Ashitaba Angelica keiskei

“The nutritional and health benefits of this high chlorophyll plant are extensive, and ashitaba is unique among the Angelicas due to its tasty edibility and the presence of substantial levels of B12, a vitamin normally not found in terrestrial plants. The plant contains flavonoids known as “chalcones” in its yellow sap. Traditionally, the herb has been used as a rejuvenating food that contributes to long life.”

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Ashwagandha Withania somnifera

In Ayurveda, the roots of W. somnifera are used to prepare the herbal remedy Ashwagandha.  Native to Africa, India, Middle East and Orient.  Traditionally used as a sedative, aphrodisiac, anti-diabetic and general tonic, the anabolic activity of the herb is particularly well suited for treating those who are depleted of energy and lack sexual appetite. The herb builds jing.

Borage Borago officinalis

Borage production does include use as either a fresh vegetable or a dried herb. As a fresh vegetable, borage, with a cucumber like taste, is often used in salads or as a garnish.The flower, which contains the non-toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid thesinine, has a sweet honey-like taste and as one of the few truly blue-coulored edible substances.

Burdock Arctium lappa

Folk herbalists consider dried burdock to be a diuretic, diaphoretic, and a blood purifying agent.Various parts are used to prevent baldness and to treat rheumatoid arthritis, skin infections, acne, boils, bites, eczema, impetigo, rashes, ringworm, sore throat, sciatica, poison ivy and poison oak, as a tonic, diuretic and mild laxative and to stimulate bile production.

Calendula Calendula officinalis

Plant pharmacological studies have suggested that Calendula extracts have anti-viral, anti-genotoxic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Calendula in suspension or in tincture is used topically to treat acne, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding, and soothing irritated tissue and has been used traditionally for abdominal cramps and constipation.

Catnip Nepeta cataria

“Catnip has a history of medicinal use for a variety of ailments. The plant has been consumed as a tea, juice, tincture, infusion or poultice, and has also been smoked. It has also been known to have a slightly numbing effect.”

Comfrey Symphytum officinale

Comfrey has been used in folk medicine as a poultice for treating burns and wounds. However, internal consumption, such as in the form of herbal tea, is discouraged.  One of the country names for comfrey was ‘knitbone’, a reminder of its traditional use in healing bone fractures. Modern science confirms that comfrey can influence the course of bone ailments.

Dan-shen Salvia miltiorrhiza

One of the best circulation enhancing herbs.  Known as a non-enervating stimulant, it improves blood flow to the extremities without compromising the adrenals.  Helps move stuck blood as in atherosclerosis or menstrual woes.

Echinacea Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea is popularly believed to be an immunostimulator, stimulating the body’s non-specific immune system and warding off infectionsand also being used as a laxative. One study shows E. purpurea has antidepressant properties as it increased the stimulating action of L-DOPA.

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia

The flowers and leaves are used as an herbal medicine, either in the form of lavender oil or as an herbal tea. The flowers are also used as a culinary herb, most often as part of the French herb blend called herbes de Provence. Lavender essential oil, when diluted with a carrier oil, is commonly used as a relaxant with massage therapy.

Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus

Lemongrass is native to India and tropical Asia. It is widely used as a herb in Asian cuisine. It has a subtle citrus flavor and can be dried and powdered, or used fresh. Lemongrass is commonly used in teas, soups, and curries. It contains citronella, citronellol and geranilol.The hydrosol is used in production of skin care products such as lotions, creams and facial cleansing toner in its pure form.

Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis

Lemon balm is used medicinally as an herbal tea, or in extract form. It is claimed to have antibacterial and antiviral properties.  The extract of lemon balm was also found to have exceptionally high antioxidant activity.

Marshmallow Althaea officinalis

A premier healing agent, marshmallow root is nutritious, soothing to the digestion, stimulating to the immune system and helps prevent and repair ulcerations of the gastric mucosa and duodenum.

Shiso Perilla frutescens

In Japanese Folk Medicine, Shiso is used to treat the common cold, rheumatoid arthritis and food poisoning. .Its primary use is in inflammatory conditions, conditions like hay fever, allergies, arthritis, and inflammatory skin diseases. Japanese people see it as being a powerful anti-inflammatory herb.

Spilanthes Acmella oleracea

A decoction or infusion of the leaves and flowers is a traditional remedy for stammering, toothache, stomatitis and throat complaints. It has been shown to have a strong diuretic action. Spilanthes extract has been discovered to aid in saliva stimulation for people suffering from dry mouth. Its properties provide relief to dry mouth by enhancing saliva production

Tulsi Ocimum tenuiflorum

“Tulsi is considered to be an adaptogen, balancing different processes in the body, and helpful for adapting to stress. It is regarded in Ayurveda as a kind of “elixir of life” and believed to promote longevity. Tulsi extracts are used in ayurvedic remedies for common colds, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease,and various forms of poisoning. Traditionally, tulsi is taken in many forms: as herbal tea, dried powder, fresh leaf, or mixed with ghee. Essential oil of tulsi is mostly used medicinally in herbal cosmetics, and is widely used in skin preparations due to its antibacterial activity.”

Yarrow Achillea millefolium

Yarrow intensifies the medicinal action of other herbs taken with it, and helps eliminate toxins from the body. This herb is purported to be a  diaphoretic, astringent, tonic, stimulant and mild aromatic. It contains isovaleric acid, salicylic acid, asparagin, sterols, flavonoids, bitters, tannins, and coumarins. The plant also has a long history as a powerful ‘healing herb’ used topically for wounds, cuts and abrasions.

Za’atar Origanum syriacum

Middle Eastern oregano, known for a spice blend containing it, and sharing its same name.  It has an aromatic, warm and slightly bitter taste, which can vary in intensity. Good quality oregano may be strong enough almost to numb the tongue. Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments.

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