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Botanical Name: Leonotis leonurus Other Names: Lion's Tail, Lion's Ear Info: Often called "Lion’s Tail" is a plant species in the Lamiaceae family. This plant is an evergreen shrub native to South Africa where it is very common. Its known for both medicinal and psychoactive properties within the plant. The main psychoactive component in Lion's Tail is leonurine. The name wild dagga links this plant to closely to cannabis as the name dagga was derived from the Khoikhoi people of south-west Africa. Identification: This shrub grows 3-6 feet in height and about 1-3 feet wide.the leaves of this plant are broadly triangular with serrated edges, The stems of this shrub are more of a square shape as they go up the plant very similar to cannabis. The flowers of this plant are tubular and orange in color with a sweet drop of nectar in the base of the flower tube. This vibrant flower attracts nectivorous birds that help to cross-pollinate this species. Uses: The main active component leonurine has both antioxidant and cardioprotective properties and has shown to significantly improve myocardial function The dried leaves and flowers can be smoked or made into a tea for a mild calming effect, In some users the effects have been said to be similar to the effects of THC, Except it has a much less potent high. It has been often said to bring euphoria and visual changes. Caution: The cons to this herb are in some cases there has been Dizziness, Nausea, sweating and sedation. Always use precaution when trying new herbs.
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! Our Brahmi is organically grown.
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: Nepata cataria Other names: cataire, catmint, catnep, catswort, chataire, field balm, herbe à chat, herbe aux chats, hierba gatera, menta de gato, menthe des chats, Nepeta cataria Uses: Sedative, nervine, diaphoretic, carminative, antispasmodic, astringent, etc. Catnip is a hugely beneficial herb with a long list of wildly diverse uses. It is commonly smoked or brewed as a tea for mild euphoria, to reduce the consumption and unwanted side effects of alcohol, tobacco, and/or cannabis. It is well known for its relaxing effects, gently helping to relieve tension. Because of its mild nature, it is excellent for children with hyperactivity, nervousness, and diarrhoea. It is even known in some locales as "Nature's Alka Seltzer" for its soothing effects on the stomach and digestion, easing dyspepsia, flatulence, and colic. Catnip's ability to promote sweating (diaphoretic) makes it useful at the onset of colds and flu to promote sleep, relieve fever, and allow free perspiration without raising body temperature. Catnip earned its name due to its psychoactive properties in some cats, which can be quite pronounced and entertaining. The list of reported medicinal benefits of catnip is extremely lengthy and varied. Highlights include: Colds, fever, and flu Convulsions Coughs Cramps Colic Diarrhoea Digestive disorders Drug addiction or withdrawal Headaches Harm reduction from cannabis, tobacco, or alcohol Hyperactivity Hysteria Hiccups and indigestion Insomnia Menstrual issues Morning sickness Nervous conditions Nightmares Stomach issues Toothache Vomiting Warnings: Catnip may rarely cause headaches, vomiting, and malaise. Parents should consult a health professional before administering catnip to children. Insufficient data exists to classify catnip as safe for women who are breast feeding. Women who are pregnant should avoid the herb, as there is evidence that it can stimulate the uterus, potentially causing a miscarriage. Similarly, women with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) should avoid using catnip because it can provoke the onset of menstruation. Women with heavy menstrual periods or menorrhagia should be aware that catnip might worsen the condition. Pre-surgical patients should stop using catnip in any form at least two weeks before a scheduled operation. Catnip has an apparent ability to suppress the central nervous system (CNS), causing sleepiness and other neurodepressive effects. There is a concern that catnip metabolites in the bloodstream combined with anaesthesia and some other drugs used during and after surgery could depress the CNS excessively.
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.
