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Botanical name: Nymphaea Caerulea. The beautiful blue flowers of this much revered lotus were smoked and ingested by the ancient Egyptians, producing a subtle, calming and etheric effect. Blue Lotus, otherwise known as sacred lily of the Nile, is a delicious relaxing smoke. Cleopatra was particularly enamored with this herb and it was even represented in early Egyptian art. It creates a dream-like state and provides for a deep sleep afterwards. For maximum effect, try infusing 100 grams in a bottle of vodka for a few weeks.
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is an Ayurvedic herb that has been embraced in western herbal medicine in recent years. Used to help improve memory, concentration, mental clarity and focus by nourishing the brain and increasing circulation. Boost your brain power!
Botanical Name: Arctium lappa Traditionally used as a blood purifier, burdock is one of the best detox herbs, great for cleaning waste out of the body and skin disorders. Burdock is one of the foremost detoxifying herbs in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine. Burdock enhances the performance of many of the organs which purify the body and eliminate toxins or waste (like the kidneys, liver, colon, etc). This enhances overall health and helps correct disorders. The dried root of one year old plants is the official herb, but the leaves and fruits can also be used. It is used to treat conditions caused by an overload of toxins, such as throat and other infections, boils, rashes and other skin problems. The root is thought to be particularly good at helping to eliminate heavy metals from the body. The plant is antibacterial, antifungal, carminative. It has soothing, mucilaginous properties and is said to be one of the most certain cures for many types of skin diseases, burns, bruises etc. It is used in the treatment of herpes, eczema, acne, impetigo, ringworm, boils, bites etc. The plant can be taken internally as an infusion, or used externally as a wash.
Botanical name: Matricaria recutita. A nurturing nerve tonic, Chamomile sooths stress and aids against insomnia. Organically Grown.
Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus) is a muscle relaxant that helps to ease uterine and menstrual/pregnancy cramps. It has a long history of use by indigenous North Americans, and may assist in reducing fluid retention.
Considered the female ginseng, due to its regulating effect upon women's hormonal system, Dong Quai is used to ease symptoms of menopause, menstruation, high blood pressure as well as being a general tonic. Dong Quai is an essential women's power herb!
Botanical name: Echinacea purpurea. Echinacea strengthens the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells in the body. It is a great preventative of sickness, particularly useful in flu season. This herb is organically grown.
Botanical name: Gingkoacea. Brain tonic and memory support, Ginko Biloba is great for all kinds of degenerative brain disease as well as improving circulation. This herb is organically grown. Caution: Ginkgo may decrease blood levels in CYP2C19 enzyme substrates. It may increase blood levels and side effects of Nifedipine medication, and increase the risk of bleeding if used with Warfarin, Aspirin, and Antiplatelet drugs.
Botanical name: Centella asiatica. Gotu Kola is famous for its memory and concentraion boosting properties, however it is also anti-viral and anti-bacterial and is reported to have anti-ageing effects. Great to mix with Gingko Biloba and Brahmi. Organically Grown.
From the seeds of an Amazonian vine. Guarana contains naturally-occurring caffeine, so stimulates the adrenal glands, central nervous system and cerebral functions. One teaspoon gives hours of energy, alertness and liveliness.
Botanical name: Crateagus oxycanthus. Hawthorn Berries have an age old European tradition of use to combat all kinds of heart problems, whilst also tonifing the veins, capillaries and arteries and lowering cholesterol. Organically Grown.
Botanical name: Geranium robertianum Other names: red robin, death come quickly, felon wort, bloodwort, storksbill, dove's foot, crow's foot, stinky Bob Uses: Anti-rheumatic, anti-cancer, astringent, diuretic, bladder & gall bladder issues, wound healing, oxygenator Herb-Robert is a common species of cranesbill native to Europe and parts of Asia, N. America, and Africa. In traditional herbal medicine, it was used to treat nosebleeds and toothaches. A unique role of Herb-Robert lies in its oxygenation of the cells, thanks to one of its chemical compounds, the obscure element germanium (unrelated to the name of the flower geranium). The dual Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg famously said, "The prime cause of cancer is lack of oxygenation of the cells". By increasing the amount of oxygen available to cells, the immune response is enhanced, enabling the body more efficiently to fight disease and renew itself. Accordingly Herb-Robert is known in Portugal and beyond by doctors and herbalists alike as an extremely effective herbal remedy for both treatment and prevention of cancer. Research has shown that it also lowers blood sugar levels, making it a promising therapeutic agent in cases of diabetes or pre-diabetes. Herb Robert is used as a remedy for diarrhoea; and also to prevent stone formation, reduce inflammation, and improve functioning of the kidneys, bladder, and gall bladder. Note: Herb Robert is not to be taken with blood-thinning medications. Since insufficient data is known about the potential side effects of Herb Robert, women who are pregnant or nursing are advised to avoid it, to err on the side of safety.
