Herbs and Essential oils to Nourish and Tonify the Lung

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As hot and humid summer days gave way to dry, crisp Autumn air, now it is the season to nourish and tonify the lung, especially if you or your child/children have asthma, chronic cough and susceptibility to bronchitis and pneumonia in the cool months ahead.

According to TCM, lung needs proper moisture in order to have the optimum function, which in turn aids in building strong immune system.

Herb to nourish and tonify the lung

Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus)mullein: I have special relationship with Mullein because it heals my son’s chronic dry coughs ( more like hacking coughs) every year at the beginning of Autumn.

I love it so much that I started growing it in my herb garden this year.

Mullein is moistening and cooling and is excellent for both dry and wet coughs when formulated with other herbs with lung affinity.

To nourish and tonify the lung, use Mullein infusion.

Mullein infusion: 1 ounce dry Mullein leaves in 4 cups of boiling water. Infused at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain ( make sure to use tight weave cloth to catch the hairs so as not to irritate the throat). Drink 1/4 – 1 cup, 3x per day.

Herbs for acute situations such as coughs, bronchitis and pneumonia:

Licorice ( Glycyrrhiza glabra ), Elecampane ( Inula helenium), Horehound ( Marrubium vulgare) which is extremely bitter, Hyssop ( Hyssopus  officinalis),  Colsfoot ( Tussilago farfara), Grindelia ( Grindelia spp), Lobelia ( Lobelia inflata), Wild Cherry bark ( Prunus serotine), Marshmallow ( Althaea officinalis), Plantain ( Plantago major) &  Anise ( Pimpinella anisum L.).

Essential Oils

Essential oils are mostly drying and can be very effective as expectorant in acute situations.

Stimulating oils high in 1,8 cineole such as Rosemary ct verbenone ( Rosmarinus officinalis ct verbenone), Eucalyptus radiata ( Eucalyptus radiata), Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia)  & Ravintsara ( Cinnamomum camphora ct 1,8 cineole) can facilitate the mucus expulsion from the lung. Oils such as Thyme ct linalool ( Thymus vulgaris ct. linalool)  can be very helpful in preventing infection. Green myrtle ( Myrtus communis ) is another excellent oil with lung affinity to calm the coughs and expel mucus.
Calming oils such as Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) , Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) , Anise (Pimpinella anisum)  , Clary Sage ( Salvia sclarea) and Roman Chamomile ( Chamaemelum nobile)  can be applied successfully to relieve dry, spasmodic and heart wrenching coughs.

Methods of Applications

Aroma inhalers are a convenient and effective way to get essential oils quickly and frequently into your body. Essential oils can be blended into cream and lotion for the chest complaints. Nebulizer delivers pure essential oils’ molecules directly into lung via airways.

supporsitoryIn case of infection, rectal suppositories are the most effective way to combat bacterial and thin the thick mucus.

Essential oils can be added to herbal tinctures to enhance each other’s potency and facilitate faster healing.

 

 

 

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Luscious Hibiscus Smoothie with Cooling Lemon Balm and Nutritive Oat Straw

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Summer is all about outdoors, the sand, the beach, the farmer’s markets, the backyard barbecue and travelling! However, the heat, the humidity and being on the road can be stressful too!

The tardy Hibiscus combined with relaxing Lemon Balm and nutritive Oat Straw will bring calm and cool in the hot summer days!

Hibiscus

According to PubMed, Hibiscus ” lowers blood pressure in prehypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults” and is high in antioxidants.

Oatstraw

Oatstraw is rich in silica and a mild nervine. It is nourishing and moistening. According to Susun Weed, ” a cup of oatstraw infusion contains more than 300 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of many other minerals. And is best known however for its ability to enhance libido and mellow the mood.”

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is an aromatic with a lemony scent. According to Thomas Easley, Lemon Balm ” helps to ease sadness and depression, calm mania and hysteria, enhance sleep and aide memory and concentration.”

Ginger

According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), eating Ginger in summer promotes perspiration, thus produces cooling effect for the body. Ginger also aides in digestion.

Recipes

2 tablespoons of dries Hibiscus

4 tablespoons of dried oat straw

a few sprigs of fresh Lemon Balm

a few slices of fresh ginger

Put all the above ingredients in a quart glass jar, fill the jar with boiling water.

