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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.

WILD CHERRY


Latin Name: Prunus serotina

Alternate Names: Virginian Prune Bark

Family: ROSACEAE

Parts Used: Dried inner bark, collected in fall.

Properties: Antispasmodic, Antitussive, Astringent, Bitter Tonic, Carminative, Expectorant, Sedative, Stomach Tonic.

Internal Uses: Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds, Cough, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Dyspepsia, Insomnia, Whooping Cough

Internal Applications: Tea (do not boil), Tincture, Capsules, Syrups.
Wild Cherry bark is best known as a remedy for coughs. Helps dyspepsia due to nerves. The prunasin appears to be what relaxes the reflex to cough.

Topical Uses: Inflammation

Topical Applications: Eyewash for inflammation.

Culinary uses: Fruit of Prunus avium (the common cherry readily available in stores) as well as wild cherry is eaten plain, added to pies, jams, juice, liqueurs and wine.

Energetics: Bitter, Warm, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Nogenic glycosides (prunasin), benzaldhyde, essential oil, coumarins, gallitannins, resin.

Contraindications: Cherry seeds are toxic due to thier high content of hydrocyanic acid and should not be eaten. Bark is toxic in large doses. Do not boil bark, but simply steep in hot water. It may cause drowsiness. Though it helps coughs, it does not treat infection which may be causing the cough. Do not use during severe infection. Avoid using the leaves internally.

Comments: The genus name, Prunus, is an ancient name for 'plum'. The word cherry traces back to the Assyrian word karsu. Some Native American women used Wild Cherry bark to relax them during labor.
The common name Wild Cherry includes the species Prunus virginiana, as well as some other Prunus species, which are used interchangeably with Prunus serotina.

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