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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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Lion’s Mane

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Lions Mane Mushroom Lion’s Mane Mushroom Benefits Lion’s mane mushroom is a medicinal mushroom. It has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as a brain tonic and as a treatment for many health conditions. This mushroom is known to boost the strength of the immune system, helping your body to fight off sickness and stay healthy. It is also good for digestive and colon health, as it contains beta glucan polysaccharides, polypeptides and fatty acids. Lion’s….. 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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Agrimony

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Agrimony Benefits The use of Agrimony dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Its main use was as a gargle for sore throats. It is very effective at reducing pain and reducing inflammation. Many singers gargle with Agrimony tea before a performance as it helps sooth the throat. As it possesses antibacterial properties, another common use for this herb was for treating indigestion and diarrhea. Other uses of Agrimony include the treatment of bladder infections and arthritis…… 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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The Health Benefits Of Wheat grass

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Drinking wheat grass juice or consuming it in some other form, such as tables or powder are thought to bring about some major health improvements. Many consumers who have already tried this method are extremely satisfied with the results obtained and would recommend this supplement to anyone. Wheat grass powder and its benefits The powder obtained from wheat grass usually contains 70% chlorophyll, which makes it very healthy. This substance is crucial for plant life. Over the….. Read more

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Vinpocetine

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Vinpocetine Benefits Vinpocetine is an extract from the periwinkle plant (Vinca minor), specifically it’s seeds. It is most often used for improving memory and concentration. It’s second-most popular use is for treating tinnitus. Vinpocetine is often referred to as a nootropic or “smart drug”. Many people believe that it can improve memory, increase learning ability, enhance concentration and increase mental alertness. Many brain health supplements use this extract as it’s main….. Read more

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Pumpkin Seed Powder Benefits For Your Health

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Most of us probably remember eating pumpkin seeds as children. What fun it was to clean the pumpkins on Halloween and have Mom roast the seeds in the oven. Besides being a tasty treat, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed powder are also very healthy. Pumpkin Seeds – High In Nutrition Pumpkin seeds are loaded with nutrition. They are rich in vitamins A, K, B3 and folate. They also contain minerals such as potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, selenium and….. Read more

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Age-proof Your Body With Colostrum

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Colostrum, which is a type of milk made by the mammary glands of mammals in late pregnancy and several days after giving birth, has been used in the medical field for thousands of years. Before penicillin and antibiotics were used in the U.S. to help fight infections, medical experts recommended using bovine colostrum for a natural antibiotic. Colostrum powder was implemented in the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis starting in the 1950’s, and during this time doctors also used….. Read more

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Turmeric

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Turmeric Benefits Turmeric has been used in India for over 2500 years and is a major part of the Ayurvedic system of medicine. It was first used as a dye and then later for its medicinal properties. A powerful antioxidant called curcumin is the active ingredient in this herb and is what gives it its ability to improve and maintain your health. Turmeric is a great natural liver detoxifier. Studies conducted at The University of Maryland Medical Center suggest that it works….. Read more

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Flaxseed Oil Health Benefits

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The flaxseed plant (Linum Usitatissimum) is a great source of fiber. Scientific studies have proven that it has many health benefits due to its high content of omega-3 fatty acids and other essential fatty acids. Regularly taking flaxseed oil can maintain proper blood pressure, protect from heart disease and lower high cholesterol. If you have recently suffered from a heart attack, taking this oil could possibly prevent another one from happening. If you suffer from….. Read more

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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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Cat’s Claw – Miracle Healing Herb from the Amazon

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Many people are calling Cat’s claw, the new biochemical nutrient from Peru, “the miracle herb from the Peruvian rain forest”. Cats claw is a high climbing woody type vine that grows in the upper Amazon areas of South America, such as Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. The vine climbs by using its curved thorns, hence the name cat’s claw. Cats claw’s botanical name is Uncaria. this comes from the Latin word which means hook. Among the natural healthcare proponents, this herb has been been….. Read more

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Herbs To Relieve Pain

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Today, more then ever, people are going back to natural pain relief remedies. Many people are tired of the high cost and dangerous side effects of prescription drugs. Herbs can help. People have been using herbs to treat many health conditions such as pain for thousands of years. Herbs can be used to treat many pain related ailments such as rheumatism, joint pain and even carpal tunnel syndrome. Herbal Remedy For Rheumatism Pain Rheumatism is a condition mostly effecting….. Read more

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Cayenne Pepper For Constipation

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Irregularity is a miserable condition. It’s uncomfortable, painful and unhealthy. If you suffer from chronic constipation, it’s even worse. Constipation can cause toxins to build up in your bloodstream, causing many other more serious problems. Cayenne pepper has been used for hundreds of years as a home remedy for constipation. It works by promoting peristalsis, the contraction of the large intestine. It also promotes good digestion. When eaten, it is soothing to the digestive tract….. 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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Fish Oil

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Fish Oil Benefits Fish oil has been a popular supplement for many years now. These supplements are made from oily fish, such as bluefish, mackerel, salmon, herring and sardines. The general public is finding out that people who consume these types of fish often live much longer and have way fewer health problems. There are many health benefits that come from taking a fish oil supplement. The most important component of fish oil is it’s “Omega-3 fatty acids”. The two most….. Read more

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Skullcap

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Skullcap Benefits Skullcap is a natural herb that acts on your nervous system in a positive way. It can be used to greatly reduce your anxiety levels and help you get a good nights sleep. This herb has been used for thousands of years because of it’s effectiveness for treating many ailments. Skullcap is most often used as a sleep aid and as a mild sedative. It has similar properties as valerian root. Skullcap is a widely used herb used for calming down people who are….. 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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Lycium Fruit

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Lycium Fruit Benefits Lycium Fruit, more commonly known as Goji berries or Wolfberry grows mainly in northwestern China and Tibet. These places have some of the purest, nutrient rich soil on earth. The Lycium plant has vines that grow up to fifteen feet long, with small red berries. Their taste is sweet and sour. The berries can be used for cooking, made into tea or just eaten right off the plant. Lycium fruit has been eaten in China for over five thousand….. Read more

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Health Benefits Of Grapes

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For thousands of years, grapes have been heralded for their nutritional value as well as their use as a medicine. It is knows that the Egyptians consumed grapes over six thousand years ago. Yes, grapes have been around for a long time. They’re not only delicious, but also great for our health. But not just the fruit of the grape is used for it’s medicinal benefit. The vines and leaves also possess healing properties. An ointment made from grapevine sap was used by….. 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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Anti Aging Herbs

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If you would like to look and feel a little younger, there are some herbs that just may help you do that. Some herbs have the ability to slow aging or at least reduce the effects of aging. There are herbs that can boost energy, make the skin and hair look younger and even improve memory. These are all important benefits for those of us over the age of 30 or 40. Not only can herbs make you look younger, they can also make you feel younger. Imagine having your energy and….. 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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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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