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Yucca Root (Yucca filamentosa)
Yucca Root, a Native American remedy, treats inflammation, joint pain associated with osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Yucca is high in vitamins A, B, and C, and contains potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese and copper which make it very soothing to the intestinal tract. The plant provides nutritional support to the structural system (bones, joints, muscles).The saponins in Yucca are a precursor of natural cortisone normally produced by the adrenal glands. Ths makes it a popular remedy for all kinds of inflammation, such as arthritis, rheumatism, bursitis, colitis, and other inflammatory conditions. Yucca is also used as a blood cleanser; today, often in the form of Yucca Root Tea.
Many people drink Yucca Root tea to purify the blood and cleanse the colon.
Some people apply Yucca Root to their hair as a gentle shampoo. Native Americans used yucca as a soap as it had a lathering effect. Yucca Roots have been used by Native American tribes for years to prevent hair loss and dandruff while making hair shiny and beautiful
Witch Hazel Leaf (Hamamelis virginiana)
Witch hazel leaf is useful for making teas to treat diarrhea in children. It contains tannins that slow the leakage of fluids into the lumen (central opening) of the intestine, but it does not contain the harsher elagitannins that are found in the bark.*
Witch hazel leaf is more appropriate than witch hazel bark when there is an allergic component to symptoms; witch hazel bark is more appropriate than witch hazel leaf when the problem is vascular weakness (for instance, hemorrhoids) without allergy.*
Waltheria Americana (Uhaloa) Leaf and Buds
Waltheria Americana (Sleepy morning) is a tropical shrub; the whole plant (roots, leaves, buds and flowers) is often used against chronic asthma. This plant also has anti inflammatory and antifungal properties.*
Other uses include: cortex (root bark); chewed as a very effective natural medicine for sore throat.
Internally for arthritis, neuralgia, common cold, cough, bronchial phlegm or mucous, diarrhea, eye baths, fatigue; used as a bitter tonic.*
- Waltheria is used in Brazil against bronchitis and for cleaning difficult healing wounds
- Used in the Caribbean for bladder infections
- One of the best plant medicines for sore throats
- Used for bronchial or bacterial infections.
- A decoction is used for washing badly healing wounds.
Vitex Berries (Vitex agnus-castus)
Vitex Berries have been used for centuries to treat constipation, flatulence, hangovers, and to bring on menstruation and lactation.
Vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree berry) has been used for centuries in Europe for hormonal imbalances in women. It has been used for centuries to increase fertility and improve menstrual cycles.
In modern herbal medicine, the herb is mainly used to treat breast swelling and breast pain caused by excessive secretion of the hormone prolactin during PMS or cyclic mastalgia. The herb can lengthen the proliferative (first) phase of the menstrual cycle, and also relieve water weight, headache, and fatigue.
Ubhubhubhu ( Helinus Integrifolius )
Ubhubhubhu, Helinus integrifolius- Is a saponin (highly bioactive group of molecules) rich species which enables diviners to interpret dreams clearly.
Used for centuries by the shaman’s of Africa to produce clear visions, its called Ubhubhubhu in traditional medicine.
Safflower ( Carthamus tinctorius )
Safflower has been used as a laxative and as a dietary supplement to modify lipid profiles and treat fevers. However, clinical trials are lacking.
Some clinical studies have shown that safflower oil supplementation may be helpful in patients with cystic fibrosis, Friedreich’s ataxia, and neurotoxicity from lithium. However, more study is needed in these areas before a firm conclusion can be drawn.
In traditional Chinese medicine, safflower is used to invigorate the blood, dissipate stasis, amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), pain, and traumatic injuries. It is also used to “calm” a live fetus and abort a dead fetus, and is therefore used cautiously during pregnancy.
Scientific Name(s): Carthamus tinctorius L. Family: Asteraceae (daisies)
Common Name(s): Safflower , American saffron , zafran , bastard saffron , false saffron , dyer’s saffron , Gami Honghwain.
Ledum palustre (Marsh Tea, Wild Rosemary)
Ledum palustre has a history of therapeutic use at a major first-aid remedy for puncture wounds, anti-parasitic action as well as treating back problems, insect stings, joint, muscle, arthritic and nerve pain.* The Russian variety also has a history of ethnobotanical use by Siberian tribes.
Red Clover Blossom (Trifolium pratense)
Named for the pinkish purple flower this plant produces, red clover has a long history of medicinal use. In China and Russia, red clover was used to treat respiratory infections and congestion. It has also been used to treat coughs, speed wound healing, and relieve water retention.
Today, red clover is being studied for its possible benefits to those suffering heart disease, diabetes, menopausal symptoms, and prostate enlargement.