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Acacia Bark, (Acacia arabica/senegal)
Powder & Gum, Powder

Properties and Uses: The gum is nutritive and demulcent, and exerts a soothing influence upon irritated mucous surfaces by shielding them from the influence of deleterious agents, atmospheric air, etc.
 


Achiote Leaf,  (Bixa orellana)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Antibacterial, anti dysenteric, anti- gonorrheal, anti- inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitussive, astringent, cicatrizant, depurative, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, hypotensive, nutritive, parasiticide, purgative, stomachic.

Agrimony Herb, (Agrimonia eupatoria)
C/S

Properties: Tannins, bitter glycosides, coumarins, flavonoids, nicotinic acid amide, silicic acid, polysaccharides, vitamins B and K, iron and essential oil.

Uses: Hemorrhage, irritable bladder, kidney pains (Agrimony with marshmallow root), pulmonary and bronchial phlegm.

Notes: Agrimony is commonly used as an astringent and haemostatic to inhibit bleeding, restore tone to the stomach and intestines, and counteract flaccidity. It is indicated for any symptoms associated with bleeding, including blood in the urine and in the stools. It has also been shown to have antiviral properties.

A good antihemorrhagic combination is equal parts agrimony, cinnamon bark and yarrow.


Aletris Root,  (Aletris farinosa)
C/S

Properties and Uses: This herb should not be confused with False Unicorn Root (Chamaelirium luteum). It is an excellent remedy for sluggish digestion, which may give rise to dyspepsia, flatulence and debility. Its bitter nature will stimulate the digestive process and so it often relieves anorexia (appetite loss). Another name for True Unicorn Root is Colic Root, which shows its value in the treatment of digestive colic. As all these conditions often have a nervous involvement, this herb has been called a nervine. However, its benefit in anxiety is based on an easing of the physical aspects rather than on a direct relaxation of the nerves. It is reported to be of value in threatened miscarriage, but most herbalists prefer to use False Unicorn Root.

Actions: Bitter, anti-spasmodic, sedative, emmenagogue.
 


Alfalfa Seed,  (Medicago sativa)
Whole

Properties and Uses: An excellent source of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. It also contains vital cell building amino acids.
 


Alfalfa Leaf, (Medicago sativa)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: Alterative, nutritive, internal deodorant. Alfalfa aids in the assimilation of protein, fats and carbohydrates. It reduces blood cholesterol and arterial plaque deposits. It contains high amounts of chlorophyll which causes its deodorant qualities. Alfalfa is very high in trace minerals. Source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that decrease the incidence and severity of inflammation. It also contains the eight digestive enzymes and the eight essential amino acids of protein. It is very rich in Vitamin U, used for peptic ulcers. Also used as a blood thinner. WARNING Consuming large quantities of Alfalfa saponins may cause breakdown of red blood cells, causing bloating in livestock. thus weight gain).
 


Alkanet Root,  (Batchia canescens)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Wild plant. Possibly an alkaloid poisonous to mammals. Uses (root, root bark) Not used medicinally. Used variously as a coloring agent. A red color is released in oils and waxes but not in water.
 


Allspice, (Pimenta dioica)
Powder & Whole

Properties and Uses: Allspice can be used freely wherever a pleasant carminative is called for. It will ease flatulence and dyspeptic pain. It may be applied as a compress in cases of rheumatism and neuralgia. It is primarily used as a spice in the food industry.

Actions: Carminative, digestive stimulant, aromatic, rubifacient.

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Almond, Oil

Properties and Uses: Almond The oil is popular with masseuses and aromatherapists as it is light, easily absorbed and makes an excellent carrier oil for essential oils. High in vitamins A, B and smaller amounts of vitamin E. An excellent emollient, easily absorbed into skin and particularly good for dry sensitive skin.
 

Aloes Cape,  (Aloe ferox)
Powder

Properties and Uses: Used internally as a purgative, acting on the lower bowel. Can cause griping and diarrhea if overdose is taken.
 


Aloe Vera, (Aloe vera)
Powder

Properties and Uses: Aloe Vera is a potent medicine and healer. An excellent colon cleanser. Healing and soothing to the stomach as well as liver, kidneys, spleen and bladder. Also an excellent remedy for piles and hemorrhoids. Works with your immune system to keep you healthy, strong and vibrant.

