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Helpful herbs from A to Z - the letter M.


   Today’s blog is on helpful herbs that begin with the letter M. This blog is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent anything. It is for educational purposes only. Please always use caution when taking any herb or vitamin and check with your physician for any contraindications.

 
Western Herb

Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum, Cardos Marianus)

Parts used - Seeds and aerial portions.

Energy and taste - Bitter, sweet and cool.

Constituents - Flavolignans collectively known as silymarin

Internal uses - Hepatoprotective, bitter tonic, demulcent, antidepressant, liver protective and regenerative that helps with chronic liver cirrhosis, necrosis, hepatitis A and B. It is a hypolipidemic that lowers fat deposits in the liver (fatty liver disease)
Dose - 420 milligrams daily in capsule or tea.

Topical uses - Anti-inflammatory that helps with rashes and acne when applied in a cream or lotion.
Do not take while pregnant and if you have any allergies to ragweed or daisies.


Chinese Herb

Motherwort(Yi Mu Cao)
Leonurus Cardiaca

Parts used - Leaves

Energy and taste - Slightly bitter, cold, and acrid.

Constituents - Alkaloids, flavonoids, tannins, vitamin A.

Do not use while pregnant as this herb stimulates uterine contractions.

Internal uses - Emmenagogue, anti hypertensive, antispasmodic, diuretic, antibacterial, anti fungal. Helps with edema, promotes blood circulation, and helps with nervous cardiac disorders, thyroid hyper function, and eye issues.
Dose - 2-4 ml in a tincture

Topical uses – Helps with itchy skin and shingles when applied topically in creams or lotions.


Ayurveda Herb

Myrrh(Commiphora Myrrh)

Ayurveda name - Bola

Parts used - resin

Energy and taste – Hot, astringent, and pungent.

Constituents - Volatile oils, sesquiterpenes, myrcene, acamphorene, guggulstrol, glycoresins, polysaccharides, potassium, tannins.

Internal uses – Helps with gingivitis, digestive problems, mouth ulcers, ulcerative colitis.
Dose -1 to 2 ml three times a day in capsules.

Topical uses - An antimicrobial and detoxifying herb that is good for oral health when used in a tooth powder or a mouth wash.

Hope any of the above information was helpful. Check back for the next blog on helpful herbs that begin with the letter N.
Resources

The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs: A Contemporary Introduction and Useful Manual for the World's Oldest Healing System, Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa and Michael Tierra
 
The Way of Chinese Herbs, Michael Tierra
 

The Way of Herbs: Fully Updated with the Latest Developments in Herbal Science, Michael Tierra


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