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Boneset – “Native American people used boneset to make an infusion for treating colds, fever, and arthritic and rheumatic pain... Boneset’s common name derives from its ability to treat “break-bone-fever. The plant stimulates resistance to viral and bacterial infections, and reduces fever by encouraging sweating”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Andrew Chevallier, p. 208)
Chamomile (German) - Key actions: Anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic, antispasmodic, relaxant, carminative and mild bitter. Uses: Chamomile is used for various digestive ailment. “The herb is valuable for pain, indigestion, acidity, gas, gastritis, bloating, and colic. It is also used for hiatus hernia, peptic ulcer, Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Andrew Chevallier, p. 80) Chamomile is used regularly in treatments for irritable bowel syndrome because of its antispasmodic properties. Chamomile is recognized by medical research as having value in preventing and treating peptic ulcers. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory and antihistamine actions which soothe the digestive tract. Also Chamomile counteracts Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium associated with a majority of peptic ulcer cases.
Pleurisy - was used by both settlers and Native American Indians to make a tea to induce perspiration and expectoration in severe respiratory ailments, including pleurisy, whooping cough, and pneumonia. Pleurisy is also used for influenza. Pleurisy primary usage is relieving the pain and inflammation of pleurisy, pleurisy root has other applications. Pleurisy root is helpful for hot, dry, and tight conditions in the chest. Pleurisy root aids in the coughing up of phlegm, reduces inflammation, and helps reduce fevers by stimulating perspiration.
Yarrow - Key actions: Antispasmodic, astringent, bitter tonic, increases sweating, lowers blood pressure, reduces fever, mild diuretic and urinary antiseptic, stops internal bleeding, promotes menstruation and anti-inflammatory. Uses: Yarrow is use to stop internal and external bleeding. “Yarrow helps regulate the menstrual cycle, reduces heavy bleeding, and eases menstrual pain”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Andrew Chevallier, p. 56) Traditionally used to treat cold and flu, digestive problems and circulation ailments.
Licorice - Key actions: Anti-inflammatory, expectorant, demulcent, adrenal agent and mild laxative. Uses: Licorice “stimulates the production of harmones by the adrenal glands and reduces the breakdown of steroids by the liver and kidneys”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine Andrew Chevallier, p. 103) Licorice is also used for asthma, chest problems, canker sores and various problems with the digestive system. Licorice is wildly used in Chinese medicine as a tonic to treat ulcers, gastritis, excessive acid and other ailments. Licorice soothes inflammation and protects the stomach and intestines from the effects of stomach acid. Licorice is useful as a gentle laxative. Licorice also is of significant benefit for people with irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis).
Thyme - “More recent research indicates thyme is strongly antioxidant and may help maintain higher levels of essential fatty acids within the brain”. (Enclyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Andrew Chevallier, p. 143) Thyme has been traditional used to treat asthma fungal infections, bronchitis, hay fever, whooping cough and pleurisy.