Botanical name: Glycyrrhiza glabra. Licorice Root is a potent adrenal and nerve tonic, a great soother of nervous irritability, plus it tastes great! An excellent sugar alternative, licorice has a satisfying flavour that does not raise blood-sugar levels.
Botanical name: Artemisia vulgaris. Locally grown here in Northern NSW. Whole leaf. Mugwort was the original beer brewing herb of Europe and is traditionally thought to be tonifying to the liver, due to its bitterness. Mugwort has a long history of use both, medicinally and magically. Mugwort use can be traced around the world right back to ancient Rome, throughout Europe, in China and North America - where the original peoples used it as a smudge. Mugwort is a popular alternative smoking herb, tasty and very cool. Try smoking some and drinking a tea made from the herb and placing some under your pillow at night before bed for enhanced dreams. In modern herbalism Mugwort has also been used to stimulate and ease discomfort during menstruation. Precaution: Mugwort is an emmenagogue (stimulates blood flow during menstruation), do not take this herb when pregnant.
Botanical name: Urtica dioica. Nettle is a highly nutritious wild green that is an excellent source of iron, thus making it a wonderful herbal remedy for anaemia. It has a stinging action if touched before infused, and was traditionally used to combat arthritis. Organically grown.
Botanical name: Passiflora incarnata Other names: passionflower, apricot vine, Corona de Cristo, fleur de la passion, fleur de passiflore, flor de passion, grenadille, madre selva, maracuja, maypop, pasiflora, passiflora, passiflore, passiflorina, passion vine, passionaria, passionblume, passionflower herb, purple passion flower, water lemon, wild passion flower Uses: Sedative, hypnotic, antispasmodic, anodyne The primary benefit of passion flower is in its sedative and nervine actions. This makes it of great help in cases of insomnia, stress, and anxiety. It is also used to lower blood pressure. It has a calming effect on the central nervous system, making it effective in easing nerve pain and against diseases such as neuralgia and shingles. Passion flower induces restful sleep without grogginess the following day. Due to its antispasmodic action, it can assist with the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, epilepsy & asthma. Thanks to its calming effect on the central nervous system, passionflower is often taken for conditions related to nervousness or anxiety, such as gastrointestinal (GI) upset; generalised anxiety disorder (GAD); narcotic withdrawal symptoms; seizures; heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat; hypertension; and hysteria. It also finds use in cases of asthma, menopause, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. Spanish explorers found passion flower growing wild in Peru in 1569. They believed the flowers embodied the passion of Jesus and his approval of their expedition. Passionflower is found in combination herbal products used as a sedative for promoting calmness and relaxation. Other herbs contained in these products include German chamomile, hops, kava, skullcap, and valerian root. Warning: Women who are pregnant or nursing and pre-surgical patients are advised against taking passion flower extract. Reported side effects of excessive intake include dizziness and confusion, irregular muscle action and coordination, altered consciousness, and vasculitis.
Paw Paw Leaves
Botanical name: Carica papaya. Other names: banane de prairie, Caricae papayae folium, Carica papaya, Carica peltata, Carica posoposa, chirbhita, erandachirbhita, erand karkati, green papaya, mamaerie, Melonenbaumblaetter, melon tree, papaya, yellow papaw, red papaya, papaye, papaye verte, papayer, papita Uses: Antibacterial, analgesic, anti-cancer, vermifuge, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, antioxidant Traditionally, paw paw leaves have been used as a heart tonic and to reduce inflammation and pain. Research has also found paw paw leaf beneficial in treating patients with dengue fever. Today paw paw leaf tea is most widely used as a digestive aid, as it contains an enzyme known as papain. This enzyme catalyzes the breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats (which also explains its effectiveness as a meat tenderizer). However, the structure of papain itself is altered by digestive juices, so its advisability as an oral remedy is questionable. The enzyme papain helps to break down protein molecules into their constituent amino acids. Paw paw leaf is used to detoxify the intestines and expel parasites, the tannins in the leaf helping to protect the intestine from re-infestation. Hence it is taken for elephantiasis, or elephantoid growths—large, swollen areas of the body that are symptoms of a rare lymphatic disorder caused by parasitic worms. Papaya also contains a chemical called carpain, which apparently is able to kill certain parasites. Other uses for papaya (paw paw) include: cancer (studies suggest that consuming papaya is linked to a reduced risk of developing cancer of the gall bladder and colon); diabetes (early research indicates daily intake of fermented papaya for two months can reduce hyperglycemia in diabetics); human papillomavirus (HPV) infection; and gastrointestinal (GI) problems. Evidence for the effectiveness of papaya in these conditions is currently insufficient. Warning: Women who are pregnant or nursing should not take medicinal doses of paw paw by mouth. There is evidence that unprocessed papain may cause birth defects or poison the fetus: and there is insufficient data about the safety of papaya during breast-feeding. It is best to avoid taking it in amounts higher than normal food amounts. Diabetics taking medications to reduce blood glucose to be aware that fermented papaya can lower blood sugar and must closely monitor their glucose level; some medication modification may be needed. People with latex allergy should avoid consuming paw paw (papaya) due to the possibility of an allergic response.
