[identity profile] glitterophelia.livejournal.com
Hey everyone. I'm wondering if anyone knows of any natural painkillers. I've been in a lot of pain for a long time, and while the doctors THOUGHT they had it figured out (and removed my kidney as a result), the pain still has not gone away. My main doctor thinks that I'm making up the pain to get more narcotics, so I am quitting the narcotics. However, tylenol, ibuprofren, and aspirin don't do a thing for me to kill the pain.

Are there any (legal) herbal remedies I can take for pain? I've heard there are some out there, but so far haven't found out what they are. One person mentioned "kratom" but when I read up on it, it does sound a BIT scary, at least if used long term.

And yes, I've tried acupuncture and chiropractic as well with no luck....

Oh, and the pain is left flank pain, pain throughout my legs, and some abdominal pain. The doctors can't find anything wrong....at least not yet. Meanwhile, I'm just trying to find a way to function, meanwhile...if that makes any sense? Without narcotics for the pain, I pretty much can't move from my bed, but with them, the doctors aren't really listening to me.
[identity profile] niankhsekhmet.livejournal.com
Native Mississippi plant, the American Beautyberry has been shown by scientists to actually be very effective against mosquitoes. This is a great relief to people who are concerned with insect borne diseases such as West Nile Virus and are interested in more natural ways of warding off insects without having to subject themselves or their loved ones to harsh chemicals like DEET.

“My grandfather would cut branches with the leaves still on them and crush the leaves, then he and his brothers would stick the branches between the harness and the horse to keep deerflies, horseflies and mosquitoes away,” said Charles T. Bryson, an ARS botanist in Stoneville, Miss. “I was a small child, maybe 7 or 8 years old, when he told me about the plant the first time. For almost 40 years, I’ve grabbed a handful of leaves, crushed them and rubbed them on my skin with the same results.”

“Traditional folklore remedies many times are found to lead nowhere following scientific research,” he continued. “The beautyberry plant and its ability to repel mosquitoes is an exception. We actually identified naturally occurring chemicals in the plant responsible for this activity."

You can read the full article, here:

[identity profile] meroveus.livejournal.com
By way of making myself come out of the closet a bit more i have made a community for likeminded herbal/pagan people

its intended as an information swapshop for herbal crafts, feel free to take a look and join in!

[livejournal.com profile] hedgecraft

x posted - sorry or duplicates!
[identity profile] sakura-draoi.livejournal.com
Does anyone here know of any herbs or natural remedies for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder? More accurately the manic or hypomanic part of this disease? Also what about the depression side of Bipolar Disorder? I know many people take St. John's Wort for Depression. I've read in some journals about valerian Root being used for Bipolar. any comments on this?

Thankyou in advance for any and all responses.


May. 24th, 2006 09:23 pm
[identity profile] electroniki.livejournal.com
Diar guests! I want to invite you to Russian Assotiation of ethnic minorites culture [[livejournal.com profile] malie_narodi], when you can get information in
English. This files are rare ethnic recordings of north-russian peoples.

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Brief Intro

May. 3rd, 2006 12:11 pm
[identity profile] -boneflower-.livejournal.com
Just a 'hello' to let people know I've joined. I'm an archaeoethnobotany student in California, looking for a few ethnobotany communities to take part in. I hope I can contribute and learn here. Thanks!
[identity profile] undercurrrent.livejournal.com
Any uses for May Night Salvia?
[identity profile] niankhsekhmet.livejournal.com
If you are a member of this community and you contribute nothing but advertisements to your businesses, the ad will be removed. Repeated offenders will be removed from the community and banned.

I hate to have to do this. I was hoping that all of those who joined the community would have done so to share information, and experiences, rather than just banner ads.
[identity profile] niankhsekhmet.livejournal.com
Researcher Heather Hare is an idiot. Let me rephrase that, she is certainly NO herbalist. This study is slanted by the american medical community to come down against the use of herbal products, because like it or not, they are losing more and more marketshare to those who are re-learning how to take care of themselves. Just which herbal products are they referring to? St. Johnswort? Ginkgo Biloba or other botanicals that can insure and enhance overall good health? Or are they talking more about ethnobotanicals that are more visionary in nature.


This comes on the heels of increased proposals to ban Salvia divinorum or 'Diviner's Sage" The bottom line, no matter why or how you seek out plant allies, is it for the government to legislate proper respect and to save us from ourselves? I personally believe that none of the plant allies should be banned. Banning a plant because some within humanity are addictive personalities and cannot control themselves long enough to curtail overuse and outright abuse is not the answer. Salvia, as true with any other plant ally has a spirit within it. ANd that spirit has wisdom to impart to the user. If one does not approach that in a humble rather than an exploitive manner, they gain so little from the experience - and are not seeing things as they truly are. The spirits of these plants know when your approach is a proper one and when it isn't. Just "getting high" isn't what those of us who respect and interact with plant spirits are after.

