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Kalika
July 3rd, 2004, 04:02 PM
Additional herbs that were requested by students, and their medicinal uses.

Apple

Uses:
May be used in removing blood toxins, contains anti-oxidants, considered to be good for the liver, spleen, colon and kidneys. Also effective for "waking up" in the mornings - rather than a cup of coffee.
Preparations:
Infusion, tincture, ingesting whole fruit
Warnings:
Ingesting many apple seeds may be fatal
Parts used:
Fruit, seeds, inner bark

Basil

Uses:
Aromatic, stimulant. Used for headaches, fevers, and postpartum problems. Insect repellant
Preparations:
Infusion, oil
Parts Used:
Leaves

Calendula

Uses:
Infusion of the petals can be used as a lotion for the skin. (Cleansing and softening) Strengthen and comfort the heart; aid in digestion. Oil can be used for skin problems and sunburn. Internally, can be used for cramps, headaches, toothaches.
Preparation:
Infusion, oil
Parts Used:
Leaves, flowers

Cannabis

Uses:
Muscle relaxant; anti-oxidant; appetite stimulant; pain killer.
Preparation:
Inhalant
Warnings:
Illegal in the US.
Parts used:
Leaves

Note: Cannabis is being studied all over the world for its medicinal properties and other uses and ways to use in medicine.

Cedar

Uses:
Thought to be an anti-cancer agent.

Note: I had a difficult time finding any medicinal uses for cedar, or information on how to use it.

Dong Quai

Uses:
Slightly sedative, contains compounds similar to estrogen. A member of the Angelica family
Preparations:
Infusion
Parts Used:
Roots, seeds, leaves

Eucalyptus

Uses:
Used in cold remedies and inhalants.
Preparations:
Ointment, salve, lotion
Parts Used:
Leaves

Ginkgo Biloba

Uses:
Antioxidant; used for mental alertness; heals and rejuvenates; increases blood flow to the head and brain
Preparation:
Infusion
Warnings:
May raise blood pressure.
Parts Used:
Leaves

Henna

Uses:
Coolant, astringent; can be used to soothe headaches and fevers; swelling
Preparation:
Topical; salve, lotion
Parts Used:
Seeds

Jasmine

Uses:
Mood enhancer, lifts anxiety and depression.
Preparation:
Inhalant, infusion
Parts Used:
Leaves, flowers

Kava Kava

Uses:
Sedative, muscle relaxant, local anesthetic
Preparation:
Infusion
Warnings:
Should only be used in small doses and for short periods of time.
Parts used:
Leaves

Lemon

Uses:
Refreshing, optimistic, invigorating. Used to help relieve oily skin.
Preparation:
Lotion
Parts used:
Fruit, leaves

Lilac

Uses:
Anti-inflammatory
Preparation:
Topical, salve, lotion
Parts Used:
Leaves, flowers

Mandrake

Uses:
Treatment of warts
Preparations:
Compress, ointment, salve
Warnings:
TOXIC. Do NOT ingest.
Parts Used:
Leaves

Marjoram

Uses:
Antioxidant; Antifungal. Can help relieve sinus congestion when gargled.
Preparations:
Infusion, bath
Parts used:
Flowers, leaves

Nightshade

Uses:
Anti-inflammatory; pain reducer
Preparations:
Compress
Warnings:
TOXIC. Do not ingest.
Parts used:
Whole plant; fresh leaves

Patchouli

Uses:
Used to rejuvenate skin and mask body odor.
Preparations:
Lotion, salve, bath
Parts used:
Leaves and stems

Purslane

Uses:
Good source of Vitamin E; muscle relaxant; poultice for burns; juice for earaches.
Preparations:
Infusion; poultice, topical
Parts used:
Leaves

Sage

Uses:
Helps alleviate female disorders; has properties similar to estrogen. Helps to settle stomach, reduce acne, reduce sweating. Can also be used to reduce milk flow in nursing mothers (during weaning). Supports memory and thinking
Preparations:
Infusion, bath, lotion
Parts used:
Leaves