Betty’s Blend (Organic)
Country of Origin: Varied (Blended by Neat Jane’s Tea House)
Grade: Super Fine, Grade A
Manufacture Type: Field grown, sundried, machine milled, Coarse Cut
Cup Characteristics: We threw everything but the kitchen sink into this blend. Wonderfully blended with many herbs to remedy many different ailments but especially regulating glucose levels in the blood. It is surprisingly delicious and has many health benefits, full of essential vitamins and minerals. The blend has mellow scent of herbs and easy to drink
Infusion: The infusion is orange tending yellow
Ingredients: Dandelion root roasted, Ginger root, Hawthorn leaf & flowers, Cinnamon, St Johns Wort, Ginseng, Bitter Gourd, Cloves, Sage, Fenugreek Seed, Nettle Leaf, St Mary’s Thistle, Ashwaganda Root, Horse Chesnut, Turmeric
Description: This blend is wonderful to drink with many herbs to remedy many ailments. Like many teas Betty’s Blend should be consumed without the addition of milk but this does not preclude additives such as lime or lemon.
Dandelion Root: For many people, the thought of eating and drinking common lawn weeds is curious at best, but while Western society may not be known for eating and drinking herbs and plants, people have been doing so for thousands of years for their medicinal properties. The dandelion herb is one such useful plant, and its benefits have been utilized for generations to treat a variety of illnesses and promote organ health.
While many natural remedies utilize only one part of the plant (such as only the root) the dandelion is much more versatile in that dandelion leaves, the root, and even the flowering head can be used. It can be bitter tasting, which many people thoroughly enjoy. While the flavor can provide a unique beverage experience, most people enjoy dandelion tea benefits more than the tang of the tea. You may be very surprised to find out how very effective this tiny wild plant can be.
Starting with the liver, dandelion tea benefits can include both increased bile production (a great way to remove toxins from the body) and the manufacture in the liver of glycogen, which is great for diabetics. It also produces compounds that can help with constipation and other digestive organ health. This is why dandelion is considered useful for herbal colon cleanse regimens. An added bonus is that its nutritional contents are as high as some of the very best vegetables, meaning that essentials are not lost as rapidly through cleansing.
You’ll find dandelion tea benefits also include diuretic properties. This is because it stimulates the kidney function and can increase urine flow and output. Another added kidney bonus? If you have trouble with kidney stones, you may find that dandelion tea benefits can also include helping you pass the little buggers.
Dandelion tea benefits go way beyond these two vital organs, however, maintaining liver and kidney health will also have a domino effect on other organs and processes that benefit from the proper health and functioning of these two biologic powerhouses.
Ginger Root: Ginger, (Latin: Zingiber officinale) the tart knotty root spice, is probably the world’s most commonly used flavor additive. The root serves as the base of recipes in the cuisines of almost every culture in every corner of the globe, and has done so since at least the 12th century BC.
Way back then, according to an essay published in China later on during the 3rd century BC, Shang dynasty rulers had already pinpointed the world’s finest ginger growing in Sichuan province. In those days ginger was also being widely consumed throughout India by the ancient Hindus. Both cultures thought very highly of ginger for both its use as a food ingredient and for its purported medicinal properties.
Its beneficial uses in this regard were thought to cover a veritable grocery list of common human ailments ranging from indigestion, to lack of appetite, the common cold, nausea, morning sickness related to pregnancy, leprosy, even restoring a low sex drive!
As previously mentioned, widespread use of ginger was not limited solely to the ancient East but spanned the globe. For the Romans, Greeks, Moroccans, and other historic cultures of the Mediterranean, ginger root also held a valuable place in every household.
Interestingly it was in these communities that dried ginger – like the one we are offering here – began its rise in popularity. The reason for this method of consumption was born out of necessity as the root was transported along the ancient caravan routes from the Far East.
Fresh ginger would spoil during the long trip; so enterprising merchants devised methods for drying the raw root. As time wore on, fresh ginger became available in the West as the root came to be grown in parts of Europe and Africa. Even so, many cultures continued to use the dried variety.
