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5 Endangered North American Plants With Significant Medicinal Benefits

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Plants have been used medicinally for thousands of years in practically all human cultures, from the traditional medicine of ancient China to Ayurvedic remedies in India to Native American healing salves. Plant-based medicine has been a staple of healing in the ancient world, but there is a huge place for it even today. Still flourishing in a marketplace flooded by chemicals and pharmaceuticals, medicinal plants have irreplaceable roots in all human medicine. In fact, 80% of the….. Read more

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Lemongrass

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Lemongrass Benefits Lemongrass is a super-herb with amazing healing properties. Its been used for many hundreds of years in Asia and Africa and now in the western hemisphere too. Today, it is one of the most popular medicinal plants in Brazil for treating the nerves and stomach. This healthy grass is often used as a tea to treat numerous health conditions, such as nervous disorders, stomach problems, fevers, arthritis, menstrual problems and even cancer. This plant….. Read more

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Milk Thistle

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Milk Thistle Benefits Milk thistle has been in use by herbalists for over 2,000 years in Europe. It’s primary function is protecting the liver and treating liver and gallbladder problems. This herb is also used to lower cholesterol, treat diabetes and reduce cancer cells in the breast, cervix and prostate. Many Herbalists recommend milk thistle for many types of cancer as it is a great blood detoxifier. Milk thistle contains about 20% protein by weight and includes many….. Read more

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Cat’s Claw

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Cat’s Claw Benefits Cat’s Claw is a woody vine that grows in the rain forests of Peru and is often called “Miracle Herb of the Rain Forest” by the Peruvian natives. This herb has undergone quite a bit of medical research since the 1970′s. This research has shown that Cat’s claw may be helpful in treating a variety of conditions, such as bursitis, arthritis, lupus, Lyme disease, diabetes, cancer and various stomach problems. This herb is well known for it’s ability to….. Read more

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What is Gotu Kola?

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Gotu Kola is a very important herb that is used in traditional Chinese Medicine and is often used for quite a few medicinal purposes. If you aren’t familiar with this herb and are thinking “what is Gotu Kola”, then you will want to read on to get a better understanding of this herb. As part of a treatment plan, the portion of the plant that grows above ground is harvested for use. Patients will then consume anywhere from 60 – 180 mg orally as needed for the medical condition they….. Read more

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Boswellia

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Boswellia Benefits The boswellia family of trees have been used for healing for over 2,000 years in India and ancient Egypt. Boswellia is a major component in the Ayurvedic medicine system of India. The white oleo-gum resin that comes from this tree is taken and dried into the incense called frankincense. Ancient healers used this herb to treat conditions like rheumatism, diabetes, fevers, cardiovascular disorders and asthma. It was also consumed in the belief that it….. Read more

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Herbs Listed By Health Condition

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  The herbs, plants and natural substances listed here have been used over many years by herbal healers to treat various conditions. This list is for informational use only. Never take any herb or supplement without first talking to you doctor. Never take any herb or supplement without your doctor’s consent if you are pregnant, nursing or trying to get pregnant. Never give herbs or supplements to children without first consulting their doctor. Always play it safe. This list….. Read more

Eat Blueberries To Stay Young

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Blueberries do a lot more than just taste delicious. These little super fruits are packed with powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals that can promote good health and keep us looking and feeling young. Research done by the USDA has found that blueberries have the highest ORAC rating of the most popular 20 fruits. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity and is a way to measure the antioxidant content of any food. The higher the ORAC rating, the better able food is to….. Read more

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Bacopa

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Bacopa Benefits Bacopa is a tropical plant that is generally known for its cognitive and memory improving capabilities. In the Ayurvedic medicine system of India, Bacopa is very often prescribed for memory improvement as well as enhancing ones cognitive ability and to promote optimal brain function. It is especially good for improving attention and focus. Bacopa contains bacosides and saponins which have a very beneficial effect on the brain’s neurotransmitters and also….. Read more

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Amla

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Amla Benefits Amla, better known as Indian Gooseberry, is widely used in the Ayurvedic medicine system of India. Amla is extremely rich in vitamin C, having thirty percent more than oranges. It’s packed with many vitamins, minerals, tannins and other helpful nutrients. This herb is a very powerful antioxidant, preventing damage from free radicals that cause cell oxidation. Antioxidants are important for anti-aging and preventing diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart….. Read more

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Burdock

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Burdock Benefits The Burdock plant is related to the Dandelion and Echinacea family. The seeds, greens and roots were used by the ancient Greeks as a medicine to heal many common ailments. The root is mainly used in today’s Burdock health supplements. This herb is mainly used for digestive and liver problems but also has some other health benefits, such as a skin cleanser to treat acne, treatment of urinary tract infections, to boost energy and stamina, treat ulcers, cleanse the….. Read more

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Shilajit

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Shilajit Benefits Shilajit is considered one of the most important substances in the Indian system of Ayurvedic medicine. It’s name means “nectar of God”. It has been used for thousands of years for longevity and a host of other ailments. Shilajit is a thick, blackish-brown mineral pitch resin that oozes out of cracks in the Himalayan mountains as the summer heat raises the temperature of the rock. Shilajit is composed of centuries old, decomposed plants which are a potent….. Read more

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Suma Root

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Suma Root Benefits Suma root has been used for hundreds of years for it’s medicinal properties. It is considered an adaptogen, a substance that strengthens and protects the body and mind against stress. The natives of South America would consume it daily to increase their physical strength, energy and stamina. It promotes balance of the hormones and strengthens the adrenal glands. It is a powerful immune system booster. Many people use suma to treat illnesses like skin….. Read more

