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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.

STRAWBERRY


Latin Name: Fragaria vesca

Alternate Names: Wood Strawberry

Family: ROSACEAE

Parts Used: Leaves, berries, root.

Properties: Alterative, Astringent, Diuretic, Hepato-tonic, Pregnancy Tonic, Vulnerary.

Internal Uses: Anemia, Arthritis, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Eczema, Fever, Gout, Jaundice, Rheumatism, Tuberculosis
Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules, Syrup.
The fruit is a laxative. Different parts of the plant have different uses. Leaves and root are used for anemia, diarrhea, dysentery, eczema and jaundice. Fruit is used for anemia, arthritis, fevers, gout, jaundice, rheumatism and tuberculosis.
Strawberry leaves can be used to tonify the female reproductive system, much like raspberry leaves. Strawberry leaf tea tastes similar to black tea and can be used as a caffeine-free substitute.

Topical Uses: Burns, Freckles, Loose Teeth, Oily Skin, Plaque, Sore Throat, Sunburn, Vaginitis, Wounds

Topical Applications: Cut berries are rubbed on teeth and allowed to sit a few minutes before brushing, so as to whiten the teeth and remove plaque. Crushed berries are applied on skin to relieve sunburn and lighten freckles. Leaves are used as a toner for oily skin, as a gargle for a sore throat and in salves for wounds and burns. Douche for vaginitis. Mouthwash for loose teeth. Leaves are used in potpourris.

Culinary uses: Most people enjoy eating the ripe berries plain, in jams, pies and tarts, on shortcake, yoghurt or with cream, to name but a few of the culinary possibilities. Berries are also used in wine. Leaves are used to flavor soup stock.

Energetics: Sweet, Sour, Cool, Moist.

Chemical Constituents: Tannin, flavonoids, glycosides (kaempferol, quercitin) mucilage, salicylates, beta carotene, vitamins B, C and E, sugars.

Contraindications: Use only dried leaves. Strawberry fruits can be allergenic for some people. Also eating the fruits may cause urine to temporarily have a pink hue.

Comments: The ancient and Latin name for Strawberry is Fraga, referring to the enticing fragrance of this plant. There are several theories about the origin of the name Strawberry -- that straw was used as a mulch between the plants, that the berries appear to be strewn amongst the leaves on the ground, or perhaps that ripe berries were threaded on straws to be taken to market.
The common name Strawberry includes many Fragaria species.

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