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My Herbal Story 

 

 

When herbs were the ONLY medicine.

The first book of the Bible, Genesis 1:29 mentions herbs, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed . . . to you it shall be meat.”  My definition of "meat" is "something of substance in life." But herbs were used long before the bible was written.   However, the growing and tending of herbs was done by those of the religious orders, Monks, Priests, and such.  They grew herbs in “Psychic Gardens” where they were well tended and tested.  No one but those of the faith were allowed to tend the herbs.  In the Medieval Times the Alchemist’s (their version of a doctor) would prescribe the herbs needed for the ailment and then the patient went to the Apothecary, (our version of a pharmacist) to get the herbs.  Much like today, this was only available to the very wealthy, or today insured, and there weren’t that many wealthy people!  Necessity, forever the Mother of invention, caused “Herb Wives” to come into being.  They did both the Alchemist’s job and the Apothecary’s.  They didn’t have the luxury of having their herbs raised for them, they had to find them on their own.  And their pay may have been their dinner that night.

The ancient Saxon’s – the crudest of all nationalities ,  are, strangely, responsible for most of the “dirty” words that are still used today, including the “F” bomb.  As crude as they were, they knew the value of herbs to their health.  They had 9 sacred herbs, one of which had some amazing qualities, Ribwort, named because its leaves had “ribs,”  ridges and “worts,” bumps on it.  The Saxon’s recorded over 200 uses for Ribwort.  Most of which are not known today.

Ribwort was given a Latin name later, Plantago, which would become Plantain.  It was common to Europe and Asia but also known to grow where the devout followed Jesus.  It came to America with the early colonists.  The Indians soon called it “White man's foot,”  because it grew along the paths the white man walked.  Before long the Indians discovered the benefits of this strange looking “weed.”  Another version of Plantain provides Psyllium, made from the seeds, which is the most common bulk laxative used today.

Today’s Plantain, Ribwort, is just as effective as it was for the Saxon’s, for the things we know about.  One ancient claim was that if several pieces of skin were placed in a cup of water with plantain in it, they would grow into one piece. I’m not interested in testing that or wondering why they were.  It does make you think that in order to do that, it must have some amazing healing properties.

Google “itching” and “herbal” and you’ll probably find a reference to plantain.  Then it will tell you to go pick some from the yard, chew it and then put it on  the injury or insect bite to relieve the itching and help the heal the skin.

 You will also find, from www.healthy.net written by David L. Hoffmann,  that it is known to be “ Vulnerary, expectorant, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal.  It contains the flavonoids; apigenin, lutelin, scutellarin, baicalein, nepetin, hispidulin, and plantagoside.  It is highly recommended for inflammatory infection of the skin especially  when accompanied with burning pain or itching.”

But plantain doesn’t grow everywhere and most of us don’t know what it looks like and would not be willing to “pick a weed” much less put it in our mouth and chew it.  But it does work.

How I found out about Plantain.

While visiting in Mesa, Arizona, I was bitten, several times, by Brown Recluse Spiders. I had gotten my barefoot in a nest of them.  When my foot swelled up to the size of a volleyball and turned green and purple, I went to the ER.  I was given cortisone cream and told I would need surgery to remove the dead skin, when it stopped dying.  The cream didn’t help and the surgery worried me, I didn’t have insurance.

Desperate for anything to help, I called a friend who knew a lot about alternative medicine, sort of a modern day alchemist and apothecary.  He told me to try “plantain.”  I just had to find it, in an herb cellar.  I live in the desert, herbs don’t grow here.  It wasn’t an easy find, but I did find it and the same day.  I was desperate.

Using the plantain exactly as he told me, the swelling went down in 3 days.  But my toes were black and my foot was still green and purple.  In another 2 weeks, thick strips of black beef jerky looking skin fell off my toes.  It didn’t hurt at all.  I had no scars, pain or itching.  And I was beyond amazed.  I had seriously considered that I might lose my toes or my foot.

I was almost afraid to tell people what had happened thinking they wouldn’t believe me.  But I was a confirmed believer in a little green weed by the name of plantain.  I kept a small bag of “leaves” at home and another in my purse, “just in case.”  Bugs love me.  I’m their favorite flavor.  But the leaves weren’t easy to use.  There was no “quick” way to use them without chewing them and I just couldn’t bring myself to do that, not for me or anyone else.  And then the problem of when someone saw the little bag of dried leaves in my purse.  They naturally assumed it was a different kind of leaf, an illegal one.  That still happens today when I show people what the leaves look like. 

That is when I decided to find a way to make it easier to use so I could carry it any where.  It took some time before I found the right combination of ingredients, which ended up making it even better than it was by itself.  I really just wanted it for my own use, but when a neighbor had a rash, I let her have some.  Then a friend with some insect bites, and then it was all gone.  I had to make more just for me.  And that also was quickly gone.  I really didn’t know what they were using it for but they kept asking for more.  The next time I ran out and someone asked if I had any more of that "greenstuff," they said they’d be happy to pay for it.  Hmmmm . . .

I was making it and putting it in small jelly jars, which were quite expensive.  Then I used Rubbermaid storage containers, but they were too difficult to open.

I was beginning to think I had something that was very good, but I didn’t know enough about it to go further without some study.    I began doing research and it was like finding a hidden treasure that really wasn’t hidden but no one was  looking for it, except me. 

It is almost a year later since I did the research and developed the final product.  I have a patent pending on it and I am slowly selling it  over the internet, as well as to those who have just found out about it and told someone who told someone. Most of my sales have been out of state.

I’ve even found out what they were using it for:  hemorrhoids, eczema, psoriasis, and other more personal sorts of itching that relate specifically to men. It was working better than anything else they had tried, including prescriptions.  It also helps heal dry cracked skin on the hands and feet. 

Herbal remedies are not FDA tested or certified in any manner and are not considered scientifically proven to heal anything.  But if it works, then it works.  If it doesn’t send it back.  Aspirin is made from the bark of the willow tree, and it’s been working for a long time and the bark is considered an herb.  Today's asprin is synthetic, that is why it tends to make the stomach bleed.    


 
FDA statement: "Herbal remedies have not been scientifically proven to heal or cure anything."  Reactions are possible to them just as to any other product.  At present there are no known precautions regarding Plantain.  With any new product always watch for reactions, especially the good ones, like plantain seems to cause.

 

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