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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

COFFEE


Latin Name: Coffea arabica

Alternate Names: Arabian Coffee, Devil's Brew, Java, Espresso

Family: RUBIACEAE

Parts Used: Roasted kernel of ripe dried seeds.

Properties: Antiemetic, Antinarcotic, Appetite Suppressant, Cardiac Stimulant, Cerebral Stimulant, Diuretic, Laxative, Muscle Relaxant, Stimulant, Vasoconstrictor.

Internal Uses: Asthma, Catarrh, Constipation, Fatigue, Jet Lag, Migraine, Narcotic Poisoning, Obesity, Pain, Paralysis

Internal Applications: Tea made from beans.
In addition to being a stimulant, coffee is used in medicines to potentiate the effects of other substances and promote a sense of well being. It also helps to increase the pain-relieving actions of analgesics. It opens the bronchial passages, thus improving respiratory congestion. Coffee increases the number of calories burned per hour.

Topical Applications: Organic coffee is used in enemas to stimulate liver and bowel cleansing.

Culinary uses: It is used to flavor baked goods, candy, ice cream, yoghurt and liqueurs.

Energetics: Bitter.

Chemical Constituents: Caffeine, theobromine, theophylline, trigonelline, chlorogenic acid, essential oils, tannins.

Contraindications: Avoid for those with acid indigestion, high blood pressure, diarrhea, high stomach acidity, ulcers, and heart palpitations. Can cause anxiety, insomnia and a jittery feeling. May be addictive. When giving up coffee, do so gradually to help prevent headaches and withdrawal symptoms such as depression, lethargy and irritation. Coffee stimulates and irritates the intestines, adrenals, and reproductive organs. It also depletes the body of B vitamins, C and iron. Do not use during pregnancy and nursing. It is not for people who are weak and deficient. Coffee often contains residues of chemicals banned in the United States.
Coffee has been linked to cancer of the bladder, breast, ovaries, pancreas and prostate, as well as heart disease and birth defects. Breast cysts, premenstrual difficulties and infertility can also be aggravated by consumption of caffeine.

Comments: The practice of drinking coffee began about 1,000 years ago in the region that is now known as Ethiopia when an Arab mullah encountered a goatherd, who had a flock of frolicking goats. When questioned about their excited behavior, the goatherd pointed out the bush they had been grazing upon. When the mullah tried some of the beans, he too felt excited. Originally, coffee was used by Arab priests to help them stay awake and pray at night.
In the 19th century, eclectic physicians recommended Coffee to treat alcohol and opium overdose.
The common name Coffee includes the species Coffea robusta and Coffea liberica, which are used interchangeably with Coffea arabica.

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