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Folk medicine consists of traditional healing beliefs and methods used in past cultures mostly by people deemed to have the healing power. As an part of a culture's knowledge and values, folk medicine is a system based on traditional modes of conduct, of coping with sickness. Often sanctioned by the population's claims or religious beliefs, these popular practices are used to alleviate the distress of disease and restore harmony in people who are emotionally or physically ill, or both. Folk medicine's lore is widely known among members of a culture and is usually handed down from generation to generation by word of mouth.

In general, the system is flexible, allowing the introduction of new ideas about sickness and healing practices, many of them borrowed from classical and modern medicine.


To implement the various folk curing practices, most social groups have established a hierarchy of healers--beginning with the individuals affected, their immediate families and friends, knowledgeable herbalists, members of the clergy, faith healers, and SHAMANS, or medicine men. Many are consulted because of their empirical knowledge of roots and herbs possessing medicinal properties. Others are considered endowed with healing gifts because of station or accidents of birth. The belief that posthumous children have such talents is widely known in the United States. In the European folk-medical tradition, seventh sons and daughters are said to possess unusual curing powers; the same applies to twins. Often spouses and children of known healers are automatically considered to have similar gifts. As in primitive medicine, many people affected by ailments that are considered minor and natural treat themselves, with the help of family members. A vast array of easily available herbal preparations known to most members of the culture is used to effect a cure. More difficult cases suspected to be of a magico-religious nature are referred to local healers who are endowed with special powers. These shamans stage a variety of ceremonies and employ many of the techniques used in preliterate social groups.


Native American folk medicine is popular in the less acculturated Indian tribes. A notable example are the Navajos still living in their homeland.
Disease is considered a disruption of harmony caused either by external agents such as lightning and winds, powerful animals and ghosts, and witchcraft, or by the breaking of taboos. Three categories of folk healers are usually consulted: first the herbalists, for symptomatic relief of minor ailments; if no improvement is observed, then the hand trembler, or diviner, is called; finally, the singer, or MEDICINE MAN, will carry out specific healing ceremonies suggested by the hand trembler's diagnosis. Ritual sweatbaths, drinking of herbs, and elaborate sandpainting ceremonies characterize Navajo folk healing.


The hot-cold theory of disease ranks among the most popular systems of contemporary folk medicine in the United States. In health, the human body displays a balanced blending of hot and cold qualities. Sickness will ensue if an excess of hot or cold foodstuffs is ingested. The basic scheme was introduced into Latin America by the Spanish during the 16th century. Reinforced by native cultural values, it became firmly embedded in popular Latin healing traditions. The hot-cold scheme is applied to foods, diseases, and remedies. The terms hot and cold do not necessarily refer to the temperature of foods or remedies. Qualities are assigned on the basis of origin, color, nutritional value, physiological effects of the food or remedy, as well as therapeutical action. Among New York Puerto Ricans, for example, bananas, coconuts, and sugar cane are considered cold, whereas chocolate, garlic, alcoholic beverages, and corn meal are hot. Cold-classified illnesses such are arthritis, colds, and gastric complaints must be treated with hot foods and remedies. Their hot counterparts --constipation, diarrhea, and intestinal cramps--require treatment with cold substances.


The medical folklore of black Americans contains elements derived from popular European and African beliefs, blended with religious elements belonging to Christian Fundamentalism and West Indian voodoo. The world is seen as a dangerous place, prompting individuals to constantly exert caution because of the whims of nature, frequent divine punishment, and the threat of witchcraft practiced by hostile humans. Individuals are urged to look out for themselves, be distrustful, and avoid the wrath of God. Sickness is broadly divided into "natural" and "unnatural." The former comprises bodily conditions caused by environmental forces as well as God's punishment for sin. Unnatural illness represents health problems caused by evil influences and witchcraft after the loss of divine protection; the magical intrusion of "animals" into the body and the placement of a certain hex play prominent roles in the causation of disease.


Folk medicine is still popular among large groups of Mexican-Americans in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, California, and especially in West Texas. Their healing system, based on pre-Columbian indigenous lore, reflects a degree of isolation and unwillingness to assimilate Anglo-Saxon culture. Moreover, the inability of scientific medicine to offer relief for various categories of folk illness further enhances the usefulness of these practices. Five types of folk illness are most prominent: mal de ojo (evil eye), empacho (gastro-intestinal blockage due to excessive food intake), susto (magically induced fright), caida de la mollera (fallen fontanel, or opening in or between bones), and mal puesto (sorcery). Prominent among Mexican-American folk healers is the curandero, a type of shaman who uses white magic and herbs to effect cures. In the cosmic struggle between good and evil, the curandero, using God-given powers, wards against harmful spells and hexes. As in other folk systems, faith in the curandero's abilities is the essence of the healer's continued success.


