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SAGE LEAF C/S                                      

SAGE LEAF POWDER        

It generally boosts your energy, helps improve the immune system, as well give relief from stress & tension. Externally, it can be used to treat insect bites by applying fresh leaves directly for relief by soothing the burn & diminishing pain & swelling.  Can be used as a mouthwash or gargle to relieve sore throat, & helps relieve pain that accompanies colds & other infections.  Sage can also provide a reprieve from the complications of asthma by reducing the symptoms.  For women’s health, it is estrogenic, which means it affects the hormone levels of estrogen in the body & can actually help regulate the menstrual cycle. You’ll have fewer problems with missed periods & it can also affect your menstrual flow. If you’re making the transition to menopause, sage helps reduce hot flashes & sweating symptoms.  It can help to treat problems with diarrhea. It will slow down the intestines and allow them to absorb nutrients and water so that you won’t experience dehydration, cramping, & frequent trips to the washroom.  You can use sage leaves in an infusion (tea) or a tincture to get a concentrated dose.  Precautions: Thujone, a volatile oil in common sage, is hallucinogenic, addictive and toxic when taken in extreme excess. The plant & tea made from it should be avoided by pregnant women. Long term use is not recommended.

SARSAPARILLA ROOT C/S               

  Potent blood cleanser     Helpful for minor skin irritations     Boosts vitality

A fine tonic & blood purifier that is said to attack & neutralize toxins in the blood, plus boosts stamina & energy. Although there is no definitive evidence, many body-builders strongly maintain that Sarsaparilla helps to build Muscle mass, while avoiding the harmful side effects of anabolic steroids.

Sarsaparilla is considered a fine tonic herb, an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, (arthritis), and the herb may even act as an aphrodisiac. Perhaps this is the reason that the "Good Guys" of the Old West, who disdained whiskey in favor of Sarsaparilla, always seemed to have that extra edge.

Facts: Sarsaparilla contains vitamins A, B-complex, C and D. Also the minerals iron, manganese, sodium, silicon, sulfur, copper, Zinc, and iodine. It contains the amino acids methionine & cysteine & also diogenin, a saprogen which in turn contains the female hormone progesterone & the male hormone testosterone. Sarsaparilla helps strengthen the nerve fibers and tissues of the brain, spinal cord, lungs, and throat. Sarsaparilla is especially good for removing heavy metallic contaminants from the blood, which are received through the nostrils in the foul, smog-filled air of urban areas. Sarsaparilla root, which contains testosterone, will help hair regrow. Precautions: Excessive use may cause intestinal discomfort. Not recommended for use while pregnant, nor for long term use.


SASSAFRAS Interactions 

Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

  • Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with SASSAFRAS

    Sassafras might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking sassafras along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.

    Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.

SASSAFRAS Dosing

The appropriate dose of sassafras depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for sassafras. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


SASSAFRAS TREE BARK C/S                  

Also used in making home made 'root beer'.

SASSAFRAS (info from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-674-sassafras.aspx?activeingredientid=674&activeingredientname=sassafras 

Sassafras is a plant. The root bark is used to make medicine.

Despite serious safety concerns, sassafras is used for urinary tract disorders, swelling in the nose and throat,
syphilis, bronchitis, high blood pressure in older people, gout, arthritis, skin problems, and cancer. It is also used as a tonic and “blood purifier.”

Some people apply sassafras directly to the skin to treat
skin problems, achy joints (rheumatism), swollen eyes, sprains, and insect bites or stings. Sassafras oil is also applied to the skin to kill germs and head lice.

In beverages and candy, sassafras was used in the past to flavor root beer. It was also used as a tea. But sassafras tea contains a lot of safrole, the chemical in sassafras that makes it poisonous. One cup of tea made with 2.5 grams of sassafras contains about 200 mg of safrole. That equates to a dose of about 3 mg of safrole per 1 kg of
body weight. This is about 4.5 times the dose that researchers think is poisonous. So, in 1976, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that sassafras could no longer be sold as sassafras tea.


USES:

Insufficient Evidence for:

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of sassafras for these uses

Sassafras seems safe in foods and beverages if it is “safrole-free.”

However, it is UNSAFE for use as a medicine. Don’t take it by mouth or put it on your skin. The safrole in sassafras root bark and oil can cause cancer and
liver damage. Consuming just 5 mL of sassafras oil can kill an adult. Even “safrole-free” sassafras used in medicinal amounts has been linked with tumors.

Sassafras can cause
sweating and hot flashes. High amounts can cause vomiting, high blood pressure, hallucinations, and more severe side effects. It can cause skin rashes when used on the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

It is UNSAFE for anyone to use sassafras in medicinal amounts, but some people have extra reasons not to use it:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t use sassafras if you are pregnant. There is evidence that sassafras oil might cause a
miscarriage.

Children: Sassafras is UNSAFE for children. A few drops of sassafras oil may be deadly.

Surgery: In medicinal amounts, sassafras can slow down the central
nervous system. This means it can cause sleepiness and drowsiness. When combined with anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery, it might slow down the central nervous system too much. Stop using sassafras at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Urinary tract conditions: Sassafras might make these conditions worse.

SAW PALMETTO BERRIES C/S                     

SAW PALMETTO BERRIES POWDER         

Naturally helps balance female hormones.

 May help reduce symptoms PMS including irritability, headaches & moodiness.

 May also help menopausal symptoms.

 Recommended for acne in teenagers.

 Standardized Extract.

Supports healthy prostate function.      Helps reduce symptoms of BPH.

 Has benefits for women as well as men.     A good choice for men over 50

  Used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve the urologic symptoms (e.g. weak urine flow, incomplete voiding, frequent daytime and night time urination) associated with mild to moderate benign prostatic hyperpiasia.

  Assists the body to metabolize fats, proteins and carbohydrates for the maintenance of good health.       Helps to maintain immune function.

Modern research in Europe has shown that saw palmetto may help heal Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)and prostatitis by stopping the conversion of 5-dehydrotestosterone into testosterone, but the whole berries have a gentler effect on the hormone producing effects which help preserve male potency, while offering a wider range of effects to treat the conditions. In cases of prostate infection, the berries gently stimulate urination, causing the infectious microorganisms to be "flushed out" with urine. Other noted modern uses have been for natural breast enlargement, and for hair loss. There has been little or no published research, however, to verify the validity of any claims to these effects.   Precautions:  According to the German E Commission monograph, there have been extremely rare cases of stomach problems

How to Make Tea From Schizandra Berries

Instructions: 

o   1      Purchase dried Schizandra berries from your local health foods store. You will also need to purchase Muslin or steeping bags.

o   2      Place two to three cups of water inside a kettle and bring to a boil.

o   3      Place two to three tablespoons of the dried Schizandra berries inside of the steeping bag. There should be one tablespoon of berries for each cup of water that you intend to use. If you want your tea to be stronger, you can use two tablespoons of berries per cup of tea.

o   4      Drop the steeping bag containing the berries into the boiling water. Reduce the heat to a low setting and allow the berries to steep for 15 minutes.

o   5      Pour yourself a cup of hot Schizandra Berry tea. To add more flavor to your tea, you can add lemon juice or honey. Because the honey is a natural sweetener, you may prefer to use it instead of granulated sugar.

SCHIZANDRA BERRIES WHOLE          

SCHIZANDRA BERRIES POWDER         

  

The information below is from WEBMD http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-376-SCHISANDRA.aspx?activeIngredientId=376&activeIngredientName=SCHISANDRA    Please do further research to determine if this product is safe for you to use.

SCHISANDRA Overview Information  (How to make tea is on the left)

Schisandra is a plant. The fruit is used as food and also to make medicine.

Schisandra is used as an “adaptogen” for increasing resistance to disease and stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance.

Schisandra is also used for preventing early aging and increasing lifespan;

normalizing blood sugar and blood pressure; and stimulating the immune system and speeding recovery after surgery.

It is also used for treating
liver disease (hepatitis) and protecting the liver from poisons. The Chinese have developed a liver-protecting drug called DBD that is made from schisandrin, one of the chemicals in schisandra.

Other uses for schisandra include treatment of
high cholesterol, coughs, asthma, sleep problems (insomnia), nerve pain, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), chronic diarrhea, dysentery, night sweats, spontaneous sweating, involuntary discharge of semen, thirst, erectile dysfunction (ED), physical exhaustion, excessive urination, depression, irritability, and memory loss.

Some people use schisandra for improving vision, protecting against radiation, preventing motion sickness, preventing infection, boosting energy at the cellular level, counteracting the effects of sugar, and improving the health of the adrenal glands.   How does it work?     The chemicals in schisandra improve liver function by stimulating enzymes (proteins that speed up biochemical reactions) in the liver and promoting liver cell growth.