Ginseng: Ginseng is one of the most highly regarded of herbal medicines in the Orient, where it has gained an almost magical reputation for being able to promote health, general body vigour, to prolong life and treat many ailments including depression, diabetes, fatigue, ageing, inflammations, internal degeneration, nausea, tumors, pulmonary problems, dyspepsia, vomiting, nervousness, stress, and ulcers.
Ginseng has a history of herbal use going back over 5,000 years. It is one of the most highly regarded of herbal medicines in the Orient, where it has gained an almost magical reputation for being able to promote health, general body vigour and also to prolong life. The genus name Panax is derived from the Greek word meaning “panacea” or “all-healing”; the species ginseng is said to mean “wonder of the world”. Both terms refer to the medicinal virtues of the plant. In the last decade it has gained popularity in the West and there is extensive literature on the beneficial effects of ginseng and its constituents.
Ginseng has been listed by some as useful in the treatment of anemia, cancer, depression, diabetes, fatigue, hypertension, insomnia, shock, effects of radiation, effects of morphine and cocaine use, environmental, physical and mental stress, and chronic illness. It has been said to act as a stimulant, promote endurance, increase life expectancy, relax the nervous system, improve mental awareness, encourage proper hormonal functions, improve lipid levels, lower cholesterol, improve nerve growth, and increase resistance to disease. It has been used to increase the appetite and bodily energy, regulate menses, ease childbirth, increase fertility of women, and treat periodontal disease
Research has shown that Ginseng may have the ability to act as an “adaptogen”, prolonging life by combating viral infections and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Research continues to support ginseng’s protective role against anti-cancer treatments and drugs, perhaps even countering the side effects of chemotherapy.
There is some thought that Ginseng may be useful for the prevention of abuse and dependence of opioids and psychostimulants.
Ginseng has been used to both stimulate and relax the nervous system. It increases capillary circulation in the brain and decreases the effects of stress. It contains as many as 29 different ginsenosides.
Ginseng contains anti-ageing substances such as anti-oxidants and insulin-like substances. Ginsenosides are a diverse group of steroidal saponins, which demonstrate the ability to target a myriad of tissues, producing an array of pharmacological responses. However, many mechanisms of ginsenoside activity still remain unknown. Since ginsenosides and other constituents of ginseng produce effects that are different from one another, and a single ginsenoside initiates multiple actions in the same tissue, the overall
pharmacology of ginseng is remains remarkably complex and esoteric.
In western herbal medicine, Panax ginseng’s regulating effects on the immune system have been studied for potential effectiveness in preventing colds, flu, and some forms of cancer. In clinical studies, Panax ginseng has been shown to lower blood levels of both sugar and cholesterol, therefore it may help treat type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Its other potential uses are not as well defined, however.
In separate studies of laboratory animals and humans, Panax ginseng had a relaxing effect on muscles in the lungs. The resulting
airway expansion may help relieve asthma symptoms and other lung conditions that result from constricted airways. Early results from laboratory study may show that chemicals in Panax ginseng promote the growth of blood vessels, which could be valuable in treating extensive injuries.
Recent reports on the pharmacology of ginseng indicate a wide range of effects, including influence on the central nervous system, endocrine and adrenocortical systems, internal, organs, metabolism, blood pressure and sugar, gonadotropic activity, cellular ageing, tumours, and stress. Ginseng appears to relieve stress, increase sexual activity, and facilitate mating in laboratory animals.
The herb has been reported to be effective in prolonging survival time during cardiac arrest. It is reported to show hypoglycemic activity. Ginseng has also been identified to protect the testis against 2,3,7,8-tetrachloro-di-benzo-di-p-DIOXIN inducing testicular damage. This particular dioxin is the most dangerous of perhaps the most toxic chemical group known to science. Dioxins are known to cause cancer in humans.
Other data shows it works not only in preventing adult diseases including cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and
impotence but can also aid in treatment.
