Mineral water intake reduces blood pressure among subjects with low urinary magnesium and calcium levels. Electrolyzed-reduced water protects against oxidative damage to DNA, RNA, and protein. Everybody’s body is different, you should consult with your doctor to find out if alkaline water is right for you.
Scientific Name:Prunus serotina
Common Names:Bird cherry, rum cherry
Habitat:Black Cherry is native to North America
Native Americans used black cherry as a medicinal herb to treat coughs. The bark from the black cherry tree was often made into a tea or syrup and used to expel worms, heal ulcers and treat burns. They also used it as a remedy for sore throat, pneumonia and lack of appetite. Black Cherry bark contains a glycoside called prunasin. This substance quells spasms in the smooth muscles of the bronchioles, thus reducing the cough reflex.
Scientific Name:Cimicifuga racemosa
Common Names:Black snakeroot, macrotys, bugwort, bugbane
Part Used:Roots, rhizome
Habitat:Black Cohosh is native to North America
The Cherokee Indians used black cohosh as a diuretic and as a remedy for fatigue and tuberculosis. Other native Americans used this herb to treat menstrual irregularities, rheumatism and sore throat. Today, black cohosh is used mainly to reduce the severity of premenopausal and menopausal symptoms, such as excessive sweating, depression and hot flashes.
CAUTION:Black cohosh is not the same as blue cohosh. Blue cohosh may be toxic and has not been tested for safety.
Scientific Name:Eupatorium perfoliatum
Common Names:Indian sage, feverwort, agueweed, sweat plant
Part Used:Leaves and flowers
Habitat:Boneset is native to North America
Boneset was used by the Native Americans to induce sweating and to treat colds, flu, arthritis, indigestion, loss of appetite, constipation, cholera, dengue, typhoid and malaria. This plant is still in use today to treat colds, flu, fever and minor inflammation.
CAUTION:Boneset may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if consumed in large amounts. NEVER consume fresh boneset. It is toxic. It must be dried before consuming. Do not use it if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. People who are allergic to ragweed should not consume boneset.
Scientific Name:Borago officinalis
Common Names:Burrage, beebread, star flower, bee Plant, talewort
Part Used:Flowers, seed oil
Habitat:Borage is native to Southern Europe
Borage is often used to treat fever, lung infections, inflammation of mucous membranes and as a diuretic. It may also be effective as a mild anti-depressant and sedative. Oil from Borage seeds are a rich source of gammalinolenic acid (GLA). GLA is a fatty acid used by the body to boost immunity and fight inflammation.
Scientific Name:Boswellia serrata
Common Names:Indian frankincense, Indian olibanum, dhup, and salai guggul
Habitat:Boswellia is native to Africa and Asia
Boswellia has been used in the Ayurvedic medicine system of India for over 2,000 years. Ancient healers used it to treat conditions such as asthma, fevers, cardiovascular disorders, rheumatism, and diabetes. Today, this herb is mostly used to treat inflammation and pain of the joints. The tree’s resin contains boswellic acid that acts as a 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase) inhibitor.
CAUTION:Boswellia may cause nausea and diarrhea, if taken in large quanities. Pregnant women should first talk to their doctor before taking this herb. It should not be taken by people with severe liver or kidney disease.
Scientific Name:Agathosma betulina
Common Names:Buchu, boegoe, bucco, bookoo, diosma
Habitat:Buchu is native to South Africa
Buchu is most often used as a stimulating tonic and a diuretic. It is now commonly used to treat urinary tract infections. In the past, this herb has also been used to treat arthritis, kidney stones and gout. It can also be used externally for bruises and sprains.
Scientific Name:Arctium Lappa
Common Names:Wild Burdock, gobo, burr, beggar’s buttons
Part Used:Seeds, leaves and roots
Habitat:Burdock grows in the United States, Europe, Japan and China
Burdock was used by the ancient Greeks to treat wounds and infections. This herb is loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals and is often used to treat liver and digestive problems, urinary tract infections, ulcers, eczema, psoriasis and to boost energy and stamina. It has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and makes a good immune system booster and blood purifier.
Burdock is a strong detoxifier and could aggravate certain types of skin conditions before the healing process starts working. Burdock may interfere with several prescription drugs, like those for treating diabetes or blood sugar conditions. Pregnant or nursing women should talk with their doctor before taking this herb.
