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Birch

is high in betulin and betulinic acid, and as such its leaves, sap, and bark are useful for many purposes. Its most notable qualities are as a diuretic (removing waste without damaging the kidneys), diaphoretic (opening up the sweat glands), antiseptic, astringent, anti-rheumatic and inflammation reducer.

 

It has been used since antiquity in many cultures all over the world. Russians have long been using it for healthy skin, as they believed the skin was structured in barky layers much like the birch tree. Germans drink it in tea to cleanse the blood, muscles and joints due to its non-irritating diuretic properties. Finally, Native Americans also used it for the skin, applying it to cuts, ulcers, and other skin ailments.

CBN

These days all you hear about is CBD, cannabidiol, the isolated phytocannabinoid from the hemp and cannabis plant. But did you know that the same plant contains a total of 112 other phytocannabinoids?

 

One of these is CBN, the little sister of CBD that doesn’t get enough attention. Unlike CBD, which is used by many people to give a little kick, CBN will give you a feeling of peace and calmness throughout the day and help you to sleep better at night, without any perceptible drowsiness that so often comes with sleeping remedies.

Skullcap

Skullcaps, known scientifically as Scutellaria and in the mint family of herbs, are one of the most common herbal remedies dating back thousands of years.

 

In Chinese medicine, it is employed as a remedy for hepatitis, diarrhea and inflammation. Native Americans used it to treat gynaecological conditions, as well as in teas for general health. Today, it is used in the same ways in western herbalism, as well as to treat anxiety and muscle tension.

Melatonin

Melatonin is a naturally-produced hormone in the human body created by the pineal gland. Its sole purpose is sleep regulation, helping your body know when it should sleep and when it should wake up.

 

For some of us though, it seems to be slacking off on the job. We need to give it a little supplemental boost! You are sure to notice an improvement in your bedtime routine with this in your diet.

Vitamin E

What more needs to be said about Vitamin E? It’s a staple in any modern diet, and one of the major vitamins everyone should be sure to get enough of.

 

It aids in cancer prevention, cholesterol reduction, inflammation reduction, nervous system protection and even slows the aging process. Yes, that means less risk of cardiovascular diseases, dementia, and many other diseases!

Dong Quai

Angelica sinensis, commonly known as dong quai or female ginseng, is a herb belonging to the same family of plants as carrots and celery. It is indigenous to the cool mountainous regions of China, Japan and Korea.

 

It has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to aid women to have healthy blood. It has been shown to ease PMS, menopause, cramping and also help pregnancy related issues. It is for these reasons that it gained the popular nickname female ginseng.

Calcium Citrate

Every woman knows the importance of supplementing calcium in their diet, especially during pregnancy. The form found in most supplements is calcium carbonate, but calcium citrate shouldn’t be neglected.

 

Its uses include treating bone loss, fragile bones (rickets), nourishing the parathyroid gland, and at least one muscular disease (latent tetany), as well as functioning as a general calcium supplement.

Oregano

The ancient Greeks and Romans associated oregano with happiness and joy. In fact, the meaning of the word comes from the Greek words “oros,” meaning mountain, and “ganos,” meaning joy. Who doesn’t love mountain joy!

Oregano is an antioxidant and more recently has been shown to serve antibacterial functions. Its uses include treating skin sores, aching muscles, cramping, diarrhea, asthma, the common cold and general healthiness. It works, just ask the Greeks!

Black Cohosh

Actaea racemosa, more commonly known as black cohosh, black bugbane, black snakeroot or fairy candle, is an herb native to North America, used by Native Americans dating back centuries to treat gynaecological issues.

 

It has great effect in treating PMS, cramping, and pregnancy related issues.  It began to see use by European women in the mid-1950s and has remained popular since.

Bistort and Yarrow

Bistort, also known as snakeroot, is a European herb that only recently has been introduced more internationally. Yarrow has a similar history, being native in the Northern hemisphere in Europe. Yarrow goes by many other names such as nosebleed plant, old man’s pepper, and soldier’s woundwort, to name a few.

 

These both are known for their astrigence, being high in tannic and gallic acids, and as such they are useful in treating bleeding disorders, internal and external. For instance, they may be used to treat wounds, bleeding gums, and to regulate blood flow and internal bleeding.

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s wort has a history dating back to classical antiquity. The red, oily extract has been used to treat wounds for millenia, including by the Order of St. John, from which it derives its name.

 

Its chemical contents hypericin and hyperforin contain antibiotic properties, and it is also used to treat depression, general mood regulation, and menopause symptoms.

Clary Sage

There’s an interesting story behind the name of this one. Clary seeds have a mucilaginous coat, in other words they bind themselves to small particles. For this reason, it was often placed in someone’s eye with a foreign object in it, wherein it would adhere to the foreign object making removal much easier. For this reason we call it Clary, meaning “clear-eye.”

 

Today, we use the oil from the seeds to treat depression, as an anti-inflammatory, to improve digestion, as an antibacterial, for stress relief, and for improved circulation.

Hemp Seed

This and the stalky cannabis sativa plant it grows are responsible for CBD, CBN, THC and so many of the other chemicals we use today. But in seed form, they have a different purpose entirely!

 

These small, brown seeds are high in protein, fiber and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. They have antioxidant effects and help to reduce symptoms of many different problems, as well as improving the health of your heart, skin and joints.

MSM, GABA, PGA

 

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) and PGA (polyglycolide), what a mouthful! While all three chemicals occur naturally in various forms, these are isolated to get the most out of them in combination with each other.

 

All of these are chosen to reduce symptoms of PMS, aid in relaxation, promote lean muscle growth and fat burning, stabilize blood pressure, relieve pain and arthritic problems, and even serve as a supplemental source for sulfur.