The Medicinal Gardening Handbook: A Complete Guide to Growing, Harvesting, and Using Healing Herbs

By Dede Cummings, Alyssa Holmes

Dig into the area of natural drugs with this entire advisor to cultivating and harvesting vegetation with therapeutic houses. For hundreds of thousands of years humans were using herbs and cultivating weeds came across to hurry the therapeutic of wounds, soothe epidermis irritations, calm uneasy stomachs, and beat back health problems. you can now plan and develop your personal backyard first relief kit.

In those pages, you’ll examine the fundamentals of gardening on your backyard—or in your windowsill or porch—including directions for getting ready soil, composting, and weeding. You’ll then locate targeted descriptions of the twelve commonest, easy-to-grow, most precious therapeutic herbs, with directions for growing to be, harvesting, and using them. those strong vegetation include:

• Garlic, which enhances immunity, reduces blood strain, and combats cancer
• Echinacea, which reduces irritation, boosts immunity, and has antiviral properties
• Yarrow, which hurries up the therapeutic of wounds, is an anti inflammatory, and will relieve PMS symptoms
• Elderflower, that is an astringent and will relieve arthritis and soothe sore throats
• Mint, which soothes digestive difficulties, sweetens breath, and will decrease fevers
• Elecampane, a breathing tonic with antibacterial and antifungal properties
• And more!

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Antiseptic: detoxification to the surface topically to avoid microbes and an infection. Calendula, sage, plantain, yarrow. Antispasmodic: reduces muscle spasm, relaxes muscle groups. Chamomile, cramp bark, kava, valerian. Antitussive: Relieves coughing. Elecampane, coltsfoot, poppy, thyme. Antitumor: Suppresses progress of tumors. Astragalus, burdock, echinacea, garlic, purple clover. Antiviral: helps the immune procedure and suppresses the expansion of viruses. Elder, lemon balm, garlic, echinacea, osha. Aphrodisiac: Tones reproductive organs, and/or stimulates sexual hope. Astragalus, ginseng, damiana, burdock. Astringent: Constricting of tissues, used to bind swellings, bleeding, and mucous membranes. Mullein, purple raspberry, sage, yarrow. sour: Stimulates digestion, by means of expanding construction of bile. Burdock, dandelion, motherwort, yarrow. Bronchodilator: Relaxes bronchial muscular tissues, to create more straightforward respiring. Chamomile, elecampane, peppermint, thyme. Calmative: Calming to the apprehensive procedure. Chamomile, hops, lavender, valerian. Carminative: Relieves fuel and griping. Fennel, ginger, peppermint. Cholagogue: Promotes bile circulate from the gall bladder. those herbs even have laxative homes. Burdock, dandelion, goldenseal. Choleretic: Stimulates bile creation within the liver. (See sour and Cholagogue herbs). Demulcent: Soothes and heals mucous membranes. Marshmallow, comfrey, slippery elm, burdock, fenugreek. Diaphoretic: Induces sweating. Elder, peppermint, yarrow. Diuretic: raises and stimulates urination. Burdock, dandelion, elder, nettle, parsley. Emmenagogue: Stimulates suppressed menstruation. Blue cohosh, pennyroyal, yarrow. Emetic: Induces vomiting. Bloodroot, ipecac, lobelia. Emollient: Protects, soothes and softens the surface. Oils of almond, apricot, sesame, and olive. Comfrey root, slippery elm, chickweed. Expectorant: Expels mucous. Comfrey, elecampane, coltsfoot, mullein, horehound. Galactagogue: raises milk circulate. Blessed thistle, fennel, dandelion, alfalfa, oat tops. middle tonic: helps and strengthens ordinary capabilities of the center. Hawthorne, motherwort. Hemostatic: Stops bleeding. Cayenne, mullein, goldenseal, yellow dock. Hepatoprotective: helps common liver functionality. Burdock, dandelion, turmeric. Hypotensive: Lowers blood strain. Garlic, ginger, hawthorne, motherwort. Immunomodulator: Assists the body’s safeguard method, by means of strengthening the immune process. Astragalus, echinacea, garlic, St. John’s wort. Laxative: Promotes bowel events. Dandelion, yellow dock. Lymphagogue: is helping lymph procedure to cleanse and boost. Burdock, calendula, mullein, crimson clover. Nervine: Calms the nerves. Chamomile, motherwort, valerian. Nutritive: Nourishes and strengthens the complete approach. Burdock, dandelion, nettle, plantain. Sedative: robust enjoyable help to the apprehensive procedure. Valerian, chamomile, catnip, skullcap. Stimulant: raises power. Echinacea, ginseng, dandelion, elecampane, sage. Stomachic: See sour and Tonic. Tonic: common advertising of capabilities of the full physique, or particular platforms. Boosts power on a deep point.

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