Folk medical systems, especially those ftinctionffig in a pluralistic society comprising several distinct ethnic groups (as in the United States), govern domestic healing activities to a great extent. Recently, the increasing complexity, technicality, and cost of modem medicine have spurred renewed attempts at self-medication and the use of herbal preparations, thus reviving folk medical practices.

A number of folk remedies used *in the past are now manufactured as pharmaceutical preparations prescribed by physicians. For example, rauwolfia is an extract of the snakeroot plant, which was used for centuries in the Far East for its calming effect. It is now prescribed by physicians to lower blood pressure. Reserpine, a derivative of rauwolfia, has been used by psychiatrists 'in treating severe mental disorders. Foxglove was first brewed by Indians to treat dropsy, fluid in the legs caused by heart problems. This practice occurred for hundreds of years before it was discovered that foxglove contributed the active ingredients now known as digitalis. Today digitalis is commonly used to stimulate weakened hearts.

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There are honesysuckles native to almost the entire world -- like there are people. It is known for its fragrance, medicinal qualities, and beauty. But move one species from one place to another and it becomes an unwanted, undesirable, overbearing, clinging guest that is almost impossible to get rid of. Like unwanted house guests... reminds me of my ex-wife actually, in more ways than one... but you'll hear about that next.

It is an educational experience to study this plant because you have to recognize and confront its schizoid qualities. It's all over the place, but when it's good its very, very good, and when its bad, its very, very bad. Honeysuckle feeds birds 'n bees, 'n moths, 'n butterflies, 'n other critters, and some of them live in its shady hidey places. It makes people happy, even falling in love on a nice evening walk, and, as you'll read below, some herbal doctors use it to help people cope with the past because it can sooth them out of their fixations on such stuff. But, it grows like crazy when it's where it isn't supposed to be, drowns out the sunlight and kills the plants it grows on or around, destroys the food and housing for the animals that depend on the native plants, and generally takes over and destroys native habitats.

So, honeysuckle is great in the garden, and in nature, when its various species are in their homelands (because the climates there keep it in its place), but its hell on wheels once it gets outta hand in a more luxurious climate - kind of like all the tourists from the mainland when they get to Honolulu or Maui, Hawaii. Ugghhhh.

The lesson I get out of studying honeysuckle is that how we look at or value something - whether its good or bad, favorable or unfavorable, desirable or undesirable - depends on the circumstances. I gotta say, this has to be a feminine plant.

Source: Druidry.Org

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As I wander through the many aspects of Pagan and magical publishing and web-sites I find a trend emerging that I entirely approve of. Many groups and individuals seem to be making a particular effort to develop contacts with those members of the Ancestors who are especially concerned with magical and religious affairs. That is, in order to begin to really learn and practice the core of ancient religion we're working to make contact with the Wise Dead or, as we are sometimes calling them in Our Druidry, the Elder Wise.

I swear we thought of it ourselves - at ADF's first or second Clergy Retreat, when we try to get our e-mailing cohort of formal clergy into one real-life locale to do actual discussion and ritual. After years of dithering over a Clergy Training Program, we now have a growing body of actually trained folks, and so we're thinking about what a 'clergy order' might consist of in a group like ours. Since we're not limited to one Pagan culture, nor to one pantheon of Gods the question of the spiritual 'presidency' of such an order puzzled us for a while. What made sense was to place the order under the Ancestors, and begin a special effort to make alliances with those of the Wise Dead who might be interested in our work. There will be more about all that here over time, perhaps, though we're keeping some of it limited to the clergy.

But now that we have that work cooking a little, I'm starting to notice variants of it around the Pagan/magical scene. For instance Cherry Hill Seminary has taken up the ancient scholar and priestess Hypatia. There's some small chance I had this in my head in the above discussion, as I had met Macha Nightmare and heard about Hypatia from her that previous summer.

I'm presently working my way through an interesting book on magic called Magic That Works, by Harrison and Shadrach. It's off-topic for this blog as a whole, since it's based heavily on (interesting) traditions of Arabic and Hebraic magic that seldom get attention in western publications, but it's very traditional and very detailed in its system. It includes an invocation to beings it calls the 'Masters of Magic'. On one level these seem rather like 'Ascended Masters' or the like, but they are also described as human spirits, though rather mythologized.

