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Herbs With Nicky Treacy Kohler - Office Ailments

Thursday, 3 November 2005


Nicky Treacy Kohler is here to talk about the ailments associated with over use of the computer and being sedentary at a desk all day in work.
Our ancestors used to suffer with problems associated with lots of manual labour such as aesteo arthritis.  With the increase in computer use, people are more sedentary and long periods of using the computer have generated there own complaints.


People used to use a lot of ergonomics but invention of the laptop means people have their head down.  This leads to headaches and neck pain being very common.  To treat headaches try Feverfew.  It is an anti-inflammatory, vasodilating and a relaxant.  It is best picked in spring and summer and it can be frozen to keep you going all winter.
1-2 leaves, 1-3 times daily.
You just pick them and eat them.  They have a strong taste.
Warning:  This should not be taken when you are pregnant, and it can cause mouth ulcers.

Cayene & Chamomile
This is great for neck strain and it relieves muscle spasm.
Ingredients: 250grams Fresh Cayene, 100mls Chamamile Tincture, 350mls Olive Oil
. Stir the chopped up herb and oil together in a bowl over saucepan of boiling water.
. cover and simmer gently for 2-3 hours.
. Use 100mls of infused oil and 100mls of chamomile tincture and mix together.
Rub into the neck each evening before bed

Eyebright Tea
People that spend a lot of time in front of the computer tend to suffer with eye strain and often bouts of conjunctivitis.  The Eyebright Tea relieves inflammation and tightens mucus membrane.
. 1 teaspoon of Eyebright Tea.
. Half a cup of boiling water.
. Mix one teaspoon of Eyebright Tea with half a cup of boiling water.
. Strain after 10 minutes through a pop sock and put into a shot glass.
. Hold the shot glass up to your eye and tilt your head back.
. Blink into glass for 30 seconds.
. Discard tea and repeat for the other eye.
Warning: Recommend for adults only.

Willow Bark
The willow Tree is the fore runner of aspirin and the salicylic acids and it relieves the ache in the wrists of persons who use computers a lot.  Because we use the bark, you need to make a decoction, which means that you boil it up.
. 40 grams of Fresh Willow Bark.
. 1 cup of water.
. Mix 40 grams of Willow Bark with one cup of water in a saucepan
. Boil for 20 minutes.
. Strain through a strainer into a bowl big enough for your two hands.
Leave your hands to soak until the water cools down.