Botanical name: Rubus idaeus. Raspberry Leaf tea is an excellent women's herb, toning the uterus and easing the pain and discomfort associated with menstruation. It is a great source of potassium and phosphorus and contains many trace elements and micro-nutrients including vitamins A, C, E and B. Raspberry Leaf is also a great addition to any smoking mix as it is a very smooth smoke. Organically grown.
Botanical name: Serenoa repens. A South American super palm, used to aid all male sexual problems. Especially good for prostate issues. Saw Palmetto also increases the effects of other aphrodisiacs, particularly Damiana. An excellent everyday herb for men over 50 to maintain health and sexual performance.
Known as an adaptogen, Siberian ginseng may help the body adapt to a wide range of internal and external stress factors, including sickness, lack of sleep, stress, and overwork, while enhancing physical and mental performance, endurance and overall vitality.
Skullcap, Scutellaria lateriflora, derives its name from its ability to relieve tension headaches. It is an excellent herb for nervous tension and anxiety, because it both relaxes and tones the whole nervous system; this is particularly useful with menstrual tension and hysteria. It has also been used in the treatment of epilepsy and seizures. In Chinese medicine, Skullcap is considered excellent for cooling the mind, liver and lungs. For this reason it promotes a state of meditation and calms an over-active mind.
Botanical name: Ulmus rubra (U. fulva) Other names: Indian elm, moose elm, olmo Americano, orme, orme gras, orme rouge, orme roux, red elm, sweet elm Uses: Demulcent, emollient, astringent, anti-inflammatory, abortifacient The inner bark extract of the slippery elm tree is known to soothe irritated mucous membranes in the lining of the respiratory tract, stomach and digestive system, making it a popular remedy for sore throat (pharyngitis), gastric ulcers, and intestinal inflammation. Slippery elm is traditionally mixed with honey and water to soothe a sore throat, and is applied to the skin to reduce inflammation. A gruel made from the herb is reportedly well received by convalescing patients who are struggling to eat. Slippery elm is taken for coughs, sore throat, colic, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bladder and urinary tract infections, syphilis, herpes, and for expelling tapeworms. Its stimulation of mucus secretion makes it helpful not only as a remedy but also as a preventive measure against stomach and duodenal ulcers, colitis, diverticulitis, and excess gastric acid. As a topical remedy, slippery elm is applied for wounds, burns, gout, rheumatism, cold sores, boils, and abscesses. Ironically slippery elm may be used as a lubricant to ease childbirth, or taken orally to prompt an abortion. In manufacturing, slippery elm is used in some baby foods and adult nutritionals, and in oral lozenges used for soothing throat pain. Note: When applied to the skin, some people may experience irritation or an allergic reaction. Slippery elm bark folklore about its producing miscarriage when inserted into the cervix has evolved into rumours of the same result even when taken orally; however, no reliable data exists to substantiate this belief. Still, a pregnant woman wishing to err on the side of abundant caution can include slippery elm on her lengthy list of things to avoid.
