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Eyebright for Eyesight and Insight

Herbal Remedies, Radical Rants, Radical Raves, Spirituality | Posted by Kim
Aug 30 2016

Eyebright Flower

Eyebright Brings Glad Tidings

The herb Eyebright gets its botanical name Euphrasia from the Greek myth of Euphrosyne, one of the three ‘charities’ or graces, daughters of Zeus and Oceanid, who was notable for her joy and mirth.

Eyebright is also thought to open the Third Eye and give vision, clarity and insight to mankind. It is an elegant little plant, and grows on heaths and pastures, on mountains and near the sea. The name is also given to the linnet,  a small bird in the finch family, who was said to have used the leaf for clearing the sight of its young. Linnet is named for its likeness to flax seeds  from which linen is made.

The Eyebright flower’s purple and yellow spots and stripes are thought to resemble common eye diseases such as bloodshot eyes and cataracts, making it an effective herb for those conditions according to the Doctrine of Signatures.

Eyebright  root, flower or leaves, in tincture or powder form, has been used for centuries to treat many eye ailments including inflammation, eye strain, pink eye, cataracts, stye, weeping eyes and bloodshot eyes. The herb’s properties are also beneficial for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, colds, sinusitis, and allergies. Skin problems such as acne have also responded well to Eyebright poultices.

Used as an eye drop tincture or mixed in a smoothie, Eyebright makes an insightful addition to your kitchen apothecary.



Sagebrush Flower Essence a Great Help for Coping With Stress

Energy Medicine, Herbal Remedies, Mental Health, Radical Raves | Posted by Kim
Nov 14 2012

Integrating Loss and Devastation With Sagebrush Flower Essence

Sagebrush’s Plant Essence Can be A Helper for Coping with Stress When Your Soul Is Laid Bare.

Hurricane Sandy’s rude arrival and destructive forces were a reminder that sometimes loss and devastation are going to be part of our lives. Like a manic maid with an evil broom, Sandy brought sweeping changes to many people’s lives, stripping them of all they cherished. In our culture, we often talk about change and loss being opportunities for renewal and transformation–a chance for our souls to cleanse old attachments and negative habits. But it is necessary first to have time for recovery from the initial shock. The problem with natural disasters and sudden loss is, they don’t care what stage of preparedness you are in when it happens. Coping with stress when external forces challenge your inner resources can be overwhelming.

Sandy and other natural disasters are a perfect metaphor for Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata). Sagebrush’s signature, its ‘personality,’ is one of rising anew after devastating or sweeping losses. According to flower essence philosophy Sagebrush is useful to people who have been stripped of their most dearly held possessions and relationships.

Sagebrush is a bittersweet plant used to growing in areas of extreme or harsh conditions like the Russian Steppes or the southwest desert. One of its most common uses is as a smudge stick to remove or neutralize negative energies from a person or room.

A flower essence tincture is the best way to benefit from Sagebrush. It is an excellent complement to somatic therapies that work to help release trauma from the body such as the fiber arts, and other types of mind-body therapies for processing, integrating and transcending the effects of loss and grief.

All loss, no matter how present, stirs up old hurts and pushes us to see our negative patterns. Sagebrush gives us the fortitude to confront them and put our focus on changing things to serve the present, not the past. Sagebrush can help a person overcome repetitive, intrusive, or painful memories and negative patterns, even those stemming from childhood.

Sagebrush’s Secret Lore

Artemisia tridentata belongs to the Sunflower family and shares some of their sun loving family traits and characteristics of strong, sturdy stems and branches. Members of this family know how to deal with themes of spiritual reintegration, soul purpose, and spiritual self development. Sagebrush knows how to thrive through and win over deep loss, cut through vicious cycles and unwinnable situations. If you are stuck in an unhappy relationship, suffering unrelenting grief or obsessing about past events, for example, Sagebrush’s resilient and persevering energies can give you a great boost over that wall of seemingly impossible-to-heal or recover from emotions. Sagebrush will literally help you ‘get over it.’ Because one of Sagebrush’s properties is to act as a decongestant, its personality is noted for removing blocks. It is a favorite plant for those needing a catalyst to move through especially stubborn problems.

Sagebrush lends the strength and courage to hang out in that empty space–between old life and new–that disasters create, and to await patiently for something new to appear.


Hawthorn Berry Heals Hearts

Herbal Remedies, Radical Raves | Posted by Kim
Apr 12 2012

Heartful Hawthorn

Part of the rose family, the berry-like fruit of this thorny tree is called a haw. Hawthorn’s Latin name, crataegus, means strength and has been noted to treat heart problems, from heart health to helping heal a broken heart, for centuries.