SCHISANDRA Uses & Effectiveness

Possibly Effective for:

·       Improving liver function in patients with hepatitis. Schisandra fruit extracts reduce blood levels of an enzyme called glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) in patients with hepatitis. SGPT level is a marker for liver damage. A higher SGPT level means more damage; a lower SGPT means less damage.

·       Improving concentration, coordination, and endurance.

Insufficient Evidence for:

·       Preventing motion sickness.

·      Diabetes.    ·       High blood pressure      ·       Other conditions.

More evidence is needed to rate schisandra for these uses.

SCHISANDRA Side Effects & Safety

Schisandra fruit is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth appropriately. It can cause heartburn, upset stomach, decreased appetite, stomach pain, skin rash, and itching.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Schisandra is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth during pregnancy. There is some evidence that it might cause the uterus to contract, and this might lead to miscarriage. Don’t use it.    Not enough is known about the safety of schisandra during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Epilepsy: At least one expert warns against using schisandra if you have epilepsy. The reason for this warning is not clear, but it may be due to a concern that schisandra could possibly stimulate the central nervous system.

Gastroesophageal reflex disease (GERD) or peptic ulcers: Schisandra might make these conditions worse by increasing stomach acid.

High brain (intracranial) pressure: There is a concern that schisandra might make this condition worse because it could possibly stimulate the central nervous system.

 

SCHISANDRA Dosing       The following doses have been studied in scientific research:  

BY MOUTH:

  • For hepatitis: Schisandra extract standardized to 20 mg lignan content (equivalent to 1.5 grams crude schisandra) given daily.
  • For improving mental and physical performance: 500 mg to 2 grams of schisandra extract daily or 1.5-6 grams of crude schisandra daily. 5-15 grams daily of a boiled tea made from crude schisandra has also been used. People have also taken 100 mg of schisandra extract twice daily. Appropriate dosing may vary depending on extract type and the lignan content.

Please do further research about dosages of the berries.

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SENNA LEAF C/S  CO                 5.75/100g         

SENNA LEAF POWDER CO        6.40/100g           


Relieves constipation       Works overnight        Ideal for occasional use

Senna encourages bowel movement by inhibiting the smooth muscles that retain stool and stimulating the smooth muscles that push stool through the intestine. The herb doesn't work unless the sennosides in the herb are transformed into rheinanthrones by beneficial bacteria in the colon. The leaf of senna is fairly powerful and for a more mild effect, it is recommended that you use the pods.   Precautions:  If you experience cramping or abdominal pain, you've taken too much. Don't take senna or any other stimulant laxative if you take Lasix (furosemide); the combination can lead to potassium depletion. Not known to be safe during pregnancy, although no complications have ever been reported. The use of Senna should not be administered over extended periods of time as it is a bulk forming laxative and must be taken with adequate fluids.

Introduction:  The sennas are scrubby desert plants of North Africa. Senna has been used around the world for thousands of years as a laxative.     Constituents:  1-3% hydroxyanthracene glycosides, mainly sennosides A and B, which are rhein-dianthrones, and smaller amounts of sennosides C and D, which are rhein-aloe-emodin-heterodianthrones; naphthalene glycosides; flavonoids (derivatives of kaempferol and isorhamnetin); 10-12% mineral matter; 7-10% mucilage (galactose, arabinose, rhamnose, and galacturonic acid); about 8% polyol (pinitol); sugars (glucose, fructose, and sucrose); and resins.     Parts Used:  Dried leaf, and/or pods.     Typical Preparations:  Usually as an extract, capsule or tablets. Can be taken as a tea.

SHAVEGRASS (HORSETAIL) HERB C/S  CO    [Equisetum arvense]   

SHAVEGRASS (HORSETAIL) HERB C/S  wc   [Equisetum Hyemale] 

SHAVEGRASS (HORSETAIL) HERB PWDR  wc  [equisetum arvense]


'Diuretic; urinary tract infections, gout & much more'

Horsetail is used for “fluid retention” (edema), kidney and bladder stones, urinary tract infections, the inability to control urination (incontinence), and general disturbances of the kidney and bladder.

It is also used for balding;
tuberculosis; jaundice; hepatitis; brittle fingernails; joint diseases; gout; osteoarthritis; weak bones (osteoporosis); frostbite; weight loss; heavy menstrual periods; and uncontrolled bleeding (hemorrhage) of the nose, lung, or stomach.

Horsetail is applied directly to the
skin to treat wounds and burns.

There have been reports of horsetail products being contaminated with a related plant called Equisetum palustre. This plant contains chemicals that can poison cattle, but toxicity in people has not been proven.


How does it work?  The chemicals in horsetail may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Plants related to horsetail contain chemicals that work like "water pills" (diuretics) and increase urine output. But it isn't clear whether horsetail has this effect.

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Kidney and bladder stones.
  • Weight loss.
  • Hair loss.
  • Gout.
  • Frostbite.
  • Heavy periods.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Incontinence.
  • Use on the skin for wound healing.
  • Other conditions.

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of horsetail for these uses.

HORSETAIL Side Effects & Safety

Horsetail is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth long-term. It contains a chemical called thiaminase that breaks down the vitamin thiamine, possibly leading to thiamine deficiency. Some products are labeled "thiaminase-free," but there's not enough information available to know if these products are safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of horsetail during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Horsetail might lower
blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use horsetail.

Low potassium levels (hypokalemia): Horsetail might flush potassium out of the body, possibly leading to potassium levels that are too low. Until more is known, use horsetail with caution if you are at risk for potassium deficiency.


Low thiamine levels (thiamine deficiency): There is a concern that horsetail could make thiamine deficiency worse.

HORSETAIL Interactions What is this?  Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
  • Lithium interacts with HORSETAIL

    Horsetail might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking horsetail 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.

Above info from this link: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-843-HORSETAIL.aspx?activeIngredientId=843&activeIngredientName=HORSETAIL 

In very high doses, horsetail is sedative and anticonvulsant. The primary use of the herb, however, is as a diuretic. Gently stimulating increased urinary flow, horsetail helps "flush" infectious bacteria out of the bladder without altering the body's balance of electrolytes. The powdered form of the herb is better when electrolytes may be depleted. It's also the form of the herb being investigated as a treatment for age-related memory impairment.  Precautions:  When taking horsetail powder for its diuretic effect, be sure to drink extra water for maximum benefit. Avoid if there are kidney stones. Don't take horsetail herb if you take an ACE inhibitor for high blood pressure and you have congestive heart failure, as the combination of the herb and the drug can cause accumulation of excessive potassium. Not recommended while pregnant. Toxicity similar to nicotine poisoning has been seen in children who ingest large amounts.


Constituents
More than 2/3 in-organic constituents, primarily silica and potassium salts. Horsetail from European sources contains the anti-allergy compound quercetin, but the same herb from North American and Asian sources usually does not. The plant also contains small amounts of nicotine.   
Parts Used:  The above-ground parts of the plant, dried, cut, and powdered.      Typical Preparations:  Usually in tea, tinctures and encapsulations. Universally used in cosmetics.



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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
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SHEEP SORREL HERB C/S  ORG            

SHEEP SORREL HERB POWDER  ORG   

SHEEP SORREL HERB C/S  wc          

SHEEP SORREL HERB POWDER  wc      


While many of the 'official' medical authorities are compelled to point out that the efficacy of sheep sorrel as a treatment for fever, scurvy, cancer and inflammation has not been proven by clinical trials, it is equally true that its efficacy has not be disclaimed. In fact, there have been no clinical trials on which to base any evidence at all other than anecdotal reports of its uses. Sorrel does make a wonderfully cooling beverage and soup, and its tart flavor is a perfect foil for hot and spicy herbs and seeds.

    Precautions:  Because sheep sorrel contains oxalic acid, it is recommended that it not be used in large amounts for extended periods of time as it can cause mineral deficiencies and liver damage. People with rheumatism, arthritis, gout or kidney stones should avoid sorrel as it can worsen their conditions.    

Introduction:  Sheep sorrel is widely regarded as a noxious weed with 45 of the fifty states reporting it as an intruder, but the small, creeping plant has a long-standing reputation as a medicinal herb. It has been used to treat diarrhea, cancer, fever and scurvy. While scientists are familiar with the effect of the various constituents, there have been no clinical trials to prove its efficacy in treating any of the named conditions. Sheep sorrel does have some culinary value as a garnish and a tart flavoring agent in salads and soups, and is one of the main ingredients in Chinese hot and sour soup. Its medicinal uses are not supported by research, though it is reported that the anthraquinones stimulate peristalsis and increase mucous production in the intestines, which may promote diarrhea rather than curing it. It is one of the main ingredients in the folk cancer cure commonly known as Essaic.     Constituents:  Glycosides: Hyperoside, quercitin-3d-galactoside, Anthraquinones: Emodin, aloe emodin, chrysophanol, rhein, physcion, Vitamins: A, B complex, C, D, E, K, Oxalates, tannins.     Parts Used:  All aerial parts     Typical Preparations:  In tea, soup and chilled beverages. As an extract or capsule and commonly found in Essiac Cancer tea blend. (sold under the name of The Burdock Blend at Apple Tree.)



