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Tincture Properties

Plant Properties

Mushrooms and herbs have been used as natural medicine for many centuries in order to remedy a huge range of ailments and symptoms. Whilst some of this traditional medicine has been forgotten in todays world, an increasing number of people are now turning to flora and fungi to rid themselves of dis-ease and restore the knowledge of yester-year.

Below you will find detailed information on a wide range of medicinal mushrooms and herbs, listing their properties and what they can treat.

Please note that all information provided is for education and research purposes only and should not be taken with the aim of diagnosing or treating disease, or recommending treatment for such.

Medicinal Mushrooms

birch polypore
birch polypore mushrooms

Birch Polypore

Birch Polypore has been celebrated for its medicinal properties for hundreds of years, with use even dating back to the Bronze Age. Traditionally used as a tonic for the immune system and to clean wounds and to promote healing, modern research has shown that Birch Polypore is an important mushroom to integrate into your diet on a regular basis. Research has discovered the following extraordinary health benefits that come from birch polypore:

 

  • Neuroprotective – Birch polypore has proven in testing to protect neurons within the brain from stress. In one study base, the ethanol and ether extracts of the mushroom protected neurons against damage induced by excitotoxicity, cisplatin, and trophic stress on 10-day-old neurons.

  • Antiviral - In testing, extracts from the Birch Polypore blocked reproduction in HIV cells, attacked and incapacitated encephalitis infections and has proved positive in treating flu, yellow fever and West Nile flu.

  • Antibiotic - Birch Polypore contains the antibiotic piptamine which has been used to treat e-coli.

  • Anti inflammatory - There are several triterpene acids present in birch polypore, and these are known anti inflammatories.

  • Anti Tumor - Betulinic acid and other chemicals in the fungi have been shown to cause apoptosis, the destruction of cancer cells while not affecting healthy cells.

  • Antiseptic - For cleaning wounds and being an aid to healing.

  • Antifungal - This mushroom does not like to share its habitat with other mushrooms and contains some powerful antifungals.

  • Stiptic - The fungus has stiptic properties. In other words, it staunches bleeding.

Turkey Tail

Turkey tail mushrooms are rich in vitamins and minerals and thus improve health and add greatly to the nutritional content of the diet. They are great sources of potassium as well as riboflavin and niacin. They also contain pantothenic acid, phosphorus, and copper, 18 types of amino acids, ergosterol, and Beta-Glucans of 1/3 and 1/6. Turkey tail mushrooms also boast a wide range of health benefits including:

 

  • Prevent and Treat Cold - Because of the strong antiviral and anti-microbial properties of Turkey tail mushrooms, they can fight away various infections caused by these microbes, including common cold and flu. They greatly improve the immunity of the system and thus make them stronger to fight against disease-causing germs. The turkey tail mushroom modulates the immune system to act in a stronger way of fighting infections and germs.

  • Anticancer Potential - Turkey tail mushrooms have been used as a magic drug for the reduction in the risk of cancer since ages. Collaborative research conducted by Chinese, Italian and North African universities suggests that Turkey tail mushrooms are able to promote antitumor activity on cancer cells. 

  • May Help in Improving the Effect of Cancer Treatment - Turkey tail mushrooms build up the immune system and thus help in making up for the weakness caused by chemotherapy. The stronger immune system also helps in fighting strongly against the deadly cancer cells, thereby turkey tail mushroom is a potent cancer-fighting food. A 2012 study by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong revealed that Turkey tail mushrooms are also linked to having a survival benefit on patients with breast, gastric and colorectal cancer.

  • Manage Diabetes - Turkey tail mushroom helps in reducing diabetes by lowering the level of glucose in the body. According to a study report by the World Journal of Diabetes, the consumption of mushrooms caused a decrease in blood glucose concentration and promoted weight gain in the diabetic subject. 

  • Reduce Inflammation - Turkey tail mushrooms are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. The inclusion of turkey tail mushrooms in the diet helps in the reduction of inflammation both internal and external.

  • Lower Cholesterol - High cholesterol leads to various kind of heart diseases. Turkey tail mushrooms help in reducing the levels of cholesterol by adding it in the daily diet.

  • Aid Digestion - The mycelium is that part of the mushroom which enables a person to have a smooth process of digestion. The microbiome gets assisted by the prebiotic content of the turkey tail mushrooms. This implies that the growth of the good and beneficial bacteria in the body is enhanced which includes acidophilus as well as Bifidobacterium. It also helps in the treatment of leaky gut syndrome.

  • Reduce Hypertension - Hypertension or increase in blood pressure occurs due to the rise in pressure in the arteries carrying blood. Turkey tail mushrooms help in reducing the pressure, and thus hypertension.

  • Improve Bone Health - Another health benefit of turkey tail mushrooms is that they are good for bone health. Not just this, but studies have shown that they can also help in regenerating bone marrow.

