Solomon Seal: The musculoskeletal healing Wizard

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I can’t believe it’s day 5! I’ve been working in my garden lately and whooeeshh between the heat and the ripping of big weeds my back has been tight and inflammed.  It made me think about one of my favorite root remedy for inflammation and strengthening of the musculoskeletal system Solomon Seal. I always reach for Solomon Seal - both in a tincture and oil - this is hands down one of my favorite powerhouse herbs for arthritis, rheumatism, joint injuries, spine injuries and so much more.

When I first started learning about plants medicinal uses, I knew I had this in my yard - I loved the height and structure at the back of my garden and how it loved the shady wet corner.   I didn’t realize that the beautiful “ornamental” Polygonatum biflorum or Solomon Seal was actually a wealth of healing. With it’s beautifully long stalk with alternating deep green leaves which produces little white umbel flowers in the spring underside that the hummingbirds can come in and sip the nectar.   I don’t really use the leaves but it’s the root a delicate tuber that is all weaved in and out of each other that I love to harvest and make medicine out of. This year I was blessed with three pounds of this “miracle” root from a friend of a friend who ethically and sustainable maintains his patch in southwest Virginia.  It was a blessed day having those roots in the shop all gnarly and yet sweet to munch on with there starch tuber roots. I had this feeling of euphoria and then dreaming of sharing this potent healer with as many folks as I possibly can. Plant it, harvest it and use it in your day to day and then share away. There is so much empowerment in plant powered wellness I can’t help but share more.


It’s so exciting to use medicine that has a path and a history -- I learned about solomon seal as one of my first herbs through my teacher, Matt Wood an eclectic herbalist and general genius at for Western herbalism.  This is hands down my favorite musculoskeletal herbs for supporting and strengthen the entire system by soothing inflamed tissues, moistening the respiratory tract, nourishing during menopause and for my creaky back, it promotes flexibility and I LOVE it for repetitive motion injuries such as tendencitious as an oil and as a tincture.  It’s in our aptly named: Joint Juice. Why that terrible name, one I couldn’t think of anything else yet and two It supports the ligaments and tendons and by tightening and loosening them as needed.

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More from the herbalist eye:


Key energetics:  Moistening and cooling

Also known as:

Fragrant Solomon's Seal, Lady's Seals, Saint Mary's Seal, Sealwort, Sigillum Sanctae Mariae, Yu Zhu, Angular Solomon's Seal, True Solomon's Seal, Dropberry, Sealroot, American Solomon's Seal, King Solomon's Seal, King Solomon's-seal, Small Solomon's Seal, Sow's Teats, Dropberry, He Shou Wu, Mahmeda, Meda.

Family: Asparagaceae


Habitat: Grows in the Northeast and Midwest as a shade loving woodland plant that will spread rapidly when in good soil and has space to grow.  


Taste: Sweet

Plant Spirit: I also use it on an energetic level for strengthening and acting as a protectorant herb especially when used with vervain and agrimony.


Herbal actions and details:

Mild Sedative - soothes nervousness, distress, irritation and inflammation associated with muscles and connective tissues, bursae, menstrual cramps etc with this 3-7 drop dosage on this.

Vulnerary - (meaning wound healing) works on sprains and strains inflamed tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.


Demulcent: (mucilaginous herb meaning it’s slimy and coating) it is cooling, soothing and moistening for throat lungs and skin. Indications specific for dry coughs - as a tea.  


Tonic herb: Toning the kidneys, heart and reproductive organs and soothing on the digestive system -- can be beneficial to the skin.  


Anti-rheumatic

Eases pain, infection in the joints, inflammation.  On connective tissues it works on stiffness, injury, overuse, underuse and lack of nourishment and detox to the connective tissue.


Adaptogenic: Helps to adapt internally to bones, connective tissues, joints etc  by boosting up the immune system. It also directly “feeds” the irritated joints and cleanses by reducing inflammation.  

Diuretic & mild laxative: increases the secretion, flow of urine by flushing the body of toxins and excess water and kidney support.


Anti Inflammatory:  One of the constitutions in solomon's seal is allantoin and may counteract the inflammatory response for injuries related to the muscular-skeletal systems.


Other herbalist have used solomon seal for moistening of the lungs when irritated, as an expectorant and as a cardiovascular tonic.  I can’t speak to these yet but I will definitely be adding this to the list of possibilities.


