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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wild SHEPHERD'S PURSE (Stops Bleeding)

Stop-Bleeding-Fast-With-This-Wild-Basic-Weed; "Shepherds-Purse." Don't confuse the name of Purslane, not the same. I use to make sure when taking friends on herbal walks they knew the differences along with their medical properties. See: Making anti bacterial bandages.
Stop Bleeding Fast With This Weed- Shepherd's Purse
Check your yard for this beautiful tall, scraggly plant towering a good foot and a half above the other weeds scattering our overgrown yard. I crouched down to get a closer look and immediately noticed the heart shaped pods growing along the lanky stem– I’d recognize them anywhere.
 It was Shepherd’s Purse! I have attempted to grow it from seed in the past without luck, so I was thrilled to find it thriving wild all over our lawn. The more I looked, the more Shepherd’s Purse plants I discovered around our home.
What was so exciting about discovering this “weed” in my yard is that not only is it edible and delicious, it also has medicinal properties as well. We’ll delve into that more in a moment.

Identifying Shepherd’s Purse

Stop Bleeding Fast With This Weed
Would you be able to pick out the Shepherd’s Purse from among these common weeds?
There are several hints to look for when identifying Shepherd’s Purse:
1. The plants will typically grow anywhere from 3 inches tall to 1 1/2 feet.
2. The deeply lobed rosette of leaves resemble dandelion, with symmetrical leaves spreading flat on the ground.
3. A long, slender stem grows from the middle of the rosette with heart shaped seed pods growing along the length of it. (The heart shaped pods are a dead giveaway that it’s Shepherd’s Purse.)
4. When in bloom, you will notice small, white, tightly shaped flowers at the top of the stem.
5. It’s an annual herb. Although it may self-sow, don’t expect to find it growing in the same place the following year. However, the seeds remain viable for up to 20 years, so there’s a good chance you’ll find Shepherd’s Purse growing again at some point if you allowed the plant to go to seed.
6. Shepherd’s Purse grows all across the United States and in many other countries. It can be found from Spring through Winter.
I apologize for not having more photos to help you identify this plant. Hopefully I’ll find some more Shepherd’s Purse growing this year and I can update this article with up-close shots to help you with proper identification. If you’re interested in learning more there are tons of photos you can find online. Here’s a good article to read with lots of information and a few more photos to check out.

Stop Bleeding Fast With This Weed

A Useful Weed

Shepherd’s Purse has many interesting uses. It is enjoyed in culinary dishes in many cultures around the world. It’s also prized for its medicinal qualities. A few of my favorite uses include:
  • Eat it- fresh or cooked. The leaves can be eaten straight off the plant or added to sandwiches, salads, and soups; fresh or cooked. The stalk can be stir-fried, or eaten raw. The flowers can be eaten raw. The seeds can be stir-fried and used as a peppery seasoning. The roots can be used fresh or dried as a substitute for ginger or candied in syrup. (Source: Linda Runyon’s Essential Wild Food Survival Guide)
Personally, I enjoy picking the flowers and seed pods off the plant and eating them fresh.
  • Quickly stop bleeding. Shepherd’s Purse is high in Vit. K, vegetable protein, potassium, calcium, beta-carotene and minerals. It has been used for centuries to stop bleeding internally and externally. For a quick field application, make a poultice by crushing up fresh or dried leaves to apply to a bleeding wound. An herbal tea can also be made to ease internal bleeding. Shepherd’s Purse tincture is often used by midwives to stop excessive bleeding after giving birth. (I actually took two droppersful of an alcohol tincture of Shepherd’s Purse after giving birth to help control the bleeding, per my midwife’s instructions, and can attest to its effectiveness.) Take it orally to treat internal bleeding.
Warnings: Avoid the herb during pregnancy, except during labor because it stimulates uterine contractions.
I’ll give you a little personal story. My youngest daughter… she’s five… she has always had a problem with nose bleeds. If she gets bumped on the nose playing, or falls and hits her nose, it immediately begins to gush blood. I mean more than a steady drip. The flow of blood is constant… and it’s scary! I keep cotton nose plugs on hand (you know, the kind for sports injuries) specifically for her nose bleeds, but she usually soaks through a handful of them before the bleeding stops.
When I found Shepherd’s Purse growing wild in our yard, I took advantage of the opportunity to do an experiment to see just how well it actually works. Using all of the aerial parts, I made a tincture to try on my daughter. I used glycerin as the base instead of alcohol so that it would be safe to put in her nose.
Several weeks later, my daughter was supposed to be in bed sleeping, but instead was fooling around and fell off the bed, hitting her nose on the wall. I heard her screams from across the house, and ran to see what was wrong. She stood in her bedroom doorway, blood dripping all down her shirt and puddles on the carpet at her feet. I whisked her off to the bathroom and gathered my supplies– nose plugs, a pack of ice, and that Shepherd’s Purse tincture.
I dipped the first nose plug into the infused glycerin tincture, and stuck it into the bleeding nostril. I placed the bag of ice on the bridge of her nose, and had her lean over the bathroom sink. I waited for the blood to fill the plug as it usually does almost immediately, but the blood had stopped soaking through. I wondered if the glycerin was preventing the cotton from absorbing blood, so I pulled the plug out with a new one ready in hand to quickly replace the first. But when I pulled that first plug out we were both astonished to discover that the bleeding had completely stopped. It was amazing! Never in her life has her nose stopped bleeding so quickly. I was flooded with relief, and she was thrilled that it was over.
I’ve had more times than I can count over the past year to use this Shepherd’s Purse tincture, and the results have always been consistent and immediate. It will forever have a place in my medicine cabinet.
Stop Bleeding Fast With This Weed