German Commission E monograph and WHO support the use of ginseng as a prophylactic and restorative
agent for enhancement of mental and physical capacities, in cases of weakness, exhaustion, tiredness, and
loss of concentration, and during convalescence (WHO, 1999). In general, ginseng is used as a tonic,
stimulant, aphrodisiac, immune booster, blood pressure modulator (lowers and raises, depending on needs),
and a modulator of blood sugar level (lowers or raise, depending on needs).
Hawthorn Leaf & Flowers: Hawthorn is best used to promote the health of the circulatory system, treat angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia and has been found to strengthen the heart. Hawthorn is also a powerful sedative which relaxes the nervous system. Hawthorn is widely regarded in Europe as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease and has been used for a number of ailments including angina, myocarditis, arteriosclerosis, nervous conditions like insomnia and diarrhea. It has also been indicated for strengthening blood vessels, vascular insufficiency and blood clots, restoring the heart muscle wall, lowering cholesterol and to aid digestion.
Hawthorn is widely regarded in Europe as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease and is endorsed by Commission E – the branch of the German government that studies and approves herbal treatments.
It is used to promote the health of the circulatory system and has been found useful in treating angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia. It has been found to strengthen the heart and stabilise it against arrythmias.
Properties of Hawthorn
Astringent, Antispasmodic, Cardiotonic, Carminative, Diuretic, Sedative, Stimulant, Vasodilator.
Indicated for Valve prolapse, Angina, Congestive heart failure, Cardiac arrhythmia, Myocarditis, Arteriosclerosis. Hawthorn can normalise blood pressure by regulating heart action; extended use can lower blood pressure. Good for heart muscle weakened by age. Can help strengthen blood vessels, reduce palpitations, help prevent vascular insufficiency, blood clots (embolism, phlebitis).
Dilates coronary vessels to restore heart muscle wall. Lowers cholesterol. Good for nervous conditions like insomnia. Aids digestion. Relieves abdominal distension and diarrhea, fod stagnation, abdominal tumours and is good for dropsy.
Though non-toxic, Hawthorn can produce dizziness if taken in large doses. Avoid if colitis or ulcers are present. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use Hawthorn.
Animal and laboratory studies demonstrate that this herb has antioxidant properties that help protect against the formation of plaques, which leads to a health problem known as atherosclerosis. Plaque buildup in the vessels that supply oxygen rich blood may cause chest pain (angina) and heart attacks while plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the brain may result in stroke.
Hawthoirn has shown to combat chest pain (angina), a health problem caused by insufficient blood flow to the heart. In one early study, 60 angina patients were given 180mg/day of Hawthorn berry-leaf-flower extract or placebo for 3 weeks. Those who received the Hawthorn preparation experienced improved blood flow to the herat and were able to exercise for longer periods of time without suffering chest pain.
Studies using rats suggest Hawthorn tincture (made from the berries) may be powerful agent for the removal of LDL (bad) cholestoral from the bloodstream. The tincture of hawthorn berries also reduced the production of cholesterol in the liver of rats who were fed a high-cholesterol diet.
High Blood Pressure
Although Hawthorn has not been studied specifically in people with high blood pressure, considerable evidence supports the cardiovascular benefits of this herb. Studies suggest that Hawthorn can be taken by people with hypertension who are also taking blood pressure medications.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon (Dalchini) is a herb traditionally used by many ancient cultures. It is indicated for a variety of ailments including gastrointestinal problems, urinary infections, relieving symptoms of colds and flu and has remarkable anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
Some studies have shown that Cinnamon helps people with diabetes metabolise sugar better. True cinnamon, or Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, is the inner bark of a small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka. Most therapeutic uses of Chinese cinnamon bark are rooted in its historical use as a traditional medicine and on laboratory and animal studies. German health authorities (Commission E) do approve of cinnamon bark for mild gastrointestinal spasms, stimulating appetite and relieving indigestion.
It is used in flatulent dyspepsia, dyspepsia with nausea, intestinal colic and digestive atony associated with cold & debilitated conditions. It is known to relieve nausea and vomiting, and because of its mild astringency it is particularly used for infantile diarrhea.
