The History of Indian Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Health | Posted on 17-02-2014

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Indian Ayurvedic Medicine

Herbal medicine, as we said, has been around since the beginning of time, and Indian Ayurvedic Medicine (Ayurveda means the “science of life”) has been around for ages as well, in fact something like 5000 years ago (some estimates go back as far as 10,000 years ago!). The practice was even documented historically from as far back as 2000 years ago in written form, but it has been around for literally thousands of years longer than the written word. In fact, it is said in the ancient writings to come from divine revelation and what the people called “the universal religion”, which is an interesting term. They also say that the energy that is harnessed for healing is “universal energy”. So, in Ayurveda, it is believed that at one time in the far, far past, all human beings were of one religion! They were also firm believers in the astrological significance of things, including how it relates to one’s health. Now, Ayurveda actually encompasses many, many different healing practices, including hands on healing, gem therapy, yoga, color therapy, universal energy, the charkas, herbal medicine and much, much more, but we will concentrate on the herbal aspects for the most part here. While the concentration on natural, non-invasive healing methods is inherent in Ayurveda, there is also a system of Ayurvedic surgery, which has carried from its beginnings in ancient times, right up to the present. Now, whether it’s true or not is unsure, but many of the old epic writings talk clearly about intricate surgeries, even including eyeball and head transplants! And, if you can believe it, all of this was written during and prior to the 6th Century BC! Thus, it is very likely, if not certain, that modern day surgical practices were taken from the ancient protocols of Indian Ayurvedic medicine.  Also, there are writings that go into great detail on topics that are only still just coming to light in modern times, for example, on embryology and the other minute workings of the human body.

Traditional Systems of Medicine

Traditional Systems of Medicine

Back in 1500 BC Ayurvedic medicine was so important and so well known that people would go to India, to one of the two great Ayurvedic schools of that time, to learn about it, people who were literally from all over the world, far and wide. In fact, it is said by some that every single subsequent medical practice in any country either ancient or modern originated from the practice of Ayurvedic. Nowadays Ayurveda is only known in India, and, unlike Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda is not popular world-wide, although there are a very few places where people have opened Ayurvedic healing centers outside of India, although there are some in America and Europe.  It is still very important, particularly in India, and that is probably due to the fact that it works. What was good back in ancient times is still good right up to the present. In fact, we even have at least one very professional, clinical Ayurvedic center here in Kuwait.

Ayurveda is based on several things, and takes into consideration a variety of important observations. Then, once the body, system, or situation is completely understood, can a complete system of healing be prescribed, which might include dietary changes, courses of specialized massage with special herbal oils, and herb blends to be taken internally, and more depending on the diagnosis. In Ayurveda every aspect of the human being is taken into consideration, including the body, the mind, and the soul.

Textbook of Ayurveda

Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume One: Fundamental Principles

The most basic delineation in Ayurvedic medicine is the three basic body types, including Vata – Air (also called prana), Pitta – Fire (also called Agni), and Kapha – water and earth (also called Soma), which are supposed to be completely balanced in order to have good health. So, if they aren’t balanced, for some reason, (which is discovered during the initial and subsequent visits with the Ayurvedic doctor through a variety of tests, including interviewing for symptoms, pulse taking, examining the tongue, and more) steps are taken to get them balanced again right away. In Ayurveda, it is believed that the body becomes balanced and unbalanced through the stomach, and thus, the healing mechanisms are aimed mostly to the digestive system. So, when the Ayurvedic doctor determines the root cause of the disease that the patient is suffering from, the causes can be easily balanced. No two people, even those who suffer from exactly the same disease will have the same treatment. Everything will depend totally on the individual makeup of that particular person.

In Indian Ayurvedic medicine it is said that there are six “tastes”, which are each made up of two elements, and include sweet (earth and water- ex. milk, rice, dates), salty (water and fire- ex. salt, kelp), bitter (air and ether- ex. dandelion root, bitter melon), sour (earth and fire- ex. yogurt, lemon, tamarind), pungent (fire and air- ex. onion, radish, ginger, chili), and astringent (air and earth- ex. apple, pomegranate, plantain). It is also important to consider if the food is heating or cooling, for example, sweet, bitter and astringent are cooling, and sour, salty and pungent are heating. In Ayurveda both raw and cooked foods are utilized, depending on what the problem is and what is required to cure it. It also depends on the type of food itself.

