Welcome to our Botanical/Herbal/Ingredient Directory
I’ve created this directory for the benefit of those who are in search of an ingredient, a herb for a concoction or medical purpose. It’s an ongoing endeavor so watch this baby grown, but if you’re looking for something that’s not here yet and would like information, comment or shoot me a message and I’ll be glad to research it and add asap. Here’s to better health. Blessings!
Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that grows in India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa. Its roots and orange-red fruit have been used for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes. The herb is considered one of the most important herbs in the Ayurvedic medicine system, a healthcare practice that started in India over 3,000 years ago.⠀The ashwagandha root is an adaptogen that helps the body combat stress. Ashwagandha provides a number of benefits for the body, including supporting the immune system, reduce inflammation, cholesterol, reduce blood sugar levels, improve metabolic rate and assists with weight loss whilst increasing muscle mass and strength.⠀
BLACK SEED OIL– It is well known for its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.
- Black Seed fights and is good for: CANCER, LIVER HEALTH, DIABETES, Bloating, Constipation/Diarrhea, Flushing of the skin, Gas/Indigestion, Heartburn, Headache, Nail changes, Metallic taste in mouth, Muscle pain, Stomach pain, Encephalomyelitis, Diabetes, Asthma, Carcinogenesis, Weight loss,
- Hair – strengthening hair follicles
- Skin – Produced in the retina, choroid and epidermis, melanin are pigments that protect the skin from damage. Massage into skin including face, being rich in vitamin A, amino and fatty acids, it quickly starts restoring and improves the regeneration of your skin.
They have a reputation to treat variety of ailments such as asthma, diabetes, rheumatism, skin disorders, indigestion as well as to boost immune system and general well-being.
Native to Middle East, Asia, North Africa and Southern Europe, black seeds have a really long history of use. They have been found in the tomb of Egyptian king Tutankhamen, to assist him in ‘afterlife’.
The Bible describes it as the ‘curative black cumin’. In Islamic literature, it is regarded as one of the greatest forms of healing medicine. And its many uses have earned Black Seeds the Arabic praise ‘Habbatul barakah’, meaning ‘The Seed of blessing’.
Borotutu Bark (Liver Detox)
Borotutu bark is by far one of the most powerful substances when it comes to liver cleansing and digestive system support. It has even shown promise in combating biliary colic, and jaundice. It’s also important to note that this herb contains powerful antioxidants which are known to help protect your liver cells from serious damage. Deep in the jungles of Africa, the bark of the borututu tree (Cochlospermum angolensis) holds many treasures. A tea made from this interesting substance has traditionally been used to manage ailments related to liver function, indigestion, and fatigue. Indeed, borututu bark tea as a broad spectrum tonic is an old world tradition. A natural and powerful broad spectrum cleansing agent, traditional African medicine favors borututu for the management of problems of the liver and gallbladder.
Beneficial Compounds in Borututu Bark
Rich in active ingredients such as quinones, catechins, phenols, and bio-flavonoids, borututu has a wealth of substances shown to benefit the liver and gallbladder. For problems related to the digestive system and gallbladder, hands down, borututu bark is one of nature’s most powerful tonics. This is why borututu bark is one of the ingredients I used to create Livatrex®, my powerful blend of herbs that support detoxification and normal function of the liver and gallbladder.
Like many phytonutrients, borututu bark is a venerable source for the extremely health promoting power of antioxidants. Antioxidants sniff out and fight free radicals, helping to lessen oxidative stress and damage. By sniping out those varmints, antioxidants aid the body in detoxification. Antioxidant activity can help the body defend itself against the negative outside influences of pollution, stress, and toxic chemicals in our water, air, and environment.
Borututu is thought to positively influence blood fluidity, which may support factors that help to lower cholesterol and normalize arterial tension. Borututu has also been described as promoting healthy hydration. A specially processed synergistic blend of borututu and aloe vera has a place in old medical books as a cooling and detoxifying cleanser for the blood, bowels, and liver. It’s also a nutritional powerhouse, which may benefit the gastrointestinal tract and it has been used in cases involving ulcers.
Most of the favorable dialogue concerning borututu is limited to historical and cultural use, however some research has examined the potential of borututu bark. Studies into potential activity against harmful organisms has been launched. Certainly these observations indicate borututu bark to be a potential soldier in the army of phytonutrients used to battle against illness and health problems.
St. Johns Wort
Ease anxiety, tension, neuralgia, seasonal affective disorder, and indeed, mild to moderate depression, nerve damage,
The traditional uses and benefits of St. John’s are numerous – this plant really is not just for depression! In fact St. John’s wort is known among herbalists as a wonderful herb for supporting and soothing the body in numerous ways! The five-petaled flowers are a lovely, vivid yellow that when crushed release a reddish purple oil. And when fresh St. John’s wort is made into an infused oil or tincture, the menstruum turns a beautiful red color. Another interesting feature of this plant is its leaves. When held up to the light of the sun, little dots of light shine through the leaves giving the appearance of tiny holes, hence the species name “perforatum.”
Many herbalist turn to St. John’s wort to help soothe and ease pain. Herbalist Mary Bove explains that “St. John’s wort is known for helping to diminish pain” both externally or internally (LaLuzerne, 2013). Specifically indicated for trauma and damage to the nervous system whether through injury or viral infection, St. John’s wort is the herbalist go-to for painful issues such as neuralgias, sciatica, Bell’s palsy, head and spine trauma, pinched nerves, after surgical and dental work, as well as injuries to any area that is rich in nerve endings (Winston, 2007; LaLuzerne, 2013; McIntyre, 1996).
St. John wort’s ability to help soothe nerves combined with its antiviral actions make this plant a wonderful ally for anyone dealing with the pain of shingles as well as herpes infections. In fact, herbalist Susun Weed explains that she finds St. John’s wort to be “one of the most effective antiviral plants I have ever worked with but especially focuses on the nerves” and therefore being particularly helpful when there is a “virus in the nerves” (LaLuzerne, 2013).
As an antispasmodic, St. John’s wort helps to relax muscles spasms including spasms in the lungs, colon, and reproductive tract. This helps to soothe the pain of digestive spasms and menstrual cramps as well as to ease spasmodic coughing. Also, St. John’s wort is wonderful to turn to when muscles are sore from over-exertion easing shoulder, neck, and back pain (LaLuzerne, 2013).