Altogether I suppose there's a family resemblance between the idea of spiritual teachers among the Spirits and the Ascended Masters or Great White Brotherhood. The difference, at least in my mind, is that we aren't seeking contact with superbeings, people who have 'attained enlightenment' or gained personal immortality. Rather we're looking for more regular members of the Beloved Dead who just happened to be working priestesses, magicians, etc, and who will be willing to teach and guide our work.

I think the growing awareness of the power of those spirits that the Celts called the 'not-Gods' - the Dead and the many kinds of Landwights - is manifesting. As we move toward a deeper understanding of polytheism we move past not just 'God' but even 'the Gods' to the presence of the divine in the multitude of beings. This understanding seems, to me, to be standard in the unbroken polytheist traditions - African and Asian ways, for instance. In European traditions it is obscured by the Christian distaste for contact with the Dead, but shows remnants in several Euro-Pagan systems.

This approach to the Wise Dead is one of the first formal bits of Cult of the Dead that Our Druidry has undertaken. We're beginning with our clergy membership, but I already forsee it moving into the work of clergy and initiatory students. Here's a short charm that I intend to work into a spirit-awareness rite for my Initiate's Book project.


To the Wise Dead I call.
Priests and Priestesses,
Seers and Oracles,
Singers and Magicians and Sacrificers,
hear me as I call to you.
I have come to the Well and Lit the Sacred Fire;
Let us meet at the Crossroad, at the Tree of Worlds.
To you who hear me, I offer this offering.

(offering of ale)


(offering of bread)


(offering of salt)

Whisper to me, Wise Ones, teach the Old Ways for New Days.
Bless my work and aid me to gain from my seeking.
Let the voice of the Wise be heard in the World.
Elder Wise, accept my sacrifice!

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Mind Body Healing Through The Arts The New School Image
Cool presentation and discussion on an interesting and useful topic. I am a fan of creative arts therapy, and I actually once taught the occasional workshop in poetry as a creative therapy.

THE NEW SCHOOL Mind-Body Healing Through the Arts

Creative arts therapy is rapidly gaining recognition as an essential part of health care in the United States. By tapping into expressive aspects of body, mind, and spirit through modalities such as music, sound, imagery, role, and movement, creative art therapists facilitate self-actualization and healing. In Mind-Body Healing Through the Arts, a lecture/demonstration series presented at The New School, prominent creative arts therapists discuss principles and practice.

The first lecture/panel discussion introduces the Healing Empowerment Center, a final thesis project by the late Sam Hanser, a graduate of Parsons' Architecture and Design program. The center offers a new model for mind-body healing in which the clinical environment is an integral part of the healing prescription. The presentation touches on sustainable design, an East/West mind-body healing approach, somatic therapy, and spirituality as crucial elements in healing.

The panel features world-renowned experts including Sam Hanser's mother, Suzanne Hanser, EdD, MT-BC, director of the Music Therapy Program at Berklee College of Music; Jean Gardner, PhD, an art historian, author, consultant on sustainable design, and professor in Parsons' School of Constructed Environments; Robert Norwood, senior associate and designer at NBBJ architecture firm; and Louise Montello, DA, LCAT, LP, MT-BC, director of Performance Wellness, Inc., and of the Creative Arts Therapy program at The New School.

THE NEW SCHOOL FOR GENERAL STUDIES Creative Arts Therapy School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The series continues on February 9, 16, and 23, 2011. Sponsored by the Creative Arts Therapy program at The New School.

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* quarter of an ounce of camomile.
* half an ounce of catmint.
* half an ounce of agrimony
* half an ounce of dandelion.

Simmer all these in one and a half pints of water for 15 minutes. Strain. Take half a teacupful after meals three times a day.

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Gypsies are an amazing people – the only group of people living in every corner of the earth without the benefits of power, money, armies, or ever fighting a war. Wherever you travel – to the plains of Hungary, the steppes of Siberia, the gates of Marakesh, the highlands of Guatemala, for the frozen tundra of Alaska – everywhere you'll find Gypsies. They are always on the move and have an ever abiding need for freedom and independence. Where did they come from? Some believe they are the last survivors of Atlantis. Others suggest that their ancestors are the people of the biblical town of Babel. To the gypsies it does not matter. They readily learn the language of their host country, but no government and no monarch has been able to break the Gypsy spirit – not with gifts of land and seed and not with brutal persecution.