Botanical name: Turnera diffusa, T. aphrodisiaca Other names: damiana herb, damiana leaf, damiane, feuille de damiana, feuille de damiane, herba de la pastora, houx mexicain, Mexican damiana, mizibcoc, old woman's broom, oreganillo, rosemary, thé Bourrique, Turnerae diffusae folium, Turnerae diffusae herba, Turnera microphylla Damiana is a shrub native to Texas, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. It was used by the Aztecs as a remedy for impotence, and modern women are known to use the fragrant leaves in a tea to "enhance romance" in their men. Ray Thorpe of the Happy Herb Company reports that the damiana plant is so important in the country of Mexico that is has been classified as a national treasure and is now a prohibited export as a live plant. When used appropriately as a pleasant tea, damiana is one of the most versatile, safe and effective herbs for general well-being, health, and enjoyment. Damiana lightly produces a mild emotional uplift that can last up to 90 minutes. A cup of damiana tea before bed helps to relax and get into "the mood", and to promote pleasant dreams. Damiana tea also has been said to restore the memory of dreaming in those who have lost it due to cannabis consumption. The list of damiana's reputed medicinal uses is an impressive one. Some of the highlights: Anxiety, depression and nervousness Lung problems such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis Urogenital issues: bed-wetting, low libido, impotence, urinary tract infection Diuretic Menstrual issues Kidney pain Menopause symptoms Parkinson's Stress reduction Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) Harm reduction from/withdrawal from alcohol, tobacco, addictive pharmaceuticals Dyspepsia and gastric ulcers Constipation Neurosis Headache Syphilis Overall, when smoked, drunk as a pleasant tea, or taken in capsule form, damiana is one of the most versatile herbs known for general health and well-being. And by increasing libido in men and women, damiana may help to enhance fertility, ultimately promoting the long-term survival of our species. Do your part to help humanity thrive by making a damiana tincture in your MagicalButter machine today! Caution: Moderation is key with damiana to avert side effects. Convulsions and other symptoms similar to rabies or strychnine poisoning have been reported after taking 200 grams of damiana extract. Damiana Tincture Ingredients: 14-20 g damiana per cup* 2-5 cups/475-1180 ml 151-190 proof grain alcohol such as Everclear DO NOT ADD WATER!!! How To: CAUTION: Materials are highly flammable. Could cause injury. Never use an open flame, natural gas or propane burner, or permit smoking around the cooking process. Place the ingredients into your MagicalButter machine.* Press the Temperature button, and select 13°F/54°C (or the lowest temperature setting on your MB specific model); then press the 4 Hours/Tincture or 8 Hours button (8-hour tincture will have stronger flavour, greater saturation, and deeper intensity). After the cycle is complete, unplug the unit, and remove the head. Put on your LoveGlove™, and pour the pitcher contents slowly through your PurifyFilter™ into your preferred storage container. _______________________________ *For best results, DO NOT PRE-GRIND BOTANICALS. Adjust botanical weight according to personal preference. Experiment!
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: Humulus Lupulus. This close relative of cannabis may help relieve nervous tension and act as a nervine tonic. Hops can help ease stress and tension, creating a gentle feeling of relaxation. Hops flowers placed in a dream pillow (along with Mugwort) may help promote deep restful sleep, as well as relaxing the neck muscles! Organically grown.
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: Silybum marianum Other names: artichaut sauvage, blessed milk thistle, cardo lechoso, Cardui mariae fructus, Cardui mariae herba, Carduus marianum, Carduus marianus, lady's thistle, lait de Notre-Dame, legalon, Marian thistle, Mariendistel, Mary thistle, Our Lady's thistle, shui fei ji, silibinin, silybe de Marie, silybin, silybum, Silybum marianum, silymarin, silymarine, St. Mary thistle, St. Mary's Thistle Uses: Liver protective, antioxidant, cholagogue, galactagogue Milk thistle, not to be confused with blessed thistle (Cnicus benedictus), gets its name from the milky sap that comes out of the leaves when they are broken. The leaves also have unique white markings that, according to religious lore, were the Virgin Mary's milk. In foods, milk thistle leaves and flowers are eaten as a salad vegetable and as a substitute for spinach. The seeds are roasted for use as a coffee substitute. Milk thistle is most often taken for disorders of the liver, including damage caused by ingestion of chemicals or poison, jaundice, cirrhosis, and chronic hepatitis. Anecdotal reports call it a must to take before or after consuming rich or greasy foods, drugs, alcohol, coffee, or toxins of any kind. WebMD reports, "Nevertheless, researchers have not yet concluded with certainty that milk thistle is effective for any of these uses." Milk thistle is also used to stimulate the appetite and to relieve heartburn (dyspepsia) and gall bladder complaints. Some people use milk thistle for diabetes, hangover, diseases of the spleen, prostate cancer, malaria, depression, uterine complaints, increasing breast-milk flow, and allergy symptoms. Caution: Milk thistle sometimes causes a laxative effect. Other less common side effects are nausea, diarrhoea, indigestion, intestinal gas, bloating, fullness or pain, and loss of appetite. Since there is insufficient data about the use of milk thistle during pregnancy and breast-feeding, women who are pregnant or nursing should stay on the safe side and avoid papaya. Milk thistle may also cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to other plants of the same family, including ragweed, chrysanthemum, marigold, daisy, and many others. People with allergies should check with their healthcare provider before ingesting milk thistle. Diabetics should be aware that chemicals in milk thistle could lower blood glucose, necessitating alteration to diabetes medication dosing. In cases of hormone-sensitive conditions such as cancer of the breast, uterus, ovaries, or endometrium, or uterine fibroids: Extracts from milk thistle plant may behave like oestrogen. Those with a condition that could be exacerbated by exposure to oestrogen should avoid these extracts. In contrast, the more commonly used milk thistle seed extracts do not appear to act like oestrogen.
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.