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Episode-594- Herbal Actions Part 4

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Today we wrap up the four part series on Herbal Actions.   An herbal action is the specific effects any herb has on a body.  Most herbal guides list these actions and understanding them will improve your effectiveness with herbs.

On this episode of The Survival Podcast we will review 10 more of 40 primary herbal actions which will wrap up our 4-part series.

Today we cover the following ten herbal actions alterative, anticatarrhal, anti-oxidant, astringent, demulcent, emollient, febrifuge, glactagogue, hypnotic and stomachic.

Join Me As We Discuss the Follow Actions and Corresponding Herbs

  • Alterative – Gradually restores health and vitality to the body by helping the body assimilate nutrients, eliminate waste and restore proper function.
    • Some alterative herbs – Nettle, Garlic and Chickweed
  • Anticatarrhal – Counteracts the build-up of excess mucus and inflammation in the sinus and other upper respiratory parts.
    • Red Clover, Elderberry, Wild Cherry, Ginger, Garlic
  • Anti-oxidant – Protects the body against free radical damage.  Free radicals are highly reactive compounds that bind to and destroy other molecules.
    • Goji (Wolf) Berry, Sage, Black Pepper, Oregano and many more
  • Astringent – Contracts, firms and strengthens body tissues by precipitating proteins and an reduce excess secretions and discharge.
    • Calendula, Plantain, Sea Buckthorn
  • Demulcent – Mucilaginous herbs which relax, soothe and protect tissue.
    • Comfrey, Marshmallow, Slippery Elm, Sea Buckthorn
  • Emollient – Applied to the skin to soften, soothe and protect
    • Almond, Violet, Sea Buckthorn, Chamomile
  • Febrifuge – Assists the body to reduce fever
    • White Willow, Peppermint, Dandelion
  • Galactagogue – Increases the flow of mothers milk
    • Basil, Dill and Garlic
  • Hypnotic – Has a powerful relaxant and sedative action and helps to to induce sleep.
    • California Poppy, Chamomile, Passion Flower
  • Stomachic – Stimulative tonic to the stomach
    • Basil, Lemon Balm and Rose

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Episode-590- Herbal Actions- Part Three

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Today we will be doing the third of a four part series on “herbal actions”.  An herbal action is the specific effects any herb has on a body.  Most herbal guides list these actions and understanding them will improve your effectiveness with herbs.

On this episode of The Survival Podcast we will review 10 more of 40 primary herbal actions which will take us 75% through the series.

Today we cover the following ten herbal actions adaptogen, antacid, anti-microbial, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, lymphatic, rubefacient and styptic.

Join in today to learn about these actions and corresponding herbs…

  • Adaptogen – Increase the body’s resistance and endurance to a wide variety of adverse influences from physical, chemical and biological stressors, assisting the body’s ability to cope and adapt.
    • Some adaptogen herbs – Ginseng (American and Asian), Reishi Mushroom, Valerian
  • Antacid – Neutralizes excess acid in the stomach and intestinal tract.
    • Some antacid herbs – Dandelion, Fennel, Catnip
  • Anti-microbial (aka anti-bacterial or anti viral) – Helps the body’s immune system destroy or resist the proliferation of pathogenic micro-organisms.
    • Some anti-microbial herbs – Parsley, Thyme, Oregano, Basil and Garlic
  • Antiseptic – Prevents or eliminates sepsis (infectious destructive condition of tissue)
    • Some antiseptic herbs – Calendula, Sage, St. John’s Wort and Comfrey
  • Cholagogue – Promotes the discharge and flow of bile from the gallbladder (gogue means to “flow”)
    • Some cholagogue herbs – Dandelion, Tumeric, Rosemary
  • Diaphoretic – Induces increased perspiration, dilates capillaries, increasing elimination of toxins through the skin.
    • Some diaphoretic herbs – Chamomile, Lavender and Lemon Balm
  • Diuretic – Increases the flow of urine
    • Some diuretic herbs – Hibiscus, Lovage, Black Pepper
  • Lymphatic – Support the health and activity of the lymphatic system
    • Some lymphatic herbs – Red Clover, Echinacea, Plantain
  • Rubefacient – Generates a localized increase in blood flow when applied to the skin.   Often used to warm the skin and ease the pain and swelling of joints.
    • Some rubefacient herbs Oils of Peppermint, Spearmint, Pine
  • Styptic – Reduces or stops external bleeding by astringent action.
    • Some styptic herbs – Plantain, Blackberry, St. John’s Wort (oil)