Gypsies have a deep and abiding respect for creation – for Mother Earth, and for life everywhere, in all its variety. Therefore, gather only those leaves and flowers or only those portions of a root, bark or fruit, that is really needed.
If every part of the plant is needed, leave some portion in the ground to insure its new growth. Thank the plant for the gift it has given you and for its efforts to keep our planet alive.

Although many species in the plant kingdom have miraculous healing properties, some are poisonous. (Mistletoe berries and jimsonweed in particular). Also, some plants may cause allergic reactions. Consult a physician for any serious ailment.

Fountain of Youth Insomnia and Nervous Stress
Warts Nervousness
Freckles Headaches
Age Spots Soul-Refreshing Tonic
Bride-of-the-Sun Salve Migraines
Digestive System Faintness
Appetizer Lack of Appetite
Appetite Suppressant Intestinal Parasites
Blood Cleansing Tea Constipation
Purification Chronic Constipation
Love Potions Colds


Fear is part of life. Don't be ashamed of it, or it will result in depression, insomnia and hopelessness. You cannot escape these unless you face fear. Fears should be discussed openly – with anyone you trust. This might give the listener the courage to talk about his or her own fears. Both of you will become stronger.

Fear has to be approached positively. Fear is not your enemy, it can be your friend. Doesn't it make animals more attentive and careful? Depending on their disposition, they will either run or fight to save themselves. But we have to face fear. Say "yes" to yourself, accept the good parts and the bad parts. This is the first step to healing. Every thought has psychological and physical effects. Force yourself to think positively. Find whats positive in everything on a piece of paper – negative emotion and thoughts that you want to change. Then burn the paper, lie down, close your eyes and listen to music.


Valerian Wine

2 handfuls valerian roots
1 clove
1 orange rind
1 rosemary twig
1 liter of dry white wine

Cut valerian root into small pieces, and place them on a large clear glass container. Add the clove, the grated orange rind and rosemary twig. Pour the dry white wine over the dry mixture. Seal the container tightly and allow to steep for one moon cycle (28 days). Then strain through gauze cloth, store in a bottle and seal tightly. Drink 1 liqueur glass three times daily.

Also recommended for faintness.


Pain Tonic

Willow Bark, St. John's Wort

Pulverize willow bark with mortar and pestle, and cut St. John's Wort into small pieces. For each cup of tonic, mix 2 teaspoons of willow bark powder and ј teaspoon of St. John's Wort. Prepare a few cups ahead of time. Place mixture in pot, cover with water and simmer for 13 minutes. Strain. Drink a cup daily. Sweeten with honey if desired.

For migraine headaches sip 3 to 4 cups daily.


St. John's Wort leaves and blossoms
90 proof alcohol

Gather the fresh shoots of St. John's Wort between the summer solstice and St. John's Day (June 21 and June 24) at sunrise. Remove the blossoms and leaves and place them in a dark glass container that can be sealed tightly.

Cover with 90 proof alcohol. Steep for one moon cycle (28 days) in a dark place. Shake every third day. After one moon, strain the contents through a gauze cloth and fill dark dropper bottles. Close lid tightly. Take 10 to 20 drops daily.

St. John's Wort herb flows through the whole body, making it receptive to cosmic energies. After taking the tonic, do not expose yourself to intense sunlight.

Take soul-refreshing tonic for fear, emotional pain, melancholy, depression and for calming nerves.


Our well-being depends upon our digestive system. We usually get stomachaches when we feel overextended, or the opposite, when we are not challenged enough –
when we cannot fulfill our dreams and ambitions.

The following remedies may alleviate some symptoms, but the person's inner struggle must also be faced. If you get a knot in the stomach just thinking about work, or the boss, you can't just quit! Some situations have to be endured. But make sure that you have a place and time where you can be yourself, where you can be allowed to fun "free".

We all know what gives us joy. This will be different for you as it is for me. You may enjoy listening to classical music, or watching hockey or playing hockey, whatever it is, make sure you allow yourself time to be "free".

Everyone of us has a weak point in our constitution. Find yours and tailor you approach accordingly.

Let your language be your guide. Liver means life. Avoid toxins for one month and your liver will be as good as new. But since we all are guilty at times of enjoying the 'good life', I enclose some recipes that are helpful to stimulate the digestive system and therefore your feeling of well-being.


