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Aged bark of Rhamnus purshiana, crushed an packaged in a tin
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(Rhamnus purshiana). Weight of tea varies with herb. The tea is packed tightly in a 4 oz. tin with a clear see-through lid. Each tin makes approximately 15 cups of tea.

Hepatic – Cascara Sagrada is a useful remedy in many cases of chronic indigestion and chronic disease of the liver. It has been used in cirrhosis of the liver with very good results. It is also useful in jaundice with deficient excretion of bile, as it has been successfully used to correct catarrh of the bile duct.

Herpes Lesions – As a healing wash for herpes lesions, simmer ¼ cup Cascara Sagrada bark in one cup water for ten minutes. Cool before straining. Using a cotton swab, wash lesions four to five times daily during outbreak. Keep unused wash refrigerated, discarding after five days.

Laxative – Cascara Sagrada is used in chronic constipation. It tones relaxed muscles of the digestive system. In using Cascara Sagrada for chronic constipation, large doses at the onset of treatment are undesirable. If a single dose, so large as to produce a cathartic effect is taken, subsequent small doses will prove insufficient to restore tone. Large doses of Cascara Sagrada also can result in severe cramping. The best dose is two to ten drops of tincture, three, four or five times daily for two to three weeks. Even if the constipation does not at first yield, the effects after a few days are usually remedial. Once normal movement occurs Cascara Sagrada should be slowly decreased until a single drop at each dose is given. Finally, a single small dose morning and evening may be continued for a time and then stopped. The bowels should continue their normal action. If constipation pre-exists, it is best to take a simple laxative or to flush the bowels thoroughly with some other agent before beginning the use of Cascara Sagrada to overcome the chronic condition.

Stomach aid – This extremely bitter bark stimulates digestive secretions. To prevent cramping, it is best to combine the aged bark with some carminative herb such as Sweet Cicely.

Description:This valuable medicinal tree is native to the Pacific Coast of North America and a few temperate areas of old growth forests on the west side of the Rocky Mountain range. The small shrub or tree stands six to eighteen feet tall. The leaves are dark green and oblong with prominent veins. The flowers are small, greenish-white and found in small clusters. Round black berries follow the flowers. Cascara can be found in relatively moist, low-lying, forested habitats from British Columbia to California and east to Montana. The bark is stripped from the branches of this tree in the spring and autumn and left to age for at least one year.

Constituents: Up to fifteen anthraquinone glycosides, consisting of the cascarosides A, B, C and D, which account for about 70% of the total with other glycosides in minor concentrations, including barbaloin, frangulin, chrysaloin; glycosides based on emodin, aloe emodin, emodin oxanthrone, and chrysophanol; dianthrones including the heterodianthrones palmidin A, B and C and the freeaglycones.

PHOTOS: Cascara Sagrada Bark Tea in a Tin; Cascara Sagrada; apprentices gather Cascara Sagrada limbs; Becky peeling bark.

Dried spring harvested root of Taraxacum officinale
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(Taraxacum officinale). Makes approximately 20 cups of tea. To aid the liver function and detoxification. Dandelion is a leading remedy for an ailing liver.

It stimulates the flow of bile, a fluid that aids fat digestion, which is why it's used for liver and gallbladder disorders. Dandelion has scientifically documented potent diuretic properties. It relieves constipation and eases bloating and swelling. Dandelion may also be used in inflammation and congestion of liver and gall-bladder. It is specific in cases of congestive jaundice.

Cancer aid – Dandelion root has been traditionally used for preventing and treating cancer of most types. As a preventative, incorporate Dandelion root into your daily regime in the form of tea, tincture, capsules or coffee. The average dosage as a preventative is 2 tsp. of the ground powdered root, 2 tsp. tinctured root or two cups of Dandelion coffee daily. Triple the dosage if working with active cancer.

Dermatological aid – A tea of the leaves (3 tsp. per cup) and capsule of the dried root has proven effective for treating chronic skin eruptions. Take 2 cups of leaf tea and 6 capsules of the dried root daily.

Digestive aid – Since dandelion stimulates the gall-bladder, it can also help with chronic gastritis which often results from gall-bladder conditions. One to 1 ½ tsp. of root simmered 10 minutes in boiling hot water should be taken before meals.

Liver aid – is a leading remedy for an ailing liver. It stimulates the flow of bile, a fluid that aids fat digestion, which is why it's used for liver and gallbladder disorders. Dandelion has scientifically documented potent diuretic properties. It relieves constipation and eases bloating and swelling. Dandelion root may also be used in inflammation and congestion of liver and gall-bladder. It is specific in cases of congestive jaundice. Take ½ to 1 tsp. of tinctured root or 3 capsules of the dried powdered root three times a day.

