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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.

HORSE CHESTNUT


Latin Name: Aesculus hippocastanum

Alternate Names: Buckeye, Spanish Chestnut

Family: HIPPOCASTANACEAE

Parts Used: Seeds, bark, leaves.

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Astringent, Circulatory Stimulant, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Narcotic, Nutritive.

Internal Uses: Capillary Weakness, Edema, Frostbite, Hemorrhoids, Phlebitis, Varicose Veins

Internal Applications: Tincture.

Horse Chestnut helps move congestion and strengthen the capillaries and decrease their permeability. It is believed that the aescin content inhibits inflammation in cells without weakening phagocytosis.

Topical Uses: Hemorrhoids, Rheumatism, Swellings, Varicose Veins

Topical Applications: Poultice or compress for hemorrhoids, varicose veins, swelling, sores and rheumatism.

Culinary uses: Do not confuse this herb with sweet chestnuts.

Energetics: Bitter, Neutral, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Saponins (aescin), glycosides (aesculin and fraxin), hydroquinine, tannins, flavones.

Contraindications: Use one fourth the dosages of other herbs. Green shell of nut can cause digestive distress, drowsiness and flush skin. Peel well before using the nut. Do not use raw or untreated nuts. Use only with the recommendation of a competent health professional. Do not confuse with Buckeye (Aesculus glabra).

Comments: The name Horse Chestnut arises from the use of this herb to treat horse's coughs as well as being used as animal feed. An old folk remedy to treat hemorrhoids and arthritis using Horse Chestnut was to simply carry a chestnut around in one's pocket until it hardened, then replace it with a fresh one.

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