Suggested Uses of Bulk Herbs 'A - B'
CO = CERTIFIED ORGANIC WC = WILD CRAFTED (harvested without chemicals)
C/S = cut and sifted for TEAS Powdered for Capsules or Tea
Most Herbs NOT shown as 'CO' [Certified Organic] ARE 'WC' [Wildcrafted]
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NOTE: Listing the herbs & their uses, is VERY time consuming. Meantime, we suggest you go to either of these websites, for an overview of suggested Herb uses, precautions, etc.
With permission I'm pleased to ad this link to THE PEANUT MILL (Health Food Store) IN ST. CATHARINES as it has a WEALTH OF HERBAL INFORMATION (also of interest is the heading Conditions: A-Z )http://www.thepeanutmill.com/common/adam/DisplayMonograph.asp?DocID=33_Herb_idx&storeID=FE41C8C970104091B8F2F7AD8963CFF3
THIS LINK TAKES YOU TO AN HERB ENCYCLOPEDIA WHICH LISTS MANY COMMON HERBS & THEIR USES.
near Toronto http://www.richters.com/Web_store/web_store.cgi? US http://www.herbaffair.com/Organic-Bulk-Herbs-s/120.htm
AGRIMONY HERB C/S CO $ 3.74/100 g DIURETIC / DIARRHEA / THROAT INFECTION / COLIC
--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 LEAF C/S $ 1.86/100 g ALFALFA LEAF POWDER $ 2.14/100g
--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.
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ANGELICA ROOT C/S CO $ 6.83/100g ANGELICA ROOT POWDER $ 5.03/100g
--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.
ANISE SEED WHOLE $ 2.23/100g ANISE SEED POWDER $ 2.75 ANISE STAR WHOLE CO $ 3.27
--A teaspoon of freshly ground anise seed brewed into a tea can help relieve congestion from allergies, colds, or flu, and settle upset stomach with gas. Many herbalists note that the herb is also antiseptic, antispasmodic, and soporific and that a few seeds taken with water will often cure hiccups. But the best summary concerning Anise is that it is a great spice to consume for those who have dyspeptic complaints after eating certain dishes. The process of heating anise in baked goods releases compounds that act as very mild stimulants. The anethole released in grinding and baking slows the decay of the baked goods that otherwise might result from fungi or molds. Anise is also used to flavor many herbal other herbal medicines. Precautions: Allergies are possible, but rare. The anethole in the essential oil stimulates the release of estrogen in laboratory tests, but is not known to be of significant benefit or detriment to hormonal balance in humans. Not recommended while pregnant or nursing.
ARNICA FLOWERS WHOLE CO $ 17.23/100g
ARNICA FLOWERS WHOLE $ 6.37
--You can make a tincture of the herb to be used externally by combining 70 percent alcohol with arnica flowers in a glass jar. Allow the mixture to sit in a warm place for about two weeks. Before using it, you’ll want to strain the flowers out of the solution. Once you’ve made the tincture, you can use it as a lotion by adding it to witch hazel before applying it to the skin. It can be an all around helpful herb for treating problems such as bruises and sprains, heal bruising more quickly, & it’s good at treating aches & pains when applied to areas where you suffer from rheumatism or phlebitis. Precautions: Arnica flower should only be used externally because it can cause internal problems due to toxicity.
ARTICHOKE LEAF C/S CO $ 6.41/100g DIGESTIVE / CHOLESTEROL
ARTICHOKE LEAF POWDER CO $6.14
In Europe, where artichoke leaf has a long history as an herbal medicine, vague digestive symptoms are commonly attributed to inadequate flow of bile from the gallbladder. Evidence tells us that artichoke leaf does indeed stimulate the gallbladder, and the release of bile counteracts excessive stomach acids or excessive fats to cure bloating, belching, and gas. Artichoke leaf may lower cholesterol, but, unlike statin drugs, it will not lower cholesterol below healthy levels. In a clinical study involving volunteers who had high cholesterol, artichoke leaf lowered total cholesterol 18.5% as compared to 8.6% in the placebo group; LDL cholesterol by 23% vs. 6%; and LDL-to-HDL ratios by 20% vs. 7%. In a follow-up study with volunteers who already had healthy cholesterol, it had no effect.Precautions: Don't use artichoke leaf if you have gallstones. Safety in pregnant women, nursing mothers, & children under the age of 12 has not been established.