 


American Saffron,  (Carthamus tinctorius)
Whole

Properties and Uses: Anodyne, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, appetizer, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative. Saffron has been used, in small doses only, for coughs, whooping cough, stomach gas, gastrointestinal colic and insomnia. As an ingredient in herb liqueurs, it- serves as a stimulant to appetite; and it is sometimes made into a salve for treatment of gout. CAUTION: Saffron contains a poison that acts on the central nervous system and damages the kidneys. Large doses can have severe effects; 10 to 12 grams Is a fatal dose for human beings. Dose a teaspoonful of the flowers, cut small or granulated, to a cup of boiling the day, a large mouthful at a time; of the tincture, 5 to 20 min.


Angelica Root, (Angelica archangelica)
C/S & Seed, Whole

Properties and Uses: Expectorant, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, aromatic and carminative; diuretic, helpful with vascular deficiency; Aids skin in elimination of toxins, promotes perspiration; Digestive and circulatory tonic. Part Used: Root and seeds. Contraindications: Pregnancy; Diabetes.
 


Anise Seed, (Pimpinella anisum)
 Powder & Whole

Properties and Uses: Antispasmodic, aromatic carmative, digestive, expectorant, stimulant,. stomachic, tonic.

Anise promotes digestion, improves appetite, alleviates. cramps and nausea, and relieves flatulence and, especially in infants, colic.
 

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Anise Star, (Illicium verum)
Whole

Properties and Uses: The distinctive seeds and pods are used as a spice in Asian cookery, notably as an ingredient of Chinese five spice Powder. The fruits and foliage yield essential oil, used as a substitute anise seed flavoring, or, medicinally, to Promote appetite and digestion and to relieve chest complaints, rheumatism, and flatulence. The oil appears in soaps, hair oils, and Asian perfumes.


Annatto Seed, (Bixa orellana)
Whole

Properties and Uses: The red seeds coats (arils) are scraped off for use ass an orange-red dye. The dye colors cheese, butter and chocolate and is used locally to flavor rice. Amazonians use the dye on their bodies, weapons, and fabric, and eat it as an antidote to prussic acid poisoning caused by poorly treated Cassava. The root is used locally as a digestive to make rope fiber, and the seeds are prescribed as an expectorant. REMARKS taken internally the seed dye tints skin bronze.
 


Apple Pectin Classic

Properties and Uses: Apple Pectin, smooth gel structure, spreadable consistency, dietetic jams, marmalades and fruit preparations. Apple Pectin, 100% pure pectin, unstandardized, USP standard dietetic and pharmaceutical products, e.g. positive effect on serum cholesterol level, Cosmetic products, dietary fiber enrichment
 


Arnica

Properties and Uses: For external use only; it works as a liniment for joint inflammation, sprains and sore muscles to decrease swelling and bruising; and helps with neuromuscular tone as in arthritis.

 

 


Arrowroot Powder (Maranta arundinacea)

Properties and Uses: Arrowroot is made by grinding the thick rhizomes into a starchy powder that is used as a culinary and cosmetic thickening agent or boiled in water to make a thin gruel. This is a soothing, nutritious food for convalescing children and elderly people, and for those recovering from gastroenteritis. It is mixed with dried Chamomile as a prickly heat treatment. The root can be candied as a sweet.

Remark: In some tropical countries, Arrowroot has been applied to poisonous insect bites, snake bites, and arrow wounds, which may be the origin of its common name.


Artichoke Leaf,  (Cynara scolymus)
C/S & Powder

Medicinal Parts: Flower heads, leaves, root.

Properties and Uses: Cholagogue, diuretic. The flower heads are commonly eaten as a vegetable, but extracts of the leaves and root are said to be helpful in preventing arteriosclerosis and have also been used for jaundice, dyspepsia, liver insufficiency, chronic albuminuria, and postoperative anemia., In some countries, the artichoke is considered an aphrodisiac.


Asafoetida  (Ferula assa-foetida)
 100% Pure, Powder

Properties and Uses: Antispasmodic, carminative, nervine, expectorant, laxative, sedative. Asafetida acts as a local stimulant to mucous Membrane, particularly that of the alimentary canal. It has been found useful for whooping cough, asthma, and bronchitis, as well as for croup arid flatulent colic in infants. It was formerly used as a sedative for Hysteria, infantile convulsions, and -spasmodic nervous conditions. The rootstock's musky odor makes it a good substitute for musk oil.


