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Herbs
Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)

Cat's Claw is a tropical vine that grows in rainforest and jungle areas in South America and Asia. Some cultures refer to the plant as the "Sacred Herb of the Rain Forest". This vine gets its name from the small thorns at the base of the leaves, which looks like a cat's claw.

The plant is considered a valuable medicinal resource and is protected in Peru. Although scientific research has just recently begun to explore cat's claw, many cultures native to the South American rain forest areas have used this herb for hundreds of years

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Cayenne (Capsicum Fructescens )

Originally from South America, the cayenne plant has spread across the globe both as a food and as a medicine. The potent, hot fruit of Cayenne has been used as medicine for centuries. It was considered helpful for various conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, including stomachaches, cramping pains, and gas. Cayenne was frequently used to treat diseases of the circulatory system. It is still traditionally used in herbal medicine as a circulatory tonic (a substance believed to improve circulation). Many people consume lots of hot peppers in tropical climate as the heat will induce perspiration, which actually helps a person to cool off.

Cayenne's primary chemical constituents include capsaicin, capsanthine, beta carotene, flavonoids, and vitamin C. Cayenne causes the brain to secrete more endorphins. It is considered thermogenic, meaning it can "rev up" metabolism and aid in weight loss. Cayenne also improves circulation.

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Cinnamon

The parts of this plant used medicinally are the dried inner bark of the shoots, and the oil distilled from the bark and leaves. Cinnamon is an ancient herbal medicine mentioned in Chinese texts as long ago as 4,000 years. Cinnamon was used in ancient Egypt for embalming. In ancient times, it was added to food to prevent spoiling. During the Bubonic Plague, sponges were soaked in cinnamon and cloves, and placed in sick rooms. Cinnamon was the most sought after spice during explorations of the 15th and 16th centuries. It has also been burned as incense. Most people consider Cinnamon a simple flavoring, but in traditional Chinese medicine, it's one of the oldest remedies, prescribed for everything from diarrhea and chills to influenza and parasitic worms.

The primary nutrients in Cinnamon are manganese, dietary fibre, iron and calcium. The most important chemical constituents of this herb include cinnamaldehyde, gum, tannin, mannitol, coumarins, and essential oils (aldehydes, eugenol, pinene) from which Cinnamon’s unique healing abilities come.

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Cloves

Traditional Chinese physicians have long used the herb to treat indigestion, diarrhea, hernia, and ringworm, as well as athlete's foot and other fungal infections. India's traditional Ayurvedic healers have used Cloves since ancient times to treat respiratory and digestive ailments.

Cloves are the unopened pink flower buds of the evergreen clove tree. The buds are picked by hand when they are pink and dried until they turn brown in color. Although cloves have a very hard exterior, their flesh features an oily compound that is essential to their nutritional and flavor profile.

Cloves, like most other spices are very nutrient dense. In Cloves manganese, omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fibre, vitamin C, magnesium and calcium content is particularly high

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Colostrum

Colostrum is actually a non-milk substance secreted by the mammary gland of all female mammals during the later months of pregnancy. This secretion increases dramatically just before the mother gives birth, and then stops at birth, either it is used by the baby or reabsorbed by the mother, at which time, regular breast milk begins to be secreted. Thus, the first real meal of most babies is the perfect combination of all the necessary immune and growth factors. In fact, these components are not naturally found anywhere else in such high concentrations. Besides jump-starting the baby's immune system, and stimulating growth, colostrums also promotes very rapid healing. All in all, it is estimated that the ingredients in colostrums work to activate at least fifty different physical processes in the newborn body, all of which are vital to health and growth

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Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)

The genus name Taraxacum is derived from the Greek word "taraxos", meaning "disorder" and "akos" meaning "remedy". It is one of the bitter herbs in the Passover tradition. Dandelions were used to help "clear the body of old emotions such as anger and fear that can be stored in the body's liver and kidneys". Dandelion has been used for centuries as a primary herb that purifies the blood and flushes toxins out of the body, via the liver and kidneys. Today, Dandelion is commonly found in salads, wines and multi-herbal combinations.

Dandelion contains calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, vitamins A, B, C and D and inulin (FOS). Dandelion is ideal for treating high blood pressure and poor digestion by stimulating the circulation of blood to the entire body. Dandelion's anti-inflammatory properties help alleviate inflammation and muscle spasms.

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Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)

As the name suggests, Eyebright is great for the eyes. It's an antioxidant herb that fights free-radical damage, especially in the eyes. Since the Middle Ages, Eyebright has been a popular herbal eyewash.

 
The flower of Eyebright, somewhat resembles a bloodshot eye, which may have been part of what led ancient peoples to value this plant for eye problems. An old French term for Eyebright was casse-lunettes, which means "break your glasses". Eyebright was used primarily in the Middle Ages as a tonic because of its astringent properties. However, today Eyebright is used more frequently for relieving eye problems such as eye-strain, pink eye and inflamed, irritated and sore eyes.

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Fenugreek Seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

Ancient Egyptians would eat the greens of this plant as a vegetable and use the seeds as incense and as part of their embalming formulas. Women in harems would eat Fenugreek seeds in the belief that they would become more desirable. The seeds were burned as incense to aid childbirth in Egypt. Today Fenugreek seed is best known in curry powders.

 

Fenugreek is an excellent source of glyconutrients, selenium as well as a natural source of iron, silicon, sodium and thiamine, dietary fibre, alkaloids, lysine and L-tryptophan and saponins.

 

The active steroidal saponins (diosgenin, yamogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogenin) and mucilaginous fiber are known for soothing and relaxing inflamed tissues.

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