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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.


Latin Name: Piper nigrum

Alternate Names: Black Pepper, Vine Pepper, White Pepper, Green Pepper


Parts Used: Dried unripe fruit.

Properties: Antibacterial, Anticatarrhal, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Aromatic, Carminative, Circulatory Stimulant, Diaphoretic, Digestive Tonic, Diuretic, Rubefacient, Siliagogue, Stimulant, Stomach Tonic.

Internal Uses: Arthritis, Colic, Diarrhea, Flatulence, Headache, Indigestion, Nausea, Rheumatism, Stomachache, Vertigo

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
When Pepper is added to food in moderation, it stimulates both saliva and digestive secretions, including hydrochloric acid.

Topical Uses: Insect Repellent, Lice, Rheumatism, Ringworm

Topical Applications: Wash for ringworm and lice. Essential oil is added to perfumes and to massage oils for its stimulating and toning properties. Helpful for massage of rheumatic joints. Pepper is made into an insecticide spray to repel ants, boll weevils, flies, roaches, moths and silverfish.

Culinary uses: This condiment is used worldwide. Used to preserve food. Flavors vegetables, soups, stews and meats. Every good cook knows fresh ground is the best. White pepper is preferred if a cook is intent on a uniform color when making a white colored dish such as potato soup or cauliflower. Peppercorns are added to pickles and marinades.

Energetics: Pungent, Hot.

Chemical Constituents: Essential oil -- more is present in black pepper than in white pepper (beta-bisabolene, camphene, phellandrene, myristicin, pinene, safrole), resin, alkaloids (piperine, piperidine, chavicine), protein, chromium.

Comments: Piper is an ancient Latin name meaning 'plant'. Attila the Hun is said to have demanded a ransom of 3,000 pounds of Pepper during his siege of Rome (408 A.D.). The quest for Pepper prompted much world exploration and the herb was an important early trade item. Columbus was looking for a shorter route to India to find Pepper. The Pepper trade contributed greatly to the wealth of Venice. Pepper from India was considered one of the five essential luxuries along with African ivory, Arabian incense, Chinese silk and German amber. It was once a form of currency and even used to pay rent. In England in 1154, a Guild of Pepperers was formed to control spice trade. Pepper currently accounts for over one fourth of the world's spice trade.
In East Africa, Pepper is consumed in excess quantities as an abortifacient. It is also consumed in the belief that eating lots of pepper will make one less desirable to mosquitoes.
Black, green and white pepper are all from the same plant. Black pepper is from the unripe but fully grown berry. White pepper, a milder version, is from soaked and peeled mature fruits. Currently however, most commercial white pepper is pepper with the outer hull removed by machinery. Green peppercorns are harvested from young unripe berries and are less heating. They are usually preserved by freeze drying or pickling.

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