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Herbs of the Month
— From the Global BCTV
“Ask an Expert Segment” on the Sunday Morning
News with Katolen Yardley, Medical Herbalist
The information given here is for consumer education only.
It is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified health
care practitioner in a clinic environment. Any chronic illness
should be treated while under the care of a trained health
care practitioner and not self-medicated.
Milk Thistle: Carduus marianus
Milk thistle is one of the best liver tonics in the herbal-world.
- A bitter tonic Milk Thistle aids digestion of fatty
- Promotes bile flow and helps speed up cell turnover,
promoting healthy liver cells
- Provides anti oxidant properties to the body and assists
with liver cleansing and detoxification
- Milk thistle speeds up liver cell turnover and supports
liver function in chronic degenerative liver conditions
- Offers protection against alcohol, drug and environmental
Milk thistle works well combined with other liver tonic
herbs such as Dandelion Root and Burdock Root for an enhanced
liver tonic, cleansing and detoxification effect.
Creating Your Own Natural First Aid Kit
- For kitchen burns, you can rely on Lavender Essential
Oil applied frequently and directly to the burn, to cool
the area, prevent blistering and speed up the healing
- For a sore throat, the kitchen herbs Thyme, Rosemary
or Sage prepared as a strong tea and used as a throat
gargle will provide relief.
- For indigestion, chewing on fennel seeds, or prepare
a tea from the fennel seeds to help settle the stomach.
- For cuts and scrapes I use cayenne pepper powder applied
directly to the cut to stop the bleeding and the antiseptic
herb Marigold, in tincture or cream form to speed up cell
turnover and healing, while also preventing infection.
- Lastly, with bee stings or insect bites, apply a poultice
or cream of Plantain leaves to pull out poison and relieve
Hawthorn: Crataegus oxycanthoides.
The leaf, flower and fruits are one of the safest tonics
for the heart. Hawthorn can increase blood flow through
the heart and is strengthening to the heart muscle without
increasing the heartbeat or blood pressure. In a clinic
environment, Hawthorn can be used as an invaluable heart
tonic for high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and improving
circulation. The standard adult dose of tincture is 2 ml
taken 3 times daily.
Yarrow: Achillea millefolium
Yarrow is used medicinally as a digestive and kidney tonic
and also used for its anti inflammatory and antispasmodic
properties. Yarrow has bitter properties, which when taken
internally, can stimulate digestion. Drank as a hot tea,
Yarrow flowers are used to stimulate circulation and for
lowering blood pressure by dilating peripheral blood vessels.
It is often combined with Linden and Hawthorn for reducing
blood pressure. Being an herb with many medicinal properties,
Yarrow is also a urinary antiseptic and diuretic, gently
increasing the flow of urine. The standard adult dosage
for a tincture is 2-4 ml taken 3 times per day.
Bilberry or Blueberry: Vaccinium myrtillus
The leaves and fruit are used medicinally. The bioflavinoid
content in bilberry works to strengthen blood vessels and
stimulates capillary repair. Studies indicate that bilberry
can accelerate wound healing, prevent nosebleeds and treat
varicose veins. In France, bilberry extracts have been prescribed
for diabetic retinopathy since the early 1940’s and
Bilberry has had a long history of use for diabetes, preventing
diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. In a clinic environment
bilberry can be combined with Goats rue and Fenugreek for
balancing blood sugar levels.
Uva Ursi or Bearberry: Arctostaphylos uva ursi
A locally grown herb used as a urinary antiseptic and diuretic.
Traditionally uva ursi has been used for painful urination,
water retention, and urinary tract infection. It works best
when combined with other soothing urinary tonics such as:
Corn Silk, Buchu and Marshmallow root.
The standard adult dose is 2-4 ml of tincture taken 3 times
Uva ursi is best used for short-term acute conditions and
should be avoided in pregnancy, lactation and chronic kidney
Skullcap: Scutellaria lateriflora
A widely used tonic herb for the central nervous system,
skullcap works well for insomnia, anxiety and conditions
of exhaustion due to overwork. Skullcap combines well with
other nervous system tonic herbs such as Passion Flower,
Valerian and Lemon balm. The standard adult dose in 2-4
ml three times per day or can be prepared as a herbal tea
by using one teaspoon of herb to one cup of water, steeped for
15 minutes and drank as a tea.
Mullein: Verbascum thapsus
Mullein benefits irritable respiratory complaints. The tincture
is used internally for asthma, hayfever and bronchitis.
Mullein works well combined with Elecampane and Lobelia
for asthmatic conditions and can be combined with Garlic
infused oil as a topical application for outer and middle
ear infections. The standard adult dose of tincture internally
is 5 ml three times daily.
Blue Flag: Iris versicolor
Blue Flag is a medicinal plant where the root is used medicinally.
I use Blue flag in my clinic for skin conditions such as
eczema, acne and psoriasis. Blue flag aids skin conditions
by working through the liver and works best as part of a
larger treatment program, combined with other skin cleansing
herbs such as Red clover, Burdock and Yellow dock root.
Blue flag is also useful for conditions involving congested
lymph glands and has diuretic and gentle laxative properties.
Standard adult dose of tincture is 5 ml three times daily.
German Chamomile: Matricaria
Chamomile is a well-known herb used for numerous health
conditions. Chamomile can be used internally for restlessness
and hyperactivity in children, combined with ginger from
travel sickness. An anti-inflammatory and anti spasmodic
herb, chamomile helps to calm down spasms of the digestive
tract in conditions of cramping and indigestion.
Chamomile can be taken in both tea and tincture, The medicinal
dose of tea for an adult is 1 teaspoon of herb is used for
a cup of tea, drank 3 times daily. The adult dose of tincture
is 5 ml 3 times daily. Some people may develop contact rare
contact allergies to this plant.