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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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American Ginseng

American Ginseng

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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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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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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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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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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Chamomile

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Chamomile Benefits As a medicinal plant, chamomile has been in constant use since the times of ancient Egypt. German chamomile is the most common and has been studied more extensively than the Roman or English variety. The health benefits listed on this page refer to German Chamomile. Chamomile was often used as a remedy for nausea, diarrhea, gas, anxiety, fevers, asthma, colic and a host of other conditions. Most often, it was taken as a hot tea. For skin conditions….. Read more

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Echinacea

Echinacea Plant

Echinacea Benefits This herb works wonderfully for colds and flu. Drinking a tea made from echinacea can greatly reduce the severity and duration of these two illnesses. It’s also widely used for treating upper respiratory tract infections and sore throat. It’s also an effective anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibiotic and detoxifier. Echinacea is one of the most researched herbs in existence. Millions of people have used it to boost the immune system to help fight off viral,….. Read more

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Kava Kava

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Kava Kava Benefits This herb is used to help one relax and communicate better with those around them. It has many additional medicinal properties, including it’s use as a diuretic, anti-anxiety aid, and to fight urinary disorders. It’s also beneficial for fighting depression, fatigue, asthma, infections, arthritis and stomach upset. Taken in large amounts, the tonic induces a mild state of euphoria. While is does have sedative properties, it doesn’t induce the feeling of….. Read more

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Maca Root

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Maca Root Benefits Peru, in South America is where you’ll find the Maca plant. It is considered an adaptogen, meaning that is helps the body and mind adapt to stresses of all kinds and exerts an overall normalizing effect on the person who consumes it. Maca root is loaded with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, good fats, amino acids and plant sterols, making it a very nutritious whole food. It has been called a “potent superfood” and can improve our health in many….. 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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Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea Benefits Rhodiola Rosea is considered an adaptogen. This means that it has an overall balancing and tonic effect on the body while causing it no harm. It also exerts a beneficial effect on the adrenal glands and protects the person taking it against stresses of all types. It enables one to adapt better to harsh environments and challenging circumstances. It’s excellent for increasing physical strength and endurance. It provides protection from extreme cold or….. Read more

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Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto Benefits This is a herb that should be investigated by men over 30. It has a proven track record over many years to help treat enlarged prostate. A lot of men prefer using Saw Palmetto instead of prescription medicine for this purpose. It is faster acting and much less expensive. Also, rather than diminish sex drive, it actually increases it. It also doesn’t cause impotence like some prescription medicine does. This herb is used to treat the symptoms of Benign….. Read more

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Siberian Ginseng

Siberian Ginseng

Siberian Ginseng Benefits Siberian ginseng, also known as Eleuthero, is considered as a normalizer, stress reducer and energizer. It has been traditionally used to negate stress and fatigue. It is often used as a tonic to invigorate a person physically and mentally. It’s considered an “adaptogen”. An adaptogen is a substance that reduces the effects of mental and physical stress and can help the user in a general, non-specific way. Siberian ginseng became popular in the West in….. 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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St. John’s Wort

St Johns Wort

St. John’s Wort Benefits This herb has many amazing health benefits. It is known for it’s ability to treat depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety. Though many people take prescription medicine for these problems, there is also a natural alternative to these drugs. St. John’s Wort is an effective treatment for mild depression and anxiety. It acts as a “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor” (SSRI) just like prescription anti-depressants. Depression and….. 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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Valerian Root

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Valerian Root Benefits Many people suffer from insomnia in today’s stressful world. Valerian root can help. Besides making one tired, insomnia can lead to more serious health conditions, like high blood pressure. This herb is generally considered safe to consume and has been used for hundreds of years as a natural sleep aid. Valerian root is a herb used to treat insomnia and sleep disorders. It is also an effective treatment for anxiety, as it reduces the dangerous effects….. Read more

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