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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Record-Breaking Downloads of Herbs Gone Wild sends Author into State of Shock

Author of the bestselling Kindle book, "Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose" was reported to have fallen onto the floor in an unexplicable stupor after her ebook hit the #7 Free Kindle Book spot on Amazon. Family members say they found her there, gazing into space and repeating what sounded something like, "It can't be possible. I just wrote it last year."

A similar reaction has been reported by other indie authors who decide that, instead of submitting their work to countless traditional publishers, then waiting a year or more to even make it into print, they will tap into a pioneer spirit and do it all themselves.

For Kidman, this is already meaning real results. Her first ebook, the aforementioned "Herbs Gone Wild", hit Amazon last August and has now made its way to the (also aforementioned) #7 Free Kindle Book spot on Amazon.

(Oh, dear. I think our author just fell down again.)

Rumor has it "Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose" will remain free for all until July 26, 2012, despite the fact that over 17,000 people have already taken part in obtaining their free copy. The author is said to be a bit shaken, but she's sipping ice water and repeating the mantra, "How do I thank them? Will an ecard ever be enough?"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Wildcrafter - A Blog for Herb-Heads

If you've been hanging with me on the blogosphere these past six years, you know by now I occasionally get a wild hair and start a new blog. It's a sort of addiction, a blogging disease, I like to think of as chronic blogging syndrome. The symptoms tend to include having half the letters missing from your keyboard (much to the spouse's chagrin), mumbling things about headers and SEO's, and the random starting of a new blog.

I suppose I'm off the hook on that last one. The Wildcrafter has been a long time coming. What has been my main blog for many years, dkMommy Spot, has been getting rather top heavy. Not that I don't still love it or will abandon it, but it's creaking like an old ship. Over 1,000 posts, over 100,000 comments, and somewhere around 1 million and a half hits have definitely made me one happy blogger. Fed the addiction, yes it did. But I've wanted to put my herbal bloggings in their own spot for a long time. Not all of them; herbs have been a mainstay of dkMommy Spot. But being an herbalism addict as well as a blogging addict, I figure it's time I have a place for the more hardcore stuff. (Please don't set up an intervention. I'm not ready yet.)

The Wildcrafter is more in the vein of my herbalism ebooks - herbalism seasoned with humor. So if you'd like to visit me there, I'd be more than happy to make you a cup of tea. Perhaps chamomile? Yerba mate? Your pick, I have a myriad of choices. And I'm sure I'll be blogging about them soon.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Get a Free Copy of Teas for Life: 101 Herbal Teas for Greater Health!

Blame it on the heat wave if you like, but I feel like doing something special just for my readers: If you leave a comment here with your email address sometime before July 13, 2012, I'll email you a FREE copy of my latest ebook, Teas for Life: 101 Herbal Teas for Greater Health. Yes, just because.  I probably should dress up in a cowboy hat and ride an ostrich around a used car lot while yelling "FREE! The greatest deal on herbal ebooks, right here at Diane's ebook ranch. I'm out of my mind!" But it's too hot to wear a cowboy hat, and I can't find an ostrich.

If you enjoy the book (or even if you'd like to throw it if it weren't lodged inside your Kindle), I'd love to have you leave your opinion on Amazon.

So Hurry, Hurry, Hurry to this post's comments box now! Operators are standing by! Act Now! Now! Do it! (You know you want to, even though I didn't deliver on the ostrich.)

Note: If you don't have a Kindle, don't despair. You can get a free Kindle app on Amazon for your PC, Mac, iPhone, android tablet, or papyrus scroll.