Textbook of Ayurveda 2

Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume Two: A Complete Guide to Clinical Assessment

Over the centuries since writing was invented, there have been literally thousands of texts written on Ayurvedic healing and the use of herbs and other healing substances. As of the turn of the turn of the century (1900 AD) over 1800 healing substances had been identified and written about. This tradition carries on today, and the same substances that were used from ancient times are still being used right now, with very, very little change. That is because they didn’t need to change anything. Those ancient writers and practitioners, who claimed to have gotten their information through divine inspiration, were right on the mark from the beginning, as was witnessed by the interest in scholars from the many different countries that flocked to India back in ancient times, to learn all about this medical wisdom. Now, as before, Ayurveda is picking up popularity worldwide, which seems to be a good, beneficial thing. So, if you are suffering from a medical problem, that no allopathic doctor knows how to treat, take it to the Ayurvedic doctors. It is very likely that they will be able to help you!




Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Chinese Herbs

With the natural remedies craze that is happening all over the world now, Traditional Chinese Medicine has taken a proud seat, front and center, in the quest for useful alternative methods of treating one’s medical ailments. Westerners and Easterners alike are being treated by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners of Chinese and even western origins. That is because of the fact that it works. Something that has been used by literally millions of people, for literally thousands of years is something you can trust with a fair amount of confidence.

            Chinese herbal medicine is the third oldest known in the world and the first recorded use of herbs and natural medicaments, in the form of a discussion between the Yellow Emperor and his doctor, which is said to have been written by the doctor and scribes of the Yellow Emperor around 2700 BC. (Although this varies depending on who is reporting the history, and most historians set the date much later). But, it is estimated that herbals were being used in China from more than 5000 years ago, and possibly more!  After that first writing on Chinese herbals, another famous Chinese herbalist wrote, arguably, one of the most important treatises on herbs in the history of Chinese medicine. And it was all based on the author’s own observations and experiments. His name was Shen Nong, and his writings are some of the most important of all times, among a host of other important Chinese practitioners. Bearing in mind that much of the ancient Chinese history of TCM is based on myth and conjecture, the best we can do is take the valuable information from the actual writings, particularly the “Materia Medica” of the numerous ancient writers on the subject and benefit from their vast experience and expertise, leaving the actual “history” of who and when to the historians (who, by the way, don’t agree on it either).  

Chinese Herbal Medicine Formulas and Strategies

Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas & Strategies (2nd Ed.)

Chinese medicine is based on a total analysis of the body, including the taking of the pulses, checking the tongue, and the overall appearance of the body, and according to what the patient presents. This is very important in TCM, since every factor in the body and in the external environment affects the health of a person, and as such, must be taken into consideration. With Traditional Chinese Medicine, the idea is to carefully get the body to go back to homeostasis (balance) in a gentle way. The ideal method is to get this to happen without any side effects and, with TCM this is accomplished. The goal in Chinese medicine is to keep a person healthy, and to prevent illness from happening, so the Chinese normally see their doctors regularly for treatments when they are not ill, and would get upset with their doctor if they did fall ill!

There are several branches of Chinese medicine that are all considered completely valid. They include acupuncture (which is an energy revitalizing treatment using very thin needles at a variety of important energy points, depending on what the problem is) (along with acupressure (which is like massage, but very specific and strong, on certain pressure points over the entire body, moxibustion (which is a kind of treatment using a special Chinese herb burned over pressure points), cupping (which is using a vacuum to create suction on pressure points, etc.), herbal medicine (which uses traditional Chinese herbs in a variety of ways, including herbal tinctures, herbal infusions and more), “power and spirit” exercises (including Qi Gong and Tai Chi (which are both a kind of martial arts concentrating on the specific use of energy and how to control it), and nutritional therapy (which is therapy based on the diet of the patient, depending on what the patient needs) (all of which we will discuss further later on). Each of these methods is useful alone, and using several or all of them together is the best of all.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