SHEPHERD'S PURSE HERB C/S            

SHEPHERD'S PURSE HERB POWDER   

Overview Information

Shepherd's purse is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Shepherd's purse is used for
heart and circulatory problems including mild heart failure, low blood pressure, and nervous heart complaints. It is also used for headache, vomiting blood, blood in the urine, diarrhea, and bladder infections.

Women use shepherd's purse for premenstrual problems, long periods, and menstrual
cramps.

Shepherd's purse is sometimes applied directly to the
skin for nosebleeds, superficial burns, and bleeding skin injuries.

How does it work?

Shepherd's purse might decrease bleeding, stimulate muscles, and increase uterine contractions.

SHEPHERD'S PURSE Side Effects & Safety

Shepherd's purse seems to be safe when taken by mouth or applied to the skin in small amounts. It can cause drowsiness, changes in blood pressure, thyroid function changes, and heart palpitations.

An overdose of shepherd's purse might cause paralysis, breathing difficulty, and death.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Shepherd's purse is UNSAFE when taken by mouth or applied to the skin during pregnancy. It might cause the uterus to contract or start menstruation, resulting in miscarriage.

Not enough is known about the safety of using shepherd's purse during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Heart conditions: Shepherd's purse might interfere with treatment for heart conditions. It’s best to avoid using shepherd's purse if you have a heart condition.

Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis): Shepherd's purse contains chemical compounds called oxalates, which can form
kidney stones. If you have had kidney stones in the past, it’s best to avoid using shepherd's purse.

Surgery: Shepherd's purse can affect the central
nervous system. There is a concern that it might slow down the central nervous system’s activity too much when combined with anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery. Stop using shepherd's purse at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Thyroid conditions: Shepherd's purse might interfere with treatment for thyroid conditions. It’s best to avoid using shepherd's purse if you have a thyroid condition.

SHEPHERD'S PURSE Interactions What is this?

Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

  • Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with SHEPHERD'S PURSE

    Large amounts of shepherd's purse might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking shepherd's purse along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.
    Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.

  • Thyroid hormone interacts with SHEPHERD'S PURSE

    The body naturally produces thyroid hormone. Shepherd's purse might decrease how much thyroid hormone the body produces. Taking shepherd's purse along with thyroid hormone might decrease the effectiveness of thyroid hormone.

SHEPHERD'S PURSE Dosing

The appropriate dose of shepherd's purse depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for shepherd's purse. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.



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SKULLCAP HERB C/S    


Popular uses for skullcap include treatment of addictions, alcoholism, afterbirth removal following childbirth, colds, convulsions, epilepsy, headache (especially a dull frontal headache with sensitivity to noise, light and odors), hysteria, insomnia, nervous tension, and stress. Skullcap teas, tincture, and alcohol extracts have been shown to lower blood pressure in dogs, cats, rabbits, and humans by dilating blood vessels, potentially lowering risk of heart attack and stroke. Skullcap has shown promise as a treatment for strokes and nervous disorders. Almost all recent research has been focused on Chinese skullcap, S. baicalensis, and few studies have concentrated on American skullcap, but one of its active compounds, scutellarin, was shown to improve blood flow for more than 88 percent of the participants in a clinical trial involving 634 people with cerebral embolism (blood clot), cerebral thrombosis, or stroke-induced paralysis. Other research has confirmed skullcap’s value as a sedative and antispasmodic. A bitter, cooling herb, it can also be of use in calming a sensitive stomach and strengthening the nervous system after a prolonged illness. It is indicated for nervous fear, cardiac irritability, and nervous irritation of the cerebrospinal nervous system, and has been used for neurological diseases such as epilepsy and chorea (involuntary spasms of the face and limbs). It is one of the most effective herbs for withdrawing from habitual drug and alcohol use, having considerable detoxification properties that can prevent or diminish withdrawal symptoms such as delirium tremens.   Precautions:  Not toxic in normal amounts, although overdoses of skullcap tincture may cause confusion, giddiness, stupor, and seizures. Due to its use in expelling afterbirth, it should not be used by pregnant women. Skullcap cut with related species can be dangerous (for example, Teucrium chamaedrys, a close relative of pink skullcap, can cause hepatitis and liver damage), so make certain you are getting authentic scutellaria.

Typical Preparations:  Traditionally taken as a tea or tincture; can be used in capsule form. For a mild sedative, combine equal parts skullcap, hops and valerian root. This can be taken as a tea or tincture three times daily and a half hour before retiring. 15-20 drops of skullcap tincture taken every hour or two can lessen the severity of drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms.



SLIPPERY ELM INNER BARK POWDER  ORGANIC       

SLIPPERY ELM INNER BARK POWDER  wc                   

SLIPPERY ELM INNER BARK SHAVED  wc                        


Demulcent properties; coats and protects mucous membranes

Decreases cough and aids sore throats       Protects stomach and intestinal lining

Slippery elm poultices are a mainstay of herbal medicine for treating itchy, inflamed, or irritated skin as well as cuts, scrapes, scratches, and minor burns. The mucilage in slipper elm bark also relieves inflammation and irritation in the throat and urinary tract when the herb is taken as a tea or infusion. Slippery elm also helps neutralize excess stomach acid. Scientists believe that the mucilages activate a reflex that causes the stomach to secrete more of its own protective mucus. Slippery elm is used in natural medicine to treat chronic diarrhea, esophagitis, gastritis, peptic and duodenal ulcers, and ulcerative colitis. Clinical researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa recently tested slippery elm as a treatment for psoriasis.  The scientists found that a diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, small amounts of protein foods, and slippery elm bark with avoidance of red meat and processed foods reduced the permeability of the bowel to lectins in food and led to reductions in oozing, itching, and redness. The diet has to be followed carefully, and results may take six months.

Precautions:  Since slippery elm is a food product, there is no upper limit on dosage, although about 2 tablespoons (10 grams) of the herb is the minimum amount that produces noticeable effects. Avoid taking it with other medications, as the mucilage can prevent proper absorption. Make sure to drink lots of water with slippery elm bark powder or capsules.   

Introduction:  The slippery elm is a large, deciduous tree that is native to North American from Texas to Manitoba, and from Florida to Quebec. When growing in well-drained soils, it can reach a height of 60 feet (20 meters). The inner bark of the branches is collected in spring for medicinal used. Slippery elm bark added to hot water has a slippery and mucilaginous consistency. Native Americans used soaked slippery elm bark as a natural bandage, allowing to dry over wounds. Many tribes also wrapped slippery elm around stored food to prevent spoilage. Slippery elm also served as a food during famine and for making porridge for small children and elderly persons.    Constituents:  Mucilages.    

Parts Used:  The chopped bark is suitable for poultices. Use ground bark for tea.   

Typical Preparations:  Teas, infusions, poultices. Up to 5 tablespoons (15 grams) of slippery elm bark powder can be dissolved in a cup (240 ml) of water. Sometimes found encapsulated and as a liquid extract.


SPEARMINT LEAF C/S         


--Spearmint, like peppermint, is a digestive remedy. It relieves gas and indigestion, is anti-inflammatory, and stops gastrointestinal spasms. Unlike peppermint, spearmint is also diuretic. It may also be helpful in reducing fevers and easing respiratory problems and chronic bronchitis. In aromatherapy, inhaling the essential oil can help relieve stress and lift the mood. In Ayurvedic medicine spearmint is considered a cold, pungent herb that increases mental alertness and is more effective than peppermint in relieving stress.   Precautions:  Use peppermint, not spearmint, for gallbladder complaints.

Introduction:  A hardy perennial mint with bright green serrated leaves, spearmint has served as an important medicinal herb for millennia. Originally native to the Mediterranean countries, it is now common in many parts of the world. The Bible records that the ancient Pharisees paid tithes to their Temple in anise, cumin and spearmint. The sixteenth century English herbalist Gerard quotes the Roman historian Pliny, "The smell of Mint does stir up the minde and the taste to a greedy desire of meate." Beginning in about the fourteenth century, spearmint was used for whitening teeth, and its distilled oil is still used to flavor toothpaste and chewing gum, although it is not as commonly used as peppermint.     Constituents:  Volatile oil, menthol, menthone, d-limonene, neomenthol, tannins and very small amounts of essential oil containing about 50% carvone.     Parts Used:  The leaf, dried and cut.     Typical Preparations:  Taken as a tea and added to other herbal mixtures for flavor. Also used in some culinary creations. The essential oil and hydrosol have also been used for both culinary and flavoring purposes.