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Turey tail
Horse Hoof
horse hoof mushrooms

Horse Hoof

This magical species of fungi boasts a whole host of medicinal properties including:

 

  • Anti-inflammatory properties

  • Antiviral activity - Extracts of several different mushroom species, including horse hoof, were tested against the herpes simplex virus. Prior to testing, the researchers established safe doses of the extract, allowing them to test for antiviral activity only at doses that would be safe if used in a patient. Horse hoof was one of the species that showed activity against the virus. Horse hoof was also one of several species shown able to combat certain influenza strains.

  • Antibacterial activity

  • Antitumor activity - an extract of the fungus has been tested both on cultured cell lines deliberately given sarcoma. In both cases, the extract limited the growth of cancer cells when given at doses above a certain threshold level. Another study looked at cultured cell lines of certain human breast cancers and found that an extract of horse hoof both killed the cancer cells and made them less motile.

  • Anti-diabetes effects

  • Anti-cancer Properties

Reishi

Reishi

Reishi is a medicinal mushroom that has been cultivated for thousands of years in China for its many health benefits. It is an edible type of medicinal fungus that fits the definition of a true superfood. Also known as Ling Zhi, these mushrooms are anti-inflammatory and tied to longevity, better immune function, and mental clarity, earning them the nickname the ‘King of Mushrooms’.

 

Reishi mushrooms also boast a wide range of health benefits including:

 

  • Antihistamine - Reishi mushroom is known as the ‘number one natural supplement for controlling hayfever’ due to its ability to relieve hayfever and allergy symptoms. It contains bioflavonoid triterpene which inhibits histamine release and oleic acid which has antihistamine actions. It is also known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to regulate the immune system and improve oxygen supply – benefiting those who are suffering from the sneezes!

  • Boost the immune system - One of the most important effects of the reishi mushroom is that it can boost your immune system. While some details are still uncertain, test-tube studies have shown that reishi can affect the genes in white blood cells, which are critical parts of your immune system. What’s more, older studies have found that some forms of reishi may alter inflammation pathways in white blood cells. One 2006 study found that reishi could increase the number of other white blood cells in those with colorectal cancer. In another older study, the fungus improved the function of lymphocytes, which help fight infections and cancer, in athletes exposed to very stressful conditions.

  • Anti-cancer properties - Many people consume reishi due to its potential anticancer properties. In fact, several test-tube studies have shown that it can lead to the death of cancer cells. Some research has also investigated if Reishi could be beneficial for prostate and colorectal cancer due to its effects on inflammation and certain signaling pathways involved in cancer development. What’s more, one review indicated that the mushroom could benefit people with cancer when used alongside traditional treatment by increasing the activity of white blood cells and improving quality of life.

  • Reduced fatigue and depression - Though reishi’s effects on the immune system are often most emphasized, it may also reduce depression and fatigue. One study examined its effects in 132 people with neurasthenia, a condition associated with aches, pains, dizziness, headaches, and irritability. The researchers found that fatigue was reduced, and well-being was improved after 8 weeks of taking the supplements. Another 2012 study on people with breast cancer found that taking reishi powder reduced fatigue, anxiety, and depression and improved quality of life after just 4 weeks.

  • Heart health and blood sugar - Several studies looking at people with both healthy and unhealthy levels of blood sugar and lipids found that reishi mushroom may help decrease blood sugar, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, and decrease triglycerides.

  • Antioxidant status - Antioxidants are molecules that can help protect cells against damage. Many claim that reishi mushroom is effective at improving antioxidant status.

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Herbs & Spices

Chrysanthemum
chrysanthemum flowers

Chrysanthemum

  • Reduces inflammation 

  • Prevents bone loss and treats osteoporosis - According to one studyTrusted Source.

  • Anti-obesity effects - A 2019 study found that taking chrysanthemum leaf ethanol extract helped prevent obesity in participants.

  • Prevents type 2 diabetes and lower blood sugar levels.

Nutritionist Renee Rosen, trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, has researched chrysanthemum extensively. “One cannot expect to take chrysanthemum and have a miraculous recovery from osteoporosis or to calm nerves overnight,” she says. She recommends taking chrysanthemum for a long period of time to reap the benefits. Having studied the purported cooling and anti-inflammatory effects of chrysanthemum, Rosen says, “What seems realistic is that over very long periods of time, some people with the right body constitution can use chrysanthemum to reduce heat and inflammation.”

Green Peppercorns

  • High in vitamins and minerals - These include piperine, vitamins C and K, iron and calcium.

  • Intestinal ailments - Green peppercorns can reduce gas by stimulating the production of hydrochloric acid, which improves the digestion of food. It also has antimicrobial properties, which means that it may be able to reduce the risk of food poisoning by eliminating the bacteria responsible for foodborne illnesses.

  • Cancer - There is some evidence that green peppercorns can inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.

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green peppercorn
Star Anise
star anise spice

Star Anise

  • Kills Bacteria - Star anise has been shown to possess powerful antibacterial properties and may be beneficial in protecting against harmful strains of bacteria.One test study demonstrated that star anise extract was able to help block the growth of E. coli, a type of bacteria that can cause a broad array of symptoms, such as diarrhea and pneumonia. Another test-tube study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food demonstrated that this spice exhibited antibacterial activities against 67 strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. 