Cinnamon warms and stimulates the digestive system, useful in weak digestion, colic, griping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, wind and distension. The tannins have an astringent action, stemming bleeding in nosebleeds, heavy periods and resolving diarrhea and catarrhal congestion.
Soothe an upset stomach
Cinnamon extracts have been used medically to treat gastrointestinal problems and to help calm the stomach. Cinnamon is a carminative, an agent that helps break up intestinal gas that has traditionally been used to combat diarrhea and morning sickness. Both test-tube and some animal studies have found that cinnamon may help to relieve mild abdominal discomfort caused by excess gas.
Clear up urinary-tract infections
One German study showed that Cinnamon “suppresses completely” the cause of most urinary-tract infections (Escherichia coli bacteria) and the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infections (Candida albicans).
Allow diabetics to use less insulin
Some studies have shown that Cinnamon helps people with diabetes metabolise sugar better. In adult-onset (Type II) diabetes, the pancreas produces insulin, but the body can’t use it efficiently to break down blood sugar.
Richard Anderson at the US Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville,
Maryland found that Cinnamon enhances the ability of insulin to metabolise glucose, helping to control blood sugar levels. Cinnamon contains the anti-oxidant glutathione and a type of flavonoid called MHCP
(methylhydroxy chalcone polymer). It is believed that cinnamon makes fat cells much more responsive to
insulin, the hormone that regulates sugar metabolism and thus controls the level of glucose in the blood. “One-eighth of a teaspoon of cinnamon triples insulin efficiency,” say James A. Duke, Ph.D., a botanist retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and author of The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs.
Dr. Duke suggest that people with adult-onset diabetes discuss Cinnamon’s benefits with their doctor. Taking AY2 to A3/4 teaspoon of ground Cinnamon with each meal may help control blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon contains compounds called catechins, which help relieve nausea. The volatile oil in cinnamon bark may also help the body to process food by breaking down fats during digestion.
Cinnamon is considered a pain-killer due to its prostaglandin-inhibiting action.
Relieve Colds and Flu
In both India and Europe, cinnamon has been traditionally taken as a warming herb for “cold” conditions, often in combination with ginger (Zingiber officinale). The herb stimulates the circulation, especially to the fingers and toes and has been used for arthritis. Cinnamon is also a traditional remedy for aching muscles and other symptoms of viral conditions such as colds and flu.
St John’s Wort: St. John’s Wort has become popular again as an antidepressant. It is the number one treatment in Germany and has been extensively studied by Commission E, the scientific advisory panel to the German government. It contains several chemicals, including hypericin, hyperforin, and pseudohypericin, which are thought to be the major sources of antidepressant activity. In several studies of laboratory animals and humans, one or more of the chemicals in St. John’s wort appeared to delay or decrease reabsorption of the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin by nerve cells.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals that carry messages from nerve cells to other cells. Ordinarily, once the message has been delivered, neurotransmitters are re-absorbed and inactivated by the cells that released them. Chemicals in St. John’s wort may keep more of these antidepressant neurotransmitters available for the body to utilise. Multiple studies have shown that St. John’s wort may be effective in relieving mild to moderate depression, although maximum antidepressant effects may take several weeks to develop.
St. John’s Wort is an MAO inhibitor and should not be used with alcohol and some other foods. St. John’s wort has also been studied for the treatment of other emotional disorders such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), menopausal mood swings, and premenstrual syndrome. In laboratory studies, it has shown some effectiveness for lessening the symptomsof nicotine withdrawal and for reducing the craving for alcohol in addicted animals. It is believed that chemicals in St. John’s wort may act like other
chemicals that are associated with relieving emotional conditions.
Possible antiviral effects of St. John’s wort are being investigated for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other viral illnesses. It is thought that hypericin, pseudohypericin, and other chemicals in St. John’s wort may stick to the surfaces of viruses and keep them from binding to host cells. Another theory is that St. John’s wort may contain chemicals that interfere with the production or release of viral cells. This antiviral activity is enhanced greatly by exposure to light. However, the doses needed for active antiviral effect from St. John’s wort may be so high that unbearable side effects may limit its usefulness as an antiviral.