St. John's Wort
Botanical name: Hypericum perforatum Other names: amber, amber touch-and-heal, barbe de Saint-Jean, chasse-diable, demon chaser, fuga daemonum, goatweed, hardhay, herbe à la brûlure, herbe à mille trous, herbe aux fées, herbe aux mille vertus, herbe aux piqûres, herbe de saint éloi, herbe de Saint-Jean, herbe du charpentier, herbe percée, hierba de san juan, hypereikon, hyperici herba, Hypericum perforatum, Klamath weed, millepertuis, millepertuis perforé, rosin rose, tipton weed Uses:Anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antimicrobial, astringent, analgesic, nervine tonic St. John’s wort is native to Europe but is commonly found in the US and Canada in meadows and woods and along roadsides. Though it is a plant not native to Australia and long considered a weed, St. John’s wort is now grown here as a crop. Today, Australia produces 20 percent of the world's supply. The use of St. John's wort dates back to the ancient Greeks, with no less a medical icon than Hippocrates himself recording the medical use of the flower. St. John’s wort was so named because it blooms about June 24th, the reputed birthday of John the Baptist. Wort is from an Old English word for root or herb. When the plant found its way to the New World, it rapidly spread across wide areas of territory. Unfortunately cattle that grazed on it developed acute sensitivity to sunlight, leading to sunburn. So in 1946 authorities imported an Australian beetle that also loves to eat the plant; and now the cows are safe from the sun, but the insects’ success at their task is placing commercial farms growing the herb at risk. Traditionally used as a wound-healing poultice due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and astringent properties, St. John’s wort is also taken internally in cases of neuralgia, sciatica, rheumatic pain, and nervous tension. More recently, St. John’s wort is most commonly used for depression and associated conditions such as anxiety, fatigue, loss of appetite, and insomnia. There is some strong scientific evidence that it can be effective in some people with mild to moderate depression. It supports the nervous system, and is thought to optimise the levels of neurotransmitters, particularly serotonin. Other uses include: moodiness and other menopause symptomsheart palpitationsattention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)seasonal affective disorder (SAD)irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)exhaustionstop-smoking helpfibromyalgiaheadache, including migrainemuscle paincancerHIV/AIDShepatitis C Caution: Exposure to sunlight after consuming St. John’s wort internally can increase the incidence and severity of sunburn. The traditional practice of applying oil of St. John’s wort directly to the skin (e.g., to treat bruises and scrapes, inflammation and muscle pain, first-degree burns, insect bites, minor wounds, stings, haemorrhoids, or nerve pain) is very hazardous, can cause even more serious sensitivity to sunlight, and is not advised. France banned St. John’s wort subsequent to a French Health Product Safety Agency report referencing significant drug interactions, inspiring other countries to consider placing a drug interaction notice on St. John’s wort products. The chief concerns are MAO inhibitors and other antidepressants, demerol, and dextromethorphan (DM), a common cough-suppressant ingredient.
Botanical name: Tribulus terrestris Other names: abrojo, abrojos, al-Gutub, kutub, qutub, bijili, caltrop, cat's-head, Ci Ji Li, common dubbeltjie, croix-de-malte, devil's - thorn, devil's-weed, espigón, épine du diable, escarbot, German / Bulgarian Tribulus terrestris, goathead, gokhru, gokshur, gokshura, Nature's Viagra, puncture vine, puncture weed, qutiba, small caltrops, tribule, Tribule terrestre, tribulis Uses: Diuretic, aphrodisiac, circulatory stimulant, liver tonic, demulcent Tribulus is thought to be beneficial in balancing the endocrine system due to its powerful detoxifying and stimulating effect upon the liver. It boosts testosterone production in both men and women, increasing libido, as well as balancing women's estrogen and progesterone levels. Can assist in erectile dysfunction, as well as increasing sperm count. When brewed as a tea, its taste is similar to that of ginseng tea. Tribulus is also used to address kidney issues, including stones, painful urination, Bright's disease, and as a diuretic; for skin disorders, including eczema, scabies, and psoriasis; for cardiovascular problems, including angina, high cholesterol, hypertension, and anemia; for digestive disorders, including colic, flatulence, and constipation; for pain and swelling (inflammation) of mouth tissues and sore throat; and for cancer, especially tumours of the nose. It is popular with athletes, as it is believed to increase performance, stamina, and endurance, although this claim is disputed. Caution: Women who are pregnant or nursing, men with prostate issues, diabetics, and pre-surgical patients are advised not to take tribulus.
Botanical name: Ilex paraguariensis Other names: chimarrao, green mate, hervea, Ilex, Jesuit’s Brazil tea, Jesuit’s tea, maté, maté folium, Paraguay tea, St. Bartholomew’s tea, thé de Saint Barthélémy, thé des Jésuites, thé du Brésil, thé du Paraguay, yerbamate Uses: Stimulant, tonic, thermogenic, nervine, anti-allergy Yerba mate has long been a part of South American culture very popular in Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina, where it is more heavily consumed than coffee or tea. Beyond being a popular beverage, yerba mate is used as an overall tonic, as it is rich in antioxidants and minerals, and as a stimulant to reduce tiredness and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Further, mate is used to remedy cardiac ailments such as congestive heart failure (CHF), irregular heartbeat, and low blood pressure; depression; headache; joint pains; urinary tract infections (UTI); and kidney and bladder stones. Often included in weight-loss formulas, it acts as a laxative and diuretic, suppresses the appetite, and increases metabolism. Yerba mate is reputed to boost energy and enhance memory as well. Note: People who are sensitive to caffeine or who have hypertension (high blood pressure) should exercise caution when using yerba mate. Yerba mate reportedly poses a cancer risk to those who consume it in large quantities over a long period of time. Using yerba mate and smoking tobacco multiplies the long-term risk of cancer by 300 to 700 percent.