May #59 : Herb Of The Month - by Michael Onstott

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Fitness 2000

Big Trouble

Size Matters

This Little Drug Went To Market

The New Opiate for the Masses

The Attack of the Killer Causes

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Merging Medicine Chests

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President Nader

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Shelf Life

Time For An E-Full

Work In Progress

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Comfort Zone

Get High on Glutathione

Herb Of The Month

5.2.89: Take Two

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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May 2000

Herb Of The Month

by Michael Onstott


PARTS: Leaves, flowering tops
FORMS: Fresh or dried, powder, oil, liquid extract, oil capsules
USES: Digestion, poor appetite, colds, sore throat, cough, and inflamed mouth, nasal congestion, muscle soreness, and headache was
DAILY DOISE: Internal: 1 heaping tsp. (leaves), 6-12 drops (oil), 1-3 capsules. Inhaled: 3-4 drops (oil), in hot water. External: 3-4 drops (oil).
MONTHLY COST: $5-10 (bulk herb, oil, or liquid extract) $10-20 (enteric-coated capsules)
CAUTION: May reduce iron absorption. Avoid if you have gallstones ort sever liver damage. Never ingest undiluted peppermint oil. Don’t place oil in child’s nose or mouth.

Peppermint isn’t just for your breath, baby. For centuries, Europeans have used it menthol-containing leaves and essential oils to help produce stomach acid and bile while relaxing muscles lining to digestive tract.

This anti-spasmodic effect is why many take pep to erase irritable bowel syndrome, cramping, and flatulence. For this, oil capsules are best, peppermint tea, with varying potency from brand to brand, is milder. Studies have shown that oil relieves inflammation and itching and –at least in test tubes—inhibits such microbes as staph and strep bacteria as well as influenza A and herpes simplex viruses. Because peppermint can reduce pain in the skin and mucous membranes, its essential oils are useful in treating sore muscles, sunburn, coughs, sore throat, and nausea. Applying the oil to the forehead can also help relive headaches, ease anxiety, and kickstart your cognition; inhaling the menthol vapors can reduce nasal sinus and chest congestion. All of this and minty freshness.

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