Garlic

garlic

Allium Sativum

Names also known as:
Allium, stinking rose, rustic treacle, nectar of the gods, camphor of the poor, poor man’s treacle, Bauang, russian penicillin
Controlling planets
Mars
Planting conditions
Plant in full sun, hardy in zones 3-8, loamy soil slightly acidic to neutral
Parts used
Mostly cloves
Related plants
Onion, shallot, leek, chive, ramps, lilly
Plant identification
Underground bulb, long thin leaves, blossoms, bulblet on top, smells of garlic/onion
Medical uses
Heart and blood system, blood pressure, cholesterol, atherosclerosis, Colon/rectal/stomach/breast/prostate/lung/bladder cancer. Enlarged prostate, diabetes, osteoarthritis, hayfever, asthma, bacterial/fungal infections, fever, coughs, headache, stomach ache, gout, Liver function, fresh garlic can kill bacteria such as e.coli, staph aureus, and salmonella enteritidis, juice used on minor cuts
Rich in calcium, phosphorus, sulfur, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin C, germanium, selenium
Wards off colds and coughs
One of the ingredients of Four Thieves blend
garlic oil in the ears for ache

Contraindications
May increase risk of bleeding, allergic reactions possible, possibly unsafe during pregnancy and breast feeding,
Preparation
For blood pressure- garlic extract 600-122 mg divided to three times daily
powder extract containing 1.3 % allin
Aged garlic extract 600 MG to 7.2 g per day- contains .03% alliin
Approx 1 clove fresh daily- more than 4-5a day can be harmfu

Folklore
Ancient uses in Egypt as payment for slaves, payment for the pyramid builders
Used in Auryvedic medicine as an aphrodisiac
Food of Hecate at crossroads
Long use of warding away evil spirits
Europeans believed garlic wards away evil eye, vampires, werewolf
Dreaming of garlic the house is lucky, dreaming of eating it means secrets will be discovered
Recipes
Modified Garlic Soup Recipe
Serves 4
26 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) organic butter (grass fed)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 cup fresh ginger
2 1/4 cups sliced onions
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
26 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
4 lemon wedges
Preheat oven to 350F. Place 26 garlic cloves in small glass baking dish. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and toss to coat. Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake until garlic is golden brown and tender, about 45 minutes. Cool. Squeeze garlic between fingertips to release cloves. Transfer cloves to small bowl.
Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, thyme, ginger and cayenne powder and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add roasted garlic and 26 raw garlic cloves and cook 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth; cover and simmer until garlic is very tender, about 20 minutes. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to saucepan; add coconut milk and bring to simmer. Season with sea salt and pepper for flavour.
Squeeze juice of 1 lemon wedge into each bowl and serve.

For the garden: soak 1/4 cu minced garlic in a quart of water overnight and strain, use the spray to as an effective deterrent to whitefly.

Clinical studies

http://examine.com/supplements/Garlic/

Aged garlic extract improves adiponectin levels in subjects with metabolic syndrome: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, crossover study.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23533302
Anti-inflammatory effect of garlic 14-kDa protein on LPS-stimulated-J774A.1 macrophages.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25693973
[Effect of long-acting garlic tablets “allicor” on the incidence of acute respiratory viral infections in children].
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12718222

Garlic supplementation prevents oxidative DNA damage in essential hypertension.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16335787

Dandelion

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Names also known as:

(Taraxacum officinale)

Common names:  Dandelion, Common Dandelion, Lion’s Tooth, Blow Ball, Puffball, Cankerwort, Monk’s Head, Priest’s Crown, Fairy Clock, Peasant’s Clock, Doonheadclock, Fortuneteller, Irish Daisy, Swine Snort, Piss-a-bed.

Controlling planets

Jupiter

Planting conditions

Root is best in November, frost helps diminish the bitterness

produces for 2 or more years without replanting

Grows in almost any condition

Matures in 85-95 day from planting

Parts used

All Parts

Related plants

Chicory

Plant identification

Very common, perennial herb with strong tap-root.  Leaves are jagged toothless with a grooved central vein.  Flowers are single with hollow stems, milky juice exuded from broken stem and root, seeds identified with fluffy, umbrella look.