Ashwagandha Root,  (Withania somnifera)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: Known as Indian "Ginseng", used for general debility, sexual debility, nerve exhaustion, convalescence, old age, emaciation of children, loss of memory, loss of muscular energy, overwork, tissue deficiency, insomnia, paralysis, MS, eyes, rheumatism, skin, cough, breathing, anemia, fatigue, infertility, glandular swelling, asthma (dry), consumption, galactagogue, aphrodisiac.
 



Asparagus Root,  (Asparagus racemosus)
Powder

Properties and Uses: Steroidal glycosides and bitter glycosides, asparagine, sucrose, starch and mucilage

Circulatory, digestive, reproductive, respiratory Mucilaginous, anti-diarrhetic, refrigerant, diuretic, anti-dysenteric, nutritive, tonic, demulcent, galactagogue, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, stomachic.

Used for AIDS, lung and throat dryness, gynecology, female hormones, and to foster patience, love and compassion.
 



Aspidosperma Quebracho Bark,  (Quebracho blanco)
Powder

Properties and Uses: Quebrachine, aspidospermine and other alkaloids, quebrachol, quebrachit (sugar), tannic acid, starch, coloring-matter. Tonic, febrifuge and anti-asthmatic, anti-periodic. When a preparation of Quebracho or Aspidosperma is injected into the body, circulation rate and depth of the respiration increases largely, apparently due to direct action on the respiratory centre, and the blood- pressure falls. Aspidosperma is used in medicine for the relief of various types of dyspnoea, especially in emphysema and in asthma. It is not generally useful to interrupt the paroxysm, but, as a rule, if used continuously, it will reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. Also used as a tanning agent.
 

Astragalus Root,  (Astragalus membranaecus)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: According to the Chinese, astragalus strengthens the digestion and the body's vital energy. It is used to treat lack of appetite. It also supports the lungs and enhances the immune system. Should be taken by those who have frequent colds. Helps promote the healing of ulcers. Tonic, astragalus is used in conjunction with other herbs to build immunity. It strengthens digestion, promotes the healing of wounds and injuries and helps prevent colds and flu. It restores the hematopoietic function of bone marrow.
 


Balm of Gilead,  (Populus balsamifera)
Whole

Properties and Uses: Phenolic glycosides, salicin, cineole, acurcumene, resins, phenolic and gallic acids, tannins and other substances.

Expectorant, stimulant, antipyretic and analgesic.

Neutral to earn energy, spicy, acrid flavor. Balsamic, expectorant, stimulant. Balm of Gilead buds are used and prepared like the buds of, quaking aspen. They can also be made into an inhalant to relieve congestion In the, respiratory passages. Their salicin content may make them useful for minor pains and aches that aspirin generally relieves.


Balmony Herb, (Chelone glabra)
Whole

Properties and Uses: Laxative; anthelmintic. Used in general intestinal disorders as a tonic. Of benefit in anorexia, indigestion constipation and cholecystitis.


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Barberry Bark,  (Berberis vulgaris)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: Tonic, purgative, anticatarrhal; Psoriasis; Laxative, bitter, tonic, aids in the flow of bile, assists liver, gall bladder and spleen functions. Part Used: Bark and root bark.

 


Barley Grass (Hordeum vulgare)

Properties and Uses: Cell proliferant, internal deodorant, tonic for immune system, mild appetite suppressant. Barley grass is an excellent source of chlorophyll. It has high levels of beta-carotene, Vitamins B1, B2 and B6, folic acid and choline. Each of these six nutrients helps to build up the immune system. Barley grass gives relief from fevers, diarrhea and stomach irritations. It speeds up regeneration of healthy tissue. Wounds and burns heal quicker. Barley grass is an excellent source of live enzymes.


Basil Leaf,  (Ocimum basilicum)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Fresh leaf Antispasmodic; galactagogue; stomachic; carminative; mild sedative. May be employed in a wide range of simple gastro-intestinal complaints; particularly for stomach cramps and vomiting. Its weak sedative action may be used in the treatment of nervous headaches or anxiety.


Bay Leaf, (Laurus nobilis )
Whole

Properties and Uses: Astringent carminative, digestive, stomachic Bay oil pressed from the berries and leaves, can be used in salves and liniment for rheumatism, bruises, and skin problems. Both fruit and leaves also stimulate the digestive apparatus.
 



