10 Weeds that Heal

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Despite the prevailing belief that only grass belongs in a yard, Nimri and I both believe that some of the ‘noxious weeds’ are actually good to have (and safe for pets). So we’d keep these 10 weeds that heal around.

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… In case you’re wondering who Nimri is, she’s my heroine in Star Bridge, and the fictional character I most strongly identify with…. Star Bridge is a family-friendly sci-fantasy and takes place on a planet (Chatterre) far, far away. Not only does Nimri have the herbal garden of my dreams, she is also owned by Kazza, a magical alien tiger. In case you’re interested in seeing Star Bridge‘s 40 second trailer, click here.

Now, getting back to the main topic of this blog, the chart of these 10 beneficial weeds  was found on Pinterest:

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Feline Depression

Cats can get depressed just as us humans. One example of what may trigger feline depression is change. Any change to the cat`s familiar territory, especially if it’s drastic, is potentially distressing for the cat. Pax had to witness his usual litter box space being changed forever. It was a place of very personal nature…

via Feline Depression — Katzenworld

Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

Feline Idiopathic Cystitis – by Kim Halford BVetMed MSc MRCVS of Animal Welfare Matters. Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC) is a cat bladder disorder. Broken down, the name means Inflammation of the Bladder (“Cystitis”) in the cat and no-one knows the cause (“Idiopathic”). FIC is one of the main causes of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)…

via Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC)? — Katzenworld

Antibiotics & Pets

Antibiotics and pets Author: The PDSA Antibiotics have been a vital weapon in the battle against bacterial infections in humans and animals for many years. However, some microorganisms are developing resistance to antibiotics, with fears this could have a major impact on treating infections in the future. PDSA vet nurse, Katy Orton, said: “Antibiotics were…

via Antibiotics and pets — Katzenworld

Bay Leaves

Bay leaves were used for flavoring by the ancient Greeks. The leaves are most often used whole and removed before serving, because they can be abrasive in the digestive tract. Bay leaves can also be crushed or ground before cooking. While crushed bay leaves impart more of their desired fragrance than whole leaves, they are also more difficult to remove, therefore it is advisable for them to be put used in a muslin bag or tea infuser. (IMHO, whole leaves are much easier to deal with.)BayLeaves

Bay leaves can also be used scattered, where needed to repel bugs and mice. This apparently works because they have an active ingredient which can kill certain species. I, for one, always put a bay leaf or two in with my containers of flour, rice, rolled oats, etc. While it can be a tad messy to dig the leaves out prior to using the ingredients, I can not recall finding bugs in any flour, etc., which I had them in.

I also confess that on occasion, I have mis-counted and ended up with a bay leaf in my bread machine. Fortunately, it still tasted fine. A bit Mediterranean, but good.

Entomologists use bay leaves as the active ingredient in their “filling jars”. They place freshly crushed leaves in a jar. then put a piece of paper on top. Then, they put whatever live insect they want to mount inside the jar and wait while the vapors slowly, but effectively kill the moth, butterfly, etc. Apparently, this method makes the specimens relaxed and easy to mount.

Nimri, my heroine from Kazza’s Chatterre trilogy has a bay leaf tree in her herbal garden because the leaves help reduce pain, calm the nervous system as well as boost the immune system and also increase mental activity. They are also thought to stimulate the sweat process, so this can be beneficial in some situations. Nimri brews bay leaf tea to treat: 

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Insomnia

Depression

Cutaneous infections

Muscular exhaustion

Weakness and lack of energy

Spasms

Headaches

Arthritis

and Fluid retention


Poisoned Pet Food

Originally posted on Rumpydog: So here’s the thing: A pet parent fed her 5 dogs Evanger’s canned dog food. All 5 became seriously ill and were rushed to the vet, where they were admitted into intensive care. One dog died. The other 4 lived, but one must take anti-seizure meds. A necropsy on the deceased…

via Euthanasia Drug in Pet Food? — pensitivity101

Ginko Biloba

ginkoNative to China, the ginko biloba tree has been widely cultivated for medicine and food since ancient times. In fact, some that were planted at temples are believed to be over 1,500 years old and records have other specimens listed at more than 2,500 years old.

The one in Nimri’s herb garden has been there for generations.

Ginkos are either male or female and both genders give noses problems. The males cause allergy issues due to pollen and the females cause noses to cringe because the ripe fruit stinks.

Though some have successfully been made into bonsi, they are large, beautiful trees, normally reaching a height of 66–115 feet, with some of the very old specimens in China being over 160 feet. The tree is usually deep rooted and resistant to wind and snow damage. During autumn, the leaves turn a bright yellow. A combination of resistance to disease and insect-resistant wood makes them long-lived.

The nut-like gametrophytes inside the seeds are particularly esteemed in Asia, and are a Ginkgo_Seedtraditional Chinese food. Ginkgo nuts are often served at special occasions such as weddings and the Chinese New Year because they are believed to have health benefits. However, when eaten in large quantities or over a long period, especially by children the gametophyte (meat) of the seed can cause poisoning by MPN, which is heat stable and not destroyed by cooking.

Some people are sensitive to the chemicals in the outer fleshy coating and contact can cause dermatitis or blisters, like a poison ivy rash…. Joy, I am so allergic to poison ivy that I can practically break out just seeing a photo of the evil plant!

Fortunately, Nimri, who has an ancient ginkgo tree in her garden is not subject to allergies. Nimri and her herbal garden can be found in Kazza’s Chatterre Trilogy. If you happen to have a Kindle Unlimited account, you can get the box set free.

Many consider Ginkgo Biloba to be a preventative measure toward the onset of Alzheimer’s, but it can also have undesirable effects, especially for individuals with blood circulation disorders and those taking anticoagulants, like aspirin or warfarin, so I would urge you to chat with your doctor before trying this. (If you’re seriously worried about Alzheimer’s, another possibility could be Lion’s Mane – regardless, discuss herbal treatments with your doctor.)

Anyone with a history of strong allergic reactions to poison ivy, mangoes, cashews and other alkylphenol-producing plants are more likely to experience allergic reaction when consuming non-standardized ginkgo-containing preparations, combinations, or extracts, so if you decide to try this, be cautious.ginko leaf