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Herbs
Mullein Leaf (Verbascum thapsus)

Mullein is a common wildflower native to Europe and Asia, and can grow almost anywhere. Mullein leaves and flowers are classified in traditional herbal literature as expectorants (promotes the discharge of mucus) and demulcents (soothes irritated mucous membranes). Historically, Mullein has been used by herbalists as a remedy for the respiratory tract, particularly in cases of irritating coughs with bronchial congestion. Some herbal texts extend the therapeutic use to pneumonia and asthma. The leaves, though somewhat irritating, were also worn in the shoes to improve circulation to the feet and to buffer thinning soles.

Scientific studies suggest that the mucilage in mullein protects mucous membranes, preventing cell invasion by viral allergens.
Mullein also posseses expectorant properties that likely arises from saponin compounds in the plant.

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Neem Leaf (Azadirachta indica)

The benefits of the Neem Leaf, also known as Village Pharmacyare, is almost too numerous to mention. The leaf has been used in Ayurvedic medicine since at least the dawn of written language in India. One of the prime uses of Neem Leaf over the years is in skin care. It works as an antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory agent. Neem Leaf is considered to be the aspirin of Indian medicine. Neem Leaf is effective in treating eczema, ringworm and acne.

Neem Leaf has been the focus of much research recently, and has shown much promise in the area of cancer prevention, especially when combined with garlic. Neem Leaf has also been studied as a natural contraceptive and as an anti-infective. It has also traditionally been used to treat malaria and diabetes mellitus. Many tests have shown Neem Leaf’s capacity to reduce blood glucose levels. Neem Leaf has also been shown to reduce toxicity in the liver. It has also been used extensively in the treatment of neuromuscular pain and inflammation.

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Pumpkin Seeds (Cucurbita pepo)

Pumpkins and other squashes are native to North and Central America, but have since been cultivated around the world. The medicinal use of Pumpkin Seeds was adopted by Oriental healers sometime in the seventeenth century. The native Indians utilized the plant for medicine as well as for food.

Modern folk healers advocate Pumpkin Seeds to rid the body of intestinal worms, and they point out that the seed oil is especially helpful for healing bums & wounds. People of Germany discovered that raw, hulled Pumpkin Seeds contain substances that stimulate sex hormone production.

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Rhubarb Root, (Rheum officinale)

Rhubarb" is the common name of the root of several different species of Rheum, growing in the mountains of the Western and Northwestern provinces of China, and in the adjoining Tibetan territory. This plant is found native in India

The parts of the plant used medicinally include both the root and the rhizome. The genus name Rheum is believed to come from the Greek "rheo", meaning "to flow" in reference to the purgative properties of Rhubarb. It also has an astringent effect. It, therefore, has a truly cleansing action upon the gut, removing debris and then astringing with antiseptic properties as well.

The primary chemical constituents of Rhubarb include anthraquinones, chrysophanol, emodin, physcion, sennidine, rheidine, palmmidine, tannins, catechin, gallic acid, oxalic acid, rutin, phytosterol, and calcium oxalate. It is the anthraquinones that contribute to the laxative and purgative properties of Rhubarb, yet the tannin content helps balance those properties, and might even stops diarrhea.

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Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms have been researched for their medicinal benefits, most notably their anti-tumor properties in laboratory mice. These studies have also identified the polysaccharide lentinan, a (1-3) β-D-glucan, as the active compound responsible for the anti-tumor effects.

Extracts from shiitake mushrooms have also been researched for many other immunological benefits, ranging from anti-viral properties to possible treatments for severe allergies, as well as arthritis.

Lenthionine, a key flavor compound of shiitake, also inhibits platelet aggregation, so it is a promising treatment for thrombosis.

Shiitake are also one of a few known natural sources of vegan and kosher vitamin D2.

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Spirulina

Spirulina is classified within the phylum of Cyanobacteria. Popular food and nutritional supplements, these Cyanobacterium exist as either blue-green bacteria or blue-green algae. Spirulina is a specific type of blue-green vegetable micro-algae, and is unique to only lakes which exhibit a high alkalinity. Certain African, Asian, and Mexican civilizations located within the vicinities of such lakes began to unravel spirulina’s beneficial medicinal properties thousands of years ago. Today, its worldwide popularity continues to grow as many health conscious consumers recurrently praise its extraordinary nutritional qualities.

Spirulina’s nutritional qualities are truly “one-of-a-kind.” With its structure consisting of nearly 71 percent total protein, spirulina represents the highest natural source of protein ever discovered. Its protein is fives times that of meat, and nearly three times greater than the protein of the ever-popular soybean. In addition to this astounding amino acid profile, spirulina also contains a host of other beneficial nutrients including; carotenoids, essential fatty acids, B complex vitamins, vitamin E, copper, manganese, magnesium, iron, selenium, and zinc. In fact, spirulina’s minerals and growth factor qualities are only second to milk and evening primrose oil.

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Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Turmeric Root is also known by the names Curcuma and Curcumin. The plant is native to Southern Asia. The genus name Curcuma is from an Arabic word "kurkum", meaning "saffron", in reference to the color of Turmeric. The actual word "Turmeric" is from the Medieval Latin "terra merita", meaning "deserving earth".

The parts of this plant used medicinally are the rhizome and the root. Turmeric is a close relative to ginger root. It has been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of jaundice and other liver ailments, ulcers, parasitic infections, various skin diseases, sprains, strains, bruises, inflammation of the joints, cold and flu symptoms, preserving food, and promoting digestion.

The properties of this herb are cholagogue, hepatic, stomachic, carminative, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. The primary chemical constituents of Turmeric Root include curcumin (yellow pigment) essential oil (artumerone, zingberene, borneol), valepotriates, alkaloids, and protein.

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White Willow Bark

Other Names: Salix alba, white willow, willow bark

White willow bark is a tree native to Europe and Asia. The name "white willow" comes from the color of the leaves, which are covered with fine white hairs.

The use of white willow bark medicinally goes far back. Ancient Egyptians used white willow for inflammation. The Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about white willow's medicinal uses in 5th century B.C.

In 1829, scientists in Europe identified what was believed to be the active ingredient in white willow bark—a compound called salicin. Public demand grew rapidly.

Extracting salicin from herbs was considered to be expensive and time-consuming, so a synthetic salicylic acid version was developed in Germany in 1852 and quickly became the treatment of choice (salicin is converted in the body to salicylic acid).

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