Sunday, July 29, 2012

Yarrow herbal salve

I have not posted for awhile, due to time, weather, and commitments. But I did finish the yarrow-plantain-comfrey-st. john's wort salve. One reason I used them is that I have them in my yard and I know they are not sprayed. But the medicinal aspects is why I'm blogging now. In the interest of being brief, and because my card reader took a powder, here's the text:

Yarrow / Achillea millifolium
Yarrow is native to North America and Nebraska. It's most well-known function is to stop bleeding, for which it is still used. It is said that the mythical Greek hero Achilles used the plant to stop the bleeding of his soldiers’ wounds. Yarrow may be applied directly, or used in a salve or poultice for minor cuts and wounds. The HoChunk word for yarrow is Hak/sic/. (I don't know why a portion of this is highlighted.)

Plantain / Plantago major
Plantain was brought to America by immigrants from Europe. It was so obvious that Native Americans called it “white man's footprint” for its habit of appearing on well-walked paths. The leaves can be applied to wounds, stings, and sores in order to help heal and prevent infection. Plantain, like comfrey, contains allantoin for cell growth and repair, and contains mucilage to reduce pain.

Comfrey / Symphytum officinale
Comfrey is native to Europe and contains allantoin, which stimulates cell growth and repair while slowing inflammation. It is so good at healing that one of its common names in Europe is Knitbone, a reminder of its traditional use in healing bone fractures.

St. John's wort / Hypericum perforatum
Different species of this plant are native to Europe and North America. St. John's wort is well-known for treating depression if taken internally. However, St. John's wort's lesser-known attributes include benefits to the skin as a remedy for wounds, abrasions, burns and muscle pain. It contains an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compound, so it is good for infected wounds and rashes.

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