Yarrow is a perfect herb to keep in your medicine bag, as it has many uses. It is also known as the nose bleed plant, squirrels tale and soldiers woundwort. It is in the Aster/Daisy family.
Yarrow is recognized by it’s feathery leaves that grow along the stem. Plants grow 1 to 3 feet in full sun to partial shade. It’s bipinnate leaves are 2 to 8 inches long and can be hairy. Each leaf is divided into many leaflets, which are further divided into smaller leaflets. The silver-green leaves are fern-like and feathery. Flowers bloom from May to July. Each is a cluster to 15-40 tiny disk flowers surrounded by 3 to 8 ray flowers. Colors range from white to yellow, pink and red.
Yarrow is a great companion plant in a garden, it replies many garden pests while attracting beneficial insects. You can eat the leaves raw or cooked. They are bitter and are best eaten young. The plant is very nutritious, although you shouldn’t eat it a lot, as it has blood clotting ability.
All parts of the plants are used medicinally. Yarrow quickly stops bleeding by contracting the blood vessels and encouraging clotting. Yarrow contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds that ease swelling and promote healing. It also can help disinfect wounds.
To use yarrow leaves on a wound, chop or rip the leaves finely and apply to wound. Carrying dried powered yarrow with you for this purpose. Cover the wound with the a soft cloth and leave it in place. Repeat 2 to 3 times daily until the wound is healed over and the welling is gone. Yarrow oil or tincture can be used to treat nose bleeds and other minor injurers, as can yarrow powder.
For bruises, sprains, hemorrhoids, and other swellings, use yarrow leaves or set,s pounded into a paste and applied to the injured area and cover. Infused yarrow oil or salve works well for bruises, sprain, swelling and hemorrhoids.
Yarrow reduces the duration of the measles virus, colds and fevers. It is quick to bring down a fever. Either chew raw yarrow or drink yarrow tea to induce sweating and reduce fevers. You can also take a yarrow in tincture form. It opens the pores, encouraging perspiration and purifies and moves the blood.
Yarrow tea or tincture treats menstrual problems ranging from a lack of menstruation to excessive bleeding and cramping. It tones the uterine muscles after childbirth, reduces cramping by relaxing the muscles and prevents hemorrhage.
As an antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory yarrow works well for mastitis. A lead poultice seems to work the best while alternating between warm and cold compresses. (Cabbage leaves also work well for mastitis)
Yarrow Tea: one teaspoon fired yarrow flowers and/or leaves, one cup of boiling water. Pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of dried yarrow. Cover and allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Sweeten with raw honey or maple syrup.
Yarrow Tincture: fresh yarrow leaves and flowers, vodka, brandy, or other alcohol, 80 proof or higher. Chop yarrow into small into small pieces and pack it tightly to fill a glass jar. Fill the jar with alcohol and cover it tightly. Check the jar every day and add more alcohol as need to keep the jar full. Allow the tincture to steep for 4 to 6 weeks. Strain the alcohol through cheesecloth and squeeze out all the liquid. Discard the herbs, label the jar and store your tincture in a cool, dark place.
Yarrow Oil: fresh or dried yarrow leaves, organic olive oil or another carrier oil. If using fresh yarrow, cut the leave into one-inch pieces and allow them to ry. Place the hers into a jar or heatproof container and add oil just to cover the herbs. Fill a small pot 1/3 full of water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer before using. Place the jar of oil and herbs into the water, preventing from the water from gettin into the oil. Use the water like double boiler to gently heat the herbs and oil for 2 to 3 hours. Do NOT over-heat! Allow the oil to cool than filter it through a cheese cloth. Squeeze the cheesecloth to get all the oil. Discard the herb and use the oil for medicinal purposes.
Do not eat yarrow or take yarrow tea during pregnancy. Do not use if you are allergic to the Aster/Daisy family. If you develop a rash, or if any irritation occurs. Do not use before surgery.