Bayberry Bark,  (Myrica cerifera)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: Astringent. Bayberry may be used in all mucous membrane conditions. Its astringency makes it helpful for inflamed and infected bowels. This same quality makes it effective for diarrhea and bleeding gums. Historically, people have used the powdered herb as snuff for nasal catarrh. Bayberry also contains an antibiotic chemical which reduces fever.
 

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Bean Pods, (Phaseolus vulgaris)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Diuretic. Bean pods are effective in lowering blood sugar levels and can be used (with the concurrence of a physician) for mild cases of diabetes.
 


Bee Pollen,  (Polen granulado)
Granules & Powder

Properties and Uses: In ancient Greece, bee pollen was called "Ambrosia", meaning "Food of the Gods".

Bee pollen is one of the richest and most complete foods in nature. It is often used by athletes to give them extra stamina and energy. Bee pollen is rich in vitamins, trace minerals and 19 of 20 amino acids. It has natural interferon and that helps to build the immune system. CAUTION: One may be allergic to bee pollen. To test, dissolve a small amount under the tongue. If the eyes water and the nose runs, do not use in large amounts. Some use a few grains at a time for three to four weeks and built up to one capsule daily. After one to three months, sensitivities to airborne pollens are reduced or eliminated.
As we have seen, pollen is the male element of the flower. When examined under the microscope, it is seen as a very fine powder, an infinite amount of grains of different forms and designs representing the specific flower from which it comes. This fine powder, containing richly concentrated nutritive and healing properties, forms the ovules, the starting point of the production of fruits, grains, legumes and vegetables. Basically, pollen gathered by the bees is mixed with nectar to make it more solid and of a particular consistency to form the pellets, the form that is carried into the hive. A bee brings two loads of pollen at a time in her pollen baskets; that is, two pellets which weigh an average of 20 milligrams (one milligram is one thousandth of a gram; one ounce has 30 grams). It takes a bee approximately one hour to collect an amount that adds up to about four million pollen grains. Therefore, one teaspoon (the customary recommended dose) contains about 1200 pellets; or about 2.5 billion grains of pollen-each of which has all the potency to fertilize and create a fruit, a grain and so forth. Yes, there is power in pollen. But what is in it for you? The composition of pollen, like that of honey and royal jelly, is extremely complex. An analysis shows 9 very richly concentrated amount of nitrogenous materials known as protein, minerals, amino acids along with a treasure of other non-isolated and different trace elements.

Pollen can be taken by the spoon and let dissolve in the mouth like candy or it can be added to other foods, especially salads, fruits, juices, yogurt, jams and honey.

It is the purest and most complete food available to man and can be taken by people of any age. It is a food of 100% plant origin and is therefore ideal for people on a meatless diet. Just 1 gram of pollen is able to energize and develop fruit in about 100,000 flowers. It is the richest natural food with the smallest volume.
 

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Bee Propolis, (Apis mellifica)
Chunks


Properties and Uses: The term "propolis" comes from two Greek words: "pro," which means 'before," and "polis," which means "city." This ancient term came into being centuries ago when some early Greek student of Nature established the fact that honeybees use propolis to narrow the opening into their "cities," or hives, to keep out unwelcome intruders. Many sources attribute the word to Aristotle (384-322 B.C.). The Greeks also recognized the healing qualities of Propolis, using it for treating wounds as well as "incurable diseases". Hippocrates himself, the father of modern medicine, prescribed Propolis for the healing of sores and ulcers, both internal and external.

Blood Disorders: Chinese researchers found it effective in treating hypertension, arteriosclerosis and coronary disease. European scientist V. Balalykin tells us that Propolis helps the white blood cells engulf and digest bacteria and other waste products in the blood.

Gastro Intestinal Problems: Soviet scientists and doctors have shown that Propolis can prevent ulcer and abscess formation, as well as speeding up the healing process.

Skin Problems : Research in America, Poland and Russia has shown that acne, allergies, herpes and other dermatological disorders have all responded to Propolis therapy.

The Woman's Friend: Propolis has become known as the "Woman's Friend. It has shown to be helpful with painful periods as well as with vaginal infections and sores.

