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(Taraxicum officinale) occurs naturally in Asia but is now a
common plant everywhere. Its medicinal virtues were probably
introduced in Europe by the Arabs in the 10th Century. Known
principally as a weed, dandelion has an astonishing range of
health benefits. The leaves, which can be eaten in salads, are a
powerful diuretic. The roots act as a "blood purifier" that helps
both kidneys and the liver to remove impurities from the blood.
This effect seems to be due to its potassium content. It also acts
like a mild laxative and improves appetite and digestion. Uses:
diuretic, digestive, antibiotic, bitter with an affinity
for the liver and bladder, mapped tongue, hysterical tympanites,
frequent urination, impatience and irritability, sternomastoid
muscle very painful to touch, headaches due to liver disturbances,
cold finger tips, neuralgia of knee, night-sweats, cancerous
conditions, general debility, diabetes, gallstones, liver
disorders, rheumatism, and Typhoid fever.
Dandelion is sacred to
the Greek lunar goddess Hecate. The root is used to call forth
spirits to fulfill wishes and foretell the future. When the root
is roasted and ground like coffee, the infusion not only increases
oneís psychic powers but also is said to open a doorway through
which all-knowing spirits from the Other Side can travel. The
Latin name means ďthe official remedy for disordersĒ, and shows
how honored Dandelion has been for many different ailments. It is
high in potassium and vitamin A, as well as the various salts
which, in the body, are manufactured and used to purify the blood
in the liver. Dandelionís main use is for the liver, to protect
and strengthen it, and dandelion has even been known to reverse
the early stages of cirrhosis. Many herbalists consistently add
dandelion to therapies for jaundice, hepatitis, and other liver
disorders. Its high potassium level means that it acts as a
balanced diuretic, not causing potassium depletion like many
chemical treatments. Dandelion may also increase the removal of
uric acid, a factor in some arthritis, and has shown activity
against some tumors and cancers, especially of the breast.
Dandelion is very supportive and nutritious, and itís content of
sugars an starches are easily assimilated, even by those who
normally have absorption difficulties, such as the elderly,
diabetics, and people recovering from long illness. Young
dandelion leaves also make a delicious salad, and the tea is taken
as a tonic for liver problems. Both the Persians and the East
Indians used it for liver complaints.
The herb is cleaned,
cut, sifted, and dried. Ruled by Jupiter. 1 lb. size! Item #201390-31. Normally
$23.95. Our price $19.
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(Melissa officinalis) or Melissa has been
cultivated in the Mediterranean region for more than 2,000 years and was a
favorite herb of Islamic alchemists. The Muslim herbalist Avicenna recommended
lemon balm for heart problems. Its main action is as a tranquilizer. It calms
nervous spasms, colics and hearth spasms. The hot tea promotes sweat that that
is good for colds, flus and fevers. Its sedative actions have been used to help
in the treatment of psychiatric problems, including dystonia. Lemon balmís
anti-histamine action is useful to treat eczema and headaches. Today, this
sweet-smelling herb is still widely valued for its calming properties, and new
research shows that it can help significantly in the treatment of cold sores.
Uses: relaxant, antispasmodic, increases sweating, carminative, anti-viral,
nerve tonic, sedative, colds,
influenza, depression, headaches, indigestion, restlessness, allergies, herpes,
and bad dreams. Planets: Mercury, Jupiter. 1 lb. size! Item #209395-31. Retails
for $24.95. Our price $19.
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(Carduus marianus) or Mary Thistle is
native to the Mediterranean and has been in use as a remedy for liver problems
for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. It is used in a whole range of liver
and bladder conditions including hepatitis and cirrhosis. Recent research has
confirmed traditional herbal knowledge, proving that the herb has a remarkable
ability to protect the liver from damage resulting from alcoholic and other
types of poisoning. The active ingredient appears to be silymarin. Uses:
digestive, liver tonic, stimulates secretion of bile, increases breast-milk
production, antidepressant. Carried or used dry, it is said to give riches and
honor to spiritually pure individuals. Planets: Saturn, Mars, Venus. Leaf.
