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My blogging posts and photos are part of me . I think of this as a scrapbook of my life. The names have not been changed.. they are real people who have crossed my path along my journey. Some I know intimately, my family and friends. If their names are mentioned it's a sure sign they are special to me and I love them dearly...come along see for yourself, perhaps you know some of them too..

January 6, 2009

Simple Herbal Wisdom & Plant Sense

I have decided to educate myself about the healing powers of plants and herbs. I will be learning and posting bits of "Herbal Wisdom" on my blog every Tuesday. I love flowers and plants and have plenty space to grow them. I am studying currently from "The Woman's book of Healing Herbs" by Sari Harrar and Sara Altshul O'donnell. The book is published by Rodale. Both authors are editors for Prevention magazine. I want to know simple ways to use medicinal herbs to treat everyday health problems, relieve stress, and beautify my skin, hair & nails. This book looks like it will provide me with that knowledge.
Today's bit of " Simple Herbal Wisdom " a pretty purple flower
Echinacea (eck-in-AY-see-uh) is the most popular medicinal herb, just as it was 100 years ago.
It stimulates the production of infection fighting white blood cells. It combats colds, flu,infections, slow healing wounds and inflamed skin conditions.
Echinacea can be taken as a tincture sometimes (called an extract) or in capsules. Herbalists recommend using it at the first signs of a cold or flu. The part used for its healing properties is the root. Before taking any herb or other medicinal plants be sure to consult your doctor.
I am going to add this plant to my garden this spring.It is my understanding that deer do not eat purple flowers so I will give it a try.
Echinacea is a hardy and easy to grow perennial that likes fertile well drained soil and full sun to light shade.