THE HERBAL CORNER - "Index"
- "Aloe Vera" - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/aloe.htm
It is commonly used to promote the healing of burns and skin abrasions. The juice of the aloe vera leaves is extremely beneficial when taken internally. It has become popular due to a list of ailments reported as responsive to this herb.
- "Angelica" (Angelica atropurpurea) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/angelica.htm
This herb is a popular folk remedy taken to alleviate respiratory complaints, including colds and the flu, as well as digestive problems.
- "Bilberry" (Vaccinium myrtillus) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/bilberry.htm
The dried herb has traditionally been used as a remedy for eyestrain, cataracts, nightblindness, and other eye problems. It has also been reported to be effective against diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, vomiting, and diabetes. Applied externally, BILBERRY has been used to fight varicose veins, hemorrhoids, burns, and skin problems.
- "Burdock" (Arctium minus) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/burdock.htm
Both the root and leaves are used in herbal remedies, but most recipes call for the root. Burdock is valued mainly as a treatment for arthritis, gout, and other inflammatory conditions. It is thought to help gout and rheumatism by stimulating the liver. Burdock is used as a diuretic, and it promotes perspiration, which make it effective in treating gout. Burdock stimulates the appetite, so modern experts recommend it for anorexia nervosa. Burdock has been used by herbalists worldwide to treat a variety of illnesses, including pneumonia, abscesses, acne, fever, dandruff, and throat infections, as well as inflammation. However, the evidence that burdock is effective in treating gout, arthritis, and skin diseases is mostly anecdotal.
- "Calendula" (Calendula officinalis) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/calendul.htm
Calendula relieves pain and is known for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties. The herb was traditionally used to treat spasms, fever, suppressed menstruation, varicose veins, and other health conditions. Today, herbalists consider Calendula one of the most effective herbal remedies for skin problems.
- "Cat's Claw" (Uncaria Tomentosa or Uña de Gato) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/catsclaw.htm
It has effective immuno-stimulants or immune system boosters. Antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory properties are attributed to this herb. Cat's Claw is supportive of health for those fighting Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, leaky bowel syndrome, colitis, hemorrhoids, fistulas, gastritis, ulcers, parasites, intestinal flora imbalance, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental toxic poisoning, organic depression, those infected with the HIV virus, and more.
- "Cayenne" (Red Pepper or Chili Pepper) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/cayenne.htm
Cayenne extract has proven remarkably effective at relieving certain types of severe, chronic pain. It may also aid digestion, stimulate the appetite, fight colds, relieve diarrhea, reduce cholesterol, and prevent heart disease. Herbalists regard cayenne as a powerful tonic. The fruit stimulates the heart and promotes circulation while boosting energy. Like other species of hot garden pepper, Cayenne contains the stimulant known as "capsaicin."
- "Celery Seed" - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/celery.htm
The properties in celery seed have been reported useful for the following: Arthritis and muscle spasms, block inflammation or relieve pain, relax muscles that are in spasm, anti-bacterial, diuretic, lower blood pressure, gout and kidney stones - lowering levels of uric acid in the body, strengthens muscles in the uterus - helps increase menstrual flow, calm tense nerves, compound called limonene acts as a mild tranquilizer.
- "Chamomile"- http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/chamomile.htm"
Did you know that the popular CHAMOMILE herb may be useful for:
- soothing an upset stomach?
- preventing stomach ulcers?
- relieving menstrual cramps?
- calming the nerves and fighting stress?
- fighting arthritis, infections, headaches, and skin problems?
- "Cranberry" (Vaccinium macrocarpon) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/cranbery.htm
Extracts may help prevent two major diseases: heart disease (by inhibiting oxidation of harmful LDL cholesterol) and cancer (an in vitro test showed potential anticarcinogenic activity in the fruit’s proanthocyanidin fraction). A recent study added to findings on how the herb treats urinary tract infections by determining that cranberry juice acts on the cell wall to prevent proper attachment of E. coli bacteria.
- "Dandelion" (Blowball, Cankerwort, Lion's Tooth, and Puffball) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/dande.htm
It has been used as a digestive tonic, blood cleanser, mild diuretic, and laxative. Today, DANDELION is also used as a weight loss aid, to relieve inflammation of the liver and gallbladder, congestive jaundice, skin diseases, dyspepsia, and PMS. It may also be useful to lower blood cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure, and prevent heart disease!
