I get this question frequently!!! I base my answers on the following list to sort through the hype, the big money and the fancy marketing to decide whether an herb merits medicinal use at commonly accepted doseages for herbs. Note that they must pass EVERY test.
1) Does it meet Hippocrates 'Do no harm"?
2) Does it work WITH the body to move it towards wellness (Vitalist)?
3) It must not be habit forming nor have that potential.
4) Is must not be poisonous.
5) It must not be toxic (cause side effects).
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White Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) , Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) at Fir Meadow. Photo by Katherine Drovdahl.
We like to say that livestock and humans should eat plants and plants should eat rocks and dirt. Why is this SO CRITICALLY important???!!! When we keep things in that order bodies do well. You see when a plant converts sunlight through photosynthesis it combines nutrients it uptakes from soil (broken down rocks & organic matter) with a carbon atom. It is that carbon atom attached to that nutrient that makes it bioavailable. That nutrient becomes fully utilizable by the body. It's able to uptake it into cells, use it fully for it's intended purpose and it is fully able to eliminate any excess that it doesn't want to utilize. This allows the ability to fully nourish the body and to not store toxic or structurally damaging excesses of copper, selenium, copper, fat soluble vitamins, etc. Some of these excesses can and do build up to cause liver toxicity (which can lead to death), stones such as urinary calculi, kidney stones, enteroliths, gall stones (which form in the liver and are there as well), bone spurs, hardening of the pituitary gland or brain tissue, etc.
So how on earth do we and our beloved critters end up eating rocks? Here are a few considerations.
Our wells and city waters are not soft water- they contain rock mineral particulate. When we lived in southern Oregon I could actually SEE the particulate from our high calcium well whenever water was brewed for tea. It also accumulated at the mouths of faucets etc. There were no dandelions or alfalfa plants growing in our well to contribute to this. The soils in that area contain high amounts of calcium.
Store bought food and feeds that have minerals added or are 'fortified' have rock or synthetic sources added. Read your label- if it doesn't say the magnesium is because whole alfalfa, stinging nettle or another plant is in the product then it's not from a plant! It's from a rock or a formulated fake from a laboratory. Why do companies do this? Because it's much less expensive to mine and purchase rock nutrients than it is to use whole plants that contain the nutrients. I can purchase a whole ten yard dump truck load of several tons of rocks or sand for the same price that some of the herbs that I work with cost me by the pound! Most calcium put into food and feeds in the US is mined limestone from the midwest. Chemical or synthetic derived nutrients are cheap too and are derived from oil. Kodak is or used to be one of the largest suppliers of nutrients for the food industry. Scary or interesting. I'm not sure which it is!
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Yesterday I was asked once again about wormwood. Many people have legitimate concerns, having heard that wormwood isn't safe during pregnancy. Due to the controversy about this herb I spend extra timing researching it when I was studying for my Master's Degree in Herbology. I can also throw in over a decade of personal use with this plant with humans and pets/livestock.
First the concern. It IS true that if your animals get out and scarf a large amount of wormwood at once that they may lose a pregnancy or have convulsions. The truth is that overeating on ANY plant can cause acidosis, entertoxemia or other problems specific to that plant. Also using this plant in tincture form or oil form highly concentrates the phyto (plant) chemicals in this plant- namely the thujone- greatly increasing the risk of having an adverse effect. Absinthe, made with wormwood as one of the ingredients for several centuries, caused many problems in those that became addicted to it.
However, used in it's whole plant form, and in quantities no where close to the 'goats got out and ate a big patch of it' situation this herb has much value to offer. It's helpful in gi and distresses, aids bile movement and liver function, helps protect the liver from plant toxins that are ingested around the same time, aids the body in oxygenating the uterus as well as having natural antibiotic properties. Most people are aware of it's anthelmintic (worm removing) properties. It's also historically used as a tanaecide to help the body kill tapeworms. It's a very valuable plant and I love using it with my pregnant goats, alpacas and horses due to the uterine enhancing and toxin protecting properties within my DWorm A herb blend that we sell on our website.
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Katherine MH, CR, CA, CEIT, DipHIr, QTP has extensive alternative training in Vitalistic (cause oriented) wellness,including a Master's Degree in Herbology and has a heart to share with you so that you, your family and your creatures may achieve abundant wellness.