Milk thistle is an annual or biennial plant and grows from 2-6 feet tall. The shiny green leaves are oblong o lance like and can be with oblong with distinctive white marbling. Hairless with spiny margins and white veins. Its important to get to know the plant you are using to you have a knowledge of what to look for in identifying the plant. This can help you tremendously in the long run and if you’re anything like me its fun. The stem is grooved and hollow in larger plants. Reddish-purple flowers appear from June to august they are 1-5 inches across.
Eat milk thistle roots raw, boiled or roasted. The young shoots are harvested in the spring and boiled like spinach. Some people peel the sitter stems and soak them overnight before cooking. It is best to trim the leaves and stems to removed the spines before cooking and eating. You can eat the spiny bracts on the flower head like an artichoke. Milk thistle is high in potassium nitrate!
Both leaves and the seeds are used medicinally. The seeds can be eaten raw; and both the leaves and seeds can be used as a true, exact or tea. grind the seeds into a powder and put it in a capsule. Make a tincture of milk thistle and dandelion root for your liver. Silymarin, the most actively medicinal compound in milk thistle is only found in the seed the liver.
Milk thistle seeds are an excellent way for decreasing or even reversing liver damage cause by disease, environmental pollution, chemotherapy, poisons and drug or alcohol abuse. Dramatically improves liver regeneration in hepatitis, cirrhosis, jaundice and fatty liver syndrome.
Prevents gallstones and kidney stones; milk thistle seeds support the endocrine and gastrointestinal systems and helps clean the blood. Its works closely with the liver and other digestive organs to purify the body and reduce the risk of gallstones and kidney stones.
Fun Fact: milk thistle seeds ability to protect the liver is so strong that it is even able to treat peopled posited by Amanita mushrooms, which destroyed the liver.
Milk thistle leaves have some estrogen like effects that stimulate mensuration and increases the flow of milk in breast feeding mothers. This plant is high in anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory and flavonoids that reduce the inflammation of acne.
Harvesting you should always wear protective clothing and heavy gloves. Milk thistle is very irritating to the skin. Cut off young flower heals with scissors and young leaves from the stalk. Harvest milk thistle seeds by cutting off the seed-heads and placing them in a paper bag in a cool, dry spot. After the seeds dry, remove them dim the seed head, one at a t time and brush away the debris. The cleaned seeds store I best in a container with a tight lid.
Warning: pregnant women should not use. Women with estrogen related condition such as endometriosis, fibroids and cancers if the ovaries, breast or uterus should not use milk thistle. Do not use milk thistle if you are allergic to the Asteracae/Compositae plant family.
Plantain weed benefits and uses. There is this ‘weed’, as you’d call it, grows right in your yard. This ‘weed’ is a powerful plant. Plantain is the name. There are serval types of edible plantain weed belonging to the same family as broadleaf plantain (most commonly found plantain). A few others would be; narrow leaf plantain, black seed plantain, blond plantain, bucks-horn plantain and wooly plantain. I would recommend looking into each just you are familiar with how they look. Often they are considered weeds, these plants all have edible leaves and seeds that have been used medicinally for centuries. Shall we dig in??
Plantain is found in grassy areas, fields, woods. Its an amazing healing aid and conveniently grows everywhere. Plantain may decrease inflammation. In particular the leaves contain serval anti-inflammatory compounds, such as flavonoids, terpenoids, glycosides and tannis. A rat study found that administering plantain weed extract decreased serval markers of inflammation caused by liver injury. Another study showed decreased inflammation and reduced liver enzymes to protect against liver damage.
Promotes wound healing, research notes that plantain weed supports wound healing by reducing inflammation, blocking microbial brother and relieving pain. Add plantain crush up or squeeze the whole leaf to a wound as a bandage. Plantain weed is shown to improve wound healing and enhanced tissue repair when applied topically.
You ever heard of psyllium husk? Its known to help digestion. Serval compounds in plantain weeds seeds and leaves ave née shown to alleviate certain digestive issues. Plantain ends caontain psyllium. This is where you get psyllium husk. Its a type of fiber often used natural laxative since it absorbs water as it moves through you digestive tract. A rat study even found that narrow leaf plantain extract prompted the healing of stomach ulcers.