There are almost 2000 known Chinese herbs that were extensively written about since ancient times in China, and literally thousands of set prescriptions that have been written about in the ancient Chinese herbal books. Presently, there are almost 6000 herbal substances that are written about in the present day Materia Medica. A couple of the more well known Chinese herbs are ginseng (which is also found in some other places in the world as well, and is good for rejuvenation, increasing energy and immune function, and as a general tonic herb), and Dong Quai (which has been used as a general tonic as well, but has come to be known also for it’s benefit to menopausal and post-menopausal women as well). And there are many more where those came from. The ancient herbal practice, along with the wide variety of other medical practices of the Chinese are still being used almost in their original forms up to the present day as well.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is recognized all over the world now, and is accepted as a bonafide medical practice that is valid and beneficial. Even the AMA (American Medical Association) and the WHO (World Health Organization) have clearly accepted Chinese medicine in many ways, particularly in the case of acupuncture.

Chinese Herbal Formulas and Applications

Chinese Herbal Formulas and Applications

Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies treat every sort of ailment from the common cold to cancer and are quite successful, providing the practitioner is qualified and experienced.  There are TCM practitioners all over the world now, in practically every country, including Kuwait. In fact, in Kuwait, the Ministry of Health even has a special branch that only uses Traditional Chinese Medicine and brings specialized doctors of TCM directly from China!




Western Herbalism

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Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Herbs, Natural Health | Posted on 15-02-2014

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Western Herbalism

The first leg in our tour of herbal medicine will be Western herbalism (also known as Western phytotherapy). That is the tradition that I practice and is the tradition that is practiced in America, where I’m from. Although it is not the absolute oldest herbal tradition, it has certainly been around since the first people inhabited Western Europe and used the herbs they found growing naturally in those areas. From England and the surrounding areas of Western Europe, western herbalism went to the Americas with the settlers and the use of some of the American naturally growing herbs became a part of the western herbal pharmacopeia. The western herbal tradition goes back as far as the Greeks and the Romans and is still valid up to the present time. Throughout the ages there have been some well-known practitioners of herbal medicine, including those most ancient of practitioners, men such as Galen, Dioscorides, and the most famous Hippocrates, after whom the Hippocratic Oath (that all doctors up to the present day still take) was named.

Later in history there were other important herbalists whose herbal traditions were so accurate that their findings are still used now. In fact, when you compare the older herbalists to the newer ones, you will usually find that the older herbalists had far more knowledge than any of the modern ones. People like Nicholas Culpeper are still well-known even now, and their works are still valid.

In fact, it is interesting to note that many, if not most of the modern day chemically formulated medicines that we use today were originally formulated from natural herbals. Later on, certain constituents of the herb were isolated and often reconstructed with chemical additives in order to produce the medicine that is now used. Aspirin is a good example of this process. The ingredient in aspirin that was originally taken from the white willow tree was salicin, which is turned into something called salicylic acid, or the precursor of acetylsalicylic acid, otherwise known as aspirin. Another extremely important modern medicine, which has been said to be “the most valuable cardiac drug in history”, is Digitalis purpurea (otherwise known as garden foxglove, a beautiful flowering plant), was turned into modern day digitalis. This drug is presently used as a cardiac stimulant. The fact is that there are many more where that came from, and more on the way.

Even in these times of amazing technological growth, new discoveries, and synthetic medicines, often the old standards, and herbal remedies are the fastest working, most effective solutions. In fact, traditional herbal medicine is fast becoming the medicine of choice for many, and with good reason. If used correctly and carefully, herbal medicine should have no side effects at all!

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: The Definitive Home Reference Guide to 550 Key Herbs with all their Uses as Remedies for Common Ailments

All types of herbal medicine are holistic (meaning for the whole person, physically, spiritually, and emotionally), and Western herbal medicine is no different than the rest in this respect. With western herbal medicine the idea is to gently return the body into homeostasis (natural balance), through as completely natural means as possible. This is accomplished through the medical herbalist’s complete understanding of the patient. The only way this can accurately and successfully be done is by taking an absolutely complete medical history, including environmental, dietary, and familial aspects, and also, taking into consideration the person’s emotional state, life influences, and more. In fact, this is so involved that the initial history taking might take up to two hours, or even more! This is necessary though, because, in order for the practitioner to treat the person properly he (or she) will need to know as much about the patient as possible, in addition to observing the patient and his (or her) reactions to treatment and life in general. At the same time, the person needs to help the practitioner, and over time, the practitioner will be able to see whether or not the person is keeping his end of the bargain by following the advice of the practitioner.

