Cris Fellows wrote:As to the concerns: I am a pediatric emergency room nurse and an herbalist. 1.) Far more people show up at the ER wasting resources for things that could easily be treated at home than you know. 2.) People are who they are, some will always be opposed to Western medicine, and that is their choice. 3.) Knowledge is good, keep it coming, pepper it with cautions. 4.) Emergency care should at least begin at home. 5.) Children are quite resilient, but if they look really ill (bad color, completely listless, respiratory distress, change in mental status, intractable vomiting etc) then please take them to the hospital or at least your primary physician.
Stephanie Meyer wrote:
My son takes a yearly trip there; resp distress, broken fingers, broken arm, ripped open his scrotum (ever had a kid walk in and show you his testicle? aged my husband 10 years immediately)
Joy Oasis wrote:First aid kit is a great idea. I think it has to have cayenne tincture as it might be life saving during stroke, heart attack, and any external or internal bleeding. I saw it stopping stronger bleeding from the wound within few seconds. It does sting for a bit, but it increases circulation, and that is great. I do not even like spicy things, but cayenne tincture is always in my bag. And I always have some capsules stuffed in case of infection or in case I start feeling colder legs or hands than I think I should (compared to my son. LOL). I avoid commercial made capsules because of the fillers.
Brett M. Scott wrote:HERBAL FIRST AID KIT, wound powders, flower essence infusions (water), bug sprays, compresses, BATHS! (herbal baths have roots in every culture world wide and are very . powerful.) So many ideas. Something worth considering here is that plants have 10s of thousands of constituents and oils, alcohols, waters all bring out different flavors or primary/secondary actions and overall different proportions. So familiarizing with different forms and mediums is important.
Plantain, cayenne, calendula or chamomile, wild comfrey, goldenseal?, dandelion, rose hips, burdock?, milk thistle!, nettles, witch hazel, pine, basil, thyme, mints, oregano are all very powerful.
paul wheaton wrote:My first thought about the journal stuff ...
If you don't keep a journal, then you are dependent on the notes from other books and videos and classes and stuff. And efficacy will change DRAMATICALLY depending on location grown, variety, irrigation habits, fertilization, etc. It is a bit like the landrace stuff in that regard.
Efficacy is critical. And no book or course is going to tell you the efficacy of the stuff on your land. It's like studying the weather in florida and then using that information in montana: what is this white stuff that keeps falling from the sky? Why do my orange trees keep dying?
So dosage on one property could be quite different from dosage on a property a hundred miles away. You MUST learn the efficacy for your property.
Grand summary: journal is required. Digital is okay.
Nicole Alderman wrote:
Oooooh! I'd love to know more! What plant(s) would you use for:
- wound powders
- flower essence infusion
- bug spray
- herbal baths
But, first, I'd love to have the wound powder, compresses, bug spray, flower essence infusions and herbal baths each feature a different plant so people document that they've learned not only about that plant, but also about a preparation, at the same time. What would be good plant(s) for these preparations? More than one plant per preparation is okay!
Herbal infusions are also a great way to consume herbs. ... An herbal tea is most often used with single herbs or a mixture of herbs for the purpose of simply enjoying a cup of tea or during times of illness. An herbal infusion is very much like a tea, only it is steeped longer and uses a larger amount of herb.
My favorite way to make an infusion is to add about a cup of dried herbs to a quart jar. Pour boiling water over the herbs to the top of the jar. Cover tightly with a lid. Let the herbs steep 4-10 hours and then strain. A great way to do this is to make the infusion before you go to bed, and in the morning you have a healthy drink to start your day! You can drink 1-4 cups of infusion a day. Keep any leftover infusion refrigerated, and discard after 36 hours. Some of the best herbs for an herbal infusion are:
An infusion’s purpose is to extract more nutrients, vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll from your dried herb than a tea does. It’s considered more medicinal because of this and in addition to producing a more concentrated elixir, it’s often used for preparations that contain hard, woody stems or bark since they need more than just a little warm water to extract their medicinal properties. To make an infusion, add one cup of dried herb to a quart jar of boiling water, cap it and let it sit at least 4 hours. You then strain it, making sure to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. The remaining plant matter can then be put in your compost. Once your infusion is finished and plenty cool, keep it in the refrigerator. It generally doesn’t keep well out of the fridge and even when refrigerated, should be kept no longer than about 3 days.
As far as the time to let it steep goes, I use Susun Weed’s recommended infusion times. You can see how the more fragile parts of the plant need a lot less steeping time than the woody parts.
Roots/Barks – 8 hours minimum
Leaves – 4 hours minimum
Flowers – 2 hours minimum
Seeds/Berries – 30 minutes minimum
An herbal tea and herbal infusion are essentially the same thing—the two distinct differences being (1) the amount of herb used and (2) the steep time. Simply put: herbal teas use less plant matter and are steeped for a shorter period of time than infusions, while herbal infusions use a larger amount of herbs and are steeped for a longer period of time. Because of their longer steep time, herbal infusions may contain a higher nutrient content than herbal teas (Gladstar, 2008). https://theherbalacademy.com/herbal-tea-or-herbal-infusion/
Judith Browning wrote:The only suggestion I have is for Echinacea. Some think the root is more potent and some prefer leaves and flowers.
Could it be listed as 'echinacea, root or aerial parts' ?
paul wheaton wrote:
Details on each would be with the BB.
Brett M. Scott wrote:HERB POWDERS make soooo much sense to me. You bleed, then then it mixes with the blood and forms a cleansing scab that promotes healing and stops some of the nerve ending damage and signaling. Its much better than a slimy salve or even wet plant compress imo. I've used a combination of plantain leaf powder, cayenne pepper powder, turmeric powder and clove powder. This recipe is harder to mess up. its more preferential than strict. I think turm and cayenne are the larger proportions. Clove is more for pain but cayenne is probably plenty for most pain. Plantain is maybe the best skin herb of all time! (opinion).
Brett M. Scott wrote:One of my teachers was always driving one main point home --- of the thousands of plants out there.. you only need to know 7 or 8 super duper well to service almost every need outside of the doctor or hospital (and extreme first aid). I think that this holds so much water but it also varies from region to region. Every forest has certain plants that occupy certain niches.
Liv Smith wrote:So, one BB page for each plant and each preparation?
Like “ in this bb you will create balm of gilead salve”.
Brett M. Scott wrote:
For baths I like to think of it in terms of what the person is needing... relax and mellow or rest and charge up? Detoxing and drawing or nourishing and rejuvenating?
So... mint, lavender and catnip and raspberry leaf for a relaxing/remineralizing
Maybe a little epsom salt, dandelion leaf, witch hazel, and ginger for a detox/recharge moment
Its tricky because mint can be very charging and enlivening for some while very cooling and chilling/relaxing for others. Right?
I am leery to ramble on about possible herbs used as there are thousands of combos. The internet probably knows better which recipes are most efficacious.
Robin Katz wrote:
I would change only one small item under oil infusions. I would not suggest anyone make a garlic oil infusion due to the risk of botulism. If they know what they're doing by adding acid, refrigerating, and using within a week that's fine, but it is a real risk if left at room temperature for any length of time.