All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Herb’

  • What’s the difference between making a tincture and just eating the same amount of the herb?

    I’ve been making a tincture of parsley to drink every day, and it tastes quite terrible – is there any specific benefit to drinking the tincture of it, or can I just eat a salad or something with the same amount of parsley I’d use to make the tincture?
    Oops, realized that I didn’t quite state my question – will I get the same benefits of the tincture from just eating the parsley?

  • Is Cayenne Pepper the Top Herb in Naturopathic Medicine?

    Cayenne is considered by many Herbalists, Natural Healers, Naturopaths and myself to be the top herb of all. Cayenne is known as the best, purest and most effective stimulant in the herbal kingdom. Used in herbal combinations cayenne becomes the top carrier and catalyst in the herbal bag of medicine, because cayenne can multiply the power of all other herbs.Cayenne helps the digestion system when taken with meals and promotes secretion of all of the organs. Cayenne taken internally will work to heal an ulcerated stomach and can be used as a poultice for any inflammation. Cayenne is excellent for warding off diseases and equalizing blood circulation, which works to prevent strokes and heart attacks. Cayenne can help strengthen the heart and improve blood circulation.


    My first experience with a healing herb just happened to be with cayenne pepper. It was about 30 years ago and I was suffering with lung problems. I was experiencing a tight painful barking cough with no expectoration for weeks. I asked a clerk in a health food store for assistance. I described my lung problem to him and he suggested I try using the herb cayenne. I bought some pure unadulterated cayenne (the herb capsicum) capsules and followed the instructions on the bottle. That afternoon the cough loosened up and two days later the cough was gone and my lungs cleared.


    The next time I personally used cayenne was when I had prostate cancer. Part of the Thompsonian treatment was the use of cayenne pepper to intensify circulation of blood, oxygen, and nutrition. The cayenne also increased my ability to cleanse and detox the body. Cayenne was also used to amplify my immune system’s energy and healing power. Three months into the treatment I was symptom free.


    In my third personal experience, I was involved in a construction accident, I fell from a roof to the ground and injured my lower back. I immediately began treating the injured area with cayenne pepper powder. An MRI exam revealed herniations to the injured area. I was able to continue working despite the injuries and I healed quickly.


    My most dramatic clinical experience with cayenne’s healing powers came when a doctor of Chinese medicine called me from Hawaii. He had ulcers at both the cardiac and duodenal sphincters. He said he was in extreme pain and throwing up blood. I advised him to take the hottest cayenne pepper capsules available. Within a day the bleeding stopped and the pain subsided.


    Cayenne’s red color is due in part to its high vitamin A content, which is essential for normal vision, growth, cellular activity, reproduction and healthy immunity. It is useful to arrest hemorrhaging (external and internal) and it is cleansing and healing when used to purify external wounds. Cayenne helps heal ulcers in the cell structures of the arteries, veins, and capillaries.


    Cayenne peppers are rated in heat strength by Scoville Heat Units. Your average jalapeno pepper is rated at 40 to 60,000 heat units. An African Bird pepper usually reaches 100 to 200,000 plus units and the habanero pepper is rated at approximately 300,000 heat units. For best healing results, 100,000 units or above is recommended.


    For Emergency:

    I would place the hottest powder or extract under the tongue for crises such as shock, hemorrhage, stroke or heart attack. For daily use I add Cayenne to my food a little at a time. For emergencies I keep powder and tincture on hand.


    Arthritis and Cayenne:

    Cayenne is the only known herb or medication to relieve the pain and reverse the disease of arthritis. The scientific community has done over thirteen hundred studies and many confirmed that cayenne and capsaicin do relieve arthritic symptoms and improve joint flexibility. You can now find creams, liniments, and plasters in health food and drug stores that contain the key ingredient of cayenne, capsicum.


