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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.

MAIDENHAIR FERN


Latin Name: Adiantum capillus-veneris

Alternate Names: Lady Fern, Venus Hair, Five Finger Fern, Rock Fern, Culantillo

Family: ADIANTACEAE

Parts Used: Leaves, root.

Properties: Antiparasitic, Astringent, Demulcent, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Galactagogue, Hemostatic, Refrigerant, Tonic.

Internal Uses: Alcoholism, Amenorrhea, Asthma, Bronchitis, Catarrh, Congestion, Cough, Emphysema, Fever, Jaundice, Kidney Weakness, Laryngitis, Sore Throat, Worms
Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules, Syrup.
Maidenhair Fern has been used to aid detoxification for alcoholics. It stimulates the function of the mucus membranes and can help those who have lingering coughs and are always clearing their throats.

Topical Uses: Dandruff, Insect Stings, Snakebites

Topical Applications: Wash for bee stings, centipede and snake bites. Hair rinse to give body to hair and to treat dandruff. The stems of the plant are used to make baskets.

Culinary uses: Young shoots are edible in the spring when they are still tightly coiled.

Energetics: Sweet, Bitter, Cool.

Chemical Constituents: Filicine, filicinal, fernene, beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, gallic acid, bitter principle (capillarine), terpenoids (adiantone), flavonoids (rutin, quercitin), mucilage, tannin.

Contraindications: Ferns that are uncoiled are somewhat toxic when eaten.

Comments: The genus name, Adiantum is from the Greek Adiantos, meaning 'unwetted' as the leaves of this plant repel water even though the herb grows in a wet environment. Ancient Mayans used it to decorate their altars for ceremonies.
The common name Maidenhair Fern also includes the species Adiantum pedatum, which is often used interchangeably with Adiantum capillus-veneris.

1 comment:

Nathaniel said...

Do you use Maidenhair? Who traditionally used in the ways mentioned above, Native Americans?

Are you satisfied of the herbal info mentioned in this site?