Edema can be caused by not drinking enough water or eating too much sodium chloride-laden food or iodized table salt. For some people it is cause by a weak spleen/digestion. If you suffer from edema make sure to:
Chickweed Leaf stellaria media Part Used: leaf Taste: bitter/sweet
Energetic: cool Effective Form: tea, capsules, oil Properties: Beta carotene, vitamin C with flavanoids, most of the B complex. Full spectrum of minerals. Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory Medicinal use: herbal diuretics. Alkalizes the blood and balances our chemistry. Helps with blood toxicity, fever and inflammation. Helps with inflamed bowel disorders; IBS, colitis, Crohn's. The oil is great for irritated skin, eruptions of the skin and pain reliever for arthritis and gout.
Dandelion Leaf taraxacum officinale Part Used: leaf, fresh or dried Taste: bitter
Energetic: cooling Effective Form: *infusion, capsules, tincture,
fresh Properties: rich in potassium, beta carotene, vitamin
D, vitamin B, vitamin C, pancreatic regulator, galactagogue, cholagogue, bile
duct stimulant Medicinal use: Used for water retention (herbal diuretics)
especially due to high blood pressure. Used in tonics for liver stagnation and
gallbladder issues. Extremely rich in
minerals and is known to maintain healthy tooth enamel. Helps rejuvenate the blood. Prevents age spots; liver spots.
Dandelion Root taraxacum officinale Part Used: leaf, fresh or dried Taste: bitter Energetic: cooling Effective Form: *decoction, capsules, tincture, fresh Properties: rich in potassium, beta carotene, vitamin D, vitamin B, vitamin C, pancreatic regulator, galactagogue, cholagogue, bile duct stimulant, rich in *inulin Medicinal use: Has very strong detoxification properties; used in liver cleansing formulas. Added to tonic formulas. Reduces blood pressure. Aids in digestion of fats. Aids in weight loss. Supports healthy cholesterol. Prevents age spots; liver spots. Roasted dandelion root is rich in calcium.
Fennel Seed foeniculum vulgare Part Used: seed Taste: spicy/sweet
Energetic:warm Effective Form: *decoction, fresh juice, oil, tincture Properties: anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-convulsive, rich in potassium, sulphur and sodium. Carmitive (anti-gas), appetite depressant, digestive aid, Medicinal use: Digestive problems; gas, abdominal cramps. Bronchitis. Diuretic. Stabilizes nervous system. Moves waste out of the body. Conjunctivitis and inflammation of the eyelids; eyewash made from tea.
Hawthorne Berry, Leaf and Flower crategnus oxyacantha Part Used: leaves, berries, flowers Taste: sour/sweet
Energetic: slightly warm Effective Form: infusion; flowers and leaf. Decocation; berries, tincture Properties: cardiac tonic, *digestant, antispasmodic, anti-diarrheic, astringent, sedative, rich in bioflavonoids Medicinal use: Heart tonic; strengthens the vasodilating and heart muscle activity, reduces arterial plaque build up, supports circulation. Regulates blood pressure. Strengthens veins and capillaries.
Astragalus Root (Huang Chi) astragalus membranaceus. Part Used: root Taste: sweet Energetic: slightly warm Effective Form: decoction of root, tincture, capsules. Properties: anti-viral, immune enhancer, Medicinal use: Organ toning and gland balancing herb especially for the spleen, kidneys, adrenals and lungs. Known as an Adaptogen. Antiviral, helps maintain good natural energy throughout the day. Strengthens digestion Promotes wound and injury healing. Strengthens chronic lung conditions. Helps with chronic fatigue. Helps regulate water metabolism. Supports hormonal balance. Cautions: Best mixed in a formula for long term use, high in selenium which can be toxic in high doses for those who live in areas which have a high selenium content in the soil.
Supporting Liver and Thyroid Health supports Adrenal Gland Health.
Peppermint Leaf mentha piperita Part Used: leaf Taste: spicy/bitter Energetic: cool Effective Form: *infusion, oil, tincture Properties: *diaphoretic, aromatic, *carminative, calmative, mild *alterative, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, Medicinal use: Upper respiratory. Digestion; specific in colon cleansing. Very good for Crohn's disease, Irritable bowel and ulcerative colitis. Helps with gas, bloating, nausea and diarrhea. A nervine for migraine headaches, anxiety and tension in the upper neck and shoulders. Body odor and bad breath; toner, mints, oil.
Sarsaparilla Root smilax officinalis Part Used: root Taste: sweet/mildly spicy Energetic: neutral Effective Form: *decoction, oil (externally only), capsules, tincture. Properties:*alterative, diuretic, *diaphoretic, tonic Medicinal use: Balances male and female hormones. Hormone imbalances; PMS, Menopause and Andropause (men). Cleanses the blood. Helps with joint aches. Liver spots (age spots). Gout. Chronic rheumatism. Tonic for the glands. Increases vitality overall.