Both my mother and my grandmother dealt with arthritis pain. When I was a little girl, my grandmother Catherine held up her gnarled hand with crooked fingers and told me, “This is what happens when you crack your knuckles. Never crack your knuckles.” While most studies seem to have found no correlation between knuckle cracking and arthritis, the image of grandma’s hand has stuck with me, and I know arthritis caused her pain. Mom never said much about it, but I’d see her rubbing her joints, and she always wore copper bracelets for the last several decades of her life. Just recently, I was talking to my neighbor, Betty. She told me that a friend of hers was on arthritis medication that knocked out her immune system so badly that she couldn’t kick a simple cold. Her story inspired me to write this post and assemble a list of home remedies for arthritis to provide her with some natural treatment alternatives.
Those of you who have been around for a bit know that I am a plant person. I have big garden, and have firmly embraced wildcrafting (learning to use wild plants for food and medicine). What I haven’t had is a formal opportunity to learn herbalism. Other than some interesting conversations with the neighbors about how to put some of their weeds to use, there simply aren’t many herby people nearby. One of my wildcrafting mentors passed away, and the other moved out of state, so I’m back on my own again.
Most of my long time readers know I have a thing for plants. I garden, I wildcraft (use weeds for food and medicine) and I experiment with herbal remedies and essential oils. Like most subjects, the more I learn, the more I realize I’ve barely scratched the surface of what there is to know. As such, I am always looking to add to my herbal library to expand my knowledge base. It was great to see several herb related titles in the Extreme Health Library sale, including books on tree and rose medicine, which I have not yet had an opportunity to study. Roses always remind me of my mother and grandmother, as they both had large patches of fragrant heirloom roses in their yards – which I have transplanted to my yard. :-) (That’s on of my roses on the lower right of the image above.)
It’s that time of year again for many of us – less daylight, busy holiday schedules and colds and flus making the rounds. The discomfort (and even pain) associated with congestion is one of the most common symptoms. (Not to mention that the inability to breath is just plain annoying.) In this post I’ve gathered together several home remedies for congestion that will hopefully get you breathing right and on the fast track to healing the next time you’re battling congestion.
Herbal antibiotics have long been used by herbal healers to ward off colds and flu, clear infections and speed wound healing. Now, they may be moving back into the mainstream as an alternative for bacteria that have become resistant to synthetic antibiotics. This post is based on the book “Herbal Antibiotics” by Stephen Harrod Buhner, and related materials. We’ll start with some background information and then discuss antibiotic herbs and their use.