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AGRIMONY HERB  C/S            

--Agrimony teas are a traditional diuretic, but they are also a traditional treatment for diarrhea. Sipped slowly, the tannins in agrimony tea "tan" or cross-link proteins in the throat to form a barrier against infection and irritation. A decoction of this plant.& also helps the colic, cleanses the breath and relieves cough. Research published in 2005 tends to confirm the use of agrimony to treat various environmental toxins. Agrimony extracts do seem to protect against viral infections in general and hepatitis B in particular, providing the tea is made with boiling, rather than merely hot, water. Agrimony prepared at any temperature may support liver function. Precautions: There are no contraindications for use of up to 3 grams per day. Taking more than this amount for treating sore throat could aggravate constipation if it exists.

 

--Alfalfa is a good source of vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E, and K, as well as calcium, potassium, iron, rutin, silicon, zinc, copper, choline, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, saponins, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene that is useful against heart disease. Vitamin K plays a critical role in blood clotting.  The plants boosting effect on appetite has been clinically verified. There has been preliminary evidence signaling that Alfalfa helps lower cholesterol levels in a condition called familial hypercholesterolemia.  As it's one of the best natural sources of vitamin K, this nutrient helps blood to clot by moving calcium into proteins that form a microscopic net to capture red blood cells. Vitamin K likewise helps bones to knit by working with vitamin D & glutamic acid to activate osteocalcin.  This combination of these three nutrients is essential to building good bone. Your body cannot use calcium without it.  Alfalfa not only helps keep calcium in the bones, it helps keep calcium out of the linings of arteries. You've probably heard of "hardening of the arteries" known in medical terms as atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis. Hardened arteries are a result of calcium replacing cholesterol in the lining of the blood vessel. This calcification happens when a microscopically small amount of cholesterol becomes lodged in the arterial wall. White blood cells known as macrophages feed on cholesterol, & make a surveillance run throughout the bloodstream to keep the arteries open. Sometimes, however, a macrophage gets imbedded in the arterial wall & can't get out.  It dies trying to feed on the excess cholesterol, & other macrophages are signaled to clean up the new & larger problem in the lining of the blood vessel. There can eventually be a visible mass (sometimes the size of the period at the end of this sentence, but sometimes a lot larger) consisting of a tiny bit of cholesterol & a whole lot of dead white blood cells.  Your body can not use calcium without it.  

Those dead cells can be replaced by artery-hardening calcium. Vitamin K from alfalfa, however, keeps that from happening. Just as vitamin K makes sure calcium moves into bones, the best information from current science is that it keeps calcium out of arterial clogs. Preventing arteriosclerosis isn't quite the same thing as lowering cholesterol.  Alfalfa is used with homeopathic remedy Lactuca Virosa to stimulate milk production in breastfeeding mothers. It can also be used with blessed thistle, fenugreek, and/or marshmallow for this purpose.

Precautions: The biggest risk in using alfalfa is eating sprouts grown in contaminated water. This is also the simplest risk to avoid. Avoid limp or smelly sprouts, and rinse sprouts before use.  For most people, alfalfa sprouts are inherently safe, but they do interact with certain medications. If you're taking anti-rejection drugs for kidney transplant, don't use any form of alfalfa.  The herbs & the medications you need to benefit from the transplant simply may not mix. There's no need to panic if you are a transplant patient & you've been using alfalfa products, because the risk of adverse reaction is low. The reason not to use alfalfa is that while the risk of damage to the kidneys is very remote, it is also very serious. Similarly, you probably should treat alfalfa the same way you treat any other green, leafy vegetable if you take Coumadin. Alfalfa is rich in vitamin K that can interfere with the drug's anti-coagulant effects. If you are on Coumadin, you should have been advised on the safe consumption of not just alfalfa but also of all other green, leafy vegetables. For everyone else, the main concern about alfalfa is the chemical L-cavanine. It's found in alfalfa herb, alfalfa sprouts, and alfalfa seeds, & any product made from them without heating. L-cavanine, in extremely rare instances of excessive consumption, can cause abnormal red blood cell counts, enlargement of the spleen, or relapses of lupus. Recent epidemiological research has found that it does not cause lupus; in fact, in the most recent study, women with lupus were less likely to have eaten the herb than women who are free of the disease. How to avoid problems with L-cavanine? You can still use alfalfa, just used in teas or as a cooked vegetable, or in its raw form up to twelve 1-gram capsules or 3 tablespoons a day. Just don't overdo

