Herbal Library

  • agrimony leaves and flower
    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.
  • 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.
  • Aloe Vera Benefits
    Aloe vera is an amazing mixture of more than 200 constituents, including polysaccharides, enzymes, glycoproteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
  • Arnica Benefits
    As a natural health remedy, arnica oil has been used as a topical deep tissue oil for centuries for bruises and sprains.
  • 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.
  • What Is Astragalus? | Herbal Library
    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.
  • Bacopa Monniera
    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.
  • bamboo
    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.
  • Banaba leaf and blood sugar control
    The health benefits of banaba leaf extract are great for diabetics. Banaba leaf and blood sugar control go hand in hand. Find out how.
  • Barberry root contains many health benefits for antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant activity, and more to treat internal and external conditions.
  • Bloodroot flower
    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.
  • Burdock Root Benefits
    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.
  • 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.
  • cascara sagrada tree
    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
    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.
  • map of Brazil from where Catuaba bark comes
    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.
  • Cayenne brings more than just the heat. The benefits of cayenne include blood pressure regulation, appetite suppression, weight loss and even help in stopping a heart attack.
  • green Chanca Piedra
    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.
  • Chaparral Plant | Herbal Library
    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.
  • chicory root liver detox blood cleansing
    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.
  • cordyceps mushrooms in a plate
    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.
  • The damiana herb uses are often related to the reproductive system. Learn more about this herb that benefits anxiety and more.
  • dandelion with sky in background
    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.
  • purple echinacea flower
    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.
  • 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.
  • Fenugreek health benefits
    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.
  • Fulvic Acid
    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.
  • gentian tree root
    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.
  • Ginkgo Leaf | Herbal Library
    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.
  • Ginseng Seed and Roots
    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.
  • goldenrod in a white bowl with plant
    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.
  • 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.
  • gravel root plant
    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.
  • Guarana seed extract
    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.
  • 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.
  • Benefits of Juniper Berries
    One of the big benefits of juniper berries is that their antiseptic properties help remove waste and acidic toxins from the body.
  • Kapikachhu Benefits
    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.
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  • Marshmallow Root Health Benefits
    The benefits and uses of marshmallow root go beyond the fluffiness of white snack food. Learn more about this plant's healing capabilities.
  • 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.
  • Health benefits of mistletoe
    While American mistletoe is considered toxic, European and African mistletoe have displayed some remarkable health benefits.
  • mistletoe extract
    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.
  • Muira Puama Tree
    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.
  • Mulungu | Herbal Library
    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.
  • green Nettle herb
    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.
  • Oregano leaves in a bowl
    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."
  • tabebuia heptophylla tree
    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.
  • A pleasing herb, peppermint health benefits are varied from relaxation to indigestion relief to common cold relief.
  • poke root plant
    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.”
  • psyllium
    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.

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  • An Acetyl L carnitine supplement can perform several key functions in the body: improve the functioning of muscle tissue and of the immune system.
  • Alpha-Carotene May Help You Live Longer
    Eating dark green and orange vegetables may help you live longer thanks to an antioxidant known as alpha-carotene.
  • Amylase
    Amylase is a digestive or systemic enzyme that is somewhat unique in that it is produced at two points in your body.
  • Astaxanthin is considered a strong coloring agent and also has considerable health benefits. Research has shown that it may be great for healing numerous diseases.
  • Herbal Library | Beta Carotene Benefits
    Beta-carotene is one of a group of red, orange, and yellow pigments called carotenoids, which can be found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Biotin Health Benefits
    Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin known as vitamin H or B7. Biotin is considered part of the B complex group of vitamins, which help the body convert food into fuel.
  • Boswellia Serrata, or frankincense, has been a staple of Ayurvedic medicine from time immemorial for its ability to manage inflammatory disorders.
  • Bromelain
    Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme concentrated in the fruit and stem of the pineapple fruit.
  • Take a closer look at caffeine benefits and risks and the effects it has on overall health, as well as sleep.
  • Today, you still hear ongoing debates about the need to detox. The body naturally detoxifies itself, so we should be fine, right? Yes and no.
