Valerian Root

Scientific Name:Valerian officinalis Common Names:St. George’s Herb, Set Well, Vandal Root, Fragrant Valerian, English Valerian, Amantilla Family:Valerianaceae Part Used:Root Habitat:Valerian is native to Western Europe, Asia and North America Valerian is an ancient remedy for insomnia and a great stress buster. Many people find it an effective treatment for anxiety as well. The active components in this herb increase the production of gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). The brain needs GABA to get to sleep faster and relax. CAUTION:Valerian root should not be taken while pregnant. Do not give to...

Turmeric

Scientific Name:Curcuma longa Common Names:Indian saffron, Jiang huang, Haridra Family:Zingiberaceae Part Used:Root Habitat:Turmeric is native to India Turmeric contains a powerful antioxidant called curcumin and is a great natural liver detoxifier. CAUTION:Do NOT take Turmeric if pregnant or nursing. May possibly stimulate the uterus or promote a menstrual period. Should not be taken by people taking blood thinning medicine, as it can slow blood clotting. Could cause upset stomach, heartburn or nausea if taken in large...

Suma

Scientific Name:Pfaffia paniculata Common Names:Brazilian ginseng, Para Todo Family:Amaranthaceae Part Used:Root Habitat:Suma root is native to Latin America, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Panama and Venezuela Suma is often called Brazilian ginseng due to it’s ability to increase strength and stamina. Like all adaptogens, suma is good for reducing the ill effects of stress. This herb balances the hormones and is commonly taken to strengthen the adrenal glands. Suma contains germanium and so can boost the immune system. It contains many vitamins and minerals and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. CAUTION:Suma could cause nausea if taken in large...

St. John’s Wort

Scientific Name:Hypericum perforatum Common Names:Johnswort, goat weed, hard hay, amber, klamath weed Family:Hypericaceae Part Used: Habitat:St. John’s Wort grows in Europe, The United States and Australia St. John’s Wort is known as Nature’s anti-depressant. It is often used to treat depression and anxiety. It functions as an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). This allows more serotonin to stay where it’s needed to keep you feeling less depressed and anxious. This herb is also used to help quit smoking. St. John’s work possesses antiviral properties and can be used externally to treat wounds. CAUTION:This herb can exacerbate sunburn in fair skinned...

Skullcap

Scientific Name:Scutellaria lateriflora Common Names:Mad dog, quaker bonnet, hoodwort, helmet flower, blue pimpernel Family:Lamiaceae Part Used:The whole plant Habitat:Skullcap grows in Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States Skullcap is an ancient sleep aid remedy. It can greatly reduce anxiety and nervousness. It is often called nature’s tranquilizer. Besides its use as a sleep aid, many people take it to relieve muscle spasms and twitches, lower blood pressure and cholesterol. This herb also possesses anti-inflammatory properties and may be useful for treating arthritis and joint pain. CAUTION:DO NOT TAKE while pregnant. Skullcap could cause miscarriage! Large doses of this herb may be harmful and could cause liver...

Siberian Ginseng

Scientific Name:Eleutherococcus senticosus Common Names:Siberian ginseng, eleuthero Family:Araliaceae Part Used:Root Habitat:Siberian Ginseng is native to Russia, China and Korea Siberian ginseng (Eleuthero) is considered an energizer and stress reducer. It has been used for hundreds of years as a invigorating tonic herb. It is a powerful adaptogen that can normalize the body and bring it back into balance. It has been very popular with the Russian athletes and cosmonauts for its ability to protect the body and mind from stress and increase the capacity for hard mental and physical work. Many students take this type of ginseng for its beneficial effects. It is believed to help a person think more clearly and remember facts more easily. CAUTION:If you have high blood pressure, talk to your doctor before taking Siberian...

Shilajit

Scientific Name:Asphaltum Common Names:Mineral Pitch, Vegetable Asphalt Part Used:The resin Habitat:Shilajit can be found in the Himalayan area, Nepal and Tibet. Shilajit contains many vitamins and minerals and is often taken to increase longevity. CAUTION:Do not take Shilajit if you suffer from gout. It can increase uric acid in the body. Children, pregnant or nursing mothers should always seek the advice of their doctor before...

Schizandra

Scientific Name:Schizandra chinensis Common Names:Schisandra, Five flavor berry, Omicha, Wu wei zi, Magnolia vine Family:Schisandraceae Part Used:Fruit Habitat:Schizandra is native to northern China Schizandra berries are an adaptogen. Eating them may help you adapt to mental and physical stress more easily. It is packed with nutrition and gives one more energy. It is very beneficial to the skin. CAUTION:Schizandra should not be taken by people who have gastroesophageal reflex disease (GERD), epilepsy, peptic ulcers or high brain (intracranial)...
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