For thousands of years we have used parts of a whole range of plants and animals as medicine, to help heal and restore balance to our bodies, minds and souls.
While some of the ancient remedies seem to have no obvious pathway to fix broken hearts and bodies - some botanical remedies have proven to be lifesaving and changing.
Pain relief from the bark of a tree
For example a simple tea or tincture made from the bark of the white willow (not the weeping willow) has been used for millennia to help sooth pain, headaches etc,
The active component salicin converts to the pain reliving salicylic acid within our bodies.
The modern day short cut is to take salicyclic acide in its refined form... Asprin.
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Opioid Pain Relievers from the Beautiful Poppy
The alkaloid compounds of the opium poppy are some of the strongest analgesic (pain reliving) compounds available. Morphine is derived from this incredibly effective chemical compound.
The development of morphine has allowed the modern age of medicine and in particular surgery to develop safely. For without the stupefying and pain killing effects of this wonderer botanical many millions of people over the ages would have perished.
Hayfever, Asthma and Allergy Relief from the Ephedra Family
This amazing family of grasses have given us compounds that are highly effective in helping with allergies, asthma and hayfever.
The compounds ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are found in the stems of the Ephedra (Ephedra sinica) plant and many of its cousins.
It's a grass found in desert and arid regions around the world. Unfortunately the extract is also used in the manufacture of some illegal drugs and so the production is strictly controlled.
At Moon haven we use many different herbs for their ability to assist our bodies, heats and minds.
They include -
- Calendula for its anti-inflammatory properties
- St Johns Wort for its nerve soothing properties and anti inflammatory effects
- Chickweed for its antipruritic properties
- Plantain - anti inflammatory soothing
- Shepherd's Purse - topical pain relief
- Chamomile - soothing and calming
- /Lavender soporific and skin conditioning
and the list goes on.