Bitter Orange Syrup

Bitter oranges
White wine
Brown sugar

Wash 3 organically grown bitter oranges. Peel the skin as thin as possible so that most of the white portion remains on the fruit. Cut the skin into small pieces and cover with 1 liter of white wine. Boil for 13 minutes. Peel the white portion of the skin of the fruit. Cut up the fruit and add to the wine mixture. Add 13 seeds from the fruit and stir in 13 tablespoons of brown sugar. Boil for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the seeds, and put the syrup into glass jars. Cover tightly. Take 1 tablespoon in the morning and at night. Bitter orange syrup is also a mild laxative.


Dandelion Tonic

Centaury root
Dandelion leaves
Red wine
Juniper berries

Cut 1 handful of European centaury root into small pieces and mix with one handful of dandelion leaves. Pour 1 liter of red wine over the plants and cover. Steep overnight. The next morning bring to a boil and simmer for 13 minutes.

Grind 3 juniper berries with mortar and pestle, add to the mixture and simmer for 3 more minutes. Allow to cool, strain and fill bottles that can be closed tightly. Drink 1 liqueur glass of the tonic twice daily before a meal. This tonic is an excellent appetite stimulant and helpful for anorexia.


Appetite Suppressants

Bran Breakfast

Fragrant valerian root
Handful of wheat bran
1 tablespoon of dog rose hips
1 teaspoon of honey

Harvest fragrant valerian root in the spring or in the fall (not summer). Clean well with a root brush and let it air-dry in the shade. Store in a linen sack in a place where air can circulate. When needed, cut enough root into small pieces to make 1 heaping tablespoon. Cover with water, cover and steep overnight. Warm the liquid to body temperature and strain through gauze cloth. Soak 1 handful of wheat bran in this liquid, add 1 tablespoon of dog rose hips (or 1 teaspoon of dog rose hips and 1 teaspoon of honey). Eat in the morning on an empty stomach. This appetite suppressant is a proven Gypsy recipe for losing weight.


Dandelion root
Artichoke leaves

Grind up a dandelion root to make dandelion root powder. Cut up a few artichoke leaves. Mix 1 heaping teaspoon of dandelion root powder and 1/2 teaspoon of artichoke leaves. Cover with boiling water. Let steep in a covered pot for 13 minutes, and strain through gauze.

Sip 2 to 3 cups of this tea, not too hot, daily. Add a little honey if it is too bitter for you. Drink this tea with Bran Breakfast to stimulate the liver and gallbladder.


Weight Loss tea

1 handful of hibiscus blossoms
1 handful of fennel seeds
Ѕ handful of peppermint leaves
3 tablespoons of rosemary
3 tablespoons of lady's mantle (dewcup)
4 tablespoons of yarrow
4 tablespoons meliot
1 tablespoon of lemon balm
2 tablespoons of birch leaves
2 tablespoons of nettle leaves
2 tablespoons horsetail
2 tablespoons sandalwood
1 tablespoon hops
1 tablespoon of dandelions leaves and blossoms
1 tablespoon of wormwood (absinthe)
1 teaspoon of chamomile
1 tablespoon of linden blossoms
1 tablespoon of mulberry leaves

Mix and use one tablespoon for each cup of tea. Pour the dry tea into earthenware of enamel pot, add boiling water. Quickly bring to boil, then remove from heat. Let steep, covered, for 5 minutes. Strain. Sip the tea lukewarm; take
2 to 4 cups daily. Sweeten with honey or brown sugar if you wish. This tea will detoxify the system without causing hunger sensations.


Pomegranate Juice

Mix the juice of one ripe pomegranate and the juice of 2 garlic cloves. Add 1 to
2 teaspoons of honey and stir. You may increase the amount of honey to suit your tastebuds.

Drink the juice before lunch for 13 days. Children love this effective remedy!


Plum Jam

4 pounds 6 ounces ripe plums
3-1/2 ounces honey
1 tablespoon apple vinegar
3-1/2 ounces tamarind jam

Put pitted plums and 1/3 of the pits into large pot. Fill the pot with water and boil for one hour, uncovered. Stir occasionally and add more water if necessary. After an hour, remove the pits and continue to let the mixture simmer for another 15 minutes. After the jam has cooled, add honey, apple vinegar and tamarind jam. Pour the jam into glass containers that can be tightly sealed.

Take one tablespoon of plum jam in the morning on an empty stomach. Continue this treatment until you overcome constipation.


