Herbal Remedies

Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm Monograph

Slippery Elm Monograph Slippery Elm is mainly used to coat and protect the mucous membranes of the digestive system. Botanical Name:  Ulmus rubra (formerly Ulmus fulva) Common Name:  Slippery elm Family:  Ulmaceae Parts Used:  Inner bark Constituents:  Mucilage (polysaccharides – galactose, rhamnose, galacturonic acid), tannins Medicinal Actions:  Demulcent, emollient, antitussive, nutritive, astringent, antiinflammatory Uses:  Oesophagitis, …

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Turkey Tail

Turkey Tail Monograph

Turkey Tail Monograph Turkey Tail is a medicinal mushroom currently used as an adjuvant to conventional cancer treatment in Japan and China. Botanical Name:  Trametes versicolor Family:  Polyporaceae Parts Used:  Fruiting body and mycelium Constituents:  polysaccharides (PSK – Polysaccharopeptide Krestin and PSP – polysaccharopeptides), tetracyclic triterpenoid sterol, alkaloids, polyphenols Medicinal Actions:  immunomodulator, adaptogen, antiviral, antimicrobial, …

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Valerian Hot Chocolate

Valerian Hot Chocolate

Valerian Hot Chocolate Ingredients 1 teaspoon dried valerian root Half a teaspoon sugar 1 mug of whole milk 1 teaspoon cocoa powder Instructions Add dried valerian root to cold milk and gently heat in a saucepan. When milk has come to just under a simmer, continue to heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring when …

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hawthorn berry and waxwing

Hawthorn and The Heart

Hawthorn and The Heart It’s easy to identify the Hawthorn Tree by its uniquely shaped leaves.The video below shows the hawthorn’s leaf.  I just love this video with the Dunnock bird singing under the cover of the hawthorn tree.  You can see a few white flowers beginning to open. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQP9KcD28JE Hawthorn berries are small, red …

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Valeriana officinalis

Valerian Monograph

Valerian Monograph Valerian is an effective remedy for nervous system complaints and was famously put to use in the second world war as a treatment for shell shocked soldiers. Botanical Name:  Valeriana officinalis Family:  Valerianaceae Parts Used:  Root and rhizome Flowering Period:  June – August Constituents:  volatile oil (borneol, camphene, valerenic acid), alkaloids, iridoid valepotriates, …

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Peppermint Monograph

Peppermint Monograph

Peppermint Monograph Peppermint is commonly known as a remedy for colds and intestinal spasms. Botanical Name: Mentha piperita Family: Lamiaceae Parts Used: Leaves or aerial parts before flowering Flowering Period: July – October Constituents: Volatile oil (menthol), flavonoids, phenolic acids, triterpenes, bitter principle, gum, resins Medicinal Actions: Internally – antispasmodic, carminative, antiemetic, antitussive, diaphoretic, stomachic, …

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Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) Monograph

Mullein Monograph

Mullein is commonly known as a respiratory remedy, stimulating fluid production and reducing inflammation which makes it a great expectorant. Read on for the full monograph …

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Mullein Folklore

Mullein Folklore

Mullein Folklore Mostly known as a respiratory herb but she has many other uses.  Read on to learn about Mullein’s common names and the reasons behind them: Quaker’s Rouge – the hairs on the leaves are an irritant.  Quaker women would rub their cheeks with the hairy leaves to create a red irritation or as …

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Surprising Uses of Sage

Sage Salvia officinalis – meaning to heal or be healthy. A few years back 🙂 I wrote how I was going to talk about some of the more common herbs that grow easily in England as I felt the more exotic herbs had too much of the spotlight.  So I want to talk about these …

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