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The Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant, which used properly, can be the best treatment for suburns and other minor burns. It is found predominately in hotter climates such as South America, but is also found in some southern portions of Northern America.
The part of the Aloe Vera which is used are the leaves. The Aloe is an Emollient, Purgative and Vulnerary. It is also used for its antibacterial, anesthetic and antiseptic properties, and is good to use as a tool for restoration of tissue. It is most commonly used on burns and minor cuts, especially good for sunburns, although it is being used for the treatment of skin cancer. Aloe is very useful on rashes caused by Poison Ivy, and it may help to draw out infection. It may help with Vaginal Yeast Infections, although this is not solid at this time. Aloe be made into a warm tea, made from the juice as a wash for eyes. The washing of eyes with Aloe may protect the eyes from ultraviolet rays from the sun. It can be taken in powder of pill form to be used as a purgative. Aloe is also an extremely powerful laxative, and it is not recommended that it is taken internally. It is recommended that the fresh juice from the plant is used, and not the store bought juice within other products or on its own. The reason for this is that the medicinal use of the plant diminishes with time, and there is much questioning about whether or not you can receive benefits from the store bought aloe, even if the product has been filled with preservatives.
Some common names of Aloe include: Barbados Aloe, and Curacao Aloe. From Egyptian writings 1500 BCE* about medicines, they used and recommended Aloe for the treatment of the same ailments we use it for today!
The magical uses of Aloe are not easily located. It is a feminine plant, and its planet is the moon. Its element is water, and its powers are protection and luck. Aloe can be hung over the home for good luck. Carry it with you to protect yourself against evil, or to protect yourself from clumsiness.
Harvesting and Growing
The Aloe plant prefers to reside in full sun, and does not require much watering. It is a perennial and does require a temperature of 41* F. To harvest the plant, leave the fresh, young leaves be which are located on the top of the plant, and just cut the older, outer leaves. New leaves grow from the center upward. It produces offshoots, which grow, seemingly spontaneously next to the mother plant. These can be replanted, as can the unused parts of the cuttings. Aloe does not require much water or attention. It is a wonderful plant to keep indoors in case of emergency. Aloe can grow easily in dry or poor soil. Do not overwater.
When intaking a powder of Aloe, 1-5 gram dosage is recommended.In a fluid extract, anywhere from 5-30 drops is what is taken.To create an eye wash from Aloe, use 1/2 tsp. of Aloe juice and dissolve it in 1 cup of water. A 1/2 teaspoon of Boric Acid may be added to preserve it. A poultice of Aloe can be made by slicing a leaf lengthwise and pressing the gelled side toward the cut or burn, and then wrapping. However, the most common way to utilize the healing powers of Aloe is to rub the gelled juice from inside the leaves onto the affected area.
Do not ingest if you are pregnant, Aloe may cause uterine contractions. Use very sparcly as a laxative, avoid taking internally unless absolutely necessary.
(Cimicifuga racemosa) Black Cohosh is an herb which acts very similar to the female-produced chemical, estrogen. It is becoming more popular as people are learning more about it. It has an enormous number of medicinal uses and has been used by hundreds of years by Native American Indians.
The medicinal part of Black Cohosh which is used is the root. It is considered an astringent, emmenagogue, expectorant, diuretic, sedative, and an antispasmodic. The roots can be boiled and ingested, this helps to treat fatigue, sore throat, arthritis, and rattlesnake bite. It has estrogenic effects, and has been prescribed to women going through menopause. Black Cohosh may slow prostate gland growth in men, because estrogen is often prescribed. It has a very wide variety of uses, including consumption, chorea, and whooping cough. It is said to calm the nervous system and stimulate the heart and it reduces blood pressure because it is an excellent herb to open restricted blood vessels.
Some folk names for Black Cohosh include: Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Bugwart, and Rattleweed. In the nineteenth century it was widely utilized for the treatment of mentrual cramps. The name Black Cohosh is “rooted” from the Algonquian language: Black= dark roots: Cohosh; Cohosh= rough: referring to the plant’s roots. American Indian women used the healing power of the herb for female problems and to aid in childbirth.
A surprising magical fact about Black Cohosh is that it is considered masculine. This is surprising because the herb is associated so much with the female hormone, estrogen. It’s magical powers include love, courage, protection and potency. Men should carry it with them to help with impotency, and anyone can carry it to invoke a feeling of courage.
Harvesting and Growing
Black Cohosh is a perennial and can grow up to 9 feet in height. It is best to collect the foots in fall, and every piece of literature I have read which mentions the harvesting states that it is best to wait until the leaves have fallen and the fruit of the plant has started growing.
To have a decoction of Black Cohosh, use 2 tsp. of the dried root in one pint of water. Take 2-3 tablespoons up to 6x’s a day. Best to drink cold. If you are interested in the tincture, take between 10-60 drops, or one teaspoon per day. If you are taking the fluid extract, take between 5-30 drops a day.
Some reports have stated that large quantities can cause symptoms similar to poisoning. This herb has estrogenic effects, if you have been advised not to take Birth Control pills, be wary of Black Cohosh. Because of its estrogenic effects, it should be avoided by pregnant women. Do not use if you have heart disease.
The Black Willow tree, though not as well know for its medicinal value as its close relative the White Willow, helps with the same ailments. It is a North American native. The Black Willow can grow up to 20 feet tall. The medicinal Willows have been well known for thousands of years for their healing value. The very popular pain reliever Aspirin © is a derivitive of the White Willow. The active ingredient in the formerly noted pain reliever is Salicylic Acid. This is also found in the human body after having ingested any of the medicinal Willows. The Willow’s active ingredient is called Salicin, which is what is converted to Salicylic Acid when taken inwardly. Though lesser known, the Black Willow has all of the same healing properties as the White.
Dosage and Medicinal Value
The medicinal Willows have been known to reduce inflamation, to treat articular rheumatism, help with internal bleeding, and it is also good for heartburn and stomach problems. They help with headaches, minor aches and pains, as well as arthritis. The Black Willow has all of the same healing properties of its relative, the White, but it has been know to do some others as well. This type of willow can also be used as an anaphrodisiac, meaning, it subdues sexual urges. Take note, Hillary The medicinal part of the Willow tree are the bark and buds. There are a few different ways to prepare it. First, it is best to collect the bark in Springtime. One preparation option would be to boil the bark for at least 20 minutes, then either take internally or as a poultice. A decoction can be made by soaking up to three teaspoons of bark in one cup of cold water for up to five hours, and then boil down to a potent formula. To intake this you should take one cup unsweetend, no more than one a day. A decoction of Willow can be used to help with mouth problems, ie. you can gargle with it to help with inflamations of the gums and tonsils. A decoction can also be used externally for sores, burns, and cuts. To make a cold extract, soak one teaspoon of bark in one cup of cold water for up to ten hours and strain. You can make a powder by taking one to one and one-half teaspoons, three times a day. If taking a tincture, use ten to twenty drops as needed daily. Everything I’ve read about intaking a hot Willow drink says that it is important that it is taken in large gulps, not small sips.
To read about the magical uses of Willow, please see the link to: Willow