Red Clover may act as an antibacterial, appetite suppressant, blood purifier and relaxant. Can be used to help support bacterial infections, inflamed lungs, inflammatory bowel disorders, kidney problems, liver problem, skin disorders and weakened immune system.
Burdock is considered a powerful blood purifier. It can stimulate the immune system , restores liver and gallbladder function, helps skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, boils and carbuncles. Burdock lends help to the urinary tract , aids kidney and prostrate function and supports gout. This herb contains chromium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, carotenes, calcium, protein, zinc, sulphur, tannins, vitamin E, B1, B6 and B12.
Barberry Bark stimulates bile flow and eases liver congestion.; inflammation of the gallbladder, gallstones; jaundice; with weak or debilitated people it strengthens and cleanses the system by its mild laxative effects; reduces an enlarged spleen; acts against malaria; effective in support for protozoal infection due to Leishman spp.
Buckthorn softens the stool, and thus, Buckthorn is used by people with anal fissures and hemorrhoids, and those who've recently undergone rectal surgery. It's also used as a cleansing agent prior to diagnostic exams. In traditional health, it can be used as a diuretic to flush excess water from the body.
Buckthorn's potent laxative effect has been known since at least the 13th century, when Welsh physicians prescribed juice of Buckthorn for constipation. As recently as the late 19th century, syrup of Buckthorn can be used as an overly powerful laxative for children. It is still used, with equal parts of castor oil, as a laxative for dogs.
There are three species of Buckthorn, all with similar laxative properties. The plant is found all over northern Africa, western Asia, and Europe, in the form of either a large, 9-foot-high bush or a small tree. The medicinal parts are the whole, ripe fruit, either fresh or dried.
Buckthorn works by stimulating the colon. This action tends to help support liquid absorption by moving food more quickly through the intestines.
Cascara Sagrada is commonly used as a laxative. Cascara Sagrada cleanses the colon of parasitic infection, chronic constipation and other disorders. It encourages peristalsis and toning of relaxed muscles of the digestive system. This herb contains cascarosides, anthraquinone, B-complex vitamins, calcium, inositol, manganese and potassium.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a perennial herb indigenous to Greece, Italy, Spain, Syria, Iraq and southern China. The root penetrates deeply into the ground and is the part of the herb that contains an abundance of valuable properties. The word Licorice comes from the Greek glykys (sweet) and rhiza(root), meaning sweet root. The root yields a substance known as glycyrrhizin or glycyrrhizic acid which is 50 times as sweet as sugar cane. The use of Licorice dates back to ancient times.
Archaeologists found great quantities of Licorice stored among the fabulous jewelry and art treasures in the 3000 year old tomb of King Tut. This was done to enable the departed spirit to prepare a sweet drink called mai sus in the next world. It is still a favorite beverage among the Egyptians today.
Both Licorice Root and Licorice Juice can be used to support health. Licorice can help speed restoration of stomach ulcers. The juice can also be tried to help support viral liver inflammations, and, in Asian health, the root can be used to help support, diarrhea, headache, excessive thirst, sore throat, and swellings from infections. Their effectiveness for these disorders has not, however, been scientifically verified.
Licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid, which helps rejuvenate stomach ulcers and soothes inflammation. It also loosens and thins mucus in the lungs and acts as a decongestant. There is some evidence that Licorice may help the body fight viruses by encouraging the production of interferon.
There are several varieties of Licorice growing from southeastern Europe to southwestern Asia and Iraq. The plant was introduced to the Ancient Greeks by Scythians from the east. It has been used in Europe since the Middle Ages.
Sarsaparilla can be used as a blood purifier and general tonic, and has been used all over the world for the same complaints, namely dermatosis, nephritis, gout, joint pain, fevers, coughs, scrofula, hypertension, digestive disorders, psoriasis, skin problem, immunity issues and as a tonic. It also works well with other herbs to aid absorption and facilitate their actions. Its blood-purifying actions have been clinically shown to attack and neutralize microbial substances in the blood stream. Claims that Sarsaparilla contain testosterone and/or other anabolic steroids are a popular marketing ploy, but are however quite misleading. It does have high amounts of steroids and saponins, but it has never been proven to have any anabolic effects. It does not contain testosterone. It's properties include: Alterative, Aphrodisiac, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-rheumatic, Antiseptic, Antipruritic, Anti-syphilic, Carminative, Depurative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Hepatoprotective, Hormonal, Steroidal, Stimulant, Stomachic, and Tonic.
