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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.

DANDELION


Latin Name: Taraxacum officinale

Alternate Names: Lion's Tooth, Blow Ball, Pu Gong Ying (Chinese), Pee-in-the-bed, Wild Endive

Family: ASTERACEAE

Parts Used: All parts.

Properties: Antifungal, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Expectorant, Galactagogue, Hypotensive, Laxative, Lithotriptic, Liver Tonic.

Internal Uses: Acne, Anemia, Arthritis, Boils, Constipation, Diabetes, Eczema, Edema, Gallstones, Hepatitis, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, Jaundice, Kidney Stones, Menstrual Problems, Obesity, Psoriasis, Pulmonary Edema, Rheumatism

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
Different parts of the herb have different properties. The leaves are a diuretic and hypotensive. The root is an antifungal, cholagogue, diuretic, expectorant, galactagogue, mild laxative, lithotriptic and liver tonic. Only the leaves are used for edema, while the root is used for diabetes. Both are used for hypertension. It is an excellent herb for weight loss as the leaves are diuretic and the root improves fat metabolism.

Topical Uses: Fungal Infection, Warts, Wounds

Topical Applications: Flowers are used as a poultice for wounds. Sap from the stem can be applied to get rid of warts. Use as a wash for fungal infections.

Culinary uses: Leaves are eaten in the spring, before flowering, either raw or cooked. Roots can be cleaned and cooked like carrots or pickled. Roasted roots are made into a coffee substitute. Flowers may be added to muffins or battered and stir-fried. Dandelion wine, made from the flowers, is a delight! So is dandelion beer.

Energetics: Bitter, Sweet, Cold.

Chemical Constituents: Leaves contain bitter glycosides, carotenoids, terpenoids, choline, potassium, iron, calcium, vitamin C, inositol. Root contains bitter glycosides, tannins, triterpenes, sterols, essential oil, choline, inulin, asparagine, taraxacin, taraxacerin.

Contraindications: Before using root, dry or cook it.

Comments: The genus name Taraxacum is derived from the Greek word taraxos, meaning 'disorder' and akos, meaning 'remedy'. It is one of the bitter herbs in the Passover tradition. Dandelions were brought from Europe by the early Colonists. They are one of the planet's most famous and useful weeds. Dandelion is used to help clear the body of old emotions such as anger and fear that can be stored in the body's liver and kidneys. Dandelions provide food for many wild animals such as bees, deer, geese and rabbits. Since herbicides poison our environment, utilize this valuable health-giving plant instead of spraying!

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