects. Used in eye, kidney, lymphatic, skin, and stomach & bowel formulas. Plantain grows everywhere. People see it as a weed in the garden. Called the backyard healing herb. and likely grows in your yard. Leaves are edible…biter like spinach.
Said to increase strength, vitality, and passion. According to ancient Greek legend, parsley sprang from the blood shed by the fallen hero Archemorus when he was eaten by serpents. Parsley has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years, and it was used medicinally before being consumed as a food. Since ancient times, parsley has been used for digestive disorders, bronchitis, toothaches and more.
Great for the adrenals and the kidneys. Cleans-strengthens the urinary tract, bladder, kidneys, endocrine glands, moves lymph, cleans blood, removes heavy metals, blood builder, excellent for nerves & heart, freshens breath, alkalizes. Used in adrenal, kidney/bladder, heavy metal detox, blood, glands, heart, and lymph node formulas. Leaves and whole herb used. Cheap and versatile.
The leaves and flowers have often been known to be steeped in oil and used as an anointing oil of protection. Aids the kidneys in releasing stones and sediment. Cleanses and soothes the urinary tract. Aids the pancreas, liver, spleen, bladder, prostate. Used as a douche for vaginal infections. It is thought to be useful in the treatment of cystitis, urethritis, bed-wetting, prostate problems, CHF (congestive heart failure), piles, hemorrhoids–and to a lesser extent, gout and rheumatism. Antiseptic, astringent, regulates blood sugar, diuretic.
High in mucilage to coat and protect. Anti-inflammatory. Great for inflammations of the bowels: gastritis, enteritis, colitis, diverticulitis. Treats ulcers, cancers, cystitis, UTI’s, prostatitis, burns, pancreatitis, sore throats, liver inflammation, diabetes, skin conditions, gangrene, arthritis, rheumatism, respiratory problems (bronchitis, coughs), vaginal issues. Soothes kidneys during kidney failure. Neutralizes stomach acids–good for digestion. Mild stimulant to the GI Tract. High in calcium and lime–good for bones. Use as a mouthwash for swollen gums, boils, abscesses. Used in many herbal formulas for it’s anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
Best known for its ability to kick-start the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells. Top immune herb. Kills pathogens internally (garlic kills externally). Much better than Goldenseal for infection. A natural antibiotic. Has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Moves lymph. Used in immune, lymph, lymph node, and lung formulas. Indigenous Americans used echinacea extensively to treat the bites of snakes and poisonous insects, burns, and wounds. Echinacea is also prescribed to treat various infections, mumps, measles, and eczema. A compound in echinacea prevents damage to collagen in the skin and connective tissues when taken internally. Today, echinacea is used primarily to boost the immune system and help the body fight disease.
The Arabs were the first to introduce dandelion's healing and nutritive abilitieis to the Europeans through medical treatises. By the 16th century, dandelion was considered an important culinary and blood-purifying herb in Europe. The root is used to treat liver diseases, such as jaundice and cirrhosis. It is also considered beneficial for building up blood and curing anemia.
A top liver/gallbladder (the roots), and kidney herb (the leaves). Helps get the kidneys to filter. Used as medicine for over 1000 years. An abundant, cheap, and versatile herb. Stimulates bile, diuretic, busts liver and kidney stones, regulates and lowers blood sugar, builds tooth enamel, blood and lymph purifier, a source of minerals including potassium, high in vitamin K for the bones. Treats jaundice, hepatitis, and cirrhosis. It may also help reduce nephritis (inflammation of the kidney’s tissues). Used in adrenal, bone and connective tissue, gland, kidney, liver, pain, formulas.
Used to restore balance, clarity, and inner strength. Some say that by burning them in your house, their charm will keep witches and evil spirits away away. The Romans believed that the leaves placed around the openings in a home would repel demons and it is said that Ulysses used it against Circe's magic potion (it was called 'moly' in the Odyssey) so he could rescue his crew who Circe had turned into pigs. say that by burning them in your house, their charm will keep witches and evil spirits away away. The Romans believed that the leaves placed around the openings in a home would repel demons and it is said that Ulysses used it against Circe's magic potion (it was called 'moly' in the Odyssey) so he could rescue his crew who Circe had turned into pigs.