SPIRULINA POWDER  ORGANIC         (India)

 

Spirulina is a form of algae that provides you with all of the amino acids you need for a complete protein. While many plant sources provide you with many of the amino acids you needs, you usually have to pair them with other sources in order to get all of those amino acids. But when you have spirulina on your side, you don’t have to supplement with anything else. You’ll get all of the amino acids you need in order to build cells and tissues that keep you healthy and strong. Spirulina is a particularly good supplement for people who are making the transition to a vegetarian, vegan, or raw food diet. Adding spirulina to your diet can guarantee that you won’t lack the protein you need to survive.  Promotes hematopoiesis, helps to maintain healthy skin and treats several skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis. While spirulina has its roots in the ancient, modern research is proving more and more each day that it is a thoroughly modern supplement that could be a solution to many of the world's ills. Among the positive research that has been done involving the uses of spirulina are studies of children who were exposed to radiation at the site of the Chernobyl disaster. Those studies seemed to indicate that those children treated with spirulina had boosted immune system function despite damaged bone marrow. In vitro studies suggest that spirulina increases the production of antibodies and cytokines that ward off infection and chronic illnesses. While more study is needed to define precisely what actions spirulina may provoke in the body, there is a remarkable lack of harmful side effects or suggestions that there are any drawbacks. Even if it is used only for its nutritional content, spirulina is a valuable addition to the diet.  Precautions: Persons with PKU should consult a doctor before taking spirulina.  

 


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STEVIA LEAF C/S                                      

STEVIA LEAF POWDER                           

 (sometimes brownish; sometimes green) depending upon supplier purchased from.)

Stevia leaves are one of the sweetest substances known in nature, with a sweetness rating of up to 300 times the sweetening power of sugar. They have been called a "super-sweetener", and are the source of stevioside, a widely available tabletop sweetener in many Asian countries. With no calories and very little bitter aftertaste, stevia is an excellent alternative sweetener to sugar for teas and other recipes that call for sugar. PLEASE NOTE: Most commercial Stevia which is a white crystalline color is actually the dried powdered extract of Stevia and is not the whole leaf.

Also known as
Stevia rebaudiana, Sweet Leaf, Yerba Dulce, Sweet Herb of Paraguay, Sweet Herb, and Honey Leaf.

Introduction :  Stevia is one of a family of plants that are native to South America and have been used for centuries to sweeten drinks and foods. Stevia leaves are said to be from 30 to 300 times sweeter than sugar * though the amount of sweetness varies from leaf to leaf and plant to plant. It is touted as a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners. To date, chemical analysis and studies show that the leaf adds no calories, has no harmful side effects and is more palatable with less aftertaste than any artificial, chemical sweetener to date. Stevia has been in wide use in South America for centuries, and in Japan since the government banned the use of artificial sweeteners. To date, no harmful side effects have come to light, making stevia one of the most promising sugar alternatives available. Stevoside, made from stevia, is approved as a food additive in Korea, and is widely available throughout China, Taiwan and Malaysia. In China, tea made from stevia leaves are touted as anti-aging and weight reduction aids.

Constituents :  diterpene glycosides, steviol, dulcoside, rebaudioside C, rebaudioside A, isosteviol, stevioside, jhanol, flavonoid glycosides, quercetin,

Parts Used: Leaves      Typical Preparations:  As a tea, in food and beverages as a sweetener and sometimes in capsule or extract form.

 


   

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ST. JOHN'S WORT HERB  C/S       

ST. JOHN'S WORT HERB PWDR  


Promotes a positive mood      Helps mild depression, anxiety & nervousness.

 May also help with nerve pain       Supportive therapy for neuralgia

St. John's wort rose from virtual obscurity in the U.S. to become the fifth best selling dietary supplement in mainstream retail stores. Its rise to fame came after the national media reported clinical research showing that it was safe and effective for treating mild to moderate depression, and the Greek physician Hippocrates (ca. 460-377 B.C.E.) was one of the first to speak of the health benefits of St. Johns Wort, and it as been used to treat anxiety, neurosis, and depression since the time of Paracelsus (ca. 1493-1541 C.E.), when it was declared to be "arnica for the nerves." In addition to its value as a psychiatric treatment, some of the original folklore uses of this versatile plant were in treating bedwetting, rheumatism, and gout. A cool, bitter herb, St. John's wort is sedative, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and most famously as an anti-depressant. A large volume of scientific research suggests that only a standardized extract delivering a rather high dose of hypericin, one of the active constituents found in St. John's wort can effectively fight depression, so how can the successful use of the much milder traditional teas be explained? St. John's wort as a whole herb (which includes phytochemicals such as hyperforin that have yet to be extensively researched) gives the body "just enough medicine" to overcome the physical aches and pains and mild viral infections that keep the brain from recovering from depression. Current research is also looking into St. John's wort as a treatment for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  Precautions:  St. John's wort extracts may increase sensitivity to sunlight and risk of sunburn, but this is extremely rare when the whole herb is used May potentiate pharmaceutical MAO Protease inhibitors.

 


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A warming, drying herb, thyme is carminative, antibiotic, anthelemic, astringent, expectorant, and antitussive. The essential oil has these same properties, but is also extremely toxic and should not be taken internally. Thyme was used by the ancient Egyptians as one of the herbs included in the mummification process (for its antibacterial qualities), and by the ancient Greeks as an incense. The Romans burned thyme to purify rooms, and also used it to flavor cheese and liqueurs. In the 17th century, thyme teas were a treatment for whooping cough, shortness of breath, gout, and stomach pains and thyme ointment was applied to warts and abcesses. Today, oil of thyme is the main ingredient in the mouthwash Listerine. Thyme is a strong antiseptic used externally for infected cuts and scrapes and internally for oral and respiratory infections. Bath washes made from teas of thyme allowed to cool treat fungal infections such as athlete's foot and also vaginal yeast infections. Thyme contains tannins that cause proteins in skin to cross-link, forming a barrier to infection. Teas of thyme can be taken orally to treat allergies, asthma, colds, and coughs. The essential oil in the herb encourages coughing up of phlegm and stops spasms of the bronchial passages. Inhaling essential oil of thyme placed in hot water as aromatherapy has the same benefits. And of course, the fragrance and flavor of thyme leaves have long been a favorite of cooks for seasoning meats, soups, and stews. Thyme is especially common in Mediterranean and French cuisine, and is an ingredient in the seasoning blend herbes de Provence.  Precautions:   No one should take thyme oil internally. Women who are pregnant should not drink thyme tea, although small amounts of thyme used in cooking do not cause side effects. Do not take thyme as a medicine if you have a duodenal ulcer or if you have thyroid disease.


 TRIPHALA POWDER  CO         

Among the many uses for Triphala the most common is for the alleviation of constipation. It is also widely used to cleanse and tonify the gastro intestinal tract,  detoxification of the whole body, nourishment and rejuvenation of the tissues, support for healthy digestion and absorption, improved blood circulation, antiviral, antibacterial, a natural antioxidant, as an aid to help correct diverticulitis/ diverticulosis, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis. Tripahla is also used as eyewash for treatment of conjunctivitis and progressive myopia as well as the early stages of glaucoma and cataracts. Studies in recent years have suggested that it may even have potential as an anti-cancer treatment, reducing the incidence of tumors in animals and improving tolerance for radiation treatmentPrecautions:  Not recommended during pregnancy or while nursing and should not be used with cases of diarrhea and dysentery.

 Also known as: Triphala powder is made of a blend of equal parts Amlaki (Emblica officinalis) Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia Belerica)   Introduction: Triphala (which, in Hindi/Sanskrit, means literally "three fruits") is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and is said to balance the three constitutional elements of human life: the nervous system, the metabolic processes, and the body’s structural integrity. Formulated by Ayurvedic Practitioners thousands of years ago, it is considered the most effective and safest laxative. It is the three constituents of Triphala that make it such an effective herbal remedy. Amalaki is a great rejuvenator and a strong natural anti-oxidant and is also known to help boost the immune system. Reportedly having 20 times the vitamin C content of an orange, it is the highest known natural source of vitamin C. Haritaki, the Tibetan "king of medicine", is a classic heart-brain-longevity tonic, and is believed to be what is in the extended palm of Buddha. Bibhitaki is a rejuvenative believed to reduce liver and heart disease as well as to improve the voice, vision and promote hair growth. When combined to make triphala, these constituents cleanse and detoxify without depleting the body's reserves. Because of its ability to combine nutritional, blood and liver detoxifying actions, it is one of the most valuable herbal preparations in the world.      Parts Used:   Powdered or cut and usually in the form of tea. May be used as a capsule or extract.   

