Welcome to the Herbal Farm!

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.

KHAT


Latin Name: Catha edulis

Alternate Names: Cafta, Flower Of Paradise

Family: CELASTRACEAE

Parts Used: Leaves, twigs.

Properties: Anaphrodisiac, Cerebral Stimulant, Respiratory Stimulant, Stimulant

Internal Uses: Fatigue, Malaria, Obesity

Internal Applications: Tea, Leaves (generally chewed).
Khat is used to enhance communication , increase alertness and decrease hunger. Users become more talkative and laugh easily.

Chemical Constituents: D-norpseudoephedrine, cathine, cathidine, cathinine.

Contraindications: Khat may cause headaches and elevate blood pressure. Large quantities are addictive and withdrawal may cause lethargy. Though most people will experience an amphetamine-like effect, for some people Khat may work as a depressant. Chronic use may lead to tremors in the nervous system and cause one to become more high-strung, constipated and susceptible to disease. Do not use during pregnancy. Use on occasion rather than regularly.

Comments: This tree is native to Kenya and Ethiopia. In Africa, some women will refuse to marry a Khat user.

1 comment:

Chin Sink said...

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