3 Herbs

Big exam coming up this weekend on herbs. I need to know by heart 42 different herbs, including Latin and common names, actions (the effect the herb exerts on the body) and indications (conditions or symptoms the herb would typically be prescribed for). Generally if you know the actions, you can surmise the indications. It’s harder to do it the other way around- a herb might be good for reflux, but is it lowering acid, protecting membranes or preventing gastric juices from rising into the oesophagus? Anyway, I’ve got all the names down pat and most of the actions and indications. All but three. It’s like my brain has reached capacity. I’ve read these three more than any others but they just won’t stick! Perhaps you can remember them for me:

1. Euphorbia hirta: Euphorbium is the only herb on my list that is antiprotozoal, meaning it may be able to treat amoebic dysentery. It’s also useful for other gastrointestinal infections as well as upper respiratory infection
2. Baptisia tinctoria: Wild Indigo is used for infections and as a depurative- Depuratives gently cleanse the body usually through a mild laxative action. They a re not as harsh as a detoxifying action and are usually used for skin conditions or gentle, long term cleansing.
3. Albizia lebbek: known simply as Albizia, this is a herb I should remember well as its anti allergic, and I get terrible hayfever! It’s used for coughing and asthma- more for pollen initiated springtime coughs than chronic infection or the like

Apart from my exam, I have other exciting news- my practical week starts Monday! I’m going to be studying under a wonderful naturopath whom I have never met, but heard many good stories about. I’m told she’s very easy to get along with and more importantly, is a very experienced, respected practitioner. I’m nervous as anything! I’m terrified of making a bad impression, looking like an idiot, not being invited back…. Or worse, somehow failing the clinic. I think have to seriously stuff up for that though, and I intend to do an amazing job and learn as much as I can while there.

The stress factor is really grabbing hold this week. I hate not knowing or having a really specific plan and I really haven’t finalised a few details of my clinic, like finishing time and how on earth I’ll cram my 35 hours into a single week when my supervisor doesn’t work Fridays! Toppe with exam jitters, the pile of work stuff to complete today, the upcoming EOFY workload… I started taking Kava today, which really settles my nerves and also numbs my tongue for a while after taking it. I’m also popping ginseng (a great little formula by Ethical Nutrients called Ginseng 5) for the next few days to keep my energy up, as I haven’t been sleeping (not insomnia, just a coughing hubby and a frequently waking toddler).

My plan for this weekend:
1. Fill my whiteboard with repetitive monographs on my three troublesome herbs, as well as list all the herbs by constituents (namely tannins, saponins, alkaloids) and actions (particularly immune, stress, GI and liver)
2. Do my exam!!!
3. Print out and look over alllll the paperwork I’ll need to complete during my clinic- logbooks, client consult forms etc
4. Hopefully organise some video assignments that should have been done weeks ago!
5. Watch a movie, probably tonight to give my poor brain a short holiday before embarking on my insanely stressful week
6. Drink a lot of coffee 🙂