Herbs

  • Slippery Elm Bark
    11/2/2016
    Slippery elm bark has been used as an herbal medicinal remedy in North America for hundreds of years. It works with the body to draw out impurities and toxins, assisting with the healing of all body parts. Historically, Native Americans used the herb topically for skin issues and internally for a variety of ailments. In fact, it was used to treat wounds on soldiers during the American Revolution.
  • psyllium
    11/2/2016
    Psyllium is a form of soluble fiber found in the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds. In fact, 100 grams of psyllium provides about 70 grams of soluble fiber. For comparison, a similar amount of oat bran contains about 5 grams of soluble fiber. So why does this matter? TWEET Research shows that eating a high-fiber diet may provide a 40% lower risk of heart disease. @BaselineHealth
  • terminalia chebula
    11/2/2016
    Terminalia chebula is called the "king of medicines" in Tibet and is one of the prime Ayurvedic herbs from India because of its extraordinary healing powers. It is actually the dried fruit from the Terminalia chebula tree, also referred to as Haritaki.
  • Fulvic Acid
    12/2/2015
    When you think of natural health supplements, you don’t often think of the soil our food grows in independently of the food itself and the role it can play in your overall well-being. One compound found in that soil in particular has been of particular interest to researchers--fulvic acid.
  • Fenugreek health benefits
    10/8/2015
    Fenugreek has been known for its ability to heal everything from an upset stomach to lowering cholesterol, prized by ancient Egyptians for its health benefits.
  • green Nettle herb
    4/22/2014
    Nettle herb, or Urtica dioica, is found in every single state in the US except Hawaii. While most consider it a pesky weed, others understand its true herbal value.
  • green Chanca Piedra
    4/7/2014
    Did you know that millions of Americans suffer from kidney stone or gallstone problems? In fact, each year, more than one million people in the US learn they have gallstones. Overall, nearly 10% of the American population have gallstones. They join the million people who visit their healthcare providers for kidney stone issues. Each year, more than 300,000 people end up in emergency rooms for kidney stone problems.
  • gentian tree root
    4/7/2014
    Gentian, one of the “bitter” herbs, has been used by herbalists for over 2,000 years as an anti-toxic to stimulate liver function. It was named as a tribute to Gentius, an Illyrian king who was believed to have discovered that the herb had tonic properties. Traditional folk healers believed that gentian root could improve the digestive process by stimulating the flow of saliva, bile, and stomach acids if you took the herb before your meal. During the Middle Ages, it was used as an antidote to certain poisons.
  • purple echinacea flower
    3/27/2014
    If ever there was a miracle herb, echincea would fit the bill. The history of this highly debated herb has its roots steeped in Native American culture. The interesting discovery of this herb, however, is a little less glamorous than its uses.
  • Muira Puama Tree
    3/27/2014
    Often referred to as the "Viagra of the Amazon," muira puama has long been considered an effective natural therapeutic approach for loss of libido in both sexes. A flowering plant native to the Amazon rainforest, its name, muira puama, means "potency wood." Muira puama is one of the most active botanicals with a long history of traditional use as an energy tonic, general health improver, and remedy for impotence and sexual insufficiency.
  • St Johns Wort For Depression
    3/19/2014
    If you look closely enough, nature seems to have an answer for everything. Even more surprising is just how much our ancestors knew this to be true. Case in point: one of the most common herbs used for depression in the United States today is St. John's wort.
  • gravel root plant
    3/19/2014
    While you may not have heard of the herb gravel root, there are in fact over forty species of the genus, many of them used medicinally. You can find the flowering plant growing in North America from Canada to Florida in mostly wet, wooded areas. There are a number of interesting legends associated with this herb too.
  • cascara sagrada tree
    3/19/2014
    If you have ever suffered from constipation, you are not alone. 63 million people in North America suffer from constipation and if not treated, it can lead to a host of other health issues. For some people, adding fiber to the diet is not enough. Are there other natural remedies? Turns out, there are!
  • cats_claw_bark plant
    3/6/2014
    The rainforest holds many natural medicine secrets still to be uncovered. One of the secrets that HAS been discovered, however, is a well-known tribal Peruvian cure-all that has been used for nearly 2,000 years. Cat's claw (Uña de Gato in Spanish) is a thorny vine that can grow up to 100 feet in the tropical regions of South and Central America. Its name comes from the rounded thorns that look like cat's claws that grow on the vine.