ANGELICA ROOT C/S          

--Used as a tea, in capsules & as an extract.  Traditional uses included treating tumors, boils, relieving swollen gums, & forcing vomiting to treat food poisoning. Research in 2005 confirms  angelica contains compounds that may prevent the proliferation of tumor cells, at least under laboratory conditions. Modern herbalists often use angelica to relieve loss of appetite, flatulence, gastrointestinal spasms, to treat hacking cough, menstrual cramps. & urinary tract infections. Folk-history used as a medicinal herb, for the treatment of digestive disorders & blood circulation.   Precautions: Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight if using angelica oil. Do not take angelica & eat celery root as a vegetable if you tend to sunburn. The safety of angelica for pregnant women and nursing mothers has not been established & is not recommended.


ARNICA FLOWERS WHOLE          


Arnica is applied to the skin for pain and swelling associated with bruises, aches, sprains, and arthritis. It is also applied to the skin for insect bites, muscle and cartilage pain, chapped lips, and acne.   It is also taken by mouth for sore mouth and throat, insect bites, painful and swollen veins near the surface of the skin (superficial phlebitis), sore gums after removal of wisdom teeth, and for causing abortions.

In foods, arnica is a flavor ingredient in beverages, frozen dairy desserts, candy, baked goods, gelatins, and puddings.  In manufacturing, arnica is used in
hair tonics and anti-dandruff preparations. The oil is used in perfumes and cosmetics.

How does it work?  The active chemicals in arnica may reduce swelling, decrease pain, and act as antibiotics.

Arnica is POSSIBLY SAFE when used in the amounts commonly found in food or when applied to unbroken skin short-term. The Canadian government, however, is concerned enough about the safety of arnica to prohibit its use as a food ingredient.

Amounts that are larger than the amount found in food are LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. In fact, arnica is considered poisonous and has caused death. When taken by mouth it can also cause irritation of the mouth and throat, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, shortness of breath, a fast heartbeat, an increase in blood pressure, heart damage, organ failure, increased bleeding, coma, and death.

Do not apply arnica to damaged or broken skin. Too much could be absorbed.

Arnica is often listed as an ingredient in homeopathic products; however, these products are usually so dilute that they contain little or no detectable amount of arnica.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t take arnica by mouth or apply to the skin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is considered LIKELY UNSAFE.   Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Arnica may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before applying it to your skin. Do not take arnica by mouth.   Digestion problems: Arnica can irritate the digestive system. Don’t take it if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers, Crohn's disease, or other stomach or intestinal conditions.    Fast heart rate: Arnica might increase your heart rate. Don’t take arnica if you have a fast heart rate.    High blood pressure: Arnica might increase blood pressure. Don’t take arnica if you have high blood pressure.  Surgery: Arnica might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using it at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


Moderate Interaction   Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with ARNICA

    Arnica might slow blood clotting. Taking arnica along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

    Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

Precautions: Arnica flower should only be used externally because it can cause internal problems due to toxicity. 


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Helps Body Adapt to Stress    Immune System Support

STRESS/ ANXIETY & possible ALZHEIMER'S cure.

   Ashwagandha root shows remarkable promise for increasing brain function. It has been used in India for people with mental deficits in geriatric patients, including amnesia. Researchers have found that ashwagandha can increase acetylcholine receptor activity. Increased acetylcholine receptor capacity might partly explain the cognition-enhancing and memory-improving effects of extracts from ashwagandha observed in animals and humans. Further studies indicate that ashwagandha stimulates the growth of axons and dendrites.

 According to scientists, Ashwagandha most likely affects multiple body systems to promote emotional well-being, mental sharpness and physical endurance. Pharmacological studies indicate the mechanism of action is Withaferin-A, a primary Withanolide in Ashwagandha, which stimulates neurotransmitter pathways in the brain. This effect enhances memory and other cognitive processes. Scientists have yet to pinpoint the specific functions supporting immune system response and other regulatory body systems, though it is believed that all the active glycowithanolides that derive from the plant work together to alleviate anxiety and panic, mild mood swings, lack of mental clarity/focus and mental/physical fatigue.

 Research has also found that raw ashwagandha increases the levels of three naturally powerful antioxidants: superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase. The effects of these antioxidants may explain the reported anti-stress, cognition-facilitating, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects produced in experimental animal and in clinical situations. 

These findings are consistent with the therapeutic use of ashwagandha root in Ayurveda as an overall health promoter. The root is primarily recognized for its adaptogenic properties. An adaptogen is a physiological agent with the ability to naturally increase the body's resistance to emotional and physical stresses. Ayurvedic practitioners traditionally use Ashwagandha to promote gentle relaxation, emotional balance, and sexual vitality.