Creates an energy of health and protection in the energetic body. One of China’s “50 fundamental herbs”. Dramatic healer, most powerful herbal sedative, good for quick first aid, antispasmodic in low doses, will make you puke in higher doses. 1 tsp every 10 mins should make you puke and expectorate. Makes smoking unbearable. Use with charcoal if poisoned. Strongest herbal sedative/antispasmodic known. Used for fits, freak-outs, cramps, spasms, convulsions, turrets, coughing fits, some say better than Prozac. Relaxes muscles, relaxes opens bronchial tubes, loosens the body, asthma attacks, panic attack, helps stop bleeding. Potentiates other herbs. Lobelia is the “thinking herb” that adds intelligence to other herbs said master herbalist Dr. Christopher. He used it in many of his formulas.
To the Egyptians the sweet tasting root was a cure-all, much in the same manner that Chinese relate to Ginseng. Top herb for the adrenal glands―also good for the other glands. Anti-inflammatory. Increases neurotransmitter and steroid production. Anti-fungal, anti-viral, cleans-detoxes blood. Helps hypoglycemia, diabetes, candida, hemorrhoids, digestion, breaks up and removes mucus. Caution: will increase blood pressure ALWAYS! Do not use is systolic blood pressure is above 125. Can use with adrenal glandulars. Promotes tissue healing in the GI tract. Inexpensive. Licorice is important as it potentiates the combined effect of other herbs.
Juniper Berries were extensively used by Indigenous Americans to cure infections. It relieves gas in the digestive system, increases stomach acid, and is a diuretic. The essential oil in its berries has antiseptic properties. Great kidney herb, astringent, treats urinary tract and kidney infections & diseases. Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic. A mild diuretic that stimulates urination without causing loss of electrolytes. Treats gout, cystitis, warts and skin growths, upset stomach, malignant diseases. Helps restore the pancreas in diabetics (has natural insulin properties). To prevent loss of essential oil, juniper berries should not be ground, crushed, or rubbed until just before use. Used in adrenal, gland, kidney, and other formulas.
Hawthorn has been cherished for centuries. The Druids considered hawthorn a sacred tree. The Pilgrims brought it to America. Hawthorn is an important herb for treating heart conditions and has an ability to dilate blood vessels, enhancing circulation, making it useful for treating angina, atherosclerosis, high and low blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. Great for the heart, blood vessels, and circulation. High in flavinoids that tone the heart. Use for heartbreak, grief, and all matters of the heart. Used in circulation and heart formulas.
Ginger is a stomach calming aid and reduces gas, bloating, and indigestion and aids in the body's absorption of nutrients and other herbs. Ginger is also a valuable deterrent to several types of intestinal worms. Major anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, helps with vomiting and motion sickness. Relieves premenstrual syndrome, clears upper respiratory issues, good for circulation, warming. Used in bowel and circulation formulas.
This is an european remedy used for over 2000 years. Ruscus aculeatus is an herb commonly referred to as Butcher's Broom due to its hard roots and (supposed) antibacterial properties being traditionally used to clean the cutting boards of butchers. Butcher's broom is commonly taken by mouth for symptoms of poor blood circulation, such as pain, leg cramps, leg swelling, varicose veins, and itching. It is also sometimes used by mouth for kidney stones and gall stones. Stimulates circulation, gets lymph moving, helps the body detoxify. Heals blood and lymph vessels. Used for atherosclerosis, varicose and spider veins, aneurysms, Raynaud’s disease, hemorrhoids. Used in circulation (upper and lower) formulas.
Although it can set your mouth on fire, cayenne, ironically is good for your digestive system and is now known to help heal ulcers. Opens up (dilates) blood and lymph vessels, helps unblock arteries, improves circulation. Antioxidant, anti-bacterial, varicose veins, spider veins, angina, heart attacks, reduces ulcers, pain relief, migraines, joint pain, reduces body fat, stimulates digestion, relieves gas and bloating, potentiates other herbs. Helps stop bleeding immediately when used topically. Used in circulation formulas. Dr. Christopher’s Herbals uses it in their eye wash formula. Stimulates circulation when massaged into the skin with an oil. Skiers put it in their ski boots to keep feet warm.
BLACK WALNUT HULL
Throughout history, every part of the tree has been used in traditional extracts or products to treat dozens of conditions, including the bite of a mad dog. Kills microbes and worms, anti-parasite, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, cleanses blood and intestines, strengthens cells, astringent, immune enhancer, balances sugar levels. Restores tooth enamel, moves lymph, strengthens bones (high in calcium and other minerals), promotes the healing of all tissues, increases oxygen in all cells. Used in anti-parasite, bones and connective tissues, and bowel formulas.