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Herbs and Historical Uses

Herbs really help us. Why? Because they are foods loaded with nutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and more) the body uses to  achieve and maintain health.  Do herbs cure? No. They nourish. If the body has the ability to heal, it will use the raw materials found in  foods to do its own healing work. Herbs do not heal. They feed. Herbs do not force the body to maintain and repair itself. The simply  support the body in these natural functions.  Are there certain herbs for certain diseases? Herbs do not address disease. Herbs have  been chosen--over hundreds of years of history--to feed and build the body. For instance, you might eat carrots for good eyesight and  broccoli for immune-supporting anti-oxidants. Are carrots and broccoli cures for glaucoma and cancer? No! But, wouldn't you consume  these nourishing herbal foods "at times of" these afflictions? History's answer is yes!  This information is for educational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose and treat diseases. If you have a serious health  problem please consult a competent health practitioner. Herbs may be used for pets and their people.  You can purchase the herbs mentioned in the following herbal articles right here on this website and the small fee that I might get  simply helps in all the hours I spend answering emails and helping people figure out how to use herbs for their catís health benefit.   Also with a free membership you can get a huge discount.  ALJ Serious help for those chronic upper respiratory problems.  Soothes irritated tissues and provides respiratory system support.  Black Walnut Extract Fights fungal infections and expels tapeworms, parasites and ringworms. Give internally. Also apply externally  to ringworms.   Catnip  said to help prevent miscarriage and premature births.  Damiana a rejuvenator of the sexual organs. It will increase sperm count in males and will also balance the hormones in females as well  as strengthen their eggs. It has the reputation of having the ability to restore natural sexual functions, and can help combat frigidity.  In general it aids in bringing the female into heat and will help to correct nervousness, weakness and exhaustion.  Dong Quai Referred to as the "Queen" of all Female Herbs. Dong Quai can rejuvenate and normalize the female's ovaries and  strengthen the womb. It also stimulates the female hormone production so as to stop growth of ovarian cysts. This is the second  half of the treatment that I used to correct my queen's infertility problem, which lead to the litter of four instead of one. I cannot  stress enough that this herbal must never be used for a queen during pregnancy. This is only a preparatory program for before  breeding.  There are herbs for during pregnancy if that is desired.   Echinacea ***This is a favorite of mine. Called the "King of the Blood Purifiers." Echinacea does wonders for raising the imunity level  of the body. It is rapidly absorbed into the kidneys where it cleanses and strengthens that organ as well as the spleen, pancreas and  liver. It can help to heal certain forms of cancer. The betaine and caffeic acid glycoside in echinacea rearrange and reorganize enzyme pattern systems within the body. This removes viral formations that might be hostile. I keep this on the kitchen table and use it for  everyone in the household.  Garlic A natural antibiotic. Animals love the flavor. Helps repel fleas, especially when combined with HSN and Herbal Trace Minerals  (described later.)  Herbal CA A natural source of calcium, readily assimilated by the body. It's chief herb, alfalfa, contains one of the richest vitamin  and mineral sources of all plants.  Herbal Trace Minerals Contains three tonic herbs--alfalfa, dandelion and kelp. Serves as an all purpose vitamin/mineral supplement.  Even contains those hard to find trace minerals. Helps correct dietary deficiencies. Kills fleas (even more effective when combined  with Garlic oil). Promotes shiny coats.   This is especially important for cats in the show ring.  HSN Nutrition for the hair, skin and nails. Encourages healthy coats.  Also very important for show cats.  Marshmallow (No not the kind from the grocery store.) **This is a very useful herb. It is good for all lung ailments. It helps to relax the bronchial tubes while soothing and healing, therefore removing mucus from the lungs. MOST important though, it triggers muscle reflexes in the mammary glands which produce milk, increasing the flow of milk of lactating mothers. Use only after female cat begins  labor.  Pau D'Arco ***If all you can ever afford is one herb, this should be the one. Also known as Ta Heebo. It contains antibiotic properties  with virus-killing ability. Strengthens the immune system. South American countries distribute this freely to cancer and leukemia  patients. Helps reduce tumors\polyps, pain, fungus, warts and anemia.  This is the first step in my treatment for infertility.  Probiotic Eleven Intestinal flora that keeps bad bacteria in check. Antibiotics kill acidophilus so use especially after antibiotics  treatment. Also rids toxins and helps with immune support.  Red Raspberry Strengthens the uterus. A definite aid in labor and delivery. Helps prevent hemorrhaging; enriches and increases  colostrum.   Slippery Elm Excellent for diarrhea! Soothes inflamed mucous membranes of the stomach, bowels, kidneys and any other irritated  areas.   STRESS-J Comparable to Valerian or Be Calm. A must for showing. Many parents use this for hyperactive children.   Tei Fu Essential Oils Use topically to stop bleeding from bites and scratches for cats or owners. Also fights inflammation that often  follows bites and scratches. Can be used on nose leather (just a tiny drop) to help breathing when there is congestion.   Yellow Dock **Again, one of my favorites. Excellent for ear mites.  Make into a tea* and dab directly into the ear with a cotton swab.  One application usually does the trick, but you might want to follow up to be on the safe side.  ****Yellow Dock is somewhat of an  antibiotic but most important it inhibits the growth of staph and E. coli bacteria. This is very interesting to those of us that know most  pyometra infections, when cultured, are either staph, E. coli or both.   Zinc Assists coat growth. Needed to produce male hormones, metabolize proteins, and repair injured tissues. Also helps appetite and  digestion. If Zinc is used, Herbal CA and Herbal Trace Minerals may be eliminated.  *To make a tea: Boil 1/4 cup water, add contents of capsule, let steep 5-10 minutes. Strain through coffee filter. Put into eye dropper  bottle. Refrigerate unused portion in sealed bottle. Discard all tea after 3 days.  Again, this information is for educational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose and treat diseases. If you or your pets have  a serious health problem please consult a competent health practitioner.
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