ASHWAGANDA ROOT POWDER $ 5.26/100 g STRESS/ ANXIETY
--Not much research has been carried out for this particular botanical and to date there have not been any released notes on possible medicinal contraindications, side effects or potential health hazards. 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. Typical Preparations: Tea decoction from the root, liquid herbal extract, herbal capsules (non-standardized) Dried crushed or powdered roots can be applied to food or directly consumed.
Popular Ayurvedic Herbs include the following:
- Coleus Forskohlii
- Gotu Kola
- Gymnema Sylvestre
- Phyllanthus Niruri
ASTRAGALUS ROOT C/S CO $ 6.83/100g out of stock ASTRAGALUS ROOT POWDER $ 4.18 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.
BARBARRY ROOT BARK POWDER $ 3.72/100g
In addition to using barberry for liver and gallbladder problems, traditional Russian healers recommended it for inflammations, high blood pressure, and abnormal uterine bleeding. Most present-day herbalists limit their reccommendations to gargling barberry decoction for sore throat and drinking it for diarrhea and constipation. But if they read the medical journals, they'd recommend if for a great deal more. The berberine in barberry has a remarkable infection fighting properties. Studies around the world show it kills microorganisms that cause wound infections, diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, giardiasis, and urinary tract infections. Berberine may also fight infection by stimulating the immune system. Studies show that it activates the macrophages, white blood cells that devour harmful microorganisms. Dried roots of barberry can be found in capsules also be used in tea. Precautions: 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. Taking vitamin B6 supplements can give infectious bacteria resistance to the antibacterial toxins in the herb. Barberry is often given to children with success, but should be used with caution, no more than three consecutive doses followed by a day without the herb. Not recommended while pregnant or nursing.
BARLEY GRASS POWDER CO $ 4.74/100 g
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.
BEE POLLEN GRANULES $ 4.75/100g SALE $ 4.41/100g BEE POLLEN POWDER $ 4.21
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--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.
BEET ROOT POWDER $ 3.69/100g Beet powder provides a wide range of nutrients, but its most significant phytochemical is betaine. This plant chemical helps the liver and kidneys recycle the amino acid methionine to maintain the body's stores of s-adenosyl-methionine, more commonly known as SAM-e. Betaine also helps the liver process fat. This prevents the accumulation of fatty tissues in the liver (steatosis), especially in heavy drinkers, and it also prevents excessive triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in the blood. Other antioxidants in beet root prevent the oxidation of LDL into forms that can become plaques. Beet root powder may also be helpful as a food choice for people with the rare disease cystathionine beta-synthase deficiency. Either beet root powder or supplemental trimethylglycine will lower homocysteine levels in this disease, but beet root powder provides a greater range of nutrients. According to the American Heart Association, beet juice can help lower blood pressure and it is also noted that due to the high content of iron in beets, they are good for anemia. Precautions: None. Maximum safe dosages for young children, pregnant or nursing mothers, or those with severe liver or kidney disease have not been established, but there are no reports of any side effects from the use of the product. Constituents: Betaine (the same as the nutritional supplement trimethylglycine, not the same as betaine hydrochloride), and also alanine, alantoin, arginine, beta-carotene, calcium, fiber (about 10% by weight), GABA, glycine, histidine, magnesium, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), phosphorous, potassium, selenium, thiamine (vitamin B1), tryptophan, tyrosine, vitamin C, zinc, and, interestingly, although not in nutritionally significant amounts, zirconium.
