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Herbs For Health And Healing [018-011-4.7] By: Kathi Keville Synopsis: Herbs for Health and Healing is meant to increase your knowledge of the latest developments in the use of plants for medicinal purposes. Because everyone is different, a physician must diagnose conditions and supervise the use of healing herbs to treat individual health problems. Herbs and other natural remedies are not substitutes for professional medical care. We urge you to seek out the best medical resources available to help you make informed decisions. A FRIEDMAN GROUP BOOK Copyright 1996 by Kathi Keville Illustrations copyright 1996 by Roman Szolkowski Photographs copyright 1996 by Alison Miksch All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or any other information storage and retrieval system, without the written permission of the publisher. Art Director: Lynne Yeamans Cover Designer: Faith Hague Illustrator: Roman Szolkowski Cover Photographer: Alison Miksch Printed in the United States of America on acid-free (), recycled paper Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Keville, Kathi. Herbs for health and healing / by Kathi Keville with Peter Korn. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-87596-293-9 hardcover 1. Herbs--Therapeutic use. I. Korn, Peter. 1955- . II. Title. RM666.H33K47 1996 615'.321--dc20 96-10561 Distributed in the book trade by St. Martin's Press 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 hardcover

OUR PURPOSE "We inspire and enable people to improve their lives and the worm around them." DEDICATION I dedicate this book to everyone who strolls down the path of natural healing. May it be lined with healing herbs and lead to health and happiness. I especially want to dedicate it to my family: my father, Jesse Keville, who shared with me his love of chemistry; my mother, Naomi Keville, who imparted her appreciation of art and nature; and my sister, lanna Buesch, who furthered my understanding of nutrition. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS A warm thankyou support: Steven Mindy Green and who also let me to the herbalists who have given me suggestions and Foster, David Hoffmann, Sara Smith, Rosemary Gladstar, cspccia[ Christopher Hobbs, Beth Baugh and Bob Brucia, use their extensive herbal libraries.

[ also thank the many people who allowed me to share their herbal success stories in this book and to all my students-who have taught me how to share herbal knowledge. My sincere appreciation to my team of editors, Sharyn Rosart, Peter Korn and especially Ben Boyington. They all worked diligently to help make botanical chemistry, natural medicine and physiology easy to understand and to use. Contents Introduction Opening Ourselves to Nature's Wisdom viii PART I: Using Herbs for Health and Healing Chapter One Why Use Herbs."? , 2 Healing, Not just Relieving * Nature's Therapy * Sidestepping Side Effects Back to the Future Environmental and Ethical Concerns Chapter Two ,. Herbal Preparations ,. 8 Preparations for Internal Use Preparations for External Use Homemade Medicinal and Cosmetic Herbal Products Choosing the Best Herbal Products PART II: Herbal Medicine Chapter Three The Brain and the Central Nervous System .. 2(5 Addiction Depression Headaches Insomnia Memory Pain: Inflammation Pain: Nerve and Muscle Stress Chapter Four ..t The Heart and the Circulatory System . 56

Angina and Irregular Heartbeat * Arteriosclerosis Blood Pressure Varicose Veins and Hemorrhoids Chapter Five ,* The Digestive System ,76 Appetite Loss * Bowel Diseases * Candida * Constipation * Diarrhea Diverticulitis * Food Allergies and Reactions * Heartburn Gas Indigestion Nausea and Motion Sickness Parasites and Other Alien Invaders Ulcers Chapter Six - The Immune System 100 Boosting Immunity Cancer Chronic Fatigue, Multiple Sclerosis and Other Serious Diseases Chapter Seven , The Liver and the Gallbladder Liver Diseases Gallbladder Problems Chapter Eight The Urinary Tract: The Kidneys and the Bladder Bladder Infections Kidney Stones Water Retention Chapter Nine The Respiratory Tract ,*. 50 Colds and Flu Coughs, Sore Throats and Laryngitis Hay Fever Lung Congestion Sinus Congestion Chapter Ten The Skin ,*. Psoriasis, Eczema and Other Skin Diseases Herbs for Healing the Skin Sending Parasites Scurrying PART III: Living with Herbal Wisdom Chapter Eleven ,. Women's Health ,". so ]'he Estrogen Story * The Progesterone Story * Anemia * Cervical Dysplasia Endometriosis Fibrocystic Breasts tteavy Periods Infertility Irregular Menstruation Menopause Menstrual Cramps Ovarian Cysts Pregnancy Premenstrual Syndrome (PHS) Uterine Fibroids Vaginal Infections Chapter Twelve Men's Health Baldness * Genital Rash, Infections and Irritations Impotence Infertility Male Menopause Prostate Enlargement Swollen Testicles Chapter Thirteen ,-. Children's Health ,e, 205 Asthma Baby Skin Care and Diaper Rash Bedwetting Childhood Diseases Colds and Flu Constipation Diarrhea Earaches Fever Food Allergies Hyperactivity Intestinal Parasites Sore Throat, Congestion and Swollen Glands Stomachache, Colic and Nausea

