What is an Alterative?

What is an Alterative? Alteratives are herbs that will restore the proper function of the body and increase health and vitality. Generally they act to alter the body’s processes of metabolism so that the body can heal. These work in a variety of ways from helping with nutrition to elimination. Many of these types of […]

Brain Wave States

An understanding of the four different states that your brain experiences every day can be a great aid to your meditation practice, enabling you to visualize the rhythms being created and recognize when your brain is most receptive to meditative exercises. The Sides of the brain There are two distinct sides of the brain. The […]

Brain Wave Frequencies

Meditative Theta state 4.5 beats or cycles per second for example, which can be obtained through rhythmic drumming or chanting, puts your brain in a theta state that enables you to meditate deeply. The steady drone of Tibetan chants is a powerful way to accomplish this. The Four Brain States Alpha Brain Waves The alpha […]

Uses for Echinacea

Uses for Echinacea Names: Purple Coneflower Typical Places Found: Throughout North American prairies, plains, and open woodlands.   Part Used:  The root Anti-microbial, immunomodulator, anti-catarrhal, alterative Echinacea is one of the primary remedies for helping the body rid itself of microbial infections. It is often effective against both bacterial and viral attacks, and may be […]

Comfrey Uses

Comfrey Uses Names : Knitbone How to Collect This Herb: The roots should be unearthed in the spring or autumn when the allantoin levels are the highest. Split the roots down the middle and dry in moderate temperatures of about 40-60 degrees C. Part Used: Root and rhizome, leaf. Vulnerary, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, astringent, expectorant. The […]

Uses for Peppermint

Uses for Peppermint Typical Places Found: Cultivated widely, particularly in Europe and America.     How to Collect This Herb:  The aerial parts are collected just before the flowers open. Part Used: Aerial parts. Carminative, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, aromatic, diaphoretic, anti-emetic, nervine, anti-microbial, analgesic. Peppermint is an excellent carminative, having a relaxing effect on the muscles […]

Garlic Uses

Garlic Uses Typical Places Found: Cultivated worldwide How to Collect This Herb: The bulb with its numerous cloves should be unearthed when the leaves begin to wither in September. They should be stored in a cool dry place. Part Used: Bulb Anti-microbial, diaphoretic, cholagogue, hypotensive, anti-spasmodic. Garlic is among the few herbs that have a […]

Ginger

Ginger How to Collect This Herb:  The rootstock is dug up when the leaves have dried. The remains of the stem and root fibers should be removed. Wash thoroughly and dry in the sun.   Part Used : The rootstock Stimulant, carminative, anti-spasmodic, rubefacient, diaphoretic, emmenagogue. Ginger may be used as a stimulant of the […]