Most of the young people that I interact with really want to get back to the real way of things. There is a new gravitation not toward escapism via substances, whether herbal or chemical in order to connnect with themselves. Many have grown up being plugged in, hooked up to the machine and are now waking up to realize there is a whole natural world around them out there, and if they aren't careful and pay attention they are going to miss it. For myself, I will talk about these things with any young person with the tenacity and the heart to want to know about it.

Shame on the researchers for wanting to stomp that spark out.

Crossposted to my own journal.
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[personal profile] fannyfae
I am going to try to stimulate some discussion on this group and on another group that I am owner of here on LJ. Feel free to post similar things here if you wish.The below review is one I wrote over in [livejournal.com profile] witchy_reads a bit ago, with some editing. I still stand by today what I wrote then.

Title "Witchcraft Healing: Healing Arts, Shamanic Practices and Forbidden Plants",
Author(s):by Claudia Muller-Ebeling, Christian Ratsch, & Wolf-Dieter Storl,
Publisher: Inner Traditions Books, 2002
ISBN: 0892819715
Price: $24.95 (US)

CONTENT: When I picked up this book at the local Barnes and Noble, I thought it looked very good. I don't think however, I was quite prepared to be as impressed as I was with the work. It is not just a work about herbs and Witchcraft and their history, but a treasure trove of world cultural traditions and the folk healing modalities.

As a professional herbalist, I was really very happy to see the amount of research and documentation that went into this book. It really delves into the European shamanic traditions and healing arts and folk religions attached to them. This is something, which is sadly quite lacking in alot of literature that is about "shamanism". So much of of it is a bastardization of Native American practices and urban legend. Not so with this book. You get a clear idea where the lines of the histories of Witchcraft and folk medicine practices got blurred and blown far out of proportion by way of legend and outright lies. And you also get an in depth look at how many of these plants were used. The authors pull no punches, poisons, halucinagens and abortifacients can be found listed in this book. I think this is the first time in many years that I have seen an herbal book dare to list them, let alone discuss them. I also learned about some plants that I had no knowledge of before and I am always up for that! This, I believe is how Witches in the past truly practiced, and how many still practice to this day throughout the world. The focus however is on European Witches and Western herbalism.

Witchcraft Medicine is clearly a scholarly work, but it it is not so much that the subject is at all dry and uninteresting to read. It was for me quite the contrary. I couldn't put it down! There is no relgious-centric slant to it at all. There are no sensationalist claims about 8 million Witches being murdered during the so-called Burning Times, for example. It's just lots of very straight facts, which is important even for Kitchen Witches. There is too much that is junk out there, and this book I would count it among my top ten historical herbals on my personal bookshelf. This book is a very impressive body of work. Note that there are not really recipies or proportions as to using these now.

RATING: A+ (And if I could rate it higher than that I would!)
Crossposted to[livejournal.com profile] sekhem_healing
[identity profile] delein.livejournal.com
"We have gone sick by following a path of untrammeled rationalism, male dominance, attention to the visible surface of things, practicality, and bottomlineism.

We have gone very, very sick.

And the body politic, like any body when it feels itself to be sick, it begins to produce antibodies or strategies for over coming the condition of dis-ease.

The 20th century is an enormous effort at self-healing. Phenomenon as diverse as surrealism, body piercing, psychedelic drug use, sexual permissiveness, jazz, experimental dance, rave culture, tattooing. The list is endless.

What do all these things have in common?

They represent various styles of rejection of linear values.

The society is trying to cure itself by an archaic revival. By a reversion to arachaic values.

When I see people manifesting sexual ambiguity, or scarifying themselves, or showing a lot of flesh, or dancing to synopicated music, or getting loaded, or violating ordinary cannons of sexual behavior, I applaud all of this.

Because it’s an impulse to return to what is felt by the body.

What is authentic.

What is archaic.

When you tease apart these archaic impulses at the very center of all these impulses is the desire to return to a world of magical empowerment of feeling.

At the center of that impulse is the shaman. Stoned. Intoxicated on plants. Speaking with the spirit helpers. Dancing in the moonlight. Vivifying and evoking a world of conscious living mystery. That's what the world is.

The world is not an unsolved problem for scientists or sociologists.

The world is a living mystery.

Our birth, our death, our being in the moment. These are mysteries. They are doorways, opening on to unimaginable vistas of self-exploration, empowerment, and hope for the human enterprise.

Our culture has killed that. Taken it away from us. Made us consumers of shoddy products and shoddier ideals. We have to get away from that. And the way to get away from it is by a return to the authentic experience of the body. And that means sexually empowering ourselves. And it means getting loaded. Exploring the mind as a tool for personal and social transformation.

The hour is late. The clock is ticking.

We will be judged very harshly if we fumble the ball. We are the inheritors of millions and millions of years of successfully lived lives and successful adaptations to changing conditions in the natural world. Now that challenge passes to us: the living.

