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Post # 1
here is a list of health herbs

Bee Balm Monarda didyma Leaves, tops Nervine, flavoring, colic, gas, nausea
Catnip Nepeta Mussinii The whole herb Flavoring, sleep-inducing, soothing to the stomach
Chamomile Matricaria Chamomilla Flowers Tonic, poultice, hair rinse; antispasmodic for colic, gas
Comfrey Symphytum officinale Roots, leaves Internally soothing; externally on bruises, sprains, breaks
Elecampane Inula Helenium Roots Diseases of the chest, stomach cramps, diuretic
Feverfew Chrysanthemum Parthenium Dried leaves Tea from leaves for headaches, blood thinner
Foxglove* Digitalis
purpurea Dried leaves, second year's growth Heart conditions
Goldenrod Solidago Leaves Stimulant, flavoring
Heal-All Prunella vulgaris The whole herb Bitter tonic, diuretic, gargle
Hollyhock Althaea Flowers Poultice, eyebath, cough, hoarseness
Ironweed Vernonia noveboracensis Root Bitter tonic
Lambs ears Stachys byzantina Leaves Bandages
Mullein Verbascum Thapsus Leaves, flowers Diuretic, poultice, antispasmodic, cough, cold
Narrow-leaved Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum flexuosum Leaves, flowers Tonic, flavoring, diaphoretic (increases perspiration)
Rue Ruta graveolens The whole herb Bitter stimulant, flavoring, gas pains, colic
Sage Salvia officinalis Leaves Tonic tea, aid to digestion
St. John's Wort Hypericum Tops, flowers Astringent, externally in ointment, poultice, washes
Sedum Sedum acre Leaves Astringent, poultice, refrigerant
Strawberry Fragaria virginia The whole herb Astringent, tonic for children
Thyme Thymus vulgaris The whole herb Cough, bronchitis, gas, colic
Yarrow Achillea Millefolium Leaves, flowers Sudorific tonic, hair rinse

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Re: health
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 2
Be sure to discuss any herbal treatment with your physician, especially a potentially toxic herb such as foxglove. It would also be nice if you could cite your source and give credit.
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Re: health
Post # 3
yes but foxglove can be used for medicine in some cases
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Re: health
Post # 4

Can't forget Garlic, Ginger, and Arnica.

Garlic is a natural antibiotic (best eaten). Great to fight off infections, boost that immune system, & good for the heart.

Ginger has warming properties and great for sinus problems. Drink as a tea or gurgle.

Arnica is good for bruises. When used in oils/lotions it will help reduce the pain/discoloration. It helps heal the bruise faster.

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Re: health
Post # 5
good for my dad then that is I ever see him eat and onions are great sponges you can put one in your icebox without a container and it will absorb all the odor and airborne germs
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Re: health
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 6

Foxglove is the source of digitalis which is used to treat problems with the heart. No one who isn't a trained herbalist should ever, ever try to use herbal preparations of foxglove for any reason whatsoever as using it improperly can cause death from heart failure.

Always remember that just because herbs are natural does not mean that they are safe. Used incorrectly many useful herbs can also cause deadly effects. And never use herbs in conjunction with other medications without checking first with your doctor as herb/medicine interactions can cause serious problems.

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