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Herbal Self-Care: Au Naturals

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Kali Robinson

on 11 November 2013

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-Native Culture
-Medicine Wheel
-Four Sacred Medicines
-Examples of incorporating into practice
Herbal Self-Care: Au Naturals
Creating your own Herbal Medicine Cabinet
1. Knowledge of specific cultures Complementary Therapies
2. Understand possible adverse reactions and importance of seeking and understanding other self-care therapies.
3. Understanding how we can move forward in our own practice and advocate for inclusion of other cultures in Western Healthcare models

South Africa
Zulu Culture
Largest South African Ethnic Group
Herbalist or "witch doctors" prescribe or diagnose herbal remedies
Spirostachys Africana sond –
treats stomach ulcers

Liliacea Iancifolium Spp, Wild – treats nausea/vomiting (antiemetic
Zantedeschia aethiopica - treats insect bites and bee stings
East Indian
Herbal Teas
“Health policy-makers worldwide are recognizing that traditional medicine and the use of herbal medicinal plants continue to be a strong part of a country’s culture, history and beliefs, and that those practices in most parts ought to be analysed as being part of the country’s health system.”
“The wealth of accumulated clinical experience and knowledge within traditional medicine deserves to be acknowledged and combined with methodologically sound research into the extent and limitations of traditional practice. Patients, governments, traditional practitioners and practitioners of modern medicine all stand to benefit from evidence-based practice of traditional medicine. The support of the scientific community and practitioners of modern medicine will be needed if traditional medicine is to be brought into mainstream health services
In China, many herbs are used as medicinal substances each year.
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine draws on ancient practices -- herbal medicine is as old as humanity itself.
considered to be one of the world’s most diverse medicinal herbal repertoire’s
3,000 to 5,000 plants currently used throughout the Mexican country
marketplaces in Mexico are the important areas of sale and distribution of the Mexican herbs
religious and healing rituals and are seen as important spiritual entities
some plants even have a mystical significance in healing practices

-root of the plant is what is used
-used to treat diabetes and is also used as an antiseptic when -applied to the skin for minor wounds
-used as a tea
-belongs to the pumpkin or gourd family
-biochemical compounds that reduces the levels of glucose in the blood

is also known as the Resurrection Fern
when exposed to moisture, its curled stem’s
most commonly used as a tea
for cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), liver infections, used against renal stones and most importantly, used as a diuretic
(Stuart, 2004)

Peppermint Tea Leaves
- Used to Sooth nausea, vomiting, indigestion, upset stomach
- IBS symptom relief

Jasmine Tea
- Provides a calming effect to decrease anxiety
- Proven to lower cholesterol and increase metabolism
- Closely related and used with green tea

Green Tea
- Proven to lower cholesterol, increase metabolism, prevent CVD, and help reduce the risk of diabetes and Parkinson’s disease
- Green tea and Jasmine tea lowers risk of Esophageal Cancer

Raspberry Tea
- Strengthens Uterine muscles
- Decreases oral microbials
- Used for pregnant women to shorten labour

Steeping Times
Peppermint Tea – 1 to 3 minutes
Jasmine Tea – 2 to 3 minutes
Green Tea – 2 to 3 minutes
Raspberry Tea - 5 to 10 minutes

Ayuveda is the use of herbs in east indian culture to promote health
- one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind and body health systems
-developed in India

-means strength of a horse
-used to promote energy and stamina without stimulating the heart
-leaves and roots are used for medicinal purposes such as; alcoholism, colds, fever, hypertension and insomnia

Holy Basil- Also known as Tulsi
-originally from india, however this herb is popular around the world
-sacred in India and originally would only be grown in temple gardens
-Has effects on mind body and soul
-Used for many medical conditions such as colds, fever, ulcers
- greatest relief of stress and promotion of relaxation

Thousands of medicinal substances are used in China today. Indeed, more than a million tons of herbs are used each year in China. Thirty herbs, mostly tonics, account for more than 50 percent of this figure, with licorice topping the list at 86,000 tons.

Licorice root: The Licorice root is another well recognized Chinese herb because of its detoxification powers. It invigorates and cools down the body at the same time. Another use is as a natural sweetener.

Ginseng: Ginseng is a common root that enhances healing and rejuvenation. It helps to replenish body fluids and depleted energy. Ginseng also helps to remove toxins from the body and also stimulates sex glands. It is mildly bitter sweet to the taste.
Herbology and Herbal Terms
Herbology is the study of herbs. In herbology, you learn about many parts of a plant that can be used for self-care. The leaves, roots, flowers, and seeds can all contribute to health and well-being when used properly. These different parts of the herb can be used to make different products for use externally or internally. Herbs can be taken in many different ways. They can be made into capsules, pills, lozenges, suppositories, salves, balms, lotions, decoctions, and teas.
Common Terms Used in Herbology
Blend – A combination of more than one herb mixed together. Decoction – An infusion of simmering roots and/or bark boiling in a menstrum of
water for 15–30 minutes to draw the nutrients out to nourish the body.
Harvest – Collecting plants and herbs at certain times of the year or season.
Herbology – The study of herbs.
Infusion – A tea or decoction of herb parts that are boiled for an extended period of time to obtain nutrients from them.
Menstrum – The medium used to pull the nutrients from the plants.
Nourish – To fortify the body with nutrients that it needs. An infusion of flowers and/or leaves boiled in a menstrum of water for
10–15 minutes, for nutrition or relaxation.
Tincture – An infusion of herbs extracted in a menstrum of alcohol to draw the nutrients out.
Tonic – An herb that tones the body.
Putting to Practice
Take a walk in Nature
HUG A Tree

Talk to your patients about Herbal Drug use
Be aware of other cultures and that they may carry herbal health practices that we must be aware of to adaquately care for patients
By Kali Robinson, Conner McMahon, Angela Davroom,
Melanie Forsythe, Katie McEwen and Ali Ivel

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