Suggested Use: 2 teaspoons daily.   Typical Preparations:  Tea decoction from the root, liquid herbal extract, herbal capsules, Dried crushed or powdered roots can be applied to food or directly consumed.

 

Some possible benefits of Ashwagandha tea or root powder include:

 ● Improving memory & mental function ● Benefits for occasional panic attacks & anxiety

 ● Battling depression & stabilizing mild to moderate mood changes   ● Combating mental or physical fatigue    ● Enhancing immune-system support

This particular root has been used successfully for the last 3,000 years and the empirical evidence of the ages speaks for itself. It comes highly recommended in times of severe strife and stress-induced discomfort. However Ashwagandha should not be consumed for long periods of time and is better reserved for the "times of need".   

Precautions:  Botanical safety guidelines in the US and Germany have suggested that Ashwagandha may be a mild abortifacient and it is not recommended for pregnant women.    

Also known as:  Withania somnifera, Indian Ginseng, Avarada, and Withania.

Introduction:  Ashwagandha is a member of the nightshade family, however it should be noted that that unlike other Nightshades, Ashwagandha lacks the poisonous attributes. Typically found and cultivated in India, Ashwagandha has been popularly applied to those with overworked and often hyper-tense lives. Ashwagandha is India's native answer to Ginseng and it is currently being applied in Ayurvedic medicine to treat hypertension and stress related ailments. Recent studies have attempted to popularize its use as a preliminary treatment for male infertility and impotence problems.        Constituents:  Mainly consisting of withanolides, glycosides and several different alkaloids.        Parts Used:  Eastern and Western herbal medicine use the dried root. Most notably, the dry, cut root. Berries of this plant are mildly toxic to the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. No major studies have released the benefits of the leaf.


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ASTRAGALUS ROOT C/S   CO         

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Stress Response     Immune Function     Powerful Antioxidant
Support for healthy liver & vascular function

IMMUNE SYSTEM; BUILDS WHITE BLOOD CELLS, INCREASES STEM CELLS IN BONE MARROW.

--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. Diseases treated with herbal formulas featuring astragalus can result from poor nutrition or digestive problems, but they can also be associated with frequent changes of life direction, "flighty" attitudes, or failure to make important decisions. 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 appears to help signal the white blood cells known as neutrophils to migrate to places they are needed to fight infection. 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.  Precautions:  Astragalus is non-toxic in any dosages.

Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) has been shown to increase nearly every phase of immune-system activity. One study showed that astragalus increases the production and storage of interferon, a substance that alerts the body to invading viruses and bacteria and stimulates cells to begin the fight.


BARBERRY ROOT BARK POWDER         


  • Medicinal Uses: * Ayurvedic * Candida/yeast * Chinese * Liver * Psoriasis
  • Properties: * Anti-inflammatory * Antibacterial * Bitter * Cholagogue * COX-2 Inhibitor * Hepatic
  • Parts Used: bark, root-bark     Constituents: alkaloids berberine, oxyacanthine, and columbamine
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  • Barberry is a traditional bitter tonic that helps support the liver functions and cleanse a congested system.

    1  Barberry is rich natural source of berberine. Berberine is bright yellow and somewhat bitter, and has long been used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects. This well known antiseptic photochemical, also found in goldenseal and Oregon grape root, is used to treat a wide range of infections of the ears, eyes, mouth, and throat, staph and strep bacteria, each of which can commonly cause bacterial pinkeye. In fact Murine© eye drops contain berberine as the active ingredient.  Other common infections that can effectively be treated by barberry include yeast and bladder infections, and skin disorders, especially those like psoriasis that can benefit from a liver tonic.

    Barberry has been used in traditional herbal medicine since early Egyptian times, when it was combined with fennel seed to prevent plague and treat fevers. These traditional historical uses are confirmed by modern science : Compounds in barberry inhibit the COX-2 enzyme. 

    2  Barberry and other berberine-containing herbs thus offer significant medical benefits across a wide spectrum of health issues.

