List Of Pregnancy and Fertility Herbs Historically Used and Avoided

Fertility Herbs & Pregnancy Herbs Historically Used and Avoided

     As my wife and I enjoyed the 26th "Jazz Festival" in Greensboro, N.C. this past Saturday we find this historical landmark sign.  

We discuss often at HerbFest the use of the Eucalyptus plant for the inhalation oil for Vick's Vapor Rub and now we see this.  

Hope you enjoy knowing Vick's formulation was originally the idea you see below. 

   This comes from  a weekly email series on Ayurevedic medicine and periodically find some interesting tidbits of info. that blend in with our herbal theme.   By typingin "tea tree" on our search you will find a previous article about the use of Tea Tree Oil for acne rather than using the brand name pharmaceutical Accutane, with a myriad of potential harmful side effects.  Tea Tree is a well known and well used antibacterial for topical administration.   Below  is a post on treating acne ayurevedically.   Found another use of that wonderful herb BASIL!!!!!


                                                                         Prevention of Acne Using Basil

   We all have one or the other health problem, acne is most common issue. Beauty being skin deep, having acne on your skin makes people consider themselves as unattractive. You need not lose your beauty sleep over skin troubles, as acne natural remedies are here. First you must understand why do we have acne? It is due to sebaceous glands that are overactive especially on face, chest and neck during adolescence and hormonal imbalances. Sebum produced by these glands gets trapped in layers of skin causing acne.


  Keeping your skin clean will be a positive step towards preventing acne outbursts. Natural remedies for acne includes following:



  • Use antibacterial natural material as face mask like honey, basil etc.



  • Have balanced diet and rest as your system may be over or under producing hormones due to lack of proper nutrition or sleep.



  • One of the most basic as acne natural remedies, supplement of vitamins - like A, E or multi and minerals - Zinc and chromium will benefit your skin to fight acne. Talk to your doctor for age limits and prescription medicines.



  • Avoid makeup or heavy cream that clogs pores of your skin. You may just want to cover up a patch but it will harm your delicate skin.



  • Acne removal soap can be used to wash your face twice a day; overuse may leave your skin dry and flaky.



  • Steam can do wonderful work with your skin. Add some basil leaves to water and bring it to boil. Allow vapors to unclog all pores in your skin; you will know why steam baths became so popular.



  • Never try to break or squeeze the acne on your skin it may leave permanent spots or increase acne formation on your body.



  • Cleanse your face with a good cleanser before you go to bed to remove all dirt and extra oil from your skin.



  • Weekly exfoliation of your skin will keep away the dead layers to allow new skin to be less oily but be gentle.



  • And finally, the last of all acne natural remedies, exercise or perform some physical activity like cycling, jogging, and aerobics to improve blood circulation and keep your skin breathing happily.


       Follow these acne natural remedies, you need to take long-term care of your skin without worrying much about instant solutions gradually results are bound to show. Skin is the longest organ the body has and whatever you put inside your body shows on the outside.

    (Ditto that's the same thing my dermatologist tells me but heck they in the business of saying that!!! :)


    Read complete article by Hilton Pagley @



   Discussion and video of how essential oils and fragrance oils are used therapeutically.  This article explores whether the causative factor using essential oils from herb plants, or fragrance from chemicals, affects our health due to ingestion or inhalation.  


   Essential oils are the oils that are derived from plants, rather than oils that are manufactured using synthetic ingredients.  Many people feel that in order to effect medicinal benefits it's necessary to only use essential oils and synthetic or "fragrance oils" will not accomplish the tasks.  One of the most used essential oils is that derived from the Eucalyptus plant and it's medicinal use is in Vick's Vapor Rub as the inhalant expelled when rubbed on the chest or skin.  

   Often Chinese teas are used for medicinal purposes yet in the Western world the benefit is believed to be derived from the ingestion of the tea itself, however in the Eastern world the benefit is believed to be derived from the fragrance of the tea and intake into the respiratory system, rather than the digestive system. There are many questions as to how oils, whether essential or fragrance affect our health.

   One of the problems in deciding what is the causative agent in oils, whether essential or fragrance is whether the benefit is derived from a constituent of the oil or from the reaction by the olfactory nerves to the fragrance the oils create.  Here's an example.

   Lavender oil is a very popular oil that has historical usage as a "relaxant, anti-anxiety oil".  For centuries it was used to help calm the nerves, go to sleep, as a calming agent.  Cleopatra used to have the sails of her ships drenched in lavender essential oil to announce her arrival as the fragrance wafted in front of her arrival.  It is rumored she also used it to "calm the enemy" before the asssault.
Today with the chemical production of lavender fragrance the question begged is will the same fragrance produce the same calming effect?  If so is the causative factor the way our body reacts to the fragrance itself rather than to the chemical ingredients of the oil itself.  A word of caution though is because fragrance oils are basically petroleum based no one should consume any fragrance oil as it can be harmful.
Also although some people have skin reactions to essential oils it is far more common for fragrance oils to cause skin irritation so fragrance oils should not be put on the skin itself due to the myriad of possible reactions to the vast ingredients in fragrance oils.

   In practical applications of lavender fragrance there appears to be a calming effect whether the source is from the plant itself or chemically created.  The overall effect of lavender as a calmative seems to be from the fragrance itself.  If so then part of the mystery of only allowing the use of essential oil rather than fragrance is debunked.  If the fragrance itself, whether natural or by chemical means, is causing the olfactory nerves to be stimulated and the resultant calming effect is then due to the body's reaction to the fragrance stimulant then we have a better understanding of the use of fragrance/aroma for health benefits.

   Again this simple explanation does not discount, nor predict which accomplishes the task but only highlights our quest of determining how fragrance can be used beneficially and what is the actual causative factor, an ingredient or our body's reaction to the fragrance stimulant.

    Enjoy this video from the HerbFest detailing how essential oils are harvested and some additonal details about the production and benefits of essential oils.


 Posted to HerbFest blog after free weekly herbal tip from Herbal Lore & Legend Series:

  Yes, thanks for info about Nettles. In addition, for years, myself and many other women throughout history, drank nettles tea after menses, to replace iron lost in their menstrual blood. Many folks grow nettles, or collect it wild, and steam or boil it to eat as a vegetable (like greens). Gaia Herbs, in Brevard NC, grows it in their organic gardens to add to their herbal formulations.
   In homeopathy, we use Urtica urens to treat/antidote shellfish poisoning, uticaria, gout & uric acid diathesis, agalactia (decreased milk production), first-degree burns & scalds (topically or internally), chicken pox, other itching & stinging ailments including that from insect stings, jellyfish stings, etc. Urtica urens herbal tincture (nettles) can be diluted in water & used as a topical dressing to treat burns or scalds. I carry the tincture in my office for such emergencies. And, of course, as you mentioned, the more popular use now for this wonderful plant is for allergies, decreasing the inflammatory response to allergens during the pollen season.

Ok, just thought I’d add some info to the plant’s Bio. (-:

Herbanite Julie

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