Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) Kratom is a member of the Coffee tree family. This plant contains many of the same alkaloids found in Chocolate and a series of alkaloids that effect the human opioid receptors.
01-20-2012 Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
Frankincense is prized for its essential oils which are believed to be medicinal and energetic. Oils are also used in the production of cosmetics and perfumes. Clinical aromatherapy uses it for skin diseases, respiratory and urinary tract infections, rheumatism, and even syphilis.
The Native Americans used the raw flowers of chamomile in a tea for jaundice, dropsy, and to
promote menstrual flow. When dried and steeped, they were use for their benefits on the
liver, spleen pain, as a deodorant, athlete's foot, and as a shampoo. The leaf was dried
and boiled for colic, infant convulsions, measles, diuretic, gall bladder, afflictions,
anemia, appendicitis. [3 p. 124]
Chamomile produces an oil which contains azulene and turns blue when distilled. Azulene is
a pharmacological phytochemical produced by the plant. These oils act to relax smooth
muscles in the digestive tract and help heal ulcers. This oil also kills certain bacteria
and speeds up the healing process when dealing with burns. According to research done in
Brittain, it stimulates the immune system. [2 p 268] The medicinal properties of chamomile
can help promote a healthy scalp, reduce stress, upset stomach, and help teething babies.
[2 p. 312]
The pharmacology of Chamomile is very complex. It contains many more alkaloids besides azulene, including: apigenin, alpha-bisabolol, coumarins, herniarin, umbelliferone, phenylpopanoids, apigenin, luteolin, quercetin, rutin, apigenin and more. This makes it a gold mine of pharmacological activity. Each individual alkaloids holds its on medicinal qualities. This is how its capable of having so many medicinal applications.
I believe that Chamomile is one of the most effective and underrated herbs on the planet. It
produces these oils that have an incredible smell and hellaciously fierce potency. The oils
can be captured using steam distillation, or a sun tea. Water and oil don't mix, so if you
add the fresh flowers to some clean fluoride free water and place them in a window seal for
an extended period of time, they will float to the top. It helps to mash them up really
good and shake the mixture from time to time. You can filter them out in the end so that
you can separate them from the water and oils.
Interestingly enough, Chamomile also seems to sedate intense emotional states. Many claim it useful for treating migraine headaches. This makes
sense seeing as how it's often suggested for insomnia, and anxiety. If you want to make
it into a tea I suggest adding a drop of water to the water so that it doesn't boil over.
Also, you should keep a lid on top of it so that the oils and other volatile alkaloids do
not evaporate. This way you preserve the potency of the mixture. Chamomile can also be made
into a tincture by soaking the flowers in everclear for about a month. This will extract
the oils and other important constituents.
Across the planet wild plants like Chamomile are foolishly being cut down. Tax payer money is being spent on destroying the unknown and known plant life. People are neglecting to reap the natural benefits of wild food, while buring gasoline in the process to destroy potential cures(wild-plant-life). What if we planted these remedies down the sides of the highways followed by organic fertilizer? What if we fed wild blackberry vines with organize fertilizer and used tax dollars to pay for a community blackberry fund? "What if", type questions are the ones I believe we all need to start asking. These questions can lead us to many new and great possibilites.
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