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:Cymbopogon citratus
Common Names:Silky heads, fever grass, barbed wire grass, tanglad, hierba Luisa, citronella grass or gavati chaha
Habitat:Lemongrass is native to tropical Asia and India
Lemongrass is used to treat many health conditions, such as cancer, stomach problems, nervous disorders, fevers, arthritis, flu, gas, pain and others. Lemongrass tea is a relaxing beverage that helps reduce anxiety and promotes sound sleep. Used externally, it can treat skin problems and keep the skin moist and clear.
CAUTION:Lemongrass should NOT be taken if pregnant since it has uterine stimulating properties.
Scientific Name:Glycyrrhiza Uralensis
Common Names:Guo Lao, sweat herb, sweet wood, beauty grass, elf grass, pink grass
Habitat:Chinese licorice root is native to Asia
Chinese licorice root is very popular in the Chinese medicine system. It is added to many herbal formulas to enhance their effectiveness. Licorice is great to detoxify the body. It is able to remove over 1,200 toxins.
CAUTION:Do not take Chinese Licorice root if you suffer from heart disease or high blood pressure. Do NOT take if Pregnant or nursing. May cause the retention of water.
Scientific Name:Hericium erinaceus
Common Names:Satyr’s beard, Hedgehog mushroom, Bearded hedgehog, Bearded tooth, Old man’s beard, Sheep’s head, Bear’s head, Monkey’s Head, Hedgehog, Pom Pom and Japanese yamabushitake
Part Used:Fruiting Body
Habitat:The Lion’s mane mushroom grows in Europe, Asia, and parts of North America
The Lion’s mane mushroom is used to boost the immune system, promote digestive and colon health, improve the memory and relieve depression and anxiety. It is also used to lower blood pressure and stimulate the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor. It is being considered as a treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientific Name:Lycium barbarum
Common Names:Goji, wolfberry
Habitat:Lycium grows in Northwestern China and Tibet
Lycium fruit has been consumed for centuries in China for its sweet taste and health giving properties. The berries from the Lycium plant are one of the most nutritious foods on earth. Besides supplying many vitamins and minerals to the body, these berries are often eaten for their high antioxidant value. Eating Lycium berries every day is believed to keep a person healthy well into old age.
CAUTION:Do not take if you have low blood pressure. Lycium can effect how quickly the liver breaks down some medications.
Scientific Name:Lepidium meyenii
Common Names:Peruvian ginseng
Habitat:Maca is native to Peru
Maca is an adaptogen and helps the body cope with stress. This root is rich in vitamins, minerals, good fats, plant sterols and amino acids. Some people refer to it as a “superfood”. The people of Peru found that consuming maca root could greatly enhance physical strength and stamina as well as boost the libido. It’s a great overall energy booster and is popular with athletes. Maca is beneficial to the nervous system and is calming to the nerves. Today, this herb is mostly used for increasing energy and balancing the hormones.
CAUTION:Maca has a high iodine content and should not be consumed by people having thyroid disease. It has stimulant properties and could possibly raise the heart rate. It may not be safe for pregnant women to use maca supplements. More research is needed.
Scientific Name:Grifola frondosa
Common Names:King of Mushrooms, Cloud Mushroom, Dancing Mushroom, Grifola, Hen of the Woods, Shelf Fungi
Habitat:Maitake is native to China and Japan
The Maitake mushroom contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is thought to be helpful in treating cancer and auto immune disorders.
Scientific Name:Silybum marianum
Common Names:Silymarin, Marian Thistle, Mediterranean Thistle, Mary Thistle
Habitat:Milk Thistle is native to Europe
Milk thistle is a great protector of the liver and gallbladder. It can detoxify the blood and is often taken to treat cancer.
Scientific Name:Rhodiola Rosea
Common Names:Golden Root, Arctic Root, Arctic Rose, Roseroot, Aaron’s Rod
Habitat:Rhodiola is native Siberia
Rhodiola rosea is very popular with Russian astronauts and athletes due to its ability to enhance physical strength and endurance. Also, taking rhodiola will allow the body to use less oxygen on a cellular level. Besides its beneficial effects on the body, this herb is often used to keep the mind sharp and improve memory. It is now gaining popularity as a natural anti-depressant. Rhodiola is considered an adaptogen. This means that it helps protect the body from all types of stress.
Scientific Name:Serenoa repens
Common Names:Sabal palm, palmetto berry, sabal fructus, cabbage palm, American dwarf palm tree
Habitat:Saw Palmetto grows in the islands of the West Indies and Southeastern United States
Saw palmetto is a very popular herb with men over 40. It is often used to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and it’s symptoms, like painful urination and the need to urinate frequently. Another popular use of this herb is to treat male pattern baldness by reducing the body’s levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Too much DHT is believed to be what causes hair loss.
CAUTION:Do not take Saw palmetto if you take any blood thinning medication or if you have hemophilia, ulcers, or if you are planning any type of surgery. Taking this herb may increase the risk of bleeding.
Scientific Name:Schizandra chinensis
Common Names:Schisandra, Five flavor berry, Omicha, Wu wei zi, Magnolia vine
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) pressure.
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 taking.
Scientific Name:Eleutherococcus senticosus
Common Names:Siberian ginseng, eleuthero
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 ginseng.
Scientific Name:Scutellaria lateriflora
Common Names:Mad dog, quaker bonnet, hoodwort, helmet flower, blue pimpernel
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 damage.
Scientific Name:Hypericum perforatum
Common Names:Johnswort, goat weed, hard hay, amber, klamath weed
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 people.
Scientific Name:Pfaffia paniculata
Common Names:Brazilian ginseng, Para Todo
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 amounts.