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i have this newsletter thing from the health food store that i really enjoyed. it lists "underused" herbs and their uses. i thought i'd post a few of them. maybe one per day. you all are welcome to post some of your own as well, whether they're well known or not, or discuss which herbs you've used, what works for you etc.<br><br><br><br>
today i'm posting about cinnamon, because i'm having toast with sugar and cinnamon and hot chocolate with a dash of cinnamon in it. this is what i used to eat as a kid on saturday mornings and i still do now and then, especially on cold mornings and when i'm not feeling well. it's windy and gloomy outside and i just got back from the doctor so it seemed a good day for it.<br><br><br><br>
the following are taken from:<br><br>
~Fabulous Underused Herbs. "The Natural Path" newsletter Vol.6 No.9 by Linda Woolven, B.A., and Ted Snider, B.Ed., M.A.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Cinnamon<br><br>
Best known for flavouring food, cinnamon is warming to the system and is used to warm the internal organs, helping to treat stubborn diarrhea, indigestion, gas, bloadting, dysentery, abdominal pain, cramping and spasming in the digestive tract, coughs, wheezing, lower back and heart pain. Its astringent properties also make it useful for stopping bleeding from the uterus. In addition, cinnamon has antibacterial and antifungal activity, including powerful activity against candida.<br><br>
Cinnamon helps balance blood sugar levels, making it useful for diabetics and hypoglycemics.
 

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Oooh - I adore cinnamon. I would love to read about underused herbs because I am trying to experiment more with my cooking and I always forget about adding herbs. Rock on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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well here's another because i'm not sure if i'll get online tomorrow.<br><br>
taken again from the same newsletter as above.<br><br><br><br>
Catnip<br><br>
Although this herb is best knwon as a treat for cats, it is also a very useful herb for people. Catnip is famous for its ability to sedate the central nervous system, by gently relieving nervous congestion from built up emotional tensions. It is widely used to reieve insomnia, hyperactivity in children and anxiety. But catnip is also wonderful for treating colds, fevers and diarrhea. Catnip's soothing properties also make it valuable in treating colic and gas. Other uses of catnip includ treating iron-deficiency anemia, menstrual disorders, chronic coughs and toothache.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
i love these newsletters, i'm always popping into the healthfood store to pick up the latest issues.
 

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I dont have a newsletter in front of me or anything.. but I use charcoal to treat my upset stomach or anything that isnt right. Charcoal absorbs the toxins in the system. You have to be careful, cause it will also absorb any other additional medication, or vitamins you are taking. I use it when I am really sick in the tummy, and it seems to help.
 

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This is so cool Lady Faile! Cinnamon...mmmmm. I know that Ginger is also a warming herb and warming herbs (if you have them too often) will make you start your period sooner than scheduled. Weird!...I know. I love ginger tea too. YUM.
 

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speaking of warming<br><br><br><br>
Cayenne<br><br>
This plant originates from South and Central America where the natives used it for scorews of diseases. Cayenne is a stimulant, astringent, carmative and astispasmodic that is considered a first aid remedy for most conditions. It is used for diarrhea, cramps, muscle spasms, pains in the stomach and bowels, pain, shingles, sore throats, heart and circulatory problems, preventing heart attacks, strokes, to treat high or low blood pressure, colds, flues, fevers, headaches, hemorrhages, constipation, indigestion, depression and arthritis, energy loss and for weight loss. Some herbalists use cayenne for almost any illness in a crisis, and will use it alone or in combination with other herbs, as in pleurisy, pneumonia or in heavy bleeding. When uncooked, cayenne powder is supposed to be unirritating. Externally, cayenne is used for toothache, swelling, inflammation, arthritis, neuralgia, rheumatism and backache. When combined with plantain, cayenne can be used externally to draw out embedded foreign objects.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
in a different newsletter i also read that cayenne has vitamin A and C and is an antioxidant, and that you can also apply it to the skin for joint pain, bruises and sprains.
 

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i didn't know that about ginger and periods, that's wierd. could be handy though if you're like me and get crampy and bloaty and yucky feeling for a day before it starts and then once it does you feel ten times better. i can see how rushing it along could be a good thing.
 

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Ohhh I love this thread! yay!<br><br>
Thanks for all the great info LadyFaile, this is a GREAT thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Anyhow I wanted to chime in with a favorite herb of mine which is<br><br>
DAMIANA. It is wonderful nervine as well as very relaxing. It helps soothe frayed nerves, anxiety and depression. It also strenthgens the reproductive system of both men & women, promotes fertility and increases sexual vitality as it's an aphrodisiac! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Damiana is a bit bitter & has a very distinct flavor, I know alot of people prefer it in capsules/tincture form but it makes a wonderful tea with rasberry leaf,oatstraw and nettles (which btw are all very nourishing herbs for women).<br><br><br><br>
I also wanted to add cayenne is a great pain reliever for sore joints, I made a linament a couple years ago that worked great when I was having knee troubles.<br><br><br><br>
Arnica also works GREAT for pain relief due to sprains, sore muscles, achy joints,bruises,arthritis,etc-applied topically in oil or a salve (most HFS carry it btw) I use it alot as a massage therapist and it works wonders!!!
 