  • Rich in Antioxidants - Thanks to its high antioxidant content, some studies have even found that star anise may be effective against cancer cells. In one particular study, it was found to reduce tumor burden and oxidative stress, plus increase levels of specific enzymes that play a role in cancer prevention.

  • Fights Fungal Infections - According to a test-tube study published in the Korean Journal of Medical Mycology, star anise extract and essential oil were effective against Candida albicans, a type of fungus that is responsible for causing yeast infections.

  • Boosts Heart Health - Brimming with potent antioxidants, star anise may be able to help reduce oxidative stress, prevent the buildup of harmful free radicals and help enhance heart health. Although research is limited, some studies have turned up promising results on the potential benefits of this spice on heart health. In a 2015 study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, an ethanol extract of star anise was found to help normalize changes in weight, blood pressure and lipid levels in those fed a high-fat diet. Not only that, but it also reduced the buildup of plaque in the arteries and decreased several markers of inflammation as well. 

  • Fights the Flu - Star anise contains a compound called shikimic acid, which is commonly found in medications used to treat influenza, such as Tamiflu. A test-tube study published in the Journal of Medical Virology found that combining shikimic acid with quercetin, a type of natural plant pigment, was able to significantly increase the production of immune cells compared to treatment with Tamiflu. 

  • Regulates Blood Sugar -  In a 2015 study out of India, treating participants with anethole (a compound found in star anise) was found to improve blood sugar by regulating some of the key enzymes involved in carbohydrate metabolism.

dandelion root

Dandelion Root

  • Prevents UTI - Urinary tract infections often co-occur with water retention. Since dandelion roots act as a natural diuretic, you can both prevent and treat UTIs. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine confirmed the diuretic effects of dandelion.

  • Improves Liver Health - A preliminary study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology found that the extract of dandelion root protected the liver against oxidative stress caused by alcohol. 

  • Prevents Certain Cancers - A study published in a 2011 issue of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that certain antioxidants found in dandelion root extract prevented drug-resistant melanoma cells from proliferating.

  • Promotes Weight Loss - One Korean study found that dandelion could possibly inhibit a process called pancreatic lipase. This, in turn, can lead to greater weight loss. Pancreatic lipase is when the pancreas releases an enzyme during digestion that helps break down fat. 

  • Improves Digestion - Dandelion root tea was also traditionally used to help with digestive disorders. It can help with a poor appetite, chronic constipation, and minor stomach upset. However, there are no studies yet to prove if this is true.

  • Can Treat Leukemia - Leukemia is a dangerous type of blood cancer that is often difficult to treat. A promising study published in the journal Blood mentions three cases where elderly patients completely recovered from leukemia just by drinking dandelion root tea. 

  • Diabetes Prevention - The antioxidants found in dandelion root can help with diseases that are strongly linked to inflammation such as diabetes. 

  • Reduce PMS Symptoms - Dandelion root can also help with menstrual disorders according to some claims. The benefit may actually come from the diuretic effect of dandelion root as PMS symptoms are often associated with water retention.

  • Treat Anemia - Anemia is a blood disorder commonly caused by low levels of iron in our diet. Dandelion root is a rich source of iron and vitamin C which is important for iron absorption.

  • Lower Bad Cholesterol - Taking dandelion root extract may even lower bad cholesterol according to some studies. This effect is believed to be a result of dandelion root preventing the breakdown of fat as well as due to the antioxidants found in the herb.

  • Improves Blood Health - Dandelion root is considered to be a natural tonic, alleviating blood acidity. The optimal sodium content of dandelion root can also improve blood health by improving mineral absorption.

  • Antioxidant Protection - Being a rich source of potent antioxidant, dandelion root can also provide protection against free radical damage. Free radicals can cause oxidative stress in the body which is associated with many diseases.

  • Lowers Blood Pressure - Those with high blood pressure can benefit greatly from taking dandelion root extract or dandelion root in any other form. The diuretic effect of dandelion root has a direct effect on blood pressure. Other than that, dandelion root is rich in potassium which is important for cardiovascular health.

  • Better Gallbladder Health - Dandelion root boosts bile production and also reduces whole-body inflammation which can improve overall gallbladder functioning and reduce your risk of gallstones.

  • Natural Pain Relief - Foods that are antioxidants and contain fatty acids, like dandelion root extract, can also be said to reduce inflammation in the body, which, in turn, can provide significant pain relief after consistent use.

  • Stronger Immune System - Some also believe that dandelion root can boost immune system functioning. This is also likely to be due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action of dandelion root.

  • Depression Treatment - Depression is a complex disease that may be partially a result of nutritional deficiencies and inflammation. Dandelion root is a rich source of mood-enhancing B vitamins, and its anti-inflammatory effect can also provide depression relief.

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cinnamon
cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon

  • Loaded with antioxidants - Antioxidants protect your body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, including polyphenols. One study found that cinnamon supplementation could significantly increase antioxidant levels in the blood while reducing levels of markers used to measure inflammation, such as C-reactive protein.

  • Anti-inflammatory properties - Cinnamon may be useful in this regard. Studies show that this spice and its antioxidants have potent anti-inflammatory properties which may help lower your risk of disease.

