Hello all, we will be posting three different herbs every week and list their property’s.

IMG_5554Agrimony: Also  known as Liverwort, cockleburr, sticklewort.

Medicinal Uses: * Bed Wetting/incontinence * Bladder Infection (UTI) * Children* Cuts & Wounds * Diarrhea * Herbal Teas * Liver * Longevity Tonics * Menorrhagia * Parasites/worms * Sore Throat

Properties: * * Astringent * Cholagogue * Coagulant/Hemostatic * Cordial * Depurative * Diuretic * Emmenagogue * Hepatic * Styptic * Vulnerary

Parts Used: Aerial parts

Constituents: catechin,palmitic-acid, quercitrin, silicic-acid, tannin, thiamin , ursolic-acid

Agrimony is most used in modern herbal practice as a mild astringent and a tonic. Approved by the German Commission E internal use for mild, nonspecific, acute diarrhea and inflammation of oral and sore throat. The dried, above-ground parts of Agrimony can be used as a skin wash to treat skin inflammation and irritations.

Agrimony is most used in modern herbal practice as a mild astringent and a tonic. Agrimony’s astringency is effective against diarrhea, especially in small children, and because of its low toxicity, the herb is particularly suitable for children’s illnesses. Agrimony stops irritation of the urinary tract that may increase a child’s urge to urinate and, therefore, may be useful in the treatment of bladder leakage (cannot hold urine), bed-wetting and may help to control incontinence in adults as well. Sip a cup of Agrimony tea slowly before retiring to bed.

Agrimony is perhaps best known as a wound herb used on medieval battlefields to staunch bleeding. This same property helps to slow heavy menstrual bleeding as well. Agrimony is also considered a very useful agent in skin eruptions and diseases of the blood, pimples, blotches, etc.

The tannins it contains tone the mucus membranes making it is useful for alleviating the symptoms of coughs and sore throats. Agrimony has had a great reputation for curing jaundice and other liver complaints..It was at one time included in the London Materia Medica as a vulnerary herb…Agrimony is also considered a very useful agent in skin eruptions and diseases of the blood, pimples, blotches, etc. The herbal tea can be used as a skin wash; it is thought to improve minor injuries and chronic skin conditions. ( 

The combination of being a bitter tonic as well as an astringent herb make agrimony a valuable tonic for the digestive system and a useful remedy for healing peptic ulcers. The bitter principles in the plant support the function of the liver and gallbladder.    

 

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Standard brew using 1 teaspoon of dried herb to each cup hot water. The longer you let it steep, the more tannins are extracted. Make a stronger decoction for external use in baths and skin washes Drink 2 to 3 cups per day. Used in ointment form for skin rashes, and as a gargle for sore throat.

 

Magical Properties of Agrimony:

Agrimony is useful for spellwork for those who who need to explore their true feelings and to help balance the emotions applied to a situation. The plant is also used in protection spells, to help build a psychic shield, to reduce the influence of another’s negativity and to banish negative energies and spirits.

 

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Alfalfa:

Medicinal Uses: * Cancer Prevention * Candida/yeast * Cholesterol * Culinary/Kitchen * Female Hormones * Herbal Teas * Longevity Tonics * Menopause * Nutrition * Osteoporosis * Pet * Spring Tonics

Properties: * * Anodyne * Anti-inflammatory * Antioxidant * Antirheumatic * Depurative* Diuretic * Emmenagogue * estrogenic * Galactagogue

Parts Used: dried leaves, stems, unopened flowers, sprouts

Constituents: beta-carotene and vitamins c, e, and k

Alfalfa leaf contains a broad spectrum of nutrients, including considerable quantities of protein, trace mineral and vitamins, dietary fiber and chlorophyll, which serves as an antioxidant in the bloodstream. The deep root system absorbs minerals from the soil resulting in a plant rich in vitamins and minerals and a great source of fiber and protein. Alfalfa leaf is rich in protein and vitamins A, D, E, and K. Alfalfa extract is a good source of chlorophyll and carotene. It is important to insist on certified organic alfalfa, since the plant concentrates cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc when it is grown in contaminated soils. The leaves contain eight essential amino acids. Alfalfa sprouts are a staple of salads and contain nutrients, but the leaves hold the best healing potential.

Alfalfa is not recommended as primary treatment for any condition, alfalfa is a tonic herb, one that supports health by nourishing the body. Alfalfa is of special interest to women because of its estrogenic activity. Chemicals in alfalfa called saponins can help lower blood cholesterol (by impeding intestinal absorption) without affecting heart-healthy HDL cholesterol.

Magical Properties of Alfalfa:

Alfalfa is a feminine herb of the earth element. It is ruled by Venus. Alfalfa is a bringer of prosperity. Carry it with you when you go to the bank to ask for a loan. To protect your home and all who dwell within from hunger, poverty and unhappiness, keep a small jar of alfalfa in your kitchen cabinet or pantry.

 

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Anise:

Medicinal Uses: * Aromatherapy * Colds * Congestion * Cramps/abdominal * Culinary/Kitchen * Digestion * Herbal Steam * Herbal Teas * IBS * Lice * Pet * Scabies

Properties: * * Abortifacient * Anodyne * Antibacterial * Aphrodisiac * Aromatic * Carminative * Diaphoretic/sudorific * Diuretic * Expectorant * Galactagogue * Nervine * Stimulant * Stomachic * Tonic

Parts Used: Seeds, essential oil

Constituents: choline, sugar, mucilage. the essential oil contains up to 90 percent anethole

Anise has been a popular remedy here in North America for hundreds of years as carminative, a herb that relieves gas pains and bloating. Other traditional uses include colic, rheumatism, and the familiar licorice-flavor in cough drops.

The therapeutic powers of anise’s phytochemicals, including creosol and alpapinene, are commonly used in herbal remedies to break up congestion, and ease coughing. Anise is an expectorant that is also antiseptic to the mucous membranes. This means that anise does double duty: it kill germs while clearing the lungs of congestion.1

Anise and the closely related fennel both contain anethol which has estrogenic properties. Both of these herbs have a folklore reputation as tonics for women who are nursing and want to increase milk production , or have menstrual problems like delayed or skimpy periods.

 

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Sweet and very aromatic, anise can be used in tea, or in baking and cooking, the taste compliments cookies, cakes, and pasta dishes. Aniseed gives the Greek liqueur ouzo it’s distinctive licorice taste.

Magical Properties of Anise:

Magical Attributes. Anise is associated with the element of air, the God Apollo, the planets Mercury and Jupiter and the astrological sign Gemini. Anise is also considered masculine. Hang an anise seed head from your bedpost to restore lost youth. Use anise in dream pillows to keep away nightmares and ensure a good nights rest.

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