Tonic – Dandelion is one of the most valuable general tonic herbs. It can be taken in large quantities over a long period of time since it has never been know to produce toxic effects. As a general tonic for overall health--but specifically the liver, blood and urinary system--take 1 tsp. of tincture of leaves and roots daily.

PHOTOS: Dandelion Root Tea; Max holds a mega wild harvested Dandelion root; apprentices digging Dandelion; cleaned and separated root and leaves.

Wild harvested and dried Sambucus flowers
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(Sambucus canadensis)
. 4 oz. tin with clear see-through lid. Elderflower Tea is traditionally used in the treatment of colds and influenza. Makes approximately 20 cups.

This opposite-branched shrub grows up to twelve feet tall. The stems are long and slender with opposite branching. The bark is rough, grayish-brown to black. Soft light tan to orange-brown pith is found inside the stems and branches. Since courtship flutes were fashioned from the stems, Elder is known as the “Tree of Music” among some Shoshoni tribes. The flowers of the Elder are small and cream colored and are borne in dense, rounded umbels. The round, dark blue or black berries appear in the autumn. The Elder is found on moist sites, mostly at elevations of 2,000 to 5,000 feet.

Dried elderflowers, steeped in filtered water, makes an effective eyewash for red and irritated eyes. The most frequent use of Elderflower Tea is to stimulate sweating in dry fevers. Tea of the dried flowers also act as an antispasmodic and is therefore helpful in treating stomach cramps.

Constituents: Flowers contain triterpenes including ursolic acid, three-0-[[beta]]-hydroxyursolic acid, oleanolic acid, [[alpha]]- and - [[beta]]-amyrin and free and esterified sterols. Fixed oil, with fatty acidsmainly linoleic, linolenic and palmitic acids, alkanes.

PHOTOS: Elderfower Tea in a Tin; blooming blue Elderberry, gathered blossoms; From The Forest apprentices.

Made with dried fragrant Fir needles
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(Abies balsamea). A tea of the needles (1½ teaspoons simmered ten minutes in one cup water) is good for lung problems. Drink several cups a day. Makes approximately 20 cups.

Flu – To rid the system of toxins during flu or severe colds, sipping a tea of the needles is helpful. The dosage taken during a sauna is also very effective.

Laxative – As a laxative, make tea using 2 tsp. of the dried needles per cup of boiling hot water. Drink one cup after morning and evening meals. Do not take for more than three consecutive days.

Constituents: Abietic-acid (resin), abietinolic-acid (resin), abietospirone (plant), alpha-&-beta-abietinolic-acid (resin), alpha-fenchene (leaf), alpha-phellandrene (leaf), alpha-pinene (plant), alpha-thujone (plant), beta-fenchene (leaf), beta-phellandrene (plant), beta-pinene (leaf), bornylene (leaf), camphene (leaf), cyclofenchene (leaf), decyl-aldehyde (leaf), delta-three-carene (leaf), EO (leaf), gamma-terpinene (leaf), L-alpha-pinene (leaf), L-bornyl-Acetate (leaf), L-Limonene (leaf), Laevopimaric-Acid (resin), lauraldehyde (leaf), limonere (leaf), maltol (plant), myrcene (leaf), neoabietinic-acid (resin), P-C\cymene (leaf), palustrinic-acid, alustrinic-acid (resin), sabinene (leaf), salicylic-acid (plant), santene (leaf), succinic-acid (resin), terpinolene (leaf), tricyclene (leaf).

PHOTO: Balsam Fir Needle in a Tin; Balsam Fir branch; Fir forest in winter.

Wild harvested leaves and flowers of Solidago sp.
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(Solidago spp.) Weight of tea varies with herb. The tea is packed tightly in a 4 oz. tin with a clear see-through lid. Each tin makes approximately 20 cups of tea.

There are eleven species of goldenrod in the Rocky Mountains all used in the same way. The young leaves are dried and used in tea as a moderate stimulant. Since its flavor is aromatic 1 tsp. can be added to other less pleasant tasting herbs to cover their repellent taste.

Goldenrod tea is good for weak bowels and also strengthens bladder tone when the bladder has lost its muscular energies.

Goldenrod leave tea is also taken to dissolve kidney stones. Goldenrod flower tea is used for pollen allergies. Two to three weeks before pollen season drink 2 cups of the tea daily, using 2 tsp. dried flowers per 1 cup boiling-hot water. Continue drinking the tea until the pollen season has ended.