    Preparation Methods & Dosage : Barberry root bark can be used in teas, tinctures, or incorporated in creams and lotions for external use. Drinking herbal teas is a time tested method of combating bladder and urinary tract infections.
    TEA: Decoction :Use 2 grams (1 teaspoon) of dried root or 1 to 2 tsp of whole or crushed berries steeped in 150 ml (approximately 2/3 of a cup) of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Sip slowly. No more than 2 servings per day. Adults should limit use of barberry to seven consecutive days at a time, waiting at least a week before using barberry again. This gives the natural, helpful bacteria of the intestine a chance to recover.
    The most important use of barberry root tea is to treat infections. Cuts, scrapes, and abrasions; bladder infections, and infections of the eyes, nails, reproductive tract, sinuses, skin, and parasitic infections all respond to barberry. Cautions: This is a low dose herb that should be taken responsibly.  Not for use by pregnant or nursing mothers


    BARLEY GRASS POWDER  CO         

    In modern complementary medicine, barley grass is appropriate whenever diet fails to provide a full range of nutrients. Research published as recently as 2005 notes that one of the principal growth factors in the barley shoot is melatonin. This finding may explain the calming effect of the herb.  Barley grass is an extraordinarily rich source of many vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, although it does not, as sometimes claimed, contain absolutely all the nutrients needed for human health. The dried shoot is approximately 4% glutamic acid (needed for recharging antioxidants), 4% methionine (needed for the production of natural SAM-e), 3% vitamin C, 1% valine, and 1% calcium. A single tablespoon contains a day's supply of beta-carotene, betaine, biotin, boron, copper, iron, lutein, magnesium, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine. It also contains nutritionally significant amounts of alpha-linoleic acid, oryzanol, potassium, selenium, zinc, and the tocopherols that make up vitamin E. Barley grass doesn't contain every nutrient, but it comes closer than any other food. The medicinal action of the dried shoot is due to its content of hordenine, not to be confused with a plant chemical with a similar name that is implicated in celiac disease.  Precautions:  Barley grass may stop lactation in nursing mothers. Not recommended while nursing or pregnant..Typical Preparations: A level tablespoon (3-4 grams) of barley grass powder added to teas, smoothies, cereals, or other foods daily. As a capsule or in extract form.

     

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     Supports the immune system      Natural Anti-viral & Anti-biotic properties

    Ideal for cold and flu season

    - If you are suffering from sinus, respiratory, digestive, intestinal, mouth, and vaginal health problems you might want to consider taking the herb bayberry.  Bayberry is an herb that helps cleanse and strengthen your mucus membranes so your overall health conditions can improve so you are healthier and happier.

    For those of you who do not know what bayberry is it is leafy evergreen bush and the bark is used for medicinal purposes to help cleanse the mucus membranes in your body so you stay healthy and strong. Bayberry is turned into herbal supplements, teas, and creams to help fight common health issues like the flu, colds, coughing, sinus congestion, sore throats, gum disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, vaginal infections, ulcers, sores, and tons of other common health problems. Bayberry is even used to help blood flow and circulation and tone tissue within the body. This herb has even been used to help treat diarrhea and kill dangerous bacteria that cause illnesses and skin infections, and is used to help shrink and stop the pain caused be hemorrhoids. The uses for this herb are endless, but you should always talk your doctor before taking any kind of herbal supplement.

    Now if you are wondering if there have been any side effects from taking bayberry the answer is no yet. Not enough study has been done on the herb to know if it even causes any side effects at all but from what doctors, patients, and scientist have seen there hasn't been any real side effect for taking bayberry to help with common health problems. Bayberry seems to be a fairly safe herb to take, but you must know the best bayberry herbal supplements to take and teas to drink if you want to get the full health benefits from the bayberry herbs.

    Some of the best herbal bayberry supplements would be Nature's Way Bayberry Root Bark which comes in the form of a capsules.  Now the best type of bayberry to get for tea would be loose bayberry tea leaves which you can get at most of your local health food stores.

    MAKING THE TEA

    Once you get the loose bayberry tea leaves all you to is place them in a cup of boiling water and let them steep 3-4 minutes, for a nice cup of bayberry tea, for which can be used as a mouth gargle for mouth sores, ulcers, and gum disease, or as a drink to calm the stomach and cleanse the body.

    Now if you decide to take the bayberry supplements instead of drinking the tea make sure you read the instructions on the back of the bottle first and again talk to your doctor first to make sure it doesn't interact with any of your other drugs and to make sure it is safe enough for you to be taking as an alternative treatment for your common health problem.