Stress, Headaches and Insomnia Sugar Blues Teething Pain Thrush Chapter Fourteen ,*. Herbs to the Rescue! Herbal First-Aid ,245 Stocking Your Herbal First-Aid Kit Chapter Fifteen ',. Cautions and Considerations 27o Safe in Moderation Rare Reactions in Sensitive Individuals The New Herbal Outcasts Some Old Cautions Using Herbs and Essential Oils Safely Mistaken Identity Not Guilty Protecting Yourself from Contamination Endangered Herbs Chapter Sixteen Aromatherapy: Healing the Emotions ,. Aromatic Research * Using Aromatherapy Aromatherapy Techniques Aromatherapy for the Emotions Measurements Chapter Seventeen ,. Skin and Hair Care ..505 Bdy Care the Natural Way Back to the Basics * How to Customize Your Skin and Hair Care The Face The Body The Hair Body Care Extras Chapter Eighteen . Cooking for Health , .5.54 The Basics: Soup Oils and Vinegars * Spice of Life: Seasoning Blends Middle Eastern Cuisine: Garlic and Parsley Pestos: Basil and Sage Greens: Dandelion and Nasturtium ltot Stuff: Mustard. Horseradish and Peppers Saucy Dishes: Cranberry. Elderberry and Tamarind Down to the Roots: Burdock and Chicory Sweet %eats: Ginger and Horehound Drops Common and Botanical Names ,- 549 Botanical and Common Names .. 552 Bibliography , 555 Resources ," 559 Index 564 Introduction to Nature's Wisdom Herbs have fascinated me for years. The first thing that captured my attention was the beauty of the plants, which I realized could fill my garden with color and texture. Using the first edition of Rodale's Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening

as a guide, I planted dozens of herbs among my vegetables and flowers. I soon realized that herbs offered a wide variety of wonderful flavors--the cooking possibilities, it seemed, were nearly endless. As I read more, I found that herbs could be used to improve my complexion and health and that their fragrances could even affect my emotions. As my interest grew, so did my herb garden--until I was cultivating more than 400 different species. Learning about these plants has become a lifelong passion. When I first began studying herbal-ism in 1969, I never imagined that it would grow to be as popular as it is today. In time, my initial interest grew into a vocation--I am now a professional herbalist. I grow hundreds of herbs in my garden, I give seminars on herbs throughout the United States and I write articles on herbalism for national magazines and books for various publishers. Since I became a practitioner of this ancient art, I have watched enthusiasm about herbs swell. I have seen an increased response to my seminars on herbs. And my friends in the herb industry tell me that sales are soaring. Indeed, the entire Western world is taking a renewed interest in the age-old tradition of using herbal treatments for health and beauty. Today, herbs are commonplace as ingredients in most cosmetics and gourmet foods, but the most impressive renaissance of herbalism is in the field of medicine. Once regarded as "alternative" medicine, herbalism is now recognized as a "complementary" approach to be used in conjunction with typical Western medical methods. Even after nearly three decades of working with herbs, I continue to be amazed by their effectiveness. Just yesterday, a friend called to say how excited she was that herbal formulas had healed a disorder she had been fighting for years. I have seen many remarkable cures effected by herbs, and I have chronicled some of them here. After you start using the recipes in this guide, I am sure that you will be able to tell some impressive herbal healing stories of your own! In case the personal accounts in this book are not enough to convince you that herbs are effective, I have also cited evidence from numerous scientific studies. As you read about these studies, keep in mind that even the scientists who conduct them do not regard their results as conclusive, but as pieces of a puzzle that can help us understand how plants work. I have tried to cite only studies done on people or in laboratory test tubes, primarily because I find them more reliable than studies done on animals. The drug thalidomide, for instance, was shown to be safe for laboratory animals, but caused serious birth defects in the children of women who took the drug. Curiously enough, the problem was originally blamed on an herb. My other reason for avoiding studies done on animals is more controversial--I hate to see animals put through misery to prove the usefulness of an herb, especially one that herbalists have been using successfully for hundreds of years. (By citing animal studies, I would be condoning this practice.) Making