Turmeric: Indians have known the health benefit of turmeric for thousands of years. More recent studies have proven that the people of India were right in their use of turmeric for medicinal purposes. Grown in South Asia, this herb in the Ginger family
(Zingiberaceae) was first known as Indian Saffron. The root system of turmeric boiled and dried produces a product that is often ground into a powder.
Turmeric has a peppery and somewhat bitter flavour, is deep yellowish orange in colour and is used to make curry. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin has anti-inflammatory and disinfecting properties. This explains its healing powers when applied to cuts and abrasions.
Taken orally as an anti-inflammatory, turmeric does not have the side-effects commonly associated with some modern pharmaceutical medicines. These include intestinal bleeding, ulcers,and the decrease of white blood cells. This makes turmeric a safe alternative to some non-prescription drugs.
Studies on mice and test groups of people have shown numerous benefits of using turmeric. Scientific claims prove the benefits of the
herb in the relief of digestive complications and inflammatory benefits. Studies on mice have proven successful on slowing progression and preventing various forms of cancer.
Turmeric’s detoxification qualities promote healthy digestion and may aid in weight management. Studies have shown that it helps clear LDL (bad cholesterol) from the liver and enhances liver function. Because of itsdetoxification and anti-inflammatory qualities, turmeric is used as a dietary supplement for relief from irritable bowel syndrome and stomach disorders. Benefits of turmeric consumption include the reduction of gas and bloating.
Turmeric also reduces the buildup of plaque associated with cardiovascular disease. Curcumin in turmeric lowers two inflammatory
enzymes, LOX and OOX-2. This helps stop platelets from gathering to form blood clots. Turmeric reduces blood sugar levels, a property valuable for helping those suffering, from diabetes.
Using turmeric may have effects on slowing or preventing many forms of cancer. It slows the spread of cancer cells through
elimination. Studies have produced evidence that turmeric can aid in preventing breast cancer from spreading to the lungs. It may help prevent colon cancer,and possibly aid in the prevention of pancreatic cancer.
Other foods combined with turmeric boost its healing capabilities. When combined with cauliflower,turmeric may help prevent
prostate cancer.Onions may enhance the effects of turmeric on preventing colon cancer. Turmeric also helps prevent melanoma and stops the growth of new blood vessels developing in tumors.
As a natural anti-inflammatory, turmeric aids in giving relief to sufferers of arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It
may also stow the progression of multiple sclerosis.
Anti-oxidants found in turmeric remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals are known to damage cell membranes and cause cell death. They also have ill-effects on DNA.
Turmeric prevents and slows the progression of Alzheimer disease by removing amyloid plaque from the brain, it keeps amyloid a fibroid from gathering to form plaque that leads to complication of the brain.
Turmeric is sometimes used as an anti-depressant.
Cloves: Dietary herbal use of cloves can aid in the relief of a wide variety of ailments, both internal and external. As a supplement, the spice can either be used in its whole form, ground form, or reduced to its essential oil. The clove bud contains an unusual mix of compounds found in no other plant, giving this plant its unique medicinal properties. Cloves contain – among other compounds – gallotannins, triterpenes, flavonoids, and phenolic acids.
Clove use can soothe and relax the inner lining of the intestines, aiding in digestion. It can also aid in quieting upset stomach. They can help esophagus produce more phlegm and act as an expectorant, making coughs less severe and more productive. Clove has been shown to have analgesic properties. This property is particularly effective for tooth pain. hole clove can be applied directly to the gum in problem areas. The thin skinned membrane of the gums readily absorbs oil from the clove, providing topical relief from pain.
Clove can act as an antimicrobial agent, killing parasites and bacteria in the digestive tract. In appropriate dosage, it can help relieve excessive gas bloating. There is some evidence that certain compounds in clove act as antihistamines, keeping sinus passageways clear and open.
