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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.

TEA


Latin Name: Camellia sinensis

Alternate Names: Cha, Kukicha, Bancha, Green Tea, Black Tea

Family: THEACEAE

Parts Used: Leaf buds, young leaves.

Properties: Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antioxidant, Antitumor, Astringent, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Immune Stimulant, Nervine, Stimulant, Styptic.

Internal Uses: Allergies, Arteriosclerosis, Asthma, Colds, Congestion, Cough, Depression, Diarrhea, Digestive Infections, Dysentery, Fatigue, Hangovers, Hepatitis, High Cholesterol, Migraine, Tooth Decay, Tumors

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture.
Research is showing that some green teas may reduce stomach cancer risks. One of the ways that green and black Tea prevent dental decay is by inhibiting the enzyme Streptococcus mutans, which is responsible for plaque formation. Futhermore, Tea contains more fluoride than fluoridated water and is thus used to prevent dental decay. Green Tea has antitumor and immune stimulant properties. In lab studies, Black Tea has been shown to have antioxidant properties, but adding milk inactivates both the antioxidant properties of Black Tea and the antitumor and immune stimulant properties of Green Tea. Drink tea after a meal rich in fats to reduce arterial disease risks.

Topical Uses: Insect Stings, Puffy Eyes, Sunburn, Wounds

Topical Applications: Place a compress of cooled used black Tea bags on puffy eyes, insect stings and sunburn to reduce inflammation. Make a compress of green Tea for bleeding wounds.

Culinary uses: After water, Tea is the world's most popular beverage. One can make green Tea ice cream.

Energetics: Bitter, Sweet, Dry, Cool, Warm.

Chemical Constituents: Caffeine, theophylline, theobromine, tannins (polyphenol, catechins), flavonoids (kaempferol, quercitin), fats, vitamin C, fluoride. Tannin in green Tea is epigallocatechin.

Contraindications: Excessive use may cause nervous irritability and digestive distress such as ulcers. Can be addictive. Avoid in cases of hypertension and avoid large doses during pregnancy and nursing. Adding milk to Tea helps neutralize some of the tannins, although it inactivates antioxidant actions.

Comments: Tea is considered such a divine beverage that it is named Thea, from the Greek word for goddess. Green Tea leaves are heated to prevent fermentation. Oolong Tea is partially fermented. Black Tea is dried and fermented. It is the processing that causes the wide variety of flavors amongst green and black Teas.
All Teas are bitter, sweet and drying. Green Tea and oolong Tea are cooling, while black tea is warming. Kukicha is made from the twigs, Bancha comes from the twigs and older leaves.
The species Camellia sinensis was formerly named Thea sinensis.

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