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Herbal Healing

Herbal Healing

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HERBAL HEALINGHerbal Healing: Apple (Pyrus malus)Spirit Online: Herbal Healing: Apple (Pyrus malus)There are many varieties of apples, all of them having some medicinal and cooking purposes. To list them here would be futile effort, as nearly everyone is familiar with the apple and has a personal favorite. Of the apple trees, perhaps themost beautiful is the crab-apple tree. When in bloom (which unfortunately lastsonly a short time), the blossoms are pink and very lovely. They resemble cherryblossoms.HEALINGTo eat an apple going to bedWill make the doctor beg his breadDigestion: The malic and tartaric acids in the apple can be attributed to most of the apple's medicinal properties. They can be used to help balance out the acid in the system, which especially useful for digestive problem. Eat sweet applesif you have too much acid, sour apples if you have too little or are constipated.Fever: Apple water can be a good drink for bringing down a mild fever. A decoction of apple bark can also be used to cool high fevers.Skin: Apple cider vinegar can be diluted with mineral water or rose water and splashed on the face in the morning to refresh and restore skin. Or, a cup of apple cider vinegar added to your bath water will make your skin soft and supple.Teeth: Apples act as a multi-purpose dental aid. Their acidic juices are a natural tooth cleanser, and they are just firm enough to push the gums back so that the border between the teeth and the gums is clean. Sometimes a loose baby toothcan be pulled out by biting into an apple.CULINARY USESThe taste of apple is familiar to most people, it is tangy, sweet, and juicy. Itis found in everything from pie to jelly. But the fruit itself is not the onlypart used in cooking. The bark of the apple tree produces an edible oil. An alcholic solution has also been used which is called Apple Essence, and is used as aflavouring liquid.FOLKLORE and HISTORYHere's to thee, old apple-tree!Whence thou may'st bud, and whence thou may'st blow,Hats full! Caps full!Bushel - bushel-bags full!And my pockets full too! Huzza!According to A Modern Herbal by Mrs. M. Grieve, the above is a toast to health used in an old Christmas Eve ceremony. In Devonshire, England, wassailing was once a popular custom on Christmas Eve. It is nearly forgotten, but the ceremony still exists in remote parts of Devonshire.If a woman has several suitors and can't choose just one, she would remove the seeds from an apple. She would then throw them one at a time into a fire, sayingthe name of one of her suitors with each one. If one of the seeds popped in the
 
fire, she should marry him. Another bit of lore says that a young woman would take a whole apple peel and throw it over her shoulder. If it formed a letter whenit landed, that would be the initial of the man she would marry.In Scandinavian mythology, Idun kept apples in a box that would renew the youthof the gods if eaten.In Celtic lore, apples are revered as the fruit of the faeries ("fruit of life of the Sidhe") and are believed to be a passport to the Otherworld.Herbal Healing: Cayenne (Capsicum minimum)Spirit Online: Herbal Healing: Cayenne (Capsicum minimum)Cayenne peppers grow on a shrubby plant with long, red fruit and little, flat seeds.HEALINGCold and Flu: You can make a gargle from a few grains of cayenne powder added toa cup of water to help fight symptoms of winter sicknesses, especially a sore throat. Here is a wonderful recipe for preventing the fly and staving off symptoms in people who've already caught it:Antiflu Preparation2 teaspoons cayenne pepper1½ teaspoons sea salt or common salt1 cup boiling water1 cup apple cider vinegarGrind together the cayenne pepper and salt to form a paste. Add boiling water (or some strong, strained chamomile tea). Steep and cool. Add the vinegar to the water. Most adults can take between a teaspoon to a tablespoon every half hour. If it seems too strong, dilute it.(From Herbal Medicine by Dian Dincin Buchman)Aches and Pains: The medicinal properties of cayenne can be effective in relieving pain from gout and arthritis. The herb has been shown to effectively reduce even the most chronic pain. It can be applied in a direct herb or ointment form to the achy joints. It may burn at first, but it it bearable and will kill much of the pain. Such an ointment may also be a favorable pain reliever for chronic rheumatism.Blood: If you suffer from cold feet due to poor circulation, try putting a bit of cayenne powder in a pair of old socks (it will stain) to warm your feet up andget the blood flowing.Cayenne is also a strong astringent. A few grains dropped into a wound will stopeven very profuse bleeding. A small amount of cayenne in hot water may also bedrunk to halt internal bleeding. This should only be used in an emergency, but it can be very effective when the situation demands it.Stomach Discomfort: A little bit of cayenne can actually help ease (not worsen)a churning stomach. A pinch added to foods, whether raw or cooked, will act as adigestive aid.FOLKLORE and HISTORYRoman armies rubbed cayenne pepper, combined with vinegar and rosemary, over mea
 
t to prevent spoiling. It has also been used to purify milk. A pepper is placedin the milk for 15 minutes, then removed. The milk will be hot, but all the germs will be dead!Herbal Healing: Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)Spirit Online: Herbal Healing: Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)The common chamomile plant is low-growing and "creeping", with clusters of flowers and leaves reaching about 12 inches in height. The stems branch freely and have a fuzzy surface. The flowers bear some similarities to the daisy, with whitepetals and a yellow center.HEALINGStomach: A chamomile tisane can be made for digestion, stomach spasms, gas, andstomach aches. Add one or two tablespoons of chamomile flowers to a cup of boiling water and drink slowly, 1/2 a cup at a time. When you make this tisane (tea)remember that you should always let the tea brew in a covered container or elsethe steam escapes, along with the medicinal value of the flowers.Antiseptic: Mrs. M. Grieves writes in A Modern Herbal that the "antiseptic powers of Chamomile are stated to be 120 times stronger than sea-water." Use hot chamomile paste applied to inflamed, sore, or swollen areas to reduce the irritationand redness. You can make the paste by adding a little hot water to to the flowers and grinding them with a mortar and pestle. Combine with an equal amount ofcrushed poppy heads for an even more powerful poultice.Hair: A strong infusion of chamomile can be used to subtly add golden highlightsto ashy brown hair. According to Buchman (Herbal Medicine) chamomile can be combined with henna to "add beautiful highlights to dark hair".Skin: Steaming the face with chamomile is a wonderful way to have your own at-home facial. Bring some water to a boil and remove it from the heat, then pour itin a wide bowl. Add a generous amount of chamomile flowers. Turn your face downtowards the bowl and drape a towel over your head to keep the steam in. Steam for 15-20 minutes. This will open the pores and gently release any trapped dirt. Rinse face with lukewarm water immediately after steaming.Pain: Applying a chamomile paste will help ease pain in sores and swellings. Aninfusion can be added to a bath to relieve sore and aching body parts.Insect Repellant: A strong tea can be poured in a spray-bottle and sprayed on exposed skin to repell flies, gnats, and mosquitos. This is a good natural alternative to store-bought chemical repellants.FOLKLORE and HISTORYChamomile has a long, rich history. It has been used for a spectrum of purposesfor hundreds and perhaps thousands of years all over the world. The Anglo-saxonsbelieved chamomile to be one of the nine holy herbs given by Woden to heal theworld, and the Greeks called it "groundapple" because of the sweet, apple-like smell.In the Middle Ages, it was planted along walkways because stepping on the planthelps it flourish.Like a camomile bed -the more it is troddenthe more it will spread

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