Category Archives: Folk medicine

People Use Herbalism Because It Works Better

176461~Still-Life-Drying-Herbs-and-Spices-PostersA recent study in Great Britain queried people as to why they went to medical herbalists, a category of herbalists who have training much like Registered Herbalists of the American Herbalists Guild, people with the NCCAOM Oriental Medicine  Diplomate designation or other trained herbalists. Most of the patients had not initially sought out herbalists, but Continue reading People Use Herbalism Because It Works Better

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Video on Making Plantain Poultices

My article on how to make a plantain spit poultice now has a YouTube video to illustrate the technique.  Keewaydinoquay’s story on plantain is here.

How to Make A Plantain Poultice That Could Save Your Life

BTW, if you subscribe to my YouTube channel, you will see several new videos, as soon as my son Nick edits them. (And I’d appreciate ratings and comments since it is a new account!)

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The Sweet Herbal Blog Party

Each month herbalists are encouraged to submit articles to the Herbal Blog Parties, hosted by various herbalists.  The August party had as its theme sweet ways to use herbs, including herbal honey’s, glycerites, elixirs, electuaries, melomels and the like.  If you need definitions, go down to Kiva Rose’s article which has an overview.

Kiva'w Wild Rose Tincture
Kiva's Wild Rose Tincture

While we generally want to keep sugars low in our diet, there are legitimate uses for sweet herbs.  Sugar in its various forms is used in a variety of traditional medicines.  In Chinese medicine it strengthens the Spleen/pancreas function (in judicious quantities) and formulas often use dates, honey, longan fruit, or licorice to engage the digestive function.  Ayurveda makes medicinal honey and ghee preparations like Chayawanprash. Continue reading The Sweet Herbal Blog Party

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Turmeric, Sweet Turmeric

Turmeric is  an extraordinary herb.  An orangey-yellow root that looks something like a riotous ginger, turmeric is beloved in Indian culture for its abilities to soothe the GI tract, reduce inflammation, stop bleeding and fight infection.  In China, huang jian “yellow ginger” is used to move qi and blood and to stop internal wind, which means it is a great circulatory tonic while being antispasmodic, valuable properties for arthritis indeed!Turmeric root

By itself turmeric is bitter, dry, spicy, and warming.  Dry turmeric is more warming and somewhat less aromatic than the fresh root that I find in Indian grocery stores but both are strongly anti-inflammatory and I find tinctures made with dried root to be stronger. Continue reading Turmeric, Sweet Turmeric

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Numen, an Extraordinary Film About The Plants

Numen is a film that previewed at the International Herbal Symposium this June. It features prominent herbalists, botanists and ethnobotanists like Rosemary Gladstar, Tierona LowDog, the late Bill Mitchell, Stephen Buhner, Phyllis Light, Ken Ausubel, James Duke and Rocio Alarcon, among others. Numen, defined as the animating force in nature, brings together innovative thinkers to discuss how our disconnection from nature affects human and environmental health and the healing made possible by embracing our place in the wider web of life.

You can view a 15 minute preview here:

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Rosemary Gladstar

The 80 minute film features wonderful time lapse photography and will be an extraordinary DVD to show and replay. The DVD will include tutorials on growing and harvesting medicinal herbs, preparing kitchen medicine, and on the growing field of ecological medicine and should be available later this month from the site above.

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The Herb-Blog Party

Blog Party! The Wonderful and Weedy Ones

It’s here! It’s the blog party! We have an amazing collection of writings on all sorts of weedy wonders that herbalists near and far love dearly.
Here’s the breakdown!

Karen Vaughan on Plantain!
Dragonlady on dandelions
Greenman rambling on Ground Ivy
Lady Barbara on Teaselbravado
Field of Tansy on Self Heal
Aquarian Bath on Mulberry!
Rosalee of Methow Valley on Yellow Dock!
Tales of a kitchen Herbwife on Sorrel and Watercress
Abby Artemisa on Garlic Mustard
Granny Sam on Mullien
Medicine Woman’s Roots on Nettle Seed Harvesting
Dreamseeds on Cottonwood

And Darcy Blue, who called the party will soon have her post on sweet clover (meliotus).

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Russian Folk Remedies

A fascinating look at Russian herbal folk medicine from the St. Petersburg Times:    Mumiyo is the Russian form of Shilajit.  I suspect they mean charcoal instead of coal.

Garlic, Mustard and Herbs: Russian Folk Remedies

Alexander Belenky / The St. Petersburg Times  A visit to the banya is believed to be good for the lungs, but not always for the liver.
Alexander Belenky / The St. Petersburg Times A visit to the banya is believed to be good for the lungs, but not always for the liver.

By Irina Titova

The St. Petersburg Times

If, when entering a Russian home or even an office, you are hit by the strong odor of raw garlic, it’s not necessarily because someone is cooking or eating garlic.

More likely, it is because someone is ill, and in order to stop others from getting infected, people have chopped up garlic and left it on a plate. In Russia, many people believe that garlic’s phytoncaedos kill diseases — even viruses as strong as flu.

Garlic therapy is one of Russia’s most popular folk remedies. During flu epidemics, Russian parents may put a piece of garlic in their children’s pockets. They also tend to eat more garlic in the winter in order to strengthen the immune system. Continue reading Russian Folk Remedies

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