Parts Used: The dried root, powdered. May be administered directly, whipped into a smoothie or drink, or sprinkled on food. Typical Preparations: One or two teaspoons added to water or juice, 2-4 times daily. One teaspoon of powder provides the nutrition in one beet.
BILBERRY LEAF C/S $ 4.84/100g BILBERRY LEAF POWDER $ 4.32 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 $ 4.65/100g Out of stock Will order upon request.
-- 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.
BIRCH LEAF C/S CO $ 5.27/100g Birch leaf teas relieve bladder and kidney infections by acting as a diuretic, effectively flushing the infectious microorganisms out of the body. For best results, you should also take unsweetened cranberry or blueberry juice. 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: Don't use birch leaf if you are already taking another diuretic, especially if you are taking Lasix (furosemide). also see http://www.appletreebulkherbs.ca/herb-preparation---how-to.php
BLACK COHOSH ROOT C/S $ 5.65/100g BLACK COHOSH ROOT POWDER $ 5.18 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 osteoporosis. Precautions: 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 HULLS POWDER $ 3.04/100g 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.
BLACK WALNUT LEAVES C/S CO $ 4.34/100g Black walnut leaf contains tannins that cross-link proteins in mucous membranes and the skin. The tannins make the herb useful treating conditions in which the skin "leaks," such as excessive perspiration, eczema, and allergic rashes. There are many regional formulas for topical remedies that use walnut leaf as an ingredient. In France, walnut leaf is used to treat scalp itching, peeling and dandruff; as well as sunburns and superficial burns. In India, a walnut leaf decoction is used as a wash for malignant sores and pustules. The German Commission E notes their benefit for mild, superficial inflammations of the skin, and excessive perspiration of the hands and feet. Precautions: None known, however its long term use is not recommended.
According to the Greeks, the leaves were chewed to relieve bleeding gums and mouth ulcers, and that they could even cure snakebites. Black berry leaf contains tannins that cross-link proteins in mucous membranes. The tannins make the herb useful in treating mild diarrhea and also sore throat. Native Americans used them as a poultice for wounds, rashes, and insect bites. In addition, the vitamin C in the leaves helps strengthen the immune system and promotes tissue repair. Precautions None. Washes, compresses, and baths. Can be taken internally as a tea, capsule or extract. Leaf is slightly sweet and may be sprinkled on food.
BLADDERWRACK LEAF C/S CO $4.06/100g BLADDERWRACK LEAF POWDER $2.72/100g
Modern research reveals that bladderwrack can be an alternative to soy is supporting women's health. A study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2004 reported that women who consume bladderwrack can experience normalization of short menstrual cycles and relief from severe PMS. Bladderwrack seems to encourage production of progesterone when there is excess production of estrogen. Ellingwood's American Materia Medica (1919) describes bladderwrack in considerable detail:"This agent is used for the specific purpose of reducing unhealthy fat in excessive adiposity. If given in doses of from 1/2 to 2 drams, 3 or 4 times daily, it has reduced excessively fat patients in a satisfactory manner without interfering in anyway with the normal health functions. "It is in the obesity of individuals of the lymphatic temperament that the beneficial effects of this drug are the most marked. It has little or no influence in the reduction of the fleshiness of persons of active habits or of those of the sanguine temperament. In these cases strict regulation of the diet affords the only prospects of relief, but owing to the keenness of the appetite usually present, this regulation is rarely enforced. Fucus shows its most decided influence upon women in whom there exist menstrual derangements, as menorrhagia and leucorrhoea, owing to a general a tonic and flabby condition of the uterine tissues. In such cases an improvement in the local derangements usually precedes the general reduction of fat and the improved tonicity of the general system. Fucus is advised as a specific remedy in the treatment of both exophthalmic and simple goitre. It is especially successful in patients not above 30 years of age. It is also suggested in the treatment of fatty degeneration of the heart. It is of service in desquamative nephritis and in irritation and inflammation of the bladder. When general muscular relaxation is present, it is of service in the treatment of menstrual derangements." Precautions: Don't use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. The alginic acid in bladderwrack creates a feeling of fullness that helps you eat less, but also interferes with the absorption of iron. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant. Typical Preparations: Added to soups and stocks, taken as tablets, as an extract, or drunk as a tea 2-3 times a day.
