posted on Mar, 26 2010 @ 02:07 PM
Okay guys,I rarely post a thread but I figured some of you guys might find this useful. I am 29 years old and suffering from major back problems as
well as other issues. I very rarely take meds of any kind but the doctors have prescribed me boat loads of meds ranging from steroids to heavy duty
pain killers. I refuse to take any of the meds, which in turn has sparked my interest in natural remedies. I am going to share what i have learned
ranging from herbs and there uses to the preparations of them. Here goes.....
First off lets start with the preparations then we'll get into herbs and animals.
BBolus: is a suppository used as an internal poultice in the vaginal or rectal areas. It draws toxins and poisons to bolus or carrier. You make
a bolus by adding powered herbs to cocoa butter until it forms a thick consistency. Refrigerate it to make it harder. Before using the bolus it is
best to take out of the fridge bout 10 mins. before use.
Compresses: Used to provoke the circulation of blood or lymph in the body and can be applied either warm or hot. When applied cold they soothe
pain and reduce swelling. They are also used for afflictions that may include aches, colds, flu, pains and swellings. Herbal compresses may accomplish
the same effect as an ointment combined with the benefit of heat which is a healing action. Take one or two tbl. spoons of an herb or herbal
combination. Bring boil in 1 cup of water. A cotton pad or gauze is important since it is natural. Dip in the strained liquid. The extra liquid is
drained and the pad is placed on the affected area while it is warm. It's best to cover the cotton with wool or something to trap the heat. When it
cools just redip and apply again.
Tincture:Are alcoholic extracts of vegetable or animal substances that can be stored for long periods of time. To make you need alcohol like
gin, rum vodka, ect. Combine four ounces of a powdered or cut herb(s) with one pint of alcohol. Allow the herbs to settle and shake it once a day for
a couple of weeks so the herbs can extract. Then after a few weeks have passed strain off the alcohol from the herbs and store in a brown container.
You can drink it or use it as a liniment.
Salves: A salve is an ointment that is applied to wounds, cuts or abrasions. A salve is a fat, oil, petroleum jelly or a resin. Olive oil is
usually the base that most people use. To make herbs are covered with water and brought to boil then simmer for about 30 minutes. Then strain it and
add to an equal amount of olive oil or the base you choose. Then it is simmered until the water has evaporated and only the oil remains. Beeswax is
added to give the mixture salve consistency and poured into a dark glass jar with a tight lid. Salves are usually good for a year.
Oils: Fixed oils: Castor oil, olive oil,ect. These oils in plants and animals are glycerol esters of fatty acids. These oils are nonvolatile
and contain no acid.
Volatile oils : peppermint or rose. These oils have an odor and produce taste. These oils are used in flavors, perfumes and healing remedies. They are
usually complex chemicals that are difficult to purify.
Oils are prepared by pounding the fresh or dried herbs. The oil of choice is then added. About 2 ounces of an herb to one pint of oil. The mixture is
then put in a warm place around four days, then it's good to use. It's REALLY important that you store it in a dark container and also you can added
some vitamin E to preserve it.
Infusions:Infusions are made by pouring the hot liquid over the herb and steeping it to extract the active ingredients. The usual amounts are
about a half to 1 ounce of herbs to a pint of water. Pour it all in a glass jar while it is still warm and cover it so it dosent evaporate, let it sit
for about 30 mins.. Allow it to cool a little so you don't burn yourself when drinking it and you probably should strain it before you drink it.
Extracts:Some extracts are rubbed into the skin for strained muscles and sprains. Some are used for the relief of inflammatory issues like
arthritis. Extracts usually contain herbs that are stimulating like cayenne.Extracts can be made by adding approximately four ounces of dried herbs or
double of fresh crushed herbs. Add pint of massage oil, rubbing alcohol or vinegar and allow it to extract. The jar is shaken a few times a day. The
extract is made after about 4-6 days if the herbs are powdered and about 15-17 days if the herbs are fresh. Then just rub on your affected areas.
Powders: Powders are made from fresh parts of plants which are ground until there are fine particles of the herb. By making a powder the herb
can be taken in water, in herbal teas, or sprinkled onto food. It's a really good way of figuring out the proper amounts for your body. If you want
to apply it externally you can add the powder to oils, petroleum jelly, aloe vera or just apply directly to abrasion.
So there are a few ways to prepare your herbs, now on to some herbs and animal and there uses.....
Cayenne:Cayenne stimulate circulation and digestion. It also helps maintain healthy blood fat levels. arthritis, bleeding, equalizes blood
pressure , circulation, diabetes, heart, high blood pressure, and kidneys.
Basil: Basil has strong anti-bacterial and anti-spasmodic properties which makes it good for coughs and in extracting poisons when there has
been a wasp, bee, hornet or venomous bites or stings.
Dandelion:Natural diuretic and digestive aid. Dandelion helps to detoxify the liver. Dandelion is considered a valuable survival food source
because it contains all of the nutritive salts you need to purify the blood. The juice from the broken stem can be applied to warts, cuts and
abrasions. Warts should fall off in a few days after using.
Thyme: a really good antiseptic. It's also used to treat anemia, intestinal problems and bronchial conditions. It is used as an antiseptic for
tooth decay. It destroys fungal infections in athlete's foot. It can be used to kill skin parasites like as lice and crabs.
Horseradish: great natural antibiotic which is really good for urinary tract infections and respiratory problems. Horseradish is used orally to
decrease asthma symptoms, sinus congestion,relieve cough. It's also used as an treatment for urinary tract infections, improve kidney function and
I'm out of room, I'll continue in a second post...........
[edit on 26-3-2010 by freeyourmind1111]
[edit on 26-3-2010 by freeyourmind1111]