    How I have used the cream for arthritis:

    I put the cream on the area and rub it in 4 times a day. Another way I have used the cream is to put a liberal amount on the area, cover it with a sheet of plastic wrap, then wrap it with a sports wrap type elastic bandage. For my elbow or knee I used a sports support for the appropriate area. Treating my back, I used a back support wrap to hold the plastic wrap in place. I felt heat in the area, and if the cream seemed too hot, I diluted it with a little cold cream. If it is not hot enough, I use a stronger cream. I washed off the cream with soap and water one half hour before I showered or took a bath.


    Emphysema, colds and flu and all other respiratory conditions:

    Cayenne taken internally can quickly improve and eliminate the conditions caused by the above respiratory conditions. Note cayenne is a powerful expectorant herb. When I had bronchitis, I noticed a lot of mucus came out of my lungs as I treated myself.

    Paul Blake is a doctor of herbal medicine and a master herbalist. He used naturopathic medicine to treat his own case of cancer eighteen years ago. For more interesting information on improving your health visit The Natural Path or Paul?s Health Blog.

  • Raising the Echinacea Herb In Your Herb Garden For Use In Herbal Medicine

    First, let’s get the pronunciation right, it is pronounced eh-kin-AY-sha. The echinacea herb is very important to grow in your herb garden for use in herbal medicine. By adding the echinacea herb to your herb garden not only will you be able to use it in your herbal medicine regime but you also gain a beautiful flowering herb.

    It is mostly found in the Northern Plains and has been used by Native Americans for its healing power in herbal medicine. The Indians used the mashed roots on everything from wounds to snakebites. It was used as a mouthwash to help with painful teeth and gums. They brewed Echinacea herbs as teas for colds and other maladies, like measles and arthritis. The Indians prized this herb for its value in herbal medicine. They thought that the echinacea herb was a blood purifier.

    As herbal medicine, the echinacea herb is useful in all its parts. It is a daisy like flower with a rich purple hue. This herb will outshine any other flowers in your herb garden. Monarch Butterflies will flock to your herb garden when you have included the Echinacea herb. The best time to dig up the plant is in the fall but be aware that it takes three years for the herb to be useful in herbal medicine.

    In the later part of the 1990’s there were scads of studies that showed the usefulness of the echinacea herb for colds and flu. But there have also been studies that claim it as worthless. You will have to try it to see how it affects you.

    The echinacea herb is a stimulant for the immune system. The herb boosts the ability of macrophages (infection fighting white blood cells) to fight off invading germs. When taking the echinacea herb as part of your herbal medicine regime, infections cased by viruses, bacteria and fungus will heal much faster than without it.

    Typically the root is used in herbal medicine. If you eat the fresh root, you should get a numbing or tingling of the tongue. It will also increase the flow of saliva in your mouth. This is entirely normal and should cease in about 15 minutes. The echinacea herb is best used in its fresh state. So you see echinacea is important to add to your herb garden. When you plant echinacea in your herb garden you will be adding one more natural plant to use in your arsenal of herbal medicine.

    With the echinacea herb the most commonly used in herbal medicine is the E. augustifolia. However, E. purpurea and E; pallida can be just as useful in herbal medicine if prepared correctly.

    Another way to get the benefits from the echinacea herb is to make a tincture, (look for my article on How To Make Tinctures). In a glass of fruit juice add up to 30 drops in the juice and take it three times a day. Adjust the dosage if you become nauseas. And, as in all things in life, you can get “to much of a good thing”. If you take the echinacea herb over too long a period of time, you will over stimulate your immune system. So, take a break when your symptoms start to dissipate.

    There are some people that should not use echinacea in their herbal medicine routine. No one with auto-immune disease should take the herb since it could potentially aggravate that disease. And people with HIV should not take echinacea because by stimulating the immune system you may also stimulate the virus. It is most important to always check with your doctor before starting any herbal medicine regime.

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    About the Author
    Mary Hanna is an aspiring herbalist who lives in Central Florida. This allows her to grow gardens inside and outside year round. She has published other articles on Cruising, Gardening and Cooking. Visit her websites at and

    About the Author
    Mary Hanna is an aspiring herbalist who lives in Central Florida. This allows her to grow gardens inside and outside year round. She has published other articles on Cruising, Gardening and Cooking. Visit her websites at,, and

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