Native to tropical areas such as Pakistan, India, and Malaysia, gotu kola has been used in Ayurvedic medicine, TCM, and herbal medicine in Southeast Asia as well as a food. It has been widely used as a brain tonic, wound healer and a remedy for skin conditions. It has mild adaptogenic qualities which can help with adrenal fatigue.
Bentonite clay can detoxify the body and improve skin and intestinal health and other clays can be used to help plants and control garden pests.
Pau d'arco is useful remedy for yeast and viral infections, cancer, and other immune problems. The bark of can be made into a useful decocted tea for fungal and yeast infections and other problems. It can also help balance intestinal flora to clear up many other health problems.
One of the tasty roots in home-made root beer, sarsaparilla can help clear the skin, balance hormones, and reduce inflammation. This makes it both a useful herb and flavoring agent in formulas for kids and adults alike.
Milk thistle is a wonderful herb for protecting the liver from toxic chemicals such as alcohol, tetracycline, acetaminophen, thallium, erythromycin, amitriptyline, and carbon tetrachloride. It is also helpful for headaches, skin problems, and brain fog brought on by moderate liver disfunction. It can also help digest fats and lower cholesterol.
Each spring, I see numerous members of the mustard family (Brassicaceae) present themselves as some of the first herbs of spring. Once you know how to recognize them, you’ll probably notice a lot of them. To start with, I think it is interesting to talk about about the energetics of the mustard family and its relationship to the mineral sulfur. Sulfur and the Mustard Family Sulfur is a bright yellow mineral and it is the third most abundant mineral in the human body. It is also the fourth most…
Gentian is a simple bitter that can help you strengthen your digestion and help you persevere through life's bitter experiences.