There are around 3000 herbs in the western herbal pharmacopeia, although not all of them are widely used. Some of the most common ones that are used are lavender, which is from England and France, and is so beneficial that it can even kill the worst infection, and prevent the scarring of a serious burn, and Echinacea angustifolia, and Goldenseal herb, which have become two of the most up and coming herbs for increasing the immune system, among other things.

Thus, western herbal medicine, although it has literally been around for thousands of years, is still probably the best choice on your list, in most cases by far. People are constantly amazed at how fast herbal remedies work (although herbal medicine is often rumored to have a slow action). In most cases, they will work so fast that you will forget why you took them. Just be sure to consult a good herbal practitioner (or book, at least) before starting out on your herbal adventure.

And here are a few more really excellent, highly rated books on Western Herbalism from Amazon:

Medical Herbalism

Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and Practices Of Herbal Medicine

Hebalism

Herbalism




What is Herbology?

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Herbology

When we talk about alternative medicine we are talking about anything that is out of the realm of conventional. Conventional meaning allopathic, or what you get most of the time when you go to the “regular” doctor at the “regular” hospital. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of different therapies out there in the world. Every country has its own natural or old-fashioned medicine, and almost every culture within every country does as well. The good news is that more and more “conventional” (allopathic) doctors are jumping on the band wagon and going toward a more naturopathic, holistic method of treating people.

For the next several weeks I am going to introduce a variety of alternative medical practices to you. Some of then you will probably have heard of before and some of them you probably won’t have. Whenever you are dealing with your own health, although there might be hundreds of options out there in the big, wide world for you to choose from, you may not feel comfortable with certain ones, and you may, on the other hand, feel more comfortable with others. That is natural. Also, just as you may or may not feel comfortable with a certain therapy, you also may not feel comfortable with the actual practitioner that you are dealing with. So, what I am going to do is give you some choices. Then it is up to you to sift through them and decide what is going to work for you.

The first therapy that I am going to talk about is probably the oldest of all. Herbal medicine, also known as herbology, could accurately be referred to as first medical therapy in all history. Probably even Adam and Eve used herbal remedies, even though there is no recorded history of it! But, that fact is that herbal medicine is practically as old as the hills, and its history has been written down since the beginnings of writing itself. Before that oral tradition was its method of transfer. In fact, archeological evidence has proven that as far back as 60,000 years ago Neanderthal man was actually using some of the same herbs that are used now. Still, to this day, there are native peoples all over the world who are still following their ancient traditional medicinal practices. These practices have been passed down from person to person, entirely through the spoken word, from healer to healer. They are still being used today because they work! If they didn’t, they would have been discarded long ago, in lieu of better alternatives.

The earliest written mention of herbal medicine came from China and was from around 2800 years ago. Even in that ancient time the Chinese had specific protocols for dealing with practically every illness and their cures involved herbal remedies, among other things. The fact is that practically every part of the world had an herbal tradition, even though many of them were never written down since they were being practiced by illiterate peoples. Even so, there is plenty of evidence for the use of herbal medicine all over the world by all types of indigenous natives of all lands. Also, every great empire and every great civilization, particularly the ones since the advent of the written word, have written herbal medical treatises to cover all of their indigenous herbs and their uses, along with any important information about their usage. The ancient Arabs, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Persians, Africans, Indians, Chinese, Japanese and all of the more modern peoples from the East and West have a distinct herbal tradition based on the herbs that grow in that particular area of the world. So deeply ingrained and endemic are these traditions that even though there is a so-called Arabic herbal tradition, there is a difference between the desert Arab herbal tradition, the fertile crescent (Sham and surrounding areas) Arab traditions, and even the Arab folk of the inhabited areas of the Gulf region (such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and other places) had another tradition that was clearly different from the others that was mostly based on the local, widely available herbs of the particular area.