  • Protects against heart disease - Cinnamon may improve some key risk factors for heart disease, including cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. According to one review, supplementing with at least 1.5 grams (g), or about 3/4 of a teaspoon (tsp.), of cinnamon per day was able to reduce levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and blood sugar in people with metabolic disease.

  • Improves sensitivity to insulin - A hallmark of conditions like metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, is when individuals are resistant to the effects of insulin. Studies suggest that cinnamon may be able to reduce insulin resistance.

  • Helps lower blood sugar levels - Cinnamon has been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar levels when used in doses ranging from 1–6 g or 0.5–2 tsp. per day. Numerous human studies have confirmed the beneficial effects of cinnamon, showing that it can lower fasting blood sugar levels and improve hemoglobin A1c, a marker of long-term blood sugar control.

  • Benefits neurodegenerative diseases - Cinnamon has been shown to lead to various improvements for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease in studies. Certain compounds found in cinnamon appear to inhibit the buildup of a protein called tau in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2014 study of Parkinson’s disease, cinnamon helped protect neurons, normalized neurotransmitter levels, and improved motor function.

  • Protects against cancer - Cinnamon acts by reducing the growth of cancer cells and the formation of blood vessels in tumors and appears to be toxic to cancer cells, causing cell death. One study in ovarian cancer found that cinnamaldehyde could block the expression of certain proteins involved in cancer growth. These findings were supported by test-tube experiments, which showed that cinnamaldehyde could reduce the growth and spread of ovarian cancer cells.

  • Prevents bacterial and fungal infections - Cinnamaldehyde, one of the main active components of cinnamon, has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which may reduce infections, as well as tooth decay and bad breath. Studies suggest that cinnamon oil could help kill certain fungi that cause respiratory tract infections and inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, including Listeria and Salmonella.

  • Antiviral properties - Cinnamon extracted from Cassia varieties is thought to be beneficial against HIV-1, the most common strain of HIV in humans. Studies suggest that cinnamon could also protect against other viruses, including influenza and Dengue.

Cloves

Cloves

  • Protects against cancer - One test-tube study found that clove extract helped stop the growth of tumors and promoted cell death in cancer cells. Another test-tube study observed similar results, showing that concentrated amounts of clove oil caused cell death in 80% of esophageal cancer cells. The eugenol found in cloves has also been shown to have anticancer properties.

  • Kills bacteria - Studies show that cloves may promote oral health, thanks to their antimicrobial properties, which may help kill harmful bacteria. In one test-tube study, the compounds extracted from cloves were found to stop the growth of two types of bacteria that contribute to gum disease.

  • Improve liver health - The compound eugenol which is found in cloves may be especially beneficial for the liver. One small study found that taking eugenol supplements for 1 week decreased levels of glutathione-S-transferases (GSTs), a family of enzymes involved in detoxification that’s often a marker of liver disease. Cloves are also high in antioxidants, which may help prevent liver disease due to their ability to help decrease oxidative stress.

  • Regulates blood sugar - Studies have shown that the compounds in cloves may help promote insulin production and lower blood sugar. Cloves and nigericin (a compound found in cloves) were found to increase the uptake of sugar from the blood into cells, increase the secretion of insulin, and improve the function of cells that produce insulin.

  • Promotes bone health - Studies show that clove extract and manganese may help increase bone mineral density. Clove extract high in eugenol improved several markers of osteoporosis and increased bone density and strength.

  • Reduces stomach ulcers - Stomach ulcers are most commonly caused by reductions in the protective lining of the stomach, which are due to factors like stress, infection, and genetics. Some studies show that clove extract and clove oil may increase the production of gastric mucus and help protect against stomach ulcers. Another study found that clove extract helped treat stomach ulcers and exhibited effects similar to those of several anti-ulcer medications.

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oregano
oregano plant

Oregano

  • Lightens Your Mood - Oregano has positive mood changing benefits due to the presence of its components, thymoquinone, and carvacrol. The research paper published in the British Journal of Nutrition has specified that this particular plant has mood-enhancing benefits.

  • Protects Damage Against Neurons - Research at a University in Greece found that the antioxidants in oregano provide effective protection against damage to neurons. This plant also contains antioxidants, which can fight against cancer and other heart diseases.

  • Improves Concentration - Oregano can enhance the promotion of alpha-1 and beta-1 brainwaves. The benefits of alpha-1 are highly helpful in reducing anxiety and improving learning, concentration, and relaxation.

  • Improves Sleep - The beta-1 waves, on the other hand, are associated with alertness. The other advantages of oregano are that it prevents the degradation of neurotransmitters such as noradrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin. These neurotransmitters are the ones which regulate day-to-day health activities such as appetite, sleep, anxiety, and moods.

  • Lessens Inflammation In The Brain - The oil of oregano contains fat-soluble terpenoids; these components can easily cross the blood-brain barrier and are active within the brain. It has been found to boost dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin. The oregano oil components actively reducing the inflammation of the brain, which can alleviate depression and boosts the mood.

chamomile

Chamomile

  • Insomnia - Chamomile is one of the most widely used alternative therapies for promoting sleep and treating insomnia. One study reported that apigenin, a component of chamomile, binds at the same receptor sites in the brain as benzodiazepines like Valium. Another study showed that chamomile extract at a dose of 300mg caused a significant shortening in how long it took participants to fall asleep.

