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Herb of the Week

Herb of the Week: PennyRoyal

PennyRoyal

 

 

Common Names: PennyRoyal , Penny-Royal, poleo

Botanical Name: Mentha pulegium

Family: LAMIACEAE

Pennyroyal is an important member of the family of mints, used historically since the time of Pliny to stimulate suppressed menstruation, alleviate cramps and tension during a woman’s monthly cycle and facilitate childbirth.

Preparation Methods & Dosage: whole herb teas, use essential oil in topical applications only.

Pennyroyal oil is an excellent insect repellent, and is used in many commercial preparations. Just remember that a few drops will go a long way. The oil is extremely potent, and extremely toxic if taken internally.

PennyRoyal Side Effects: Pennyroyal used as the whole herb in tea is one that can be used safely for its intended purposes, when coupled with common sense, respect, knowledge and caution. A woman would have to drink enormous quantities of whole herb tea to cause a miscarrage, so there is little chance of an accidental overdose. Still best avoid use while pregnant, unless under guidance to facilitate labor .

Pennyroyal oil, however is extremely toxic, doses a small 1 teaspoon can cause convulsions, and ingestion has even resulted in death. Never, ever, never take pennyroyal oil internally for any reason.

You can purchase pennyroyal herb at Crystal Visions, along with many other natural herbs and herbal blends.

Herb of the Week: Osha Root

Osha Root

 

Osha root is also known as loveageloveroot or bear medicine because bears, after chewing it for health reasons, are side-affected by its “lovage” properties and take to nuzzling each other. This perennial herb — Ligusticum porteri, known as osha or osha (<- cut) — is found in parts of the Rocky Mountains and northern Mexico.

While immediately effective for many wellness-promoting purposes, Osha root’s said side effects (quite benign and even cause alone to consume it) are a result of its containing oxytocin, a powerful hormone. “When we we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin levels drive up,” explains Psychology Today. “It also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. The hormone plays a huge role in pair bonding. This hormone is greatly stimulated during sex, birth, breast feeding—the list goes on.” 

Primarily though, osha root is used to support the respiratory system.

member of the parsley family, Osha’s seeds and leaves were food to indigenous Americans. It also served as a symbol for different beliefs: some communities burned Osha as a sacrifice for protection against dangerous spirits and omens; others washed it in waterways near vegetation during rituals for producing rain.

Osha’s roots were often chewed to increase endurance – which has since been attributed its respiratory system supportiveness. Native American Indian parents even used to wrap Osha roots with leaves and strings and placed them near newly born babies to cleanse the air they breathed. 

Additionally, Osha root contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties and therefore supports health or healing for respiratory conditions (coughs, colds, tonsillitis, flu, and other types of viral infections). Its antiviral properties are well recognized today, and as an alternative medicine, it’s often prescribed at the first signals of the common cold or flu. Osha can also be taken when traveling to higher altitudes or for long-distance hiking to promote easy breathing.

Herbal supplements (capsules, syrups or tinctures, most commonly) are easily available from natural medicine sources, however Osha root itself is also accessible and preparing one’s own “prescription” is simple and affordable.

To purchase Osha Root in it’s natural form, visit Crystal Visions for all your Herbal needs. 

Herb of the Week: Passion Flower

passion flower

 

Passiflora incarnata
  • Common Names
  • Passion Flower
  • Botanical Name
  • Passiflora incarnata
  • Family
  • Passifloraceae

 

Herbalists have a high regard for the soothing properties of passionflower and recommend it as a general nerve tonic to treat nervous stress. The Commission E approved its use for anxiety. Passionflower is used to gently relax the mind/body to prepare for a more restful nights sleep. Other uses include neuralgia including post herpes nerve pain and shingles. Together in an extract, the alkaloids and flavonoids of passionflower are stronger sedatives and relaxants that one isolated chemical, reminding us of the wisdom of using the whole herb, instead of isolated extracts. Passionflower is often used in conjunction with other mildly sedative herbs like lemon balm and valerian.

Preparation Methods & Dosage: Passionflower can be brewed into teas, made into tinctures, or encapsulated. Makes a great addition to bath blends. Passionflower is combined with hawthorn as a cardiotonic, and with lemon balm, Valerian, and St. Johns wort for sedative teas.

Passion Flower Side Effects: Passionflower may aggravate conditions caused by excessive testosterone (baldness and prostate problems in men, unusual aggression, hair growth, and skin problems in men and women) so this should be evaluated before consuming too much Passionflower. Not for use in pregnancy, can cause uterine contractions.

 

Passion Flower and many other Herbs are Available at Crystal Visions!

Herb of the Week: Mullein

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The ancient reputation that mullein enjoyed in both in Europe and Asia of having the power to exorcise evil spirits may be attributed to the magic mullein oil can perform on an ear ache.  A combination of garlic and mullein flower oil is the traditional oil used for ear infections which is both antibacterial and analgesic.  A combination oil of garlic and mullein is good for our animal companions as well, it works on ear mites and helps control fleas and itching.  Mullein flowers are also used in teas to coat sore throats and calm coughing. Mullein tones and soothes irritated lungs and speeds healing of damaged tissues, which could help lungs damaged by smoking recover. Mullein is one of the traditional smoking herbs as well, which could be used as a tobacco substitute to help smokers quit as well. Mullein flowers infused in olive oil are also used to ease the pain of swollen rheumatic joints.

 

Preparation Methods & Dosage : Fresh mullein flowers can be made into extracts, infused in oil, or taken as a tea. Often combined with garlic in oil and with other herbs in teas for coughs: anise, coltsfoot, marshmallow, and comfrey. A fresh poultice of the mashed leaves make an excellent antimicrobial, astringent first aid remedy for minor burns and insect bites. Mullein combines well with black cohosh and Lobelia inflata in liniments.

Mullein plant

Mullein is sold at Crystal Visions! Come on by and check out our selection of Herbs and Custom Made Herbal Teas.

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