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Home Remedies - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Home Remedies

Using herbs that balance the immune system, decrease inflammation and soothe indigestion. You will probably not see the effects of these herbs immediately, since it usually takes time to correct ...

A wise lady once told me to eat one or two sage leaves each day on toast or chopped into salad. Sage essential oil, Salvia officinalis, is a stimulating oil which helps to stimulate and balance the n...

We evolved eating fermented foods and eating them provides a food source for the friendly bacteria in our gut. Fermentation is a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria feeds on sugar. ...

Sheep sorrel is one of the strongest antioxidant herbs we can use regularly, to benefit our health. And why are antioxidants so important? They have the ability to zap out free radicals caused by food...

Poultices are an age-old remedy for many conditions. The practice of applying poultices to the body goes back centuries and was a method in which medical results were achieved. It was also someth...

Gelatin is the precursor to cartilage formation in the body. Gelatin itself is very similar in structure to Type 2 Collagen, (connective tissue) which is an important part of cartilage. Gelatin is a ...

Essential oils stimulates the powerful sense of smell. It is known that odors we smell have a significant impact on how we feel. In dealing with patients who have lost the sense of smell, doctors have...

This incredible herb is a member of the Elm (Ulmus) family. Native to Canada and the US, it can be found growing in the Appalachian Mountains. The inner bark is collected from trees which are at least...

Black Strap Molasses is made from sugar cane. The roots of the sugar cane grow as deep as 15 feet and therefore are able to receive a broad spectrum of minerals and trace elements normally lacking in ...

A THISTLE BY ANY OTHER NAME... Otherwise known as St Mary's Thistle, Silybum Marianum (botanical name), Marian's Thistle, Milk Thistle and Holy Thistle (do not confuse with Blessed Thistle), the plan...

Iced Rosehip tea is a delicious way to enjoy the tart but sweet taste of rosehips and the health benefit of this powerful little seed! Rosehip is linked to many health benefits - improved immunity, he...

Simple treatments for stomach cramps and bloating Wild mint was used by all the nations as an aid in digestion. It was steeped in water for the patient to drink. Menthol, the active ingredient in min...

Homemade apple cider vinegar salad dressing is as very easy to make, with ingredients you have in your cupboard or fridge, and is much healthier than shop-bought dressing! The ingredients in Mr Man...

Viola odorata, Ordinary violet, Common blue violet, Sweet violet, Garden violet The symbol of ancient Athens, the violet was believed to moderate anger, strengthen and comfort the heart, and promote ...

Dr. Johanna Budwig is known and highly respected around the world, as Germany's premier biochemist. Over the years she has published a number of books including "Flax Oil as a True Aid Against Arthrit...

Alcohol severely depletes B-vitamins, thus contributing to mood swings and depression. Make a point of eating a large bowl of B-vitamin enriched breakfast cereal the morning after a boozy evening. Ca...

It is used medicinally for digestive problems, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting. It has been used for sea sickness, headaches, spleen enlargement, catarrh, bronchitis, rheumatism, foot pains, liver...

Teeth grinding is a nervous system condition found in those who maintain residual muscular tension in the jaw while sleeping. The herb Valerian is particularly applicable to this type of nervous syste...

Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavour to a recipe. This recipe is delicious and healthy and rich in natural flavours and can be adapted to your own tastes and preferences. Fresh herbs can be...

The Elder is the Old Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess, and powerful indeed is her protection and blessing. The elder grows rapidly from any part, and so speaks to us of regeneration and the power o...

Fleas can cause excessive scratching, irritation, agitation, rubbing and fur loss! You might not eliminate fleas completely with natural alternatives, but you can avoid exposure to chemical-laden...

The plum is every bit as healthy for you as the blueberry. Everyone seems to think of the blueberry as the ultimate fruit, rich in antioxidants. But if you're looking for a cheaper option in these c...

Aloe Vera is a highly respected and loved plant. It is easily grown in a pot or poor soils, likes full sun and is drought hardy but not frost tolerant at all... Everyone should have a pot of it in ...