  • tabebuia heptophylla tree
    3/4/2014
    In addition to being considered an anticancer herb, Pau d’arco is also well known for helping treat a wide range of infections, from the common cold to H1N1 to other infections such as sexually transmitted infections, infections of the prostate and bladder; ringworm and other parasitic infections; yeast infections; and infectious diarrhea.
  • cordyceps mushrooms in a plate
    3/4/2014
    Each week we like to take a moment to give special attention to a natural ingredient used to promote health. This week we're going to take a look at a Chinese fungi known to do everything from increasing endurance in athletes to helping rebuild the body after long-term illness.
  • Ginseng Seed and Roots
    3/4/2014
    Ginseng has received much attention as an herbal remedy over the years. Maybe previous cultures knew what we are starting to discover since ginseng has been used for over 2,000 years.
  • Oregano leaves in a bowl
    3/4/2014
    Oregano is an herb native to the Mediterranean region. It has been used for culinary purposes for centuries. The ancient Greeks must have understood its value as their name for the herb translates into "joy of the mountain."
  • agrimony leaves and flower
    3/4/2014
    If you've ever used the herb agrimony, you have something in common with the injured men on medieval battlefields. During the Middle Ages, the herb was used to treat a variety of health related problems from bad backs, internal hemorrhages, and wounds received on the battlefield.
  • yellow dock root extract
    3/4/2014
    For many, the yellow dock plant is considered nothing more than an invasive and unwelcome weed. However, herbalists and Native Americans know otherwise. While most of the plant can be used for herbal remedies, we’ll be taking a closer look at the actual root of this plant.
  • Bloodroot flower
    3/3/2014
    Sanguinaria canadensis, most commonly referred to as bloodroot, has a rich Native American background. Its nickname, war paint, should give you some indication of its importance to the early Indian culture. The nickname, bloodroot, came about because of the red sap that would "bleed" from the roots of the flower.
  • poke root plant
    2/27/2014
    If you live anywhere from Maine to Texas, you may have been introduced to the poke root as a highly poisonous berry that should never be touched. In fact, before using the leaves, herbalists boil them three times, discarding the water in-between to create a dish that is referred to as “poke salad.”
  • sarsaparilla plant
    2/26/2014
    While it may often be referenced in westerns as a "sissy drink," real sarsaparilla is indeed a valuable herb with many uses, and has likely been used for thousands of years by indigenous tribes of South America.
  • mistletoe extract
    2/26/2014
    Mistletoe may prove much more valuable than simply as a sprig to stand under for a smooch with a loved one. New research has found that mistletoe may be a complementary therapy for fighting colon cancer.
  • dandelion with sky in background
    2/26/2014
    Many think of dandelions as nothing more than a bright yellow pesky weed. However, you may want to rethink that belief. Dandelion is a bitter herb that is chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D and contains minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc.
  • goldenrod in a white bowl with plant
    2/26/2014
    There are between 60 and 130 different varieties of our featured herb, goldenrod. According to old folk lore, finding some near your house meant the people who resided there would have good fortune.
  • senna colon cure
    2/25/2014
    What does an herb used in love sachets in the Middle East have to do with your colon? You may be surprised. Senna's first known use can be traced back to two Arabian physicians, Serapion and Sesue.
  • bamboo
    2/25/2014
    While bamboo may still be on the newer side of things here in Western herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine has long known of the many health benefits of bamboo. Its usage as a medical remedy can be traced back to ancient Chinese times. In fact, the Chinese have uses for every part of the bamboo plant.
  • map of Brazil from where Catuaba bark comes
    2/25/2014
    Catuaba bark is the most well known aphrodisiac plant in Brazil and has a long history of medicinal use. Its aphrodisiac properties were first discovered hundreds of years ago by the Tupi Indians of Brazil.
  • chicory root liver detox blood cleansing
    2/25/2014
    Chicory root was widely used during the Great Depression and World War II when coffee was in short supply or too expensive. Today, it is used around the world and in the US, particularly in New Orleans, as a natural caffeine-free substitute to coffee. However, it's much more than a rich drink.