Sage: Sage has one of the longest histories of use of any medicinal herb. Ancient Egyptians used it as a fertility drug (Bown, 1995). In the century C.E. Greek physician Dioscorides reported that the aqueous decoction of sage stopped bleeding of wounds and cleaned ulcers and sores. He also recommended sage juice in warm water for hosrseness and coughs. Internally a tea made from sage leaves has a long history of use to treat sore throats and coughs; often by gargling. It was also used by herbalists for rheumatism, excessive menstrual bleeding, and to dry up a mother’s milk when nursing was stopped.
It was particularly noted for strengthening the nervous system, improving memory and sharpening the senses. Sage was officially listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1840 to 1900. Sage tea is a valuable agent in the delirium of fevers and in the nervous excitement frequently accompanying brain and nervous diseases. It has a considerable reputation as a remedy given in small often repeated doses. It is a stimulant tonic in debility of the stomach and nervous system and weakness of digestion generally. It was for this reason that the Chinese valued it, giving it preference to their own tea. It is considered a useful medicine in typhoid fever and beneficial in biliousness and liver complaints, kidney troubles, haemorrhage from the lungs or stomach, for colds in the head as well as sore throat, quinsy, measles, for pains in the joints, lethargy and palsy.
It has been used to check excessive perspiration in phthsis cases, and is useful as an emmenagogue. A cup of strong infusion will be found good to relieve nervous headache.
In Gewrmany, sage tea is also applied topically as a rinse or gargled for inflammations. Sage extract, tincture and essential oil are all used in prepared medicines for mouth and throat and as a gastrointestinal remedies in fluid forms (Leung and Foster, 1996; Wichtl and Bisset, 1994).
Sage has been used effectively for throat infections, dental abscesses, infected gums and mouth ulcers. The phenolic acids in sage are particularly potent against Staphylococcus aureus. In vitro sage oil has shown to be effective against both Escherichia coli and Salmonella species and against filamentous fungi and yeasts. Sage also has an astringent due to its relatively high tannin content and can be used to treat infantile diarrhoea. Its antiseptic action is of value where there is intestinal infection.
Sage has an anti-spasmodic action which reduces tension in smooth muscle, and it can be used in a steam inhalation for asthma attacks. It is an excellent remedy for helping to remove mucous congestion in the airways and for checking or preventing secondary infection.
It may be taken as a carmintive to reduce griping and other symptoms of indigestion, and is also of value in the treatment of dysmenorrhoea. Its bitter component stimulates upper digestive secretions, intestinal mobility, bile flow, and pancreatic function, white the volatile oil has a carminative and stimulating effect on digestion.
There also seems to be more general relaxant effect so that the plant is suitable in the treatment of nervousness, excitability and dizziness. It is well documented that sage helps to reduce menopausal sweats.
Nettle Leaf: Nettle has been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms, particularly hayfever which is the most common allergy problem. It contaiuns biologically active compounds that reduce inflammation. Dr Andrew Wiel M.D. author of Natural Health/Natural Medicine says he knows of nothing more effective than Nettle for allergy relief. And his statement is backed up by studies at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Nettle has been studied extensively and has shown promise in treating Alzheimer’s disease, arthiritis, asthma, bladder infections, bronchitis, bursitis, gingivitis, gout, hives, kidney stones, larygitis, multiple scllerosis, PMS, prostate enlargement, sciatica, and tendinitis.
In Germany today stinging nettles are sold as an herbal drug for prostate diseases and is a diuretic. It is a common ingredient in other herbal drugs produced in Germany for rheumatic complaints and inflammatory conditions (especially for the lower urinary tract and prostate). The leaf is used here as a diuretic, for arthritis, prostatitis, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and allergic rhinitis.
An infusion of the plant is very valuable in stemming internal bleeding. It is also used to treat anaemia, excessive menstruation, hemorrhoids, arthritis, rheumatism and skin complaints, especially eczema.
Ashwagandha Root: This is a herb of the ages. It is the ginseng of Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India and is considered an adaptogen, a term used to describe herbs that improve physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity to colds and infections and increase sexual capacity and fertility.
One reason for the reputation of ashwagandha as a general energy promoting, disease preventing tonic may be its effect on the immune system. A number studies have shown significant increases in white blood cell counts and other measures of strengthened immunity in rodents given ashwagandha. Ashwagandha may also have a mild sedative effect on the central nervous system and in animal studies it has been shown to be a muscle relaxant.