Plantain can be safely eaten raw or cooked. Add to salads, soups, stews or stirfrys. Older the leaves tend to be tougher, they may be better suited for cooked dishes.
For topical use, you can dry the leaves and infuse them into your choice of oil, such as coconut, sunflower, olive or almond. I have used the leaves to cover my children wounds during the summer. When they fall off their bike and get a scrapped knee. You find the nearest largest leaf, crush in your hand and place right over the wound. Acts as a bandage and heals. I have also used them for burns and sprain wrists or ankles.
You can find plantain weed in capsule, tincture and tea form at numerous health stores and pharmacies. Although I would recommend getting outside and finding it for yourself and children. May save your life one day.
The standard dosage for infusions or teas is 5 oz, 3-4 times a day. In powered form, typical dosages ranges from 3-5 grams per day. Be sure you don’t exceed the dosage. May cause diarrhea, gas, blasting and uncomfortable fullness.
Despite being considered a weed, the commons garden plantain has edible leaves and seeds. Provides health benefits, such as improved digestion, enhanced wound healing and lower inflammation. Plantain weed is widely available, literally right outside your door.
Red Clover is a plant in the Fabaceae botanical family. Fabaceae reminds me of a fable and funny enough this plant looks like something you would find in Wonderland. It’s used to make an herbal supplement that may have some immune boosting and hormone effects. Red clover has many benefits, its a high balancing herbal remedy.
The red clover plant belongs to the legume plant family. Historically the red clover plant has been taken in the form of tea and tinctures. Today it is often used to make exacts. Research suggests red clover acts like a natural diuretic, meaning it increases urine production and balances fluid levels in the body. It is also believed to improve immune function by helping the body rid of excess waste, mucus and toxins. Additionally, it may help support functions of the liver, lungs and digestive organs.
HOW IT WORKS
Red Clover benefits are caused by its active chemical constituents. Especially isoflavones, which are plant based chemicals that produce estrogen-like effects in the body. The isoflavones found in red clover include genistein, daiszen, formononetin and biochanin. These closely mimic the effects of natural estrogen that both men and women produce. Although its not usually taken to provide high amounts of essential nutrients. Red clover is also a source of many different vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, including, calcium magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C and more.
Research demonstrates that the most common types of osteoporosis is the type associated with ovarian hormone deficiency during menopause. Making red clover a perfect addition to strengthen bone density. Estrogen is important for bone mineralization. Pre-menopausal women with low estrogen levels or low bone density will also benefit from red clover supplementation. .
Studies have shown that the traditional uses of red clover included helping prevent cancer and to “purify the blood”. Researchers have found that isoflavones seem to stop cancer cells from multiplying or growing and also might be able to induce apoptosis (self destruction of cancer cells). The types of cancer most likely to be impacted by use include those related to normal chances, such as prostate, breast and endometrial cancer.
On the other hand, there’s still more to learn about how red clover is connected to natural cancer prevention. Experts indicate there’s still some unknowns when it comes to understanding all of estrogens effects on breast cancer.
Red clover extract and tea is used or prevention and repair respiratory conditions like whooping cough, colds, asthma and bronchitis. It may help to reduce discomfort during illness and has the ability to loosen phlegm. Because it can potentially calm bronchial spasms, improve sleep quality, and help flush mucus and fluids from the respiratory system. It’s beneficial to try as soon as you feel an illness coming on.
You can purchase red clover tea bags in health food stores or make the tea yourself at home using dried herbs. Taken up to three times a day.
Most people don’t experience any serious side effects from red clover, however there are some risks, particularly for women at risk for breast cancer, pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding. As always, consult your doctor if you have any questions or issues that arise before taking it, especially if you have a history of cancer or a bleeding disorder.
I bring to you a wonderful herb. Where some call this powerful plant a weed, we cherish it. Its bright yellow flower, beautiful green leafs and deep tan roots, the dandelion. What makes this herb so special is that each part of it has medicinal properties AND you don’t even have to plant it. That is if you live near fields, lawns, forests or even wasteland….probably shouldn’t use the wasteland ones though…
Dandelion has long been used in herbal medicine to aid in digestion, liver cleanse, help stimulate appetite, blood pressure, skin damage, diabetes and more. The entire plant is edible with a slightly bitter, chicory like taste. Kids find them fun to play with. My kids love to eat them right from the yard.