  • 10/24/2013
    The damiana herb uses are often related to the reproductive system. Learn more about this herb that benefits anxiety and more.
  • Marshmallow Root Health Benefits
    10/24/2013
    The benefits and uses of marshmallow root go beyond the fluffiness of white snack food. Learn more about this plant's healing capabilities.
  • 10/9/2013
    The artichoke leaf contains many health benefits, making it key to liver detox and protection. Read more on this plant's beneficial properties.
  • 10/8/2013
    Ashwagandha has been part of herbal medicine for at least the last 4,000 years, with health benefits including stress relief, learning enhancement, and increased energy.
  • 10/7/2013
    Barberry root contains many health benefits for antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant activity, and more to treat internal and external conditions.
  • 10/7/2013
    Benefits of Oregon grape root include liver stimulation, skin benefits, and prevention of a number of digestive complications such as cramps or IBS.
  • 10/7/2013
    A pleasing herb, peppermint health benefits are varied from relaxation to indigestion relief to common cold relief.
  • Mulungu | Herbal Library
    9/18/2013
    Stress affects just about everyone. In fact, in a national poll done by NPR, half of all adults say they experienced a major stressful event in the past year. While stress may be an unavoidable natural part of life, too much stress can have a significant negative impact on your health.
  • What Is Astragalus? | Herbal Library
    9/17/2013
    Astragalus is an herb which can provide a great boost for your immune system and help fight off many diseases. It is an immunostimulant used in the treatment of chronic viral infections, hepatitis, edema, common cold, and flu.
  • Suma Plant | Herbal Library
    9/17/2013
    Some of the world’s best medicinal herbs can be found in the tropical rainforests of Brazil; the suma root is no exception. In Portuguese, the root is referred to as “para tudo” which means “for everything.” This is an apt name when you discover just how native Brazilians have used this herb for generations.
  • What is Licorice Root Good For?
    9/16/2013
    If you didn’t know licorice root was a medicinal herb, you aren't alone. One question we are frequently asked is: "What is licorice root good for?" It turns out it’s effective at helping in quite a few areas. In fact, licorice root may quite possibly be one of the most overlooked medicinal herbs.
  • 9/16/2013
    The roots and rhizomes of this shrub contain numerous phytochemicals and nutrients that are used to maintain urinary tract health and kidney detox.
  • Ginkgo Leaf | Herbal Library
    9/11/2013
    One of the most purchased medicinal herbs today, and the oldest living species of plant, Ginkgo biloba may also be one of the most studied herbs on the planet. The plant itself is considered to be a “living fossil,” which means that it is a species that has survived major extinction events. Ginkgo is impressive enough just as a plant species, considering a single tree can live as long as 1,000 years and grow to a height of 120 feet. However, when you factor in its medicinal value, it’s really no surprise that it’s so popular.
  • Burdock Root Benefits
    9/10/2013
    Even if you haven’t heard of burdock root, chances are you’ve seen it. While native to Europe and Northern Asia, in the US it grows as a weed, more commonly in the northern states. In an effort to beautify our yards, however, we may be missing out on a very valuable herbal remedy. It turns out that burdock root is probably the most famous detoxifying agent in the herbal arsenal.
  • Benefits of Red Clover | Herbal Library
    9/10/2013
    Red clover has a long history of not just medicinal use, but, on a whole different note, also as common cattle fodder. And it has some religious background as well, as the three leaves on the clover were associated with the Christian Trinity. During the Middle Ages, the red clover was considered a charm of protection against witches. Just as a regular four-leaf clover is considered lucky, the same is true of the red four-leaf clover. In fact, there is some debate as to whether the red leaf clover is the actual true shamrock planted by St. Patrick in Ireland.
  • Chaparral Plant | Herbal Library
    9/10/2013
    Chaparral leaf is one of the most powerful antioxidants in nature. The primary biochemical responsible for this is NDGA (nordihydroguaiaretic acid) - so effective, it is often used as a food preservative.
