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Buckthorn, or alder, is a tall shrub native to northern Europe. The bark
of alder buckthorn is removed, cut into small pieces, and dried for one
year before being used medicinally.
Buckthorn has been used as a
cathartic laxative in Northern and Central Europe for centuries. It is
still widely used today for constipation and resulting conditions such as
hemorrhoids and anal fissures. Buckthorn stimulates contractions of the
colon (peristalsis) and increases water content during stool
A closely related shrub, cascara sagrada, is more widely
known in North America due to its origins and cultivation on the Pacific
coast of Canada and the United States.
Burdock root, native to Asia and Europe, is the primary source of many
herbal preparations. It as a popular root vegetable in Japanese markets
(called "gobo") and has been used for centuries as a staple in
traditional Chinese medicine for conditions like tonsillitis and
Historically, Burdock root has also been administered for
conditions such as gout, ulcers, arthritis, rheumatism, and various skin
While studies have been limited to animals and in vitro,
the active constituents of burdock have shown anti-bacterial properties
making it useful for bacteria-related conditions such as acne, eczema, and
psoriasis. Additional test results have confirmed actions associated with
blood purification, toxic immunity, hypoglycemia, and inflammation.
Dandelion is widely considered an invasive, unattractive weed, but must be
regarded as a Godsend to the manufacturers of lawn herbicides. While the
dandelion's efficacy in destroying a perfect green, carpeted lawn is
undisputed, its efficacy for health matters is - or should be - of greater
Dandelion has widely been used in foods, wines,
beverages, and health preparations of all kinds worldwide. Its medicinal
actions seem to target the digestive and eliminative systems of the body.
Animal studies demonstrate extremely positive diuretic and bile-producing
effects whereby dandelion extracts outperform chemical drugs without the
Unfortunately, human trials are non-existent in these
areas. Research in humans that has focused on health conditions such as
cancer and diabetes has yielded positive results. However, these positive
findings are attributed to herbal blends and, consequently, dandelion's
specific effect on these results can only be surmised.
Considered primarily indigenous to the Mediterranean shores, fennel has
been closely associated with ancient cultures and followed the spread of
civilization. Fennel is mentioned in Greek legends, poetry, and other
ancient writings, and praised for its medicinal value in many aspects of
health and longevity. Today, fennel is used primarily for digestive
concerns and gastrointestinal afflictions. Some scientific research has
demonstrated that colicky babies can benefit from supplementation of
fennel. Fennel has shown to be effective for conditions of the upper
respiratory tract as well.
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.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea itself. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the serving pitcher straining the tea bags. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
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