Herb of the Day: Coleus

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Scientific Name: Coleus forskohlii

Key Actions: Antispasmodic | Dilates blood vessels | Lowers blood pressure

Common Use: Cardiovascular problems, asthma

Common Dosage Form: Standardized extract

Fun Fact: Commonly used in Ayruvedic medicine, this herb’s main active ingredient is forskolin which helps improve cyclic AMP levels.

Source: http://www.indo-world.com/coleus_forskohli/coleus_forskohli.htm
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Herb of the Day: Coffee

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Scientific Name: Coffea arabica 

Key Actions: Diuretic | Stimulant

Common Use: Stimulant

Common Dosage Form: Infusion

Fun Fact: Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee, is made from the beans eaten and excreted by a Sumatran wild cat!

Source: http://www.rd.com/food/fun/10-weird-facts-about-coffee/
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Herb of the Day: Lemon

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Scientific Name: Citrus limon

Key Actions: Antioxidant | Antiseptic | Detoxifying agent | Nutritive

Common Use: Detoxification

Common Dosage Form: Diluted juice

Fun Fact: In 1493, Christopher Columbus was the first one to introduce lemon seeds in America.

Source: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/food/lemons.html
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Herb of the Day: Black Cohosh

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Scientific Name: Cimicifuga racemosa syn.  Actaea racemosa

Key Actions: Anti-inflammatory | Antirheumatic | Hormonal tonic | Mild sedative | Relieves spasms

Common Use: Menopause and hormone replacement therapy

Common Dosage Form: Tincture

Fun fact: The black cohosh releases an unpleasant smell that repels insects.

Source:
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Herb of the Day: German Chamomile

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Scientific Name: Chamomilla recutita syn. Matricaria recutita

Key Actions: Anti-allergenic | Anti-inflammatory | Relaxant | Relieves spasms | Soothes digestion | Wound healer

Common Use: Relaxant

Common Dosage Form: Infusion

Fun Fact: In medieval times, chamomile was thought of as a “plant’s physician” and would commonly be placed near ailing plants to help it recover.

Sources:
Image: https://wildearthapothecary.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/chamomile1.jpg

Herb of the Day: Cinnamon

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Scientific Name: Cinnamomum verum

Key Actions: Antimicrobial | Aromatic | Astringent | Mild stimulant | Relieves gas

Common Use: Digestive problems and colds

Common Dosage Form: Infusion

Fun Fact: Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices and was once used as an embalming agent during ancient Egyptian times.

Sources: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=68#historyuse
Image: http://acueastwest.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Cinnamon.jpg

 

Herb of the Day: Codonopsis

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Scientific Name: Codonopsis pilosula

Key Actions: Adaptogen | Stimulant | Tonic

Common Use: Chronic anemia

Common Dosage Form: Tincture

Fun Fact: Also known as Dang shen, this herb has many life-enhancing properties that are similar to that of ginseng.

Sources: 
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Herb of the Day: Helonias

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Scientific Name: Chamaelirium luteum, Veratrum luteum

Key Actions: Estrogenic | Uterine tonic

Common Use: Women’s health

Common Dosage Form: Organic tincture

Fun Fact: Also known as False Unicorn root, this herb has been widely used as an aid to prevent miscarriages.

Sources: http://natural-fertility-info.com/false-unicorn-root.html
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Herb of the Day: Gotu Kola

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Scientific Name: Centella asiatica syn. Hydrocotyle asiatica

Key Actions: Adaptogen | Anti-inflammatory | Tonic | Wound Healer

Common Use: Chronic skin conditions and wound healing

Common Dosage Form: Tincture

Fun Fact: Taoist herbalist and Jiulong Baguazhang master, Ching Yuen, supposedly lived to 256 years old and contributed his longevity to the consumption of a rice wine tincture of gotu kola, wild ginseng, he shou wu, and licorice root on a daily basis.

Sources: http://www.secrets-of-longevity-in-humans.com/gotu-kola-facts.html
Image: http://sybaritesgarden.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/gotu-kola.jpg

 

Herb of the Day: Yarrow

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Key Actions: Astringent | Digestive Tonic | Stimulates sweating  and reduces fever | Stops bleeding | Strengthens blood vessels | Heals wounds

Common Uses: Colds, flu, fever

Common Dosage Form: Tea

Fun Fact: The Ancient Greek hero, Achilles, supposedly used yarrow on his wounded troops during the Trojan War.

Sources:
http://www.softschools.com/facts/plants/yarrow_facts/669/
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