The Dandelion is considered a “lost” staple food, once a significant part of the ancient diet:
“While many people think of the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a pesky weed, herbalists consider it a valuable herb that can be used as a food and medicine. Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion leaves are used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots are used in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make wines.”
Read more: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/dandelion-000236.htm#ixzz1uau0mshG
tonight i smoked some different witch blends to experiment some more with herbalism. chamomile and weed have always been my main herbs of choice but i have been wanting to shop around.
stats: female, 5’7, 108 lbs, smoked after eating while consuming 2% milk and water for nutrients to aid herbal effects. consumption of these herbs was all within a ten hour period, along with my regular daily amount of weed—disclaimer: it has little to no effect on the vividness of the herbal drugs, because whatever weed i consume in a day is about my norm state of consciousness.
smoking supplies: bong with domed percolater and three slit diffuser in down stem. figured this was the handiest piece to use because it creates much smoother smoke, compared to the regular unequipped bongs and pieces around the room.
round one blend: jasmine, mugwort, and horehound.
effects: relaxation, elevated mood, numbness (not in an opiate sense, but total bodily relaxation and aphrodisiac effect), and when smoked with weed this mixture created a very alert high. i was unfazed, and motor vehicle operable after eight bowls of weed and six bowls of this mixture.
i know that makes me sound like far too heavy a smoker, deal with it homie.
round two blend: calendula flower, red raspberry leaf (ground), and thyme.
effects: once the thyme and raspberry leaf set in i got extra headiness. a high similar to weed, but with more focused and alert mindset, once again. calendula has a comforting taste and the smoke is very light and non-harsh. good for sleep. causes internal bodily feeling of tingling sensations on the inside of the skin, which feels very nice. creates a light carefree mood after two bowls of calendula and one of raspberry and thyme.
round three blend: promptly after the consumption of the second blend i packed a bowl of just sage and mallow.
effects: good taste, very heady high (i stuck my hand in an abandoned bowl of sweet and sour sauce by accident) made me silly, created a feeling of aimlessness and calm. mallow made my eyes water, had a nice burning smell, relaxed heart rate, soft texture to smoke, easy to swallow smoke without coughing and helps to strengthen lungs and clean out the toxins of tobacco smoke, both great sleep aids and cleansing supplements for smokers and sickness. smoked only one bowl of each.
round four blend: catnip, skullcap, calendula, fennel, rosemary, dandelion, ginger, lemongrass, peppermint.
effects: instant jittery feeling, euphoria, slight shakiness, harsh but good tasting smoke, very slightly blurred vision, enjoyable soft floating-on-a-cloud feeling high. my hands, this is strange, feel as if they are burning. not hot but there was burning warmth on the tips of my fingers, and not because i burnt them with the lighter after all that smoking, possibly euphoric feeling of the aphrodisiac properties. so high i dropped my lighter in the bathtub after the fourth hit.
The Garden Lovage is one of the old English herbs that was formerly very generally cultivated, and is still occasionally cultivated as a sweet herb, and for the use in herbal medicine of its root, and to a less degree, the leaves and seeds.
It is a true perennial and hence is very easy to keep in garden cultivation; it can be propagated by offsets like Rhubarb, and it is very hardy. Its old-time repute has suffered by the substitution of the medicinally more powerful Milfoil and Tansy, just as was the case when ‘Elecampane’ superseded Angelica in medical use. The public-house cordial named ‘Lovage,’ formerly much in vogue, however, owed such virtue as it may have possessed to Tansy. Freshly-gathered leafstalks of Lovage (for flavouring purposes) should be employed in long split lengths.
The evergreen leaves of this shrubby herb are about 1 inch long, linear, revolute, dark green above and paler and glandular beneath, with an odour pungently aromatic and somewhat camphoraceous. The flowers are small and pale blue. Much of the active volatile principle resides in their calyces. There are silver and goldstriped varieties, but the green-leaved variety is the kind used medicinally.
