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Great info about medicinal herbs. I like marshmallows. Didn't know they can cure certain ailments.
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Great info about medicinal herbs. I like marshmallows. Didn't know they can cure certain ailments.

What was being referred to was marshmallow the herb. While a few brands of marshmallows do still have natural flavoring it doubtful to have enough to actually be beneficial.
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Aye thats Marshmallow Root..I'm sure marshmallows in general are good for you in some way or another.

Marshmallow Root.
The marshmallow plant can be found growing in damp, wet areas including meadows and marshes. While native to regions of Europe, the marshmallow plant now grows in the United States as well. The root and leaves of the plant are used medicinally.

For many years marshmallow plants have been used to relieve coughs and sore throats, as well as for chapped skin and minor wounds.

Both the root and the leaf of the marshmallow plant contain a substance known as mucilate, a mucusy substance that does not dissolve in water. It is this substance that causes marshmallow to swell up and become slippery when wet. This attribute of the marshmallow plant gives it the ability to soothe irritation of the mouth, throat and stomach, as well as to relieve coughing.

Marshmallow is also believed to have a limited ability to fight infection and boost the immune system.

While the effectiveness of marshmallow has not been substantiated by human pharmalogical studies, it has been used in connection with:

* Asthma
* Common cold/sore throat
* Cough
* Crohn's disease
* Diarrhea
* Gastritis
* Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
* Indigestion
* Pap smear (abnormal)
* Peptic ulcer
* Ulcerative colitis

Dosage and Administration

A recommended dose of marshmallow is 1 1/-4 teaspoons (6 grams) of the root per day. Marshmallow can be prepared as a tea to be taken 5 times a day. Herbal extracts in capsule and tablet form providing 5-6 grams of marshmallow per day can also be used, or it may be taken as a tincture-1-3 teaspoons (5-15 ml) three times daily.
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Tansy is a vermifuge.... it kills intestinal worms

monks hood (aconite, wolfs bane) exceedingly toxic poison (for getting rid of pesky animals perhaps?)

foxglove.... contains digitalin, another poison but also useful for the treatment of circulatory disorders, fits and convulsions (high doses may cause these tho)

lots more, but its 0320 and the brain is fuzzy sorry.

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Mullein-Properties

It is a bitter, cooling, mucilaginous herb that promotes healing and soothes the tissues. It has diuretic, analgesic, expectorant, and antiseptic properties.

It contains triterpene saponins (including verbascosaponin), mucilage, iridoid glycosides (aucubin, catalpol) flavonoids and phenolic acids.

* Internal use
o The saponins contained in the herb help to loosen and remove mucus from the lungs, while the mucilage soothes the mucus membranes and the iridoid glycosides help to fight inflammation.
o Internally, it is used for coughs, whooping cough, bronchitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, tracheitis, asthma, influenza, tuberculosis, urinary tract infections, nervous tension, and insomnia.
o Although it is particularly effective to loosen mucus in the lungs it also shows some success with reducing water retention.
o Historically it was also used for genito-urinary tract infections.
* External use
o Externally, mullein is used to treat earache, specifically chronic otitis media (the flowers are macerated in olive oil), sores, eczema (especially around the ear), wounds, boils, rheumatic pain, hemorrhoids and chilblains.
* Aromatherapy and essential oil use
(Side Note I've smoked mullein when i've had a chest cold it was cleared up in a night after smoking i was hacking up stuff for about 30 minutes after smoking and could breath better within an hour. Don't smoke to much you become allergic to it if used to often.)
Thanks for posting this about the much maligned Mullein!
In our State, it is classified as a "noxious weed" and a person can be fined for allowing it to grow on their property! Go figure....
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One of the best styptics (stops bleeding)
Saw no mention of yarrow yet. It is probably at the top of the styptic list.
A handful of crushed leaves, pressed against a wound will staunch the flow of blood.
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Other names include bloodwort, carpenter's weed, sanguinary, staunchweed, dog daisy, old man's pepper, field hops, nosebleed, knight's milfoil, soldier's woundwort, and military herb. Yarrow accompanied soldiers into battle and was relied upon for its hemostatic action to treat wounds. This use may have been the source of yarrow's generic name, taken from the legend of Achilles. The Greek hero is said to have used yarrow in the Trojan War to staunch the blood flowing from the wounds of fallen comrades. Yarrow was used in battlefield first aid as recently as World War I (19141918).
Hannibal carried bales of it across the Alps with his troops.

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A double handful of yarrow, turned into a cubic yard of compost, will speed up the composting process 3x!
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This is great information! Thanks to all that have contributed!
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Hi,
I am new here, glad to see this as a topic of interest.
Cats Claw and Chanca Piedra are two I like. My friend had an enlarged liver and the Chanca Piedra (Royal Breakstone) cured it. Also as the name states it breaks up gallstones, maybe Kidney stones also. I have had personal success with Cats Claw, amazing herb from the rain forest.


When I have time or there is interest I will be glad to post more information on them.
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I love herbs, found this great reading, thanks
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i find it to be a great idea to plant all kinds of medicinal herbs. Harvest them instead of searching for them!
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I am currently ingorant as to their names, but the few trees that have traces of asprin in their bark can be boiled for pain. I've seen my scout master use dandelion roots to make a good tea.
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Anybody know a herb that helps diabetics ?
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Stevia is used as a sweetener for diabetics.
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Now that Echinacea has been added to many gardens as an ornamental plant, it might be wise to remember to look for it. Taken as a tea, many believe it boosts the immune system. In dire times, staying strong seems wise. :o)

Thanks for starting such a great thread!
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I'm trying to grow herbs in pots on my porch. I have a willow tree in the yard already. good for headaches.
I also have Chrisanthimums aka Mums, aka feverfew - good for reducing fever.
Marigolds grown around where people tend to sit outside will keep the mosquitos away. They are very drought tolerant if you plant them in the ground rather than in pots. You can also brew the leaves into a tea and use it as a body spray to keep mosquitos away.
So far on my porch I have rosemary, which is good for congestion and hangovers (but I don't drink) I haven't had a cold since I started cooking a few leaflets into my potatoes. I plant garlic every year. It was posted earlier, I believe. It's good to lower cholesterol.
A poultice of thyme is good for bee stings.
I have oregano, but I'm not sure if it has medicinal qualities. It's good in spaghetti sauce though.
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For diabetes. Essential oils of sage and lemon are a good to massage for foot ulcers. Other than that I found a high fiber diet is supposed to help. Of course keep insulin, but you know that. Any ideas on refrigeration other than ice?
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