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Linseed & Danelion - Power Herbs With Nicky

Thursday, 2 March 2006

LINSEED AND DANDELION- POWER HERBS WITH NICKY

It's the last day of our "Power Herbs". Today Nicky will be wrapping up her Power Herbs week looking at some common seeds that help the body function.

Linseed
Linseed is also known as Flaxseed. The ancient Egyptians used it for nutritional and medicinal purposes as well as the fiber contained in the flax plant to make clothes, fishnets, and other products. Throughout history, flaxseed has been primarily used as a mild laxative.
The seeds and oil of the flax plant also contain substances that promote good health. Linseed belongs to the omega 3 oils and is an essential fatty acid that appears to be beneficial for heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, and a variety of other health problems.
It is primarily used as a stomach remedy and is soothing for the gut. It is a bulk laxative (pushes through the bowel) and is a bowel lubricant. It's also very good for women suffering with the menopause, and has high anti- cancer properties. The only use for kids is to balance their fatty acids.

What is it Good For
. Acne.
. Anxiety.
. Asthma.
. Heart disease.
. Inflammatory bowel disease.
. Arthritis.
. High blood pressure.
. Depression.
. Burns.
. Menstral pain.
. Breaking down cholesterol.
. Boils.
. Draws puss from wounds.

How Can it Be Taken
. Oil.
. Whole Linseeds.
. Ground form.
. Ripe seeds.
. Cakes.
. Powder.
. Capsules.
Tip
Oil and seeds should be kept in the fridge.

Linseed Mix
Nicky will make a poultice using the linseed. She will grind the seeds up in her pestel and mortar and stir in with boiling water. You can rub it on areas and also digest it.

Tip
Flaxseed may slow down the absorption of oral medications or other nutrients if taken at the same time; therefore, flaxseed should be ingested several hours before or after other medications.

Dandelion
Dandelion flowers are sensitive to light, so they open with the sun in the morning and close in the evening or during gloomy weather. Its leaves are often used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots can be found in some coffee substitutes and the flowers are used to make certain wines.
While many people think of the common dandelion as a pesky weed, herbalists consider it a valuable herb with many culinary and medicinal uses. Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc.
It is a very powerful diuretic. Because dandelion is very bitter it stimulates the mouth to secrete juices. It is known as a sialagogue for this fact. Dandelion is also a cholagogue, meaning it stimulates the gall-bladder.

What is it Good For
. Hepatitis
. Indigestion
. Lack of appetitie
. Fluid retention
. Warts
. High blood pressure

How Can It Be Taken
. Fresh or dried herbs and roots
. Tinctures
. Prepared tea
. Capsules
. In soup

Dandelion Tincture
Ingredients

100g chopped dandelion root
1 litre vodka

Method
. Clean and chop the dandelion root.
. Place into a wide neck jar.
. Seal the jar.
. Place in a dark cupboard.
. Shake it everyday and strain after two weeks.
. Pour into a dark sterile bottle.
. Label and name the mixture - it will last two years.

Tip
The only thing to be wary of with dandelion is to make sure you don't take it with potassium.

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