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Peppermint Essential Oil

Mentha x piperita Composition: The therapeutic effects of peppermint are primarily derived from the composition of its essential oil-menthol and menthone, though its flavonoids and tannins also have pharmacologic actions. Description and History: Steam distilled peppermint … Read More

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Thyme

Thymus vulgaris Other Names: tomillo, serpyllum Composition: Thyme refers to the dried leaves and flowers of the plant. Description and History: Thyme is a classic herb with historic benefits closely matching modern scientific uses. Thyme tea … Read More

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Psyllium

Psyllium Composition: Psyllium seed refers to the dried ripe seeds of the plant, which are rich in mucilage. The husks are also used as a bulk-forming laxative.  Description and History: Psyllium husks and seeds have a … Read More

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Oregon Grape Root*

Oregon Grape Root Oregon grape root is a more sustainable alternative to goldenseal. Mahonia aquifolia, refers to the dried root or extract. Both goldenseal and Oregon grape root share an active component, berberine, which is a powerful antimicrobial … Read More

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Cascara

Rhamnus purshiana Other Names: cascara, rhamnus, bearberry, sacred bark Composition: Cascara sagrada consists of the dried and aged (minimum 1 year according to the USP standards) bark of the plant. It contains anthranoids. The fresh bark … Read More

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Chamomile

Matricaria recutita Other Names: ground apples, garden chamomile, pin heads Composition: Chamomile consists of fresh or dried flower heads. It is rich in essential oil. Description and History: This romantic herb brings to mind the folklore … Read More

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Pain Management

is the body’s way of communicating that damage has occurred (or is going to occur). The end goal is to signal that repair needs to occur and that, if applicable, the tissue damage needs to stop … Read More

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Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm Bark Other Names: Ulmus fulva, red elm, Indian elm, moose elm Composition: Slippery elm bark includes the fresh or dried inner lining of the bark of the tree. The dark bark should not be … Read More

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Dandelion

Dandelion Other Names: Taraxacom officinale, blow ball, wild endive, lion’s tooth  Composition: Dandelion root includes the above ground parts and the root of the dandelion plant. The root contains bitters and phytosterols.  Description and History: Dandelions … Read More

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Butterbur

Butterbur Other Names: Petasites vulgaris, bog rhubarb, blatterdock, butterdock Composition: The rhizome (or root) is used, though due to toxic alkaloids present in the rhizome, only standardized, commercial preparations should be used. Description and History: Butterbur … Read More

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Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil Composition: Rosemary oil is obtained through the distillation of the aerial parts of the herb. Rosemary has three primary chemotypes. The eucalyptol (1,8-cineol) type is often sourced from Italy or Morocco. The camphor-borneol … Read More

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Ginseng

American Ginseng Other Names: Panax quinquefolius, five finger root, sang, ninsin, pannag red berry Composition: Ginseng refers to the dried main root. Description and History: Use of ginseng can be verified for at least 5,000 years. … Read More

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Ginkgo

Ginkgo Composition: Extracts from ginkgo leaves have flavonols, terpenes, and glycosides. Description and History: The ginkgo tree is native to China and has been used medicinally since 2800 BC. Its fruit/seeds are also consumed in many … Read More

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Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle Other Names: Silybum marianum, snake milk, milk ipecac, emetic root  Composition: Milk Thistle refers to the crushed seeds and extract.  Description / History: This tall plant first earned its reputation by preventing death in … Read More

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Devil’s Claw

Devil’s Claw Root Composition: Devil’s Claw consists of dried tubers that contain bitter substances. Description and History: This African herb is named for the claw like shape of its root. It is traditionally used for pregnancy … Read More

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