Description:This valuable medicinal tree is native to the Pacific Coast of North America and a few temperate areas of old growth forests on the west side of the Rocky Mountain range. The small shrub or tree stands six to eighteen feet tall. The leaves are dark green and oblong with prominent veins. The flowers are small, greenish-white and found in small clusters. Round black berries follow the flowers. Cascara can be found in relatively moist, low-lying, forested habitats from British Columbia to California and east to Montana. The bark is stripped from the branches of this tree in the spring and autumn and left to age for at least one year.
Constituents: Up to fifteen anthraquinone glycosides, consisting of the cascarosides A, B, C and D, which account for about 70% of the total with other glycosides in minor concentrations, including barbaloin, frangulin, chrysaloin; glycosides based on emodin, aloe emodin, emodin oxanthrone, and chrysophanol; dianthrones including the heterodianthrones palmidin A, B and C and the freeaglycones.
It stimulates the flow of bile, a fluid that aids fat digestion, which is why it's used for liver and gallbladder disorders. Dandelion has scientifically documented potent diuretic properties. It relieves constipation and eases bloating and swelling. Dandelion may also be used in inflammation and congestion of liver and gall-bladder. It is specific in cases of congestive jaundice.
aid – Dandelion root has been
traditionally used for preventing and treating cancer of most types. As a preventative, incorporate Dandelion root
into your daily regime in the form of
tea, tincture, capsules or coffee.
The average dosage as a preventative is 2 tsp. of the ground powdered
root, 2 tsp. tinctured root or two cups of Dandelion coffee daily. Triple the dosage if working with active
aid – A tea of the leaves (3 tsp. per cup) and capsule of the dried root
has proven effective for treating chronic skin eruptions. Take 2 cups of leaf tea and 6 capsules of the
dried root daily.
aid – Since dandelion stimulates the
gall-bladder, it can also help with chronic gastritis which often results from
gall-bladder conditions. One to 1 ½ tsp.
of root simmered 10 minutes in boiling hot water should be taken before meals.
aid – is a leading remedy for an ailing liver. It stimulates the flow of
bile, a fluid that aids fat digestion, which is why it's used for liver and
gallbladder disorders. Dandelion has scientifically documented potent diuretic
properties. It relieves constipation and eases bloating and swelling. Dandelion
root may also be used in inflammation and congestion of liver and gall-bladder.
It is specific in cases of congestive jaundice. Take ½ to 1 tsp. of tinctured
root or 3 capsules of the dried powdered root three times a day.
– Dandelion is one of the most valuable general tonic herbs. It can be taken in large quantities over a
long period of time since it has never been know to produce toxic effects. As a general tonic for overall health--but
specifically the liver, blood and urinary system--take 1 tsp. of tincture of
leaves and roots daily.
Dried elderflowers, steeped in filtered water, makes an effective eyewash for red and irritated eyes. The most frequent use of Elderflower Tea is to stimulate sweating in dry fevers. Tea of the dried flowers also act as an antispasmodic and is therefore helpful in treating stomach cramps.
Constituents: Flowers contain triterpenes including ursolic acid, three-0-[[beta]]-hydroxyursolic acid, oleanolic acid, [[alpha]]- and - [[beta]]-amyrin and free and esterified sterols. Fixed oil, with fatty acidsmainly linoleic, linolenic and palmitic acids, alkanes.
Laxative – As a laxative, make tea using 2 tsp. of the dried needles per cup of boiling hot water. Drink one cup after morning and evening meals. Do not take for more than three consecutive days.
Constituents: Abietic-acid (resin), abietinolic-acid (resin), abietospirone (plant), alpha-&-beta-abietinolic-acid (resin), alpha-fenchene (leaf), alpha-phellandrene (leaf), alpha-pinene (plant), alpha-thujone (plant), beta-fenchene (leaf), beta-phellandrene (plant), beta-pinene (leaf), bornylene (leaf), camphene (leaf), cyclofenchene (leaf), decyl-aldehyde (leaf), delta-three-carene (leaf), EO (leaf), gamma-terpinene (leaf), L-alpha-pinene (leaf), L-bornyl-Acetate (leaf), L-Limonene (leaf), Laevopimaric-Acid (resin), lauraldehyde (leaf), limonere (leaf), maltol (plant), myrcene (leaf), neoabietinic-acid (resin), P-C\cymene (leaf), palustrinic-acid, alustrinic-acid (resin), sabinene (leaf), salicylic-acid (plant), santene (leaf), succinic-acid (resin), terpinolene (leaf), tricyclene (leaf).
Goldenrod tea is good for weak bowels and also strengthens bladder tone when the bladder has lost its muscular energies.
Goldenrod leave tea is also taken to dissolve kidney stones. Goldenrod flower tea is used for pollen allergies. Two to three weeks before pollen season drink 2 cups of the tea daily, using 2 tsp. dried flowers per 1 cup boiling-hot water. Continue drinking the tea until the pollen season has ended.
