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"Catnip" The Ancient Herbal Remedy

Nepeta cataria. Labiatae                                                                             

Found in hedges and on waste-places. Greyish, strongly scented. Flowers white or pale lavender, hooded. Cats eat the leaves for their medicinal properties and like to roll in this plant – hence the name. It is an ancient herbal remedy, especially good for babies and young children, but it is excellent for the old as well.

Use, internal: Pain relief – pains of all kinds, but especially those associated with digestion, menstruation . To cure spasm colic, whooping cough. To expel wind and intestinal gas, cure hiccups and ease stomach spasms. Catnip is very soothing to the nerves.

Dose: Of a standard brew of the leaf sprays and flowers, a wineglass morning and night. Children: a teaspoon of the standard brew, before meals, sweetened with honey. (Honey is not recommended for children less than one year old.)


"Burdock" Most Valued in Herbal Medicine

Arctium lappa, Compositae                                                                                                                     Found on wastelands and by roadsides. Burdock has large rhubarb-like leaves and thistle-like pale purple flowers which form barbed burrs, which adhere to clothing and to the bodies of animals. It is much disliked as a pasture weed, since it clings to wool and spoils the quality (“Good for nothing “, the farmer said, as he made a sweep at the burdock’s head.) All parts are medicinal: roots leaves and burs. Burdock is one of the most valued plants in herbal medicine.

Use, internal: Remedy for all blood disorders, including chronic ones: gout, rheumatism, arthritis, sciatica. Burdock rapidly increases the flow of urine.

Use, external: For treatment of burns, scalds, skin irritation, boils, carbuncles, and skin parasites, apply a strong standard brew as a lotion. For burns, lay on the bruised leaves and bind in place. The bruised leaves are also a remedy against ringworm.

Dose: One ounce of bruised, sliced rood in three-quarters of a pint of water, simmer for and quarter of an hour and then steep for three hours. Take a small cupful, sweeten with honey, night and morning. In chronic blood disorders, take a cupful three times daily. To make a stronger brew, use more root and add some of the burs as well.


"Borage" the Starflower

Borago officinalis. Boraginaceae


Found in fields and woods, likes dry ground. Leaves are rough, flowers of wheel form and brilliant blue shade.

Use, internal:

To strengthen the heart and limbs. Mildly laxative, it is good for ailments of the digestive system. A jaundice remedy. Tonic and nervine. Borage is said to cleanse all poisons from the blood. It is used by Arabs as a salad herb; the women eat it to increase their milk when nursing babies. Borage is always linked with courage ( “cor” is Latin for “ heart “).

Use, external:

Borage is said to have powers against the stings and bites of poisonous creatures such as snakes, scorpions, and rabid dogs. Such claims must of course be seen in their true perspective as indicators of the herb’s prophylactic or curative virtues. Externally, the standard brew makes an excellent eye lotion. For ringworm, pulp the leaves and squeeze the juice onto effective areas.


 Eat small handfuls of the leaves and flowers, divided into several salad meals, or make a standard brew and drink morning and night, a small cupful at a time.


Strengthening " Boneset"

Eupatorium perfoliatu. Compositae

Found in damp places.

Has rough hairy stems. Leaves also rather hairy. Flowers are white and creamy, and very numerous. Named after King Eupator, king of Pontus, who discovered and extolled the medicinal uses of this plant. Its common name of boneset came from the success abtained with this plant in speeding setting of broken bones and soothing aching ones.

Use, internal: It is useful in all forms of fever and colds, and in all bone weekness from rickets to tender or aching bones.

Dose: A standard brew of the flowering tops or leaves, a half cupful morning and night.


Healing Blackberry Leaves

Rubus fruticosus. Rosaceae                                                                       

Found in hedgerows, woodlands, and by stream sides, blackberry or bramble is well known and widespread.

It is distinguished by its prickly foliage and stems, white, rose –form flowers and big, juice black fruits.

 A plant rich in medicinal properties. Other species Rubus (such as raspberry, loganberry, and dewberry) share the same properties.

Use internal: To cool the body, tonify the nerves, relieve anemia, ease general debility, clear blood and skin disorders. A pregnancy tonic. An effective remedy for prolonged diarrhea.

  Use external: The brew, drunk daily and applied as a lotion, is a famed cure for eczema. Fresh leaves are warmed over a fire and applied by Gypsies to heal and soothe sores.

Dose: Eat as many of the raw, ripe berries as desired. For infants, make a juice from the berries. Or use a Standard Brew of the leaves, one cupful sweeten with honey.


“Angelica”the Soother for the Digestive System

(Archangelica officinalis. Umbelliferae)

Found in damp and woodland places, and cultivated in gardens. Angelica is a rather hairy plant with ferny leaves, and umbels of white flowers of most powerful and fragrant scent.

Use internal: For all digestive troubles, including colic, and heartburn. The leaves broad leaf stalks and roots are used. It is a cordial drink with honey. Candied angelica stalks are a popular sweetmeat in France and Spain, and candy is valued for its tonic properties and for fertility. The tea is a good eye tonic, strained carefully before use.

Dose: One teaspoon of Roots to one and a half cups of water, to bring up wind and to soothe disordered stomachs. It is important not to confuse this plant with hemlock, of the same family, which has a poisonous principle, conine.


Cleansing Aloe Powder

Cleansing Aloe Powder ( Aloe barbadensis or A. vera. Aloaceae)

Found wild in dry, sandy and rocky regions, aloes are also much cultivated. The leaves grow in wands and are tall, fleshy and spike-toothed to protect them from grazing animals.

The Indians call them "Wand of Heaven" because of their wonderful medicinal powers.

Legend says that it is the only plant which came direct from the Garden of Eden.

The juice is pressed from the leaves, sun-dried, and used as a powerful laxative and blood cleanser.

Use-internal: Treatment of constipation, intestinal worms, indigestion, lack of appetite.

Use-external: To cure wounds, sores, ulcers in the mouth and to allay heat rash or poison ivy rash. Apply the fresh, cool gummy juice direct fro the fresh leaves, first shaving off the spiked borders and then cutting the leaves crosswise to release the juice. A famed mastitis cure.


Dose: It is the powdered juice which is most used in medicine. Two to four grains ( about one pinch), take in a half cupful of warm milk, sweeten with molasses or honey.


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