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We only provide information regarding the traditional and common usage of herbs. This information is to be used for educational purposes only and not as medical advice. We are not medical professionals cannot prescribe what herbs are right for you. We cannot answer medical questions, so please do not ask us to prescribe herbal cures in replacement of medical treatment or to guess what is wrong with you. It is offered for informational use only. No responsibility is assumed by Merkaba in regards to this information should it be used in place of a licensed medical practitioner's services.

It should not be misunderstood to mean, imply or indicate that the products described here will cure anything, as no such claims are made. These herbal suggestions are not offered as a cure, but rather as an aid to the body in returning to itís normal functions. There is no guarantee of any kind made for the performance or effectiveness of the preparations or methods mentioned. The human body is very complex. While each person is similar in general structure and function, each is also uniquely different, responding differently to similar herbs and medications. What may help one person in a certain circumstance or condition, may not help another. Each condition is unique unto itself.

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There are a number of ways that herbs can be used in both culinary and medicinal purposes.

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Damiana Leaf
Turnera diffusa var. aphrodisiaca
Wildcrafted & Kosher
Country of Origin: Mexico
Damiana is a flowering shrub with aromatic leaves. A native of Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, it has long been used to make lover's tea. Mild purgative, diuretic, tonic, acting directly on the reproductive organs, a stimulant, It has been hailed as an aphrodisiac since ancient times. Other folk uses include asthma, bronchitis, neurosis, and various sexual disorders. It has also been promoted as a euphoria-inducing substance at various times. It is known as a strengthening tonic for the nervous and hormonal systems. An alkaloid in Damiana acts like the male hormone testosterone. Increased levels of testosterone are associated with increased sex drive in both men and women. Small amounts of this herb may relieve anxiety and create a general sense of well-being.
Dandelion Leaf
Taraxacum officinale
Certified Organic & Kosher
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Also known as blowball, cankerwort, dent de lion, lion's tooth, priest's crown, pu gong ying, puffball, swine snout, white endive, wild endive. Diuretic, tonic and slightly aperient, a general stimulant to the system and is chiefly used in kidney and liver disorders. Because of its diuretic properties dandelion can also be used to lower blood pressure. It is used in atonic dyspepsia, and as a mild laxative in habitual constipation. It has a good effect in increasing the appetite and promoting digestion, relief from scurvy, scrofula, acne, eczema, psoriasis, gout and rheumatoid arthritis.
Dong Quai Root
Angelica sinensis
Country of Origin: China
Dong Quai, also known as female ginseng, is native to China where it has traditionally been used as a tonic for the female organs. In traditional Chinese medicine, only ginseng is more esteemed. It is effective for female disorders such as menstrual disturbances due to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, bactericidal and vasodilative effects. The herb is also used to regulate menstrual cycles, relieve menstrual cramps and alleviate symptoms related to PMS. For menopausal women it addresses symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. is considered diuretic and strongly antibacterial. Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antispasmodic activity have been confirmed in experiments. Dong quai strengthens the immune system by increasing production of white blood cells, assisting the liver in ridding the body of toxins.
Elder Berries
Sambucus nigra
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Probably the most common use of elderberry is to treat colds. It has aperient, diuretic and emetic properties, and the inspissated juice of the berries has been used as an alterative in rheumatism and syphilis, also as a laxative. It promotes all fluid secretions and natural evacuations. Traditional herbalists consider it a "wonderful blood purifier."
Echinacea Purpurea
Echinacea purpurea
Certified Organic & Kosher
Country of Origin: USA
Echinacea is known as Purple Coneflower and Snake Root. Most commonly known as an immune stimulator, echinacea is believed ward off infections by strengthening the bodyís immune system. As such, it may provide relief from a range of respiratory issues such as sinusitis, cold, virus and hay fever. Echinacea also boasts mild antibiotic properties that may be effective in guarding against staph and strep infections. In addition, echinacea purpurea is an antibacterial agent often used in traditional treatments of skin conditions such as eczema, acne and burns. Promotes the production of white blood cells. Used for all acute inflammatory conditions. It increases bodily resistance to infection and is used for boils, erysipelas, septicaemia, cancer, syphilis and other impurities of the blood. It has also useful properties as an aphrodisiac.
Elder Flowers
