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Yesterday, I had to explain to a male co-worker why women get urinary tract infections (aka bladder infections or “UTIs”) more often than men. “Ahem,” I stuttered, “Not sure how to put this…especially in an open cubicle workspace…but it has to do with the – the – the differences in our, um, well, our anatomies.” “Oh,” he said. Then, “OH!” I could see the light bulb shining brightly over his head. “Okay, say no more.” I started chuckling a bit to myself, and then a light bulb came on over my head as well. It hit me that this would … Continue reading
So far, we’ve covered 7 herb groups (diuretic, cathartic, hepatic, expectorant, emmenagogue, alterative, and cardiac/hypotensive) and 5 organ systems (urinary, digestive, respiratory, reproductive, and circulatory). Let’s keep going, shall we? Nervous system: Nervine and antispasmodic herbs have a particular fondness for the nervous system. Nervine herbs tone and strengthen the nervous system, while antispasmodics help relieve pain by preventing involuntary or voluntary muscle spasms throughout the body. Example herbs include Catnip (Nepeta cataria), Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Lobelia or Indian tobacco (Lobelia inflata), Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), and Valerian (Valeriana officinalis). Integumentary system: This … Continue reading
So you now know how to make herbal preparations for both internal (capsules, infusions, tinctures) and external (poultices, fomentations, salves) use. But what herb or herbs should you use in your tisane, decoction, ointment, or syrup? The answer to this question (pay attention because I’m about to tell you what I spent thousands of dollars and a couple years learning while obtaining my Master Herbalist diploma) depends on whether you’re taking the herbs for overall health, to support a particular organ system or systems, or trying to solve a specific health issue or problem. You see, there are 15 groups of … Continue reading