It’s Monday again, and just so you know there are only 13 more Mondays in 2013!!!! Boy where has the time got to? Well for today anyway here is a word for your pleasure?… or consideration?… or just because.
ALTERATIVE \ˈȯl-tə-ˌrāt-iv, -rət-\
Definition – a tonifying herb that restores proper body function and vitality to the blood by correcting impure conditions and improving its composition. Essentially meaning an herb that is tonic to the blood. Sometimes old herbals refer to alteratives and blood “sweeteners” or blood “purifiers”.
Blood is actually a liquid tissue and has specific functions in the body. So any herb with an alterative action will help correct and improve the function of the blood itself. Impurities often occur due to a malfunctioning of the organs of elimination. We have four primary eliminative channels: the bowel, the kidneys, the lungs, and the skin. Before an herbalist suggests an alterative, they need to know which organs are involved in causing the constipation of the blood. Some alteratives are stimulating and toing, and some are relaxing.
Some of the best used alteratives are Echinacea, Burdock root, Chaparral, Garlic, Plantain, Red Clover, Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Golden Seal, Nettles, and Yellow Dock.
I have used all of these in herbal tea, capsules, tinctures, and fomentations with excellent success. Red Clover is a sweet tasting tea and easy to grow and dry for later use. Employ alteratives for any infection, blood poisoning, animal bites, anemia, ulcers, inflammation, cancers, or malfunctioning organs.
Yellow Dock is a super blood builder, and loaded with lots of iron, sometimes as much as 40%!
English: Rumex crispus, Polygonaceae, Curly Do…
Love Life and Breathe Deep, Angela