The company regularly conducts clinical trials to ensure that the products are the best quality possible. A beautiful flowering vine, its name is derived from the bloom resembling the crown of thorns Jesus was reported to wear at crucifixion. Drink a cup of any of these herbal teas twice daily  until the condition improves. Wash area gently between applications. However, it can also be so mild as to go unnoticed, or be attributed to something else, such as simple irritation. Very popular with children because it is not only effective it also tastes good. It was reported to magically relieve anxiety and depression.

The plants attract the ants with their sugary exudate, and the ants return the favor by protecting the plant from insects and other animals, that would otherwise eat it. It also contains several flavonoids that have been found to lower blood pressure. This probably accounts for the plant’s magical powers in treating imbalances of the nervous system ranging from headaches to depression. Liquorice is also used in the treatment of acute and chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, cough, upper respiratory catarrh, constipation, inflammatory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation of the urinary tract, acute or recurring cystitis (inflammation of the bladder) and muscle cramps. The plant is not toxic, but overuse could cause irritation of the digestive tract due to the tannins present. In the 19th century, poplar bark was used as an alternative to expensive, imported cinchona bark, source of quinine for malarial fevers. have no known contraindications or side effects.

Recent studies show that chemicals in anise (creosol and alpha-pinene) loosen bronchial secretions and act an expectorant. The priests also interpreted the Native’s enjoyment of the fruit as their hunger for Christianity. Early Spanish explorers saw this plant as a sign of God’s favor since the flowers contained elements of the crucifixion of Christ: the corona appearing to represent the crown of thorns, the petals representing ten true apostles, etc. This can be found in dandelion flowers, tomatoes and sunflowers. This product is safe for both children and adults. Herbalists have had great success using it to treat imbalances of the nervous system including insomnia, nervous tension and stress headaches. Two supplements that relax constricted blood vessels directly are the herb Coleus forskohlii and the amino acid l-Arginine.

Red Button Ginger, Scarlet Spiral Flag, Red Cane, Panamanian Candle Ginger, Dwarf French Kiss (Costus woodsonii) Another visitor was looking for the Yesterday Today and Tomorrow and spotted this flower. For people who residing with herpes it can be a simple affair typically manufactured much much more difficult by stress, exhaustion, anxiety, and carelessness. Like many plant extracts, when the alkaloids and flavonoids are separated they lose their original effect. Was once that the police had to come into the house (due to a break-in), and they had to duck and dodge all the hanging passion flower, peppermint, and lemon balm. There are two families of alkaloids in passion flower, the harman group and the harmala group. The harman group produces effects similar to coffee. The harmala group produces drowsiness, inhibits the enzyme monoamine oxidase and relieves smooth muscle spasms.

It is a superb hair tonic and helps in the control of sebum secretion of the scalp. Passion flower also has an antifungal principle called passicol that shows intermediate killing power on candida species. Marshmallow root is a member of the mallow family (Malvaceae), a group of a thousand odd species with two common characteristics. They are edible and contain an abundance of mucilage. In fact, mucilage is so common in these plants that the roots of other mallow such as hollyhocks and hibiscus can be readily substituted for marshmallow as they possess similar quantities. It is hard to pinpoint the earliest use of marshmallow since its first mention in the written history refers to its already widespread use as a food. The Old Testament book of Job mentions it being eaten in times of famine.

A dish of mallow was considered a delicacy by the ancient Romans and the Chinese also used a species of mallow for food. The most common use of mallow on the European continent and in western herbal medicine is the Althea officinalis. The European taxonomists knew of its virtues as a demulcent since its family name, Malvaceae, is derived from the Greek “malake” or “soft” referring to the soft mucilaginous nature of the herb. Should only be used in the short-term! Althea officinalis grows throughout Europe, where it is native and has been cultivated and now grows wild in America and other temperate climates of the world. I bet many humans wish they had this kind of reproductive flexibility! Althea inhabits salt marshes, river banks and other moist places.