- "Elderberry" (Sambucus nigra) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/e-berry.htm
Traditionally, the plant's leaves and bark were used to make topical remedies, such as ointments, mouthwashes, and eyewashes. It was used to induce sweating, stimulate circulation, and act as a laxative. Elderberry is used today to alleviate many cold and flu symptoms including a runny nose, cough, sore throat, fevers, and muscle pain.
- Eyebright's (Euphrasia offinialis) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/eyebright.htm It has been used as a tonic for irritated or infected eyes. Some suggest that drinking Eyebright tea can help maintain good vision. It may prove effective for other conditions of the eyes including chronic inflammations, stinging and weeping eyes, and over-sensitivity to light.The Eyebright herb is an excellent remedy for the problems of the mucous membranes. The combination of anti-inflammatory and astringent properties makes it relevant in many conditions.
- "Fenugreek" (Trigonella foenum-graecum) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/fenugrek.htm
Traditionally, Egyptian, Ayurvedic Indian, Greek, and Roman healers used it as an aphrodisiac and to remedy colds and sore throats, indigestion, and other complaints. Lydia Pinkham included fenugreek in her famous 19th century "Vegetable Compound" nostrum for menstrual aches. Recent studies support traditional uses for digestion, menopausal complaints, heart disease, weight control, and diabetes.
- "Feverfew" (Tanacetum parthenium) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/feverfew.htm
FEVERFEW is a perennial plant with small, daisylike blossoms and leaves that are medicinal. Feverfew is perhaps the most widely recommended herbal remedy for treating and preventing migraines but it may also prove effective against arthritis and other painful inflammatory conditions.
- "Garlic" (Allium sativum)- http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/garlic.htm
GARLIC, otherwise known as the "stinking rose," is one of the most valuable foods on this planet. If the term "wonder drug" can be applied to any healing herb, Garlic certainly deserves that distinction. It is the world's second oldest medicinal herb, after ephedra, and is still the best. Within the Allium genus - which includes onions, challets, leeks, chives, and scallions - Garlic is the most powerful of these bulb root herbs and probably the most thoroughly researched.
- "Ginger" (Zingiber officinale) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/ginger.htm
Could be helpful support for:
"Ginkgo Biloba" - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/ginkgo.htm
- preventing motion sickness and vomiting?
- improving digestion and appetite?
- fighting coughs, sore throats, colds, flu, and fevers?
- reducing cholesterol?
- relieving migraine headaches?
Ginkgolides may improve circulation and inhibit platelet-activating factor (PAF). Bilobalide protects the cells of the nervous system. Recent animal studies indicate that bilobalide may help regenerate damaged nerve cells. Extracts (GBE)have remarkable brain protecting activity and ciruclation properties.
- "Goldenseal" - (Hydrastis canadensis) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/golden.htm
Today, Goldenseal has both internal and external applications. It is taken orally to alleviate colds and fevers, stop recurrent ear infections, and stimulate the immune system. Its ability to counter microbes and parasites makes it useful in conditions such as vaginitis and urinary tract infections, and digestive ailments such as infectious diarrhea. The herb acts as a stimulant and seems to affect the body's mucous membranes by drying up secretions, reducing inflammation, and fighting infection through the mild antimicrobial action of its active ingredients, alkaloid compounds called hydrastine and berberine.
- "Goldenrod" (Solidago virgaurea) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/gold-rod.htm
Contrary to popular belief, goldenrod does not cause hay fever. Its pollen grains, which are meant to be carried by insects, are much heavier than those of ragweed and other plants with airborne pollens that may be associated with allergies or hay fever. The above ground parts of the plants are dried and used for medicinal purposes. Historically, Goldenrod, also called European Goldenrod, has been used topically for wound healing; in fact, the name Solidago means "to make whole." Today, goldenrod is primarily used as an aquaretic agent, meaning that it promotes the loss of water from the body (as compared to a diuretic, which promotes the loss of both water and electrolytes such as salt).
- "Green Tea" (Camellia sinensis) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/greentea.htm
In recent years, scientists have begun to verify Green Tea's remarkable, health-promoting properties. Studies indicate that Green Tea may help protect against cancers of the lungs, skin, liver, pancreas, and stomach. Green Tea benefits the heart by lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the tendency of blood platelets to stick together. It appears to reduce the incidence of dental cavities and has shown promise as a weight-loss agent that can promote the burning of fat and help to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels.
- Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/hawthorn.htm
Hawthorn has been prescribed as a mild tonic for the heart and circulatory system because of its vasodilator effects. The active ingredients present in the herb are thought to dilate the blood vessels, thereby facilitating the flow of blood through the arteries and lowering blood pressure. Hawthorn is also believed to increase the pumping force of the heart muscle and to eliminate arrhythmias. Some practitioners think Hawthorn may be effective for preventing kidney stones. Others believe it to have a calming effect on the nervous system which is why they sometimes recommend it as a remedy for insomnia and other sleep disorders. Those who suffer from stress, anxiety, and other nerve-related conditions may also benefit from drinking Hawthorn herbal tea.
- "Milk Thistle" (Mary Thistle or wild artichoke) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/mthistle.htm
Many people now take MILK THISTLE regularly as protection for the liver from the effects of alcohol, heavy metals, and drugs, and as needed after exposure to solvents, pesticides, bacteria from food poisoning, or other toxins. MILK THISTLE has been used to help treat cirrhosis, hepatitis, and other liver diseases.
- "Myrrh" (Commiphora molmol) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/myrrh.htm
It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful against conditions such as canker sores, sore throat, and gum disease. In addition some evidence suggests heart-protective properties in myrrh, from reducing blood levels of cholesterol and fats, and anti-cancer effects. Myrrh may also help to prevent or treat: bad breath, common cold, athlete's foot, herpes, and stomach ulcers.
- "Slippery Elm" - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/s-elm.htm
As a digestive remedy it may help relieve diarrhea, constipation, gastritis, and Crohn's disease. In the respiratory system, SLIPPERY ELM can benefit dryness of the lungs and bronchitis. It is also still used topically as a skin moisturizer and to help heal minor wounds, poison ivy, and skin irritations. SLIPPERY ELM is one of the herbs included in the traditional cancer treatment known as "Essiac." SLIPPERY ELM may also help prevent or treat stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, and food poisoning.
- "Thyme"(Thymus vulgaris) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/thyme.htm
Thyme is a multi-purpose herb that is often used for its fragrance, flavor, or medicinal properties in mouthwashes, decongestants, potpourris and sachets, liqueurs, and other products. Thyme remains a popular remedy for sore throats, laryngitis, and dry coughs. Herbalists also recommend it for other respiratory ailments such as pertussis (whooping cough) and bronchitis.
- "Turmeric" (Curcuma longa) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/turmeric.htm
Useful for digestive problems, fever, wounds, infections, dysentery, arthritis, jaundice and other liver problems. Turmeric stimulates the flow of bile which means it helps digest fats confirming its traditional use as a digestive aid. Several medical studies now suggest that Turmeric may also help prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol and preventing the formation of internal blood clots that trigger heart attack and many strokes.
- "Valerian Root" (Valeriana officinalis) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/valerian.htm
It has been used for more than 1000 years for its calming qualities, and recent research has confirmed its efficacy and safety as a mild tranquilizer and sleep aid.
- "Willow Bark" - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/willow.htm
Willow Bark has been used throughout the centuries in China and Europe, and continues to be used by herbalists today for the treatment of fever, pain (particularly low back pain), headache, and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Willow Bark's most important medicinal qualities are its ability to ease pain and reduce inflammation. In fact, it was from salicylic acid, one of the ingredients in Willow Bark, that aspirin was originally synthesized. Studies have identified several other components of Willow Bark which have antioxidant, fever-reducing, antiseptic, and immune-boosting effects.
- "Yellow Dock" (Rumex Crispus) - http://www.theolivebranch.com/herbs/yellowdk.htm
Yellow Dock remains a useful herb for addressing acne, psoriasis, eczema, boils, and other skin conditions. Its bitter taste seems to stimulate appetite and increase the flow of bile, thus making it a useful remedy for conditions associated with poor digestion, such as flatulence and heartburn. Many herbalists still recommend it to promote liver function and detoxification of the blood. In low doses Yellow Dock is a gentle laxative that can relieve chronic constipation. Topically it is astringent and potentially anti-bacterial. Yellow Dock may also help to prevent or treat: inflammations of the nasal passages and respiratory tract; rheumatoid iritis, an autoimmune inflammation of the iris; and nervous indigestion.
Please note: the information contained herein has been compiled from various sources. The above statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. We make no claims, either expressed or implied, that any treatments mentioned in this newsletter will cure disease, replace prescription medication, or supersede sound medical advice. <
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