Scientific Name:Petasites hybridus
Common Names:Common butterbur, coughwort, pestilence wort
Part Used:Leaves, rhizomes
Habitat:Butterbur is native to Asia and Europe
Butterbur has traditionally been used to treat coughs, urinary problems, fever and to expel intestinal parasites. Now this herb is mostly used as an anti-inflammatory agent and to treat migraine headaches. It is sometimes used to reduce smooth muscle spasms. Some studies have found butterbur effective in reducing bronchial spasms in people having bronchitis and asthma. Butterbur extract is often just as effective as prescription antihistamines for treating allergic rhinitis and hay fever.
Scientific Name:Calendula officinalis
Common Names:Pot marigold, poet’s mairgold, Cape Weed
Habitat:Calendula is native to the Mediterranean region
Historically, calendula was used to induce menstruation, break fevers, cure jaundice, treat open sores and for liver and stomach problems. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used externally for sunburn and eczema. Today this herb is most often used externally to treat slow healing wounds and to promote tissue repair.
CAUTION:Do not take Calendula internally if pregnant or nursing. Could cause miscarriage.
Scientific Name:Frangula purshiana
Common Names:Cascara buckthron, california buckthory, sacred bark
Habitat:Cascara Sagrada is native to the Pacific Northwest in North America
Cascara Sagrada was used by Native Americans as a laxative and to treat constipation, colitis, upset stomach, jaundice and hemorrhoids. Today it is sometimes used as a laxative.
CAUTION:Cascara Sagrada is not recognized as safe by the FDA. Cascara Sagrada is often to strong of a laxative and can cause intense stomach discomfort. A more gentle laxative, such as Psyllium is usually recommended. Do not take if pregnant.
Scientific Name:Nepeta cataria
Common Names:Catmint, catswort, catnep, catrup
Part Used:Flowers, Leaves
Habitat:Catnip is native to Asia and Europe
Medieval herbalists often used catnip to treat coughs, scalp irritations, bruises, restlessness and gas. Modern herbalists use this herb primarily to treat upset stomach, colic, colds, fever, flu and diarrhea. It is sometimes used to treat inflammation, allergies and as a mild sedative.
CAUTION:Do not take Catnip if you are pregnant or nursing. Catnip may stimulate the uterus and cause miscarriage. Do not give to children. Unsafe to smoke.
Scientific Name:Uncaria tomentosa
Common Names:Peruvian cat’s claw, hawk’s claw
Part Used:Bark, root
Habitat:Cat’s Claw is native to South and Central America
Cat’s claw has been used by the natives of Peru for centuries to treat conditions such as asthma, bone pain, arthritis, urinary tract infections, ulcers and intestinal problems. Today, this herb is most often used to boost the immune system and as an anti-inflammatory. It is often taken for rheumatism and even to treat HIV and cancer.
CAUTION:Do not take Cat’s Claw if pregnant or nursing. Do not give to children.
Scientific Name:Capsicum annuum
Common Names:Red pepper, capsicum, chili pepper
Habitat:Cayenne is native to tropical regions of the Americas
Cayenne was used by Native Americans as a pain reliever and to halt infections. It was also used for toothache, arthritis and to aid digestion. This herb has anti-bacterial properties, can stimulate blood flow and is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many people consume cayenne to maintain cardiovascular health. Studies suggest that it may be able to reduce triglyceride levels and platelet aggregation in the blood.
CAUTION:Hot peppers like Cayenne may irritate the skin. Use care when handling. Taking large amounts of Cayenne could cause stomach discomfort.
Scientific Name:Matricaria recutita
Common Names:German chamomile, wild chamomile
Part Used:Flower heads, oil
Habitat:Chamomile is native to Asia, Africa and Europe
Used by the ancient Egyptians for fever and chills, chamomile is still in wide use today. This plant is used for colic, indigestion, flatulence, bloating heartburn and to calm nervousness. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial and antispasmodic properties. Some people suffering from peptic ulcers find relief from drinking chamomile tea.
CAUTION:Chamomile may cause allergic reactions in people sensitive to ragweed or other plants in the daisy family.
Scientific Name:Larrea tridentata
Common Names:Creosote bush, stinkweed, gobernadora, hediondilla
Part Used:Leaves, twigs
Habitat:Chaparral is native to the U.S. and Mexico
Native Americans used chaparral for rheumatism, intestinal problems, colds, flu, bronchitis, diarrhea and urinary tract problems. They also chewed the twigs of this plant to relieve toothaches. Today chaparral is known to contain a powerful antioxidant and is being studied as a possible treatment for cancer.