Typical Preparations:  Triphala has a strong taste. It is recommended to drink it with juice or to place honey on the tongue before swallowing. It is often possible to find Triphala in pill form however, the powdered form is much more effective and can be mixed thoroughly in a small amount of cold or warm water or simmered in water and drunk as a medicinal tea. When used as a digestive tonic or laxative, it is best taken in the evening, about two hours after eating, and at least 30 minutes before bedtime. No food should be eaten for one and a half hours after ingestion.

 

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TURKEY  RHUBARB RT  PWD  CO    

--Like buckthorn, cascara sagrada, frangula, and senna, turkey rhubarb encourages bowel movement by inhibiting the smooth muscles that retain stool and stimulating the smooth muscles that push stool through the intestine. The herb doesn't work unless the sennosides in the herb are transformed into rheinanthrones by beneficial bacteria in the colon. Rhubarb is more appropriate than senna, however, when irregularity follows treatment with antibiotics; it is less dependent on the symbiotic bacteria of the colon. Chinese physicians today use rhubarb root teas to treat stubborn infections of the skin caused by Staphylococcus aureus. A powder of rhubarb root and licorice can be made into a plaster to treat boils and furuncles.   Precautions:  If you experience cramping, you've taken too much. On the other hand, if you take only a tiny amount of rhubarb, you will become constipated. In very small doses, the tannins in rhubarb are more effective than the purgative chemicals and the herb actually causes constipation. Use as directed. Don't take rhubarb or any other stimulant laxative if you take Lasix (furosemide); the combination can lead to potassium depletion. Not known to be safe during pregnancy, although no complications have ever been reported. Not recommended for long term use.
Also known as:  Rheum palmatum, Rhubarb root, da huang, and Chinese rhubarb.     Introduction:  Turkey rhubarb has been used as a purgative for at least 2,000 years. Its used was recorded in the Chinese medical text Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica nearly two centuries before the beginning of the Christian era. Rhubarb roots are dug in September or October after the stem and leaves of the plant are withered by frost. The roots should only dug after the plants are about 2-3 years old, and the maximum effectiveness of the roots as a purgative requires that they be aged for about 6-12 months.    
Constituents:  Anthaquinone glycosides including chrysophanol, emodin, aloe-emodin, rhein, physcion; as well as cinnamic acid, calcium oxalate, fructose, glucose, tannic acids, and sennosides A, B, and C.     Parts Used:  Dried root, chopped and powdered.     Typical Preparations:  Traditionally used as a tea or tincture. Combined with cinnamon to relieve chronic constipation, Mugwort to relieve flank pain, peony for constipation and hemorrhoids, or with magnolia bark and bitter orange for constipation accompanied by high fever. May also be taken as a capsule for convenience.

TURMERIC ROOT POWDER  CO  

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Potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

 Reduces oxidation of LDL cholesterol, a risk factor for atherosclerosis

 Relieves the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and postoperative inflammation

 Reduces the risk of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimers

 Enhances the body's production of cancer-fighting compounds

World's most important protective botanical 

Researched for maintaining healthy inflammation response

Maintains healthy heart, cardiovascular, and liver function

Promotes Normal Cell Growth     Supports healthy joints

Turmeric is the main anti-inflammatory herb of Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda uses turmeric to treat diseases of the liver and to relieve inflammation. Laboratory tests have found that turmeric is antioxidant and antimutagenic (13,14), that is, it potentially helps prevent new cancers that are caused by chemotherapy or radiation used to treat existing cancers. Turmeric in the diet may help prevent the pain of arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis. A volatile oil in the spice is as effective in relieving pain, under laboratory conditions, as equal amounts of steroids. The antioxidants in turmeric fight atherosclerosis by deactivating platelet-activating factor (PAF). This protein seals leaks in blood vessels by stimulating the growth of a protein "net" on which a cholesterol plaque can form. Curcumin in turmeric helps prevent hardening of the arteries in people who have diabetes, and also helps stop the loss of protein through the kidneys. In the laboratory, the antioxidants in turmeric kill cultures of cancer cells from the skin, bloodstream, and ovaries. Curcumin may stop the action of a liver enzyme that activates environmental toxins into carcinogenic forms, and may be especially useful in deactivating the carcinogens in cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco. Turmeric in the diet increases the production of enzymes that digest fats and sugars, and stop cholesterol from forming gallstones. Turmeric prevents the release of histamine in the stomach, quelling nervous stomach and counteracting food allergies and it fights gum inflammation by halting the action of a gene that creates irritant chemicals. Without the irritation, bacteria cannot find a place to grow, and the absence of bacteria reduces both bad breath and gingivitis. Of course, if you use turmeric to prevent bad breath, you shouldn't eat curries made with garlic.   Precautions:  As is the case with so many herbs, turmeric should be used in moderation. Too much turmeric used for extended periods of time may cause stomach distress. Since turmeric is included in Ayurvedic formulas for birth control, women trying to become pregnant should limit their consumption of the herb, and it should be avoided entirely while pregnant. Excessive use of turmeric should also be avoided in people with congestive heart failure. The curcumin in turmeric activates a gene called p53. This gene deactivates cancer cells, but it also deactivates damaged cells in the heart. 

Typical Preparations Teas, tinctures, and poultices & capsules. Combined with Dong quai for treating menstrual cramps. Ayurvedic medicine uses turmeric with guggul for treating liver disease. Many of the healing of benefits of turmeric have been attributed to curcumin, a group of antioxidant compounds found in the rhizome. Although curcumin is available as a standardized extract, the whole herb may be more beneficial for you than the curcumin extract: Only very small amounts of curcumin are absorbed into the bloodstream. Turmeric as a whole herb stays in the digestive tract longer than curcumin, releasing antioxidant curcumin along with other beneficial substances.

 

UVA URSI LEAF POWDER   

UVA URSI LEAF WHOLE     


Supports kidney and bladder health        Treats urinary tract infections

 Acts as a mild pain reliever

Uva Ursi is a diuretic, urinary antiseptic, and astringent. It does not kill the bacteria that cause urinary tract infection. Instead, it releases complex polysaccharides that keep the bacteria "rooting" in the lining of the bladder and urethra, allowing the infectious microorganisms to be flushed away with the flow of urine. Most authorities on herbal medicine note that uva ursi is more effective when the urine is alkaline, that is, when plant foods (especially leafy greens and dried foods) are eaten in greater quantities than animal foods (tab for GreenPower Blend) (smoked fish and hard cheese causing the greatest acidity). In addition to treating urinary tract infections (for which it is approved by the German Commission E), uva ursi has been reported effective against chronic diarrhea, E. coli, high blood pressure, and cold sores, herpes and vaginal infections.     Precautions: Cranberry juice sweetened with sugar cancels out the benefits of uva ursi, although unsweetened cranberry juice, cranberry extracts, and whole cranberries (served without sugar) do not. Do not take vitamin C on days you take uva ursi; vitamin C cancels out its effects. Uva ursi is only appropriate for short-term use, no more than two weeks at a time, no more than 5 times a year. Uva ursi should not be taken by young children, pregnant or nursing women, or by persons with severe liver or kidney disease. 

Introduction:  Before there were antibiotics, doctors prescribed uva ursi to treat urinary tract infections. Closely related to cranberry and blueberry, uva ursi is a low-lying evergreen perennial bush whose berries are a favorite of bears, hence the name "bearberry." However, it is the leaves that are used medicinally.   Typical Preparations:  Traditionally used as a tea or tincture. Frequently combined with buchu, cleavers, dandelion leaf, parsley fruit, or juniper berries. May also be taken in capsule form.


VALERIAN ROOT C/S             

VALERIAN ROOT POWDER   

  Promotes sleep and relaxation.

  Relieves occasional insomnia, nervousness and mental fatigue.

--Valerian is a calmative and tranquilizer. Its properties have been known at least since the time of Hippocrates, and it was prescribed by the ancient Greek physician Galen for the treatment of headaches, insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, menstrual problems, nervous stomach, and hysteria. Clinical trials have confirmed the use of valerian for treating insomnia, especially the insomnia that accompanies menopause. The advantage of valerian over tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax is that it reduces sleep latency, the time required to fall asleep, without a period of bedtime drowsiness and without creating a "hangover" or grogginess the next morning. Valerian has greatest effect in treating chronic insomnia, rather than short-term sleeplessness. It also soothes the digestive system and may prevent cramping caused by irritable bowel syndrome.   Precautions:  If you use valerian for several months and suddenly stop using it, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as headache, insomnia, racing heart, and general grouchiness, although rare. Reduce dosage of a period of about a week if you wish to discontinue using the herb suddenly.

