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HAWTHORN BERRY (Crataegus oxyacantha)

Hawthorn comes from a small, spiny tree indigenous to the Mediterranean region. Throughout history, Hawthorn has had its reputation both as a symbol of hope, and as a symbol of evil. At one time, Christianity regarded the plant as sacred, due to the belief that it furnished Christ's crown of thorns. Both the Greeks and Romans associated Hawthorne with marriage & fertility.

Hawthorne Berries have been used since the 19th century to support the heart, and to normalize cardiovascular functions. Today, Hawthorne Berries are one of the most popular herbs used in Europe, and gaining wider acceptance in the United States.

Primary chemical constituents of this herb include Vitamin C, flavonoids (quercetin and quercetrin), glycosides, proanthocyanidins, anthocynaidins, saponins, tannins, and cratetegin (most prevalent in the flowers, then leaves, then berries).

Hoodia Gordonii

Taking many years to come to maturity, the Hoodia plant is a prickly cactus naturally occurring only in the extremely high temperatures of the African Kalahari desert, home of the San People. For thousands of years the San Bushmen of the Kalahari, one of the world’s oldest tribes, have been eating the Hoodia plant to stave off hunger while on long hunting ventures. Used to stay alert while traveling and hunting it has long been a staple of their society.

Hoodia is currently being used to make organic pills that suppress the appetite and thereby combat obesity. It has no known side effects and can be taken in conjunction with other products. The amazing aspect is within the plant, whose molecular properties make the brain tell the body it is full, curbing the desire to eat and lowering the caloric intake.


Horsetail is best known as a diuretic, or substance that increases water loss from the body. As a topical medicine, horsetail has been used to treat open wounds and burns, and to stop bleeding. Horsetail has large amounts of the mineral silica deposited in its stems. Because of this, horsetails were used as a material for scouring pots and pans and in works of pewter.

The active constituents of this plant include flavone glycosides and equisetonin. Horsetail also has relatively large amounts of the mineral chromium.

Horsetail resembles a stalk of asparagus, with solitary shoots protruding from the ground. Only the portion of the plant that grows above ground is used for medicinal purposes. Some evidence validates its historical use as a diuretic; the plant is thought to have a mild diuretic effect

Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera)

Kelp, commonly referred to as seaweed, grows along coastlines around the world. Botanically, this plant is classified as algae. It is a rich source of natural vitamins and minerals, including essential trace minerals. Kelp is dependent upon the sea for its nourishment - an excellent source since the sea is the repository of all the minerals that have been washed from the land through the millennia. This plant can grow as much as two feet per day, and the entire plant has been used medicinally.

The primary nutritional and chemical constituents of Kelp include, iodine, potassium, bromine, iron, sodium, phospherous, calcium, magnesium, algin, carrageenan mucopolysaccharides, mannitol, alginic acid, kainic acid, laminine, histamine, zeaxanthin, protein, and vitamins A, B-1,B-2, C, D and E.

Kidney Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Kidney beans are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, kidney beans' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia. When combined with whole grains such as rice, kidney beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein. But this is far from all kidney beans has to offer. Kidney beans are an excellent source of the trace mineral, molybdenum, an integral component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, which is responsible for detoxifying sulfites. Sulfites are a type of preservative commonly added to prepared foods like delicatessen salads and salad bars. Persons who are sensitive to sulfites in these foods may experience rapid heartbeat, headache or disorientation if sulfites are unwittingly consumed. If you have ever reacted to sulfites, it may be because your molybdenum stores are insufficient to detoxify them.

 A cup of cooked kidney beans provides 45.3% of the recommended daily intake for fiber and research studies have shown that insoluble fiber not only helps to increase stool bulk and prevent constipation, but also helps prevent digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis


Milk thistle is a powerful herb for supporting the liver to purify the blood and is one of the best herbs for skin disorders. It is also effective for treating congestion of the kidneys and spleen.

The active ingredient in milk thistle silymarin, a flavonoid composed of 4 isomers: silybinin, silychristin, silydianin and isosilybinin, has shown to have therapeutic effects in treating several types of liver ailments such as cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, and fatty liver.

This herb is wonderful and appropriate for anyone who is under stress, uses alcohol, recreational drugs, prescription medications, or lives in today's modern times of pesticides, environmental toxins, and pollution.

MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)

MSM is an organic form of sulfur that can be easily absorbed and utilized by the body. Though a member of the sulfur family, MSM should not be confused with sulfa-based drugs, sulfates, or sulfites, which are synthetic and have been known to cause allergic and other adverse reactions.

Sulfur is one of the five basic elements of life, present in all living organisms (about 34% of body weight). To perform properly and efficiently it is important that the body have an adequate supply of this mineral in a usable form.

Sulfur is needed to form a number of amino acids, proteins and hormones, maintaining the body's pH, for proper cellular metabolism, and soft tissue synthesis. It aids in the formation of collagen and keratin and is critical in the formation of connective tissue. Sulfur also catalyzes chemical reactions to change food into energy and helps neutralize and eliminate toxins.


Mucuna is a native of India, West Indies, tropical America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. In history, Mucuna has been used as an aphrodisiac. It is still used to increase libido in both men and women, and can help with erectile dysfunction. It was also used to treat depression, nervous disorders, and to help improve mental alertness. Mucuna has been used for generations in India to treat Parkinson's disease.

Mucuna prurienes has been found to contain L-Dopa as well as the bioactive alkaloids mucunine, mucunadine, mucuadinine, pruriendine and nicotine, besides B-sitosterol, glutathione, lecithin, oils, venolic and gallic acids. The seed coat contains a number of bioactive substances such as tryptamine, alkylamines, steroids, flavonoids, coumarins and cardenolides. The pods of the Mucuna have hair that contains mucunian and serotonin.

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