Monday, July 07, 2014

{Herbal Learning Guide} Lesson 1D: Materia Medica - Herbs for the Nervous System

In this post we talked about the purpose keeping a reference binder and a Materia Medica. Each lesson in the Herbal Learning Guide has a selection of herbs for your to research and study on your own. Use at least three reference guides (see list here) to research the herbs. Create a Materia Medica based on this research. The Materia Medica that you keep will be your own personal reference guide on the herbs that you have studied.

Remember to include:
1. Botanical Name
2. Common Name(s)
3. Habitat and Growing Conditions
4. Pertinent Information on the Plant
5. Your Personal Experience with the Plant
6. Sources – The Reference Books Used, Author, and Page Numbers

 Visit this page to download a blank Materia Medica Form to fill out and use in your reference binder.

In order to really understand the herbs, you have to know what they taste, feel, and act like. One of the most important parts of your research is to purchase or harvest each of the herbs in your Materia Medica and to try at least a small amount of it. Remember to record your feelings on the flavor and effect.

Materia Medica for the Nervous System
     1. Scullcap (Scutellaria Lateriflora)
     2. Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis)
     3. Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis and related species)
     4. Lobelia (Lobelia Inflata)
     5. Catnip (Nepeta Cataria)
     6. Wood Betony (Betonica Officinalis)
     7. Hops (Humulus Lupulus)
     8. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum)

Optional Herbs to Study for the Nervous System
The following herbs are great to know for the nervous system and will help you create more recipes:
1. Oats (Avena Sativa)
2. California Poppy (Eschscholzia California)
3. Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
4. Feverfew (Chrysanthemum Parthenium and Tanacetum Parthenium)
5. Ginseng (Panax Ginseng and related species)
6. Gota Kola (Centella Asiatica)
7. Gingko (Gingko Biloba)

Homework for this lesson:
1. Research each of the herbs above using at least three references. Either download the blank Materia Medica form and fill it out as your research or keep your own notes.
2. Purchase, wildcraft, or grow a small amount of each of the herbs in the Materia Medica for the Nervous System listed above. It is only necessary to purchase ½ to 1 ounce. Prepare a small amount of each herb, try it, and record your thoughts and feelings about the herb, the flavor, and any effects and sensations you feel.

If you need any clarification or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.

To view the main page of your Herbal Learning Guide, including the link to other lessons, please click here.

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  1. I learn allot from reading your blogs.. Thanks for the lessons and keep them coming.

  2. I love checking out your herbal education series. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I know a lot about fruit and vegetable nutrition, but I don't use many herbs, so unfortunately I know very little about them as well. Using and be educated about herbs is something I really should invest in. I don't even use salt and pepper really. Yikes!

  4. thank you for the informative post! it's good to know the natural herbs and things that can help with your nervous system, and other parts of your body for natural healing.

  5. I love finding out the focus of herbs. It is fun to create something that helps you right when you need it.

  6. Great tutorial on what needs to be included. Thanks for the great idea!

  7. I would love to learn more about Chamomile and Ginseng and how they relate to the nervous system.

  8. This is definitely something worth checking out. I wonder if it would help anxiety? Amber N

  9. Lots of great info that I did not know. Thanks for sharing it!

  10. This is great information and a very good task to do! I think doing and researching by yourself you can learn so much more!

  11. Your herbal posts have been very educational

  12. This is great information that i never knew before,Really helpful thank you for sharing.

  13. I love learning medicinal herbs because I grew up using a lot of them. It is a common treatment being use in my country in Asia. Thanks for the lesson guide.

  14. This really would take quite a bit of studying to get it all logged in the memory banks. It sounds like you're doing a great series here.

  15. I've been hearing a lot about this! Thanks for sharing!

  16. I've just recently started looking into using herbs and essential oils and this post is great info to help me organize the data I collect about what I'm using. Pinning this right now, thanks!

  17. I've just recently started looking into using herbs and essential oils and this post is great info to help me organize the data I collect about what I'm using. Pinning this right now, thanks!

  18. I love the natural approach verses over the counter, I so need to utilize the natural methods more.

  19. This is great to have handy, thanks! Pinning!