Herbs for your Health

Herbs have been used for their Medicinal and Therapeutic values for centuries for what ails man, for wellbeing, to aid man in the smooth transitioning through the different phases of life. Herbs have also been used systemically to aid the body in maintaining its overall balance, thus ridding itself of many diseases.

The aim of the Shepherd's Rod Message Health, Herbs page, is to create a healthy awareness as well as educate our visitors on the forgotten art of using herbs for the health of body, mind, and spirit.

We strongly recommend that you see a Natural Healthcare Professional if you would like to further research and apply what you have learnt here as the wrong application of herbs can sometimes be toxic to the body.

herb imageAlfalfa
herb imageCayenne
herb imageCelery
herb imageChamomile
herb imageDandelion
herb imageEchinacea
herb imageGinko
herb imageSt John's Wort

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Action: Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-fungal.

Nutrient Content: When used in its fresh form, [Alfalfa sprouts...very delicious and nutrient packed] Alfafa supplies the following nutrients--Vitamins A,E,D & C; B-Complex vitamins; Calcium, copper, phosphorus, sulfur, zinc, iron, protein, amino acids to name a few. You can easily see why Alfalfa is considered one of the richest mineral foods.

Uses: As a Blood Builder--especially in the case of Anemia; Reduce Cholesterol, as a Diuretic, Aids in Digestive Disorders; Eases Morning Sickness; Aids in the Healing of Ulcers.

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Cayenne[Capsicum annum, Red pepper]

Action: Tonic, Stimulant, Anodyne[relieves pain], Astringent, Thermogenic

Nutrient Content: Cayenne contains Folic Acid, Capsaicin, Cobalt, Vitamins B[1-3 & 6], Vitamins A, C & K; as well as Zinc.

Uses: Wards off Colds. Excellent blood thinner. Stimulates Blood Flow Improving Circulation--Excellent for the Circulatory System. Because cayenne is such a rich source of vitamin K - a blood coagulant, it can stop bleeding very quickly. Aids Acid Indigestion and the Digestive System, General Tonic, Topical Application is Good for Pain--Particularly in the Lumbar Region, Speeds Metabolic Rate

ALERT: Should be used sparingly in the first trimester of pregnancy.

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Action: Diuretic, Anti-oxidant, Stimulant, Aphrodisiac, Nervine, Sedative.

Nutrient Content: Celery has B-Complex Vitamins, Vitamins A & C, Potassium and Iron

Uses: Calms Muscle Spasms; Liver & Kidney Troubles, Incontinence, Reduces Blood Pressure, Increases Sexual Potency and Desire.

ALERT: Use sparingly during pregnancy.

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Action: Anti-inflammatory, Stimulant, Anodyne, Anti-spasmodic, Emmenagogue[promotes menstrual flow], Tonic, Digestive aid, Hypnotic--Sedative effect.

Nutrient Content: Rich with minerals--magnesium, manganese, potassium, tannic acid, calcium, iron & Vitamin A

Uses: To make a calming and sedative tea, especially good at night--helps to check insomnia; Appetite, Asthma, Fevers, Pain, Bladder Ailments, Bleeding, Blood Impurities, Colic, Colitis, Colon Problems, Cramps, Digestive problems, Dizziness, Excellent nerve tonic, Earache, Gas, Headache, Hemorrhoids, Inflammation, Insomnia, Jaundice, Kidney Ailments, Headache, Nervous Disorders, Pain,

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Action: Anti-inflammatory, Stimulant[acts mildly on the bowels] Anodyne, Anti-bilious, Tonic, Stomachic[tones & strengths the stomach].

Nutrient Content: B Vitamins[1, 2, 6, and the very needed 12 that is sometimes missing or in small suplly in the vegan's diet], Vitamin A, Potash, Proteins, Zinc, Calcium, Bioflavanoids, Calcium, Fats, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin

Uses: Cleanses the Liver, Excellent Blood Cleanser, Promotes bowel regularity. Aids and Improves the Performance of the Spleen, Stomach, Kidneys and Pancreas, Acts as a Diuretic, Good for Hepatitis, Jaundice, Eczema, and rheumatism, Dropsy, Inflamation of Bowels and Fever.

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Three varieties: Echinacea Purpurea, Echinacea Pallida, & Echinacea Angustifolia

Action: Alterative, Carminative, Tonic, Antiseptic, Stimulant, Immuno-stimulant, Bactericidal & Insecticidal, Vulnerary

Nutrient Content: Fatty Acids, Enzymes, Tannins, Vitamins A, C, & E; Copper, Iron, Resin, Sulfur, Sucrose, Fructose, and a host of other nutrients.

Uses: To Stimulate the Immune System against infectious diseases. For Bladder Infection, Fever, Healing of Wounds, Wonderful cleanser for the lymphatic system. Aids Digestion, Blood Purifier, Postate Gland. Great for: Tonsilities, Strep Throat, and Throat infections in general. Chronic inflammatory conditions. Dangerous snakes and insect bites (a tea from the leaves and root should be taken orally and a paste of the whole plant should be applied topically to the area after the venom has been released). Herpes--skin & genital. Bad Breath, Acne, Boils, Excess Mucous,

ALERT: As little as 10% alcohol (normally found in tinctures to preserve the herb) destroys the element in Echinacea which aids in immune functions.

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Ginko Biloba

Action: Antioxidant, Antidepressant

Nutrient Content: flavonoids, ginkgolides bilobalide, quercetin

Uses: Because Ginko Biloba can squeeze through the smallest/narrowest blood vessel thus increasing oxygen supply; It enhances circulation in the brain thus affecting the following: difficulties of concentration and memory, dizziness, tinnitus, absentmindedness, depressive anxiety, (elevate mood and restore energy), confusion, lack of energy, headache, tension and anxiety, improve mental alertness. Good for the Cardiovascular and Central Nervous system. Good for disorders of the eyes and ears. Asthma, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, muscle pain. Has wonderful anti-aging properties! Helps lower blood pressure. Aids impotence and Raynaud's Syndrome.

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St. John's Wort

Action: Anti-depressant, Anti-bacterial, Anti-spasmodic, Astringent, Blood purifier, Expectorant, Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory, Sedative, Nervine, Vulnerary, Parasitic, Aromatic,

Nutrient Content: Hypericin, choline, pectin, rutin, sitosterol, hyperaside, and pseudohypericin.

Uses: St. John's Wort is used in Germany 2-1 over Prozac. Effective in the case of mild or moderate depression as well as nervous conditions. Use externally for sores that are difficult or slow to heal susch as skin ulcers. insomnia, hysteria, menstrual irregularity, stress reactions, neuralgia, rheumatic aches and pains, Menstrual cramps, anemia, Varicose veins, Headaches, chest congestion, catarrh, Blood purifier, blisters, scalds, Aids in digestion, Aids the kidneys & bladder, good in the case of bedwetting, Worms, colic, intestinal problems, jaundice. Good for babies--skin care, colic, mumps, ear infections, diarrhea. Dysentery, Sciatica.

Research is presently being done on St. John's Wort as a possible treatment for Aids.

ALERT: Use of this herb in large dosages may cause photodermatitis (skin burns) in those of lighter hue, that is, fair skinned people. Speak to a Natural Health Professional before using this herb. Has been said to be toxic.

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