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The flower appers before the leaves WHAT THOSE These bold yellow flowers that mysteriously appear before its leaves in the spring in Northeastern USA are the herb Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara). It is native to Europe and parts of Asia.

The name ‘Tussilago’ comes from the Latin ‘tussis’ which means cough). Traditionally herbalists around the world used this herb for the lungs. Some herbalist have used it for coughs including whooping cough, sore throats, asthma, bronchitis and other inflammations. Other herbalist have applied fresh bruised leaves to boils and abscesses.

While Coltsfoot’s young leaves can be used in moderation as a salt substitute, they also contain traces of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which is a defense mechanism against insect herbivores.  It should NOT be used with small children or when pregnant. 

Folk lore tells us that Coltsfoot also can bring love, peace, and tranquility, which sounds the same as Usui Reiki Ryoho except that Usui Reiki is safe for all people, pets, wildlife, etc.





Kindness is #1 in also raising your serotonin level. Doing an act of kindness from your heart, being the thankful receiver of a kind act, or seeing with appreciation all raise both.  
Following are a few of the most common herbs that have helped others increase their immune system as long as you are not taking prescription medications or have allergies to others in theor plant families.  
Astragalus Root (astragalus membranaceus) has helped others in being an immune stimulant that can strengthen Ki/Qi, digestion, the function of both the lungs & kidneys, and enhance natural immune cells that fight cancer. 
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) for centuries was used a spring tonic.  It is a source of protein, and is high in vitamins A, D, E, B6, and K.  Also contains calcium, magnesium, chlorophyll, phosphorous, iron, potassium, and helps lower cholesterol.
Black Elder (Sambucus nigra) and Elderberry (Sambucus candensis) are have helped other in the treatment of colds and influenza. Short term use of Sambucus nigra syrup has been used for relief from the symptoms that come with colds and the flu.
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is mainly used for respiratory, glands, mucous membranes, and pain. It is also sometimes used for rheumatism and swollen joints.
Echinacea angustifolia has helped some people to resolve immune imbalances caused by viruses. PLEASE NOTE–Anyone that has MS should avoid using Echinacea purpurea and  angustifolia.   
Immune system supporters also include: positive attitude, meditation, self-love, melting stress and Gendai Reiki-ho & Komyo Reiki Kai  that has not been altered. 








At those times Elder can be a helpful herb to have in your medicine cabinet.

The dark purple berries of Elderberry (Sambucus canadenis) are commonly used for colds, and inflamed & swollen tonsils.

Black Elder flowers (Sambucus nigra) are used for the treatment of colds and influenza.  While Sambucus nigra syrup can give you relief from those symptoms that come with colds and the flu, repeated long-term use can produce unpleasant symptoms.

Externally, the Elder berries and flowers can be used for wasps and bee stings as well as taking the heat out of burns. 

It is good to note that the roots, stems and leaves of Sambucus canadenis and Sambucus nigra should only be used by an experienced herbalist, and Sambucus racemosa is the most toxic.






Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) aching bones and broken bones because it stimulates circulation to the lining of the bones. Note that Boneset and Dandelion are also use to aid with Lyme disease.


Hawthorn, (crataegus oxyacantha, or c. monogyna) blends with the season. At one time it was considered sacred because it is believed that by tradition it furnished the crown of thorns for Christ.  It has also long been the symbol of hope and ancient Greek brides carried in on their wedding day.  The Romans placed Hawthorn in cradles to guard the child from evil spirits.

The berries or fruit were traditionally used, but today many herbalists recognize the therapeutic benefits that are gained only when a “whole-plant preparation” is used.  Herbalist David Hoffmann  summed up the use of Hawthorn when he wrote, “This wonderful gift of nature is the most valuable remedy for the cardiovascular system found in the plant kingdom.”   Hawthorn does not produce rapid results, but they are persistent once achieved.

Care should be taken if wildcrafting; there are 100 – 1,000 species in North America, and scratches on the eye by the thorns of all species hawthorn can cause blindness .

No adverse effects from ingestion of Hawthorn have been documented, although toxicity has only been documented on very high does.  The same as any plant some individuals might be sensitive to Hawthorn, and is always best to consult a doctor if you are taking prescription medication.





as a tonic in the true sense for most cardiovascular diseases, but he goes on to say the therapeutic benefits are gained only when a “whole-plant preparation” is used.


Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) add to the beauty of a garden and also discourages unwelcome insects. It is one the plants that brings me extra smiles in my yard because each year I find it growing in new places, while not always growing where it grew the year prior.