How To Make A Shepherd’s Purse Tincture

A tincture is a very concentrated liquid extract of herbs, and is an effective way to take herbal medicine internally. You can take a dropperful or two straight from the bottle, but if the strong flavor is offensive you may also add the drops to a warm drink and take it that way as well.
Tinctures are usually made by infusing an herb in a strong alcohol base. However, for more sensitive people, especially children, you can choose to use glycerin or apple cider vinegar instead of alcohol. The latter options won’t be as strong medicinally as the former, but they are a good alternative and still work well.
Preserving Shepherd’s Purse in a tincture is a great way to capture the medicinal properties of the plant at the peak of harvest and enables you to reap its medicinal benefits year-round. Prepared tinctures are a quick and effective way to get an application immediately– as opposed to a tea which requires time to steep and cool.
For this particular herb, fresh plants are better than dried. Dried Shepherd’s Purse loses its potency rapidly. Some herbs must be dried before using in a tincture, but not in this case.
Stop Bleeding Fast With This Weed
You’ll Need:
  • Fresh Shepherd’s Purse stalks, seed pods, and flowers. (The dried herb can be used if fresh isn’t an option.)
  • 80-100 proof alcohol (vodka, gin, brandy, rum); vegetable glycerine, or apple cider vinegar
First, gather a bunch of fresh stalks. Instead of uprooting an entire plant, cut the stalks off a couple of inches from ground level.
Chop up all of the aerial parts (stalks, pods, flowers).
Fill a glass container, such as a pint sized mason jar, with the fresh, chopped herbs.
Pour enough alcohol, glycerin, or apple cider vinegar into the jar to completely cover the herbs. Screw on an airtight lid.
Place the jar out of direct sunlight. Allow the herbs to infuse for 4-6 weeks before straining off. Store in a dark place, or in a tinted glass bottle.
The tincture will be good for one year, after which you’ll need to replace it with a fresh batch.
For more information regarding usage and dosage amounts, here is a great article to check out. It’s definitely an interesting herb, and a useful one to be able to identify in the wild.
If you found this article on Shepherd’s Purse interesting, you might also enjoy reading about another edible and medicinal plant: Lamb’s Ear. Don’t forget to check out the Herbal Medic Class Sam Coffman recently taught as well.

Have you ever used Shepherd’s Purse to stop bleeding?

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About Kendra Lynne the author:
I'm a homeschooling, homesteading mama of four, doing everything I can to help my family live more self-sufficiently on our one country acre here in the Bible Belt South.  I've been sharing about it all on my website, New Life on a Homestead, and am excited to bring the preparedness aspect of this lifestyle to all of you here as well! Be sure to check out my *NEW* Canning DVD: At Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond

Drink a tea made from young, dried Wooly Lamb’s Ear leaves to help with fevers, diarrhea, sore mouth and throat, internal bleeding, and weaknesses of the liver and heart. (~Wikipedia)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Garlic; An Antifungal and Medicines

This soup has more than 50 cloves of garlic, onions, thyme and lemon will destroy almost any virus that enters its path including colds, flu and even noro virus.

It has gained its reputation as a virus buster thanks to one of its chemical constituents, allicin.

A recent and significant finding from Washington State University shows that garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting disease causing bacteria commonly responsible for food borne illness.

When the garlic is crushed, alliin becomes allicin. Research shows that allicin helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and also helps prevents blood clots. Garlic can also reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Compounds in this familiar bulb kill many organisms, including bacteria and viruses that cause earaches, flu and colds. Research indicates that garlic is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea. What’s more, further studies suggest that this common and familiar herb may help prevent the onset of cancers.

‘This chemical has been known for a long time for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powers,’ says Helen Bond, a Derbyshire-based consultant dietitian and spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association.

The problem of testing or making this up in some kind of formula is that pharmaceutical companies are not interested in running huge, expensive trials — as they would with promising new drug compounds — because there is nothing in garlic that they can patent, package and sell at a profit.

This soup has lots of sulfur compounds or natural penicillin (anti biotic)

Garlic Soup Recipe

Serves 4

26 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) organic butter (grass fed)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 cup fresh ginger
2 1/4 cups sliced onions
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
26 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
4 lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 350F. Place 26 garlic cloves in small glass baking dish. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and toss to coat. Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake until garlic is golden brown and tender, about 45 minutes. Cool. Squeeze garlic between fingertips to release cloves. Transfer cloves to small bowl.

