21st March 2011, 22:51
Herbs, Plants, and Other Natural Remedies
I would like for this to be a thread where we can all share and discuss natural remedies that we know of, or resources to help with learning and creating them.
Here's a resource to start with: http://www.learningherbs.net/onlinem...w/herbwebinar/
Herbs Demystified: Remedies for Family Health
A FREE webinar with herbalist Rosemary Gladstar
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 8:30 PM EDT (7:30 Central, 6:30 Mountain, 5:30 Pacific)
Rosemary Gladstar co-founded Sage Mountain Herbs and Traditional Medicinals, a company that I can say from personal experience gives awesome quality to the public, I love their herbal teas and use them all the time, whenever I need them, the website for which can be found here.
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24th March 2011, 21:30
Re: Herbs, Plants, and Other Natural Remedies
Back from the webinar last night, it was quite a good experience. There were some things that I already knew that were reinforced, and other things I learned that I did not know before.
Some notes for those that missed it:
? One thing Rosemary Gladstar kept making a point of was that it is more effective to know and be deeply familiar with a few herbs and plants (about 10 – 15) and their many uses, rather than to know many herbs but only a few uses for each.
? A useful tool for doing this is to make a list – your list – of readily/easily available herbs/plants that you can use. This is your “Materia Medica,” and deeply research and become familiar with the plants in your Materia Medica (be sure to reference at least 3 good herb books), use them, practice and prepare things with them constantly. She also said that, “This is when the essence of the plant truly begins to speak to you.”
Herbs on her personal list that she covered in the webinar were: Burdock, Nettle, Valerian, Peppermint, Dandelion, Goldenseal, Lemon balm, Oats (the tops), and Cayenne.
Other herbs she listed for suggestion were: Echinacea, Hawthorne, S. Ginseng, Turmeric, Lavender, Licorice, Astragalus, Milk Thistle, Ginger, Garlic, Yarrow, and St. John’s wort.
Rosemary Gladstar detailed that there were three different classes of herbs in herbalism:
1) Adaptogenic/tonic herbs: food herbs; herbs with a long history of use. Ex: Chamomile.
2) Medicinal herbs: can cross-over between tonic herbs; for specific ailments. Ex: peppermint, chamomile.
3) Powerful herbs: used in pharmaceuticals; mostly rich in alkaloid and glycosides; marked physiological actions in the body. Ex: goldenseal, tobacco.
Books suggested by Rosemary Gladstar during the webinar:
Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions by Dr. Francis Brinker (Eclectic Medical Publications, Oregon)
Botanical safety Handbook edited by Michael McGuffin, Christopher Hobbs, Roy Upton, and Alicia Goldberg (CRC Press, Washington DC)
Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions Bible by Richard Harkness & Steven Bratman (Prima Publications)
Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Andrew Chevalier
The Way of Herbs by Dr. Michael Tierra
Healing with the Herbs of Life by Leslie Tierra
The New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman
The Herbalist’s Way by Michael and Nancy Phillips
Books by Rosemary Gladstar:
Herbs for the Home Medicine Chest
Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health (This book has over 175 teas, tonics, oils, salves, tinctures, and other natural remedies).
Website for Rosemary Gladstar, plus lots of excellent information: http://sagemountain.com/
Personal notes from Vajdan?: Burdock and Dandelion are top on my list in my personal “Materia Medica,” as they grow wild everywhere in the area where I live and in my yard, and so are very accessible to me no matter where I am if I need them. Also, plantain (leafy herb), and jewelweed are wild-growing and easily available to me where I live as well.
Just got a message in my inbox that a replay of the webinar can be watched/listened to at: http://webinar6370.s3.amazonaws.com/rosemary.mp4 Yay!
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27th March 2011, 05:06