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Country of Origin: Turkey
Great hot or cold. Used both for flavoring and health benefits. The chief dietetic value of apples lies in the malic and tartaric acids. Slightly laxative, and is beneficial in cases of habitual constipation. The juice of apples, without sugar, will often reduce acidity of the stomach; it becomes changed into alkaline carbonates, and thus corrects sour fermentation. A refreshing and agreeable drink for patients with fever. The Apple also acts as an excellent dentifrice, being a food that is not only cleansing to the teeth on account of its juices, but just hard enough to mechanically push back the gums so that the borders are cleared of deposits.
Ashwagandha Root
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Country of Origin: India
Ashwagandha root is an herb similar to ginseng (and sometimes called Indian ginseng), used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine. It is known as a vitality tonic and adaptive that is used alone or as an ingredient in compounds designed to target a variety of conditions. It may help improve sexual performance as well as fertility, and may help to reduce stress due to anxiety, fatigue and memory loss. The plant acts as a mild sedative, an anti-inflammatory and a libido booster. Ashwagandha also relaxes blood vessels and stimulates circulation and stimulates the activation of immune system cells, such as lymphocytes. As with many other herbs, expect to take this daily for 2-4 weeks before you begin to feel it's beneficial effects. CAUTION: Not to be used during pregnancy. May potentiate the effects of barbiturates
Astragalus Root
Certified Kosher
Country of Origin: Poland
Traditional Chinese medicine prescribes astragalus for maladies related to deficiencies of the "spleen," the energy body responsible for digesting food and "grounding" the energies of the body in the environment. Modern research shows that simple preparations of astragalus as a whole herb stimulate the immune system in several ways. It increases the number of stem cells in bone marrow, and encourages their maturity into active white blood cells. It stimulates the "germ-eating" white blood cells known as macrophages, activates T-cells and natural killer (NIK) cells, and increases the production of immune globulins. Usually taken with a variety of other herbs, astragalus as a whole herb eases chronic respiratory infections, aids in recovery from both cancer and the side effects of cancer therapy, and enhances health in HIV.
Basil Leaf
Certified Organic & Kosher
Country of Origin: Egypt
Sweet basil is the name for the common cooking basil, though there are several kinds of basil, sweet basil is the most common in culinary use. It is used to improve appetite and gently combat fatigue. Basil is a carminative and disinfectant. It has also been used as an aphrodisiac, and for melancholy and depression. The fresh picked leaves make a stimulating and refreshing tea.
Blue Violet Leaves
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Country of Origin: Croatia
As a tea, Blue Violet leaves are used as a blood purifier. They are very effective in healing and give prompt relief in internal ulcers. They are also helpful for tumors, boils, abscesses, pimples, swollen glands, and malignant growths. It is a successful remedy for coughs, colds, sores, sore throats, ulcers, bronchitis. It is very effective for whooping cough. It also relieves head congestion and headaches associated with colds and pressure from the sinuses. The leaves and flowers have both antiseptic and expectorant properties. Besides taking Blue Violet as a tea for colds it may be used as a throat gargle and placed in cough syrups and cough drops.
Burdock Root
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Country of Origin: Croatia
Also known as Lappa, Fox's Clote, Thorny Burr, Beggar's Buttons, Cockle Buttons, Love Leaves, Philanthropium, Personata, Happy Major and Clot-Bur. Burdock is nature's purification tonic. Burdock helps to cleanse the body from the inside out and is most useful in those conditions that can be traced back to liver disorders or a general overload of toxins in the system. It is well-known for its ability to cleanse the body as it is one of the best blood purifiers. It is also used in topical skin preparations such as salves, compresses and ointments. It is commonly used as a mild laxative and diuretic because it doesn’t cause side effects such as irritation and nausea. Burdock root also has all of the following useful properties: antibiotic, anti-fungal, diaphoretic, diuretic and antipyretic
Calendula Flowers
Certified Organic & Kosher
Country of Origin: Egypt
Also known as Gold-bloom, Marigold, Marybud and Pot Marigold. Calendula is used primarily to treat problems of the skin including such problems as chapped or dry skin, eczema, helping reduce the burn and inflammation with sunburn and even prevent problems with peeling later, varicose veins, bedsores, and wounds that are healing slowly. It is also used for problems with inflammation of the gums or a gargle for a sore throat. In addition, Calendula flowers are commonly used in the treatment of liver disorders and are thought to induce perspiration in case of fever, for it’s stimulant and diaphoretic properties. Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, immunostimulant. Calendula heals wounds as well as internal and external ulcers. Antiseptic, and improves blood flow to the affected area. Blood purifier. Also for stomach ailments and jaundice. Antifungal agent.
Cardamom Seed
Certified Organic
Country of Origin: Guatemala
Carminative, stimulant, aromatic, but rarely used alone; chiefly useful as an adjuvant or corrective. The seeds are helpful in indigestion, flatulence and kills the bacteria responsible for bad breath, giving a grateful but not fiery warmth. It has decongestant properties that make it useful in colds and congestion as well. Cardamom is also found in many aphrodisiac formulas in Asia. When chewed singly in the mouth the flavor is not unpleasant, and they are said to be good for colic and disorders of the head. In flavoring they are commonly combined with oils of Orange, Cinnamon, Cloves, and Caraway.