Fennel, is a culinary herb and medicinal plant. Both the bulb and the seeds have a licorice-like taste. Yet, the flavor of the seeds is more potent due to their powerful essential oils... The ...

"Antioxidant" is a classification of several organic substances, including vitamins C and E, vitamin A (which is converted from beta-carotene), selenium (a mineral), and a group known as the carotenoi...

Lemons and limes are an excellent source of Vitamin C, one of the most important antioxidants in nature. Vitamin C is one of the main antioxidants found in food and the primary water-soluble antioxida...

Hayfever, or allergic rhinitis, is an ailment is marked by watery eyes, sneezing and running nose. In other words there is an excess of fluid which the body is drastically trying to offload. Hayfever ...

WATER 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (This likely applies to half the world population.) In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. ...

We all feel a little down sometimes but here is a home remedy that will help you beat the blues. Walk for at least 30 minutes in the open if you can, either in a park, bush, around the block, shops...

Fennel Fennel was traditionally known as the slimming herb as it has a stimulating effect on the metabolism. Fennel seeds, with its somewhat sweet, refreshing licorice-like taste, helps the live...

A boil starts out suddenly as an itchy, red, painful lump. They are sore to the touch. Usually within 24 hours, the lump fills with pus and takes on a round appearance with a yellow-white tip. There m...

Some say wheat grass is almost like a blood transfusion that it is a wonderful cleanser and rejuvenator which means it helps your body to throw out toxins that have built up over the years and helps i...

Borage grows all year round and seeds by itself. John Gerard the herbalist from the 1500's wrote in his decription of borage as bringing happiness and comfort. Borage flowers are renowned to relieve m...

Is dairy really good for us and an essential food group? 99 percent of your body's calcium is stored in your bones and teeth but  There is no human requirement for milk from a cow," says ...

Severe engorgement about the third or fourth day after the baby is born can usually be prevented by getting the baby latched on well and drinking well from the very beginning. If you do become engorg...

Water Our body will use 2-2.5 liters of water to perform its normal bodily functions (metabolism). It will do this whether we like it or not and if we do not provide our body with the necessary wat...

Chamomile, a herb that originates from a flowering plant from the daisy family, is one of the most widely used flowers for herbal tea. Chamomile tea is so popular and can be found in most gr...

Many herbs are used for temporary weight loss, including some that you can buy at an herb store. However, there are many herbalists who consider weight loss formulas to be harmful, and will not make t...

The Chilli is a dynamic herb - purifying the blood and stimulating the circulation and energising the body. Chilli also makes every other herb work better synergistically. Some even say that it is bet...

Rosemary has been used for centuries as a herb to stimulate and revitalise the hair and scalp. History has shown that women in the Mediterranean use rosemary as a rinse to deepen colour and encourage ...

Cinnamon not only delights the taste buds, but benefits other parts of our body as well. It is one of the world's oldest healers. Recent research studies show that cinnamon contains constituents that ...

Recipe:1 cup frozen blueberries2 tablespons of natural yoghurt (or coconut yoghurt)1-2 teaspoons of Mr Mansfield Super Smoothie Supplement1/2 cup of mixed seeds and nuts including hemp seeds ...

Coriander is also known as cilantro (Spanish), dhania (Hindi) or Malli (Malay). The leaves are often called Chinese parsley. Coriandrum sativum is an annual herb in the family apiaceae.  All par...

The simplest dishes are often the best! This recipe can be filled with fresh mixed mushroom, garlic and flavour-filled herbs. It's a one-pan recipe that can be served as a side, or on its own with som...

Any problems to do with the gastrointestinal tract can benefit from taking Slippery Elm powder twice daily. I flat teaspoon before breakfast and dinner mixed with either yoghurt or Baby stewed fruit (...

A great mantra when it comes to skin care ingredients is "if you can't put it in your mouth, don't put it on your skin".  Easily accessible nut and seed oils are a great way to save money on exp...

Evening Primrose is edible and medicinal and has a long history of use as an alternative medicine . The leaves are cooked and eaten as greens and the roots are said to be sweet succulent and delicious...