It is commonly used to increase vitality, particularly when recovering from chronic illnesses and pain management for arthiritic conditions. It may also help regulate blood sugar which aids in suppressing sugar cravings. Research shows ashwagandha may be a promising alternative for cancer treatment and prevention. Ashwagandha seems to show positive effects on the endocrine, cardiac, and central nervous systems. It is one herb that could help your body produce thyroid hormones.
Ashwagandha is used to restore male libido, cure impotence and increase male fertility. It is widely used in Southern Asia as a male sexuality tonic. Preliminary studies indicate that the herb helps to reduce the negative effects of stress, slow tumour growth, treat anxiety and insomnia. Because Ashwagandha has traditionally been used to treat various disease associated with nerve tissue damage related to the destructive molecules known as free radicals, some researchers have speculated that the herb may have antioxidant properties. Free radical damage plays a role in normal ageing and in such nerological conditions as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
St Mary’s Thistle: This is unique in its ability to protect the liver and has no equivalent in the pharmaceutical drug world. In fact, in cases of poising with Amanita mushrooms, which destroy the liver, St Mary’s Thistle is the only treatment option. It has been so dramatically effective that the treatment has never been disputed, even by the traditional medical community.
This herb acts in a similar fashion to detoxify other synthetic chemicals that find their way into our bodies, from acetaminophen and alcohol to heavy metals and radiation. St Mary’s Thistle was approved in America in 1986 as a treatment for liver disease and it is widely used to treat alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver, cirrhosis, liver poisoning and viral hepatitis. It has been shown to protect liver against medications such as acetaminophen, a non-aspirin pain reliever.
The active ingredient, or liver protecting compound in St Mary’s Thistle is known as silymarin. This substance, which actually consists of a group of compounds called flavonolignans, helps repair liver cells damaged by alcohol and other toxic substances by situmulating protein synthesis. By changing the outside layer of liver cells, it also prevents certain toxins from getting in side. Silymarin also seems to encourage liver cell growth. It can reduce inflammation (important for people with liver inflammation and hepatitis) and has potent antioxidant effects. This herb benefits adrenal disorders and inflammatory bowel syndrome, and is used to treat psoriasis (increase bile flow).
St Mary’s Thistle has some estrogen like effects that may stimulate the flow of breast milk in women who are breast feeding infants. It may also be used to start late menstrual periods. St Mary’s Thistle’s estrogen like effect masy also have some usefulness for men with prostate cancer.
This herb is a must for cleansing and for anyone with any sort of liver dysfunction or exposure to toxins.
Horse Chestnut: This herb is a traditional remedy leg vein health. It tones and protects blood vessels and may be helpful in ankle cedema related to poor venous return. Utilised extensively throughout Europe as an anti-inflammatory agent for a variety of conditions, in addition to being for vascular problems. The plant is taken in small doses internally for the treatment of a wide range of venous disease, including hardening of the arteries, varicose veins, phlebitis, leg ulcers, hemorrhoids and frostbite.
Horse Chestnut is an astringent, anti-inflammatory herb that helps to tone the vein walls which, when slack or distended, may become varicose, hemorrhoidal or otherwise problematic. The plant also reduces fluid retention by increasing the permeability of the capillaries and allowing the absorption of excess fluid back into the circulatory system.
The seeds are decongestant, expectorant and tonic. They have been used in the treatment of rheumatism, neuralgia and hemorrhoids. A compound of the powdered roots is analgesic and has been used to treat chest pains. Extracts of the seeds are the source of a saponin known as aescin, which has been shown to promote normal tone in the walls of the veins, thereby improving circulation through the veins and promoting the return of the blood to the heart.
Veins that are either weak and/or under chronic stress are more likely to fail and therefore more likely to allow leakage of fluid from the vessels into the tissue space leading to swelling. Fluid accumulation is more common in the legs and far more likely in individuals who stand for extended periods of time. Prolonged standing and obesitty can increase pressure within the leg veins causing weak veins to swell, leak and deteriorate into varicose veins. Aescin, performs an antioxidant function and has a general vasculoprotective role by protecting collagen and elastin (the two chief proteins that form the structure of the veins). By protecting these key vessel proteins, veins and capillaries stay strong and maintain their structural integrity when exposed to stress.
