Monday, October 31, 2022

Traditional Healing - First Aid Herbs: Analgesics - SPILANTHES and CLOVES

I will continue to add to Category One of First Aid Herbs: Styptics but for this post I thought I would share two plants that are used for dental pain and dental healing. 

SPILANTHES

Acmella oleracea or Spilanthes oleracea

Photo credit to My Garden Life

You can see why it's also known colloquially as the "Eyeball Plant" as well as the "Toothache Plant". 

I mean, what better plant to blog about on Hallowe'en than something spooky looking and known as the "Eyeball" plant?

Friday, October 28, 2022

I'LL HUFF AND I'LL PUFF AND I'LL BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN.

 The Wolf is at the Door.

 

Gentle Reader,

    Today's post is going to be a quick review of how to build a house of bricks instead of straw so you can be ready for when the really bad winds start blowing.
 
    This is an excellent article published by MIT press. Even if you have some knowledge of the effects of the use of nuclear weapons, it is a good refresher.  
 
    For those who don't, it is a "MUST READ". 

    The post below discusses some basics when considering your shelter options.  In addition to shielding, time and distance, two of the key items to consider in the aftermath are (1) clean water (covered in a previous post) and (2) fire control. One of the most damaging after effects is the fires they ignite, and first responders won't be able to deal with them all. Have a plan for that. You will be on your own.

    There is one key word you need to remember:
 
Shielding
        Shielding
                Shielding

    Shielding, one of the three principles of radiation protection is the first item we will discuss. The other two are time and distance, which makes radiation protection a STD.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE AND NE'RY A DROP TO DRINK

 

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.*

*The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

 

 
Dear Gentle Reader, 
 
Well - what can I say?  I had several posts in the hopper but my last post upset  A LOT of people. So much so, that I put those posts on hold and decided to write this one, extending what needs to be said about how to prepare now for you know, that thing that "may" happen, that the mainstream media seems almost giddy about, but those who are still sane hope never happens? The Big Event.
 
Yeah, that thing.
 
So the point of this post, in addition to all the other things you should be thinking about when the music stops playing and the carousel horses stop galloping is WATER.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

DR STRANGELOVE RECOMMENDS .....

 

 Herbs for Radiation Protection, Repair and Remediation

 


 

    As you can imagine, I have had no end of contacts from people shall we say ....
freaking out about the "hints" from the big name news readers on the TeeVee.
 
    And so ... I have been asked to give them advice on what to stock up on in preparation before, during and after "the Big Event". I decided instead to write what I had to share in a post to share with a wider audience beyond my own inner circle as well. Links to sources are in gold.
 
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, 
nor be afraid of them: 
for the Lord thy God, 
he it is that doth go with thee; 
he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Deuteronomy 31:6, KJV
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Traditional Healing - First Aid Herbs : Styptics - SELF HEAL

First Aid Herbs

Category One: Styptics


 
Note:  Understand that any information shared in these posts is for educational and informative purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, nor should be considered a substitute for seeking medical care from a qualified professional. The FDA has not reviewed or approved most of the information provided in links. Everyone has a medical history, including allergies and reactions to foods, including plants and herbs, that is unique to them and it would be impossible to cover every contingency when making broad generalizations. 
As always, you are responsible for you, and it is up to you to do your own research
 
My first choice for a styptic, hands down, is Yarrow.  
 
My second choice, and my first choice for adding to fomentations to keep wounds clean and to promote healing is Self-Heal Plant or Heal All - many herbalists since at least the 16th Century have viewed as a "Wonder Plant". 
 
Like Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), it is sometimes also called, "Wound wort", which is why when doing research or adding plants to your personal Materia Medica, it is important to use the scientific/botanical names.  
 
Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris) is sometimes also confused with Sanicle (Sanicula europaea), especially since both can be used for cough.
 

Self-Heal or Heal All 

(Prunella vulgaris)

Friday, October 7, 2022

Traditional Healing - First Aid Herbs : Styptics - YARROW

 
 First Aid Herbs

Category One:  Styptics

 

 
Note:  Understand that any information shared in these posts is for educational and informative purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, nor should be considered a substitute for seeking medical care from a qualified professional. The FDA has not reviewed or approved most of the information provided in links. Everyone has a medical history, including allergies and reactions to foods, including plants and herbs, that is unique to them and it would be impossible to cover every contingency when making broad generalizations. 
As always, you are responsible for you, and it is up to you to do your own research
 
One of the most fascinating things about the study of herbalism is the endless variety of plants that have healing properties, and that most plants have multiple uses. 
 
To keep things simple, I am only to going to provide a few examples in each category but there are many many more. I have also tried to select the plants that are easiest to grow, and plants that I have had first hand exposure to either through experience, or through lab. Many of the plants with significant healing properties are considered "weeds" in many areas and can be invasive, which is another reason why container gardening your medicinal plants is a good idea.

When growing plants specifically to use for healing or wellness, I prefer to grow in large containers where I can manage the soil, nutrients and water. I also use filtered water for plants I plan to use for healing, which is not practical for a large row in ground type garden. I will also add fertilizer and other soil amendments to make sure the plants have access to the nutrients they need.

Today I'm going to write about a wild plant that has "gone to war" and has been used in First Aid for centuries, principally as a Styptic - ie: something that stops blood flow. It also has an interesting myth attached to it, being named for Achilles.