Like the pomegranate, the anti-oxidants in hawthorn are more potent than vitamin C. Doctors have been using hawthorn to treat circulatory and respiratory systems since the 19th century. Hawthorn berries are also useful for controlling cholesterol.

On an energetic level Hawthorn flower essence works to balance strong emotions, from aggression, impatience, irritability and the too strong-willed person. Four drops four times a day impart strength (coping), courage, life force and will to live.

Active ingredients found in hawthorn include tannins, flavonoids such as vitexin, rutin, quercetin, and hyperoside, oligomeric proanthocyanidins and Vitamin B-2. Help yourself to happiness with heartful hawthorn!

Yarrow’s Magic

Herbal Remedies, Radical Raves | Posted by Kim
Jan 29 2012

A Powerfully Potent Pain-Killer Against Life’s Slings and Arrows

Yarrow’s latin name, Achillea millefolium, derives from the Achilles myth that, when Achilles was shot with an arrow in his heel, his one and only vulnerable place (why can’t we count on such odds when playing golf?), he used Yarrow to staunch the wound. Yarrow truly is a wonder herb for stopping bleeding and quelling inflammation. Its leaves can be used as a poultice on wounds much like a septic stick. Its dried flowers, drunk as a tea, offer great pain relief for everything from sprains and cuts to post-surgery pain. It is an excellent alternative to liver taxing ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

Yarrow, also called Milfoil, Old Man’s Pepper, Soldier’s Woundwort, Knight’s Milfoil, Thousand Weed, Nose Bleed, Carpenter’s Weed, Bloodwort, Staunchweed, is a must for every kitchen and first-aid kit. For cuts, sprains, post-op wounds, its anti-inflammatory properties can be far more effective than prescription pain-killers without the side-effects and its calming properties are unsurpassed.

This humble little weed has the power to act as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, stimulant, tonic, vasodilator and vulnerary. Yarrow does contain trace amounts of salicylic acid so should not be used for those who are sensitive to aspirin. Large doses over a prolonged period of time can also cause photosensitivty. No, that’s not an aversion to the papparazzi. It means you might get a sunburn faster when in sunlight. Maple Seed


Herbal Remedies, Radical Raves | Posted by Kim
Apr 05 2011

When life gives you Ka-Pow! Arnica saves the day.  

Ever wonder if Batman had a mom hanging around the Bat Cave waiting to tend his boo-boos after a hard day of Zap! Blam! Splat! with the evil Joker or rascally Riddler? If there was a Bat Mom waiting in the wings, she’d surely know the super healing powers of arnica; the very best balm for bruising and swelling.

Arnica  Montana  –also  known as Leopard’s Bane, Mountain Tobacco and
Sneezewort– grows on the slopes of the Alps. Its German name, Fallkraut
(accidental fall + herb (or cabbage), is no accident. Arnica is a superhero
for shrinking capillaries, reducing swelling in the joints and muscles and
fading bruises super fast.

When a friend’s young son was performing his own superhero stunt on his
bicycle one day, he fell so hard on the handlebar stem his ribcage and the
area around his spleen developed a frighteningly deep and dark hematoma.

Normally this type of bruising takes weeks to resolve. She began dosing with
Boiron’s homeopathic Arnica Pellets*, having him take 3-4 every two hours
over the course of the day. She also applied the Arnica Gel directly on the
skin. By evening his bruises had faded to a significantly lighter shade. By
the end of the next day he was nearly healed.

* Warnings that arnica montana is NOT to be ingested are referring to the
plant. Homeopathic pellets contain potentized yet highly diluted portions of
the herb.
And, like all superheros, there’s a supernatural quality to Arnica as well.
“As a trauma remedy it is unsurpassed,” Rudolph Ballentine, M.D. writes.
“There is something in its essence that is instrumental in reshaping the
subtle body after it has been knocked askew by a physical insult.” Radical
Healing, p. 66.

Arnica is even touted for reversing hair loss. Sunny brand Arnica Hair Oil
claims: Rubbed in the scalp or sipped as a tincture arnica oil controls hair
fallout, reduces dandruff, prevents premature graying and keeps hair healthy
and hydrated and stimulates hair growth. Regular use makes the hair thick,
healthy and lustrous.

How and why arnica’s properties may regenerate hair growth is sure to be a
hairy debate. Meanwhile, if you or someone you know are sporting a new shaggy do since
using arnica hair oil, please send your story to Herbal Heresy.