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Properties and Classifications of Herbs; Herbal Glossary

Date:   11/9/2014 8:40:42 AM   ( 5 y ) ... viewed 658 times

I'm more inspired with including herbs as part of my food as medicine. I've taken a liking to some "nervine herbs". "Nervine Herbs are often used to heal and soothe the nervous system, and often affect the respiratory, digestive, and circulatory systems as well. They are often used in teas or in encapsulated form.

Properties of Nervine herbs include analgesic, antipyretic, antiasthmatic, antibiotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, sedative, and stomachic.

Some examples of Nervines include chamomile, crampbark, dong quai, ginger, hops, lobelie, scullcap, valerian, catnip, lady's slipper, and sarsaparilla."[1]

I've been enjoying chamomile and hops lately. I have also made infusions of valerian root. I intend to continue research these herbs.

Herb Classification at a Glance -

Plant Group - Aromatic/Pungent

Major Phytochemicals - Essential oils, resins, allyl-sulphides, glucosinolates

Primary Healing Actions - Stimulating (warming or hot), drying (disperse moisture and stagnation), diaphoretic (stimulates perspiration), carminative, expectorant, decongestant, antiseptic, cold and flu remedies

Single Herb Examples -

Aromatic: Eucalyptus, chamomile, peppermint, sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, lavender, fennel
Pungent: Capsicum, ginger, horseradish, clove[2]

I'm impressed that five of the seven herbs I've used to make "Theives" are listed in this group: peppermint, sage, rosemary, thyme and lavender.

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September 21, 2017 - Food-as-Medicine Herbs, Spices, Seasonings and Condiments -

#1.) Unrefined sea salt (Celtic, Himalayan, pink). My favorite is the Celtic!
#2.) Apple cider vinegar - Alkalizing. My favorite is Braggs!
#3.) Peppermint essential oil - Soothing and healing to inflamed intestinal tissue.
#4.) Ginger - Especially good anti-inflammatory. I make ginger tea & mix it into my special drink on a daily basis.
#5.) Turmeric - Especially good anti-inflammatory. I like to get it in the bulk food section of natural food markets.
#6.) Basil - Rich in antioxidants. Can grow in your garden or even in a pot!
#7.) Onion - Especially good anti-inflammatory, contains quercetin.
#8.) Cayenne - Rich in antioxidants.
#9.) Cinnamon, ground - Rich in antioxidants. Also from "the bulk food section of natural food markets".
#10.) Cumin, ground Rich in antioxidants. "Bulk Foods".
#11.) Curry - Rich in antioxidants. "Bulk Foods".
#12.) Dill weed - Rich in antioxidants. Can be grown in a garden or even in a pot!
#13.) Garlic - Rich in antioxidants and more!
#14.) Oregano, dried - Rich in antioxidants and more!
#15.) Italian seasoning - Rich in antioxidants. (My early chef career was largely Italian! ; ~ )
#16.) Cardamom - Rich in antioxidants. Great in "Yogi Tea"!
#17.) Paprika - Rich in antioxidants.
#18.) Mint - Rich in antioxidants and more! I included it with my Thieves Vinegar!
#19.) Garam masala - Rich in antioxidants.[3]

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January 9, 2018 - More on Thyme -

"...Thyme is a small Mediterranean herb with hidden depths. Thyme remains a powerful medicinal presence in western herbalism. Thyme's strength relates to thymol, its main essential oil, which is twenty times stronger than phenol (carbolic), the standard medical antiseptic. Thymol was first isolated in Germany in 1725 and has been in pharmaceutical use ever since."[4]
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Notes:

[1] https://theherbdoc.biz/ocart/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=11

[2] http://www.balancedconcepts.net/herb_classification_glance.pdf

[3] http://s3.amazonaws.com/drritamarie/materials/Pain/EatYourWayOutOfPain-AntiInflammatoryFoodChartsAndRecipeSampler.pdf

[4] http://www.shareguide.com/KitchenMedicine.html

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Keywords:

Herbs, Herbal Glossary food as medicine, nervine, healing, nervous system, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, analgesic, antipyretic, antiasthmatic, antibiotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, sedative, chamomile, ginger, hops, peppermint, sage, rosemary, thyme, lavender, Alkalizing

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