Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Delightful Little Excerpt in Which We Learn Barberry Relieves Malaria, etc.

Today, class, I thought it would be a nice change of pace to share with you a wee excerpt or two from my latest ebook entitled "Teas for Life: 101 Herbal Teas for Greater Health." I'm sure you'll agree the title does not invoke the usual giggle or smirk as the others (Harold, be quiet or the ruler comes out), but it does indeed encapsulate all that is within. Teas. 101 of them. Greater Health.

Firstly, let us visit the barberry and its properties:

Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)

Uses:  Promotes the flow of bile and corrects liver function. Remedy for gallstones and gallbladder inflammation. Mild laxative. Relieves biliousness due to overeating or drug excesses. Dyspepsia after fatty foods. Vomiting during pregnancy. Cleanses the system in the weak or debilitated individual. Reduces enlarged spleens. Eczema. Acute psoriasis. Migraines that hurt even more when moving. Sore, burning eyes; dry, itching eyes. Antimalarial.

Parts Used:  Root or stem bark

Constituents:  Isoquinoline alkaloids, chelidonic acid, resin, tannins.

Dosage:  Cold infusion, 1 to 3 ounces up to 3 times daily.

Notes:  Some herbalists stick to the idea that barberry is not for pregnant women, while others recommend it to reduce vomiting. It is an extremely bitter herb, which makes it difficult to overdo the tea - you just wouldn’t want to drink that much of it. Still, if you’re pregnant and want to take barberry, discuss it with your doctor or midwife first.

Warnings:  If pregnant, consult your health care professional before use.

Next, we shall take a peak into the wonder that is juniper. (Harold, this is your last warning.):
Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Uses:  Chronic non-inflamed cystitis or urethritis. Non-inflamed prostatitis. Painful urination after a hysterectomy. Diuretic and stimulant for the stomach. Chronic arthritis, gout, muscular rheumatic disease. Flatulence. Poor digestion, appetite in atonic digestive systems. Relieves pain and inflammation in arthritis and gout.
Parts Used:  Berries (most effective) or leaves
Constituents:  Volatile oil, myrcene, sabinene, a- and b-pinene, 4-cineole, camphene, limonene, condensed tannins, diterpenes, flavonoids, sugars, resin, vitamin C.
Dosage:  Standard infusion of berries, 2 to 3 ounces up to 3 times daily. Standard infusion of leaves, 2 to 4 ounces up to 3 times daily.
Notes:  Juniper berries have a very long history of medicinal use dating to the ancient Egyptians. Back in 1500 B.C., it was the tapeworm remedy of choice. Lots of cultures thought it was good for warding off evil. If you consider flatulence evil, then I guess they were right.
Warnings:  Short-term use only. May irritate the kidneys over time. If you’ve been using it awhile and your urine starts smelling like violets, this means you’ve used the tea too long. It does not mean you have magical urine.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must return to a recent undertaking of mine, that of reading through the Harvard Classics, thus ruining any hope of my ever again writing with modern clarity. I bid you ado.

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