Goldenrod is a powerful digestive aid. It is also used to treat jaundice and other problems with the liver. For liver problems, as well as treating upper respiratory problems such as catarrh, two to three cups of tea are taken throughout the day.

Tea is wildcrafted from pristine alpine areas.

PHOTOS: Goldenrod Tea in a Tin; Canadian Goldenrod; Bjornen tends flowering Fireweed and Goldenrod drying on screens; late summer harvesters.

Dried leaves of Marrubium vulgare.
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(Marrubium vulgare). Weight of tea varies with herb. The tea is packed tightly in a 4 oz. tin with a clear see-through lid. Each tin makes approximately 20 cups of tea. The bitter action of Horehound stimulates the flow and secretion of bile from the gall bladder, aiding digestion.

This perennial plant grows from a short, knobby root. The woolly stems are square and reach 1 ½ to 2 feet tall. The crinkled, fuzzy leaves grow opposite along the stem, each pair of leaves at right angles to the ones below. The tiny white flowers form balls below paired leaves. The seed heads mature into sticking burrs. The plant has a sharp, acrid scent when crushed. Horehound can be found growing wild throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. The herb prefers dry, sandy places, wastelands, vacant lots and abandoned fields.

Cold Remedy – Horehound is a valuable plant in the treatment of bronchitis where there is a non-productive cough. It combines the action of relaxing the smooth muscles of the bronchus while promoting mucus production and thus expectoration. It is beneficial in the treatment of whooping cough. Horehound is also excellent when used with Mullein. Taken at the onset of cold symptoms it will quickly bring respiratory problems to a halt.

Cautions: Horehound preparations may interact with the drug hydroxytryptamine (antidepressant). Cardioactives in the herb may interfere with antiarrhythmic drugs, increase the risk of hypokalemia, antagonize beta-adrenoceptor blocking drugs, interact with depolarizing muscle relaxants and increase the risk of arrhythmias, interfere with nitrates and calcium-channel blockers, and cardioactives may increase the arrhythmogenic potential of terfenadine. Due to the diuretic action of Horehound the following drug interactions are possible: increased risk of toxicity with anti-inflammatory analgesics; if hypokalemia occurs possible antagonism with antiarrhythmics and potentiation of muscle relaxants; antagonizes antidiabetic (hypoglycemic) drugs; may potentiate and/or interfere with antihypertensives; may potentiate lithium therapy; when taken with corticosteroids there is a risk for hypokalemia; may potentiate other diuretics and increase the risk of hypokalemia. Preparations of this herb may antagonize antihypertensive drugs and nitrates and calcium-channel blockers, and when combined with sympathomimetics there is an increased risk of hypertension. Interferes with the absorption of iron and other minerals when taken internally. Possible adverse effects and/or overdose effects include dermatitis, irritation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting. Very large doses can cause arrhythmia.

Constituents: Marrubiin, a diterpene lactone, with premarrubiin; diterpene alcohols; marruciol, marrubenol, sclareol, peregrinin, dihydroperegrinin; volatile oil, containing [[alpha]]-pinene, sabinene, limonene, camphene, p-cymol, [[alpha]]-terpinolene; alkaloids; traces of betonicine and its isomer turicine; miscellaneous; choline, alkanes, phytosterols, tanins etc.

PHOTOS: Horehound Tea in a Tin; Horehound; Renee picks Horehound; apprentices garble Horehound at Mavens' Haven.

Life Everlasting (Gnaphalium chilense) leaves and flowers dried and crushed to form the tea.
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(Gnaphalium chilense). Weight of tea varies with herb. The tea is packed tightly in a 4 oz. tin with a clear see-through lid. Each tin makes approximately 20 cups of tea. Since Life Everlasting is astringent, a strong infusion is effective as a mouthwash and gargle for mouth and throat problems.

This two-foot annual or biennial species has numerous small flower heads clustered at the ends of short branches. The bracts of the flowers, which appear in late July through August, are white to yellowish and surround minute yellow disc flower, the sticky 1 to 3 inch leaves are lance-shaped, with ‘ear lobes” at the base. White wool loosely covers the entire plant. Leaves have a pleasant aromatic smell and an aromatic, slightly bitter, astringent, agreeable taste. This native herb is widespread in the western states and Canada. This fragrant plant (reminiscent of lavender) grows primarily in waste areas and along roadsides, where is it commonly mistaken for pearly everlasting.

Astringent - A strong infusion of the tea is taken for bleeding from the rectum.

Cold remedy - The leaves and flowers act as an expectorant and are useful in treating colds. The herb most effective when mixed with Mullein and Horehound.

Febrifuge - The hot tea is helpful in easing mild fevers.