What Is in Propolis? Propolis contains approximately 55 percent resins and balms, 30 percent wax, 10 percent etheric oils and 5 percent pollen. These basic ingredients have dynamic bacteria destroying power. They do this flawlessly, yet they render no adverse side effects. Unlike chemical medicines such as penicillin which can produce reactions, propolis will not cause such upset. This has been clinically verified after its use in more than 16,000 situations.

Bee propolis is believed to be rich in amino acids, composite ethers of univalent alcohols and trace elements including iron, copper, manganese, zinc and antibiotics. It has a high vitamin content, especially the valuable bioflavonoids. Propolis is usually chestnut or greenish-brown in color. It gives off a pleasant aroma of poplar buds, honey and vanilla.


Beet Root, (Beta vulgaris)
Powder

Properties and Uses: Iron supplement. Beet power is one of the best-known plant source of assimiable iron. It provides valuable nutrients for liver and gall bladder. It contains vitamins A, B AND C, sodium, potassium, calcium and chlorine.
 


Benzoin Gum, (Styrax benzoin)
Powder

Properties and Uses: The resin, called benzoin or gum benzoin, is used as incense, a fixative in perfumes, and is added to cosmetics to prevent fats turning rancid. It is an antiseptic treatment for cracked and chapped skin, and an expectorant for severe bronchitis. As part of friar's balsam, it soothes coughs and sore throats. Benzoin is used in aromatherapy, but may cause allergies.

Remark: Styrax officinale produces storax, the fragrant resin that is burned as incense.

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Bergamot Leaf, Wild,  (Monarda fistulosa)
C/S

Properties and Uses: American Indians used leaf tea for colic, flatulence, colds, fevers, stomachaches, nosebleeds, insomnia, heart trouble) in measles to induce sweating; poultice leaves for headaches. Historically, physicians used leaf tea to expel worms and gas. Bergamot leaves were infused in oil for use in hair. They contain antiseptic thymol and are applied to pimples, steam-inhaled for colds, and brewed for nausea, flatulence, and insomnia. Leaves are also taken for digestive problems.


Beth Root,  (Trillum erectum)
C/S

Properties and Uses: It is astringent, and when boiled in milk it is of eminent benefit in diarrhea. The root made, into a poultice is very useful in stings of insects. The leaves boiled in lard is a good external application.
 


Bilberry Fruit/Leaf,  (Vaccinium myrtillus)
Whole & C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: Antioxidant, opthalmic, idaein (blue coloring matter), sugar, anthrocyane, pectin, myrtillin, acids, vitamin C, tannin, inosit.

Astringent, haemostatic, anti-dysenteric, anti-scorbutic, diuretic, refrigerant, tonic, nutritive (antidotes typhoid bacillus)

The antioxidant quality of bilberry offers protection against the adverse effects of radiation and many chemical toxins. It is recommended by European herbalists and doctors for night-blindness and other vision weaknesses. Research indicates that bilberry contains anthocyanosides which strengthen capillaries and tendons.
 


Birch Bark/Leaf,  (Betula alba)
C/S

Properties and Uses: The antibacterial leaves give a diuretic tea used to treat gout and rheumatism, to dissolve kidney and bladder stones, and to lower cholesterol. the leaves also provide green and yellow dyes.
 


Bistort Root,  (Polygonum bistorta)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Astringent, diufetic, alterative.
 


Black Bean

Properties and Uses: Dried leaf or root tea traditionally a digestive tonic; used for fevers, rheumatism, liver ailments, dropsy, worms, skin diseases; astringent, stops bleeding. Science confirms phenolic acids may be responsible for bile-secreting, digestive tonic, and bitter qualities. Warning: Fresh plant causes vomiting.
 


Black Cohosh Root, (Cimicifuga racemosa)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: As an anti-spasmodic, it works on ovarian neuralgia with shooting pain or sharp menstrual cramps; a specific for boggy feeling in the pelvis during menses; aids menopause process by stimulating circulation while sedating central nervous system. (NP)

 


Black Currant Leaf,  (Ribes nigrum)     Medicinal Parts: Leaves, fruit
C/S

Properties and Uses: Diaphoretic, diuretic, sudorific, refrigerant, detergent, used as a substitute for tea. Also contains tannins. The leaf tea stimulates the kidneys and is good for gouty and rheumatic problems, as well as for arteriosclerosis. Drunk cold, it is also useful for hoarseness and other throat ailments. Both the leaf tea and the expressed juice of the berries can be used for whooping cough in children. The berries or their juice is also beneficial for kidney problems and colic pains. Use an Infusion of the dried berries as a gargle for Inflammation In the mouth and throat and as a mouthwash for bleeding gums.