  • Cetyl Myristoleate
    Cetyl Myristoleate is a chemical that relieves arthritis pain and symptoms. Read to learn what foods Cetyl-M can be found in and more.
  • Among the many benefits of curcumin, it's been shown to slow the spread of cancer and new tumor blood vessel growth, particularly colon cancer cells.
  • One of the prime actions of DMAE is that it flushes accumulated lipofuscin from your body – from the neurons in your brain, from your skin, and all other organs.
  • Where does emu oil come from? What can it do for your health? Learn about this anti-inflammatory nutraceutical and all it's health benefits.
  • The roots and rhizomes of this shrub contain numerous phytochemicals and nutrients that are used to maintain urinary tract health and kidney detox.
  • L-carnosine benefits
    Studies of the benefits of l-carnosine have found increased cell life and life expectancy, as well as actual reversal of aging.
  • L-Methionine Health Benefits
    Methionine is a sulfur-containing amino acid that is responsible for the production of collagen and is a powerful antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in the body as well as slow the aging process.
  • Lactase digestion is a problem many people suffer from everyday. Learn more about treating lactose intolerance in our digestion enzymes series.
  • Lipase
    Lipase is a pancreatic enzyme essential to your digestive system.
  • An antioxidant compound, it's derived as a supplement mainly from tomatoes, lycopene foods appear to be the best defense against prostate and bladder cancer.
  • Benefits of Magnesium Supplements | Herbal Library
    Magnesium is the activating mineral for close to 400 different enzyme reactions in the body (that we know about) - more than any other mineral.
  • Clay minerals are one of the most effective natural intestinal detoxifying agents known, capable of absorbing up to 40 times its weight in fecal matter.
  • NAC is great for dissolving and loosening mucus, so it is commonly used for chronic bronchitis, COPD, hay fever, and respiratory disorders.
  • Nattokinase
    Natural healing remedies can be found throughout the globe, and nattokinase is no exception.
  • Papain - Papaya Enzyme
    Papain is a proteolytic enzyme found in concentrated amounts in unripe papaya fruit. It is similar to bromelain (found in pineapple) and has many of the same health benefits.
  • What Is Resveratrol? | Herbal Library
    Many people wonder, "what is resveratrol?" For many years, grape seed extract was a hot seller (packaged as OPCs).
  • rutin
    Rutin is a bioflavonoid found in buckwheat, black tea, citrus fruits, and apple peels.
  • Seaprose
    Our bodies have amazing healing capabilities, and some of the most interesting self-healing discoveries involve enzymes.
  • Benefits of selenium
    Selenium is an important trace mineral that helps your body make selenoproteins, a group of some 30 antioxidant enzymes (including four variants of glutathione peroxidase).
  • Superoxide Dismutase
    Considered to be quite possibly the most powerful antioxidant our body creates, superoxide dismutase (SOD) is an enzyme found in almost all living cells.
  • Many medicine brands offer their own Zinc cold remedy in the form of Zinc acetate lozenges. Find out more about natural health remedies that use this key trace element.
  • Tocotrienol
    Just about everyone is familiar with Vitamin E, but what you may not realize is that the vitamin is actually composed of two classes of molecules - tocopherols and tocotrienols.
  • For anyone suffering from progressive cartilage damage, reprogramming the immune system with undenatured type II chicken collagen as found in UC-II is an essential component of his or her joint repair regimen.
  • In humans, zeaxanthin has been shown to inhibit the growth of various types of cancer cells such as those affecting the lungs, stomach, cervix, breast, bladder, and mouth.
  • barley plant
    For this week’s featured ingredient, we’re exploring the benefits of activated barley (AKA Aktivated Barley). Before we actually get into the details of Aktivated Barley, however, we need to look briefly at barley in general...
  • Alfalfa has been eaten for centuries by people seeking a rich source of minerals and vitamins. The leaves and seeds are both used to make an herbal supplement.
  • Unpasteurized or organic apple cider vinegar medicinal uses come from the “mother of vinegar,” which is made up of living nutrients and beneficial bacteria.
  • Apple pectin benefits
    Learn about the benefits of apple pectin, a cancer-busting cleanser.