     

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    BEE POLLEN POWDER    


    THE PERFECT FOOD -- very informative article, worth a read .ttp://www.alternativescentral.com/beepollen.htm 


    --Typical Preparations: Typically taken in capsule form, up to 10 tablets a day of up to 500 milligrams each, as an extract, or it may be administered directly (by the spoonful with a big drink of water), or sprinkled on food. Extracts of bee pollen are used in some skin care products.  The antioxidants in bee pollen are compounds chemists called flavonoids. Bee pollen packs the punch of myricetin, quercetin, rutin, and trans-cinnamic acid. You don't need to remember their names, but here's what they can do for you. Myricetin helps white blood cells soak up the "bad" LDL cholesterol out of the bloodstream. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine"the right kind of pollen can be beneficial for your allergies. Rutin is best known as the remedy for varicose veins. Rutin protects veins throughout the body and may help prevent cancer as well. Your body uses trans-cinnamic acid to make its own antibiotics, and this potent nutrient also powers the detoxifying processes of the liver. Another key fact about bee pollen is that it is a source of complete nutrition. Bee pollen is richer in protein than any flesh-based food. Gram for gram, bee pollen supplements contain more amino acids than fish, beef, or eggs.  Precautions:  Since the anti-allergy effect of bee pollen is probably due to quercetin than to the particular plants the bees harvested, it is not necessary to use a locally collected bee pollen (or honey).  Avoid bee  pollen if you have severe allergies to ANY pollen.

    BILBERRY LEAF  C/S     


    Supports vision     Provides antioxidant protection to the eyes 

     Improves circulation and promotes healthy connective tissues

     After the successful use of bilberry jam in World War II, researchers determined that bilberry fruit and bilberry leaf contain biologically active substances called anthocyanosides. Scientists believe that these chemicals may strengthen the walls of the blood vessels in the eye and benefit the retina, reduce inflammation, and stabilize tissues containing cartilage, such as ligaments and tendons. The herb is also used to treat a variety of conditions that benefit from arterial support, including bruising, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins, & the leaf may lower blood sugars in diabetics. The effect of bilberry on night vision is most consistent in people who have poor night vision. The herb probably will not improve night vision in people who already have good night vision. For best results, take bilberry on a regular basis, but also use blueberries, cranberries, elderberries, raspberries, and strawberries to support cardiovascular and retinal health.  Precautions: Bilberry fruit is known to be safe even for pregnant women, although eating too much can cause minor stomach upset. Maximum dosages of bilberry leaf have not been established for nursing mothers, young children, or people with severe liver or kidney disease, but there are no reports of toxicity. The leaf is not recommended for long term use.

    BIRCH BARK C/S   CO              

    -- Antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory, birch bark has been used to treat skin outbreaks for centuries.  Recent investigations sugget that the chemical betulin found in the bark may be used in the treatment of melanoma (although not as the sole treatment for the condition).  Teas of the bark may also relieve joint pain associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthristis, or gout.  Typical Preparations: Tea or tincture. Dr. J. Duke advises that you can make your own tincture by putting two teaspoons of bark in a cup of vodka and letting it steep for a couple of days. Precautions:  Birch is a diuretic.  Don't take bark or leaf if you have difficulty going to the bathroom.



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    BLACK COHOSH ROOT  C/S         

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     A source of natural isoflavones       Ideal for reducing hot flashes

    Assists in the reduction of symptoms of perimenopause

    Herbal support for hormonal imbalance.

     Helpful for hot flashes, anxiety and painful periods.

    Black cohosh is a popular remedy for hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness of menopause. The herb does not stimulate the production of estrogen, but it may compensate for low or highly variable levels of estrogen during menstruation or in the menopause. In one well-designed study, 62 women going through menopause received black cohosh, estrogen, or a placebo for 90 days. Women who took black cohosh had the same reduction in hot flashes as women taking estrogen. Black cohosh did not stimulate growth of cells in the uterus, suggesting that, unlike estrogen, the herb does not increase the risk of uterine cancer. Black cohosh also increased the thickness of the vaginal wall. The study also suggested that black cohosh could help prevent osteoporosisPrecautions In menopausal women, black cohosh is not likely to cause any complications other than mild stomach upset. Black cohosh must be avoided during pregnancy because of its potential ability to stimulate uterine contractions. The safety of black cohosh in breastfeeding mothers and the degree of transmission of black cohosh in breast milk has not been established. There is controversy regarding the safety of black cohosh in women with a personal history or strong family history of breast cancer.


