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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Herbs are Nature's Medicine: NATURE'S MEDICINE BAG 101, Pt 1

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HERBS ARE NATURES MEDICINE . . . and since we are all inherent healers, we need to learn what MAIN HERBS should be in our MEDICINE BAGS that we can use as tools to maintain the health and wellness of our family. Your bag would hold many singular herbs, that when combined would generate many different formulas, as one herb used for a cold (mullein), when combined with totally different herbs, can be used as an antispasmodic for pain or combined with yet others can be used for inflammation caused by an injury. There are five basic herbs groups that should be part of every formula: your primary herb, a nutritive herb, a nervine or antispasmodic herb, antibiotic or antiseptics, and a carrier herb.

MEDICINE BAG 101 – Part One

PRIMARY HERBS address the major complaint when a person is sick, and since every sickness is different, I would suggest a few that would cover various health issues. Red raspberry, mullein, comfrey, coltsfoot, yerba santa, red clover, Oregon grape root, burdock, squaw vine, gentian. Chamomile.

NUTRITIVE HERBS help restore strength and balance because it is packed with nutritive constituents that heal the body. Slippery elm, don sen and astragalus (together), comfrey, licorice, marshmallow, Irish moss, anise seeds, fennel.

NERVINES or ANTISPASMODICS are necessary because they relax the body which makes it easier for the body to receive the herbs, nutrients and healing aspects of the herbs. Relaxing is a must in order for the body to heal. Black cohosh, lady's slipper, mullein, cramp bark, plantain, skullcap, wild yam.

ANTIBIOTIC or ANTISEPTICS kill viruses and infections. Echinacea, golden seal, yellow dock, garlic, yarrow, pleurisy root, sage, bayberry, white oak bark, walnut bark, peach pits, cranesbill, juniper berries, parsley, catnip.

CARRIER HERBS help synergize formulas. There are three basic carrier herbs: Golden Seal, cayenne and ginger. When any one of these is added to a formula, it stimulates and strengthens the combined formula and assists the other herbs in getting to the affected area and doing their jobs better.

In part two of Nature's Medicine Bag I will break down specific uses of the first three groups of herbs we discussed. There are five basic herbs groups that should be part of every formula: your primary herb, a nutritive herb, a nervine or antispasmodic herb, antibiotic or antiseptics, and a carrier herb.

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