CategoryMedicinal Herbs

The Health Benefits of Valerian Root

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It seems that every time you read a new article online you learn about some new herb or other with vaunted health benefits. If all the commotion is to be believed, then it would seem that there’s a natural herbal remedy for pretty much every condition imaginable and for any number of different impressive-sounding health benefits. The problem is that not all of these herbs are made equal...

Medical Uses of Lycopodium Clavatum

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Lycopodium Clavatum is a plant that also goes by the names ‘wolf’s-foot clubmoss’ and ‘stag’s-horn clubmoss’. It has a pale yellow pollen used to create lycopodium and treat a wide number of conditions. Specifically, it is used to treat urinary tract infections, flatulence, impotence, eczema, gout, fevers, mumps and more. It’s just a shame that it is completely ineffectual… Uses of Lycopodium...

Sandalwood Oil Benefits

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Sandalwood oil is an oil that is extracted from aromatic plant of the Santalum genus and has been used as part of several religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It has also been valued as a popular ingredient in many herbal and ‘natural’ remedies, and is a favourite in commercial skin products. But what does it do and is there any truth to the purported benefits? Main Features The most...

Comfrey Leaf Oil Benefits

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Comfrey leafs grow in Europe and Western Asia and play a large part in gardening. They are also used as a herbal remedy that is believed to help remove phlegm from the lungs, as well as to provide various other therapeutic benefits. However while some of these treatments are debated, what is known is that eating comfrey can lead to liver toxicity. It contains dangerous levels of hepatotoxic...

Vinpocetine Health Benefits

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Who would have thought, when walking past a pretty periwinkle plant, that it could have amazing health benefits? Vinpocetine, which is also known simply as periwinkle extract, actually comes from a substance known as vincamine. It’s found within the periwinkle plant and has been found to be excellent for using in alternative treatments. “Alternative,” means that it’s a natural method...

Proven Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea

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Rooibos is a herb and has been popular as a tea for many generations in Southern Africa. The plant known as Aspalathus linearis is found in an area of the Western Cape province of the country but today enjoys popularity all around the world. Technically, rooibos is not a tea but is an infusion made from oxidized leaves. It is usually enjoyed hot with lemon and sugar, though it can also be enjoyed...

Camu Camu – Health Benefits, Uses, Side Effects

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Camu camu is a type of shrub that can be found in the swampy or flooded parts of the Amazon rain forests in Venezuela, Peru, Brazil and Colombia. As with pretty much all random shrubs found in rain forests, its leaves and fruits have a number of proposed medicinal properties that product manufacturers are keen to promote. Unlike many of the random herbs found in remote parts of the world though...

Health Benefits of Butterbur

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Butterbur is a plant that is native to mainland Europe and Western Asia that has also been grown in North America. The plant has huge leaves that look much like rhubarb and that grow large enough to be used as shade. They also have huge routes, but it is the leaves that are used for medicinal benefit. Benefits of Butterbur The main benefit of butterbur reported is analgesic – that is pain killing...

Health Benefits of Mullein Leaf Herb

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Mullein leaf herb is, as the name suggests, a type of herb. More interestingly, this is a herb that has numerous medicinal properties and that has been used in traditional medicine for a very long time. It is still very popular today, as with many such natural remedies. The question is whether it deserves that popularity and whether it really does what it is purported to. As ever, the claims bear...

What Is Kratom? Uses, Side Effects and Risks

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Kratom is the colloquial name for a deciduous evergreen tree that grows in South East Asia. Technically known as mitragyna speciosa, it belongs to the coffee family and has been used in traditional medicine for countless generations. Traditionally, kratom has been used to treat diarrhoea and to improve sexual performance. In Thailand it would have been chewed to achieve these effects and was also...

Dr. Janice Rachael Mae

Dr. Janice Rachael Mae