    BLACK WALNUT BARK C/S       

     

       When black walnut bark is brewed into a tasty tea, it produces the following benefits for you to enjoy:

    · Alleviating constipation;   · Reducing chancre sores.;  · Defeating intestinal parasites including roundworms, pinworms and tapeworms;

      Used as topical agent, black walnut bark is beneficial for the treatment of:

         · Acne and boils;  · Herpes outbreaks;  · Athlete's feet;  · Bruises;  · Eczema and psoriasis;  · Rashes on the skin;  · Warts;

    · Fungal infections;  · Jock itch;  · Fever blisters;  · Throat sores;  · Restoring tooth enamel;


    BLACK WALNUT HULLS POWDER         

      Black walnut hulls contain juglone, a chemical that is antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and a fungicide. As a skin wash, black walnut hulls are used to treat ringworm and yeast infections of the skin. Taken internally, black walnut hulls are used to treat intestinal worms.   Precautions:  Black walnut hulls are safe for occasional use of up to 2 weeks at a time, but black walnut heartwood is not. Avoid herbal remedies which contain heartwood.

    bladderwrack Interactions What is this?

    Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

    • Medications for an overactive thyroid (Antithyroid drugs) interacts with BLADDERWRACK

      Bladderwrack can contains significant amounts of iodine. Iodine can affect the thyroid. Taking iodine along with medications for an overactive thyroid might decrease the thyroid too much. Do not take bladderwrack if you are taking medications for an overactive thyroid.

      Some of these medications include methenamine mandelate (Methimazole), methimazole (Tapazole), potassium iodide (Thyro-Block), and others.

    • Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with BLADDERWRACK

      Bladderwrack might slow blood clotting. Taking bladderwrack along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

      Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

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    info below found here:  http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-726-bladderwrack.aspx?activeingredientid=726&activeingredientname=bladderwrack

    Badderwrack Overview Information

    Bladderwrack is a type of seaweed. People use the whole plant to make medicine.

    Bladderwrack is used for many conditions, but, so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them. It’s also important to note that it’s not safe to take bladderwrack by mouth.

    Bladderwrack is used for thyroid disorders including underactive thyroid (myxedema), over-sized thyroid gland (goiter), and iodine deficiency. It is also used for obesity, arthritis, joint pain, “hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis), digestive disorders, heartburn, “blood cleansing,” constipation, bronchitis, emphysema, urinary tract disorders, and anxiety. Other uses include boosting the immune system and increasing energy.

    Some people also apply bladderwrack to the skin for skin diseases, burns, aging skin, and insect bites.         Don’t confuse bladderwrack with bladderwort.

    How does it work?

    Bladderwrack, like many sea plants, contains varying amounts of iodine, which is used to prevent or treat some thyroid disorders. Bladderwrack products may contain varying amounts of iodine, which makes it an inconsistent source of iodine. Bladderwrack also contains algin, which can act as a laxative to help the stool pass through the bowels.

    Bladderwrack Uses & Effectiveness

    Insufficient Evidence for:

    • Obesity. Early research suggests that bladderwrack, used along with lecithin and vitamins, doesn’t help people lose weight and keep it off.
    • Thyroid problems, including an over-sized thyroid gland (goiter).
    • Iodine deficiency.
    • Arthritis.
    • Achy joints (rheumatism).
    • “Hardening of the arteries” (arteriosclerosis).
    • Digestive problems.
    • “Blood cleansing”.
    • Constipation.
    • Other conditions.
    More evidence is needed to rate bladderwrack for these uses.

    Bladderwrack Side Effects & Safety

    Bladderwrack is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. It may contain high concentrations of iodine, which could cause or worsen some thyroid problems. Prolonged, high intake of dietary iodine is linked with goiter and increased risk of thyroid cancer. Treatment of thyroid problems should not be attempted without medical supervision.

    Like other sea plants, bladderwrack can concentrate toxic heavy metals, such as arsenic, from the water in which it lives.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Bladderwrack is LIKELY UNSAFE during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Don’t use it.

    Thyroid problems known as hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone), or hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone): Bladderwrack contains significant amounts of iodine, which might make hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism worse. Don’t use it.

    Infertility: Preliminary research suggests that taking bladderwrack might make it harder for women to get pregnant.

    Iodine allergy: Bladderwrack contains significant amounts of iodine, which could cause an allergic reaction in sensitive people. Don’t use it.

    Surgery: Bladderwrack might slow blood clotting. There is a concern that it might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking bladderwrack at least 2 weeks before surgery.