Goldenrod is a powerful digestive aid. It is also used to treat jaundice and other problems with the liver. For liver problems, as well as treating upper respiratory problems such as catarrh, two to three cups of tea are taken throughout the day.
Tea is wildcrafted from pristine alpine areas.
Cold Remedy – Horehound is a valuable plant in the treatment of bronchitis where there is a non-productive cough. It combines the action of relaxing the smooth muscles of the bronchus while promoting mucus production and thus expectoration. It is beneficial in the treatment of whooping cough. Horehound is also excellent when used with Mullein. Taken at the onset of cold symptoms it will quickly bring respiratory problems to a halt.
Cautions: Horehound preparations may interact with the drug hydroxytryptamine (antidepressant). Cardioactives in the herb may interfere with antiarrhythmic drugs, increase the risk of hypokalemia, antagonize beta-adrenoceptor blocking drugs, interact with depolarizing muscle relaxants and increase the risk of arrhythmias, interfere with nitrates and calcium-channel blockers, and cardioactives may increase the arrhythmogenic potential of terfenadine. Due to the diuretic action of Horehound the following drug interactions are possible: increased risk of toxicity with anti-inflammatory analgesics; if hypokalemia occurs possible antagonism with antiarrhythmics and potentiation of muscle relaxants; antagonizes antidiabetic (hypoglycemic) drugs; may potentiate and/or interfere with antihypertensives; may potentiate lithium therapy; when taken with corticosteroids there is a risk for hypokalemia; may potentiate other diuretics and increase the risk of hypokalemia. Preparations of this herb may antagonize antihypertensive drugs and nitrates and calcium-channel blockers, and when combined with sympathomimetics there is an increased risk of hypertension. Interferes with the absorption of iron and other minerals when taken internally. Possible adverse effects and/or overdose effects include dermatitis, irritation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting. Very large doses can cause arrhythmia.
Constituents: Marrubiin, a diterpene lactone, with premarrubiin; diterpene alcohols; marruciol, marrubenol, sclareol, peregrinin, dihydroperegrinin; volatile oil, containing [[alpha]]-pinene, sabinene, limonene, camphene, p-cymol, [[alpha]]-terpinolene; alkaloids; traces of betonicine and its isomer turicine; miscellaneous; choline, alkanes, phytosterols, tanins etc.
(Gnaphalium chilense). Weight of tea varies with herb. The tea is packed tightly in a 4 oz. tin with a clear see-through lid. Each tin makes approximately 20 cups of tea. Since Life Everlasting is astringent, a strong infusion is effective as a mouthwash and gargle for mouth and throat problems.
Astringent - A strong infusion of the tea is taken for bleeding from the rectum.
Cold remedy - The leaves and flowers act as an expectorant and are useful in treating colds. The herb most effective when mixed with Mullein and Horehound.
Febrifuge - The hot tea is helpful in easing mild fevers.
The dried flowers are also used as a sedative filling for herbal pillows.
(Pinus contorta). 4 oz. tin with clear see-through lid. Makes approximately 20 cups of tea. This tea has been used naturapathically as a reliable diuretic plus kidney and urinary tract support; it also gently soothes symptoms of colds nad flu. Its mild action and pleasant taste also makes it a good sipping tea.
Some of the active constituents found in the leave (needles) of Pinus contorta include monolignol and dilignol glycosides.
Anemia – Nettle is a very high source of digestible iron, which makes it a valuable herb in treating anemia as well as fatigue.
Diabetes – Stinging Nettle has been used to help lower blood sugar levels, and is especially effective when combined with Huckleberry leaves.
Hemorrhage (internal) – An infusion of the plant is valuable in stemming internal bleeding, excessive menstruation and hemorrhoids.
Constituents: Two-methylhepten-(two)-on-(six), five-hydroxytryptamine, acetic-acid, acetophenone, acetylcholine, apha-tocopherol, beta-carotene, betaine, bromine, butyric-acid, caffeic-acid, calcium, chlorophylls, choline, chromium, ferulic-acid, fluorine, folacin, formic-acid, glycerol, histamine, koproporphyrin, lecithin, mucilage, p-coumaric-acid, protoporphyrin, scopoletin, serotonin, SFA, silicon, sitosterol, sitosterol-glucoside, violaxanthin, and xanthophyllepoxide.
Pipsissewa is a common alpine plant that forms colonies. This stout, slightly woody dwarf is an evergreen shrub that spreads from a creeping rhizome. The leaves are in whorls, narrowly oblong and sharply toothed, bright green and shiny above. The flowers are saucer-shaped with five pink, waxy petals surrounding a plump green ovary and ten reddish stamens. Several fragrant flowers nod atop the stems. Pipsissewa is widespread and common at sub-alpine elevations on mossy, well-drained sites, in coniferous forests.
Constituents: Ursolic acid, hydroquinones (arbutin, chimophilin, ericolin), flavonoids (avicularin, kaempferol), triterpenes (ursolic acid, taraxasterol), phenols, methyl salicylate, essential oil, and tannins.
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