  • Anxiety - Research has shown chamomile to have meaningful benefits when it comes to reducing anxiety. The first controlled clinical trial of chamomile extract in 2009 found it may have a modest anti-anxiety effect in people with mild-to-moderate general anxiety disorder, one of the most common anxiety disorders. In addition to soothing anxiety, research shows chamomile extract may also have antidepressant effects as well.

  • Digestive Issues - Preliminary studies suggest that chamomile inhibits Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that can contribute to stomach ulcers. Chamomile is believed to be helpful in reducing smooth muscle spasms associated with various gastrointestinal inflammatory disorders such as IBS.

  • Wound Healing - Topically applied chamomile may be able to speed wound healing. Studies show that substances in chamomile can kill viruses and bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, the cause of staph infections. It can also reduce inflammation, and prevent and treat the growth of ulcers. One small study, highlighted how a combination of lavender and chamomile healer chronic leg ulcers of the participants. Researchers reported that four of the five patients in the group had complete healing of the wounds, with the fifth patient making progress towards a recovery.

  • Eczema - Chamomile is often used to treat mild skin irritations, including sunburn, rashes, sores, and even eye inflammations.

  • Diabetes - Some studies have found that chamomile tea can lower blood sugar in people with diabetes. In one study, 64 participants consumed chamomile tea three times a day over an eight week period. All 64 participants saw a significant decrease in markers for diabetes as well as total cholesterol. It also exhibited some anti-obesity activity. 

  • Oral Health - Some preliminary studies that evaluated the efficacy of chamomile mouthwash found that it significantly reduced gingivitis and plaque in comparison to controls, due to it's antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities.

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tumeric
ground turmeric spice

Tumeric

  • Depression - Turmeric contains an active compound, curcumin, that has been shown to scavenge free radicals that create inflammation. By reducing oxidative stress, they can also reduce inflammation, which of course is largely connected to depression. A 2017 review Trusted Source looked at all of the research on using turmeric to help treat depression. It found that curcumin is a safe and effective natural treatment option.

nettles

Nettles

  • Nutrient-rich and good for overall health - The high nutritional content of nettle accounts for many of its advantages. It includes vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and folate, and other B vitamins, as well as calcium and iron that are easily absorbed. Magnesium, potassium, protein, beta-carotene, and chlorophyll are among the other nutrients. Stinging nettle includes polyphenols and has a high antioxidant value of which aids in the body's defence against free radicals, which can cause aging, some forms of cancer, and other disorders. Research suggests that polyphenol help prevent and manage inflammatory disorders, such as some forms of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Several minerals and vitamins in nettle can be beneficial for individuals recuperating from illness or stress. Plants seldom contain vitamins D or K2, which makes nettle unique. It contains approximately three times your daily intake of vitamin A in only one cup. Iron and vitamin C improve iron-deficiency anemia.

  • Natural Antihistamine - Stinging nettles may have anti-inflammatory and antiallergy qualities, notably in the case of hay fever. These substances in nettle work with the body's natural reaction to pollen and other allergens stopping nasal congestion and watery eyes.

  • Gout - People with high uric acid levels may benefit from stinging nettles. Gout occurs when uric acid accumulates and crystallizes in and around the joints, producing inflammation and agonizing pain. Stinging nettles can help eliminate excess uric acid and alleviate certain symptoms of the condition. 

  • Urinary tract infections - Along with vitamin C and cranberries, drinking stinging nettle tea or using stinging nettle tincture can help cure a bladder infection by reducing inflammation in the bladder or urethra. Both encourage urine to flush out infection-causing germs.

  • May help treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) - Studies suggest that stinging nettle helps reduce the enlargement of the prostate in people with BPH by changing hormone levels or interacting with prostate cells and alleviating other symptoms.

  • Fingernails - Because nettles include silica and other minerals required for nail production, taking a nettle tincture or drinking a cup of nettle tea every day may encourage healthy nail growth.

  • Skin and hair - Nettle is a natural skin and hair beautifier due to its nourishing and anti-inflammatory effects. It has been proved to help clean up acne and eczema, as well as stimulate thicker, shinier hair, and new hair development. It boosts scalp blood circulation that promotes hair growth.

  • Benefits women’s health - Stinging nettle's minerals and chemicals are especially useful to women at all stages of life. Nettle can improve the general health of the female reproductive system and is frequently included in postmenstrual syndrome, fertility, and menopause blends. Nettle can also aid with exhaustion caused by iron deficiency due to a heavy menstrual cycle and pregnancy. It can help breastfeeding mothers enhance their breast milk by providing extra nutrients during pregnancy and lactation.

  • Blood pressure - Nettle offers several nutritional properties that are beneficial to the cardiovascular system. They have been utilized in orthodox and alternative medicine to reduce inflammation and enhance cardiovascular health factors including blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • Blood sugar control - Nettles have been found in studies to protect against hyperglycaemia by lowering fasting blood glucose levels. Nettles are also known to enhance insulin release by the pancreatic islets of Langerhans. Some researchers think that the processes are linked to flavonoids in nettles, which include tannins and carotenoids with antioxidant capabilities.

