Herb of the Day: Echinacea

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Scientific Name: Echinacea angustifolia, E. purpurea, E. pallida

Key Actions: Antibacterial | Antiviral | Blood cleanser | Immune-enhancing | Wound healer

Common Use: Colds, flu, viral infections

Common Dosage Form: Tincture

Fun Fact: A very popular plant, echinacea has been used historically for hundreds of years for all sorts of problems.

Herb of the Day: Wild yam

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Scientific Name: Dioscorea villosa

Key Actions: Anti-inflammatory | Estrogenic | Relieves spasms

Common Use: Menstrual pains and cramps

Common Dosage Form: Tincture

Fun Fact: The wild yam is known for its very beautiful leaves for which it gets part of its name from. The bottoms of the leaves are slightly hairy and “villosa” means hairy in Latin.

 

Herb of the Day: Globe artichoke

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Scientific Name: Cynara scolymus

Key Actions: Antioxidant | Bitter and digestive tonic | Lowers cholesterol levels  | Protects the liver

Common Use: Liver and kidney problems

Common Dosage Form: Tablet

Fun Fact: It’s scientific name comes from a Greek legend: “Zeus grew bored with the women on Mount Olympus and decided to go slumming on Earth. He met a sexy Greek girl named Cynara, but she grew tired of him and left. So Zeus hurled a lightning bolt at Cynara and turned her into an artichoke.” 

 

 

Herb of the Day: Turmeric

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Scientific Name: Curcuma longa

Key Actions: Anti-inflammatory | Antioxidant | Protects liver | Stimulates bile flow

Common Use: Allergic and inflammatory conditions

Common Dosage Form: Tablet

Fun Fact: Turmeric has also been known for its cosmetic use in reducing scarring and frown lines.

Source: http://www.blessedherbs.com/resources/turmeric-curcumin-herbal-remedy/

 

Herb of the Day: Hawthorn

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Scientific Name: Crataegus spp.

Key Actions: Antioxidant | Heart Tonic | Lowers blood pressure | Relaxes blood vessels

Common Use: Heart diseases and conditions

Common Dosage Form: Tincture

Fun Fact: Traditionally hawthorn flowers were used in May Day celebrations throughout Europe and have long been associated with fertility.

 

Herb of the Day: Pumpkin Seed

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Scientific Name: Cucurbita pepo

Key Actions: Demulcent | Deworming agent | Diuretic | Hormonal agent

Common Use: Benign prostatic hypertrophy

Common Dosage Form: Seed

Fun Fact: The word pumpkin originated from the Greek word, Pepõn, meaning “large melon” which eventually became the word “pumpkin” we know today.

Source: http://www.allaboutpumpkins.com/history.html

 

Herb of the Day: Varuna

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Scientific Name: Crataeva nurvala

Key Actions: Anti-inflammatory | Bladder tonic

Common Use: Kidney problems

Common Dosage Form: Decoction

Fun Fact: Commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine, this herb is used to combat many kidney and urinary problems.

Source: https://sambodhihealingcenter.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/varun-crataeva-nurvala-in-ayurveda-the-bark-of-kidney-damage/

Herb of the Day: Lily of the valley

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Scientific Name: Convallaria majalis

Key Actions: Diuretic | Heart tonic | Lowers blood pressure

Common Use: Heart problems

Common Dosage Form: *Only available as a prescription product*

Fun Fact: The active component, digitoxin, found in this herb is similar to that found in digitalis purpurea which is the source of the digitalis class of heart medications.

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Herb of the Day: Myrrh

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Scientific Name: Commiphora molmol

Key Actions: Anti-inflammatory | Antimicrobial | Antiseptic | Astringent | Stimulant

Common Use: Skin and digestive problems

Common Dosage Form: Diluted tincture (topical)

Fun Fact: Most commonly known of its use in religion, myrrh is an herb that also serves as a rejuvenating facial treatment.

Source: http://www.history.com/news/a-wise-mans-cure-frankincense-and-myrrh
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