  Introduction :  Contrary to popular myth, the modern drug Valium is not derived from valerian, and there is no relationship at all between them. Valerian root does, however, have a long history of use as a sedative in Western Europe, dating back to the time of Hippocrates, (ca. 460-377 B.C). Originally native to Europe and parts of Asia but now common throughout North America, in the U.S. valerian root is widely used in sleep aids and sedatives in various forms including teas, tablets, and capsules. Often, valerian is combined with other herbs traditionally known to promote sleep including hops, passionflower, lemon balm, chamomile, and lavender. The root must be dried at temperatures below 105 degrees F (40 degrees C) for its medicinally active compounds to form. Anyone who has experienced the unpleasant dirty socks odor of the roots would be surprised to learn that the pink or white flowers of this long-stemmed perennial are actually quite fragrant, and were used as a perfume in the 16th century. Ancient medical texts acknowledge the odor of the root by calling the plant phu. In teas, valerian tastes sweet and spicy if somewhat bitter. 

Constituents:  Acetic acid, ascorbic acid, beta-ionone, calcium, caffeic acid, magnesium, manganese, quercitin, valeric acid.   Parts Used:  Dried root.   Typical Preparations:  Teas, tinctures and capsules. Can be combined with St. John's wort to increase its ability to reduce anxiety, or with hops and/or lemon balm to strengthen its sleep-inducing properties. Many people find the taste unpleasant and prefer to take it as a capsule or extract.

  

VERVAIN BLUE 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.

WHEATGRASS POWDER  CO  

--Wheatgrass is one of the richest sources of Chlorophyll. Use of it has been reported to improve energy levels, strengthen the immune system & slow the development of various types of cancer.  One study reported it to be useful in healing colitiis & other bowel conditons.  Wheatgrass detoxifies & cleanses the large intestine & liver. & is beneficial to blood, & is used to treat blood disorders, including anemia.  Used to treat bronchitis, the common cold, coughs, infections & fevers.  In folk medicine it has been used in the treatment of cystitis, gout, chronic skin disorders, & constipation.  It aids in digestion.  Chlorophyll benefits heart function, the vascular system, the uterus, intestines & lungs.  Chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production.  Wheatgrass is of benefit to those exhibiting signs of retinal disturbances & to those with early-macular degeneration.  Precautions: Wheatgrass assists the liver in purging toxins which may cause temporary, mild nausea. NOTE: Wheatgrass, is the leaf blade of the grain-producing grass, it DOES NOT contain any of the constituants of the glutenous grain which are known to trigger wheat allergies.   Dosage: For general tonic & healing use. 2 Tblsp. in juice, or water, as tea 3-4 times a day. In capsules, 5-15 per day.   

Introduction:  Wheatgrass is the freshly sprouted shoots of grains of wheat. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is used interchangeably with barley grass. The tender young shoots of freshly sprouted barley or wheat seeds were used to treat diseases of the "spleen," or poor digestion, but also "stagnation of the liver," conditions characterized by an inability to respond to the emotional environment, usually depression after chronic anger or disappointment. Wheat grass is grown by soaking the seeds in clean water for 6-12 hours until they sprout and grow shoots approximately 2 inches (5 cm) long. Barley grass provides a broader ranger of nutrients, but wheat grass has a superior content of antioxidants and organic phosphates. Wheatgrass sprouting seeds themselves are a wonderful addition to any diet. As above, soak the seeds for 6-12 hours, rinse the water out, and dry thoroughly. This should be repeated at least 3 times, but may be repeated more if you want your seeds to get larger. Make sure they are very dry the last round of soak/rinse as they will keep better in the refrigerator the dryer to the touch that they are.     Constituents:  Quercetin, rutin, organic phosphates.    Parts Used:  The dried unjointed leaf. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, wheat grass may be "massed" or fermented before drying.    Typical Preparations:  A level tablespoon (3-4 grams) of powder added to teas, smoothies, or cereals, daily. Sometimes found in encapsulations.   

WHITE MULBERRY LEAF C/S  CO                


White mulberry is an herb. The powdered leaves are most commonly used for medicine. The fruit can be used for food, either raw or cooked.

White mulberry is often tried in order to help treat
diabetes. It is also tried for treating high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, the common cold and its symptoms, muscle and joint pain such as from arthritis, constipation, dizziness, ringing in the ears, hair loss, and premature graying.

White mulberry is native to China and is the food of silkworms. It was introduced into the United States in colonial times, during an attempt to establish a silk industry. The wood is very flexible and durable and has been used to make tennis rackets, hockey sticks, furniture, and boats.

How does it work?

There are some chemicals in white mulberry that work in a similar way to some medicines used for type 2 diabetes. They slow the breakdown of sugars in the gut so that they are absorbed more slowly into the blood. This helps the body keep blood sugar levels in the desirable range.

Possibly Effective for:

  • Diabetes. The powdered leaves of white mulberry seem to lower blood sugar in people who have type 2 diabetes. Taking 1 gram of the powdered leaf three times a day as a tea with meals for 4 weeks decreased fasting blood sugar levels by 27%, compared with an 8% decrease with the diabetes medicine glyburide, 5 mg daily.  Only use this with your Doctors supervision.

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • High blood cholesterol. In a small study of people with type 2 diabetes, white mulberry leaf, 1 gram taken 3 times daily with meals for 4 weeks, reduced total cholesterol by 12%, and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 23%, and increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol by 18%.
  • Common cold.
  • Cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Muscle and joint pain.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Asthma.
  • Constipation.
  • Dizziness and ringing in the ears.
  • Hair loss and premature graying.
  • Other conditions.

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of white mulberry for these uses.

WHITE MULBERRY Side Effects & Safety

White mulberry is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when the powdered leaf is taken by mouth for up to 5 weeks. Side effects have not been reported in studies; however, not very many studies have been done.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of white mulberry during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: White mulberry might lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use white mulberry.

WHITE MULBERRY Dosing

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH(preferably Tea or in capsule form)

WHITE OAK BARK C/S                     

WHITE OAK BARK POWDER        


 Powerful astringent and antiseptic properties

May help prevent and control bacterial infections

 May help relieve diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and a wide variety of infections

The primary use of oak bark for making bath additives and gargles to stop bacterial and viral infections. An alcohol tincture painted on the skin or used to make a cream helps fight staph infections. Research is undergoing to confirm the traditional use of oak bark decoctions in treating kidney stones. There are indications that the bark not only dissolves stones but also stops the growth of the bacteria surrounding them. German researchers also report that regular consumption of the bark may lower cholesterol, although there are more effective herbs for this purpose.  Precautions:  Avoid bathing a large area of inflamed skin all at once. Oak bark infusions, extracts, and tinctures taken internally should be timed so that any medication (especially any medication that has to be taken on a relatively alkaline or empty stomach) is not in the digestive tract. Take oak bark 4 hours before or 4 hours after any prescription medication.    Introduction:
The oak's botanical name quercus comes from the Celtic words quer (fine) and cuez (tree). White oak bark?s astringent powers have been known to practitioners of herbal healing for thousands of years. The Romans used decoctions of oak bark to treat chronic diarrhea, dysentery, and hemorrhage. Herbalists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries used oak bark to "tan" the lining of the throat to stop pain and prevent reinfection from viruses and bacteria.   
Constituents:  Starch, tannins, resins, calcium oxalate, quillaic acid.    Parts Used:  Dried or toasted bark. Gentle dry heat increases the concentration of volatile oils in the bark. Bark, ground before storage. Gentle heating concentrates healing volatile oils in oak bark pieces, but destroys volatile oils in oak bark once it has been powdered.    Typical Preparations:  Baths, washes, infusions, teas, tinctures. 



WILLOW BARK C/S (WHITE)         

WILLOW BARK POWDER (WHITE)   


 Natural pain reliever       Reduces inflammation      Contains salicin

 Ideal for headaches, minor aches and pains, menstrual cramps and more

The analgesic action of willow bark depends on symbiotic or "friendly" intestinal bacteria to digest is components into painkilling forms. Aspirin does not require digestion by intestinal bacteria, and works more quickly. Willow bark, on the other hand, continues to provide pain relief longer than aspirin. Unlike aspirin, the salicylates in willow bark do not increase the risk of bleeding. They do not usually irritate the lining of the stomach. For these reasons, willow bark may be useful for people who have chronic joint pain but cannot take NSAIDs or COX-2 inhibitors.

Precautions:   Native American herbal medicine used willow bark to diminish sexual desire. Long-term, daily use of willow bark will reduce sexual desire, although it will not alter sexual performance in either men or women. Do not use willow bark if you are allergic to aspirin, and do not give willow bark to a child under sixteen years of age who has symptoms of any kind of viral infection, especially flu or chickenpox.

Also known as:   Salix alba, Willow and Willow bark.