  • Bacopa Monniera
    8/12/2013
    The Bacopa Monniera herb has been used effectively for hundreds of years as a brain and nervous system restorer. In studies, Bacopa extract yielded significant improvement in mental control, logical memory, and paired associated learning.
  • Kapikachhu Benefits
    8/9/2013
    Kapikachhu (Mucuna pruriens) is a tropical legume also known as velvet bean, cowitch and cowhage. It is a constituent of more than 200 indigenous drug formulations, and is heralded as an aphrodisiac in Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Benefits of Juniper Berries
    8/9/2013
    One of the big benefits of juniper berries is that their antiseptic properties help remove waste and acidic toxins from the body.
  • Sheep Sorrel Benefits
    8/8/2013
    Sheep sorrel is a perennial plant from the buckwheat family that grows throughout most of the world used to treat a variety of issues.
  • Arnica Benefits
    8/8/2013
    As a natural health remedy, arnica oil has been used as a topical deep tissue oil for centuries for bruises and sprains.
  • 8/7/2013
    What is Goldenseal used for? Native Americans used it for its ability to heal common ailments such as sore eyes, skin issues, and digestive disorders.
  • Health benefits of mistletoe
    8/7/2013
    While American mistletoe is considered toxic, European and African mistletoe have displayed some remarkable health benefits.
  • Aloe Vera Benefits
    8/7/2013
    Aloe vera is an amazing mixture of more than 200 constituents, including polysaccharides, enzymes, glycoproteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
  • 8/6/2013
    For over 2,000 years, Europeans used milk thistle for liver health and detox. In the West, its use dates back to the 1700s and is now used for several ailments.
  • 8/6/2013
    Uva ursi uses have ranged through the medicinal for nearly 2,000 years mostly for the use in bladder and urinary tract infections.
  • 7/26/2013
    Calendula is a native Mediterranean plant that belongs to the daisy plant family Asteraceae. Natural healers have found calendula ointment uses for many of years.
  • Uses of oil of wintergreen
    7/22/2013
    Wintergreen oil is tremendously useful as an analgesic, especially with acute pain. Come find out more about the uses of oil of wintergreen in the Jon Barron Herbal Library.
  • Grape Seed extract uses
    7/19/2013
    Grape seed extract uses are antioxidant and vitamin in nature. Grape seed extract is used as a dietary supplement in many forms including capsules, tablets, and liquid extracts.
  • Guarana seed extract
    7/19/2013
    Guarana seed extract is a great alternative to caffeine, and has a number of other benefits. The guarana plant has also been used in helping treat a myriad of conditions.
  • 7/19/2013
    The herb Tribulus Terrestris benefits testosterone and estrogen levels and boosts stamina without dangerous side effects.
  • Banaba leaf and blood sugar control
    7/19/2013
    The health benefits of banaba leaf extract are great for diabetics. Banaba leaf and blood sugar control go hand in hand. Find out how.
  • 7/19/2013
    What is bitter aloe? Native to Africa, aloe ferox (also known as cape aloe) is renowned for its remarkable natural colon cleansing benefits. It is an effective natural laxative and colon cleanser.
  • 7/19/2013
    Picrorhiza Root, also known as kutki benefits overall health and is especially useful for liver detox purposes.
  • Black walnut benefits
    7/15/2013
    Besides being one of the most effective herbal laxative remedies and also being rich in Vitamin C, black walnut hulls have a long history in herbal medicine. Pliny the Elder, the Roman naturalist, talked about their healing power in the first century A.D. Seventeenth-century herbalist Nicholas Culpeper prescribed walnut to draw poisonous venom from snake and spider bites. It was the Native Americans, however, who first used black walnut hulls as a laxative and as a treatment for eliminating parasites in the intestine. This use, as a laxative, is how it is most commonly implemented today.
  • 5/31/2013
    Horsetail herb dates back to prehistorical times, with uses including remedies for blood clotting and can be taken in tea, tincture or an external compress.
  • 5/31/2013
    Our modern diet is not a friend to our livers. Anytime we are exposed to environmental pollutants and stress, or when we overeat or eat processed foods, we tax our livers. When this happens, our livers can’t function properly and aren’t able to efficiently process toxins, fat and waste. Luckily, nature has a perfect remedy to help offset some of the damage we do to this organ - erva tostão root.
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