That the yet to be born may have a place to put their feet and a sky to walk under. That is what the psychedelic experience is about. Is caring for, empowering, and building a future that honors the past, honors the planet, honors the power of the human imagination.

There is nothing as powerful and as capable of transforming itself and the planet as the human imagination.

Let's not sell it straight. Lets not whore ourselves to nit wit ideologies.

Lets not give our control over to the least among us.

Rather, claim your place in the sun and go forward into the light.

The tools are there.

The path is known.

You simply have to turn your back on a culture that has gone sterile and dead and get with the program of a living world and an reempowerment of the imagination."

Terence McKenna - Eros and the Eschaton (MP3 27.2 MB)

[identity profile] mondoray.livejournal.com
hello, i'm pretty new here. and i'm usually really bad at intros. i've joined this community a while ago but with everything, been a little busy. yes... i like to make excuses. i do it as a job.

anyways, i would like to share my experiences as i take on a new journey to the Salvia's world. i've started a log of all my Salvia experiences. if anybody's interested please visit my little page, sessions 1~4 are up. i'm trying to setup a detailed as possible log, methods and experiences. if anybody has a good template for recording their experiences please let me know.

i have been pretty serious with the use of entheogens about for the last two and half years. since i have been able to learn so much from it. it has helped me deal with some of very serious issues in my life. and it has shown me a new light which i have been able to turn my life completely around. living as an athiest most of my life and following the wrong paths(been a hell of generator for negative vibes), now i seek the wisdoms from the plants and my good friends. even became a vegetarian/part time vegan for my beliefs. i used to be a kleptomaniac and i have killed many many living things. now i truely believe in karma and living a new path. it's been quite a journey for the past few years. it's amazing to see my own growth as a person. having lots of issues growing up, i am able to finally realize them and learning to deal with them.

life truely is a unique jounrey. i'd love to share it with much as i can with everyone.

i am an artist by trade... which needs a lotta work like my own self.

much love and peace,
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[personal profile] fannyfae
This is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. I have been studying Ayurveda for a few years now, and have done so because I am a very firm believer in it's value to the world at large. The Vedic scholars of India made these contributions to the world thousands of years ago, and it is arguably the oldest form of indigenous healing on the planet. Certainly it is one of the most well documented and complex modalities in existence.

Behind the cut is an article from the Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones / Wall Street Journal is a client of mine, so I feel ok reprinting it here. All credit has been cited. At any rate, this is an issue of ever increasing importance. As Indigenous knowledge and remedies gain popularity and more marketshare, corporations, the pharmaceutical industry in particular, is trying to 'patent' these things that have been around for millenia. They then try to pawn them off as "inovation", while turning around and charging the very people that they took these things from for the "privelege" of using what was their heritage to begin with. This is what has been termed ' biopiracy'. Please read the article, It's pretty fascinating.

Crossposted to my own journal.

India to WTO: Help Us Protect Herbs, Tea, Yoga )
[identity profile] stark404.livejournal.com
Does anyone have any information about Chinese skullcap? I don't even know what it is, except that my boss has gotten very, very ill the two times she's taken it. (Two different herbal products.) Wikipedia doesn't have anything, but I haven't looked anywhere else, yet. (x-posted to several communities)
[identity profile] stark404.livejournal.com
I am researching medicinal uses of spider silk, so was wondering if anyone either has used it him/herself, or know of someone who has, or can direct me to some resources to do more study on my own. I did a Dogpile search, but so far nothing I've run across is telling me what I'm looking for.

Also - is there a specific way to harvest spider silk, besides just winding it up on a stick for use later? Can spider silk be washed, or is it better to harvest the cleanest silk one can find?

I'll gladly read any more information, especially if there are questions someone recognizes that I didn't ask.


X-posted to various communities.
[identity profile] dollyb.livejournal.com
Hey guys,

An article of mine just got published. The topic is Side Effects of Valerian Root when Used for Insomnia.

Let me know what you think! =)
[identity profile] spirituslenis.livejournal.com
Does anyone know of any books about various weeds you can find in cities to use medicinally?

Thank you.
[identity profile] bksbigsister.livejournal.com
Anyone know any direct action being taken to stop the Codex Alimentarius? I've already read about writing to the same old legislators and lobbying and all of that -- I am wondering if there are people going to Rome in July to protest the meetings happening around the Codex...Cuz it's scary.
[identity profile] spirituslenis.livejournal.com
My partner is experiencing unusual cramping in his stomach and a loss of appetite (mostly because he says it hurts when he eats). We generally maintain an all-vegan diet. He has had these pains for several days now and also says he has problems with his bowels which is usually something vegans don't complain about.

I was wondering if there is any herbal advice someone can give in healing his pains.

Thank you in advance.
[identity profile] spirituslenis.livejournal.com
I was wondering about Vitex.

I was planning on ordering it from mountainroseherbs.com after coming off of the birth control pill.

Can anyone tell me how I would go about using it..? Do I infuse it (whole) in tea? It also had a powdered version...what is that used for?

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