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Astragalus - Astragalus membranaceous
Growing Cycle: April - October
Parts Used - Root, harvested in Autumn
Systems - Liver, Immune, Endocrine, Digestive, Respiratory, Urinary

Actions - Tonic: Tonifies, strengthens and stimulates the immune system acting as an adaptogen, used for degenerative diseases. Helps in the assimilation of nutrients and is used in soup, tea or tincture. Diuretic: Releives fluid retention and bloating, reduces thirst, aids diarreah and chronic phlegm production. It is also a vasodilator, increasing blood production.

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/ConsHerbs/Astragalusch.html
http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-astragalus.html
http://www.chinese-herbs.org/astragalus/

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Arnica - Arnica montana
Other Names: Mountain tabacco, wolfsbane, leopardsbane
Growing Cycle: June-Aug.
Parts Used - Flowers, Rootstock
Systems - Musculo Skeletal, Stomach, Blood & Circulatory, Skin

Actions - Diaphoretic: Induces perspiration, opens the pores and increases blood flow; Diuretic: Reduces Fevers and is also a Stimulant. Emollient: Best used as a salve poultice or compress; Anti-Inflammatory: Used externally for sore muscles, aches and pains caused by arthritis, rheumetism, carpal tunnel syndrom and tendonitis. Vulnerary: Internally used for stomach pain and reduces internal swelling or bleeding after surgery.

Caution: Use in small doses of tincture internally, may cause blistering and sores. Do not put directly on wound or broken skin.

http://www.altcancer.com/phyto/arnica.htm
http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/a/arnic058.html

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Angelica – Angelica Archangelica
Growing cycle: June-Aug
Parts Used – Whole Plant
Systems – Bronchial, Digestive, Circulatory, Reproductive, Nervous

Actions – Diaphoretic: Induces sweating to cleanse the body of toxins; Expectorant: Cleanses the lungs of phlegm build up, eases chronic bronchitis and emphysema, use in a compress for chest inflammation; Stimulant: Appetite stimulant for anorexia with it’s Bitter qualities, breaks up stagnation in the pelvic region with it’s warming qualities; Tonic: Tonifies the reproductive system, may be used in childbirth as a tonic or Anti-spasmodic; Carminative: Eases flatulence and aids digestion; Diuretic: Urinary anti-septic for treating cystitis; Nervine: Eases painful menstruation.

Caution: Use caution if patient has high blood pressure.

http://altnature.com/gallery/angelica.htm
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/a/anegl037.html
http://www.naturalherbsguide.com/angelica.html

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Agrimony – Agrimonia Parviflora
Growing cycle: June - August
Parts Used – Whole Plant
Systems – Gallbladder, Urinary Tract, Mouth and Throat

Actions – Astringent: Stops bleeding, diarrhea; Anti-Inflammatory: Used for wounds, inflammation in gallbladder, gargled to heal mouth ulcers and throat
inflammation; Tonic: Tonifies the bladder and urinary tract.

http://altnature.com/gallery/agrimony.htm
http://www.globalherbalsupplies.com/herb_information/agrimony.htm
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/a/agrim016.html


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I am very excited to have a new community up for people of like mind to share in the wealth of knowledge to be had in regards to herbalism, holistic healing, alternative therapies, mindful living, and evironmentalism. I am looking forward to reading all of the interesting posts that I am sure will become part of this fascinating endeavor and looking forward to making your aquaintance. Feel free to email me with questions about any of the subjects to discuss in a private conversation at enchanted_escapes_herbals@yahoo.com

Hail and well met.

Eleanor

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