Black Gram,  (Phaseolus mungo)
Powder

Properties and Uses: The green pods are eaten as a vegetable.
 


Black Haw Bark,  (Viburnum prunifolium)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: For painful periods, clotting and low back pain in menses it will increase scanty flow and allay a threatened miscarriage.

 


Black Horehound Herb,  (Ballota nigra)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Emmenagogue, nervine, stimulant, antispasmodic, vermifuge, uterine-tonic, sedative, stomachic, diuretic, depurative, resolutive, detensive. Also contains tannin, gallic acid, and acts as a bitter principle. Can be prepared as an essential oil.


 

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Black Seed, (Nigella sativa)
Powder & Whole

Properties and Uses: A laxative herb that benefits digestion and reduces inflammation. Also has immune stimulating properties which showed promise in preliminary studies against HIV.
Black Seed's chemical composition is very rich and diverse. Aside from its active ingredient, crystalline nigellone, Black Seed contains 15 amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, both fixed oils (84% fatty acids, including linolenic, and oleic), and volatile oils, alkaloids, saponin, and crude fiber, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, sodium and potassium. There are still many components in Black Seed that haven't been identified. But research is going on around the world. Recently scientists around the world have confirmed the ant-bacterial and anti-mycotic effects of black sewed oil. Health practitioners in various countries around the world are using the oil against Inflamation of all sorts as well as fungi infections. Even a remarkable reduction of blood sugar levels has been found by scientists.-Black Seed extracts have been found help tostimulate bone marrow and immune cells, so writes the scientists of the Cancer Immuno-Biology Laboratory and adding that it raises the interferon production, protects normal cells against cell destroying effects of viruses, destroys tumor cells and raises the number of anti-bodies producing B cells.
 


Black Walnut Hull, (Juglans nigra)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: Anti-fungal, antiseptic, astringent, vermifuge. In capsule form, black walnut is used against internal parasites. it is best to take one to three capsules daily at mealtimes. In extract form, black walnut is used for ringworm and other disorders.

Black Walnut Bark, including the kernel and green hull, have been used to expel various kinds of worms by the Asians, as well as by some American Indian tribes. External applications have been known to kill ringworm The Chinese use it to kill tapeworm with extremely good success. The high tannin content is primarily responsible for its anthelmintic property, although other constituents such as juglandin, juglone and juglandic acid may also be involved


Black Walnut Leaf,  (Juglans nigra)
Powder

Properties and Uses: This herb helps with oil-soluble vitamins and B12 absorption associated with illeocecal inflammations; for intestinal flora imbalance, It tones the GI tract. Works well for diarrhea, constipation dysentery. As an and-fungal, it may help in yeast infection.
 


Blackberry Leaf,  (Rubus fruticosus)
C/S

Properties and Uses:  Astringent root tea traditionally used for diarrhea, dysentery, stomach pain, gonorrhea, back pain, "female tonic blood tonic for boils. Leaf tea a wash for sores, ulcers, boils. Related species: The same parts of most blackberry plants (other Rubus species) have been used similary.

Contains organic acids, inosit, vitamin C, and tannin. Leaves are astringent, tonic, diuretic, and depurative. Roots are tonic and astringent.


Bladderwrack Leaf,  (Fucus vesiculosis)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Bladderwrack regulates thyroid function and is effective in treating under active thyroid glands, goiter and all associated symptoms. Also helps relieve rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis. relaxing to the colon. Reduces irritation due to Presence of Putrefaction.
 

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Blessed Thistle Herb,  (Cnicus benedictus)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Having bitter is stimulates digestive activity and is used to treat gastritis, and peptic ulcers this herb also helps to supply estrogen aid to a deficient system and stimulates milk let down.
 


Bloodroot,  (Sanguinaria canadensis)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: In small doses, it is a stimulant and expectorant for a dry irritating non-productive cough, helping clear the bronchioles of mucus. In large doses it is a depressant, causing headache and nausea. In Poisonous doses it can cause respiratory failure. CAUTION: This herb should not be taken in large amounts during pregnancy.
 


