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3 Approaches to Working With Age-Defying Tonic Herbs

3 Approaches to Working With Age-Defying Tonic Herbs

HEALING AND HERBS 3 Approaches to Working With Age-Defying Tonic Herbs Shi Yao Lian, Practitioner Buddha's Alchemy October 2, 2019 Tonification is a popular topic in herbalism, but the definition and uses of tonic herbs varies from tradition to tradition. Let’s take a...

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Recognizing the Core of Addictions

Recognizing the Core of Addictions

HEALING AND SPIRITUALITY Recognizing the Core of Addictions Shi Yao Hai, Master Buddhist Psychology Teacher and Healing Practitioner December 5, 2018 What is addiction? The core of the Buddha's teachings recognizes that thoughts, feelings and behaviors are not...

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Understanding Nervines and Antispasmodics

Understanding Nervines and Antispasmodics

HEALING AND HERBS Understanding Nervines and Antispasmodics Shi Yao Lian, Practitioner Buddha's Alchemy November 7, 2018 Nervines and antispasmodics have similarities and differences in their mechanisms of action and their applications. In a general sense, they have...

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Herbs for Phlegm from the World’s Healing Traditions

Herbs for Phlegm from the World’s Healing Traditions

HEALING AND HERBS Herbs for Phlegm from the World's Healing Traditions Shi Yao Lian, Practitioner Buddha's Alchemy June 20, 2018 Phlegm is a concept that carries different connotations depending on which healing system and perspective you are viewing it from. There is...

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How to Cultivate Clarity of Mind and a Loving Heart

How to Cultivate Clarity of Mind and a Loving Heart

HEALING AND SPIRITUALITY How to Cultivate Clarity of Mind and a Loving Heart Shi Yao Hai, Master Teacher and Healer Buddha's Alchemy December 6, 2017 How mental clarity affects the strength of the heart is a very deep & profound topic. It is greater than just...

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Shilajit: Liquid “Gold” of the Himalayas

Shilajit: Liquid “Gold” of the Himalayas

HEALING AND HERBS Shilajit: Liquid "Gold" of the Himalayas Shi Yao Lian, Practitioner Buddha's Alchemy September 1, 2017 What is Shilajit? Shilajit has been used safely and effectively in Ayurveda and Tibetan Medicine, and its mention is recorded in ancient texts...

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Why You Should Have Fireweed in Your Home Apothecary

Why You Should Have Fireweed in Your Home Apothecary

HEALING AND HERBS Why You Should Have Fireweed in Your Home Apothecary Shi Yao Lian, Practitioner Buddha's Alchemy August 18, 2017 When I was young, I lived in many rural areas of Vancouver Island, BC Canada. I remember noticing the beautiful tall spires of purple...

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8 Great Herb Blogs for Beginners

8 Great Herb Blogs for Beginners

HEALING AND HERBS 8 Great Herb Blogs for Beginners Shi Yao Lian, Practitioner Buddha's Alchemy August 2, 2017 When it comes to information about becoming and staying healthy, there is no shortage of advice out there on the internet. Sifting through the multitudes of...

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Today we began the garden root harvest. There is still more to come, but we have a good start. Angelica, Marshmallow, and Elecampane started the season. I feel some cough medicine in the works!

Elecampane root (Inula helenium) is suited to conditions of Dampness and Phlegm due to its drying and expectorant qualities. It treats respiratory conditions such as coughs , asthma, pleurisy, bronchitis and infections. In addition, it is rejuvenating to the Lung Qi, and hence can be used as a Qi tonic. Elecampane also clears Phlegm from the digestive tract. It is a digestive aid and especially warming to the Spleen when dry fried. It can be used to treat nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, cholecystitis, gallstones and intestinal worms. Its anti-parasitic property makes it useful in treating malaria. Elecampane can be used externally to relieve neurogenic pain such as sciatica and rheumatism.

Angelica archangelica root is a warming diaphoretic, and a cousin to Angelica sinensis, the well known Chinese herb called Dang gui. Angelica archangelica is commonly used as an expectorant to treat phlegm in the lungs, and also to release Exterior Wind-Cold and dispel Wind-Damp in colds, asthma, coughs and bronchitis. As it dispels Wind-Damp-Cold, it is also used to treat arthritis and rheumatism. Angelica archangelica moves Blood, and is effective as an emmenagogue. As a carminative and stomachic, it can treat poor digestion. This is a fantastic and versatile garden herb. Processing the roots is an aromatic experience, and will leave your hands smelling wonderful, but sticky from the angelicin (resin).

Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) is a well know Western cooling demulcent herb due to its generous mucilage content. Marshmallow can be employed in a variety of conditions. It soothes cough, is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, calms fevers, tonifies Yin and clears Heat toxins. Marshmallow also stops bleeding. Marshmallow can be applied to any situation where mucous membranes are dry, inflamed or irritated, including urinary stones, cough/bronchitis/laryngitis, IBS/Chron’s, gangrene, cystitis, and ulcers. It can also be used to tonify Yin in wasting diseases like diabetes, and to stop various kinds of bleeding. The root and leaves may be used, with the root containing the highest amount of mucilage. Mucilage does not tincture well, so direct application or cold infusions are the best choice for medicine.
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