Medical uses

Liver tonic, leaves are diuretic, high in iron, calcium, upset stomach, gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema, bruises, laxative, blood tonic, treats some viral infections/cancers, regulation of blood sugars, helps inflammation, treats skin infections, insect and snake bites, anemia

Source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus,zinc, iron, vitamins A, B, C, D, Luteolin,inulin, thiamin, riboflavin, folic acid

Root is considered a drug in Canada

Chopped root with myrrh to make a poultice for boils and abscesses

Root with Honeysuckle flowers for tea to treat boils and abscesses

Root with skullcap or chrysanthemum flowers in tea to treat sore eyes

Root with heal-all (Prunella Vulgaris) to treat dried phlegm for bronchitis

Contraindications

Due to the diuretic properties-should not be taken with pharmaceutical diuretic

Highly effective in ridding the body of toxins, so would cause other pharmaceuticals to be pushed from the body quickly

Due to blood sugar lowering effects, should no be used in conjunction with pharmaceutical diabetic drugs

People with ragweed allergies or gall bladder issues should not take

Preparation

Dosage:

For persons over the age of 12: 1-3 grams of dried leaf per day

1.5- 2.4 grams dried root per day

3-30 grams of dried whole plant per day

Harvest roots in early spring for less bitterness

Roots should be well scrubbed, cut into strips of uniform thickness for drying- will keep for about a year

Roots must be decocted or tinctured

Folklore

Hecate entertained Theseus on Dandelion salad in Acetaria

Children often blow the seeds after making wishes.

Woven into a bridal bouquet, they are said to be good luck to the couple

Recipes

Dandelion Chai

2 cups roasted Dandelion root

1 spoonful cinnamon powder

1 spoonful ginger root

2 spoonful cardamom seeds

Honey

Milk (if wanted)

Simmer first four ingredients over medium flame for 8-10 minutes, strain, add honey/milk to taste

Spring tonic tea-

1 Lemon

1 cm ginger root

1 tsp dandelion root

Cut up lemon with skin and seeds, ginger, and dandelion, pour boiling water over and let stand, sweeten to taste with honey

Clinical studies

Inhibitory effect of curcumin and some related dietary compounds on tumor promotion and arachidonic acid metabolism in mouse skin.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1908616

Carcinogenic and Anticarcinogenic Factors in Food: Symposium

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/3527606246

The Diuretic Effect in Human Subjects of an Extract of Taraxacum officinale Folium over a Single Day

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3155102/

Antiproliferative, protective and antioxidant effects of artichoke, dandelion, turmeric and rosemary extracts and their formulation.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20646355

Amelioration of oxidative stress by dandelion extract through CYP2E1 suppression against acute liver injury induced by carbon tetrachloride in sprague-dawley rats

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.3121/abstract

Evaluation of aqueous extracts of Taraxacum officinale on growth and invasion of breast and prostate cancer cells.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18425335

Selective induction of apoptosis through activation of caspase-8 in human leukemia cells (Jurkat) by dandelion root extract.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20849941

The efficacy of dandelion root extract in inducing apoptosis in drug-resistant human melanoma cells.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21234313

Stinging Nettle

nettle-drawing

Urtica dioica-

Also Known As: Stinging nettle, Devil’s Apron, Naughty Man’s Plaything, Tanging Nettle, Scaddie, Hoky-poky, Devil’s Leaf, Heg-beg, Jenny-nettle, Sting-leaf, Ortiga Ancha, Wergulu, wild spinach

From Culpepper: “Nettles are so well known, that they need no description; they may be found by feeling, in the darkest night”

Controlling planets

Jupiter, Mars, the Moon

Planting conditions:

Nitrogen rich soil, edges of streams and nutrient rich pastures

Perennial (zones 3-10) germination 10-14 days; seed life-2 years

Full sun/partial shade

Plant 8” apart

Days to harvest-80-90 days

Hardy and easy to spread

Harvest: Collect leaves prior to plant flowering

Grown with Mint, Valerian, Sage, Rosemary will cause to have a higher concentration of essential oils in companion plant

Propagation through seeding, and rhizome

Parts used

Young Leaves, roots, seeds

Related plants

Hops, Hemp

Plant identification

Stinging nettle is the name given to common nettle, garden nettle, and hybrids of these 2 plants. Originally from Europe and Asia, found all over the world now. Reaches height over 40 in,

Stems are upright and rigid. The leaves are heart-shaped, finely toothed, and tapered at the ends,(mint like) and flowers are yellow or pink. The entire plant is covered with tiny stiff hairs, mostly on the underside of the leaves and stem, that release chemicals (acetylcholine, histamine, 5-ht-i’m very interested this, moroidin, leukotrienes)  when touched causing a stinging sensation.  Wind pollination.