As of late, a variety of governments have been and still are trying to regulate the use of herbal medicine (Kuwait is one of them).  Some countries have succeeded (like Kuwait), and others have heard the cry of protest, and thus, were unable to adopt a strict policy, in spite of their efforts.  This is a shame, in my opinion, because, although you are always going to have unscrupulous people in the world, the vast majority of the people are honest and conscientious about using herbal remedies. It’s only a few charlatans that are out to make a quick buck that make it their business to sell “herbal remedies” that aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. So, do we all have to suffer for the ill behavior of a few? Most countries have decided to give people the benefit of the doubt. The UK and USA (among other countries) are still basically unregulated, and it’s only the target use of a few proven dangerous herbs (at the dosages that they were being used with) that has been regulated there. I would sincerely hope that all governments of all countries would take the ancient herbal traditions into consideration before making rash decisions, and only regulate those herbs that have been proven detrimental, along with those herb sellers and practitioners who deserve it (ie. unscrupulous herb sellers and herbal practitioners), while leaving the honest practitioners and those following in the footsteps of their ancient traditions alone.

In the next few weeks we will explore various herbal traditions, in addition to which we will also discuss several other alternative medical practices. We will go on an exciting journey that will take us all over the world, back through time, and then back to Kuwait, and you will discover many new and interesting therapeutic practices. You never know when you might just need to use one or more of them!




Complementary/Alternative Medicine

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About Mandarin Essential Oil

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Mandarin Tree

 

            When we think of fruit salad, we think of mandarin oranges. A mandarin orange is a small, orange-like fruit, with a super sweet taste, delectable fruity sections, and a delicate flavor. In the USA we call it a tangerine. It is perhaps the fruit that is called “afendi” here in Kuwait. They are also known by a slew of other names, including Clementine, and there are an extremely wide variety of them available around the world. But, that is not all that mandarin oranges are about! In the world of natural essential oils, mandarin oranges are another valuable tool in your repertoire of nature’s choices.

            The Latin name for mandarin orange is “Citrus reticulata” (or also “madurensis”) .  The usual method for extracting the essential oil is cold pressing, and is derived from the peel of the fruit. This oil is one of the most uplifting and refreshing of all. When you smell it you will immediately think of citrus. It is not a strong aroma, but a gentle, sweet aroma. Just smelling it will make you feel great! Mandarin is the safest of all the citrus family of essential oils. This essential oil most often comes from Italy, South America, and Japan, although the USA grows plenty of this wonderful little fruit as well. It originated in China, though, and the name, “mandarin” came from the Mandarin Chinese Empire.

Mandarin Oil

Mandarin Essential Oil. 30 ml (1 oz). 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade.

Mandarin essential oil is great for calming you down from you every day stresses. If you are a nervous person, this is the oil for you.

This essential oil is great for skin problems, and is mild enough to use regularly. It is good for brightening up dull skin, taking care of scars and stretch marks on worn out skins. If you suffer from acne or other skin breakouts, mandarin will help you in the mildest manner, and combining mandarin with calendula oil and putting it on your face will cure practically anything, whether it is from a dry skin condition, an allergic skin condition, or an oily skin condition. For those who are suffering from wrinkles, mandarin is also great. But, make sure that if you use mandarin oil directly on the skin, you do not go out into the direct sunlight, because it is known for producing little brown spots on exposed sun. It is better if you use mandarin oil, to wear a hat and a sunscreen when going out, but using it on your body, as long as it is under wraps, is fine. Mandarin essential oil is one of the weapons in the fight against aging, and has a strong cell repairing action, and is great for super dehydrated skins. 

For people who are suffering from insomnia, mandarin will help, and combining it with another relaxing oil like lavender is even better. 

Mandarin essential oil is great for muscles pain, cramps of all sorts, even menstrual cramps. It is so safe that even pregnant women need not fear in its use. In fact, this oil is so well liked by children, while being extremely calming that it is commonly used for hyperactive children.  

If you suffer from digestive upset, mandarin oil will help, and all you have to do is rub it on (preferably blended into a base oil) to the outside of wherever it is that you feel pain.

Mandarin oil is a great anti-fungal agent, and is also anti-bacterial and antiseptic.

