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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.

KELP



Latin Name: Fucus vesiculosis


Alternate Names: Bladderwrack, Seawrack


Family: FUCACEAE


Parts Used: Entire plant (thallus).


Properties: Antibacterial, Antioxidant, Antitumor, Diuretic, Emollient, Endocrine Tonic, Expectorant, Nutritive.


Internal Uses: Breast Cancer, Candida, Convalescence, Cough, Enlarged Lymph, Fatigue, Goiter, Heavy Metals, Hormonal Imbalance, Hypotension, Hypothyroid, Obesity, Rheumatism, Tumors
Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
It can help absorb and remove drugs, chemicals, heavy metals, and radioactive strontium 90 from the body. It can help to normalize overly low blood pressure. Because Kelp helps to stimulate a sluggish metabolism, it can be helpful as part of a weight loss program. Kelp has a softening and draining effect on the body and can be used to help treat lymph node enlargement and tumors. It is good for helping prevent breast cancer.


Topical Uses: Arthritis, Cellulite, Obesity


Topical Applications: Compress or oil for arthritic joints. Bath herb for cellulite and weight loss. Used in lotions for its skin-softening qualities.


Culinary uses: Eaten raw or cooked into soups and grains for its salty flavor and the minerals it provides. Added to beans it improve their digestibility. Season any food where one wants to add a salty flavor.


Energetics: Salty, Cool, Moist.


Chemical Constituents: Algin, carrageenan, iodine, potassium, bormine, mucopolysaccharides, mannitol, alginic acid, kainic acid, laminine, histamine, zeaxanthin, protein, vitamins B-2 and C.


Contraindications: Contains irritating fibers. Not for cold, weak people. Overuse can produce goiter-like symptoms. Collect plants that are still growing in the ocean rather than collecting ones washed up on the shore. Avoid collecting from polluted waters.


Comments: Kelp is the most common type of seaweed in the ocean. The nickname, Bladderwrack, refers to the bladder like air pods (vesicles) that help keep this herb afloat on the ocean. When cows consume kelp they produce more milk and are less likely to suffer from mastitis. Kelp makes a wonderful garden fertilizer.

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