Its habitat and mucilage content accounts in part, for its above average content of sodium, since sodium salts of polysaccharides (mucilage) are soluble and are freely transported within the plant. Meadowsweet is also used in the treatment of cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), urethritis (inflammation of the urethra), dysuria (painful urination), inflammation of the cervix, inflammation of the vagina, leucorrhoea (vaginal discharge), arthritis, rheumatism, myalgia (muscle pain), fever and the common cold. Marshmallow also has substantial quantities of calcium and magnesium. These metals precipitate (harden) polysaccharides and further study would probably show an abundance of these minerals concentrated in the older structural cells of the root. The failure to disclose this fact, in light of the representation made, was, and is, a deceptive practice. It is during the production process that the membranes of the tea leaves are broken to allow the juices and essential oils to emerge, giving black tea their characteristic aroma and flavor. It is also a major constituent of poultices.

Marshmallow is well known for treating kidney and bladder infections. In diuretic formulas, marshmallow is traditionally thought to soothe the urinary tract. John’s Wort is considered to be a powerful herbal drug and it causes some people to be sensitive to light, so take sun precautions when going outdoors while taking this regimen. The active principles for diuretic action are volatile acids, oils, and tannins which irritate the urinary tract and stimulate the production of urine and mucous. Marshmallow is also popular as an expectorant for the respiratory system. It must be used topically as a decoction to soothe the throat since the mucilage is not absorbed by the digestive tract. The non-absorbable polysaccharides coat the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and absorb toxins from the digestive tract.

They can have no demulcent effect on the urinary or respiratory tract since they are not absorbed. They were all so lovely. Their presence irritates the mucous membranes of the urinary tract sufficiently that mucous is secreted to sequester the toxins. This results in other toxins being sequestered and subsequently purged from the urinary tract. The popularity of peppermint is based on its volatile oil, which contains an abundance of menthol, a time-honored and clinically proven aid to digestion. Lavender oil is a superb product to use on burns, insect bites, sunburn, wounds and other skin complaints and irritations. It is also a mild vasodilator, creating a warm or flushed feeling by stimulating circulation.

The generic name for mint (i.e. menthe) is derived from the Greek, “Mintha,” who in Greek mythology was the daughter of Cocytus. She was supposed to have been embodied in this plant by Prosperpine in a fit of jealousy. The species name “piperita” has reference to the peppery or pungent qualities of the plant. Peppermint is a native of Europe, but has escaped cultivation in most temperate regions. In the United States, peppermint is more common than spearmint in waste places. Peppermint was first cultivated in England in 1750 and in Europe in 1771.

Peppermint oil is an important European product and several varieties of peppermint have been developed, the chief ones being black and white. The black peppermint has high yields of lower quality oil (based on menthol content), while the white peppermint produces high quality oil in smaller amounts. American peppermint is of the black variety containing less than 50% menthol. Please see the notes in the contra-indications section regarding passionflower’s safety in pregnancy. Japanese oil contains up to 85% menthol. However, much of the Japanese oil in commerce has been dementholized and is at its best, only a substitute for flavoring agents in toothpaste, etc. Modification of cellular immune responses in experimental autoimmune hepatitis in mice by maitake (Grifola frondosa).

There is some doubt that the ancient Greeks used peppermint, although two species were known to them. The Romans used peppermint for flavoring and adornment. The ancient Egyptians cultivated peppermint and a 13th century Icelandic pharmacopoea includes it. The triterpenes in the herb boost T cell activity. The herb is used in the culinary arts because of its stimulating, stomachic and carminative properties. In medicine, peppermint has been useful as an antispasmodic, expectorant and irritant. It is used in alleviating the symptoms of colds, flu and general fevers, nervous disorders, flatulent colic, rheumatism, as a local anesthetic and to cover the taste or quality of the nauseating or griping effects of other medicines.

One note of warning about peppermint is that the concentrated oils are very potent and may cause contact dermatitis, flushing and headache if rubbed on large portions of the skin or inhaled profusely. The whole leaf contains large quantities of astringent tannins that can damage the liver and intestines with prolonged use.

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