Natural Food Remedies

Bladderwrack Fucus vesiculosus
Parts Used: Whole plant
Actions: Nutritive
Common Uses: Bladderwrack is the original source of iodine, used extensively for an underactive thyroid, excellent source of minerals for the body. It is used as an electrolyte when valuable salts are depleted from the body. Primary chemical constituents of this plant include mucilage, algin, beta-camannitol, rotene, zeaxanthin, iodine, bromine, potassium. Some beneficial nutrients in Seaweed include organic (photo-synthetic) Vitamins, trace minerals, Lipids, plant sterols, amino acids, omega 3 and 6, anti-oxidants, polyphenols and flavenoids. Boosting the immune system, decreasing blood sugar and Cholestrol, increasing gastro- intestinal tract function, and for decreasing the symptoms of arthritic joint pains. Seaweed is believed to be a detoxifier and a healing agent. Bladderwrack is used externally for compresses to reduce inflammation and arthritic pain. Researches have shown Seaweed to be important in the fight against cancer because of its anti-tumour activity.

Catnip Catnip Nepeta cataria
Parts Used: Aerial parts; leaves, stems, flowers are collected before seeds begin to develop.
Actions: Sedative, anti-spasmodic, expels intestinal gas, helps alleviate vomiting, feline-euphoric, diuretic.
Strongest Affinities: Digestive and nervous system
Common Uses: Catnip is a gentle gas reliever and anti-spasmodic for easing flatulence and stomach upsets. It also acts as a mild sedative to help calm nerves and promote restful sleeping most animals. Due to an ingredient called nepetalactone cats become intoxicated when they sniff, chew, roll in it and they look completely happy. The fresh plant may cause them to stare, leap, shake their heads and occasionally become aggressive. Generally the animal becomes relaxed and playful. When inhaled it produces stimulating effects, when chewed it sedates. Most common conditions Anxiety, nervousness and tension.

Chickweed Chickweed Stellaria media
Parts Used: Aerial parts; Freshly harvested leaves, flowers and stems
Nutritional Value: Chickweed supports the immune system and helps relief itchy skin. Chickweed is safe, delicious and nutritious and a digestive tonic resource for providing soothing, cooling relief for any form of minor irritation. Internally Chickweed acts to soothe, protect and mildly lubricate for the digestive tract.
Emotional level: Delicate, calming, gentle, anxiety, worry, and stress.

Linseed Linseed Linum usitatissimum
Parts Used: Seeds
Actions: Nutritive, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant tonic
Strongest Affinities: Skin, nervous system, digestive system
Common Uses: Linseed is rich in Protein, research suggests that its health benefits probably have more to do with its fatty acid and fibre profile.42% of Linseed is composed of oil of which is 70% polyunsaturated fat- a healthy fat. Linseed plant oil is cold pressed from flaxseeds/linseeds unprocessed and contains a unique balance of Omega 3 and 6 which are known as essential fatty acids. Omega 3 accounts for one quarter of all cell membranes in the body and enables the body to absorb important nutrients. Linseed Oil contains a host of amino acids, anti-oxidants and phyto- nutrients.
Nutritional Value: Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is the true essential Omega 3 fatty acid and has many important functions, it is used for energy and converts to long chain Omega 3 fat such as eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid ( DHA).Like humans, animals cannot manufacture this internally and cannot survive basis. ALA helps, prevent heart disease, stroke, reduces inflammation and auto-immune diseases such as itching and scratching that can accompany them. It promotes healthy skin, and a shiny coat. It also encourages strong healthy nails.

Nettle Urtica diolica
Parts Used: Areial parts; leaves and stems of the plant
Actions: Blood, skin, eyes, nutritive, diuretic, astringent, circulatory stimulant
Common uses: Nettles are a rich source of Vitamin C, Iron, sodium, chlorophyll, silca, protein and dietary fibre. It is an excellent blood cleanser and conditioner. Because of the high Vitamin C content iron is absorbed more effectively by the body. Nettles stimulate the circulation, which makes them ideal for conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis and is one of nature's best nutraceuticals. Nettle is delicious, nutritious and rich in healing properties.
Emotional Level: Protection, revitalise, stamner, adapting.

Marigold Marigold Calendula Calendula officinalis
Parts used: Petals and flower heads
Nutritional Value: Calendula is widely known and used for skin and gastric complaints. It contains essential oil and pro vitamin A. It is used internally for gastric ulcers and inflammation, highly nutritious and being rich in sulphur has excellent blood cleansing and anti- fungal actions. It is helpful with skin conditions in dogs and cats with a poor coat and dull eyes.
Emotional level: Steady, focused, vibrant, confidence, happiness, empowerment, brings on the "sunshine feel" (up-lifting) trauma and warmth

Dried Mint Mint Mentha piperita
Parts used: Leaves
Nutritional Value: Mint is one of the best digestive aims available due to an ingredient called menthol which helps soothe and relax digestive track. Assists with aches and pains, calms the stomach and is nourishing, cleansing and opens up the airways. Fresh mentally clearing, alert yet grounded and helps alleviate boredom.
Emotional level: Refreshing, lively, calming on the stomach, focused and clarity.

Rosehips Rosehip Rosa canina
Parts used: Fresh or dried hips
Nutritional Value: Highly nutritious and supports the immune system. The hips are a rich source of Vitamin C, K, and A, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and contains biotin for healthy nails. Rosehips are excellent for use as spring tonic and serves as a tasty nutritious supplement for animals.
Emotional level: Calming, peace, past and present, trauma, love, trust, uplifting opening the heart, loss