Modern herbal applications of blessed thistle are based on a long history of use in Europe and in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Blessed Thistle is used to treat digestive ailments fundamentally caused by insufficient secretion of stomach acid. The herb's bitter taste triggers a reflex reaction that releases gastric juices into the stomach, especially those needed to digest fats. For this reason, modern herbalists agree that the plant is helpful for loss of appetite, upset stomach, and gas, although it may be better to take the herb before these symptoms occur (such as before eating a fatty meal), rather than after. The herb is also antibacterial. Precautions: Generally not recommended during pregnancy. If you are allergic to artichokes, avoid this herb.
Typical Preparations: As a tea infusion, in capsules or as an extract, or externally as a poultice for boils and wounds.
BLUE VIOLET LEAF C/S CO 6.73/100g SALE $ 5.38
The whole plant is anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, and laxative. It is taken internally in the treatment of bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, coughs, and asthma. Externally, it is typically used to treat mouth and throat infections. The plant can either be used fresh, or dried, and some reports suggest the dried material is much stronger in regards to its laxative qualities. The flowers are demulcent and emollient and are used in the treatment of biliousness and lung troubles. The petals are made into a syrup and used in the treatment of infantile disorders. Precautions: Taking excessive amounts may cause nausea and vomiting. Typical Preparations: The dried leaf is traditionally used as a tea, and the fresh leaf and flower is traditionally used in salads, soups, jellies and jams, as well as other food preparations. May also be taken as a liquid herbal extract.
BONESET HERB C/S CO 6.08/100G
Not really used to treat broken bones, boneset is nonetheless an excellent remedy for colds and congestion. Boneset treats colds by raising body temperature to kill the colds virus, but it also treats fevers by inducing perspiration to lower body temperature. The polysaccharides in boneset activate T-cells to fight bacterial infections. English folklore notes that the leaves can be burned to get rid of wasps and flies. Civil war troops were known to use it before the advent of aspirin for aches and fever. Precautions: Boneset is most effective when taken on the first day of symptoms. Safety for pregnant women, nursing mothers, children under the age of 6, or persons with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established. Typical Preparations Whole herb in capsules, teas, and tinctures. The tea is very bitter.
BUCKTHORN BARK POWDER $3.44/100g
Buckthorn bark is one of the botanical ingredients that are in Harry Hoxseys original folk cancer cure. Although modern variations of his formula do not include buckthorn, there have been tests that show that anthraquinone derivatives in Buckthorn may have anti-cancer properties. The 1, 8-dihydroxy-anthracenes in buckthorn act on the nerves in the intestinal tract, numbing the nerves that hold back stool and stimulating the nerves that propel stool downward. If you experience cramping, you've used too much. Historically, it has also been used as a dye for textiles. Precautions: You should not use buckthorn or any other laxative if you have appendicitis, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis. Not recommended for children under 12. Not recommended while pregnant. Avoid long term use, and discontinue in the event of diarrhea or watery stools. Typical Preparations: Best taken as a tablet, can be used as a tea but is hard to drink given its bitter taste. May also be prepared as an extract
BURDOCK ROOT C/S CO $4.92/100g BURDOCK ROOT POWDER CO $5.99/100g
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. MORE INFO: http://www.thepeanutmill.com/common/adam/DisplayMonograph.asp?storeID=FE41C8C970104091B8F2F7AD8963CFF3&DocID=33_000227
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