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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.

LOTUS


Latin Name: Nelumbo nuciferum

Alternate Names: Sacred Lotus, He Ye (Chinese), Padma (Sanskrit), Lianzi (Sees), Kamala (Hindi), Oujie (Chinese - Root), Lian Zi (Chinese - Seed)

Family: NELUMBONACEAE

Parts Used: Nodes of root, seeds, above ground portion.

Properties: Aphrodisiac, Astringent, Cardiotonic, Emmenagogue, Hemostatic, Hypotensive, Rejuvenative, Sedative, Tonic.

Internal Uses: Alcohol Poisoning, Asthma, Attention Deficit, Bleeding, Colds, Cough, Diarrhea, Hemorrhoids, Mushroom Poisoning, Sinusitis, Speech Problems, Stuttering, Uterine Hemorrhage, Whooping Cough

Internal Applications: Use seed and root with rice as aphrodisiac. Seeds are used as calmative and cardiotonic. The seeds are also used to improve stuttering, speech difficulties and concentration. All parts of the Lotus are used in some way as medicine. Lotus root helps to disperse stagnant mucus. It has a special affinity for the repiratory system.
Lotus helps move blood stagnation and also stops bleeding. The part of the lotus that connects the two roots is considered to have the most medicinal properties.

Topical Applications: Poultice, flowers for perfume.

Culinary uses: Leaves, young stalks, petals, seeds and rhizomes are all edible. Lotus root flour is used as a thickener in sauces. Young tender parts may be eate raw in salads or cooked as a vegetable. The leaves are used for wrapping items to be baked or steamed. The beautiful flower petals can be floated atop soup.

Energetics: Bitter, Sweet, Cooling.

Chemical Constituents: Asparagine, tannin, nelumbine, carotene, vitamin B-1 and B-2, niacin.

Contraindications: Avoid in cases of indigestion and constipation.

Comments: The leaves are cooling. The genus name, Nelumbo, is from the Sri Lankan name of the herb. Nuciferum means 'nut-bearing'. Lotus is often considered the sacred flower of India, a symbol of spiritual unfoldment. Indeed, the Lotus is so beautiful that in India just looking at it is considered medicinal. It is also linked to Lakshimi, Goddess of Prosperity. Both Horus, the Egyptian Sun God, and Brahma are said to have been born of Lotus flowers. In many parts of the world, Lotus is planted as a devotional flower and offered in religious ceremonies. Its five petals are said to represent the five stages of the Hindu Wheel of Life -- birth, initiation, marriage, rest and death. It is an aquatic plant. In the Greek tradition, lotus was eaten to induce a dreamy state, but in Chinese medicine it is used to relieve dreaminess.

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