Fenugreek: Fenugreek aids in sexual stimulation, balances blood sugar levels, and contains chlorine which aids the thinking process. Fenugreek has been the focus of several studies concerning the treatment of diabetes and the prevention of breast cancer. Its ability to balance hormone levels aids in the treating PMS and menopause. Its antioxidants slow ageing and help prevent disease.
The plant has also been employed against bronchitis, fevers, sore throats, wounds, swollen glands, skin irritations, ulcers and in the treatment of cancer. Fenugreek has also been used to promote lactation and as an aphrodisiac.
Fenugreek contains an amino acid called 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which appears to increase the body’s production of insulin when blood sugar levels are high. Higher insulin production may decrease the amounts of sugar that stay in the blood for many individuals. In some studies of animals and humans with both diabetes and high cholesterol levels, fenugreek lowered cholesterol levels as well as blood sugar levels.
Some evidence suggests that fenugreek may also have other medical uses. It may reduce the amounts of calcium oxalate in the kidneys. Calcium oxalate often contributes to kidney stones. In animal studies, fenugreek also appeared to lessen the chance of developing colon cancer by blocking the action of certain enzymes.
Bitter Gourd: Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd or karela (in India), is a unique vegetable-fruit that can be used as food or medicine.
It is the edible part of the plant Momordica Charantia, which is a vine of the Cucurbitaceae family and is considered the most bitter among all fruits and vegetables.
The plant thrives in tropical and subtropical regions, including:
South America, Asia, parts of Africa, the Caribbean.
The bitter melon itself grows off the vine as a green, oblong-shaped fruit with a distinct warty exterior – though its size, texture and bitterness vary between the different regions in which it grows – and is rich in vital vitamins and minerals.
In addition to being a food ingredient, bitter melon has also long been used as a herbal remedy for a range of ailments, including type 2 diabetes.
The fruit contains at least three active substances with anti-diabetic properties, including charantin, which has been confirmed to have a blood glucose-lowering effect, vicine and an insulin-like compound known as polypeptide-p. These substances either work individually or together to help reduce blood sugar levels.
It is also known that bitter melon contains a lectin that reduces blood glucose concentrations by acting on peripheral tissues and suppressing appetite – similar to the effects of insulin in the brain. This lectin is thought to be a major factor behind the hypoglycemic effect that develops after eating bitter melon.
A number of clinical studies have been conducted to evaluate the efficacy of bitter melon in the treatment of diabetes.
In January 2011, the results of a four-week clinical trial were published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, which showed that a 2,000 mg daily dose of bitter melon significantly reduced blood glucose levels among patients with type 2 diabetes, although the hypoglycemic effect was less than a 1,000 mg/day dose of metformin.
Other older studies have also suggested an association between bitter melon intake and improved glycemic control, while a report published in the March 2008 issue of Chemistry and Biology found that bitter melon increased cellular uptake of glucose and improved glucose tolerance.
However, research published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology in 2007 failed to show any benefits of bitter melon for poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, while another clinical review published two years later in the British Journal of Nutrition stated that more, better-designed and clinical trials are required to confirm the fruit’s role in diabetes treatment.
What other health benefits does it have?
Bitter melon is used in traditional medicine for:
It is also used to heal wounds, assist childbirth and, in parts of Africa and Asia, prevent or treat malaria and viral diseases such as measles and chickenpox.
In addition, researchers from Saint Louis University in the US say they have shown that an extract from bitter melon can kill breast cancer cells and prevent them from growing and spreading.
Hot Brewing Method: Use 1 teaspoon of Betty’s Blend per one cup of water and place this into your teapot. Pour boiling water into pot and let it steep for 5-7 minutes.
Strain as you pour into your cup and savour one of nature’s best offerings!
Iced tea brewing method: Not Recommended
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