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. This zone is meant to be open to ALL of those avenues of study and discussion. DISCLAIMER None 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. Cross reference at least three reliable sources of information before taking an herb. Be sure about dosage and longevity...
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MEDICINAL HERBS: Fomentation; aka- Compress

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    MEDICINAL HERBS: Fomentation; aka- Compress

    FOMENTATION

    Sometimes 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 affected area as hot as you can tolerate. A flannel blanket can be put over that and even a hot water bottle. Using heat allows for these herbs to be absorbed by the body slowly and in smaller amounts. I remember making compresses using my daughters cloth diapers, they worked better than anything else I used. I also used her little flannel baby blankets when she was done with them.

    Fomentations are used to treat superficial ailments like swellings, pain, cold and flu. Generally speaking  you wouldn't want to use a hot treatment like this in a hot condition but it's great to stimulate the blood and lymph and reduce inflammation to restore warmth to cold joints. If some part of the body has been weakened and you are trying to build it back up you can alternate this heat treatment with a shorter application of cold. Heat will relax the body and open the pores, cold will stimulate the body and cause contraction. This alteration revitalizes the area.

    A compress can also be made a little more mobile by wrapping the cloth around the herbs and tying it off, it may not penetrate as deeply but for a sprain or something like that, it's perfect.

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