If you suffer from urinary problems, you can also use mandarin oil for mild relief.

It is great for detoxifying your body, and purifying the lymph in the body, and will also work for children and the elderly, so from a safety point of view, you never have to worry when it comes to mandarin oil.

If you have respiratory problems, mandarin oil should be of great help to you. It will not only calm down the spasm, especially if you are coughing a lot, but it will also help to reduce the inflammation, and get rid of the phlegm.  

The best part of all about this essential oil is that if you can’t readily find the mandarin oil, then all you have to do to get similar benefits, is to take a tangerine, remove the peel (which is easy to do, since the peel is normally so loose around the fruit), and twist it. You will get some of that valuable essential oil! If you like, you can twist it directly into another oil, like olive oil, for example, to get a usable do-it-yourself essential oil blend.

This is yet another addition to your natural home pharmacy. Try it!




About Anise Essential Oil and Herb

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Anise plant

 

            This herb is one of those that is so common that practically everyone has smelled it, tasted it, and probably even has it in their kitchen right now! This is true whether you are from the West or the East, North or South. When you were small your mother may have given you tea made of the seeds of this herb. If you have ever tasted licorice candy, you will begin to get an idea of what the flavor of anise is all about. I always thought that the flavor I tasted was from the licorice, but it turns out that it wasn’t after all!

            The scientific name for this herb is “Pimpinella anisum”, and the essential oil is usually steam distilled. It is derived from the “fruit” of the plant, which looks like little greenish seeds. One of the best (and most common) ways to have anise is to make it into a tea, but the oil is lovely, and if you have ever had anise candy, you would know why people love it.

            Although anise is originally probably from the vicinity of ancient Egypt, and was also known in ancient China, it is now being cultivated almost all over the world. This is one of those universal herbs that are well-known all over the world, and the history of anise seed use is ancient. Anise in ancient times was superstitiously known as the herb that protects against the evil eye.

            From a medicinal point of view, anise is one of the most valuable herbs, as it is good for many different things and it smells and tastes wonderful. People even give it to babies when they are crying a lot also, because it is so safe. For babies, the most common use is for colic and gas, and it is great for calming down a fitful baby, in order to help him sleep.

Anise is good for colds and the flu. If you suffer from a cough, you will get a great deal of relief from anise seed. Bronchitis sufferers can either drink a lovely, soothing tea made of anise (along with other herbs like fennel and peppermint), or rub an essential oil blend with anise oil added onto their chest, for immediate relief. Anise is particularly great for helping to get the phlegm out of phlegm conditions. And it has immense value when it comes to asthma sufferers. It is also known as beneficial for people who smoke, in order to reduce the effects of the smoking and again, to reduce the phlegm. In this respect, steaming with hot water and some anise seed essential oil would be of great use. 

People who suffer from digestive problems will also do well to use anise in order to get relief. Gas, colic, and upset stomach will all benefit from anise. It is particularly useful with laxatives, since they are prone to causing abdominal discomfort. The anise will reverse that effect and help to get rid of or reduce that problem. On the flip side, anise is also great for those who are suffering from diarrhea! In the same vein, it is great for nausea, and halitosis (bad breath) too.

            Anise oil has even been known to be used in order to get rid of lice! Along the same lines, you could also employ it for your animals, and they sure would smell great!

            For breastfeeding mothers, there is nothing better, because it not only helps with increasing the milk production, but it also relays benefits to the baby (such as calming and reducing colic, as mentioned before).

Anise Oil

NOW Foods Anise Oil, 1 ounce (Pack of 2)

Anise oil is great for those suffering from after exercise muscle pain. Just rub an oil blend containing anise essential oil in order to get relief. Those suffering from rheumatic pain will also be wise to try this treatment.

            Anise is said to be great for the concentration, and great for a general tonic. For ladies who suffer from a lack of menstruation, or difficulty therewith, anise will be a great help.

            Since ancient times anise has been used for those suffering from epilepsy, and convulsive disorders, and recent research has shown that, indeed, there is benefit to be found in anise. It is also a great general relaxant and tonic.

            Even though anise is so safe that even babies can take it, still, remember the less is more rule. That is always important no matter how safe the herb is that you are taking. Again, less is more!