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    BLOODROOT POWDER  

    EXTERNAL USE ONLY:  treating Skin Tags and Warts

    --Although bloodroot is used to make commercial toothpastes and mouthwashes, the main use of the herb in herbal medicine is treating 'skin tags'. Recent studies have also found it to be extremely effective in treating 'warts' as well.    Skin tags, known in the medical literature as acrochordons, are soft, rubbery, skin-colored growths that typically grow into a droplet shape and hang from the skin by a stalk. They do not become malignant and, except for getting caught in zippers and being irritated by rough clothing, do not cause pain or inflammation and are not a medical concern. Skin tags are, however, a cosmetic problem, and for this reason insurance usually does not pay the doctors bills for removing them. A dermatologist can snip them off in seconds with a scalpel or scissors. A family practitioner is more likely to burn them off with an electric spark or freeze them off with liquid nitrogen. All of these procedures are at least unpleasant and sometimes painful, and if you're susceptible to skin tags, you may get rid of one crop only to develop another. Bloodroot is a far less expensive way to handle the problem. Do not apply Bloodroot to your eyelids, lips, nose, or genitals. Bloodroot can damage normal and healthy skin tissue, so make sure you only apply the herb to the damaged areas you want to treat

    Precautions:  Bloodroot is for external use only and it is recommended to be avoided during pregnancy. Not to be applied to broken or abraded skin.


    Also known as: - Sanguinaria Canadensis, Indian paint, and Paucon.   Introduction:  Bloodroot is a low-growing woodland herb that grows in the north central United States and the prairie provinces plus British Columbia in Canada. The red juice pressed from the fresh root is poisonous when taken internally, but when used externally it has a unique ability to dissolve abnormal growth without disturbing normal tissue.    Constituents:  Alkaloids, berberine and coptisine (antibacterial chemicals also found in barberry and coptis), various forms of sanguinarine.    Parts Used:  Root     Typical Preparations:  Powder or paste from ground dried root. Can also be administered in extract form.  

    BLUE VERVAIN HERB C/S                 


    --Blue vervain is a diuretic used to treat bladder infections, an analgesic tea for hemorrhoid sufferers (usually drunk but also useful as a wash), an expectorant used to treat chronic bronchitis, and an antirheumatic used to relive joint pain.   Precautions: Since the herb can stimulate uterine contractions, avoid during pregnancy.     Introduction:The blue vervain or verbena is a creeping perennial of the mint family, bearing numerous, small lilac-blue flowers. The term vervain comes from the Celtic ferfaen, from fer (to drive away) and faen (a stone), referring to the plants historical use in treating kidney stones. Verbena hastata is native to North America and is incredibly similar in appearance and properties to its European cousin Verbena officinalis, whom it is often mistaken for. It grows with wild abandon in the Great Plains section of America, and can be found elsewhere on prairies, in meadows, and open woodlands. The Dakota tribe’s name for it translates as "medicine". It was used by Native Americans for colds, coughs, fevers, and stomach cramps.   Typical Preparations:  Traditionally used as a tea, but also as a tincture, syrup, foot soak or bath herb, salve or cream.

     Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
    • Lithium interacts with BOLDO

      Boldo might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking boldo might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

    • Medications that can harm the liver (Hepatotoxic drugs) interacts with BOLDO

      Boldo might harm the liver. Taking boldo along with medication that might also harm the liver can increase the risk of liver damage. Do not take boldo if you are taking a medication that can harm the liver.
      Some medications that can harm the liver include acetaminophen (Tylenol and others), amiodarone (Cordarone), carbamazepine (Tegretol), isoniazid (INH), methotrexate (Rheumatrex), methyldopa (Aldomet), fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), erythromycin (Erythrocin, Ilosone, others), phenytoin (Dilantin), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), simvastatin (Zocor), and many others.

    • Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with BOLDO

      Boldo might slow blood clotting. Taking boldo along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
      Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

    • Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with BOLDO

      Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. Boldo might also slow blood clotting. Taking boldo along with warfarin (Coumadin) might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.

    BOLDO LEAF C/S                  

    info below taken from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-593-BOLDO.aspx?activeIngredientId=593&activeIngredientName=BOLDO 


    BOLDO Overview Information

    Boldo is a tree that grows in the Andes mountains in South America. Interestingly, fossilized boldo leaves dating from over thirteen thousand years ago have been found in Chile. These fossils have imprints of human teeth, suggesting that boldo has a long history of dietary or medicinal use.

    Boldo is used for mild gastrointestinal (GI) spasms,
    gallstones, achy joints (rheumatism), bladder infections, liver disease, and gonorrhea. It is also to increase urine flow to rid the body of excess fluids, reduce anxiety, increase bile flow, and kill bacteria.

    How does it work?

