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handy herbal-remedy guide

Discussion in 'Staying Healthy' started by crampicide, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. anne

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    I just bought some dandelion root to test it out before I go digging them up. It's not bad. It tastes vaguely like peanuts and coffee. Plus, you need to slowly dehydrate/roast them at a low temp, so a solar oven would be perfect for roasting roots.

    The best DIY instruction (with lots of pics) I've found so far are here:
    http://www.prodigalgardens.info/dandelion coffee.htm


     
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    thanks much, I've taken kava kava, recently, though in pill form, and it seemed very ineffective, but in tea, it's effects are definitely more evident.. grazie.
     
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    i agree, i notice its effects much more in loose leaf tea. its actually been debated to be illegal in some states because of its sedative effects, hah
     
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    ive read elderberry (tea) helps, as well as rubbing honey all over your face a few times a week. chamomile may help mixed with the honey- but you also for skin irritations need to pay attention to what you are eating, sometimes detoxing while using herbs can make it go away.
     
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    thanks for the info- agreed, wolf leichen can indeed kill you. it was used by many tribes rubbed on arrows to coagulate the blood of their hunted- gotta know what you are doing with that shit, if you do it can save your life :)
     
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    I use this and it works like a charm!





    Also, common plantain (Plantago major/lanceolata) is awesome for bug bites! Just pick it and chew it up, then spit that shit into your hands and rub it where ever you itch! It has a cooling effect and it is the only thing I use for stuff like mosquito and flea bites. Its okay if you swallow some of it, as it is also edible. It grows pretty much everywhere.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago_lanceolata
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantago_major
     
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    Very helpful. I love stuff like this. Thanks so much for the post!
     
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    Thanks! I recommend caution in wild gathering. Be aware of what the soil is exposed to if possible, urban and rural areas, might be near a factory or something, or hell even a farm using pesticides and such. Testing plants in small amounts for ill effects because its in a sketchy area is safe, but research this process, and be aware that some plants have evil twins so be thorough in identification. Depending on how it is prepared and at what point of it's life cycle the plant is in also determines reactions. Fun stuff.
     
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    This is great stuff. I've been told that as it gets colder the "essence" or medicinal properties are better extracted from the root, whereas in the spring it's best to collect before the plant flowers, then again this varies for certain plants.
     
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    I usually mix tea tree oil, witch hazel, and water and rub it all over my face with a cotton ball. it dries up my pimples and keeps my face from being greasy.
     
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    ^ witch hazel is a great astringent.
    and to agree with izzy even further, tea tree oil is amazing for EVERYTHING.
    seriously.
     
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    Also, if you get stung by a bee....take a pinch of tobacco and spit on it, rub the spit and tobacco on the swollen area. It'll make the swelling decrease and it wont ache or throb any longer.






     
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    outskirts I replaced my coffee with Black Magic.
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    Tobacco is also good for getting embedded ticks to back out and easily pull off.
    I've also heard that it will kill lice too.
     
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    Great thread here. Thanks crampicide for starting this and including so much really useful information. I appreciate everyone else's contributions too.

    I really do prefer to use earth medicine, herbs, whenever possible. Far less wasteful than pharmaceuticals. I also like being self-reliant ..... If I can cure it with a plant or herb or naturally, I will.
     
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    Super old necro thread
     
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    +1 on the honey. I've never found anything as effective on cuts and scrapes.

    Also tobacco can be used to stop bleeding. I once worked as a line cook and got cut pretty bad on my wrist. My boss was this Chinese guy, and he apparently had a wide knowledge of traditional medicine. As soon as I got cut, he grabbed the first aid kit, swiped the cut with an alcohol pad, and demanded a cigarette from my coworker. I thought he was gonna light it up and cauterize the cut. He broke it in half, poured the tobacco on to the cut, and wrapped it with gauze. It was a menthol so it tingled a bit, but the bleeding stopped almost right away.

    After thinking about it for a while, I realized it's because nicotine constricts your blood vessels.

    [Edit: just realized how old this thread is. Oh well. Still lots of good stuff in here.]