Organic Star Anise

Anise Star Whole Organic – Illicium verum, 1 lb,(Starwest Botanicals)

Organic Anise Seed

Starwest Botanicals Organic Anise Seed, 1-pound Bag




About Lemongrass Essential Oil and Herb

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Lemongrass

The herb that we are talking about today is normally used as a cooking herb. In Malaysia, India, other Asian countries, and all over the world lemongrass is used to flavor delectable dishes. But, few people realize that lemongrass can be a medicinal herb as well. In fact, in the world of aromatherapy, lemongrass is a well-known essential oil, and is used for a variety of ailments.

The scientific name for lemongrass is “Cymbopogon citrates”, and the essential oil is derived by steam distillation, as are most essential oils. This particular essential oil has a very mild, lemony aroma. It is native to India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, apparently, but now is grown in a few other places as well. There are a couple other types of lemongrass, but the one I have mentioned here is the one used for medicinal purposes. Lemongrass is a fairly inexpensive essential oil, so it is often used in place of some of the more expensive ones, and gives a similar curing and relieving action.

Lemongrass oil is very antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antifungal, which is why it is so great for infections like athlete’s foot. It also can help with those who suffer from too much perspiration, and helps to avoid that inevitable embarrassment that accompanies people who are plagued with such complaints.

For your skin, lemongrass is great for acne and other inflamed types of skin complaints. Those who have complaints due to aging skin will like the results they get with lemongrass. Lemongrass is even known for its beneficial action against stretch marks, and saggy skin. Oily skin will generally not be able to get one over on you either, and for those who suffer more difficult skin problems, lemongrass will probably be able to take care of that as well. In fact it is even known to help with that horrible infliction, scabies! Since lemongrass is so detoxifying, those who suffer from cellulite will often notice a lot of difference when lemongrass oil is used in a blend as a massage oil.

For those who suffer from gas or indigestion, lemongrass will certainly help to set your digestive system straight. People who suffer from colitis will benefit from the use of lemongrass. It can also help with diarrhea, and for those who suffer from nausea and vomiting, it is great. It is even known for its use with gastroenteritis.

If you suffer from muscle aches and pains, then lemongrass alone, or even better a synergetic blend of more than one essential oil will be just what the doctor ordered.

Lemongrass is good for the circulation, and for those who suffer from circulatory problems will find that lemongrass oil in a base can be rubbed directly over the offending area, for practically instant relief.  

Lemongrass is great for those who are suffering from an overly stressful life, and will help to relax. Even those suffering from complete nervous exhaustion can benefit from the powers of lemongrass.

New breastfeeding mothers who are having problems with a lack of milk can use lemongrass in order to help increase the milk flow in a gentle way, and the extra added benefit of that will be that your baby will be calmer, and more relaxed, in addition to the side benefit of having a baby with little likelihood of intestinal colic.

Also, for you ladies out there who suffer from irregular menstruation, lemongrass is great for regulating the system, and bringing everything back into order.  

Lemongrass  Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential Oil. 30 ml (1 oz). 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade.

Just as citronella, lemongrass is also great for keeping those pesky bugs at bay! And if you are going on a camping trip in the woods, then there is nothing better than citronella, and lemongrass is a good substitute for citronella if it isn’t available. In fact, many people use lemongrass oil on their animals and small pets in order to keep the fleas, lice, and ticks at bay too! And, you can always be sure that your pet will be sweet-smelling when using lemongrass oil!

People who suffer from fever, and those who are prone to getting headaches, will like the effects of lemongrass. It not only relieves the complaint, but also helps in a very subtle manner. In addition to that it is good for colds and the flu. It is also great for getting rid of laryngitis.  

Lemongrass oil is not only aromatically pleasing, but also helps with a host of medical and beauty complaints as well. Keeping some lemongrass herb in your kitchen will definitely enhance your culinary experience, but having some lemongrass essential oil in your medicine chest, will make you a happier, healthier person!

Organic Lemongrass

Frontier Natural Products Organic Lemongrass Cut and Sifted — 16 oz

Lemongrass Tea

The Tao of Tea Lemongrass, Certified Organic Herbal Tea, 1-Pounds




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