The identifying characteristics of Yellow Dock, or Rumex crispus are the narrowness of the leaves, usually curly along the long edges, and the deep yellow colour of the root when scraped. It is a native perennial British herb found in arable farmland, on roadsides and in ditches and waste places throughout the world. Its spindle-shaped taproot sends up a smooth, slender stem, up to a metre in height. Lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate in shape, the pointed light green leaves have predominantly wavy margins. The lower leaves are larger and longer-petioled than the upper leaves. Blooming from June to July, the numerous pale green, drooping flowers are loosely whorled in panicled racemes. The fruit is a pointed three-angled and heart-shaped nut.
Yellow Dock is used extensively in supporting chronic skin complaints, especially psoriasis associated with constipation; and obstructive jaundice. The anthraquinones have a cathartic action on the bowel, but act in quite a mild way, possibly tempered by the tannin content. It can help promote the flow of bile, and its action on the gallbladder gives it a role in supporting jaundice when this is due to congestion. The plant's high iron content makes it valuable for correcting anaemia. A compress can be used to help soothe itchy skin. The ointment is valuable for itching, sores, swellings and scabby eruptions.
One of the richest sources of micro-nutrition, minerals, and trace minerals, Bladderwrack (kelp) is especially high in iodine and potassium. It has proved most useful in supporting underactive thyroid function and for alkalizing blood chemistry. The extensive research done on this remarkable seaweed has shown it to help support healthy immunity levels (Japanese researchers have claimed kelp has been "conclusively proven to improve breast health"), and antibiotic, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Bladderwrack also has the ability to protect against environmental toxins, increase circulation and help lower cholesterol, among other benefits.
Prickly Ash is also known by the names Toothache Tree, Yellow Wood, Northern Prickly Ash, Tumburu, and Hua Jiao. Prickly Ash is native to North America. The bark, and sometimes the berries, of these trees are used for health. There are many other trees in this genus that grow on other continents, including Chinese Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum bungeanum), which grows in Asia. The genus name Zanthoxylum is derived from the Greek "zanthos" and "xylum," meaning "yellow wood."
Many eastern Native tribes valued Prickly Ash Bark as a supportive for upset stomach, sore throats, aching muscles, skin infections, to stimulate saliva flow, and various other complaints. Eclectic physicians in the United States at the end of the 19th century continued the traditional uses of Prickly Ash Bark, primarily as a digestive aid, to strengthen the nervous system, and for cholera. The bark was also widely used by herbalists to help support rheumatic complaints. The primary chemical constituents of Prickly Ash Bark include essential oils, fat, sugar, gum, alkaloids (fagarine, magnoflorine, laurifoline, nitidine, chelerythrine), tannin, lignan (asarin), coumarins, and phenol (xanthoxylin). It has a stimulating effect upon the entire body, including the lymphatic system and mucus membranes. Prickly Ash Bark stimulates sluggish digestion and helps destroy toxins such as worms and yeast overgrowth. It is considered to be as strong a stimulant as Cayenne Pepper, but is slower acting and longer lasting. Due to its stimulating effect on the lymphatic system, circulation and mucous membranes, this herb has a role in the holistic support for many specific complaints, a few of which have included joint pain, Candida, chilblains, cholera, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, flatulence lumbago, paralysis, Raynaud's phenomenon, joint pain, Sickle-cell anemia, sore throat, typhoid, typhus, varicose veins, and worms.
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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 tea bag for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and sugar to taste.
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This product contains Cascara Sagrada Bark and Buckthorn Bark. Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have developed diarrhea, loose stools, or abdominal pain, because Cascara Sagrada Bark and Buckthorn Bark may worsen these conditions, and may be harmful to your health. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea or if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition.
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