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post #141 of 358
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Does anyone have a preference for certain brands of herbal preparations over others? Are there factors other than price that sway you toward one?

I ask because I need to order some osha root tincture, and looking at iherb.com, I see I have a choice among Gaia, Herb Pharm, Eclectic Institute and others, and I wondered whether there was a qualitative difference among them.
i make my own, or have a friend make them. when i am out i go with herb pharm out of those choices.
post #142 of 358

yellow dock and vodka

Nevermind. I just read Susun Weed's book and she recommends vodka for tinctures. So we'll see how it goes.

Yellow dock root is so pretty, so yellow. It's the first time I've ever tinctured it.
post #143 of 358
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Originally Posted by Skim View Post
Nevermind. I just read Susun Weed's book and she recommends vodka for tinctures. So we'll see how it goes.

Yellow dock root is so pretty, so yellow. It's the first time I've ever tinctured it.
Exciting! I love finding "weeds" in my yard for exactly that reason. As far as the alcohol goes...I use whatever vodka is cheapest. I've never seen Susun use anything all that fancy. I have on occasion used rum or whatever else with decent proof I had on hand.

Speaking of tinctures...I have to get going on several or they'll never be ready in time to be used.
post #144 of 358
Yes! this is the time of year to tincture those roots!
I'm doing dandelion and burdock this week.
There are easy instructions here:
http://sites.google.com/site/herbindex/herbal-tinctures

Happy tincturing!!!

fp
post #145 of 358
I've seen a number of places where they suggest against using echinacea this year - especially where H1N1 is concerned. I'm getting ready to make some of our tried and true formulas for wintertime illnesses, but am now remembering that a couple of my most favorite ones contain echinacea.

One in particular is for chest/lung congestion/respiratory infections which I'm thinking would be key to have on hand this year to help prevent secondary infections if H1N1 should occur in our family. It's a combo of licorice root, cinnamon, echinacea, elecampane, and ginger. I know elecampane and ginger contribute antibacterial properties - would it be just as effective without the echinacea or would you consider adding in another herb as well (yarrow, osha, myrrh, thyme)?
post #146 of 358

Swine flu update

THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT RESTRICTING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION, AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN THE CDC.

ALERT: Special Swine Flu Update http://articles.mercola.com/sites/ar...lu-Update.aspx
Source: articles.mercola.com

Urgent and vital information you need to know about the massive amount of disinformation that the media has recently escalated as best demonstrated by 60 Minutes segment on Swine Flu which aired this past Sunday.

Be sure to read this FDA Warning and restriction regarding Dr. Andrew Weil's claims about herbal healing: http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/10/f...ucts.html#more


Pat Robinson
post #147 of 358
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Be sure to read this FDA Warning and restriction regarding Dr. Andrew Weil's claims about herbal healing: http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/10/f...ucts.html#more
Thanks for sharing this. I hadn't seen it.

ETA This all makes me want to share more links for herbal remedies and immune boosters against flu. To start with, if anyone hasn't seen the Master Tonic thread in the TF forum, that is a major part of my flu prevention strategy
post #148 of 358

Flu reccomendations

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Originally Posted by WuWei View Post
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT RESTRICTING FREEDOM OF INFORMATION, AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN THE CDC.

ALERT: Special Swine Flu Update http://articles.mercola.com/sites/ar...lu-Update.aspx
Source: articles.mercola.com

Urgent and vital information you need to know about the massive amount of disinformation that the media has recently escalated as best demonstrated by 60 Minutes segment on Swine Flu which aired this past Sunday.

Be sure to read this FDA Warning and restriction regarding Dr. Andrew Weil's claims about herbal healing: http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/10/f...ucts.html#more


Pat Robinson
Sorry if this is off topic, but I also wanted to share something...

The push for vaccines by our local Health Dept is obscene!! I saw this today in a notice regarding the seasonal flu & pneumonia vaccines: "For maximum protection, children 6 months to 8 years of age receiving their first vaccine should receive a second immunization 30 days later." Let's give a 6 month old baby TWO doses of flu vaccine... For real??
post #149 of 358
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I'm so glad we don't vaccinate!!!

What are you mamas doing to keep your immunity strong this flu season?

My partner takes astragalus. I really don't do much more than take vitamins and be sure to get lots of rest. Same for the kids. Oh and I am a but vigilant about cleaning (bathrooms and kitchen namely) and hand washing.