CAUTION: do not close the lid tight right away, the glass may explode and cause serious injury. Cap the glass loosely and infuse for 2-4 hours. Strain. This makes a strong infusion.

Add 2-4 cups of organic frozen mixed berries and as much or as little honey as you like and blend away.

Enjoy the refreshing and nutritious smoothie and freeze the rest in popsicle molds if you’d like.

Mimosa – Albizia julibrissin

Mimosa – Albizia julibrissin
The tree originally came from China and is called Tree of Happiness. The aroma is very similar to rose essential oil.
A Chinese native, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the flowers are used in western Herbalism to treat depression, stress and a feel-good that causes mild euphoria and giddiness.  Barks heal bone fracture. *
Mimosa is grown in Chinese households mainly it’s a symbol of Harmony and Happiness. Even though it is included in TCM Materia medica, it i not very commonly used in China. It’s very interesting that it’s so widely used here.

  • The modern Herbal Dispensatory – Thomas Easley, Steven Horne

 

Yeast Infection (Candida) and Essential Oils

My friend’s little girl who is 9 years old got yeast infection due to a strong antibiotics that her pediatrician prescribed for an infected elbow wound.

She got severe itching down there and red bumps all over her torso and face. And they were itchy too. Prescription painkiller didn’t help.

She has asthma, taking medication twice a day. Therefore, this is a very important factor to consider when choosing appropriate essential oils.

Due to her age and the compliance issue, I decided to use rectal suppositories to treat yeast overgrowth and a facial salve to alleviate the itchiness.

Facial salve I created has skin nourishing and healing Avocado oil, Tamanu oil, Jojoba IMG_9677oil, Coco butter and Shea butter. Together with anti-inflammatory, skin regenerative Chamomile German, Chamomile Roman, Chamomile Cape and Blue Tansy, this salve is soothing and alleviates the itchiness. 2 days later, her skin was almost back to normal.

Rectal suppositories: I chose Chamomile Roman, Geranium, Lavender, Thyme c.t.linalool and Sandalwood.

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Thyme c.t. linalool and Geranium are the core essential oils that combat yeast overgrowth, Lavender and Sandalwood are anti-inflammatory, skin healing, supportive of the core oils, thus enhancing the therapeutic properties and bringing the emotional support. Lastly, Chamomile German brings harmonizing quality to this synergistic blend.

2 days later, mom reported that the itchiness down there had subsided and the little girl was almost her normal self again.

 

 

Astragalus 黄芪

astragalus_sAstragalus 黄芪 is a  Chinese herb that has been used for more than 2000 years for people with weak and damp constitution such as catching colds and flus easily, cold sweats, boils, chronic lung problem, and weak spleen.  It is taken as a tea, soup or stew, sometimes with other herbs to booster immune system and strengthen the body.

Astragalus is a warming herb and is therefore not suitable for people with hot constitution. It is not to be taken when one has a cold.

It is used in Western world as an immune booster and is usually taken in capsules form which is the least effective and has the most potential for side effects.

TCM says that every medicinal herb has 3 part toxicity and can not be used for long term. Medicinal food can be used on a regular basis, but not daily. Astragalus is considered a medicinal food and can be taken a few times a week as tea, soup or stew.

Choose your herbs wisely.

 

Natural Amber in Perfumery

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Did you know that Amber is an extremely rare natural substance produced by wales.

It is found by the luckiest on beaches and are used in perfumery and spiritual events for millenniums.

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Just to make you feel comfortable…the use of amber does not promote animal cruelty, since the substance is  produced and naturally rejected by wales during some healing digestion process. If amber is collected directly from wales after fishing, it has a strong and really unpleasant scent (no need to describe it better 🙂 )

Grey amber can be found on New-Zealand, East India, Africa,Madagascar,  Brazil and Norway’s beaches after floating for a while on the sea.

An example of large quantity of grey amber found  was “the Bark Splendid of Dunedin”, found in New Zealand in 1883, its weight was 983 pounds and it was priced at $25,000!

Why is Amber so Expensive

The substance is extremely pricy…

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