Chamomile Flowers
Certified Organic & Kosher
Country of Origin: Egypt
A gentle relaxant. Hair cleanser and conditioner for light colored hair. Relaxes an overactive and over contracted stomach and bowel while sedating the central nervous system, so countering anxiety and stress. Mild analgesic and antispasmodic. If you suffer from irritated skin, you can add a bath sachet of chamomile leaves to your tub to have soothing relief all over your skin. Women who suffer from yeast infections and other vaginal irritations will also benefit from chamomile infused baths. For puffy eyes, you may use a compress of chamomile to help relieve your swelling and relax your eyes. Those who suffer from gum disease such as gingivitis or any type of abscess in the mouth can use chamomile as a rinse or gargle. Rinsing the mouth with an infusion of chamomile can bring relief and fight infection to sore, inflamed gums.
Chrysanthemum Flowers
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Country of Origin: China
Also known as Ju Hua. Chrysanthemum tea has adenine, choline, vitamins A, B, amino acids, glycosides, volatile oil and more. Widely used because of its pungent efficacy in relieving toothache and in promoting a free flow of saliva. A blood purifier used in treating infections, arthritis, cancer and skin eruptions. Also used to counteract pneumonia, headaches and dizziness. It is a nerve energizer, detoxifier and blood vessel softener in Chinese medicine to maintain healthy cholesterol level, normal blood pressure, improve blood flow. Used to "sharpen the vision and hearing, calm the nerves and clear the brain", it remains one of the most important supplementary food items and longevity elixir in China. It is an ideal beverage for cold and flu season, and for general health. Chrysanthemums contains sulfites.
Cinnamon Bark 3% Oil
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Country of Origin: Indonesia
3% oil. Used mainly as a spice, however also beneficial in treating colds, coughing, wheezing, to warm the digestion, ease flatulence, vomiting and to ease menstrual cramps, heart, lower back and abdominal pains. An anticatarrhal, parasiticide, rubefacient and stimulant. One of the best tasting and least expensive herbs you can add to your routine to aid digestion. Some very interesting recent research suggests that cinnamon may help diabetics control their blood sugar. Cinnamon also is antibacterial so it helps to stop infection and beats back intestinal bugs. Cinnamon has been used as a medicine and spice for over 5,000 years. Early Egyptians used it in their embalming mixtures.
Clove Buds, Whole
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Country of Origin: Indonesia
Intensely aromatic and richly flavored, cloves have been a major player in the spice world since ancient times. Actually dried flower buds, you'll often find cloves in seasoning blends alongside cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. For nausea emesis, flatulence, languid indigestion and dyspepsia, and used chiefly to assist the action of other medicines. As a local irritant it stimulates peristalsis. It is a strong germicide, a powerful antiseptic, a feeble local anaesthetic applied to decayed teeth, and has been used with success as a stimulating expectorant in phthisis and bronchial troubles. Fresh infusion of Cloves contains astringent matter as well as volatile oil. The infusion and Clove water are good vehicles for alkalies and aromatics.
Cleavers Herb
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Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Cleavers is used both internally and externally. The plant contains organic acids, flavonoids, tannins, fatty acids, glycoside asperuloside, gallotannic acid and citric acid. It is an alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, aperient, astringent, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, tonic and vulnerary. It is often taken to treat skin problems such as seborrhoea, eczema and psoriasis, and as a general detoxifying agent in serious illnesses such as cancer. Many people have used cleavers to aid in the passage of stones and gravel from the kidneys and bladder and urinary problems. It has a mild laxative effect and stimulates the lymphatic system. Some find it helpful as an aid to losing weight. The plant contains the valuable constituent asperuloside, a substance that stimulates the uterus and affects blood vessels.
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Withania somniferous
Astragalus membranaceus
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Arctium lappa
Calendula officinalis
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Chrysanthemum morifolium
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Cat's Claw
Uncaria tomentosa
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Country of Origin: Peru
It is commonly used for digestive system disorders including diverticulitis, colitis, gastritis, ulcers, hemorrhoids, and leaky bowel syndrome. Also used for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Viral infections including shingles and cold sores, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, dermatitis, wound healing, parasites, Alzheimer's disease, asthma, hay fever, lupus, lyme disease and AIDS. cancer, gonorrhea, dysentery, birth control, bone pains, ADD and hyperactivity and "cleansing" the kidneys.
Chase Tree Berry
CAUTION: Can cause headache, dizziness, and vomiting. May be unsafe during pregnancy. May lower blood preasure. .Don't use it if you have leukemia. May cause the immune system to be more active. It's best to avoid using cat's claw without consulting with your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions. Stop taking cat's claw at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. Before taking cat's claw, talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking any medications that are changed by the liver.