In a tincture it can give relief from insect bites  Putting Feverfew blossoms in witch hazel for 14 ro 21 days while shaking at least twice each day can take the itch out of a mosquito bite.

In the Middle Ages it was commonly used to minimize a hang-over resulting from alcohol or recreational drugs.

Being an anti-inflammatory and vasodilator in many cases it can be used in place of aspirin. It has been found helpful in reducing migraines, fever and arthritis.

On the other hand it can thin the blood and should not be taken internally prior to surgery or by anyone pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Use of it with very young children is questionable (Mark Pedersen).




Clicking here or on HEALING HERBS at the top of the page and read more about some of the healing properties of various herbs.

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Even with all the snow fun and holidays some people can catch the winter blues. Healing herbs and Usui Reiki can fix that.


Listening to your body is one of the things you learn when studying Gendai Reiki-ho.

When was the last time you experienced hay fever or asthma and you had a craving for an apple?  There is s good reason for such cravings.

Quercetin and Bioflavonoids found in the rind of organic apples and red onions are chemically similar to a popular drug used to treat hay fever, some viruses, arthritis and asthma. Both are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

Alfalfa (has been used to lower cholesterol) and Kelp (has been used to help prevent cancer & support the nervous system if the person using is not sensitive iodine) are also anti-inflammatory. Reading on my healing herbs page or through an herb consultation you see each herb has several different properties.

It is good to remember that you can be sensitive to anything you ingest, you smell or your skin comes in contact with. This is where the awareness gained as you progress on your path of self-growth in the levels or Gendai Reiki-ho or other styles honoring the original quintessence in which Usui Reiki Ryoho was created and practiced.




With the Winter Solstice December 21st some people might experience SAD, especially when the sun is not shinning brightly during the brief daylight hours.




Then add in for six days on and one day off Astragalus Root (astragalus membranaceus) to your diet. It helps the body to defend itself against some of those colds that come with winter.


Mix these healing herbs with pure Usui Reiki and you begin to see what others see when they talk about a winter wonder land.





September 2020  —

Goldenseal root (Hydrastis Canadensis) often used with Echinacea purpurea or Echinacea angustifolia has become one of the most overused herbs in today’s market.

It is now so rare in the wild that it has become endangered.


Golden Seal is an antibacterial and is best known for its internal use with sinusitis, strengthening the disks in the spinal column, and varicose veins.

It is best known for its external use with diabetic ulcers on the skin.


For congestion goldenseal does not show positive results until the mucus has broken up.


Substitutes for Goldenseal include Barberry Root (berberis vulgaris), which has antibacterial activity like its sister Oregon grape root (Berberis aquifolium).

Any of the Berberis species are good  substitutes for the over harvested goldenseal.

Wood Betony (Stachys Officinalis/Betonica Officinalis) also helps with sinus challenges.


Goldenseal has been used to help those who feel as though they have a hemorrhage of the emotional energy from the solar plexus.

On the other hand,  Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) has been used to help with constricted Qi/ki, frustration and anger.


Anyone with hypoglycemia may experience a drop in their blood sugar when using Goldenseal.   Anyone pregnant should also avoid goldenseal.












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Astragalus Root (astragalus membranaceus) is in the licorice tribe of the pea subfamily of the rose order. an immune stimulant that has been used to strengthen Ki/Qi, digestion, the function of both the lungs and kidneys, and enhance natural immune cells that fight cancer. The name was originally given because of the rattling seedpods of one Mediterranean species sounded like rolling dice made from anklebones.

It is generally used to help the body to defend itself, rather than directing to defeat any one disease and falls in the warm category of Chinese Medicine.

Nevertheless it has been used a) with Burdock root to help shrink tumors b) to help with night sweats and invigorates c) to protect against stress d) to improve the appetite e) to help build rich blood and restore bone marrow f) to help with the complications of poor circulation such as high blood pressure and failure to heal wounds in Diabetics .

However, it is best to avoid with acute infections, and is a diuretic.

Did you also know — The American species may be chemically similar to the Chinese herb, but do not expect the same healing properties. Some species contain poisonous alkaloids, so not recommended for you to grow yourself.

And  . . . Astragalus propinquus (Huang-qi) is a different Chinese herb that has at least twelve species, that I know of, and several English translated names. In Chinese medicine this is often given to strengthen the Lung Qi.







Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) for centuries was used a spring tonic, and for inflammations including arthritis and rheumatism.

It contains the eight essential amino acids, including at least one known to have anti-tumor activity.
It is high in vitamins A, D, E, B6, and K and contains calcium, magnesium, chlorophyll, phosphorous, iron, potassium, and several digestive enzymes.