The oil of Rosemary, distilled from the flowering tops, as directedin the British Pharmacopceia, is a superior oil to that obtained from the stem and leaves, but nearly all the commercial oil is distilled from the stem and leaves of the wild plant before it is in flower. (Rosemary is one of the plants like lavender which grows better in England than anywhere, else, and English oil of Rosemary, though it is infinitely superior to what of other countries, is hardly found in commerce to-day. The bulk of the commercial oil comes from France, Dalamatia, Spain and Japan.)
————-Top 5 Herbs for a Medicinal Herb Garden————-
1. Nettles - Easy to grow, full of micro nutrients and add a healthy punch to many dishes. Try growing nettles in an area that you can allow them to reseed themselves. If you are continue to harvest the small plant, you will end up with fresh greenstuff throughout most of the growing season. Don’t forget to wear gloves when harvesting. Nettles have a harmless but unpleasant sting, if brushed. Because nettles can be harvested multiple times, they can be planted in front of taller landscaping plants. If left to their own devices, nettles will grow over 6 feet tall. They are not tasty at this stage, so unless you are growing them for a plant barrier, keep them pruned to a more controlled level, and enjoy.
2. Dandelion - Often considered the bane of a lawn lover’s existence. This is a shame. Dandelions are one of the most multipurpose herbs there are. The leaves are eaten as a tasty spring green.The blossom is used to make jelly, fried in the bud stage as a delicious side dish. The delicate petals are added to salads and as a lovely edible flower addition to summer dishes. The root is also used, dried and ground as a substitute for coffee. As a medicinal plant, the blossom is added to oil and infused, to relieve aching muscles. The leaf and root are used in teas, tinctures, salves and oils as a liver tonic, soothing skin and muscle herb. Full of promise, these cheerful plants make a great addition to the herbalist’s garden. (fun fact - the name dandelion comes from the french ‘dent de lion’ meaning ‘lion’s tooth’, which is what the sharp jagged leaves reminded them of!)
3. Calendula - An important addition to a healer’s garden. Its striking orange flowers are used as a soothing skin wash, tea and salve. They are edible for a cheerful addition to a salad as well. Because it is so gentle, calendula is often an ingredient in diaper salves and other baby related skincare items. Calendula offers a beautiful spot of color in any landscape. The flowers will readily reseed themselves, so consider this when planting. Look for plants that are sticky with resin, for this is the medicinal quality that you need. There are many cultivated varieties that may or may not work in the medicinal sense. Look for Calendula Officinalis, to be certain it is the right variety.
4. Burdock - Often called Gobo, is a common herb that is overlooked in American gardening. Its root used as a blood purifier and an overall medicinal vegetable. The leaf can be applied as a poultice to draw out infection. The seed is a much stronger medicine, and should be used with caution. Because this article highlights a beginner’s herbal garden, only the root and leaf are addressed here.
5. German Chamomile - Chamomile is a sweetly scented, light tasting herb. Its many uses have been known for many years. Chamomile is a gentle soother for teas and skin washes. There has been some discussion about contraindications of this well known herb. As a disclaimer, if an individual has an allergy to ragweed, they may react to chamomile with the same symptoms. This is rare, but should be mentioned. Another effect that should be at least mentioned, is that there is some proof that chamomile is a blood thinner. This would not apply to an occasional cup of tea used as an evening treat, however, if someone was on blood thinning medication, they should bring their tea use to their medical provider’s attention.
Herbal Sampler: 20 Herb Starter Set
Contains: 20 herbs
Size: 1/2 oz each
Great way to dive into herbalism and get your home inventory started! You get the 20 herbs listed below - each herb comes in a labeled 1/2 oz package:
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Just got all of these for a dollar each. Awesomeeeee :)
I love ginger. I had terrible cramps about an hour ago and somehow managed to eat a spoonful of minced ginger, knowing the effects would outweigh the strong flavor. Sure enough…I’m cramp free after a spoonful of ginger and a couple of yoga poses.
I’m getting really into herbs as medicine and am so excited to start the herbalism class I’m enrolled in… it’s so interesting and I truly believe in the effects - especially after learning so much about big pharma in college. That shit’s wack. :)
Sometimes I think about how I could possibly combine my love of psychology, helping others and herbalism into one meaningful career…I’m excited to see how the class goes and perhaps someday become a certified herbalist healer.
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