References:  

As always: Matt Wood - who first taught me and many others the beautiful benefits and history of this herb http://www.woodherbs.com/TrueSolomonSeal.html

Jim Mcdonald for the use and especially harvesting techniques: https://www.herbcraft.org/solseal.html

I also referenced for a lot of info that I didn’t even know : http://www.solomonsseal.net/abouttheplant.html for the really cool zone chart on plantings… and the contra-indications below:


“Solomon's Seal is safe for most adults when taken for short time periods. As with many herbs and medications, it may cause some side effects such as diarrhea, stomach complaints, and nausea when taken for long time periods or in large doses. The serving size suggested for taking the herb as a tincture or tea have very minimal risk. However, it is sensible to create a protocol that does not create a dependency, such as 6 days of ingestion to 1 day off, or 10-14 days ingestion and 2-3 days off.Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Solomon's Seal during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, as with taking any drug or medication, consultation with a medical practitioner may be appropriate



Diabetes: Solomon's Seal might decrease blood sugar levels. There is potential that it might interfere with blood sugar control. If you use Solomon's seal and take diabetes medications, monitor your blood sugar closely. Again, medical consultation may be appropriate.



Surgery: Solomon's Seal might lower blood sugar levels. It might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery.”








DISCLAIMER

Colleen O’Bryant s a trained herbalist and not a licensed doctor or registered healthcare practitioner. She cannot and does not claim to diagnose health conditions, nor prescribe medicines. Colleen O’Bryant does not claim that the information and products she provides to Client will prevent, alleviate, or cure any diseases or medical conditions. The information and products Colleen and Wild Roots Apothecary provides is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal products, particularly if you have a known medical condition, allergy or if you are pregnant or nursing. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, drug, supplement, or doing any new exercises. Wild Roots Apothecary statements and products have not been evaluated by the FDA and they are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. Client understands that Colleen is not yet certified by the American Herbalists Guild, but by working with clients such as yourself she is gaining the required hours of practice to apply towards her certification.


Wild Roots Apothecary does not claim to be a pharmacy or prescribe medicines. Additionally, Wild Roots does not claim to be able to cure or relieve the client's specific condition or illness with the herbal formulations or recommendations provided. .


I can’t believe it’s day 5! I’ve been working in my garden lately and whooeeshh between the heat and the ripping of big weeds my back has been tight and inflammed.  It made me think about one of my favorite root remedy for inflammation and strengthening of the musculoskeletal system Solomon Seal. I always reach for Solomon Seal - both in a tincture and oil - this is hands down one of my favorite powerhouse herbs for arthritis, rheumatism, joint injuries, spine injuries and so much more.

When I first started learning about plants medicinal uses, I knew I had this in my yard - I loved the height and structure at the back of my garden and how it loved the shady wet corner.   I didn’t realize that the beautiful “ornamental” Polygonatum biflorum or Solomon Seal was actually a wealth of healing. With it’s beautifully long stalk with alternating deep green leaves which produces little white umbel flowers in the spring underside that the hummingbirds can come in and sip the nectar.   I don’t really use the leaves but it’s the root a delicate tuber that is all weaved in and out of each other that I love to harvest and make medicine out of. This year I was blessed with three pounds of this “miracle” root from a friend of a friend who ethically and sustainable maintains his patch in southwest Virginia.  It was a blessed day having those roots in the shop all gnarly and yet sweet to munch on with there starch tuber roots. I had this feeling of euphoria and then dreaming of sharing this potent healer with as many folks as I possibly can. Plant it, harvest it and use it in your day to day and then share away. There is so much empowerment in plant powered wellness I can’t help but share more.


It’s so exciting to use medicine that has a path and a history -- I learned about solomon seal as one of my first herbs through my teacher, Matt Wood an eclectic herbalist and general genius at for Western herbalism.  This is hands down my favorite musculoskeletal herbs for supporting and strengthen the entire system by soothing inflamed tissues, moistening the respiratory tract, nourishing during menopause and for my creaky back, it promotes flexibility and I LOVE it for repetitive motion injuries such as tendencitious as an oil and as a tincture.  It’s in our aptly named: Joint Juice. Why that terrible name, one I couldn’t think of anything else yet and two It supports the ligaments and tendons and by tightening and loosening them as needed.