Sambucus nigra
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Employed in mixing medicines and chiefly as a vehicle for eye and skin lotions. It is mildly astringent and a gentle stimulant. The flowers were used by our forefathers in bronchial and pulmonary affections, and in scarlet fever, measles and other eruptive diseases. Elder Flower Tea, cold, was also considered almost as good for inflammation of the eyes as the distilled Elder Flower Water. . They are used in skin salves and ointments and to make a soothing gargle. A popular winter tea is made using equal parts of elder flowers, peppermint and yarrow flowers.
Fennel Seed, Whole
Foeniculum vulgare
Certified Organic & Kosher
Country of Origin: Turkey
Herbalists frequently turn to fennel seed for many ailments, including stomach cramps, flatulence, fatigue, mucous accumulation, congestion and water retention. For women who are breastfeeding, fennel can be used to prevent mastitis. Powdered Fennel has the effect of driving away fleas from kennels and stables. Also used for Aches, Anodyne, Abortifacient, Aphrodisiac, Bite (Snake), Colic, Carminative Digestive, Dysmenorrhea, Dyspepsia, Energy, Enteritis, Enuresis, Expectorant, Flux, Gastritis, Hernia, Lactagogue, Nausea, Toothache, Respiratory, Strangury, Tenesmus, Virility, Vision, Cardiotonic, Diuretic, Chest, Cholera, Diaphoretic, Kidney, Lactagogue, Spleen, Stimulant, Cancer Gonorrhea, Emmenagogue, Aerophagia, Nerve, Spasm, Parturition, Dermatosis, Rheumatism, Hepatosis, Parasiteicide, Restorative and weight loss.
Fenugreek Seed
Trigonelia foenum graecum
Certified Organic & Kosher
Country of Origin: Canada
Here is another perennially favorite herb that is believed to help relieve problems in several body systems. Since ancient days, fenugreek has been used against lung ailments (bronchitis, asthma and emphysema); gastrointestinal complaints (indigestion, nausea and peptic ulcers); headaches (tension or migraine); and allergies. It is also believed that fenugreek can calm frayed nerves, reduce blood sugar levels and strengthen the body's ability to heal itself. A tonic, astringent, demulcent, emollient and expectorant. Usefull for all mucus conditions and lung congestion, ulsers, inflamed stomach and intestines, treatment of diabetes and gout. Also considered to be an aphrodisiac and rejuvenator. Wonderful butterscotch flavor.
Chrysanthemum Parthenium
Certified Organic
Country of Origin: China
Also known as bachelor's button, featherfew, Santa Maria and Wild Chamomile. Feverfew is widely known and used as a remedy for headaches, especially migraines. It is believed that it helps to relax the smooth muscle walls of blood vessels. It makes a great remedy for menstrual problems such as cramping and irregularity along with problems such as joint pain and rheumatism. It is also said to be good for coughs, wheezing and difficult breathing. A tincture made from Feverfew and applied locally immediately relieves the pain and swelling caused by bites of insects and vermin. It also has been used to relieve the inflammation of arthritis, to fight fatigue and general tiredness, to overcome constipation and to restore the liver's normal functioning. As a stimulant it is useful as an emmenagogue.
Fo-ti Root, Sliced
Polygonum multiforum
Country of Origin: China
Also know as he-shou-wu's, itís reputation has bordered on the mythical for its power to produce longevity, increase vigour, and promote fertility. With a distinctive sweet yet bitter taste, fo-ti was thought to unblock the channels of energy through the body, allowing the escape of the pathogenic influences that cause generalized weakness, soreness, pain, and fatigue. The plant is also used as a wash for itching and skin rashes, blood deficiency, premature graying of the hair, nerve damage, wind rash, eczema, sores, carbuncles, goiter, scrofula and inflammation of lymph nodes and heat toxicity. Immune boosting. Useful for skin conditions such as scrofula, sores, carbuncles, skin eruptions, pruritus, inflammations, constipation, hyperlipemia. Contraindicated with diarrhea. Fo-ti contains sulfites.
Certified Organic & Kosher
Country of Origin: Turkey
Stimulant, antispasmodic, carminative. The older herbalists esteemed Cumin superior in comforting carminative qualities to Fennel or Caraway. Formerly Cumin had considerable repute as a corrective for the flatulency of languid digestion and as a remedy for colic and dyspetic headache. Bruised and applied externally in the form of a plaster, it was recommended as a cure for stitches and pains in the side caused by the sluggish congestion of indolent parts, and it has been compounded with other drugs to form a stimulating liniment.
Cumin Seeds
Cuminum cyminum
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.
Zea mays L.
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
Certified Organic & Kosher
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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Yerba Mate
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Certified Organic
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.
Comfrey Root
 Symphytum officinale
Warning: Contraindicated in blockage of the bile ducts, acute gallbladder inflammation, and intestinal blockage. Do not use dandelion if you have kidney disease or diabetes.
Caution: Not to be used during pregnancy.
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