The kids and I all had a nasty flu in August though so I'm hoping we are somewhat immune!
post #150 of 358
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GARLIC - is effective against at least 30 types of bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. It has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties...
Herbs That Boost Immunity
post #151 of 358
I wish I could do astragalus, it is such a great herb, but it is a no for me since I am dealing with second stage cronic lyme. It makes things worse for me.

I am using alot of vit D, and rose hips, camu camu, and nourishing our bodies with other herbal infusions so when something big comes our way we will be so nourished that we can handle anything.
post #152 of 358

Turmeric

I've been studying up a bit on turmeric lately...
anybody use this regularly?
I've mostly been cooking with it. It's really yummy added to bone broths!
This morning I got this article in Dr. Mercolas Newsletter:
Turmeric ~ Indian Ayurveda Healing Herb

It sounds like a really good antioxodant.

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They help you slow down free radical damage that can seriously damage your cells, organs and DNA

Turmeric helps protect your cells -- and helps you counteract this process with its antioxidant content.*

The antioxidant content within turmeric comes from active compounds called curcuminoids.

These curcuminoids deliver antioxidants that may be:

* 5 to 8 times stronger than vitamin E -- and also stronger than vitamin C
* 3 times more powerful than grape seed or pine bark extract
* Strong enough to scavenge the hydroxyl radical -- considered by many to be the most reactive of all oxidants*
post #153 of 358
Keep meaning to sub but haven't. Howdy, ya'll. I'm a trained herbalist but honestly don't tend to use herbs medicinally. I've trained with some wonderful people though and love knowing about herbs. Really increases my connection to the earth.
post #154 of 358
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I've been studying up a bit on turmeric lately...
anybody use this regularly?
I've mostly been cooking with it. It's really yummy added to bone broths!
This morning I got this article in Dr. Mercolas Newsletter:
Turmeric ~ Indian Ayurveda Healing Herb

It sounds like a really good antioxodant.
I love tumeric, but as long as I am breastfeeding my baby, I am going easy on it. It has a really strong dexot effect and pull heavy metals. Same goes with chlorella for me. That I am stayig away from altogether (especially because I have metal fillings). I feel tumeric is a bit much for me at this time, but when not breastfeeding, I use it a bit more.
(I thinK I have the site right), gobeyondorganic.com has a great cultured tumeric product called Rest Easy.
post #155 of 358
Turmeric pulls mercury? Are you sure??
Seems liek everywhere I turn something's pulling mercury!
post #156 of 358
Hi all I'm just beginning a journey of learning more about herbs. What book would you recommend as a good beginning overview?

Also, we're moving overseas in 6 months - can anyone help me come up with a "stash" to take with me? I definitely need herbs for parasites and intestinal issues, what else?

Thanks!
post #157 of 358
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Originally Posted by blueturtle View Post
Hi all I'm just beginning a journey of learning more about herbs. What book would you recommend as a good beginning overview?

Also, we're moving overseas in 6 months - can anyone help me come up with a "stash" to take with me? I definitely need herbs for parasites and intestinal issues, what else?

Thanks!
I spent $$$ on parasite cleanses last year for a persistent pinworm problem and by far best thing I've found for parasite issues is food-grade diatomaceous earth. My family now takes it regularly as a supplement -- it has other health benefits, including cleansing the intestines.
post #158 of 358
Neat article on health tips to avoid flu.

1. Chestnuts bolster immunity


2. Stimulate your thymus

3. Immune-supporting herbs
• Ligustrum
• Cherokee Rose
• Honeysuckle

4. Be healthy with bee products
Royal jelly
Bee propolis

5. Beta-carotene Builds Immunity

6. An all-in-one immunity soup (Cook up a broth of shiitake mushrooms, any kind of seaweed, cabbage, any type of squash, carrots, fresh ginger, oregano, and onion in chicken or vegetable stock.)
http://health.yahoo.com/experts/drma...avoid-the-flu/
Some of this is new to me!


Pat
post #159 of 358
Question for the herbal mamas...are there any herbs that work along the same lines of a morning after pill? There was an oops last night with REALLY bad timing - and I just can't be pregnant right now. And, let's say I conceived, if these herbs didn't work, would there be any negative side effects on the baby?

Ugh.
post #160 of 358
High doses of vitamin C (to bowel tolerance) as well as internally *some* say, parsley infusions and wild carrot seed are said to help in this situation. There are herbs, but the way you need to take them it's similar to chemo in terms of the destruction in the body....most herbalists agree if you really can't have the baby then it's actually a better, safer option to use a pharmaceutical.

Good luck, mama. Let me know if you need more info.
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