Fibromatosis, also known as Ledderhose Disease, is a benign growth of the plantar fascia. It may be worse when associated with diabetes, epilepsy, and alcoholism. Some doctors say its an aggressive he...

Millet is one of the oldest foods known to humans and possibly the first cereal grain to be used for domestic purposes. Originally from Africa and northern China, it remains a part of the diets of a a...

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus). This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining o...

Ginger yields an essential oil that is steam distilled from the unpeeled, dried and ground root. The scent is somewhat bitterer than the root but when used in aromatherapy the oil mixes well with sand...

Christmas doesn't have to be a time of over-indulgence and heavy foods. You can make it a time to take extra care when sourcing, preparing and eating together! This recipe for herb filled roast t...

Gingko Biloba is a herb I am using more and more with patients, definitely a herb for the modern person with a high level of stress and elevated blood pressure. It seems some members of the royal chi...

Skin tags are small, soft, flesh coloured growths of excess tissue that hang from the skin. They usually occur in clusters on the armpits, eyelids, groin, neck and other body folds. Skin tags tend to ...

Gotu kola is occasionally called the arthritis herb in Australia has been known for centuries, valued for treating leprosy and tuberculosis; relieving the pain of rheumatism and arthritis; to increase...

Pumpkins have some impressive health benefits including being rich in vitamin A (which strengthens your immune system and helps fight infections), high in antioxidants (protecting against free radical...

Risk factors for menopausal concerns include:- Low estrogen Diets low in phytoestrogens-flaxseeds, peanuts, macadamias, rice bran oil promotes endorphin release Insulin resistence Anxiety, ...

As we enter the height of Spring in the southern hemisphere, the new season vegetables and herbs available to us become even better! Stirfries are an incredibly easy way to add lots of colourful and h...

Kelp, also known as bladderwrack, has been part of the Japanese diet for over 2000 years in sushi, noodles, soup, medicine, etc. Kelp is one of the highest sources of minerals and vitamins - it c...

As the mornings are cold and the evenings chill quickly, we recommend you enjoy this sweet, sour and spicy tonic! You may need to experiment with amounts to get the taste that suits you... Make you...

Prickly Lettuce or Wild Lettuce This plant looks like a prickly garden lettuce gone to seed. All parts of it exude a white sap when pierced. It is found in vacant lots, car parks and degraded pasture...

Tea tree is well known known for its antiseptic properties and ability to treat many types of ailments. Tea tree oil is the essential oil derived mainly from the Australian native plant 'Melaleuca alt...

In todays modern world and lifestyle we need more nerve and brain energy than ever before. Lecithin is a fatlike substance called a phospholipid. It is produced daily by the liver if the diet is adeq...

The remarkably rich stores of GLA in evening primrose oil are what make it so valuable in healing. Taken internally, the body converts GLA into prostaglandins. These hormone like compounds help regula...

Miso soup alkalises the blood, wakes up the nervous system and offers nourishment, stamina and energy. 1 medium onion 2 litres water 1 cut carrot 1/3 inch wakame seaweed . Boil the above in...

The garlic flower was historically and traditionally used as a symbol over the door of the classical herbalist. Classical herbalists very rightly have great respect for this plant. Ancient Egyptians w...

An alternative or addition to an Epsom Salts bath to relax muscles and any tension. Magnesium cream is also another way of absorbing magnesium which is so low in our diets today. Magnesium is a natur...

The dandelion plant (Taraxacum officinale), have a thick tap root, dark brown, almost black on the outside though white and milky within, and has long jagged leaves radiating to form a rosette lying c...

8 oz. of dried elecampane leaves1 pint of vegetable oil1/2 sq. in. of beeswaxPlace the elecampane and the vegetable oil in a double boiler and simmer gently for 3 hours. Carefully monitor the temperat...

This curry is warming, nourishing and energising! It's name comes from the latin words 'caulis', for cabbage, and 'floris', for flower. The most familiar type is the white (Brassica oleracea var. botr...

Onions In the Middle Ages, onions were used as a charm to ward off the Plague. According to Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654), "the juice .... dropped into the ears eases the pains and noises in them." U...

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