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What are some good herbs/leaves/blossoms to use in herbal to to reduce arthritis effects? Answered

How do you make herbal tea? What other herbs/leaves/blossoms can you use? What are the effects of different herbs/leaves/blossoms? Mint? raspberry? oregano? ginseng? sassafrass? honey? -PKT

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seandogue (author)2009-08-08

Cannabis sattiva, but you didn't hear it from me ;P Q1: Herbal teas are made by infusion. leaves, fruits, hips, etc. are soaked in water, using the sun, stove heat, or simple diffusion to leach essences from the contributing ingredients. Q2: The list is so long I can't even begin it...There are a huge number of online sites that specialize in this particular question, and the public library and book stores are full of herb books. Q3: Again, for effects your best bet is to refer to the huge number of herbal guides that have been published over the last several centuries. I have at least a half dozen such guides, but honestly, I'm not about to relist their contents just because you are asking...it's already out there and I hate to duplicate stuff that's already been done much much better. Q4: yes, yes, yes, yes yes. Virtually every herb found in your kitchen is, has been, or will be used in an herbal tea, balm, or similar remedial concoction at one time or another.

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PKTraceur (author)seandogue2009-08-22

The question was meant to adress those specific herbs, leaves, and blooms that reduce the effect of muscle and bone wear, or strengthen them. Or, it just tastes good. :) -PKT

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seandogue (author)PKTraceur2009-08-22

Ok...I consider pain to be an effect of arthritis, but I understand better now what you're looking for. Do you have a decent library around you? There are a load of great books that directly address the medicinal properties of herbs. I'm afraid that most of mine are gone for some reason, at a guess now in the possession of my ex-girlfriend (can I borrow this?...can I borrow this...") so all I have is an old book that was tucked away right now called "The Herbalist" by Joseph E. Meyer published in 1918, which has alot of medicinal properties listed. I'd suggest that you look for it at your public library and at vendors like Amazon, if you're interested in a detailed examination.

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seandogue (author)seandogue2009-08-08

BTW, but if you ever do your own gardening, you'd probably be shocked to find out how many of the "weeds" that you routinely pull turn out to be herbs once used for a variety of ailments among other uses...For instance, Dandylion, Pursalane(sp), and burrdock are all considered to be herbs, each having specific uses. Btw, according to many herbal books, the list of potential herbal ingredients is staggering. I have one boo that my grandmother left me called "the herbalist, that lists everything from common weeds to garden flowers to deciduous tree leaves as medicinal in various forms.

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aeray (author)2009-05-22

Willow bark may help. It is the original source for the active ingredient in aspirin.

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PKTraceur (author)aeray2009-05-24

What is that exact ingrediant?

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aeray (author)PKTraceur2009-05-25
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An Villain (author)aeray2009-07-25

no, salicylic acid, acetylsalicilic acid was a later compound of salicylic acid. it was modified as it caused stomach ulcers and other such issues.

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seandogue (author)An Villain2009-08-08

I thought slippery bark elm was the original source for aspirin

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An Villain (author)seandogue2009-08-09
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PKTraceur (author)An Villain2009-08-22

Can I steep the sawdust of willow bark, or slivers?

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An Villain (author)PKTraceur2009-08-22

yes, you steep the willow bark powder to make a tea-like liquid (infusion) and then drink, its active ingredient is salycilic acid and it may cause stomach ulcers.

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seandogue (author)An Villain2009-08-09

Yeah... just found that out while looking thru an old Herb book (as a result of this thread...)

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seandogue (author)An Villain2009-08-10

They are at that. I used to pull pursalane out as though it were the most obnoxious weed, since it grows so well in my garden. Now I actually cultivate it as a salad herb and save a small patch of garden just for it....the stuff is incredibly tasty, and for the most part, people don't even realize that it's edible anymore.

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An Villain (author)seandogue2009-08-10

i know, most people don't realize a lot of things are edible, like wild mushrooms, you can survive for months in the woods if you know your herbs, vegetation, and mushrooms.

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seandogue (author)An Villain2009-08-10

I'm a bit more skeptical about mushrooms than leafy things. this pic shows what may or may not be an edible mushroom I found growing in my yard in Mid May. I've seen these pop up ocassionally and they *look like a well-known delicacy, but I'm not going to die just on a lark ;) Most of us American have been away from wild collecting for too long to recognize much of anything in the mushroom world.

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An Villain (author)seandogue2009-08-10

that good sir, is a morel mushroom, very edible and fetches a high price in the european market. it is a delicacy and flourishes in spring near burns (burnd forest areas.) a very good one to try is a giant puffball, it is white, large (basketball size is medium they can get to be about 1 metre in diameter) and are very solid, fleshy objects. they are sphere shaped yet somewhat flattened. image added, (i accept no responsibility for your dying, illness, or loss of head for eating the incorrect wild mushroom.)

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seandogue (author)An Villain2009-08-10

I thought it was a morel.. The first wone I spotted was significantly larger and looked like the "classic" morel, with a whole lot more of the little pockets, but I'm still kinda hesitant to actually eat it. All I can say on the giant puffball is wow!.

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An Villain (author)seandogue2009-08-10

yes, wow, but that is a true morel, you can tell by the distinctive point of the cap and honeycomb structure, but cut it open the long way (hot dog) and look for 2 droplets of oil, if they are present it is the false morel which is toxic, also the true morel cap is connected fully to the stalk while the false morel is connected only by the tip, also the false morel is more balloon shaped while the true morel is spiky. (again above disclaimer.) also i was very surprised when i saw the giant puffball for the first time, once there was a fairy ring that spanned a radius of about 50 feet and held 53 giant puffballs each the size of a basketball. the attatched picture is a true morel.

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seandogue (author)An Villain2009-08-11

Ah...well, ty for the advise. I will keep that in mind next year when (hopefully) it pops up again. I didn't think to pick the one I show in the photo. Shame you didn't get a pic of the grouping on those giant puffballs. that is an incredible sight, just for one, but 53? wow.

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seandogue (author)seandogue2009-08-11

Oh, btw, do you eat only the cap, or is the stalk (or part of the stalk) edible as well?

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An Villain (author)seandogue2009-08-11

they are connected fully so go ahead and eat them both. (again disclaimer.)

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PKTraceur (author)An Villain2009-08-22

Can you steep mushrooms for taste or effect?

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An Villain (author)PKTraceur2009-08-22

no. they are eaten stir-fried or something, look up recipes.

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An Villain (author)seandogue2009-08-11

http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/aug98.html this is a page on the giant puffball, it is a very firm-fleshed solid mushroom, and one decent sized puffball will feed you for about a few months, you can't say that about a box of button's.

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Kraethi (author)2009-08-07

Heh, bump, but I have heard willow bark is good, but I don't know much more. I'll check out my giant allopathy book later... Herbal tea. Take your fresh or dried herbs and steep in boiling water for 5 min. Bam. All of your other questions are a bit general, message me with specifics and I'll consult my uberbook.

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PKTraceur (author)Kraethi2009-08-22

What specific herbs, leaves, and blossoms? Do "tamed" strawberries, differing from wild strawberries, have any effect? Do wild ones have effect?

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