  • Anticancer properties - Nettles include anticancer substances (such as lectins) and flavonoids (quercetin and beta-sitosterol). They help reduce inflammatory indicators, which are anti-cancer qualities.

  • Autoimmune disease - Nettles and nettle extract are often used in topical treatments to treat autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, due to their possible anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities. According to research, nettles may be an effective and safe supplementary therapy for various inflammatory autoimmune illnesses.

  • Supports eye health - Beta-carotene and vitamin A have been proved to preserve eye health. The beta-carotene content of nettle leaves is 10 times that of wheat and barley flour. This vitamin is essential to maintaining a healthy retina and ensuring an adequate response to light.

  • Reduces risk of infection - According to research, nettle tea possesses antimicrobial, antiulcer, and antibacterial characteristics that may help prevent infection. Researchers have discovered that nettle was useful to avoid alcohol-related ulcers. It efficiently inhibited certain bacteria known to cause human health issues.

  • Protects heart health - Nettle may help protect from cardiovascular illness, such as blood clots and high blood pressure. It also includes phenolic chemicals that help prevent heart disease. Those that take nettle may have reduced blood pressure, which decreases the burden on the heart. Nettle anti-inflammatory effects help reduce inflammation in the arteries and blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and prevent heart disease.

  • Kidney and gallbladder health - Nettle is an excellent diuretic and may lower the risk of kidney and gallbladder stones. Additionally, being a diuretic, stinging nettle helps eliminate harmful substances, including pathogens, rapidly and guards against bladder infections.

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Ashwagandha

  • May help reduce stress and anxiety - Ashwagandha is perhaps best known for its ability to reduce stress. It’s classified as an adaptogen, a substance that helps the body cope with stress. In further detail it appears to help control mediators of stress, including heat shock proteins (Hsp70), cortisol, and stress-activated c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase (JNK-1) It also reduces the activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, a system in your body that regulates the stress response. Several studies have shown that ashwagandha supplements may help relieve stress and anxiety. In a small study with 58 participants, those who took 250 or 600 mg of ashwagandha extract for 8 weeks had significantly reduced perceived stress and levels of the stress hormone cortisol compared with those who took a placebo. What’s more, the participants who took the ashwagandha supplements experienced significant improvements in sleep quality compared with the placebo group.

  • May benefit athletic performance Research has shown that ashwagandha may have beneficial effects on athletic performance and may be a worthwhile supplement for athletes. One analysis of research included 12 studies in men and women who took ashwagandha doses between 120 mg and 1,250 mg per day. The results suggest the herb may enhance physical performance, including strength and oxygen use during exercise. Additionally, ashwagandha may help increase muscle strength. In one study, male participants who took 600 mg of ashwagandha per day and participated in resistance training for 8 weeks had significantly greater gains in muscle strength and size compared with a placebo group.

  • May reduce symptoms of some mental health conditions Some evidence suggests that ashwagandha may help reduce symptoms of other mental health conditions, including depression, in certain populations. In one study, researchers looked at the effects of ashwagandha in 66 people with schizophrenia who were experiencing depression and anxiety. They found that participants who took 1,000 mg of ashwagandha extract daily for 12 weeks had greater reductions in depression and anxiety than those who took a placebo. What’s more, findings from another study suggest that taking ashwagandha may help improve total symptoms and perceived stress in people with schizophrenia. Limited research from 2013 also suggests that ashwagandha may help improve cognitive impairment in people with bipolar disorder.

  • May help boost testosterone and increase fertility in men - Ashwagandha supplements have been shown in some studies to benefit male fertility and increase testosterone levels. In one study, 43 overweight men ages 40–70 who had mild fatigue took tablets containing ashwagandha extract or a placebo daily for 8 weeks. The ashwagandha treatment was associated with an 18% greater increase in DHEA-S, a sex hormone involved in testosterone production. Participants who took the herb also had a 14.7% greater increase in testosterone than those who took the placebo.

  • May reduce blood sugar levels - Evidence suggests that ashwagandha may have some benefits for people with diabetes or high blood sugar levels. A review of 24 studies, including 5 clinical studies in people with diabetes, found that treatment with ashwagandha significantly reduced blood sugar, haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), insulin, blood lipids, and oxidative stress markers. It’s believed that certain compounds within ashwagandha, including one called withaferin A (WA), have powerful antidiabetic activity and may help stimulate your cells to take in glucose from your bloodstream.

  • May reduce inflammation - Ashwagandha contains compounds, including WA, that may help reduce inflammation in the bodyResearchers have found that WA targets inflammatory pathways in the body, including signal molecules called nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) and nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2). Studies have shown that WA may also help reduce levels of inflammatory proteins such as interleukin-10 (IL-10).There’s some evidence that ashwagandha may help reduce inflammatory markers in humans too. In one study from 2008, adults experiencing stress took ashwagandha extract for 60 days. As a result, they had significant reductions in C-reactive protein — an inflammatory marker — compared with those who consumed a placebo.