The dried flowers are also used as a sedative filling for herbal pillows.

PHOTOS: Life Everlasting Tea in a Tin; Life Everlasting plant; Brandy walks through a field of Life Everlasting; bundles of Life Everlasting drying for tea.
Lodgepole Pine Needle (Pinus contorta) dried and crushed into a tea.
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(Pinus contorta). 4 oz. tin with clear see-through lid. Makes approximately 20 cups of tea. This tea has been used naturapathically as a reliable diuretic plus kidney and urinary tract support; it also gently soothes symptoms of colds nad flu. Its mild action and pleasant taste also makes it a good sipping tea.

Lodgepole is distinguished from all other pines in the region by their needles, which are borne in bundles of two. This medium-sized conifer has a straight, slender trunk and thin orange-brown to gray bark covered by small loose scales. The needles are yellow-green, pointed, stiff and often twisted. The tawny, prickly cones often remain unopened in clusters when mature. These closed cones are sealed shut by a resin that must be melted by forest fires before the seeds are released.

Some of the active constituents found in the leave (needles) of Pinus contorta include monolignol and dilignol glycosides.

PHOTOS: Lodge Pole Pine Tea in a Tin; Lodgepole Pine branch; heading into Lodgepole Pine forests.

Nettle Leafs dried and crushed for tea.
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(Urtica sp.). 4 oz. tin with clear see-through lid. Nettle tea greatly relieves asthma, hay fever, allergies and mucous conditions of the lungs. Makes approximately 20 cups.

Nettles have square substantial stems covered with little hairs. The leaves are luxuriant, green and with subdued but pronounced veins. The green colored inconspicuous flowers, which mature into small green seeds, droop from the upper leaf pairs at the stem, in close clusters. Stinging Nettles prefer moist, rich soil and range at sea level to elevations over 9,000 feet.

Anemia – Nettle is a very high source of digestible iron, which makes it a valuable herb in treating anemia as well as fatigue.

Diabetes – Stinging Nettle has been used to help lower blood sugar levels, and is especially effective when combined with Huckleberry leaves.

Hemorrhage (internal) – An infusion of the plant is valuable in stemming internal bleeding, excessive menstruation and hemorrhoids.

Constituents: Two-methylhepten-(two)-on-(six), five-hydroxytryptamine, acetic-acid, acetophenone, acetylcholine, apha-tocopherol, beta-carotene, betaine, bromine, butyric-acid, caffeic-acid, calcium, chlorophylls, choline, chromium, ferulic-acid, fluorine, folacin, formic-acid, glycerol, histamine, koproporphyrin, lecithin, mucilage, p-coumaric-acid, protoporphyrin, scopoletin, serotonin, SFA, silicon, sitosterol, sitosterol-glucoside, violaxanthin, and xanthophyllepoxide.

PHOTOS: Nettle Tea in a Tin; fresh young Stinging Nettle; Renee and Darcy stripping leaves from mature Stinging Nettle stems.
Pipsissewa leaves (Chimaphila umbellata) dried and crushed for tea.
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(Chimaphila umbellata). Weight of tea varies with herb. The tea is packed tightly in a 4 oz. tin with a clear see-through lid. Each tin makes approximately 25 cups of tea.

Pipsissewa is a close relative of Uva Ursi, but contains fewer tannins, is less irritating, and acts as stronger diuretic. Due to its strong diuretic properties, Pipsissewa is also useful in reducing edema surrounding the heart. Prolonged consumption of Pipsissewa Tea will help dissolve kidney stones. Pipsissewa improves liver function by helping the body eliminate excess fluids. Sip a cup of Pipsissewa tea with meals. The hydroquinine content of Pipsissewa has an antiseptic effect upon the genito-urinary system and is very useful in treating urinary infections.

Pipsissewa is a common alpine plant that forms colonies. This stout, slightly woody dwarf is an evergreen shrub that spreads from a creeping rhizome. The leaves are in whorls, narrowly oblong and sharply toothed, bright green and shiny above. The flowers are saucer-shaped with five pink, waxy petals surrounding a plump green ovary and ten reddish stamens. Several fragrant flowers nod atop the stems. Pipsissewa is widespread and common at sub-alpine elevations on mossy, well-drained sites, in coniferous forests.

Constituents: Ursolic acid, hydroquinones (arbutin, chimophilin, ericolin), flavonoids (avicularin, kaempferol), triterpenes (ursolic acid, taraxasterol), phenols, methyl salicylate, essential oil, and tannins.

PHOTOS: Pipsissewa Tea in a Tin; Pipsissewa; Tjaden gathers Pipsissewa leaves.