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 information on many of the most commonly used herbs. 

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Arnica (Arnica Montana)(Arnica Acaulis)-Used as a potent anti-inflammatory and helps speed the healing process when used as a poultice on sprains, bruises, breaks, and strains. Mix 2 heaping tablespoons loose herb with 1/4 cup water. Simmer 5 minutes. Let cool to touch. Strain, place damp herb on affected area, cover and let it work its magic either overnight or one to two hours. Do Not take internally!
Astragalus (Astragalus Propinquus) (Astragalus Membranaceus)-Improves immune function by protecting and supporting with a high content of antioxidants. Recent studies have shown astragalus to speed recovery and prolong life expectancy to those who suffer diseases that compromise the immune system. Take 1-2 capsules daily or 1/2-1 tsp. Caution:May increase strength and potency of blood thinners, anti-viral,diuretic, high blood pressure, and anti-rejection drugs.
Ashwaganda(Withania Somnifera)Used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. Known as an adaptogen, or an herb that works on many of body systems to promote health and longevity. Known to have anti-carcinogenic properties. Helps bring relief to people suffering from stress, fatigue, memory loss and Alzheimer's. 1 capsule or 1/2 tsp. per day. Should be avoided by those taking prescription medications for anxiety, insomnia, or seizure disorders.
Bladder Wrack Seaweed found on the shores of the North Sea, Western Baltic, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans. Was the original source for iodine. Used as an essential nutrient for thyroid health. Especially effective for hyperthyroidism, working by regulating thyroid function. Those that suffer from hyperthyroidism, or woman who are pregnant or nursing should not take Bladderwrack. 1-2 tsp./capsules daily.
Black Cohosh (cimicifuga Racemosa) (Actea Racemosa)Used by Native Americans as a traditional remedy for woman's health, arthritis, cold and cough, and indigestion. Today it is used extensively as a remedy for many of the symptoms of menopause. It has been shown to reduce or eliminate hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and also helps those suffering from the symptoms of PMS. Because it may act like the hormone estrogen, those who are any form of hormone replacement therapy should not take black cohosh.
Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra)Known for being a parasite killer, black walnut works because of its high iodine content. Also good when used as an anti-septic and anti-fungal. Helps treat thrush, cold sores, athletes foot, ring worm, and any other viral. Use as a powder form in tea, or as a capsule mixed with wormwood for internal parasites.
Blue Cohosh(Caulophyllum Thalictroides) Best when used to help ease painful menstruation or to nourish and revitalize the uterus. Once used to induce labor, it should not be used by pregnant woman, but after labor, it will help strengthen the uterus.
Burdock Root (Arctum Lappa) First and foremost a blood purifier, it removes toxins from the blood. An ingredient in ESSIAC, it has been shown to be quite helpful in treating certain forms of cancer. Also used as diuretic because of its ability to help the body eliminate uric acid.
Calendula(Calendula Officinalis) Used for its medicinal properties since at least the 12th century, today it is used topically to speed the healing of burns, cuts, and bruises.
Chapparral(Larrea Tridentata) Used by native Americans in the South West as an antioxidant, sunscreen, and as a treatment of blood poisoning. People with compromised liver funtion should avoid using this herb.
Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum Officinale) Very succesful when used as a diuretic. Use 1 heaping tablespoon in 1 cup water and drink as a tea.
Dong Quai(Angelica sinensis)Most commonly used as a remedy for painful or irregular menstruation, menopausal symptoms, and treating and preventing allergies. Acts as an anti-histamine and works well with black cohosh.
Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-graecum)Used to increase breast milk production, mild laxative, some studies have shown it can help lower blood sugar and high cholesterol. Pregnant woman should avoid this herb because of its activity as a uterine stimulant.
Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium) Studies have proven the usefulness of this herb as a headache and migraine eliminator. Take 1 capsule at the onset of the headache and 1 capsule 15 minutes later.
Fo-Ti (Polygonum Multiflorum) (He Shou Wu) Used as an anti-aging herb. A legend in China recalls the story of Mr. He, an elderly man who, after taking fo-ti, restored his youth and vitality.
Garlic(allium sativum)-Used for millenia by so many cultures, garlic's indigenous country of origin is unknown. People throughout the world have safely used garlic to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart health problems, ward off cancer, and boost immune response. Cloves are best to use, make sure they are fresh! 2-3 cloves a day is safe for everyone. Avoid high doses while breastfeeding, may change the flavor of breast milk.
Ginger(zingiber officinale)-Ginger is the most widely used herb on the planet. Recorded history has documented is use as far back as 2500 BC. Today ginger is most commonly used to sooth stomach complaints, help rid the body of parasites (thats why it is served with sushi), act as an anti-inflammatory, and quell acid reflux. 
Ginko Biloba(ginkoaceae)-Shown to have a powerful effect on various aspects of brain and nerve function. Used as a treatment for vertigo, neurological disorders, memory and concentration problems, and diminished intellectual capacity.  Can be very useful in treating some cases of tinnitus, but you need to use it for a couple of months to see results. Do not use with MAO inhibitors, avoid use prior to surgery., except in bypass heart surgery as it may help avoid complications post surgery.
Goldenseal(hydrastis canadensis)Used by Native Americans as a remedy for stomach complaints and insect repellent, Goldenseal was officially named as an endangered species in 1997.  Commercially harvested goldenseal is used today as a remedy for digestive disorders, mucus, sinusitis, postpardem hemorrhage, pelvic inflammatory disease, and as a potent anti-viral. Pregnant woman and those suffering from excessivley high blood pressure should avoid use. Limit use to 3 months as it limits beneficial bacteria as well.
Gotu Kola(Cantella Asiatica)In Nepal, during the ceremony for the first day of Spring, Gotu Kola leaves are given to school children to help them in their studies by improving memory and concentration. It is very safe and an extremely effective brain tonic. Pregnant woman should use in moderation.
Hawthorne Berry(Crataegus Oxyacantha)Used to treat a wide range of cardiovascular issues, it is most commonly used to treat high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, and is a good source of anti-oxidants. Should not be combined with prescription blood pressure medications.
Hops (Humulus Lupulus)Used for its mild sedative actions, hops flowers are commonly used along with other calming herbs like valerian root ans passion flowers.
Juniper Berries (Juniperus communis) Used to treat minor bladder issues, juniper berries can be added to other herbs to make a urinary tonic tea. May also be added to bath water for a aromatic bath.
Lavender(Lavandula officinalis) The smell is unmistakable and used frequently for aromatherapy applications. The oil is an antiseptic and can be used to treat mild skin conditions. A great meat tenderizer, lavender is one of the main ingredients in the popular herbal seasoning herbes de provance.
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)used to treat stomach ulcers, bronchitis, and sore throat, as well as infections caused by viruses, such as hepatitis. A major ingredient in our liver capsules.
Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)Most commonly used in a mixture with other herbs to treat cough, bronchitis, excess mucous, and asthma. Has the potential to be toxic in large doses, do not take more than 2tbs dried herb per day for longer than 3 weeks at a time.
Lung Wort (Sticta pulmonaria) used to treat coughs, asthma, bronchitis and other issues of the lungs. usually mixed with other like action herbs.
Marshmallow root (Althea Officinalis)used in tea form for the treatment of asthma, cough, bronchitis, COPD and other lung problems.
Milk Thistle(Silybum marianum) used for over 2000 years, this powerful herb has proven itself as a healer of the liver. It helps to eliminate toxins while improving the overall health of the organ.
Muira Puama (Liriosma ovata)Blended together or taken alone, this herb assists in increasing libido and sex drive.

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