  • May improve brain function, including memory - Taking ashwagandha may benefit cognitive function. One review that included five clinical studies noted there was early evidence that ashwagandha could improve cognitive functioning in certain populations, including older adults with mild cognitive impairment and people with schizophrenia. Cognitive functions it may benefit includedExecutive functioningAttentionReaction timePerformance on cognitive tasks

  • May help improve sleep Many people take ashwagandha to promote restful sleep, and some evidence suggests it may help with sleep issues. For example, a study in 50 adults ages 65–80 found that taking 600 mg of ashwagandha root per day for 12 weeks significantly improved sleep quality and mental alertness upon waking compared with a placebo treatment. Additionally, one review of five high quality studies found that ashwagandha had a small but significant positive effect on overall sleep quality. Taking ashwagandha reduced people’s anxiety levels and helped them feel more alert when they woke up. The researchers noted that results were more pronounced in people with insomnia and in those who took more than 600 mg daily for 8 weeks or longer.

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Burdock Root

Burdock root has been identified as a potential powerhouse of health benefits due to its high antioxidant content. Compounds like quercetin, luteolin and phenolic acids work together in to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals while also providing relief for several medical conditions.​ The best way to maximize their potential is to incorporate them into your daily health routine. Enjoying a cup of burdock root each day can provide all the essential nutrients and benefits your body needs for optimal health. It also has Vitamin B-6, Iron and Manganese may be boosted as well.

  • Eczema Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes dry, itchy, and irritated patches of skin. Burdock root can help soothe the symptoms of eczema by soothing inflammation and encouraging healing. It also helps to restore the natural moisture barrier of your skin, allowing it to protect itself against further irritation. It also helps to improve circulation, allowing more blood to flow into the affected areas and providing relief. From both itching a redness symptoms associated with eczema. Try adding this to your daily health regimen for fast, long-lasting relief from eczema.

  • Hair Loss - Hair loss is a common condition that affects both men and women. Burdock root can help slow down the progression of balding, as it contains several compounds that are known to strengthen hair follicles and nourish the scalp. The antioxidants can also protect against oxidative damage caused by environmental factors. Like the sun exposure and pollution, helping to keep your hair looking healthy and vibrant. Centuries ago, Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners prescribed a cup of burdock tea to promote skin health and overall well-being. Today, this ancient solution stands the test of time with its lasting benefits still enjoyed by many.

  • Weight Loss - Burdock root can help support weight loss by promoting healthy digestion, as it is rich in prebiotic fibre. Prebiotics feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Its helping to keep your digestive system functioning optimally for better absorption of essential nutrients. Additionally, it can support your metabolism and aid in fat burning, making it an ideal choice for anyone looking to shed a few extra pounds. This is done by activating natural metabolic processes, Lipolysis helps the body to tap into its fat stores efficiently. It leads to a faster breakdown of fats from the food. Various studies have reaffirmed the anti-obesity effects of Burdock Root, with this study focusing on its ability to trigger AMP-activated protein kinase in HepG2 cells. These results demonstrate how powerful and effective this ingredient can be as part of a weight management regime.

  • Arthritis - Arthritis is a common condition that affects the joints, causing pain and inflammation. Burdock root tea’s anti-inflammatory properties can help to alleviate joint pain and reduce swelling associated with arthritis. It also boosts circulation to affected areas. By allowing more oxygen and nutrients to be delivered directly to the site of inflammation for faster healing. Additionally, burdock root tea contains Vitamin C, which has been shown to strengthen bones and improve joint health. Furthermore, its high antioxidant content works to protect against oxidative damage caused by free radicals that could potentially worsen arthritic symptoms. In a Study, patients with degenerative joint disease may find relief from their symptoms through the beneficial properties of burdock root. According to an International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases study, this herb has been shown to reduce inflammation levels and oxidative stress in knee osteoarthritis sufferers. After consuming three cups of burdock root tea daily for 42 days. These individuals suffering from osteoarthritis experienced a notable reduction in inflammatory markers such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. This demonstrates that the ancient tonic could be an effective method to reduce inflammation and improve symptoms associated with this condition.

  • Acne Benefits - Acne is a common skin condition characterized by pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Burdock root can help to clear up acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness and swelling. It also contains powerful antioxidants that protect the skin from oxidative damage and can even help speed up the healing time of existing blemishes. Burdock root also boosts circulation in the skin, delivering more oxygen and nutrients to affected areas for faster healing. And since it is a natural antimicrobial, it helps to kill off bacteria that can cause breakouts. All in all, burdock root as part of your daily health regimen may help keep your skin looking and feeling healthy!

  • Managing Diabetes - Diabetes is a chronic condition in which blood sugar levels are consistently high. Burdock root may be beneficial for people with diabetes as it helps to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation. The polyphenols present in the root can also help to improve insulin sensitivity, thus helping the body to better process glucose from food intake. Furthermore, burdock root contains prebiotic fibre that works to promote healthy digestion and gut health. Two key factors for those living with diabetes. Studies have also shown that having healthier intestines can lead to lower overall blood glucose levels in people living with type 2 diabetes. Burdock root has been studied for its potential to fight diabetes-related complications. Its most notable impact was in decreasing the severity of diabetic retinopathy, suggesting the possibility of a more promising future in treating this disorder.

