Herbs and Botanical Extracts ~ Page 3 din 9

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.

GREEN TEA

Parts Used: Unfermented leaves. Function: Has many active constituents including those that reduce the risk of cancer, stimulate the immune system and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Green tea is also known to contain antibacterial properties and contains caffeine. Uses: * Traditionally green tea was used by the Chinese for headaches and depression and to increase energy …

GRAPESEED contains essential fatty acids

Parts Used: Grape seeds. Function: * Grape seed oil contains no trans-fatty acids or cholesterol and can be cooked without producing free radicals. * Grape seed oil (non heated) contains essential fatty acids, which are used by every cell in the body. * Grape seed oil is high in linoleic acid, which is the most essential of the essential fatty acids. Uses: The essential fatty …

GRAPEFRUIT refreshing and uplifting properties

Parts Used: Fruit rind. Function: The essential oil of the grapefruit has refreshing and uplifting properties. Uses: Grapefruit essential oil is used for stress, depression, nervous exhaustion, water retention, colds and the flu. Guidelines: * Grapefruit can be used with carrier oil (3 – 5:100) and massaged onto the body for water retention and emotional problems. * It can be used as an inhalant, diluted …

GINSENG improves energy levels

Parts Used: Rhizome, root. Function: * Ginseng: American ginseng – panax quinquefolius. American and Asian ginseng belong to the same botanical family. * Japanese ginseng – panax japonicum. * Korean or Chinese ginseng – Asian ginseng, panax ginseng. The most commonly used ginseng. * Siberian ginseng – eleuthero, ci wu ju, touch me not, devils shrub. Siberian ginseng belongs to a different botanical family to …

GINKGO, MAIDENHAIR TREE

Parts Used: Leaves, nuts. Function: Ginkgo has active constituents that have strong antioxidant effects and that lower the platelet aggregation, this has a protective effect on nerve and brain cells and the circulatory system and it also increases the flow of blood throughout the body especially to the brain and the peripheral regions. Uses: * Ginkgo was traditionally used for memory loss in the elderly …

GARLIC reduces serum cholesterol

Parts Used: Bulb. Function: The sulfur compounds in garlic are the active constituents that provide great benefits on the cardiovascular system by reducing serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as reducing the platelet aggregation. Garlic is also known to have anticancer, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Garlic is said to be a safe natural antibiotic, as it does not kill beneficial bacteria in the …

FENUGREEK reduce blood sugar levels

Parts Used: Seeds. Function: The active constituents in fenugreek are steroid-like compounds that help reduce the production and absorption of cholesterol. Fenugreek seeds are high in fiber and as such can reduce blood sugar levels, which is useful for diabetes. Fenugreek also contains many of the B group vitamins, iron and lecithin. Uses: * Traditionally fenugreek has been used for conditions such as bronchitis, sore …

EYE BRIGHT

Parts Used: Whole plant. Function: The active ingredients in eyebright contain astringent properties that make it useful for reducing irritation. Eyebright also contains many vitamins including vitamin B12. Uses: * Traditionally eyebright has been used for the treatment of eye problems such as conjunctivitis, irritated eyes and blepharitis (inflamed eyelids). * More recently eyebright has been used for eye irritations as well as for minor …

ELDERBERRY, ELDER

Parts Used: Berries, inner bark, leaves, roots and flowers Function: Bioflavonoids and other extracts contribute to the antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of elder. Elderberries also contain many vitamins including A and C. Uses: * Traditionally elder was used for food, to fight colds and infection and to soothe the respiratory tract. It was also used to relieve pain and reduce recovery time of injuries. * …

ECHINACEA, PURPLE CONEFLOWER.

Parts Used: The entire plant is used during its flowering period. Function: Echinacea stimulates the immune system on a number of levels, including the increase of the manufacture and activity of lymphocytes, white blood cells and macrophages. This gives echinacea its famous anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Uses: * Traditionally used by the North American Indians for snakebites, external wounds and was applied directly in the …

CRANBERRY prevent bacteria from adhering to the lining of the bladder

Parts Used: Ripe fruit. Function: The active constituents in cranberry juice prevent bacteria from adhering to the lining of the bladder. Uses: * Traditionally cranberry was used for urinary tract infections and to prevent kidney stones. * Cranberry is currently used in the treatment of urinary tract infections and as a good source of vitamin C. Guidelines: It is recommended to drink about a quart …

CLOVE relieve pain in the mouth

Parts Used: Flower buds. Function: The active constituents of clove oil are highly antiseptic. Uses: Clove oil is used in the West primarily to temporarily relieve pain in the mouth. In the East it is also used as a flavoring for sweet and savory foods. Clove improves digestion and controls vomiting and has antiparasitic and antiseptic properties. Guidelines: * For toothache apply directly to the …