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Herbal Healers

55 54 Borage Borago officinalis. Borage is an excellent adrenal tonic and will revive and renew the adrenal glands after medical treatment, especially after using cortisone or steroids, or other stresses. A good herb for convalescence. The young tops can be boiled as a pot herb and the blue starry flowers used in salads. It drives away sorrows and increases joy in the mind. ginger zingiber officinale. A hot dry herb. Use the sliced root as a decoction for illnesses caused by the cold and wet. It is very good for poor circulation, arthritis, aching bones, menstrual cramps or shock. It will move heat from the head down to other parts of the body. It reduces water retention by increasing sweating. Warning Do not use if there is heat in the body such as high blood pressure, inflammatory conditions, stomach ulcers. HerB roBert geranium robertianum. Like all Geraniums, it is a good wound herb with healing and drawing properties. Antiseptic. Make an infusion or apply fresh leaves bruised and bound in place. Relieves pain and inflammation. Drink the herbal infusion and bathe the wound directly. Useful for diabetics, it lowers blood sugar levels. Self Heal prunella vulgaris. Gather the young shoots, leaves and purple flowers during the summer. Use the fresh leaf directly onto cuts and wounds or as a poultice or compress. Use the infusion externally and internally for sore throats, mouth ulcers and as a general strengthening tonic. SHepHerdS purSe capsella bursa pastoris. A useful emergency First Aid which helps clot blood. An antiseptic, it will staunch the bleeding of wounds and nose bleeds. Use the fresh juice on cotton wool with a little cold water, or a strong infusion made with a dessert spoonful of the fresh herb to 1 cup of boiling water. Apply externally or internally for haemorrhages of all kinds, stomach, lungs, uterus or kidneys. Also useful for diarrhoea, cystitis, heavy menstruation, thrush and fibroids in the uterus. Warning Do not take if pregnant. alder oooialnus glutinosa. The leaves are cooling and soothing. Use them fresh inside your shoes when walking long distances to soothe aching burning feet. Pulp up a handful of leaves, moisten with warm milk and bind over any swellings. aSpen oooipopulus tremula. Use the buds, leaves or bark for all conditions relating to poor digestion. Also good for headaches, lethargy, debility or irritability. It contains salicylic acid, more commonly known as aspirin. BlacktHorn oooiprunus spinosa. Blackthorn flowers make a reliable and harmless purgative with beneficial effects on the stomach. Helps stimulate the appetite. craB apple oooimalus sylvestris including cultivated apple trees. The fruit is a tonic and cleanser which aids digestion. Peeled and grated it is excellent for diarrhoea. A decoction made with the dried peel is recommended for rheumatism. linden or common lime oooitilia x vulgaris. Harvest the flowers in midsummer to make a pleasant herbal tea. To calm and tone the whole nervous system, for indigestion, hysteria, stress, nervous vomiting, palpitations, to soothe the tensions of PMT, for gastric and duodenal ulcers stomach. Warning Avoid using old flowers as they may produce mild intoxication. rowan sorbus aucuparia. Harvest the berries in September. Make a decoction and use the juice as a mild laxative. It makes a good gargle for sore throats and hoarseness. Silver BircH oooibetula pendula. Collect the young leaves in late spring. Antiseptic, diuretic and tonic. For cystitis, arthritis and rheumatism. willow oooisalix nigra. Willow bark contains salicylic acid aspirin and can be used for headaches and pains just like aspirin. Good for circulation problems, as a gargle for sore throats, and a mouthwash for mouth ulcers. It eliminates toxins from the body.
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