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Holy Basil Tea Health Benefits

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Holy Basil is a plant that grows mostly in warm areas of Asia. It has been used for many hundreds of years as food seasoning, tea and medicinal herb. This herb has a very rich aroma and makes a wonderful caffeine-free herbal tea. It not only tastes great, it also has some impressive medicinal properties. It has historically been taken to calm the mind, as it has a relaxing effect when taken. It is a great remedy for stress and anxiety. The Ayurvedic medicine system used in….. Read more

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5 Medicinal Mushrooms That Can Improve Your Health

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Most of us have probably cooked with and eaten mushrooms. But did you know that some of them have very potent healing properties too? We may have tried the more common mushrooms like button and portabella, but there are some less well known mushrooms that are even better for us healthwise. Medicinal mushrooms, though sometimes flavorful, are not used for cooking like common mushrooms. They are most often made into tea or dried and ground into a powder and put into….. Read more

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Gynostemma

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Gynostemma Benefits Gynostema or “Jiaogulan” is an adaptogenic herb. An adatpogen is a substance that brings you whole body back into balance. It also increases strength and stamina and protects the body and mind against stress, either mental or physical. It is especially helpful for the immune, digestive, nervous, reproductive and cardiovascular systems. It is a very potent health tonic. Saponins are what gives this powerful herb it’s ability as an adaptogen. It has the….. Read more

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Eucalyptus – A Powerful Decongestant

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Eucalyptus is said to be one of the most useful trees on the planet. It’s name means “well covered” as it’s cap covers it’s flower before it buds. It is a tall tree that loves water. It’s very fast growing and can grow up to 400 feet tall. It can usually be found in damp areas and moist valleys of rich soil. For centuries, Eucalyptus has been used as a powerful expectorant and decongestant. For example, Vick’s is made from Eucalyptus oil. It is rubbed on the chest and back to….. Read more

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Holy Basil

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Holy Basil Benefits Holy Basil is great for reducing depression, stress and anxiety. It promotes health and wellbeing and protects the mind and body in a very positive way. It is an adaptogen, meaning it brings balance to the entire body and protects it from stresses of all kinds. It increases strength, stamina and endurance and allows the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently while it promotes proper protein synthesis in the body. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is a very important….. Read more

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Chamomile Health Benefits

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The herb Chamomile has been in constant use for thousands of years. It has been used to treat a plethora of ailments and health troubles, such as stomach upset, diarrhea, gas, insomnia and even anxiety. Most of the time Chamomile is taken as a hot tea, but can also be used externally for skin problems, like lesions and hemorrhoids. The flowering tops are the part of the Chamomile plant that is used for it’s medicinal properties. These are what are used to make the healthy….. Read more

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Bilberry

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Bilberry Benefits For centuries, Bilberry has been used to treat blood disorders and vascular problems, such as angina, varicose veins and thrombosis. The berry’s high content of anthocyanin and flavonoids give strength to the capillaries while thinning the blood. Bilberry contains one of the most powerful antioxidants known to exist. This antioxidant called anthocyanin can improve the flow of blood to the nervous system, lower blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. It….. Read more

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Astragalus

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Astragalus Root Benefits Astragalus root increases energy in the body and fights against lack of appetite, colds, ulcers, diabetes and general weakness. It boosts the immune system and has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It increases blood circulation too. Astragalus is famous for it’s immune boosting properties. Though this isn’t the main use of this herb in Chinese traditional medicine, Western doctors have found out that astragalus produces interferon….. Read more

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Maitake

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Maitake Mushroom Benefits Maitake is considered a medicinal mushroom and is classified as an adaptogen. An adaptogen helps the body resist all forms of stress, either mental or physical and has a normalizing function on the body. Unlike common mushrooms, Maitake is packed with healthy nutrients, such as powerful antioxidants, Vitamins B, C and niacin, minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, selenium, protein, amino acids, and fiber. Many medicinal herbs don’t taste good and have….. Read more

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Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh Benefits In the past, Black cohosh was used for circulatory problems, rheumatism, arthritis and to reduce cholesterol. Now it is most well known for it’s use by women to treat the symptoms of menopause. Black Cohosh has shown to be very effective in treating PMS, menstrual cramps and the complaints associated with menopause, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and fatigue. Because of it’s estrogenic effect, Black Cohosh has become a popular alternative to hormone….. Read more

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Ashwagandha

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Ashwagandha Benefits In India, Ashwagandha is considered a powerful adaptogen. This means that is has a beneficial normalizing effect on the entire body. Ashwagandha is often used as a rejuvenator. It can also be used as a sedative, anti inflammatory, diuretic and to increase physical energy and endurance. It’s beneficial for colds and coughs, diabetes, ulcers, insomnia and Parkinson’s disease. It also protects the nervous system in a beneficial way. Ashwaganda is rich in….. Read more

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American Ginseng

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American Ginseng Benefits American ginseng is considered to be a stress reducer, energizer and a normalizer. The name panax comes from the Greek word panacea meaning, “all healing”. It has been traditionally used to negate the effects of fatigue and stress. It’s often used as a general health tonic to enhance a person’s mental and physical performance. It’s a powerful “adaptogen”. An adaptogen is a substance that reduces the effects of any kind of stress, be it physical or….. Read more

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