"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Friday, March 21, 2014

Old School Health care~Chamomile

Having health care and being able to utilize health care services may be two different things in today's world.  Many still are uninsured.  Many others appreciate the harsh reality that going to the doctor isn't something financially feasible anymore.

 I am not a doctor and must make this very clear as I begin this post.  I am not in any measure telling anyone to avoid healthcare.

For the past several years, here on the farm, we have tried to live a healthier life.  Our journey is and has been one of tremendous discovery and learning.  I am going to begin sharing things that we do here on the farm to promote a healthier life and ways we treat ourselves when we are ill.

As with everything, I began with research.  

These are the books that help me learn how to treat any illness or issues we may have.   I picked up the bottom three at thrift stores for less than $6.00.   The top book in the photo I bought online.


I am going to begin sharing about the herbs that are in this photo. If I haven't grown enough of the herb or I cannot grow it, I purchase the herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs.

I will first share what the books say about the herbs then I will share how effective the herb is in our healing health.

Chamomile -Matricaria Chamomila
Medicinal parts-the medicinal parts are the whole flowering herb or only the flowers.
Effects- The main active principles are flavonoids and essential oils.  The drug has antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, and antibacterial effects.  It also promotes wound healing.  The anti-inflammatory effect is caused by the chamomile flavones. 

Indications and Usage-
~common cold
~cough/bronchitis
~fevers and cold
~inflammation of the skin
~inflammation of the mouth and pharynx
~liver and gallbladder complaints
~loss of appetite
~tendency to infection
~wounds and burns

Chamomile is used internally for inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract with gastrointestinal spasms.  Externally, the drug is used for skin and mucous membrane inflammations, pulpitis, gingivitis, respiratory catarrh, and ano-genital inflammation.

 PDR for Herbal Medicines (1st edition). (1998). Montvale New Jersey. Medical Economics Company.  pages 961-962

Camomile*

Camomile* makes a fine nightcap for those that who want something relaxing before bedtime. Many people also find that it is soothing to a troubled stomach, as well as troubled nerves.  Traditionally camomile is also valued as an aid in easing menstrual cramps, probably through its action as a very mild muscle relaxant.

Externally, camomile tea is sometimes used for soaking pieces of cloth which are then applied to areas of minor pain or swelling.  It's also used as a hair rinse, especially for bringing out golden highlights of the hair.

Rodale's Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies. Rodale Press.  Emmaus PA. pages 431-432
*this is the way this book spelled Chamomile. 

Chamomile
For eczema-apply a chamomile compress.  For centuries, Europeans have been adding chamomile flowers to baths as treatment for skin problems.  To make a compress, add 1to 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers to one cup boiling water.  Steep until cool, then dip a clean cloth into the tea.  Apply the cloth to the affected areas.

For heartburn and indigestion-many studies have  shown that chamomile soothes the digestive tract.  To make an herbal tea, add 2-3 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers to 1 cup boiled water. Steep ten minutes then strain before drinking.

For stress-According to Jame A. Duke Ph. D., chamomile tea is a traditional remedy for jangled nerves. To make, add 2-3 tsp. of dried chamomile flowers to 1 cup of boiled water.  Steep ten minutes then strain before drinking.

For wounds- Chamomile is much more than a calming beverage tea.  The oils in the herb not only have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties but also promote skin regeneration.  That is why Commission E recommends chamomile as a wound treatment.   You can make a compress by soaking a towel in chamomile tea.  Make tea as above.  Apply the compress a total of three times, allowing it to dry out before resoaking it.

For yeast infections-the popular herb chamomile and several common spices, including ginger, cinnamon, thyme, and rosemary also contain antifungal compounds. If you are bothered by recurring yeast infections, drink lots of chamomile tea and add liberal amounts of antifungal spices to your cooking.

Castleman, Michael. Blended Medicines.(2000).  Emmaus, PA. Rodale's Press. pages 252, 328, 408, 590, 641, 651.

Chamomile

Although chamomile is antibacterial, antiseptic, and disinfectant, it is valued for its anti-inflammatory properties.  These apply to internal conditions like rheumatism, as well as to external inflammations.  Chamomile is indispensable if you have children because it can be used for teething troubles.  Chamomile can be used in the treatment of burns, including sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, hay fever, diarrhea, sprains and strains, nausea, fever, and all nervous and depressive states  Its analgesic, diuretic, sedative, and calming properties make chamomile an extremely desirable as an essential oil   Chamomile is also used in rejuvenation treatments.

Wormwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy.   Novato, California.  New World Library.


Farm Successes with Chamomile~
We use chamomile for coughs, colds, sore throats and flu like symptoms with great success.  We make a tea to drink.  Bill adds honey to the tea, but I prefer it plain.  We use the flower tops in the tea.
Newest success with Chamomile~
My daughter-in-law had terrible hiccups the other night.  I had the tea in the mesh tea ball brewing on the stove and when she hiccuped, I looked in the Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy and found something interesting.  It suggested using an essential oil of chamomile with water and inhale several times to relieve hiccups.  I do not have chamomile essential oil, so I took the chamomile flowers and the chamomile in the mesh tea ball that was wet and put them in a brown paper sack and had her inhale the chamomile like a person that is hyperventilating.  Believe me, she thought I was nuts~but she was kind enough to try it.  Her hiccups were loud and non stopping until she inhaled three deep breaths...AND the hiccups were gone!!

I am sure she will be more willing to try some of the treatments in the books as this worked so well.  That is how it was for Bill and I at first.  We have been raised in the United States and were conditioned to have prescriptions and medications from the drug store.  I began this research slow and steady, and would try a few things at a time.  Now we are at the point where I turn first to the books for treatment for simple measures that would have had us in the aisles of the pharmacy before. 


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