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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.

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Latin Name: Prunella vulgaris

Alternate Names: Heal-all, All Heal, Prunella, Woundwort, Hercules Woundwort, Sickle Herb, Carpenter's Herb, Dragonhead, Xu Ku Cao (Chinese), Blue Curls

Family: LAMIACEAE

Parts Used: Above ground portion.

Properties: Alterative, Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Bitter Tonic, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Hemostatic, Liver Stimulant, Styptic, Tonic, Vermifuge, Vulnerary.

Internal Uses: Acne, Bleeding, Colic, Conjunctivitis, Convalescence, Convulsions, Diarrhea, Diphtheria, Dysmenorrhea, Edema, Fever, Flatulence, Gastritis, Gout, Hemorrhage, Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis, Hypertension, Injury, Jaundice, Laryngitis, Liver Weakness, Lymphatic Congestion, Pharyngitis, Sore Throat, Vertigo, Worms, Wounds

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
Ursolic acid exhibits diuretic and anti-tumor activity.

Topical Uses: Bruises, Burns, Cuts, Gingivitis, Hemorrhoids, Leukorrhea, Mouth Sores, Rash, Sore Throat, Sprains, Thrush, Wounds

Topical Applications: Use as a poultice for hemorrhoids, rashes, bruises, burns, cuts, sprains and wounds. Mouthwash for sores, gum problems and thrush. Sore throat gargle. Salve herb. Eyewash. Douche for leukorrhea.

Culinary uses: Young plant can be eaten raw or cooked.

Energetics: Bitter, Pungent, Cool, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Pentacyclic triterpenes (betulinic, oleanolic ursolic acids), essential oil, rutin, beta carotene, vitamins B-1, C and K, tannin.

Comments: The genus name Prunella is from the German brunellen which is the name for the mouth and throat inflammation that the herb cured - die Bra√ľne, or Quinsy in English. It was used by the German Imperial armies to treat fever associated with brownish tongues. Its Chinese name literally means 'summer dry herb'. As the plant looks somewhat like an open mouth leading to the throat, this may have prompted its use as an herb for mouth and throat ailments. The herb also helps to cool conditions of an overheated liver.

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