Herb of the Day: Magnolia

( Magnolia liliiflora for M. denudata )

the herb is characterized in traditional Chinese medicine as acid and warm. It grows in several Chinese provinces, magnolia is harvested in the early spring , before its flowers unfold.

More accurately described as magnolianolia buds, this herb is the unopened magnolia flower. Chinese practitioners prescribe it for blocked nasal and sinus passages. In test tube studies, it seemed to inhabit the growth of several fungi on the skin. The best quality buds are green and dry, they should include none of the stems and branches.
Magnolia buds are available in bulk at Chinese pharmacies, Asian markets, and some Western health food stores. When you buy this herb in bulk at a Chinese pharmacy, the buds should be broken and the hairy outer layer removed, this must be done before cooking in order for the herb to be effective. Magnolia flowers are mixed with xanthium, angelica, and field mint to treat nasal congestion ans sinus headaches. Mixed with chrysanthemum flowers for frontal sinusitis. You will need to consult a herbal practitioner for other mixtures and doses.
Aids with: nasal congestion, discharge, sinus headaches, other sinus disorders.
Precautions are, overdoes can cause dizziness and red eyes.


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