Blue Cohosh Root,  (Caulophyllum thalictroides)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: Helpful in uterine infection as it increased excess fluid drainage it will initiate a late period and decrease cramping and spotting at the end of a period. (NP)


 


Blue Flag Root, (Iris versicolor)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: Called a liver lymphatic it gets natural oils to the skin and is good mixed with other herbs for blood toxicity a strong diaphoretic (increased perspiration) and powerful liver stimulant it will increase metabolism and assimilation of complex foods for deficient body types. (NP)
 


Blue Vervain Herb,  (Vervena officinallis)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: This mellowing herb cools out acid indigestion where heartburn is present and slows down hyperfunctions good for kids sick with the flu and agitated. Also used in whooping cough.

Antiperiodic, antiscorbutic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, corroborant, detensive, diaphoretic, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, febrifuge, galactagogue, nervine, sudorific, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary. Also contains tannic acid (a peculiar tannin), invertin, saponin, verbenalin (verbenaloside), verberin, and emulsin.

Blue vervain has been called a natural tranquilizer and is used as an anti-periodic for nervous problems. The warm tea, taken often,, Is recommended for fevers -and colds, especially for getting rid of congestion In throat and chest. It can also be used for insomnia and other nervous conditions and 19 often effective for eliminating intestinal worms. Taken cold, the Infusion acts as a tonic. Externally, blue vervain tea heals sores and wounds.
 


Blue Violet Leaf,  (Viola odorata)
C/S

Properties and Uses: All parts contain active ingredients. Decocted flowers make an eyewash, and leaf tea treats varicose veins. The flower syrup is antiseptic and a mild laxative, and with the leaves treats coughs, headaches, and insomnia. The root treats bronchitis. The leaves are a folk remedy for breast and lung cancer. REMARK The aerial Parts of Heartsease are cleansing and are a circulation and immune system stimulant used for chronic skin complaints.

The crystallized flowers flavor sweets and liqueurs and are tossed in salads with the leaves. All parts contain active ingredients. Decocted flowers make an eyewash, and leaf tea treats varicose veins. The flower syrup is antiseptic and a mild laxative, and with the leaves treats coughs, headaches, and insomnia. The root treats bronchitis. The leaves are a folk remedy for breast and lung cancer. REMARK The aerial parts of Heartsease are cleansing and are a circulation and immune system stimulant, used for chronic skin complaints.

Aperient, expectorant, nervine, sedative, emollient, antiseptic.
 


Blueberry Leaf,  (Vaccinium uligosinum)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Good for tired eyes from computer stress as it regenerates rhodopsin (retinal purple); also stimulates urine output and strengthens the heartbeat.


 


Bogbean Leaf,  (Menyanthes trifoliata)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Dried leaf or root tea traditionally a digestive tonic; used for fevers, rheumatism, liver ailments, dropsy, worms, skin diseases; astringent, stops bleeding. Science confirms phenolic acids may be responsible for bile-secreting, digestive tonic, and bitter qualities.

Antirheumatic, anti-acrid, appetising, stomachic, antiscorbutic, diuretic, depurative, cholagogue, emetic, tonic, deobstruent, cathartic, febrifuge, hypnotic, nervine, sedative, slightly narcotic. Also contains saponin, phytosterin, fatty oil, wax, manganese, invert sugar, cholin, vitamin A, vitamin C, carotin, iron, and iodine.

Warning: Fresh plant causes vomiting.


Boldo Leaf, (Peumus boldus)
Whole

Properties and Uses: Choleretic; stomachic; sedative; diuretic; sternutatory; antihelmintic. Formerly used as a tonic where quinine was contraindicated; in rheumatism; and in certain urinary tract infections, including gonorrhea. Often benefit in the treatment of hepatic congestion and gallstones; used to stimulate the secretion and release of bile, and hence to aid digestion, and as a tonic in gall-bladder disease. The powdered leaf may be used to induce sneezing.
 


Boneset Herb,  (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Tonic, diaphoretic, alterative; Fevers, influenza and related symptoms; Bitter action for liver, gall bladder and bowel. Part Used: Herb.


 


Borage Leaf/Herb,  (Borago officinalis)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: A leaf and flower infusion is an adrenaline tonic taken for stress, depression, or cortisone and steroid treatment. It reduces fevers, dry coughs, and dry skin rashes and stimulates milk flow.