More from the herbalist eye:


Key energetics:  Moistening and cooling

Also known as:

Fragrant Solomon's Seal, Lady's Seals, Saint Mary's Seal, Sealwort, Sigillum Sanctae Mariae, Yu Zhu, Angular Solomon's Seal, True Solomon's Seal, Dropberry, Sealroot, American Solomon's Seal, King Solomon's Seal, King Solomon's-seal, Small Solomon's Seal, Sow's Teats, Dropberry, He Shou Wu, Mahmeda, Meda.

Family: Asparagaceae


Habitat: Grows in the Northeast and Midwest as a shade loving woodland plant that will spread rapidly when in good soil and has space to grow.  


Taste: Sweet

Plant Spirit: I also use it on an energetic level for strengthening and acting as a protectorant herb especially when used with vervain and agrimony.


Herbal actions and details:

Mild Sedative - soothes nervousness, distress, irritation and inflammation associated with muscles and connective tissues, bursae, menstrual cramps etc with this 3-7 drop dosage on this.

Vulnerary - (meaning wound healing) works on sprains and strains inflamed tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.


Demulcent: (mucilaginous herb meaning it’s slimy and coating) it is cooling, soothing and moistening for throat lungs and skin. Indications specific for dry coughs - as a tea.  


Tonic herb: Toning the kidneys, heart and reproductive organs and soothing on the digestive system -- can be beneficial to the skin.  


Anti-rheumatic

Eases pain, infection in the joints, inflammation.  On connective tissues it works on stiffness, injury, overuse, underuse and lack of nourishment and detox to the connective tissue.


Adaptogenic: Helps to adapt internally to bones, connective tissues, joints etc  by boosting up the immune system. It also directly “feeds” the irritated joints and cleanses by reducing inflammation.  

Diuretic & mild laxative: increases the secretion, flow of urine by flushing the body of toxins and excess water and kidney support.


Anti Inflammatory:  One of the constitutions in solomon's seal is allantoin and may counteract the inflammatory response for injuries related to the muscular-skeletal systems.


Other herbalist have used solomon seal for moistening of the lungs when irritated, as an expectorant and as a cardiovascular tonic.  I can’t speak to these yet but I will definitely be adding this to the list of possibilities.


References:  

As always: Matt Wood - who first taught me and many others the beautiful benefits and history of this herb http://www.woodherbs.com/TrueSolomonSeal.html

Jim Mcdonald for the use and especially harvesting techniques: https://www.herbcraft.org/solseal.html

I also referenced for a lot of info that I didn’t even know : http://www.solomonsseal.net/abouttheplant.html for the really cool zone chart on plantings… and the contra-indications below:


“Solomon's Seal is safe for most adults when taken for short time periods. As with many herbs and medications, it may cause some side effects such as diarrhea, stomach complaints, and nausea when taken for long time periods or in large doses. The serving size suggested for taking the herb as a tincture or tea have very minimal risk. However, it is sensible to create a protocol that does not create a dependency, such as 6 days of ingestion to 1 day off, or 10-14 days ingestion and 2-3 days off.Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of Solomon's Seal during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, as with taking any drug or medication, consultation with a medical practitioner may be appropriate



Diabetes: Solomon's Seal might decrease blood sugar levels. There is potential that it might interfere with blood sugar control. If you use Solomon's seal and take diabetes medications, monitor your blood sugar closely. Again, medical consultation may be appropriate.



Surgery: Solomon's Seal might lower blood sugar levels. It might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery.”



DISCLAIMER

Colleen O’Bryant s a trained herbalist and not a licensed doctor or registered healthcare practitioner. She cannot and does not claim to diagnose health conditions, nor prescribe medicines. Colleen O’Bryant does not claim that the information and products she provides to Client will prevent, alleviate, or cure any diseases or medical conditions. The information and products Colleen and Wild Roots Apothecary provides is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal products, particularly if you have a known medical condition, allergy or if you are pregnant or nursing. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, drug, supplement, or doing any new exercises. Wild Roots Apothecary statements and products have not been evaluated by the FDA and they are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. Client understands that Colleen is not yet certified by the American Herbalists Guild, but by working with clients such as yourself she is gaining the required hours of practice to apply towards her certification.


Wild Roots Apothecary does not claim to be a pharmacy or prescribe medicines. Additionally, Wild Roots does not claim to be able to cure or relieve the client's specific condition or illness with the herbal formulations or recommendations provided. .

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