Introduction:   Native to North America, northern Asia, and much of Africa, the white willow is a low-growing deciduous tree bearing long, green, tapering leaves and catkins in spring. Bark is tripped from young trees in the spring for use in herbal medicines. Willow bark is the grandmother of aspirin and many other medications for arthritis and rheumatism. Almost two thousand years ago, the Greek physician Dioscorides used willow bark to sooth the pain of inflamed joints. Native American healers used willow bark long before Columbus?or the Vikings?landed. The conversion of willow bark to aspirin began in 1828 when a German chemist isolated the active ingredient and named it salicin. In 1899, the Bayer company began manufacturing and selling a modified form of the willow bark chemical acetylsalicylic acid, or aspirin. This first of the modern miracle medicines has been a mainstay in the treatment of joint pain ever since. Willow bark is a proven painkiller appropriate for colds, fevers, minor infections, headache, arthritis, and pain caused by inflammation.

Constituents:  Salicin, tannins.

Parts Used:   Bark.

Typical Preparations:   Most commonly used in tea preparations, and equally convenient as a capsule or extract. Also used to make lozenges, and salicin tablets.




 

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wild lettuce Side Effects & Safety

Wild lettuce seems safe for most people in small amounts. Large amounts, however, can slow breathing and might cause death.

Applying wild lettuce directly to the skin can cause irritation. Large amounts can cause
sweating, fast heartbeat, pupil dilation, dizziness, ringing in the ears, vision changes, sedation, breathing difficulty, and death.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of wild lettuce during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH): Don’t use wild lettuce if you have this condition. It contains a chemical that can harm people who have trouble urinating.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Wild lettuce 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 taking wild lettuce.

Narrow-angle glaucoma: Don’t use wild lettuce if you have this
eye condition. It contains a chemical that might make glaucoma worse.

Surgery: Wild lettuce can affect the central
nervous system. There is a concern that it might cause too much sleepiness if it is taken along with anesthesia and other nerve-numbing medications used during and after surgery. Stop using wild lettuce at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

WILD LETTUCE HERB POWDER     discontinued


Info below taken from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-342-wild%20lettuce.aspx?activeingredientid=342&activeingredientname=wild%20lettuce 

wild lettuce Overview Information

Wild lettuce is a plant. The leaves, sap (latex), and seed are used to make medicine.

Wild lettuce is used for
whooping cough, asthma, urinary tract problems, cough, trouble sleeping (insomnia), restlessness, excitability in children, painful menstrual periods, excessive sex drive in women (nymphomania), muscular or joint pains, poor circulation, swollen genitals in men (priapism), and as an opium substitute in cough preparations.

The seed oil is used for “hardening of the
arteries” (atherosclerosis) and as a substitute for wheat germ oil.   Some people apply wild lettuce latex directly to the skin to kill germs.

How does it work?

Wild lettuce has calming, relaxing, and pain relieving effects.

wild lettuce Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Whooping cough.
  • Asthma.
  • Urinary tract problems.
  • Cough.
  • “Hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis).
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
  • Restlessness.
  • Painful menstrual periods.
  • Sexual disorders.
  • Muscle and joint pain.
  • Killing germs, when the latex is applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of wild lettuce for these uses.
wild lettuce Interactions What is this?

Major Interaction Do not take this combination

  • Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with WILD LETTUCE

    Wild lettuce might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking wild lettuce along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.
    Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.

wild lettuce Dosing

The appropriate dose of wild lettuce depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for wild lettuce. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


WILD CHERRY BARK C/S           


Much of the healing activity of wild cherry bark is associated with scopoletin: analgesic, antiarrhythmic, antibacterial, anticonstrictive (in the bronchial tubes), antihepatotoxic, anti-inflammatory, fungicide, lowering blood pressure, lowering blood sugars, relaxing the muscles, "sedating" the uterus. The bark is also about 1/2% hydrogen cyanide, just enough to stop coughing and to relax the bronchial tubes without having any other physiological effects.
Precautions:  All stone fruits (cherries, apples, apricots, peaches, plums, pears) contain very low levels of hydrogen cyanide in their bark and pits. The concentration is low enough to be considered therapeutic, but don't take the whole bottle all at once! Not recommended for small children, nursing mothers, pregnant women, or people with severe kidney or liver disease. Not recommended for long term use.


Also known as:  Prunus serotina, Black Cherry (Prunus virginiana), Virginian Prune, and Choke Cherry.        IntroductionFrom ancient times the cherry has been associated with virginity, the red colored fruit with the enclosed seed symbolizing the uterus. Buddhism teaches that Maya, the virgin mother of Buddha, was supported by a holy cherry tree during her pregnancy. In Danish folklore, a good crop of cherries was insured by having the first ripe fruit eaten by a woman shortly after her first child was born. Many myths used cherries as symbols of both education and concealment. The cherry has been associated with virginity from ancient times to modern, which probably arose from the red colored fruit with enclosed seed symbolizing the uterus.        ConstituentsAcetylcholine, HCN, kaempferol, p-coumaric acid, prunasin, quercetin, scopoletin, tannins.        Parts UsedDried bark.
Typical PreparationsMost commonly found in Syrup formulas, however it may be administered as a tea or extract.
 

WILD YAM ROOT C/S                 

WILD YAM ROOT POWDER     


Traditional Chinese Medicine has used wild yam for at least 2,000 years, since the time of the writing of the Divine Husbandman's Classic of the Materia Medica. Wild yam "separates the pure from the turbid." It is used to treat conditions manifesting themselves as cloudy urine or vaginal discharge. It relievers lower back pain, numbness or stiffness in the legs and feet, and muscle aches, and it clears "damp heat" from the skin at sites of eczema, boils, or eczema. Mountain yam is used to treat stomach upset accompanied by fatigue, heavy sweating, and loss of appetite. It also relieves chronic cough and wheezing and "binds" the kidneys to stop premature ejaculation, frequent urination, or vaginal discharge. Mountain yam is also used to stop severe thirst accompanying diabetes.
Precautions:  Avoid products that are labeled "natural progesterone." They either contain no progesterone, or they contain synthetic progesterone.

Also known as:  Dioscorea villosa, Colic-root, and Yam.
Introduction:  There is a great deal of misinformation among consumers, practitioners, and natural product vendors alike about the connection between wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) and progesterone. The female hormone progesterone was first synthesized in a laboratory in 1934, but the materials needed for the process were so expensive that the hormone, that could only be made in very small batches, was priced at $1000 per gram, or about $10,000 per gram in current dollars. Researcher Russell Marker developed a way to derive progesterone from diosgenin, a compound found in the Mexican plant cabeza de negra, Dioscorea macrostachya. This made progesterone extremely cheap and led the way to the development of oral contraceptives. While diosgenin can be converted into progesterone in the laboratory, it cannot be converted into progesterone in the human body. Wild yam contains no progesterone, natural or otherwise. It is, however, extremely useful for many gynecological complaints.
Constituents:  Ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, chromium, cobalt, dioscin, diosgenin, fiber, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, tin, zinc.
Parts Used:  The dried tuber.
Typical Preparations:  Teas, infusions, capsules, and added to creams and ointments. Seldom found in liquid extract form. Combined with cinnamon to treat chronic infection.


WORMWOOD HERB C/S             

WORMWOOD POWDER         


Wormwood's rather unsavory reputation and the banning of absinthe in the United States has added to the glamour and mystery surrounding wormwood. The active constituent thujone * most often absinthol * can be toxic in high doses, and may induce hallucinogenic visions. Wormwood has a long association with both bitterness and liquor, being an ingredient in Pernod, vermouth, absinthe and other alcoholic spirits.  Precautions:  Wormwood contains constituents that may be toxic if ingested in large amounts and for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant.

Also known as:  Artemisia absinthus, Absinthe, Absinthe Wormwood, and Old Woman's Weed.

Introduction:  As bitter as wormwood, goes an ancient proverb, and wormwood is indeed one of the most bitter of all plants. Named after the Greek goddess Artemis, the plant is said to have been delivered to Chiron, the father of medicine, by the goddess herself. Wormwood, often called absinth, has hallucinogenic and psychoactive properties and is said to affect the brain in much the same way as THC. Wormwood is often used as a companion plant, as it has strong pest repellant properties, and deters the growth of weeds. Its best known use is in the making of absinthe, a liquor distilled from wormwood which is said to have hallucinogenic effects. Such famous men as Hemingway and Van Gogh attributed part of their creativity to absinth induced visions. True absinthe is illegal in many countries, but wormwood is also used as a color and flavoring in other liqueurs, notably vermouth. The absinthe recommended by the ancient physicians from the Egyptian through the Greeks was likely a very different recipe than that with which we are familiar today. It is most likely that it was simply wormwood soaked in wine or spirits, imparting the medicinal value of the plant to the alcohol. Among its traditional uses, Pliny noted that victorious champions at the races often drank a cup of wine in which wormwood had been soaked to remind them that victory was bitter as well as sweet.