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hey no prob. it's not really my info, just passing it along.<br><br><br><br>
i love arnica. i have some arnica hand lotion and it works so amazingly well when my hands are chapped and you only need a tiny little bit. i'm hoping to pick up some pure arnica ointment or creme to take to the bike races for the guys. one gets sore back muscles and the other gets sore joints.
 

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I think it's great that you all are doing this. I worked as an herb specialist for about a year in a HFS until we moved and the drive was just too far. I loved the job, though and hate that there's no place like it closer to us.<br><br><br><br>
I wanted to pipe in that if you have a cut that you can't get the bleeding to stop, you can sprinkle cayenne on it. It sounds horrible, but I have done this before and it isn't in the least!<br><br><br><br>
Arnica we use all of the time. The girls are always bumping their shins or falling down on a knee or something and we immediately rub arnica on these things. One day I whacked my leg on the dishwasher door so hard I saw stars. I rubbed arnica on it and it *never* bruised (and I bruise if you look at me too hard). However, you should never take arnica orally.
 

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MoonDansyr...why shouldn't a person take Arnica orally? They sell it at my work in the oral form and lots of my customers use it and have great results. Is there some not well known scary side-effect or something?
 

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Herself- what do the customers take arnica for orally? I have never heard of this so I am super curious to find out now!<br><br><br><br>
Here is a wonderful herb tea I thought I'd share for cramps since the topic of menstration came up..this one is by Rosemary Gladstar and comes from her book "FAMILY HERBAL". This tea is loaded with calcium which is something your body needs desperatly as your levels of calcium drop about 10 days before you start to bleed causing cramps,headaches, water retention,etc..<br><br><br><br>
2 parts nettle<br><br>
2 parts oatstraw<br><br>
2 parts pennyroyal<br><br>
1 part horsetail<br><br>
1 part peppermint<br><br>
1 part raspberry leaf<br><br><br><br>
(**please note- do NOT use this tea if you think you may be pregnant as the pennyroyal in it promotes bleeding)<br><br><br><br>
i usually use an ounce as a part and mix up a big batch of this & use dry herbs, though you can also use fresh if you have them and a teaspoon to measure out a small batch or whatever way you want to do it)<br><br><br><br>
combine an ounce of the herbs in a pot (i use a tea press) and pour a pint of boiling water over them, steep for 15 min. Drink 3-4 cups daily starting 10 days before your period and you WILL see a difference!!!!!! This stuff is great!
 

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When I would get impatient and really want my period to come, I would drink lots of pennyroyal tea. It does the job, but if you drink too much (and 3-4 cups a day for 10 days seems like a lot!), you can get really bad cramps and wish you'd left well enough alone.
 

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actually the tea works to PREVENT cramps as it calcium rich..The pennyroyal is just 2 parts of 9..though I suppose you could always just leave the pennyroyal out if your worried about it as it will still be high in calcium with the oats & nettles. As for the quantity I don't find it strange at all as most tonic formulas are designed to be taken over a period of weeks (or even months in most cases).
 

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aprilmoonflower......People take it for sports injuries (or any serious injury), arthritis, basically joint and/or tendon pain. It's acutally the homeopathic remedy called arnica montana. It is an incredibly diluted form of arnica itself. This company makes it to take internally (I don't see their pure arnica montana on the site though):<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.hylands.com" target="_blank">http://www.hylands.com</a><br><br><br><br>
Homeopathy is NOT the same thing as Herbalism however.
 

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Herself- that makes sense if it's homeopathic, I thought you were talking about the client taking the herb as if it were a tincture or something, hehe! Thanks for the info.! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Arnica is poison. I would not personally even put it on broken skin, but I do use it liberally on stiff muscles. Wonderful used the right way. You can also make an infused oil from fresh St John's Wort flowers that gives very much the same effect as arnica gel with out the toxic problems (good if there are small children in the house).<br><br><br><br>
Wow, last time I saw this thread it was about cinnamon.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Herself</i><br><br><b>MoonDansyr...why shouldn't a person take Arnica orally? They sell it at my work in the oral form and lots of my customers use it and have great results. Is there some not well known scary side-effect or something?</b></div>
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You *can* take it orally but in MAJOR moderation. Too much can be toxic. We keep it here in tincture form (which can be oral or external), and I prefer to just "rub" it into the affected area.<br><br><br><br>
If someone had some sort of internal bruising (from surgery or somthing of the sort) - - I might then suggest taking 1-5 drops ... starting ONLY with 1 drop (which isn't much at all).<br><br><br><br>
I have several different herb books and they all state to either NOT take it orally or to take it with great caution - - all citing toxicity.<br><br><br><br>
However, all this being said, I wouldn't run a household without it! It also goes hiking/camping with me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Edited: I just went back and read the rest of the posts ... homeopathic remedies are made with miniscule amounts of an herb and in that form, I can see taking it orally.
 
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