Medical uses

Shampoo for dandruff, thyroid, sexual health, arthritis, anemia, stabilizing blood sugar, tonic effect on the pancreas, allergies, blood pressure, eczema, bladder and kidney complaints, lactation and pregnancy, digestion, liver tonic, respiratory, help with magnetic fields, balancing chakras, hemostatic, (root)-prostate

 

High in iron, calcium, potassium, vitamins A and C, protein, iodine, histamine, chlorophyl,.  Richer in iron than spinach,

Contraindications

None currently known–Hypertensive?  Checking…

Preparations

Joints “whipped” with stalks to relieve arthritis pain

tincture 5-100 drops a day

Infusion-1-2 cups a day

Juice-1-3 teaspoons in water

Salve

Cooked as greens

Folklore

A snake came crawling, it bit a man.Then Woden took nine glory-twigs,

Smote the serpent so that it flew into nine parts.

There apple brought this pass against poison,

That she nevermore would enter her house.[1]

nine herbs:

Mucgwyrt (Mugwort)

Attorlaðe (identified as Cockspur Grass by R. K. Gordon;[1] partially defined by others as Betony[4])

Stune (Lamb’s Cress)

Wegbrade (Plantain)

Mægðe (Mayweed or Matricaria (Chamomile))

Stiðe (Nettle)

Wergulu (Crab-apple)

Fille (Thyme)[1]

Finule (Fennel)

At the end of the charm, prose instructions are given to take the above-mentioned herbs, crush them to dust, and to mix them with old soap and apple juice. Further instructions are given to make a paste from water and ashes, boil fennel into the paste, bathe it with beaten egg – both before and after the prepared salve is applied.

Further, the charm directs the reader to sing the charm three times over each of the herbs as well as the apple before they are prepared, into the mouth of the wounded, both of their ears, and over the wound itself prior to the application of the salve.

  • Thor is often represented by nettles.  Burning on a fire will keep away lightning in a thunderstorm.

 

  • Associated with Anansi, the spider god in African mythology.

 

  • German fairy tale of six swans.  The king had 6 sons and 1 daughter.  The evil stepmother changed the 6 brothers into swans.  The daughter had to make shirts from the nettle to break the curse.  She could make no sound while doing this errand.

 

Recipes

Irish Nettle Soup

adapted from Irish Traditional Cooking by Darina Allen

Serves 4 to 6

2 medium potatoes, 1 small onion and 2 medium leeks.

150 g (5 oz) young nettles

50 g (4 tablespoons) butter

275 g (10 oz) potatoes, peeled and chopped

100 g (4 oz) onion, chopped

100 g (4 oz) leeks, white and light green parts only, chopped

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 litre (1 3/4 pints) organic chicken broth

125 ml (1/2 cup) cream or full-fat milk (optional)

To take the sting out of the nettles, place them in a heatproof bowl or a pot. Boil some water in the kettle, then pour it over the nettles. Allow them to sit for 30 seconds, then drain, allow to cool slightly and discard any stems. Roughly chop the leaves and set them aside.

Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottomed pot, ideally one with a tight-fitting lid, over a medium heat. Add in the chopped potatoes, onions and leeks and toss them in the butter until well coated. Sprinkle generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover the pot and cook the vegetables over a gentle heat for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.  Add the broth and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender. Add the chopped nettle leaves and simmer, uncovered, for  just a few minutes more. Liquidize the soup, then add the cream or milk.