Constituents:  thujone (absinthol or tenacetone), thujyl alcohol, acids, absinthin, tannins, resin, potash, starch.        Parts Used:  The whole herb (leaf, stem and flowering parts)

Typical Preparations:  Soaked in wine or other spirits, as a tea, in some dream and sleep pillows, as a liquid herbal extract and sometimes found in capsules.

 

 

WOOD BETONY HERB C/S                

WOOD BETONY HERB POWDER       

--Centuries of European herbalists used wood betony as a calming remedy and to treat eczema, hives, and shingles. Wood betony teas also treat sore throats caused by allergies or colds, heartburn, and inflammation due to infections of the urinary tract. The herb is used in combination with other treatments to remove intestinal parasites.   Precautions:  Russian research indicates that the traditional warning for nursing mothers not to use wood betony is not warranted. Drink the tea at a meal for maximum benefit.

Introduction:  "Sell your coat and buy betony, admonished an Italian proverb of the Middle Ages. Wood betony was once considered an herbal "magic bullet" for dispelling a wide variety of diseases. Antonius Musa, chief physician to the Roman emperor Caesar August, catalogued 47 conditions he treated with the herb. Wood betony is an herb native to Europe bearing a spike of purple flowers on a long, central stem reaching 1-2 feet (60 to 90 cm) high. All the leaves are rough to the touch and are also fringed with short, fine hairs; their whole surface is dotted with glands containing a bitter, aromatic oil.     Constituents:  Betaine, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, harpagide, rosmarinic acid, stachydrine, tannins.     Parts Used:  the whole herb, collected in dry weather.     Typical Preparations:  Gargles, extracts and teas. Seldom found encapsulated.



YARROW FLOWERS C/S          

YARROW FLOWERS GROUND  

--The British Herbal Compendium notes that preparations of yarrow lower fevers, induce sweating, stop cramps, encourage menstruation, relieve inflammation, and stimulate the release of stomach acid to digest proteins and fats. The herb is taken internally to treat colds, fevers, and indigestion, and used in skin treatments of slow-healing wounds. The Complete German Commission E Monographs recommends sitz baths with yarrow added to the bath water to relieve pelvic cramps in women.  Precautions:  Use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. Its use is not recommended while pregnant.
Also known as:  Achillea millefolium, Common Yarrow, Milfoil, Soldiers Woundwort, Staunchweed, Woundwort, and Western Yarrow.     Introduction:  Yarrow is a long-stemmed member of the sunflower family found in the wild throughout the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It can be recognized by its highly segmented leaves (millefolium literally means "thousand leaves"), and the clusters of daisy-like white or lavender flowers at the top of the stalk. Greek myth had it that Achilles painted himself with a tincture of yarrow to make himself invulnerable to arrows, everywhere on his body except his heel. Native American herbal medicine makes extensive use of yarrow. Among the Micmac people of Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, the stalk was chewed or stewed to induce sweating to "break" fevers and colds. They also pounded the stalks into a pulp to be applied to bruises, sprains, and swelling. The Cherokee, Gosiute, Iroquois, and Mohegan peoples used yarrow as a digestive aid. Other herbal healing traditions use yarrow to treat a variety of conditions characterized by swelling, often combined with echinacea, elder flower, ginger, and peppermint.  Constituents:  Bitters, chamazulene, proazulene, saponins, tannins, fatty acids.  Parts Used:  Dried stems, leaves, and flowers.     Typical Preparations:  Tea infusions, juice (from the fresh herb), tinctures, as a compress, and in baths.

 


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YELLOW DOCK Interactions What is this?

Major Interaction Do not take this combination

  • Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with YELLOW DOCK

    Yellow dock is a type of laxative called a stimulant laxative. Stimulant laxatives can decrease potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the risk of side effects of digoxin (Lanoxin).

  • Water pills (Diuretic drugs) interacts with YELLOW DOCK

    Yellow dock is a laxative. Some laxatives can decrease potassium in the body. "Water pills" can also decrease potassium in the body. Taking yellow dock along with "water pills" might decrease potassium in the body too much.
    Some "water pills" that can decrease potassium include chlorothiazide (Diuril), chlorthalidone (Thalitone), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, Hydrodiuril, Microzide), and others.

Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
  • Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with YELLOW DOCK

    Yellow dock can work as a laxative. In some people yellow dock can cause diarrhea. Diarrhea can increase the effects of warfarin and increase the risk of bleeding. If you take warfarin do not to take excessive amounts of yellow dock.

YELLOW DOCK ROOT C/S               

YELLOW DOCK ROOT POWDER       


 Encourages the removal of toxins from the blood

Helpful for skin conditions such as acne, boils, eczema and psoriasis

 A potent herbal bitter; stimulates digestive juices


Yellow dock is an herb. The leaf stalks are used in salads. The root is used as medicine.

Yellow dock is used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of nasal passages and the respiratory tract, and as a laxative and tonic. It is also used to treat
bacterial infections and sexually transmitted diseases.  Some people use yellow dock as a toothpaste.

Historically, yellow dock has been used for
skin diseases, skin inflammation (dermatitis), rashes, a vitamin deficiency called scurvy, obstructive jaundice, and psoriasis with constipation.     How does it work?  Yellow dock contains chemicals called anthraquinones, which work as stimulant laxatives.

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Constipation.
  • Inflammation of nasal passages and the respiratory tract.
  • Bacterial infections.
  • Jaundice.
  • Scurvy.
YELLOW DOCK Side Effects & Safety

Yellow dock seems to be safe for most adults. Taking too much yellow dock can cause diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, excessive urination, skin irritation, and low blood levels of potassium and calcium.

Don't use raw or uncooked yellow dock. It can cause serious side effects including vomiting,
heart problems, breathing difficulty, and even death. Also, handling raw yellow dock can cause skin irritation in some people.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don’t take yellow dock if you are pregnant. It has laxative effects that might be UNSAFE. It’s also best to avoid yellow dock if you are breast-feeding. The chemicals that cause the laxative effects can be transferred to a nursing infant through breast milk.

Allergies: People who are allergic to ragweed may also be allergic to yellow dock.

Blood clotting problems: Yellow dock may speed up clotting. If you have a clotting disorder, get your healthcare provider’s advice before starting yellow dock.

Gastrointestinal (GI) blockage: Don’t use yellow dock if you have any kind of blockage in your digestive tract.

Stomach or intestinal ulcers: Don’t use yellow dock if you have ulcers. Yellow dock can irritate the lining of the stomach and intestine, making ulcer symptoms worse.

Kidney disease: Yellow dock contains a chemical that can bind with calcium and form crystals that can damage the kidneys. If you have
kidney stones or have ever had kidney stones, get your healthcare provider’s advice before starting yellow dock.


 

 

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YERBA MATE LEAVES (Green) C/S     Weight Loss Aid

--There seems to be some confusion about this wonderful beverage. Is yerba mate (pronounced mah-tay) a tea or not?  Yerba mate tea is what is known as a tisane. Tisanes are herbal infusions that are brewed and enjoyed like a true tea.  Packed with disease fighting antioxidants, yerba mate tea has been used by South American medicine men for centuries much like green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine.  Yerba mate is diuretic, inotropic (increasing the strength of each heartbeat), chronotropic (making the heart beat faster), glycogenolytic (breaking down stored glycogen in the liver, allowing it to store calories from the next meal), lipolytic (breaking down fats), and analeptic (stimulating the central nervous system). Yerba mate assists weight loss by increasing the transit time of food through the digestive tract, helping users feel fuller, longer. Also recommended for treating fatigue and headache.

Drink 3 cups a day for best results in aiding weight loss.


YUCCA ROOT POWDER  & C/S

      

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yucca Overview Information

Yucca is a tree. The root of the non-flowering plant is used to make medicine.

Yucca is used for osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, migraineheadaches, inflammation of the intestine (colitis), high cholesterol, stomach disorders, diabetes, poor circulation, and liver and gallbladder disorders.

Some people apply yucca directly to the skin for sores, skin diseases, bleeding, sprains, joint pain, baldness, and dandruff.

In foods, yucca is fried like potatoes.   In manufacturing, yucca extract is used as a foaming and flavoring agent in carbonated beverages. Many compounds from yucca have been used in the manufacture of new drugs.

How does it work?

Yucca contains chemicals that might help reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It might also reduce arthritis symptoms such as pain, swelling, and stiffness.

yucca Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of yucca for these uses.
yucca Side Effects & Safety

Yucca is LIKELY SAFE when consumed in the amounts normally found in foods. Yucca is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth short-term. It can cause side effects such as stomach upset, bitter taste, nausea, and vomiting.

Not enough is known about the safety of taking yucca by mouth long-term or applying it to the skin.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking yucca if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


 



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