Lovely Linden Flower

Linden (Tilia cordata), also referred to as Basswood in America or Lime Tree in Europe, is a widely used herb native to North America and Europe. It is a small to large tree often planted as an ornamental with heart shaped leaves and whitish yellow fragrant flowers that appear in mid- late summer.

The use of Linden began in medieval Europe as a remedy for colds, scratchy throat, flu Continue reading

Savory Sage

Native to the Mediterranean, Garden or Purple Sage (Salvia officinalis) is one of over 500 species of Salvia used throughout the world for culinary, medicinal and/or cultivation purposes. The botanical name Salvia means “to cure” in Latin , a clue to it’s medicinal importance. Sage was traditionally used to flavor meats, ease sore throats and as a wound healer. It is an easy to grow shrubby perennial with thick greenish gray aromatic leaves bearing whorls of purplish flowers in the spring.

Sage is a classic remedy for soothing inflammations of the mouth, throat and skin. It’s antiseptic, astringent and relaxing actions calms the nervous and digestive systems easing indigestion, Continue reading

Making Your Own Encapsulated Herbal Formula

Making your own encapsulated formula is a easy way to take herbs on a daily basis for both healing and as “food”. Herbs are not only medicinal, they are also nutritive providing our bodies with vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

Generally, we take encapsulated herbs that are:

  1. either bitter tasting or mucilaginous
  2. need to be taken for a long period of time
  3. herbs that should be taken in small amounts.

Mild herbs that require large doses are not good choices for a formula, they may be better taken as a tea.

Choosing your formula should not intimidate you. Single herbs or combinations of up to 3-5 herbs work best. If there are too many herbs in your formula you will not get an effective medicinal dose. Choose one or 2 that are your “main” herbs and then another couple as “assisting” herbs. For example, a great formula for arthritis could be Tumeric and Ashwaganda as the main herbs for their anti-inflammatory actions, assisting with Gotu Kola for tissue regeneration and Triphala as a general tonic good for all body systems. For each ounce of powdered herbal formula, mix .3 oz Tumeric, .3 oz Ashwaganda, .2oz Gotu Kola and .2 oz Triphala as a recipe for your formula combination.

What you need to encapsulate your formula are:

  1. your herbal formula- dried, ground, good quality herbs
  2. gelatin capsules-either small “0” or larger “00”
  3. bowl and spoon to mix herbs
  4. capping machine (optional, saves time)

Mix your formula well with a spoon inside a clean glass bowl or deep dish. Separate gel capsules into two parts, fill both ends of the capsule with your powdered herbs. Pack them firmly until they are almost full. Carefully join the two ends closing the capsule. Encapsulate herbs by hand can be a bit time consuming. Using a capsule machine with speed up the process, is easy to use and will save you money in the long run.

Take your formula with meals and drink plenty of tea or water to wash them down and help dissolve the capsules. The typical dose is 2 capsules, three times daily. The actual dose may vary depending on the herbs used and the condition being treated.

If you need help, customized formulations can be blended based on your body type and medical issues. For additional information and to purchase herbs, capsules and capping machines please visit blog.thepondpad.com or email me at herbalelements@comcast.net

If you are local, stop by Ubiquitous Journey in Puyallup, WA 253.445-6128 www.ubjourney.com

The following article is for educational purposes and not intended for diagnosis.  Always consult your health practitioner when needed.

 

 

Anise Seed

Anise, Pimpinella anisum, is an aromatic annual herb with feathery leaves, umbels of yellow flowers and ridged, gray green seeds. It is native to the Mediterranean coasts cultivated Spain, Turkey and Egypt for over 4000 years. The seeds have been used medicinally for digestive and respiratory ailments and as a flavoring in foods and liqueurs such as French anisette and Greek ouzo.

We still value the traditional uses of Anise today as an herb that stimulates the body to secrete fluids clearing out congestion and settling digestion. Anise is used as an expectorant and anti-spasmotic for respiratory conditions Continue reading

Relax with Passionflower

Blue Crown Passionflower

Passionflower (Passiflora caerulea, P. incarnata) is a beautiful climbing vine native to North, Central and South America. It can grow up to 30′ bearing deep green, lobed leaves, purple / blue & white flowers followed by egg shaped fruit. The name Passionflower comes from the analogy of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The three styles represent the three nails used on the cross, five stamens for the five wounds he suffered and the blue and white colors are for purity.

For over 200 years, passionflower has been effectively used for anxiety, relieving muscle tension, and as a central nervous system depressant effective in treating nerve pain (neuralgia and shingles). Studies in France concluded that Passionflower is beneficial for restless leg syndrome, depression, ADD, insomnia and as antispasmodic useful for those with Parkinson’s disease, seizures, asthma and hysteria.

Passionflower is a source of the antioxidant chrysin, which helps the body conserve testosterone (aiding men and woman with diminished sex drive), reduces blood pressure and stops the growth of certain thyroid cancers. Chysin is also been found to alleviate nausea and vomiting as a result of drug withdrawal from cocaine, opiates and heroine.

The dried leaves are used in teas and tinctures, alone or combination with Hops, Valerian and Jamaican Dogwood. Passionflower can cause sleepiness and increase the effects of both alcohol and psychoactive drugs (sedatives and tranquilizers). You should avoid the use of passionflower if you take an MAO inhibitor and during pregnancy. Adults over the age of sixty five and children between the ages of 2-12 should only use low dose forms and children under the age of 2 should not be given this herb(substitute catnip).


The following article is for educational purposes and not intended for diagnosis.  Always consult your health practitioner when needed.

 

Rejuvinate with Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) has been used in India for thousands of years as a rasayana (rejuvenative), aphrodiasiac and as an adaptogenic herb (relieving long term stress in the body). It is a small shrub belonging the the Nightshade family bearing yellowish flowers that ripen into red berries. In Hindi, Ashwagandha means “like a horse” referring to its unique smell and it’s rejuvenating properties. It’s also nicknamed  “Indian Ginseng” as it is used similarly as ginseng is in Chinese Medicine.

There have been many recent studies in Indian and Japan showing Ashwagandha effective for depression, anxiety, regeneration of nerve cells, inhibiting cancer cell growth and may also help protect immune function during chemotherapy treatment. Ashwagandha is thought to benefit patients suffering from Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s diseases and other neurodegenative conditions.

Historically, Ashwagandha has been used by men and women as a reproductive tonic, working especially well for men. It is a slightly warming herb, good for Vata and Kapha excess, with calming, mild and sedative effects. The root is typically used in powder form in encapsulated formulas or mixed with warm milk and honey taken before bedtime. 1-6 capsules can be taken, with smaller doses working up to larger if needed. High doses may cause stomach discomfort or diarrhea and should not be taken by pregnant women.

Medical Disclaimer:   The following information is for educational information and not intended for diagnosis.  Always consult with your Medical Practitioner when ever needed.