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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.

GARLIC


Latin Name: Allium sativum

Alternate Names: Stinking Rose, Rashona (Sanskrit), Poor Man's Teacle, Da Suan (Chinese), Russian Penicillin

Family: LILIACEAE

Parts Used: Bulb.

Properties: Alterative, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antioxidant, Antiparasitic, Antiprotozoan, Antispasmodic, Antitumor, Anthelmintic, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Hypoglycemic, Hypotensive, Immune Stimulant, Rejuvenative, Vasodilator, Yang Tonic.

Internal Uses: Arteriosclerosis, Asthma, Cancer, Candida, Catarrh, Colds, Cough, Diabetes, Flu, Heavy Metals, High Cholesterol, Hypertension, Impotence, Leprosy, Obesity, Rheumatism, Tuberculosis, Whooping Cough, Worms

Internal Applications: Tincture, Capsules.Garlic helps protect one from many types of infectious disease including Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Salmonella bacteria. Dr. Albert Schweitzer used it to treat cholera, typhoid and typhus infections. Garlic is used for many problems of the circulatory system because it helps to prevent blood platelet aggregation. It lowers serum cholesterol and inhibits cancer cells by inhibiting nitrosamine formation.

Topical Uses: Athlete's Foot, Dysentery, Ear Infection, Gangrene, Hemorrhoids, Snakebites, Wounds, Yeast Infection

Topical Applications: Suppository for hemorrhoids (uncut clove), Bolus for yeast infections, Enema for Dysentery. Diluted oil can be used for ear infections. Use as wash for gangrenous wounds and snakebites. Wash for athlete's foot.

Culinary uses: Bulb is used to flavor meats, soups, tomato dishes, salads, breads.

Energetics: Pungent, Hot, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Alliin tranforms into allicin and ajoene. Diallyl bisulphide, diallyl trisulphide, ajonesulphur, germanium, selenium.

Contraindications: Excessive use can provoke anger and emotional irritability. Avoid use for bad tampered people. Excess can be somewhat irritating to the stomach and kidneys. It can also cause excessive sexual behavior. Some people are allergic to garlic. Not for those with hyperacidic stomach conditions.
Do not apply cut Garlic directly to the skin for more than a few minutes as it can burn the skin. Thus, always dilute with vegetable oil. Avoid large doses during pregnancy and during nursing, as it may cause digestive distress.

Comments: The name Garlic is derived from an Anglo-Saxon term leac, meaning 'pot herb' and gar, meaning 'lance shape,' after the shape of the leaf. The slaves that built the pyramid of Cheops were fed rations of Garlic to give them strength. It was once used to help protect one from the Bubonic Plague and to ward off evil.
Garlic breath can be a problem, but it can be overcome by chewing some Anise, Caraway, Cumin or Fennel seeds, pieces of Cinnamon or Parsley, or taking one drop of pure Peppermint oil in a cup of water.

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