Herbs and Botanical Extracts

Find out what herbs and botanical extracts are able to do and use them! Don’t be afraid to try what Mother Earth has to give to us because the herbs are pure energy for ourselves, the herbs purify our physical and psychical body, our spirit.

Breast enlargement herbs

Q: If I use the herbs such as wild yam and fenugreek, will it stop my breasts from growing naturally? I’m 16 years old and get very bad cramps and want to use fenugreek for it but will it stop me from devloping naturally? Breast enlargement herbs A1: Fenugreek is used in breast enlargement formulas, as is wild yam. Fenugreek contains phytoestrogens which mimick breast estrogen causing …

Astragalus, Huang Qi

Parts Used: Aged dried roots. Function: The combination of active constituents in astragalus contribute to its most significant property, which is stimulating the function of the immune system by increasing the number of T-cells (a type of white blood cell). Uses: * Traditionally astragalus was used by the Chinese for conditions such as lethargy, diabetes, heart disease, loss of appetite, night sweats, high blood pressure …

Get an Anti-Aging Herb from Dr Duke garden – Ten of his favorite!

To fend off age-related ailments, James Duke prefers his own garden path to the drugstore aisle. His 10,000-square-foot “Garden of Youth” contains medicinal plants to ease everything from bursitis to heart disease. We consulted his Prescriptions (Rodale) and Dr. Duke himself for 10 of his favorite “youth preservers”— each anti-aging herb presented here with an epigram from Duke (James A. “Jim” Duke – Born in Birmingham, …

Essential Oils for Mind, Body and Spirit

Mind… Essential oil aromas stimulate the part of the brain that affects emotion. The shape of an essential oil molecule is like a key that opens lock-like structures in the olfactory nerve receptors in our nostrils. The impression of the aroma is sent directly and immediately to the limbic system where memories are stored and pleasure and emotions are perceived. When stimulated, the limbic system …

Echinacea, how do I use my home-grown plants?

Q: I have had some echinacea purpurea growing in my Sydney, Australia garden for a couple of years. How do I process and use the plant – should I collect the leaves, petals, stems, roots??? Should I make tea with them or grind them into powder? How? What then? I have looked at lots of echinacea sites; most are full of info about the benefits, …

Herbs to prevent graying hair or how to restore the natural

Q: Are there any herbs to prevent from graying hair or to reverse the graying process? What about alfalfa or kelp for this? Prevent graying hair A: Fo ti, also known as ho shou wu, is said to restore hair to it’s natural color in about 6 months or so of use. It is taken internally. It is considered to be a longevity herb. Sage leaf …

Goldenseal used for skin and eye infections

Goldenseal – Parts Used: Rhizome and dried root. Function: The active ingredients have an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic effect. Uses of goldenseal * Traditionally was used for skin and eye infections, for diarrhea, respiratory tract infections and irritations of the respiratory, digestive and urinary tracts. Before antibiotics, was used for gonorrhea and syphilis. * More recently goldenseal has been used to treat complaints such as Crohn’s …

CHASTE TREE, VITEX, AGNUS CASTUS.

Parts Used: Dried fruit. Function: Vitex has an effect on the hormones of the body although it does not contain hormones itself. Uses: Vitex is used for the treatment of PMS, heavy menstruation, female infertility, fibrocystic breast disease and symptoms of menopause. Guidelines: Use according to label instructions. Vitex is usually taken in the morning. Interactions: Do not use if pregnant.

HORSE CHESTNUT

Parts Used: Seeds, leaves, bark. Function: The active constituent in horse chestnut improves the tone of the smooth muscle in the veins and improves venous circulation. Uses: * Traditionally horse chestnut was used for treatment of skin cancer or ulcers, arthritis and rheumatism, for fevers, coughs, hemorrhoids, phlebitis (blood clots in a vein) and to improve venous circulation. * Today it is used for treatment …

LICORICE ROOT, GAN CAO

Parts Used: Root. Function: Licorice has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Uses: * Traditionally licorice was used by the Chinese for coughs, sore throats, diabetes, fever, inflammation, tuberculosis and to soothe and coat the digestive and urinary tract. * Currently licorice is used in the treatment of respiratory disorders such as asthma, coughs and bronchitis as it reduces the viscosity of mucous. It is also …

BILBERRY improves blood flow

Parts Used: Leaves and ripe berries. Function: Bilberry contains bioflavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants. Uses: * Traditionally bilberry was used in Northern Europe and North America for conditions such as diarrhea, kidney stones, urinary tract infections and scurvy. * More recently, bilberry has been used for strengthening connective tissue and capillaries, and to improve blood flow. Bilberry is also used as a diuretic, for urinary …

YLANG YLANG

Parts Used: Flower. Function: Uses: Ylang ylang is used for emotional states such as fear, frustration, anger, shock, depression, and anxiety as well as for high blood pressure. Ylang ylang is widely used in cosmetics especially to balance the skins own oil and for perfumes. Guidelines: Ylang ylang is best used in a warm bath (10 drops), in an incense burner (6 drops) or in …