It has been used to reduce tissue damage caused by radiotherapy, and to inhibit increases in blood cholesterol levels.

As a tea mixed with mint it has been used to aid in the process of digestion.

Best to avoid when pregnant, and if taking any prescription medications without first consulting your medical care professional.

Perhaps all this is why it is commonly used around the world as an animals feed.






Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis) was served in the Western salons for reasons other than you might think.

The root is used, and in the 15th century explorers of the new world took it to Europe for a cure for syphilis; it is alterative, antrheumatic, diuretic and diaphoretic.

It has mainly helped people with rheumatism arthritis and skin challenges such as psoriasis.

it is thought of as a blood purifier that acts mainly on the colon.

Perhaps those cowboys who drank sarsaparilla tonic instead of whisky knew that it also contains constituents with properties that aid testosterone activity in the body.

Breathing challenges can occur in some people on exposure to sarsaparilla dust or the grounded form of it.





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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) can do more than simply flavor your foods and increase your appetite.

As a final hair rinse it provides body, enhances natural curl and helps to repel those flying insects that bite away. When massaged into the scalp it helps to promote hair growth and prevent premature balding.

Rosemary is a circulatory and nervine stimulant that can have a toning and calming effect on digestion. It has been used where psychological tension is present and has helped some people with depression, headaches, and muscular pain. Added to the bath it can be refreshing and stimulating for a sluggish body.

In the middle ages rosemary was grow in gardens to attract elves and keep them young. In the 14th and 15th century it was burned in homes to keep away the Black Death. 

Dried leaves used in cooking have been found to reduce the amount of heterocyclic amines that can increase the risk of cancer. Rosemary oil applied externally has helped some with rheumatism.

Always know how to use each way in which an herb is prepared before using. If Rosemary oil is ingested poisoning can occur.

The techniques for making herbal medicine remain simple as long as the person preparing knows when to harvest what part of the herb growing in organic soil and clean air, and how to safely use what he or she prepares.



Eyebright (Euphrasia Officinalis) as the name indicates is most often used for the eyes.

When the autumn leaves begin to fall it can stir up allergic reactions in some people.  Eyebright is one herb that can help with itchy watering eyes. Some herbalists use as an eyewash or compress when the herb is grown in a controlled area and prepared in sterilized process; it is used in some commercial products for eye care.

Looking at the small elegant flower it seems to be telling you that it will help you’re your eyes health.

Taken internally it has helped with inflammation, stinging and weeping eyes sometimes called dry eyes, as well as over-sensitivity to light.

Due to its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties it is used for sinusitis and other congestive challenges such as colds and hay fever.

According to Pederson it can enhance liver functions in being a blood purifier, yet it is weaker in action than burdock root






Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnate) has a sedating effect on central nervous system activity. It is also hypotensive and antispasmodic; it has been used to lower blood pressure and relieve insomnia.

It promotes restful sleep without the hangover effect felt with narcotics.

Taken with Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) it can help with headaches coming from stress and emotional upset.

Many people have found it helpful in nerve pain such as neuralgia and the viral infection of nerves called shingles.






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In the warm weather one of the best places to sit outside is in a pennyroyal patch.

European Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) gets its Latin name from pulex, which is flea, because of its power to repel fleas and ticks.

It also repels mosquitoes, and being a member of the mint family mice and ants stay away from where it is growing.

While Pennyroyal oil can be used as a topical insect repellant it is best if only an experienced herbalist use it internally as when used incorrectly it can be toxic.

One of the places I grow pennyroyal is around my Echinacea, because it helps to back off Japanese beetles without using harsh chemicals.  Being a member of the mint family, the same as other mints, it does not do well growing with others in the mint family.


Some ants also do not like green sage. Mosquitoes, moths and others do not like lavender or rosemary.  Houseflies keep their distance from Sweet Basil.  Hyssopus officinalis  repels some unwanted garden pest, but attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

It spread and is perennial if grown warmer climates.  In Europe it has been used by experienced herbalist in preparations for colds, to relieve pain, gastrointestinal discomfort, and to aid in menstruation problems. However, it has also been used to induce abortion, so should not be used by anyone at any time during pregnancy.

Even though it was commonly used for cooking in the Middle Ages, unless you know this plant well or are an Herbalist with experience it is best to only grow in your garden to keep pests at bay. Like many herbs once you know its properties, you can safely enjoy its benefits. On those warm summer days, relaxing in a pennyroyal patch can be very pleasant.