1 lb. size! Item #209434-31. Retails for $25.95. Our price
reishi mushroom (whole dried)
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The "mushroom of immortality"
commonly known as Reishi (in Japanese) or Ling Zhi (靈芝 in
Chinese) is probably the most respected medicinal mushroom
in Asia. The earliest mention of Ling Zhi was in the era
of the first emperor of China, Shinghuang of the Ch'in
Dynasty 221-207 B.C.E. Once reserved for royalty to extend
life and improve health, this polypore mushroom is
strikingly beautiful. Deep reddish brown and
saucer-shaped, often emerging from a branch-like stem, its
smooth upper surface looks lacquered when wet. Because of
this glossy appearance, Western mycologists called them
"varnished conks" for many years (conks are mushrooms that
have pores instead of gills on their undersides, such as
maitake and turkey tails). While reishi mushrooms have
historically been prepared as teas or infusions, other
modern preparations include capsules, tinctures, and
fractionated extracts of mushrooms, mycelium, and spores.
Reishi is also added to chocolate bars, candies, energy
drinks, and even coffee blends! Because of its rich
history and long tradition of medicinal use, Ganoderma
lucidum is now one of the few mushroom species whose
DNA has been fully sequenced (16,113 genes). Reishi is remarkable for its
diversity of genes coding for cytochrome P450 enzymes.
These enzymes not only afford this species a broad arsenal
for producing secondary metabolites for digesting
nutrients, but may also confer benefits to human health
such as enhancing the degradation of toxins and free
radicals and increasing the liver's metabolic efficiency.
The variety of these enzymes, among more than 400 active
constituents that have been found, indicates that
mushrooms such as reishi are like miniature pharmaceutical
factories that can produce hundreds of
medicinally-interactive compounds. Through trial-and-error
and observable outcomes, our ancestors narrowed the field
of edible mushroom candidates to just a few with
remarkable, health-supporting properties. Today, reishi
stands out as one the most valuable of all polypore
mushrooms in nature for the benefit of our health. Many
naturopaths and doctors prefer organically-grown reishi
from pristine environments such as the kind we offer because they are more pure.
1 lb. size! Whole dried mushrooms. Item #202027-01. Retails for $44.95. Our price
St. john's wort
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St. Johnís Wort
(Hypericum perforatum) is native to
Europe but is widely cultivated elsewhere. St. John's Wort blooms during the
summer solstice, and in medieval Europe it was considered to have powerful
magical properties that enabled it to repel evil. People hung it inside their
houses to protect themselves from vengeful acts of god or attacks by demons. It
is named after St. John because bright red spots appear on the leaves around
August 29, the day St. John was beheaded. The most well-known action of St.
John's Wort is in repairing nerve damage and reducing pain and inflammation. It
is taken to relieve the pain of menstrual cramps, sciatica and arthritis. The
oil is applied to inflammations, sprains, bruises and varicose veins. St. John's
Wort is also used to treat circulation problems, bronchitis and gout.
Properties: antidepressant, antispasmodic, astringent, sedative, relieves pain,
Uses: lacerations, shooting pain, injury to the brain and spinal cord, spasms
after injury, crushed fingers, puncture wounds, bites of animals and insects,
tailbone pain from injury, tetanus, crawling sensation in hands and feet,
neuritis, hemorrhoids with pain and bleeding, painful scars, and injury to
nerves, especially fingers, toes, nails.
St. Johnís Wort was believed to possess magical
properties in the Middle Ages. The herb contains hypericin, a proven
antidepressant, and relieves anxiety, tension, and insomnia. The flowers of the
herb are infused in olive oil to make a pain-relieving massage oil.
Planets: Saturn, Mars, Sun.
1 lb. size! Item #202160-31. Retails for $19.95. Our price $11.