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Borututu Bark,  (Cochlospermum angolensis)
C/S & Capsules & Tea Bags

Properties and Uses: Borututu Bark, widely reconized and treasured as a tonic for its healing properties. Traditional African medicine uses it in a wide variety of conditions - it is commonly taken internally as a beverage, and applied externally as a wash. Borututu is especially renowned for its ability to assist in the management of hepatic illness, i.e., conditions of the liver and gallbladder. Borututu bark is a 100% natural and powerful broad spectrum cleansing agent, primarily known for its detoxifying properties. Its acquired fame led to increasing use among newly arrived Colonialists, who adopted the beverage as a preventive remedy.

Rich in active ingredients such as quinones, catechins, phenols, and bioflavonoids, Borututu has a wealth of substances with proven physiological effects. It is additionally useful for problems related to the stomach, urinary tract, gallbladder system, and spleen. As a blood cleansing alterative, Borututu positively influences the fluidity of the blood, lowering cholesterol and normalizing the arterial tension. used externally as a wash, good results are often seen in herpes, sores and other diseases. It is a diuretic of considerable strength, plus it assists in the elimination of fat and therefore is useful for weight reduction, which has shown to be true by a laboratory study involving hundreds of participants.
 


Boswelia, (Plosslea floribunda)
Tears

Properties and Uses: Tonic, stimulant, carminative, sedative, alterative, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, ecbolic, chiefly used for fumigation. Also contains resin, gum, essential oil, bassorin, bitter principle, arabin, and boswellin-acid.
 


Broccoli,  (Brassica oleracea)
Powder

Properties and Uses: Contains at least four anticancer substances: sulforaphane, beta-carotene, vitamin C and indoles. Has antiviral, antiulcer activity. A super source of chromium that helps regulate insulin and blood sugar.

 


Buchu Leaf, (Barosma betulina)
Whole & Powder

Properties and Uses: As a urinary disinfectant, it is helpful in chronic cystitis or urethritis in an acid environment, due to colon bacteria invasion.
 


Buck Bean Leaf, (Menyanthes trifoliata)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Bitter tonic, cathartic, febrifuge. Use buck bean tea to relieve fever and migraine headaches, or for indigestion and to promote appetite. Externally, buck bean can be used for ulcerous sores and for herpes.
 


Buckthorn Bark, (Rhamnus frangula)
C/S

Properties and Uses: A stimulant and cathartic causing bowel movements, used mostly as a laxative but also as a bitter tonic to ease digestive problems.


 


Bugleweed Herb, (Lycopus virginicus)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses:
Used in treating over-active thyroid glands, especially when accompanied by tightness of breath, palpitations and shaking. An effective nervine, Bugleweed helps calm both palpitations and coughs that are of nervous origin.

 


Burdock Root,  (Arctium lappa)
C/S & Powder

Properties and Uses: Alterative, diaphoretic, diuretic. Burdock is one of the best blood purifiers. It is used for chronic infection, arthritis, rheumatism, skin diseases (including psoriasis) and sciatica. It clears kidneys of excess wastes and uric acid. It is excellent for gout. Burdock has been known to reduce swelling and deposits within joints and knuckles of arthritis sufferers. Because it has digestive enzymes and bile stimulants, burdock will help eliminate the putrefying factor in the intestines.
 


Butea Floewr (Kesu),  (Butea monosperma)
Whole

Properties and Uses: Astringent. Also contains kino-tannic acid, gallic acid, and mucilage. Used in place of Gummi Kino.
 


Butcher's Broom Root, (Ruscus asculatus)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Vasco-constrictive. Improves venous circulation. Butcher's broom builds up the structure of the veins. It is therefore used for hemorrhoids and other types of varicose veins.

CAUTION: Should not be used in cases of high blood pressure or pregnancy.

 


Butternut Bark,  (Juglans cinera)
C/S

Properties and Uses: Butternut is a mild cathartic whose action has been likened to that or Rhubarb. It appears to have been used as a laxative during our revolutionary war.
 


Button Snake Root,  (Liatris spicata)
C/S

Properties and Uses: It is diuretic, stimulant, diaphoretic, expectorant, and in large doses, emetic. Very useful, when chewed, to promote the flow of saliva and then to aid digestion. A good substitute for Senega.

 

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