Herbal Oil

1 pint cold-pressed (extra virgin) olive oil
1 handful black elderberries
Ѕ handful rosemary blossoms
1 tablespoon senna
1 tablespoon flax seed
1 valerian root

Mix olive oil with rosemary blossoms, senna and black elderberries. Shake well, and set aside in a dark place in a tightly sealed container for three days. On the fourth day, crush flax seeds with mortar and pestle; add to the olive oil mixture. Crush valerian root and add to the oil. Shake the container vigorously. Seal tightly and set aside for 7 days, shaking the container twice a day, mornings and evenings. On the eighth day, strain the oil through a gauze cloth, pour into dark bottles and store in a dark place. Take one tablespoon of the herbal oil in the morning on an empty stomach. If need be, take an additional tablespoon before supper. Take it until you are regular and therefore happier again.


Quince Compress

Remove the fuzz of the quince fruit, cut into thin slices and air dry in the shade. Place the dried fruit with 2 twigs of rosemary with blossoms and 1 twig of lavender with blossoms in a clear bottle. Fill the bottle with alcohol and seal tightly. Place the bottle fore 13 days in the sun, shake 3-5 times daily, strain through gauze and store in dark bottles.

Apply in a compress to the forehead and neck for 13 minutes. Enjoy the experience. Listen to the birds, the wind, some music and remember wonderful moments of you life or think about wonderful moments yet to come.


Wild Garlic (Allium usinum)

This herb was well known to the Celts, Teutonic tribes and ancient Romans. They gave this unassuming, wild plant of the lily family the name herba salutaris,
"healing herb".

Wild Garlic should be eaten fresh in the spring, before the plant starts to bloom. Take a handful to eat with bread or add it to your salad.

Wild Garlic cleanses the blood and intestines. It improves the intestinal flora and is effective against acne, fungus and eczema. It also lowers high blood pressure, fights arteriosclerosis, and increases the body's immune system.

Wild Garlic in Olive Oil

To have your Fountain of Youth available all through the year, harvest the leaves prior to blooming.

Cut leaves into small pieces, put them in a bottle with a wide neck and add cold-pressed olive oil.

Close and protect from light. Take one tablespoon daily.


Wild Garlic Juice

During full moon at midnight, apply fresh wild garlic juice to the wart. You can substitute freshly squeezed juice from a domestic garlic clove if necessary.

Apply the juice several times. Make sure the warts are exposed to direct moonlight in open air for at least 3 minutes. During these 3 minutes, tell you body to stop nurturing these warts, tell the warts to leave. A simple charm is sometimes helpful:

Wart, wart, go away
You can't stay or disobey
Wart, wart, do away.


Garlic Vinegar Paste

Crush 3 garlic cloves with mortar and pestle, add fruit vinegar one drop at a time to make spreadable paste. Apply the paste mornings and evenings to affected areas for 13 minutes, remove and apply Bride-of-the-Sun Salve. This past works well against age spots also.

Bride-of-the-Sun Salve

1 handful wild garlic
1 cup marigold blossoms
9 rosemary blossoms
9 lavender blossoms
1 cup goat butter, olive oil, or neutral base

Use olive oil or goat butter over a low flame for a base. (Or purchase neutral salve base at your health store or a pharmacy). Over low flame carefully mix in an earthenware or an enamel pot, marigold blossoms, rosemary blossoms and lavender blossoms with a wooden spoon. Simmer for 3 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Cover and store in a cool place. The next day heat again over low flame, gently stirring for 7 minutes. Cool to body temperature and strain through gauze cloth. Fill glass or earthenware container, cover tightly and store in cool, dark place. Apply thin film of the salve to affected area. Do not use heavy application, rather repeat treatment more often. This salve is also recommended for boils, scar tissue and insect bites.

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Valerian Valeriana officinalis Valerian is commonly used by herbal healers to control muscle spasms, relieve restlessness, relieve sleep disorders, and to relieve tension. Side effects Side effects include allergic reaction, blurry vision, hyperactivity, headache, insomnia, irregular heartbeat, and nausea. These side effects should be looked into by a healthcare professional. Drug interactions Do not take valerian when using alcohol or drugs that suppress the central nervous system. General warnings You should always consult a doctor before using herbal medicines when pregnant or nursing. Dosage of over 2.5 grams of this herb may cause severe liver damage. Do not use this herb if you have a liver disease. Dont drive or operate heavy machinery until you are sure how this herb will affect you. No studies have been performed to find out the effects of this herb on children, and it is advised not to give this herb to children.

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