  • The artichoke leaf contains many health benefits, making it key to liver detox and protection. Read more on this plant's beneficial properties.
  • Avocado Soy Unsaponifiables (ASU) are not the same as avocado and soy oil. They are specially extracted from the fiber of avocados and soy and can be extremely beneficial to bone and joint health.
  • Bilberry health benefits
    Bilberry health benefits are mainly observed in the eyes-- literally! From protecting cells to repairing them, bilberry has a number of excellent ocular benefits.
  • Black Pepper Health Benefits
    Black pepper health benefits may lie in its effectiveness in weight loss programs. Its low calorie content makes it a great way to add flavor without calories.
  • Popular in Asia, black rice is a powerhouse grain with many health benefits including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Black walnut benefits
    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.
  • Blueberries health benefits
    Blueberry health benefits are numerous: tumor reduction, melanoma relief, antioxidant properties, all rolled up into a low-cost, delicious solution.
  • Many studies prove the powerful health-promoting effects of the nutrients in broccoli-- It makes sense to try to include more of it in your balanced diet.
  • Camu Camu is full of nutrients and is considered to be a true superfruit. Camu Camu is the single most concentrated source of Vitamin C found in nature.
  • Cardamom seed uses
    Cardamom seed benefits a healthy digestive system. Cardamom seed is great for liver cleansing and liver detox, improving digestive enzymes, and more.
  • Catalyst altered water is used as a tonic to improve general health. First, we must understand what it is and how it works to know how it can benefit us.
  • Chlorella has some very specialized benefits: It name comes from the amount of chlorophyll it possesses and has more of it/gram than any other plant.
  • Almost everyone loves chocolate but what if you knew dark chocolate had heart health benefits? Would you be more likely to indulge?
  • Cilantro Juice Cleansing
    Cilantro juice benefits a full body detox. Studies have shown that levels of heavy metals in urine decrease significantly after a cilantro cleansing.
  • Cinnamon Health Benefits
    Cinnamon is more than just a spice, cinnamon health benefits can include boosting your brain function, improving memory and helping you perform certain tasks.
  • A Cup Of Coffee
    If you forgot to drink your coffee with breakfast this morning, here's something that may jog your memory in the future. A new study has found that drinking coffee may help you to not only avoid getting Alzheimer's, but actually reverse it.
  • For many years, people have used Fennel for digestion and reducing colic, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, intestinal disorders, nausea, and cholera.
  • flax seed with scooper
    Flaxseed is considered by many to be one of the most powerful foods on the planet. According to history, this may have always been the case.
  • Flower Pollen benefits a wide array of functions and strengthen immunity. A powerful supplement, flower pollen extract is more efficient and cleaner.
  • Juice and obesity
    How healthy is fruit juice? Are juice and obesity linked? If you've wondered if juice is a healthy option for you and your children, we report on a recent study with surprising findings.
  • Garlic is used as an herbal medicine. In fact, it is one of the best infection fighters available for both bacterial and viral infections.
  • Ginger herb
    The Ginger herb has been used as a healing agent for conditions including arthritis, inflammation, colic, diarrhea, clotting disorders, high cholesterol, and heart conditions. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and has a number of incredible health benefits.
  • Grape Seed extract uses
    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.
  • grapefruit health benefits
    February was Grapefruit Month, and even if you missed it, it is still a great time to pay a little tribute to the virtues of this much maligned fruit. Its tangy, citrusy flavor can serve as a reminder of the warm weather climates in which it grows, helping us get through the sluggish end of winter.
  • Is coffee good for you?
    It's always thrilling when new research discovers that a favorite treat isn't poison, after all. We've learned that chocolate may actually benefit body and soul, red wine is a must-have for a healthy heart, and coffee delivers a plethora of health advantages along with the caffeine buzz. And now, there's one more pro-coffee study to be pleased about. Investigators from the University of Athens have discovered that coffee can make you live a lot longer, but there's a catch. The coffee has to be boiled, Greek-style.
  • Benefits of Green Tea Extract | Herbal Library
    After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. In fact, about three cups of tea are drunk for every one of coffee.
