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  • Q&A: Anyone taken herbal “Lily of the Valley root” and your reaction?

    Question by Amy S: Anyone taken herbal “Lily of the Valley root” and your reaction?
    A guy at a health food store recommended it to me. The research I’ve done online is mixed, good and bad. It’s ground powder in capsule form. Anyone taken it or know much about it?

    Best answer:

    Answer by hellinahandbasket
    the lily of the valley plant is very poisonous, i would ask your doc or someone at poison control before taking it

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  • Red Barn Lavender Provides ‘Purple Craze’ for Whatcom County

    Ferndale, WA (PRWEB) June 13, 2006

    Red Barn Lavender, owned by Marvin and Lynn Fast, is enhancing the beautiful landscape west of Ferndale by adding the fragrance of over 3,300 organically grown lavender plants.

    Located in a neighborhood settled around the turn of the century by Swedish immigrants, this cottage farm is nestled in rolling hills and framed to the east by Mt. Baker. As the weather continues to warm and the plants begin to blossom, over an acre of aromatic purple flowers waving in the wind will add to the view.Red Barn Lavender was started in 2005 with the primary goal of providing the public with first hand experience of growing lavender. Since the fields had been passively managed pasture for over 50 years, with no use of sprays, pesticides or other inorganic treatments, adding the goal of continued organic farm management practices was an easy decision for the owners. Red Barn Lavender meets these objectives by hosting tours, classes, and demonstrations, as well as following sustainable organic farming practices.

    Currently, lavender plant sales are underway as the farm gears up for cutting the fresh lavender, which should begin in mid to late June. The public is welcome to visit the farm daily to cut fresh bouquets, browse through the greenhouse and store, attend Saturday craft classes and oil distillation demonstrations or view the 60 varieties of lavender the farm grows. The farm is open between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. from May through August.Lavender, used for centuries in the Mediterranean and Europe, is enjoying an upsurge of popularity, both as an aromatic landscape plant and for its essential oil, noted for relaxation and antiseptic properties. The oil is commonly used as an ingredient in soaps, lotions, and other personal products, as well as in insect repellants and laundry products. The buds, either fresh or dried, can add a gourmet taste to many recipes.

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  • Growing Medicinal Herbs

    Growing medicinal herbs is just as easy as any other kind of herb. It does not take someone who is experienced at gardening to produce a successful garden. Herbs are some of the most forgiving plants to grow and require little in the way of maintenance. Most herbs tend to do worse when they are paid too much attention. This is good news for the beginning gardener, or the person on the go. Checking in on your plants once a day is usually sufficient.

    Once your herbs are planted you simply need to check to make sure that they have enough water and are not being over-run with weeds. Harvest your medicinal herbs at the right time for each – again, do some research to determine the correct time for each one. You can then begin to make your poultices, ointments, infusions etc. Any that you do not use immediately could be dried or frozen for later use.

    Here are some of the best herbs to grow for medicinal purposes: Echinacea (help activate white blood cells, helps your body fight infection, can protect against viral infections like the common cold); milk thistle (proven in many scientific studies to aid, regulate and strengthen liver function); ginseng (reduces cholesterol and has a protective effect on the liver), and chamomile (an effective, mild cure for insomnia).

    When growing medicinal herbs, it’s important that you put extra care in ensuring that the soil is in excellent condition, free from pests and weeds. A good mix of organic matter on top of a drainage system composed of sand, rock dust or lime will ensure that the herbs will not be soaked.

    Chamomile. Famous of course for chamomile tea, this herb is best known as a cure for insomnia. It also provides the immune system with a welcome boost. Chamomile can be grown easily from seeds, but it does require plenty of sun and well-drained soil. It reaches a pretty decent height – around 12 inches depending on the variety – and it gets bushy, so give it its own pot to grow in. It’s a pretty herb to grow as it has a nice daisy-like flower in the summer.

    To start growing herbs for such a purpose, you will do so the same way you would grow any other herbs, flowers or plants. As most other herbs, they can be grown outside, in the garden, or inside of your home. Of course, you will need to choose which herbs you will be growing and the proper care needed to succeed, how to harvest and prepare them for storing.

    The flower, leaves, roots, stems and berries of medicinal herbs is what is commonly used to relieve and treat ailments. These herbs can be extracted and prepared in forms such as capsules, ointments, teas, extracts, tinctures, poultices, syrups, lozenges, etc. Herbs have been on the planet earth since the beginning of times and have a very extensive history. In fact, most modern conventional medicine or drugs are derived from herb plants using either a synthesized form of a plant or plant extracts.

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