Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Remedies: Notable Herbs in Human Welfare, Chapter XV, Part – 7



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Bachu (Barosma betulina)

Its common names are bookoo, bucco, oval bucho, short buchu and bucku.

Buchu is pungent and warm. The part used are leaves, contains essential oil with barosma camphor and mucilage. Diosphenol, which is antiseptic in property, is considered its most important ingredient.

Buchu is a carminative, aromatic, diaphoretic, stimulant and diuretic. A strong buchu tea is helpful for painful urination or fluid retention and for inflammation, gravel and catarrh of the bladder. When mixed with brandy by an infusion of leaves and drink the mixture as a stimulant, tonic and stomach remedy.

Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens)

Capsicum has been used since before the time of Columbus. American Indians used it for foods flavouring and medicine. Cayenne is the hottest form of the pepper, and Latin Americans use it in great abundance in their cooking. It also has a wide range of medicinal uses.

Its common names are African pepper, American pepper, bird pepper, chilli pepper, cockspur pepper, goat’s pepper, pod pepper, Spanish pepper, red pepper and Zanzibar pepper.

The plant is one foot tall. Several plants will give plenty of peppers.

Cayenne contains capsaicin as well as oleic, palmitic and stearic acids. Goods remedy from high blood pressure to stomach ulcers. Useful tonic for the heart and bold systems.

Cayenne is a digestive, irritant, appetizer, sialagogue, stimulant and tonic. In powder or capsule form it is useful for general stimulation and for building up resistance at the beginning of colds. An infusion is useful for stomach and bowel pains or cramps. Small quantities of fresh fruit or powder will stimulate the appetite. A cayenne plaster, liniment or tincture applied externally will increase blood flow to areas afflicted with arthritis and rheumatism. Cayenne also promotes healthy blood circulation.

Begin with small doses, gradually increasing the amount of dose, so that mucus coating adjust to the stomach lining.

Note: Prolonged application of cayenne to skin can cause dermatitis and raise blisters. Excessive consumption can cause gastroenteritis and kidney damage.

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

Its common names are blackwort, bruisewort, gum plant, healing herb, knitback, slippery root and wallwort.

The plant is three to five feet tall. The aerial portions and roots are used.
Comfrey contains miich gum and mucilage, some allantoin and very little tannin. Starch in small amounts is also present.

Comfrey is an astringent, demulcent, anodyne, emollient, hemostatic, expectorant, refrigerant and vulnerary. The roots are used to treat chronic diseases with dry cough and inflammation, sore throat, pulmonary catarrh, stomach ulcers, and wasting disease. A decoction of rootstock makes a good gargle and mouthwash for throat inflammations, hoarseness and bleeding gums. Comfrey also helps digestive and stomach problems, excessive menstrual flow and diarrhea. It can be used for wounds and insect bites. You may also add rootstock to a bath for better skin tone.

Leaves poultice is applied externally helps dissolve and expel mucus from lungs, smoothes throat, lowers fever, relives cough, and treats asthma.

Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia, Brauneria angustifolia)

Its common names are narrow-leaved purple coneflower, Kansas niggerhead and Sampson root. There are many varieties of Echinacea, mostly found in America.

The plant is one to two feet tall. Roots are mainly used as blood purifier and wound healer. All parts are useful for strengthening the immune system mainly roots and aerial portions.

Echinacea contains oil and resin, masses of insulin, inuloid, sucrose, vulose, betaine, two phytosterols and fatty acids-oleic, cerotic, linolic and palmatic.

Echinacea is a depurative, digestive, antiseptic and alterative. It stimulates the body’s immune system against all infectious and inflammatory conditions, counteracts pus, and stimulates digestion. It is a blood-purifying plant used for conditions that indicate contaminants in the blood, such as acne, boils and eczema. It is excellent for swelling of lymph glands. It promotes proper digestion.

Rootstock helps dispel flatulence. It is also helpful against pus formations, sores, wounds, infections and tonsillitis. It combines well with myrrh for all of the above conditions.
An effective remedies for all kind of bacterial and viral infections.
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