Examples of medicinal uses
Today I am going to talk two primary therapeutic actions and medicinal uses of evening primrose, feverfew, ginger, motherwort, and red raspberry. Feverfew and Evening primrose’s infusions are used as a sedative for its astringent and anti-inflammatory therapeutic actions which for medicinal uses are for arthritis and premenstrual syndrome.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties as well can be used as a tonic to help with digestive issues and osteoarthritis. Motherwort has nervine sedative actions helping with heart troubles and high blood pressure. Red raspberry also has anti-flammatory and astringent actions to help with high blood pressure and digestive/reproductive systems.
Now the majority of the actions are anti-flammatory which means it help with the swelling of tissues by being an astringent pulling fluid out of the cells. This is what causes the tenderness and pain in muscles and organs. The pressure builds up causing the irritation and soreness.
Basic Recipe for Decoction
1-oz herb or root
Place the water into a pot made from a non-reactive material dont use aluminum. Chop the herb or root right before you add it to water. Turn on the heat to medium and simmer with no lid until the volume of water is reduced by one-quarter. Cool and strain Store up to 72 hours in the refrigerator.
Basic Recipe: Tea
1-t dried herb or 2-t fresh herbs
1-cup boiling water
Pour boiling water over the herb and leave it to steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain and drink.
1-oz dried herb
1-pt boiling water
Pour the boiling water over the herb and leave it to steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain and it is ready to drink
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