helpless creatures suffer seems an odd way to improve our knowledge of healing and our ability to heal. Before you start reading, remember this: Herbal therapy does not have to be mysterious or complicated. This book can help you treat many conditions that you would diagnose yourself anyway, and it will enable you to choose your own medications at a drugstore without a prescription. For example, when you come down with a cold, you may buy a cough syrup to ease your cough and an antihistamine to clear sinus congestion. After reading this food store or your you normally use. worry The remedies "over-the-counter" book, chances are you will be visiting a natural garden to get the herbal alternatives to the drugs If you know nothing about medicinal herbs, do not I recommend are totally safe--call them herbs, if you like.

As soon as I discovered how well herbs work, I threw out all my drugs and cosmetics and turned to nature's pharmacy and beauty salon instead. You may react the same way--or you may feel more comfortable working herbs into your medicine cabinet more gradually Whatever your approach, think of herbalism in a new light--one different from standard medicine. Herbalism embraces the principles of holistic medicine. This means that most herbalists are not interested in simply replacing a drug with a handful of herb pills. The holistic approach takes the whole person into consideration and listens to all complaints, no matter how minor or unrelated they may seem. As researchers have proven over and over, your emotions do affect your health. The best way to achieve deep and lasting healing--instead of just relieving your symptoms--is to treat the causes. This means that you will not keep coming down with one thing after another or experience recurring bouts of the same illness. Say you get an ulcer or a bladder infection. Once it is healed, what keeps you from getting another one? The aim of herbalists is not only to address the immediate problem, but to strengthen your system to prevent further attacks. They also want to uncover the reason for an ulcer or a particular infection occurring in the first place. Another difference between herbal-ism and conventional medicine is that herbalists almost always recommend other complementary therapies, including acupuncture and massage, and lifestyle changes, particularly with regard to nutrition and exercise. There may be elements of your lifestyle that are detrimental to your health; no herbal formula can make up for a poor diet or a sedentary lifestyle. This approach means that you have to take more responsiblity for your own health, and it may require you to change your life in certain ways. In the long run, though, the hard work is well worth it. Again and again, I have seen holistic herbalism work wonders for people who have been suffering from all sorts of conditions that standard medicine has been unable to heal. To help you choose the right herbs, this book is filled with general formulas using my favorite herbs. These are recipes that have, in my

experience, proven beneficial to many people over the years. If I could, I would prefer to custom-design a formula for each of you that would address all your conditions in a more holistic way. As you become more familiar with herbs, you may want to alter my formulas to best suit your needs. It is also a good idea to get an herb book that lists herbs in alphabetical order, such as my Herbs: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, which lists 140 herbs. If you don't have the time to make your own remedies, yon can buy commercial herb formulas in tinctures, teas and pills. Although these will not always include exactly the same herbs that I suggest, the information in this book will help you select the commercial remedies that are best for you. Be wary, however, of brochures produced by companies that sell specific products--you cannot always trust advertising. If you are interested in the possibilities offered by herbalism and holistic health in general, this book can be your stepping-stone into natural healing. You will discover, as I have, that healing plants can bring more health and happiness into your life. Using Herbs for Health and Healing chapter ONE Why Use Herbs? N -early three decades ago, I began tending a culinary herb garden k had set aside for growing vegetables. that slowly took over the area I

Curiosity about using those herbs for purposes other than cooking soon sent me searching for information on practical uses for herbs--and eventually led me to a career as an herbalist. Herbs were not as "in" then as they are now. Today, more and more people are rediscovering the art of healing with herbs. Some are undoubtedly attracted by herbalism's wholesome yet somewhat mysterious image. Others are simply looking for a more efficient, less dangerous alternative to conventional drugs. Herbs can effectively treat many medical problems, but there is also a great deal herbs cannot do. We cannot always look to herbs as an alternative to medical science--especially in life-threatening situations. I do think, though, that we w...