Dried dandelion root is often ground into a paste and mixed with water to create a soothing paste for skin disorders like acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes and boils. It is also believed to have anti-diabetic proprieties due to a soluble fiber known as insulin. Insulin contains a complex carbohydrate known as FOS. Which supports the growth of healthy bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and eliminates the unhealthy ones.
Dandelion root can be consumed as a tonic (tea) for a liver cleanse. According to the research, the extract was able to inactivate the pro art cells involved in fibrosis, called hepatic stellate cells. Doing so it lifted the oxidative stress on the liver. Allowing the lIver to heal and slowly regenerate.
Research suggests that dandelion root may have an anti-cancer agent. It does so by inducing apoptosis. Which means its programmed cell death, in certain cancer cells. Apoptosis affects all of the cells of the body. Allowing old cells to be replaced with new ones, making tthe tumor cells to grow unimpeded.
With this new information it makes you want to stop killing those “pesky weeds”, right?
Dandelion can be saved and used for tonics, tinctures, salads, soaps and more. Plus you have to advantage of just walking outside and picking them right tout of your yard without having to plant anything.
I challenge you to let those weeds grow a little and see just what medicinal herbs you can find this year. Research what is growing in your yard and use them! Dry them out and store them. Tincture them, alcohol tinctures can last up to 10 years on the shelf.
This last year Ive found over 6 “weeds” that we dug up and put into our herb garden that I found growing around the yard. Use what God has given you!!
Possible side effects: If you are allergic to ragweed, marigold, chamomile, feverfew, yarrow or plants in the Asteraceae family, you should avoid dandelion root. As it may trigger rash, watery eyes and other allergy symptoms. Dandelion also contains iodine and latex, so avoid it if you have allergies to either of these.
Glycerin vs Alcohol Herbal tinctures are a liquid extract from one to serval herbs. Following the extractive process, the tincture is then separated from the spent herb and is filtered, creating your herbal remedy. There are a few ways of creating this using different bases liquids. Some being vinegar, glycerin, vodka or brandy. We are here to today to talk a bit about why Ancient Medicine Cabinet makes their ‘liquid gold’.
We use vegetable glycerin derived from palm fruit….yes fruit…why they called it vegetable glycerin? No one knows…. Glycerin is very sweet so kids tend to enjoy it. Some even call it ‘gummy bear juice’. This makes it easier for to take and enjoy. It also safe if a child happens to get the bottle and drink an entire bottle, yes I’m talking from experience. Palm fruit glycerin actually aids in replenishing your mucus membranes in your gut. This tincture is also easily digested as it gets absorbed in the small intestine, not making it to the large intestine for the fermentation process. Tinctures made with glycerin has up to a 2 year shelf life when stored in a cool dark area. These are a great option for families with many young children or those who cannot handle the taste of alcohol base tinctures.
Alcohol-based tinctures are safe for use by children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding women, since the amount of alcohol ingested per dose is the equivalent of eating a very ripe banana. You actually get more alcohol from mouth wash than you would consuming a alcohol-based tincture. Crazy, right? Alcohol has been used as a base in herbal tinctures for centuries, and remain popular today for it fast acting properties, potency and ability to preserve a 10 year shelf life! Given that only a very small amount of alcohol is consumed when we use a herbal tincture, it s a very safe and effective way of deliver our favorite herbal remedies. They are extremely fast acting because alcohol can enter our bloodstream quickly. Our tongue and cheeks contain capillaries which quickly absorb the alcohol. This means that when we place some drops under the tongue were not actually digesting the extract, rather, its entering our bloodstream almost immediately to deliver the tinctures potent properties. This allow only a very small dose is required to reap the benefits.
This should give you a base understanding of why we choose to use both glycerin and alcohol based tinctures. Please leave any question in the comments below and we will do our best to answer you promptly!