Herbs

Ginseng, Echinacea and so much more...

Herbs such as Ginseng and Echinacea have been used for thousands of years to help maintain good health. They include leaves, bark, berries, roots, gums, seeds, stems and flowers. Below is a brief list of the most popular herbs found here at Supplement Central.

ALFALFA (mendicago sativa)

The parts of the alfalfa plant that are used are its leaves. In the Middle East, alfalfa is known as the "father of all herbs." Alfalfa is one of the most nutritious plants on earth and its leaves are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamins A, B-12, C, D, E and K. Alfalfa has also been found to contain all eight essential amino acids. It even contains fluoride which can help prevent tooth decay. Alfalfa is one of the highest fibrous herbs in existence and we are unable to digest its raw leaves. For centuries, Native Americans ground its seeds to be used as flour or boiled its leaves and ate them like greens.

ALOE VERA (aloe barbadenis)

The parts of this plant that are used are its leaves. There are nearly 200 species of this member of the Lily family, found in African deserts and the islands of Aruba and Barbados. Since ancient times Aloe, recognized as an analgesic, has been used to treat burns. Aloe has also been used to treat other skin conditions such as scrapes, sunburns and insect bites. Aloe is a common ingredient in cosmetics and lotions because it naturally balances the pH of the skin. Internally, it has been used as a mild laxative and studies are being done on the use of aloe to enhance the immune system.

BURDOCK ROOT

Is an excellent blood purifier and cleanser; aids in healing skin blemishes, arthritis & rheumatism; promotes healthy kidney function.

CAPSICUM or Cayenne (capsicum frutescens)

The part of this plant that is used is its fruit. Capsicum or Cayenne, derived from chili peppers, is highly nutritious, containing Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins as well as iron, calcium, and phosphorous. The red color of many chili peppers is due to their high Vitamin A content. Traditionally, chili peppers have been used in condiments to promote digestion and are believed to cleanse the blood. Capsicum has also been used as a gargle to treat throat conditions and research is currently being done on its use as an anti-inflammatory and to relieve sore muscles.

DAMIANA (Turnera diffusa)

Damiana has nerve tonic, anti-depressant, urinary antiseptic, aphrodisiac, and laxative properties, and may be useful for strengthening the nervous system, anxiety, depression, female libido, strengthening male sexual system, asthma, bronchitis, neurosis, and sexual disorders.

DANDELION ROOT (Taraxacum Officinale)

Dandelion Root is naturally rich in potassium has been used traditionally as a liver tonic, diuretic, and blood cleanser; helpful for treating water retention, inflammation, and congestion and disorders of the liver and gallbladder.

DONG QUAI (angelica sinensis)

Dong Quai has been used traditionally for female gynecological ailments including painful menstrual cramps, hot flashes, insomnia, irregular menstruation, menopausal symptoms, amenorrhoea, anemia, bruising, constipation and should be avoided during pregnancy.

ECHINACEA

Is the most effective blood & lymphatic cleanser in the botanical kingdom; its acts as a natural antibiotic and works like penicillin in the body with no side effects; aids in reducing fever, infections, bad breath & mucous buildup.

GARLIC (allium sativum)

Garlic cloves have been used for thousands of years and their use has been recorded in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Japan, India, Russia and Europe. Garlic was dedicated by Roman soldiers to Mars, their god of war. It has been used to ward off demons. It has been known as "Russian penicillin" and has been used to treat ear infections, cholera and typhus. Known as a natural anti-biotic, garlic was used during both world wars to disinfect wounds. This anti-oxidant is also believed to help lower cholesterol. Garlic contains an antimicrobial agent known as allicin and can easily be added to many foods. Research is now being done on the treatment of cancers with garlic.

GINGER (zangiber officinale)

The rhizome of ginger is used not only as a flavoring for drinks like ginger ale but has also been used as an herbal remedy for asthma and coughs related to inflammation or allergies. There are over 80 species of ginger, historically found in China, Japan, Australia and Hawaii. Ginger has been used to treat nausea, indigestion, cramps, migraine headaches and to lower blood cholesterol and as a cleanser.

GINSENG (panax ginseng)

The part of this plant that is used is the root. Panax comes from the Greek for "panacea" meaning "all healing." In the Ginseng family there are American, Korean, Chinese and Siberian ginsengs. A Chinese text dating from the First Century A.D. describes ginseng as "enlightening to the mind and increasing the wisdom." Russian folklore promotes ginseng as a stimulant and immunity booster. Ginseng is believed to enhance physical and mental endurance, increase energy, reduce cholesterol, to support adrenal function, to reduce stress and regulate blood sugar.

GOLDENSEAL (Hydrastis canadensis)

A wild perennial herb native to North America. The Native Americans used Goldenseal internationally as a medicine, and externally as a wash. They also used the root to make dye. While both the herb and the root are useful herbal supplements, the thick-knotted yellow root is more potent, having a higher alkaloid content, than the herb (leaves, stems and flowers).

GOTU KOLA (hydrocotyle asiatica or centella asiatica)

The whole gotu kola plant has been widely used in India and Fiji to treat skin inflammations, to improve blood circulation, to aid in the treatment of bloating, congestion and depression.

HAWTHORNE BERRIES (crataegus oxyacantha)

The parts of the Hawthorne tree used are its flowers, leaves and berries. Rich in bioflavonoids, hawthorne berries have been used for thousands of years in China to treat indigestion and is widely known as a diuretic. Since the 17th century, hawthorne has been used to treat various heart conditions and today is believed to lower blood pressure.

LICORICE

Expels mucous from the respiratory tract aids in healing hoarseness, hypoglycemia, coughs & constipation; promotes healthy adrenal glands; acts as a sexual stimulant; helps increase endurance & vitality; helps in reducing skin blemishes (age spots).

MA HAUNG

A stimulant of the adrenal glands; helps increase energy level; aids in healing asthma, bronchitis, lung, coughs & congestive disorders.

ROSE HIPS (rosa canina)

Rose hips are the fruit of a rose that develop after the peddles have fallen. They were used in Britain during World War II to prevent scurvy during a shortage of citrus fruit. Since then, rose hips have been used as a source of Vitamin C and in fact, have up to 60 times the Vitamin C of citrus fruit as well as containing the bioflavonoids that aid in the absorption of Vitamin C. Used to fight infection & curb stress. It is the highest herb in Vitamin C content and contains the entire C-Complex.

Proper nutrition and a balanced diet supplement is essential. When this is accomplished, any individual can enhance their health. At Supplement Central, it is easy to find just what you need and get information about herbs including ginseng and Echinacea and other natural supplements. If you have questions, or are ready to start experiencing these benefits in your life contact us today.

 

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