Herbal Intellect

Hetepu! SEASON 4!


It’s Season 4 ya’ll, and for the next few weeks, The Herbal Intellect Show is having a special segment called “Herbs from Around the World”. We will discuss medicinal and traditional (ritual) uses of plants from the Americas, Africa, India, China, and the Caribbean.

On This Week’s Show:

  • Special guests Kanchan and Zappa join us again to discuss native medicinal plants of the Southwest!
  • Checkout Kanchan’s awesome list of herbs and their medicinal properties…

Quick short list of plants I love and am learning about! I like to pick 5 plants a week to study thoroughly and begin using…That’s how I am building my herbal home farmacy

Milkweed-Asclepias speciosa
Native Americans used fiber in the stems for rope, basketry, and nets, Diuretic, emetic, purgative, alterative, tonic, Native Americans used the juice of milkweed and tea from the leaves of creosote bush as poultices to draw out poison. Shoshone name for milkweed “Banumb.” The Shoshones break the tall milkweed and collect the milk and roll it in the hand, until it becomes firm enough to chew. Tonopah and Beatty call it “Samoko.”

Lobelia – Lobelia
Expectorant, diaphoretic, anti-asthmatic, Made into a vinegar and taken in small doses (20-30 drops a day) To aid in relaxation, can be dried and used as part of a smoking blend to aid in quitting tobacco, overuse can result in vomiting

Cedar – Juniperis monosperma
The health benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, insecticidal, sedative and fungicidal substance.

Cleavers – Gallium aparine
Herbalists have long regarded cleavers as a valuable lymphatic tonic and diuretic. The lymph system is the body’s mechanism to wash tissues of toxins, passing them back into the bloodstream to be cleansed by the liver and kidneys. This cleansing action makes cleavers useful in treating conditions like psoriasis and arthritis, which benefit from purifying the blood. Cleavers is a reliable diuretic used to help clean gravel and urinary stones and to treat urinary infections. In cats, these actions make cleavers a safe long-term aid in the treatment of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), and the herb may also be useful for chronic low-grade kidney inflammation. In studies cleavers extract lowered blood pressure without slowing heart rate or having any health-threatening side effects.
Cleavers is a coffee relative, and the roasted seeds are used as a coffee substitute. The young leaves can be eaten like spinach.
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Herbal tea or 1/2 teaspoon of a liquid extract three times a day
Cow Parsnip – Heracleum lanatum
Cow parsnip Heracleum lanatum has been used medicinally. The root for toothaches (placed directly to the area) or you can also use a tincture of the root or seeds, it is less irritating to the gums than cloves. The root and seeds are used as an antispasmodic to the intestinal tract. If used in a tea, make sure it is dried first, the tea is used for nausea of a persistent nature, when you have not yet vomited, as well as acid indigestion and heart burn according to Micheal Moore in Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West. The seeds tinctured are effective for stomach aches, the dose should be one or two drops. Do not use this plant during pregnancy or nursing.

And one that I am currently interested in and researching but have never tried…..

Yerba Mansa – Anemopsis californica
Although yerba mansa is not related to golden seal chemically or botanically it can be used similarly to treat inflammation of the mucous membranes, swollen gums and sore throat (Moore, 1989). This is important because golden seal, a popular herbal remedy, is in danger of becoming extinct in the wild due to exploitation. Properly managed, substituting yerba mansa could take some of the pressure off of the market for golden seal.
An infusion of roots can be taken as a diuretic to treat rheumatic diseases like gout by ridding the body of excess uric acid, which causes painful inflammation of the joints. Yerba mansa prevents the buildup of uric acid crystals in the kidneys which could causes kidney stones if left untreated. Yerba mansa’s general antiinflammatory effect makes it excellent for treating arthritis and other inflammatory diseases (Moore, 1989).
A tea of roots used as a douche treats venereal sores, uterine cancer and is used after childbirth to staunch excessive bleeding. Yerba mansa is heralded for a variety of uses concerning childbirth. A sitz bath of one teaspoon tincture to one quart of water will quicken perineum healing after tearing or episiotomy during birth. The plant also has anti-fungal properties and a powder of dried root can be sprinkled on infected areas to alleviate athlete’s foot or diaper rash (Kay, 1996).
Yerba Mansa is versatile, it can be taken orally as a tea, tincture, infusion or dried in capsule form. It can be used externally for soaking inflamed or infected areas. It can be ground and used as a dusting powder. Some people in Las Cruces, NM use the leaves to make a poultice to relieve muscle swelling and inflammation.

Zappa! Kanchan

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