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HERBS; Medicinal, Magical & Metaphysical

The study of herbs could take many lifetimes and there are a lot of sub categories and "herbal adjacent" things to study besides how they heal physically. As with life itself, the physical, mental and spiritual can all be healed and enhanced using herbs and there are a wide variety of ways, from teas and tinctures to Rootwork in the Hoodoo or in the Gypsy tradition and even to the use of entheogens, to explore.\r\nThis zone is meant to be open to ALL of those avenues of study and discussion.\r\nDISCLAIMER\r\nNone of the information presented here is meant to replace medical treatment. Only use herbs as medicine if you know what you are doing, not if you just THINK you know what you’re doing, if you’re wrong there can be negative side effects. Improper use of herbs, just as improper use of prescription drugs, can harm or kill. Remember, natural doesn't always mean safe.\r\nCross reference at least three reliable sources of information before taking an herb. Be sure about dosage and...
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        MEDICINAL HERBS: Liniments

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        MEDICINAL HERBS: Liniments
        Liniments are herbal extracts that are rubbed into the skin over areas of soreness caused by strained muscles and ligaments.  They also help with inflammation and arthritis. Generally they will include some combination of herbs that stimulate...
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          Hi-Ho. I'm adding quick blurbs about various ways one can take herbs as medicine. I figure that is one of the less complicated and first questions one might ask. I've already added info on the following:\r\n\r\nElectuaries\r\nFomentations\r\nHerbal...
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            MEDICINAL HERBS: Herbal Capsules
            It used to be the only kind of capsules one could get were gelatin, animal product. These days vegetarian capsules are available too. There are three main reasons to take herbs in capsule form cited in Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra, they...
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              MEDICINAL HERBS: Fomentation; aka- Compress
              FOMENTATION\r\nSometimes really strong herbs cannot be taken internally, that is when a fomentation or more commonly called, a compress, can be used. To make one is simple, make a strong tea, dip and absorbent cloth in it and place it over the...
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                MEDICINAL HERBS: Electuaries

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                MEDICINAL HERBS: Electuaries
                An electuary is used when you have to give herbs that don't taste very good to children. To make the herbs more palatable they are mixed with something sweet such as honey, syrup or even peanut butter, it's the "teaspoon of sugar" that helps the...
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                  MEDICINAL HERBS: Simples

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                  MEDICINAL HERBS: Simples
                  To try "simples" is to just use one herb. I have done this when I want to pinpoint what a specific herb does so I can use it or not use it when I am making a formula. It's also a good way to deconstruct a complicated formula into something simpler...
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                    MEDICINAL HERBS: Tea- Infusions and Decoctions
                    I don't need to go on and on about how to make tea, it's a pretty simple process. Here are a few points to make note of though, just as a reminder.\r\n\r\nWith dried herbs, cut and sifted is best as is loose bulk. If you purchase them in bulk, each...
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                      The Purge; A Story About a Healer
                      I saw a movie recently, I cannot remember the name of the movie but I do remember it was very "Hallmark Special" in theme and presentation. It was one of the characters in the movie that caught my eye and kept me watching despite the overall...
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                        Mistletoe

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                        Mistletoe
                        Mistletoe will grow and has been found on almost any deciduous tree preferring those with soft bark, most commonly, old apple trees. It is also found on Ash, Hawthorne and Lime to name a few. It is an evergreen parasitic plant and grows on the...
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                          The Barefoot Doctors of China
                          In some countries there are shortages of health care professionals for the main populace. In fact there are countries that have as few as 10 doctors for every 100,000 people and I won’t even begin to expound upon the fact that in some...
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                            TCM: Traditional Chinese Medicine
                            For several years I studied TCM and it was one of the most insightful things I ever did. I graduated from the school I attended feeling empowered with a knowledge of how to better understand my own physical body as well as my emotions. TCM impacted...
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                              MEDICINAL HERBS; Properties List
                              Herbal Properties/Medicinal\r\nBelow is a list of definitions. Often when we refer to medicinal uses of herbs properties are listed that might need definition, this list is meant to provide that. The following is a basic list, there are many more...
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