  • Managing Blood Pressure - Blood pressure is the measurement of the force of your blood against the walls of your arteries. High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when this pressure gets too high and causes complications such as the increased risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease. Burdock root contains Vitamin C, magnesium and potassium which are all known to help reduce blood pressure levels. Additionally, its polyphenols have been shown to improve circulation by widening blood vessels thus allowing for a smoother flow of nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.

  • Antioxidants - Burdock root has been shown to contain multiple types of powerful antioxidants, including quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids. Antioxidants protect cells in the body from damage due to free radicals. They can help treat and prevent several different health conditions. Antioxidants can also help to reduce inflammation. One study found that burdock root reduced inflammatory markers in the blood of patients with osteoarthritis.

  • Inhibit Cancer - Burdock root, as it turns out, may not only purify the blood, but it may also inhibit certain types of cancer. Research has also found that burdock had “potent inhibitory effects” on cancer growth caused by cancers like pancreatic carcinoma. Another study found burdock root significantly interfered with cancer cell growth.

  • It may be an aphrodisiac - Another possible use of burdock root is as an aphrodisiac. In a recent study, it was found that the extract of burdock root had an aphrodisiac effect. The extract enhanced sexual function and increased the amount of sexual behaviour in the males was noted throughout.

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Mugwort

Historically, Mugwort was used as a herbal inhibitor for women’s menstrual cycles and helped provide menopause relief. In some cases, mugwort was successful in a method called moxibustion, which used most notably for reversing the breach position of foetuses before birth and alleviating joint pain. The leaves of one species of the plant, A. douglasiana, has been used as a preventative method before being exposed to poison oak, plus it’s been used as a natural bug repellent. The plant contains high levels of antioxidants, which help to alleviate digestive and intestinal issues like ulcers, vomiting, nausea and constipation. It’s even been known to elicit intense and vivid dreams. Components of mugwort are also being tested and studied as a possible alternative treatment for some cancers.

 

  • Reversing Breech Birth Position - In most cases, when a baby is just a few weeks shy of entering the world, the head of the baby will naturally begin moving toward the birth canal to prepare for delivery. But in approximately 1 out of every 25 full-term births, that does not happen. This is called a breech birth. Ancient Chinese medicine starting using a method called moxibustion as a natural solution to this dangerous situation. So what is moxibustion? The leaves of the mugwort plant are formed into a short stick or cone and burned over the points of acupuncture, which inhibits the release of energy and circulates blood by creating a warming effect on the acupuncture site. When moxibustion is being used to reverse a foetus in breech, the procedure stimulates a specific acupuncture point, BL67, located near the toenail of the fifth toe, creating blood circulation and energy that result in an increase in foetal movements. According to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, 75 percent of 130 foetuses reversed positions after the mother was treated with moxibustion.

  • Soothing and Treating Joint Pain - Mugwort in conjunction with the moxibustion technique not only succeeds with stimulating foetal movement inside the womb — it’s also a successful therapy for certain forms of arthritis. In one study, the same ancient Chinese technique was blind tested on participants with osteoarthritis. Out of 110 patients, half were given the real deal moxibustion treatment, and the other half were given the placebo version three times a week for six weeks. Neither the patients, not the practitioners knew which patient was receiving which treatment. The results? At the end of the treatment, there was a 53 percent reduction in pain for participants in the moxibustion group and only a 24 percent reduction in pain within the group who received the placebo. Knee function also improved 51 percent in the moxibustion group and only increased 13 percent in the placebo group. The effects of the therapy were not necessarily permanent, but the results are certainly promising. 

  • Attacking Cancerous Cells and Malaria - Completed and current ongoing studies on the possible uses of mugwort indicate that links to the fundamental component of the plant, artemisinins, as being toxic to certain cancer cells. Relatedly, mugwort is a naturally occurring anti-malarial. As scientists have continued to study the components that effect malaria, they’ve found links to artemisinins targeting mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum and the lysosome. Cancer cells contain a higher level of iron then healthy cells do, which in turn, makes them more susceptible to the toxicity in artemisinin. In one study, scientists paired the iron heavy cancerous cells with the artemisinin. Once the combination was inside the cells, the result was enhanced toxicity — which means, more potential killing capacity towards the cancer. In the exact words of the hypothesis: “This tagged-compound could potentially develop into an effective chemotherapeutic agent for cancer treatment.” 

  • Lucid Dreams - Dreams are an opportunity for the subconscious to go to work on the troubles and lessons of the day and integrate them into the deeper mind. They can serve as a form of emotional detoxification, in which highly reactive elements are broken down or joined with other complexes to be eliminated, rendered inert, or made newly useful. Dreams are also regarded as an indicator of sleep quality. People with poor-quality, restless sleep will either dream intensely and disruptively – often as nightmares – or else dream not at all. The latter is more likely when sleep is unsatisfactory on a chronic, ongoing basis.

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