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Country of Origin: USA
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The Chaste Tree Berry's scientific name is Vitex agnus castus, and it is also known as Abraham’s balm, monk’s pepper, chaste lamb-tree, safe tree, Indian-spice, wild pepper, chasteberry, vitex, agnus-castus, sauzgatillo (Spanish), gattilier agneau-chaste (French), kyskhetsträd (Swedish), Keuschbaum (German), munkapipar (Icelandic). Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) got its name from the anaphrodisiac quality purported since its early use. Monks used to chew the berries and leaves of this tree to reduce the urges of the flesh. It was even given at convents to nuns to reduce the chances of succumbing to sexual desires. This use isn‘t scientifically proven, but it has deep roots traditionally.
This plant has been used for menstrual difficulties for over 2500 years, with its earliest uses documented during early Roman and Greek history. The berries contain various alkaloids and flavonoids, as well as substances that are precursors of steroidal hormones. Studies have indicated that the health properties of the herb aren’t due to one substance in particular but to several compounds interacting together. Modern uses of chaste tree berry include reduction of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual cramps and other pre-menopausal symptoms. Studies have shown a reduction in breast tenderness and pressure, headaches, bloating and fatigue in women who took the herb regularly and over some time. This herb has also been used to increase stimulation of breast milk production.
Chaste tree berries are used as an herbal treatment for infertility associated with mild corpus luteum insufficiency. This plant may also be beneficial in combating breast cancer
Chaste tree berry has been shown to help balance the progesterone and estrogen levels. This is why it has been referred to as a “female” herb. It also has a negative effect (antiandrogenic) on male hormones. In males it reduces sex drive and, therefore, men seldom use it.
The berries may also be dried and used as a substitute for pepper. They are also used in various spice blends in the Middle East. The aromatic leaves can also be used as a seasoning. The plant is one of the ingredients in a legendary Moroccan spice blend called “ras el hanout”.
Chaste tree berry does not give immediate results and must be used over a long period of time. In most cases the herb should be used for four to six months to obtain the desired effect. Although deemed safe through numerous studies, chaste tree berry use has shown some mild side effects. These include gastrointestinal discomfort, diarrhea, nausea, transitory headaches and mild skin reactions. This plant doesn‘t show any interaction with other herbs or medication, but due to it‘s hormonal influences it shouldn’t be taken in conjunction with other female hormonal medications without consulting a physician or herbal practitioner.
Caution: Chaste Tree Berries Powder should not to be taken during pregnancy. Chaste Tree is not recommended for use with hormonal contraceptives.
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Country of Origin: USA
Demulcent, mildly astringent and expectorant. As the plant abounds in mucilage, it is frequently given whenever a mucilaginous medicine is required and has been used like Marshmallow for intestinal troubles. It is very similar in its emollient action to Marshmallow, but in many cases is even preferred to it and is an ingredient in a large number of herbal preparations. It forms a gentle remedy in cases of diarrhoea and dysentery. For its demulcent action it has long been employed domestically in lung troubles and also for quinsy and whooping-cough. The root is more effectual than the leaves and is the part usually used in cases of coughs. Comfrey roots, together with Chichory and Dandelion roots, are used to make a well-known vegetation 'Coffee,' that tastes practically the same as ordinary coffee, with none of its injurious effects.
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 Symphytum officinale
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Country of Origin: Egypt
Also known as Cilantro. Stimulant, aromatic and carminative. The powdered fruit, fluid extract and oil are chiefly used medicinally as flavoring to disguise the taste of active purgatives and correct their griping tendencies. Coriander been long valued in Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties and has recently been studied for its cholesterol-lowering and effects and use in type 2 diabetes. When added to the diet along with other natural immune system boosters like garlic, omega-3 fatty acids from cold-water fish, or seed and nut oils, chronic infections can be eliminated. Many health disorders, like Alzheimer's, diabetes, and fibromyalgia have been linked to high levels of heavy metals such as mercury and aluminum in the body. There are both scientific studies, and anecdotal evidence to support coriander's reputation as a powerful depurative.
Coriander Seed
Coriandrum sativum
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Country of Origin: Hungary
The flowers are the part used in modern herbal medicine and are considered to have tonic, stimulant and emmenagogue properties, with action similar to that of Blessed Thistle. Used as a tonic in loss of appetite, dyspepsia, and intermittent diseases. Valuable also in the forming stage of febrile and inflammatory affections. Colds may be broken up with it, and it acts well in menstrual suppression from cold.
Cornflower Petals
Centaurea cyanus
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Country of Origin: China
Cornsilk is known to help inflamed bladders and the prostate gland. It relieves some of the pain these two organs can cause a person when they aren't healthy. It has also been used as a diuretic and for cystitis. Because of this diuretic effect, cornsilk helps maintain a healthy bladder, kidneys and small intestine. It can open the urinary tract and remove mucus from urine (when used with other herbs for the kidneys).Cornsilk coats the lining of the urinary tract, which helps keep material moving through. It also reduces sediment formation in the kidneys. The diuretic effect comes about because cornsilk keeps the body from retaining water.
Cornsilk
Zea mays L.
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