  • red habanero chili
    Rated one of the hottest peppers on the Scoville chart, this spicy, citrusy fruit continues to grow in popularity. And, not surprisingly, this little pepper is more than just a way to heat up a dish. Habaneros also have a number of great health benefits as well.
  • sweet honey
    In natural healing circles, honey long has been used for its multiple benefits. Its flavonoids and antioxidants have been shown to be cancer and heart disease preventive; it helps reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems; it's antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal; it works as a cough suppressant; it heals wounds, it contains probiotics, it is a component of many skin crèmes, and it's an anti-allergenic agent and one of many natural allergy remedies, based on the theory that because honey contains tiny traces of pollen, repeated exposure should help build up immunity to those pollens. But if you've been taking your daily dose of honey without receiving any of these benefits, the reason may not be that honey is useless. It may be that your honey isn't actually honey.
  • Horseradish Health Benefits
    While the origins of the horseradish plant may be unknown, this plant has quite the history attached to it.
  • kola nut benefits (bitter kola)
    You may be surprised to learn that the kola nut (aka kolanut) is the origin of the word “cola,” and the tree on which it grows is believed among some Nigerian tribes to be the first tree on earth.
  • Cooked Meat
    Is a vegetarian diet automatically healthier? Not necessarily. Some people actually do better when they include small amounts of meat in their diet—although, to be sure, a balanced vegetarian diet appears to offer some protection against cancer and heart disease.
  • Jug of milk
    Milk is often pitched as a great source of calcium. It is not. Yes, it has a high calcium content, but the human body is able to utilize very little of it. In fact, because of the way the body deals with milk, consumption of milk actually leaches calcium from the bones.
  • noni fruit on table
    You may have heard quite a lot about the noni fruit as it rose in popularity a few years ago. The claims that it was a magic cure-all certainly didn't hurt. But, how effective is this fruit, and can it do all that people claim? To answer this, first we need to take a look at the history of the noni.
  • Prickly pear health benefits
    The benefits of these prickly food are numerous and studies abound citing its benefits for everything from helping prevent ulcers to treatment of hangovers.
  • peanut butter on yellow plate with wooden spoon
    Nuts are a very versatile type of food. Whether you sprinkle them on top of a salad for added crunch and flavor, put them in some homemade trail mix to munch on, or add them into the treats you bake, nuts can definitely provide a little extra zest.
  • Oat grass joins other powerhouse grasses such as wheatgrass and alfalfa. They have been called one of nature's finest medicines.
  • Health benefits of virgin olive oil
    The health benefits of virgin olive oil have long been touted by health professionals and for good reason. One way to include it in your diet is olive oil pills.
  • Eating Orange Peels
    Eating orange peels can help diabetics, those with kidneystones or cancer, and those looking to stop overeating. Orange peel has antiseptic, bactericidal, and fungicidal properties, and may also help with heartburn.
  • Benefits of Oregon grape root include liver stimulation, skin benefits, and prevention of a number of digestive complications such as cramps or IBS.
  • Medicinal Uses of Parsley
    A summary of the medicinal uses of parsley, including natural weight loss.
  • peanut butter food recipes
    Many people do not encourage their children to eat peanut butter to prevent the development of a food allergy or asthma. However, new research shows that peanut butter can cut breast cancer risk.
  • Picrorhiza Root, also known as kutki benefits overall health and is especially useful for liver detox purposes.
  • Supplementing with pomegranate makes sense if you are looking at cancer prevention, heart health, reducing bad cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and protecting against aging.
  • Benefits of Prunes | Herbal Library
    Need some healthy snack ideas? Certain foods are high in antioxidants and should be a regular part of anyone’s diet.
  • pumpkin pie sweetened with fruit
    It's certainly no surprise to any literate, health-minded person that fresh fruits and vegetables benefit health, but, considering the negative press dietary antioxidants received earlier this year, it's nice to see studies come out that drive the point home.
  • Raspberries and Cancer
    Red raspberry ellagitannins stop cells from mutating into cancer, and also lower the incidence of birth defects, promote wound healing, reduce heart disease, and may reduce or reverse chemically induced liver fibrosis.

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