- PASSION FLOWER has a depressant effect on C.N.S. activity and is hypotensive; it is used for it’s sedative and soothing properties, to lower blood pressure, prevent tachycardia and for insomnia. The alkaloids and flavonoids in Passion Flower have both been reported to have sedative activity in animals. Many of the flavonoids, such as apigenin, are well-known for pharmacological activity, particularly anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory activities. It is the herb of choice for treating intransigent insomnia. Combinations: For insomnia, it will combine well with Valerian, hops and jamaican Dogwood
- PAU D’ ARCO is the name of a tree found growing in the forests of Brazil. Lapacho is a name given to the same tree, which some believe to grow in more abundance and potency, in Argentina. History records its use by the calaway tribe, descendants of the Incas, for the treatment of cancer and a wide range of other diseases. Its healing power was brought to the attention of the scientific community by Dr. Theodore Meyer and Prats Ruiz of Argentina. According to Dr. Paulo.Martin, a medical researcher for the Brazilian government, “Dr. Meyer learned of purple lapacho from the Callaway, using it on his patients and reporting complete cures for five leukemia victims. In 1960, it’s use was taken up by the Municipal Hospital of Santo Andre where medical doctors used a brew of the bark on terminal cancer patients. They reported that within thirty days of treatment using this herb, most of the patients no longer exhibited pain and many found their tumors also gone or greatly diminished. Both herb stores and regular pharmacies in Brazil now sell this bark.
- PERIWINKLE is an excellent all-round astringent that may be used internally or externally. Its main use is in the treatment of excessive menstrual flow, either during the period itself (menorrhagia) or with blood loss between periods (metrorrhagia). Combinations: It will combine well with Cranesbill and Agrimony. For menstrual problems it may be used with Beth Root.
- PLANTAIN Both the Greater Plantain and its close relative Ribwort Plantain have valuable healing properties. It acts as a gentle expectorant whilst also soothing inflamed and sore membranes, making it ideal for coughs and mild bronchitis. Its astringency aids in diarrhea, hemorrhoids and also in cystitis where there is bleeding. Ellingwood describes Plantain thus: “The remedy is of value in the internal treatment of all diseases of the blood. Scrofula,syphilis, specific or non-specific glandular disease and mercurial poisoning. “The older physicians ascribe and active influence to it, in the cure of the bites of venomous serpents, spiders and poisonous insects. A simple but important influence is that exercised in tooth-ache. The juice on a piece of cotton applied to a tooth cavity, or to the sensitive pulp, had immediately controlled intractable cases of toothache. It seems to exercise a sedative influence upon pain in the nerves of the face, an relieves many cases of earache and tic-douloureux. Plantago relives inflammatory infection of the skin, especially if accompanied with burning pain or itching. Old Dr. Smith from southern Illinois applied Plantago in the form of a saturated tincture as a dressing for fresh cuts, wounds, or bruises. He could thus secure healing without the formation of pus. He made his tincture of the entire plant and roots, pounded up in alcohol. he applied one part usually to four of water.
- PLEURISY ROOT Pleurisy Root is effective against respiratory infections where it reduces inflammations and assists expectoration. It can be used in the treatment of bronchitis and other chest condition. The addition of diaphoretic and anti-spasmodic powers will show why it is so highly valued in the treatment of pleurisy and pneumonia.
- PRICKLY ASH may be used in a way that is similar to Cayenne, although it is slower in action. It is used in many chronic problems such as rheumatism and skin diseases. Any sign of poor circulation calls for the use of this herb, such as chilblains, cramp in the leg, varicose veins and varicose ulcers.
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- RED CLOVER Priest Priest tell us that it is a “mild, stimulating and relaxing alterative with a special affinity for the throat and salivary glands. Especially indicated for debilitated children with chronic bronchial or throat conditions.” They give the following specific indications: Salivary gland congestion. Spasmodic or croupy coughs. Pertussis. Pharyngeal inflammation. Chronic skin eruptions. Combinations: For skin conditions it combines well with Yellow Dock and Nettles.
- RASPBERRY Actions: Astringent, tonic, parturient. Raspberry leaves have a long tradition of use in pregnancy to strength and tone the tissue of the womb, assisting contractions and checking any hemorrhage during labour. As an astrigent it may be used in a wide range of cases, including diarrhea, leucorrhoea and other loose conditions. It is valuable in the easing of mouth problems such as mouth ulcers, bleeding gums and inflammations. As a gargle it will help sore throats. Raspberry is also very rich in iron and calcium.
- RHUBARB This root is collected in China and Turkey. Rhizome of Rheum palmatum and other species, not the garden rhubarb. Rhubarb Root has a purgative action for use in the treatment of constipation, but also has an astringent effect following this. It therefore has a truly cleansing action upon the gut, removing debris and then astringing with antiseptic properties as well. Note: Rhubarb Root may color the urine yellow or red. Priest & Priest tell us that it is a “mild stimulating tonic to alimentary mucous membrane, liver and gall ducts-removes viscid mucus. Small doses-tonic hepatic. Large doses-cathartic.” They give the following specific indications: diarrhea and dysentery, summer diarrhoea, functional dyspepsia. Combinations: It should be combined with carminative herbs to relieve any griping that may occur.
- ROSEMARY is a circulatory and nervine stimulant, which in addition to the toning and calming effect on the digestion is used where psychological tension is present. This may show for instance as flatulent dyspepsia, headache or depression associated with debility. Externally it may be used to ease muscular pain, sciatica and neuralgia. It acts as a stimulant to both the hair follicles and circulation in the scalp and thus may be helpful in premature baldness. The oil is most effective here.
- RUE is an herb with an ancient history. The genus name “Ruta” comes from the Greek word “reuo”, to set free, showing its reputation as a freer disease. Its main use is the regulation of menstrual periods, where it is used to bring on suppressed menses. The oil of Rue is a powerful abortifacient, therefore the plant is best avoided during pregnancy. The other area of usage is due to the plant’s anti-spasmodic action. It may be used to relax smooth muscles, especially in the digestive system where it will ease griping and bowel tension. The easing of spasm gives it a role in the stopping of spasmodic coughs. It also increases peripheral circulation and lowers elevated blood pressure. If the fresh leaf is chewed, it will relieve tension headaches, ease palpitations and other anxiety problems. CAUTION Avoid during pregnancy. Combinations: For use in the regulation of periods it will combine well with False Unicorn Root.