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, thyme, ginger and cayenne powder and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add roasted garlic and 26 raw garlic cloves and cook 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth; cover and simmer until garlic is very tender, about 20 minutes. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to saucepan; add coconut milk and bring to simmer. Season with sea salt and pepper for flavour.

Squeeze juice of 1 lemon wedge into each bowl and serve.

Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

If garlic were found to be a wonder drug, consumers could simply buy it in the supermarket for 30p a bulb or grow their own in the garden.

Nevertheless, garlic has a long and proud tradition as a medicine. The Ancient Egyptians recommended it for 22 ailments. In a papyrus dated 1500 BC, the labourers who built the pyramids ate it to increase their stamina and keep them healthy.

The Ancient Greeks advocated garlic for everything from curing infections, and lung and blood disorders to healing insect bites and even treating leprosy.

HISTORY: The Romans fed it to soldiers and sailors to improve their endurance. Dioscorides, the personal physician to Emperor Nero, wrote a five-volume treatise extolling its virtues.

One of the most interesting of the recent findings is that garlic increases the overall antioxidant levels of the body. Scientifically known as Allium sativa, garlic has been famous throughout history for its ability to fight off viruses and bacteria. Louis Pasteur noted in 1858 that bacteria died when they were doused with garlic. From the Middle Ages on, garlic has been used to treat wounds, being ground or sliced and applied directly to wounds to inhibit the spread of infection. The Russians refer to garlic as Russian penicillin.

More recently, researchers have unearthed evidence to show garlic may help us to stay hale and hearty in a number of ways.


Last June, nutrition scientists at the University of Florida found eating garlic can boost the number of T-cells in the bloodstream. These play a vital role in strengthening our immune systems and fighting viruses.

And pharmacologists at the University of California found that allicin — the active ingredient in garlic that contributes to bad breath — is an infection-killer.

Allicin also makes our blood vessels dilate, improving blood flow and helping to tackle cardiovascular problems such as high cholesterol.

An Australian study of 80 patients published last week in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that diets high in garlic may reduce high blood pressure.

In 2007, dentists in Brazil found that gargling with garlic water (made by steeping crushed garlic cloves in warm, but not boiling, water) can kill the germs that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

But they hit a snag: the volunteers refused to continue the experiment, complaining that the garlic gargle made them feel sick. Looking at the garlic soup recipe certainly made me feel queasy. Still, it gave me an excuse to use up my ample supply of garlic.

Though last year’s awful weather caused crop failures on my allotment, I enjoyed a bumper harvest of garlic.

Among its many other virtues, garlic kills slugs and snails. Researchers from the University of Newcastle believe it contains oils that may cripple the nervous systems of these slimy creatures.
There are two schools of thought as to the best way of preparing garlic to make the most of its medicinal qualities.

Argentinian investigators found it releases its allicin-type compounds when you bake the cloves, while scientists at South Carolina Medical University believe peeling garlic and letting it sit uncovered for 15 minutes produces the highest levels of compounds to fight infection.

So you can simply peel half of the garlic cloves and roast the other half with the kitchen door tightly closed (to stop the pong permeating throughout the house).

After an hour-and-a-quarter’s industrious soup-making, sprinkle lemon juice over a bowl of steaming, grey gloop and tuck in.

The heady aroma certainly revs up the appetite and the first spoonful does not disappoint. Delicious as it is, however, one large bowl of home-made soup is a more than ample meal.

As for the soup’s cold-preventing powers, only time will tell. Regular bowlfuls may very well keep me free of winter ailments, thanks to the virus-killing compounds they contain.

Or it could just be that my nuclear-strength garlic breath will keep everyone who is infectious far out of sneezing range for months to come.

I use the old macerated garlic, honey and ACV stored in  a mason jar going all the time. I can't seem to buy a good product that doesn't ruin the allicin, Allium sativa. Don't trust the over the counter formulas they may not work as well nor as economically done. My formula works and last a long time.
The recipe can be modified if you don't have all the ingredients. The coconut is a anti fungal and will coat/protect the stomach as will the ginger. Keep ginger on hand for stomach problems.

Why is it Good to Eat Garlic on an Empty Stomach
Many people have found that garlic can actually relieve the symptoms of hypertension. It not only regulates the circulation, it also prevents various heart problems and stimulates the proper function of your liver and bladder.
Garlic is also efficient in treating stomach problems, such as diarrhea. Some people even claim that garlic is an amazing remedy for nerve problems, but only when it is consumed on an empty stomach.

Scientists have conducted many studies and the results showed that when you consume garlic before you eat or drink anything will only increases its power, making it an extremely strong natural antibiotic. Why is it more effective when you it eat before the breakfast? The bacteria are overexposed, so they can not defend against its power.

Why is it Good to Eat Garlic on an Empty Stomach

Garlic efficient in treating stomach problems, such as diarrhea however some people even claim that garlic is an amazing remedy for nerve problems, but only when it is consumed on an empty stomach.; A nice simple recipe with fresh tomatoes;(many many will copy this recipe with variations so - do your own.