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Episode-585- Herbal Actions – Part Two

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Today we will be doing the second of a four part series on “herbal actions”.  An herbal action is the specific effects any herb has on a body.  Most herbal guides list these actions and understanding them will improve your effectiveness with herbs.

Today we will review 10 more of 40 primary herbal actions which will take us half way through the series.

Today we cover the following ten herbal actions antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, bitter, hypotensive, hepatic, immune stimulant, refrigerant, sedative, stimulant and tonic.

Join in today to learn about these actions and corresponding herbs…

  • Antidepressant – Helps relieve or prevent depressed states of mind
    • Some antidepressant herbs – St. John’s Wort, Saffron and Basil
  • Anti-inflammatory – Combats excessive or overly painful inflammation
    • Some anti-inflammatory herbs – Chamomile, Calendula and Rose
  • Bitter – Stimulates the normal secretion of digestive fluids to aid digestion.  Also stimulates liver activity and can help to improve depression.
    • Dandelion, Mugwort and Rue
  • Hypotensive – Reduces elevated blood pressure
    • Garlic, Lavender and Lemon Balm
  • Hepatic – Tonifies and strengthens the liver.
    • Rosemary, Turmeric and Chicory
  • Immune stimulant – Helps stimulate immune response and fight infections.
    • Echinacea, Ginseng and Pomegranate
  • Refrigerant – Cooling agents which lower body temperature and relieve thirst.
    • Peppermint, Tarragon and Plantain
  • Sedative – Calms the nervous system by reducing stress and nervous irritation throughout the body
    • Chamomile, Lavender and Hops
  • Stimulant – Warms the body, quickens circulation, breaks up obstructions and congestion.
    • Black Pepper, Coffee and Garlic
  • Tonic – Increases tone and vitality of skin, other organs or body systems.  Improves nutrient absorption.
    • Dandelion, Goji Berry, Garlic and Anise

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Episode-580- Herbal Actions – Part One

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Today we will be doing the first of a four part series on “herbal actions”.  An herbal action is the specific effects any herb has on a body.  Most herbal guides list these actions and understanding them will improve your effectiveness with herbs.

Today we will review 10 of 40 primary herbal actions, the next three shows will be spread out over each week to give you time to absorb and retain the information.

Today we cover the first ten herbal actions, analgesic, anti-emetic, aperient, carminative, expectorant, hemostatic, nervine, vasodlitor and vulnerary.  Along with a few common herbs that exhibit each action and how they can be used.

Join in today to learn about these actions and corresponding herbs…

  • Analgesic (anodyne) – Relieves pain either orally or externally
    • Some analgesic herbs – aloe – bee balm – ginger – white willow
  • Anti-emetic – Relieves nausea and vomiting
    • Some anti-emetic herbs – anise – peppermint – clove – ginger
  • Aperient – Gentle stimulant to digestion and mild laxative action
    • Some aperient herbs – flax – rose hips – dandelion
  • Carminative – Soothes the stomach, promotes digestion, prevents or helps expel gas
    • Some carminative herbs –  basil – chamomile – cumin
  • Expectorant – Supports the respiratory system by expelling excess mucus
    • Some expectorant herbs – garlic – borage – spearmint
  • Hemostatic – Arrests bleeding – promotes blood clotting
    • Some hemostatic herbs – rose – blackberry – geranium
  • Nervine – Affects the nervous system by relaxing or stimulation it and/or a tonic effect
    • Some nervine herbs – coffee – lavender – st. john’s wort
  • Vasodilator – expands blood vessels for increased circulation
    • Some vasodlitor herbs – cayenne – parsley – ginger
  • Vulnerary – Assist the body to heal wounds, used externally
    • some vulnerary herbs – calendula – comfrey – plantain

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