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Valerian (Valeriana officinalisis well known for its sedative properties even though one in approximately twenty people reacts to Valerian as being energized. All herbs have different properties, and one of the early names for Valerian was “all heal”.

It is also antispasmodic, and has been used for reliving gas, spasms, mild pains,  nervous dyspepsia, promoting the natural process of slipping into sleep, relaxing muscles, uterine cramps, stomach cramps, intestinal colic, mild hypotensive, reducing joint tension, muscle cramps, soothing the digestive system, relieve coughs,  prevent altitude sickness, and general symptoms of stress. 

It is said to help overcome addictions, and Valerian preparation were used to treat childhood behavioral disorders.  It has also been used during wars for shell shock or “bombing neurosis”. 

Valerian is primarily a nervine with a stimulating warming nature. It does not work well for those who tend to have too great a blood flow to the brain and to great a nerve force already.

It is also a good remedy for excessive caffeine intake; some of the round root can easily be added to ground coffee while brewing. 

Retelling of the legend of Pied Piper credit valerian along with music as the reason he was able to charm the rats into following him out of Hamelin. In 18th Century apothecaries, the quality of Valerian root was determined by the way in which cats reacted to it because of their attraction to the scent.  While to humans it often smells like dirty sock, it is said to intoxicate cats and attract rats; one legend says it repels rats.

Valerian is not related to Valium and does not impair the ability to drive or operate machinery.  

However, in large doses Valerian causes vomiting and dizziness. As with anything you put into your body it can act differently with each person.  It is best to be taken on an occasional basis and if daily for no longer than a few weeks.  As with all herbs, you take for six days and then stop for a day before taking for another six days only if needed. 

Unless directed by a qualified professional, prolonged use or large doses should be avoided.



Chamomile, camomile or Roman Chamomile (anthemis nobilis; matricaris recutita; chamaemelum nobile) an herb with small daisy like flowers in the family Aster is known for more than its relaxing properties for mind and body. An infusion drunk in a small amount has been used to aid in digestion help with a fever. Used with skullcap it is a soothing tea for headaches.                                                                                                                                                                           Because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties it has also been used for loss of vision, nerve damage, kidney damage, benign as well as malignant tumors, and carcinomas of the liver, stomach, mouth, skin and brain by qualified herbalists and some in the medical scientific fields.

However, people who are sensitive to rag weed can be sensitive to it, and it can negatively interact with Warfarin.



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“Everyone is born with the right to be healthy and live with happiness, and the path of Usui Reiki helps us to fulfill that






Chamomile, camomile or Roman Chamomile (anthemis nobilis; matricaris recutita; chamaemelum nobile) an herb with small daisy like flowers in the family Aster is known for more than its relaxing properties for mind and body.
An infusion drunk in a small amount has been used to aid in digestion help with a fever. Used with skullcap it is a soothing tea for headaches.
Because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties it has also been used for loss of vision, nerve damage, kidney damage, benign as well as malignant tumors, and carcinomas of the liver, stomach, mouth, skin and brain by qualified herbalists and some in the medical scientific fields.

However, people who are sensitive to rag weed can be sensitive to it, and it can negatively interact with Warfarin.






“Everyone is born with the right to be healthy and live with happiness, and the path of Usui Reiki helps us to fulfill that right” — Roberta R. Barnes © 2002




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The name ‘Tussilago’ comes from the Latin ‘tussis’ which means cough.


In moderation it has been used for chronic or acute bronchitis, irritating coughs, whooping cough and asthma








flowers that heal your skin

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) also called potted marigold appears in yellow and Halloween orange, offering the nice treat of helping to  brighten your spirit and heal your body.

When many flowers have retired for the summer these bold flowers continue to bring a bit of sunshine to our gardens until there is a serious frost.

 Marigold is in the same family as Arnica (Arnica montana); the first clue to its wound-healing and anti-microbial properties.

The sap from Calendula’s stem having antifungal properties was well known in earlier days for removing warts, corns, and callous.

The fresh flowers used in massage and bath oils, a slave, or poultice can help with dry skin, bruises, burns, shingles, and other skin eruptions.

If you have those winter blues reflect back on an old English tradition, which was to pick and dry the Calendula flowers so in the winter months they could be added to stews to help fight off colds and fevers.

Even if a cold had not formed, seeing those splashes of sunshine on your plate can life your spirits on winter’s cold dark days.

It is not surprising that Calendula officinalis flowers have also helped some people with SAD.

However, Calendula should not be used internally during pregnancy, or in open wounds. It is best to try in a small area first to see if you are sensitive to marigolds.











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