    Boldo contains chemicals that might increase urine output, fight bacterial growth in the urine, and stimulate the stomach.

    BOLDO Uses & Effectiveness What is this?     Insufficient Evidence for:
    More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of boldo for these uses.

    Boldo might be UNSAFE when used for medicinal purposes. Poisoning by ascaridole, a chemical that occurs naturally in boldo, has occurred in people taking boldo. Boldo might cause liver damage when taken by mouth. If you take boldo, use only ascaridole-free preparations. When applied to the skin, boldo can cause irritation.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Boldo might be UNSAFE when used orally in medicinal amounts. Ascaridole, a chemical in boldo, can damage the liver.

    Bile duct blockage: Boldo seems to be able to increase the flow of bile, a fluid produced by the liver and stored in the
    gallbladder. Bile passes through small channels (ducts) in the intestine where it plays an important role in digesting fats. These ducts can become blocked. There is a concern that the extra bile flow caused by boldo might be harmful in people with blocked bile ducts.

    Liver disease: There is some concern that boldo can damage the liver, especially in people who have liver disease. Don’t use boldo if you have liver problems.

    Surgery: Boldo can slow
    blood clotting, so there is some concern that it might increase the chance of too much bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using boldo at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.

    BRAHMI (Bocapa Monnieri) Herb c/s  CO

    Even DR OZ promotes this one:   http://blog.doctoroz.com/oz-experts/herb-of-the-month-brahmi

    Other Names:  Andri, Bacopa, Bacopa monniera, Bacopa monnieri,

    Is used for Alzheimer's, improve memory, Anxiety, (ADHD), allergic conditions, IBS, as a general tonic to fight stress. Also to treat backache, hoarseness, epilepsy, joint pain,   and sexual performance problems in both men and women. It is also sometimes used as a “water pill.”

    How does it work?

    Brahmi might increase certain brain chemicals that are involved in thinking, learning, and memory. Some research suggests that it might also protect brain cells from chemicals involved in Alzheimer's disease.


    Read more here: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-761-bacopa.aspx?activeingredientid=761&activeingredientname=bacopa    (copy & paste)





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    BURDOCK ROOT  C/S  CO      
     

    BURDOCK ROOT POWDER  CO  
     

    Helps to restore normal functioning to the body when systems get out of balance
     Often used to treat boils, eczema, cancer, diabetes, heavy metal toxicity, liver conditions, gallbladder dysfunction and gout

     Has the ability to remove toxins from the body by cleansing the blood
     Increases appetite and digestion     Helps to improve a poor bacterial balance in the gut

    Also helpful for Arthritis pain- see below 

    Native Americans were known to use the whole plant as food, boiling the root in maple syrup (which made it like candy) so that it could be stored for longer periods of time. Noted 17th century herbalist Nicholas Culpepper said that it was good for 'old ulcers and sores', as well a treatment for someone bitten by a rabid dog. In China it is used as an aphrodisiac and for impotence. There is considerable evidence in the scientific literature that burdock root tea is a powerful anti-inflammatory remedy. Its numerous antioxidants protect the liver from toxic chemicals, allowing it to process the body's naturally occurring steroids which are helpful in achieving hormonal balance. A mildly bitter herb, it stimulates the release of gastric juices and aids digestion. This combination of qualities explains its traditional use in treating acne, eczema, endometriosis, psoriasis, and uterine fibroids. The tea can also be used as a wash to treat skin infections, eczema, and psoriasis.  Precautions: Safe for use as a food or herb.  Typical Preparations: It is best taken as a tea in a decoction form. May also be taken as a capsule or extract. In Asia it is used as an ingredient in soups, stews, stir fry's and even eaten raw.

    Suffering from Arthritic pain?  Maybe this can help:

     Burdock Root (Arctium lappa or Arcticum minus):
     
    One of the greatest things you can do for pain, joint or otherwise, is increase your intake of essential fatty acids. Burdock contains fatty oils which (along with its sterols and tannins) contribute to burdock’s reputation as an anti-inflammatory. You can eat burdock root in stir-fries (very popular in Asian cuisine, by the way), make a decoction (To do so: chop 2 tablespoons of fresh burdock root—if you do not have the fresh root available you may use 2 teaspoons of dried root as an alternative. Add the root to the boiling water and allow to simmer for 10 minutes then turn off the heat. Strain and drink while still warm—3-4 cups a day is ideal), or take the herb in capsule form (follow dosage directions, but remember, these are for a 150lb adult—calculate the appropriate dose using your own weight).

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