Clinical studies:

The Efficacy of Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica) in Patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: A Randomized Double-Blind Study in 100 Patients

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3589769/

Plant extracts from stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), an antirheumatic remedy, inhibit the proinflammatory transcription factor NF-κB

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014579398016226

Materia Medica- Info

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As I build my relationships with the plants, I will post my notes here.  This is to help anyone else that is interested in learning about the herbs.  My goal is to work with common plants, to post only information that I have been able to corroborate through several sources.  I will also post if any clinical studies are available for the herb.

What I Think I Know

What I Think I Know

It seems lately that people are defined more and more by their group affiliation, political, religious, charitable, etc.  It’s as if you could just wrap each person in a nice pretty box and gift it to the world.  Much like what we tend to do with our thoughts on the Divine.  The Infinite stuffed into a box and served with a cherry on top.  I don’t think it is that simple.

This is what I think I know:

The Divine to me is wholly unknowable and incredibly intimate.  It encompasses and includes all things and is yet separate.  And since it does include all things, i.e Me, All things in essence are Divine….

I know that I feel the best when I am in touch with nature in unsurpressed wild state.  My excitement in seeing the first fern fronds unfurling from the ground like Mother’s own violin is a true state of ecstasy. Nature’s symphony…the first trills of birdsong after winter’s solitude, the crackling of a roaring fire on Imbolc night welcoming the coming Spring, Midwinter’s silence.

Being able to grow and create food for my family gives me a peace akin to zen meditation.  I would easily take having dirty hands and feet from working in the garden over a mani-pedi from a spa any day.

This is what the scientists don’t understand. We pass sacredness down to our children, but with every genetic manipulation, every chemical spill, every forest lost, every life lost to “progress” we all die.  We die with them, our brothers and sisters on the planet, children all of the Mother that sustains us..  Will we pass the peace of the forest, and the star riddled sky to our children’s children? Will we let them blow away for profits of the here and now?  Do we consider technology and convenience worth the cost of our lost connection with everything divine, everything magical and beloved to our ancestors?  Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past, and again be shown how small we truly are?

 

Herbal project#2

Reading a lot of Rosemary Gladstar’s work.  Brilliant woman, easy to understand, very simple ideals.  Also reading Susun Weed books.  Rosemary recommended recipes for herbal pills.  Easy to make and even the kids like it.  Made them for my husband so he could take them with him during his travels.  These contain organic cocoa, honey, maple syrup, and nettle. Made into a paste and rolled into balls. Dried in the oven for 3 hrs at 150.

 

 

 

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Herbal project #1

Herbal project #1

I’ve already been making lotion bars and soaps for a while now.  Very interested in infused oils to add to the essential oils and extracts.

Here is the infused oil started for my skin blend and my joint blend.  The first has comfrey, plantain, comfrey root, burdock root, and calendula. Second is dandelion, arnica, burdock root, nettle leaf. I let this infuse for 2 weeks at room temp.

 

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So it begins…

So it begins…

I think I’ve taken on too much, it call all be rather disconcerting at times.  I have an innate need to always be doing something, anything….If I’m idle, I’m probably asleep.  I make lots of things, mostly for family.  My goal is to make for others.  Things like lotion bars, healing oils, soaps, salves…I’ve decided to take some classes, to train as a herbalist.  I’m marking my progress here, for anyone to see, really.  To keep myself motivated.  I have a bad habit of laying down projects when they become tedious. Sure, I’ll pick them up again, at some point… I don’t want to do that here.  I’ve been drawn to natural healing as long as I can remember.  My grandmother always had books around about healing yourself with herbs. I took it for granted that all families were this way.  Through my life, I have learned that the MD behind someone’s name doesn’t always mean they know everything.  There is a reason they call their business a “practice”.  Get into an accident, and modern medicine is solid, find yourself in the clutches of cancer or a virus, not so much…  I set out to help myself with allergies, history of dry skin, eczema, hives, and asthma.  I have an allergy to antihistamines of all things, so I had to find alternatives.  This has led to a complete breakdown of our modern life for me.  Everything is suspect, from the food I eat to the air fresheners in the living room.  I’ve learned about food additives, GMO products, “organic” farming practices, sustainable agriculture, alternative power sources, alternative water sources, etc.  Herbalist training will be a great asset to help my family, myself, and possibly others.  My focus needs to stay simple. The simpler the better.