Prairie Magic Herbals

Prairie Magic Herbals

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Don't Spray Weeds Heal!

DON'T SPRAY..... Garden WEEDS HEAL!

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Don't kill, spray, tear up, or destroy the weeds in your garden, yard, and fence rows. Many of them are actually highly-regarded, widely-used, and extremely-valuable medicinal herbs! Of course, you'll have to harvest your weeds, but you would do that anyhow: it's called weeding.  The following medicine p-lants/healing weeds are used in a variety of ways. Sometimes eaten as food, as in chickweed or dandelion greens, other times to get the action we need, we may make water based infusions, tinctures (alcohol extracts), infused oils to us topically, salves, vinegars,topical compresses of plant, etc..Different menstruum (solvents) pull different properties from healing plants. To learn which plants do what, how to gather, make preparations, etc consider taking my classes on various topics.

Herbal medicine is People's Medicine--Medicine of the people and still is primry medicine in 80% of the world's population. These are some common, tradtional uses:

Burdock Arctium lappa   Nourisher to liver and gut. works to ease skin problems. Used in Cancer. strengthens immune system. Binds & removes heavy metals. Stabilizes blood sugar.  Besides it's medicinal preparations, is a vitamin & mineral rich food plant that can be cooked and eaten. Known as Gobo in other cultures.

Chickweed Stellaria media    Strengthens all bodily systems. Nourishes those recovering from surgery, the elderly and anemic. Used for it's Drawing and healing for boils, pimples, wounds, insect bites and stings, skin issues. Weakens bacteria cell walls. Wash for eye problems. Aids in dissolving ovarian cysts/swollen glands. Helpful for respiratory problems,bronchitis, or congestion. Ally for bladder/urinary tract.  Joint oiler for stiffness and joint aches. One way we work with  chickweed is to eat it on salad, like sprouts! 

Cleavers (Galium aparine)   Also known as bedstraw or goosegrass. From their stickiness, there is some possibility that cleavers was the inspiration for Velcro. Used as a spring tonic for it's vitamin and mineral content. Diuretic and soothing, cleavers strengthens and tones the entire urinary system and is said to dissolve stones in the badder and kidney. Cleavers gets lymphatic tissues moving to relieve those with sore tender breasts, water retention, swollen glands, tonsillitis or prostate disorders.
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale   Supreme liver and gallbladder tonic. Hepatitis ally. Eases digestive troubles such as heart burn. Tones stomach, pancreas and urinary systems. It is a diuretic but does not deplete potassium! Another used as cancer ally. Helps move lymph and blossom oil nourishes healthy breast tissue.  Stabilize blood sugars.. Lowers cholesterol, decrease high blood pressure.  Hormonal balancer. Dandelion oil is a good topical  neck and back pain remedy. Releases held emotions. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, calcium, Vitamin C and iron. Eat weedies!          

Shepherd's Purse Capsella bursa   Shepherd's purse used tostop internal and external bleeding, such as cuts and nosebleeds. Women's tonic for heavy bleeding. Urinary and bladder toning antiseptic. Vinegar can ease the soreness and reduce vericose veins. Besides, the vinegar makes a nice mildly peppery salad dressing.

Plantain Plantago    "Nature's bandaid." Topical healing for skin issues, rashes, insect bites and stings, cuts, burns. Stops itch of mosquito bites! Urinary nourisher. Eases respiratory problems. Aids stomach ulcers and digestive disturbances.  Hemorrhoid relief.

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)  Good ally for respiratory ailments, coughs, bronchial congestion, whooping cough. Antitumor properties. Cancer ally. Vitamin and mineral rich. 10 times more phytoestrogens than SOY; excellent for menopausal women. Fertility herb. Blood thinner. You can make herb water-based infusions with red clover.

Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus)   Also called curly dock. Often used to increase blood-levels of iron and build healthy blood. Nourishes and strengthens liver. another often Cancer ally. Good for anemic women or post-menstrual to build blood.

St Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum)  Best used as a tincture. Pain reliever for muscle aches,  shingles, sciatica, backpain, neuralgia, and headaches including migraines. Eases muscle spasms. Antiviral.  Antibacterial.  Anti-inflammatory.  Topical healing for burns, wounds, sprains and bruises. Remedy for nerve injuries. Halts cold sores and can alleviate herpes symptoms. Prevents burn from radiation therapy. Used for mild depression and seasonal affective depression.

 Nettles (Urtica dioica) Gives natural energy, strengthens the adrenals, steadies nerves, and is said to restore flexibility to blood vessels.  A cup of dried nettle infusion contains approx 500 milligrams of calcium plus magnesium, potassium, silicon, iron, boron, and zinc.  vitamins A, D, E, and K. and chlorophyll. Studies show nettles are an effective antihistamine when taken for allergies and that they are also a natural anti-inflammatory for bodily aches and pains.  Nourishes pregnant women and nursing mothers.  In menopause, nettles nourishes heart health, strengthens bones, eases mood swings, and supports stressed adrenals coping with hormonal changes. Nettles helps chronic urinary tract infections.

Violet (Viola odorata)   Violet blossoms are rich in Vitamin C. Flower syrup eases sore throats, relieves cough and bronchitis and loosens phlegm. Violet helps calm and relax for good sleep. Violet oil aids ringing in the ears and pain. Violet remedies skin problems, boils, abscesses, and burns. Also useful for diaper rash, cradle cap, and insect bites. Violet has an affinity for healing cancers of the breast, skin, reproductive system and throat. Violet's dissolving ways aid lumps, growths, cysts. You can make violet leaf infusions.

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)   A great respiratory herb for easing cough, congestion, asthma, bronchitis, and lung healing.  Mullein infusion is great in winter. Mullein tincture has been used as a pain reliever for swollen glands, sore joints, back aches, spasms from pain. Mullein facilitates 'proper alignment' , having a moistening and lubricating effect on spine and joints. Mullein flower oil works well for ear infections and pain.  Useful for Bell's Palsy and facial

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