Red Clover


Red Clover


Latin Name: trifolium pratense, lespedeza sp.
Alternative Name: purple clover
Forms Available: leaf, root, seed, flower, tea

Red Clover – trifolium pratense – All parts of this plant are edible: the leaves, seeds, flowers, and root. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. The seeds, sprouted,can be eaten in salads. The flower can be eaten and the root, eaten after it is cooked. Red clover is a well used herb medicinally – internally it is expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, cleansing and used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is one of the best phlegm reducing natural products of nature. As a diuretic, this herb cleanses the body and as such, removes the toxic build up that creates so many disorders.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Internally expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, cleansing and used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.


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Redbud


Redbud


Latin Name: cercis canadensis
Alternative Name: North American Redbud
Forms Available: root, inner bark

Redbud – cercis canadensis – A deciduous tree of the american continent. A tea, from the inner bark, can be used to treat fever, dysentery and diarrhea – it is very astringent. An infusion of the inner bark and root and be used to treat pulmonary complaints such as asthma, whooping cough, and general chest congestion.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Tea made from inner bark has been used to treat fever, dysentery and diarrhea. Infusions of the root and inner bark treat pulmonary issues such as asthma, whooping cough, congestion.


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Rhubarb


Rhubarb


Latin Name: rheum sp.

Forms Available: stem, flower

Rhubarb – rheum sp. – An edible plant. The stem can be eaten both raw and cooked. Medicinally, rhubarb is used in both eastern medicine and conventional medicine. It is a digestive tonic in small doses and a laxative in larger doses. It can be taken to enhance the function of the liver and gallbladder, aiding in the removal of excess toxins. Externally, rhubarb root can be used to treat burns, boils, wounds etc.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Treats constipation, diarrhea, is a digestive tonic, and enhances the liver and gallbladder functions.


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Rice Bran Oil


Rice Bran Oil


Latin Name: oryza sativa

Forms Available: oil

Rice Bran Oil – oryza sativa – Rice Bran Oil is rich in vitamin E complex, tocopherols and tocotrienols, a unique antioxidant known as gamma oryzanol, high quantities of phytosterols, polyphenols and squalene. This oil has a very good shelf life compared to other vegetable oils because of these antioxidants. Due to its high content of natural antioxidants, some of the major antioxidant companies have recently switched their basic oil to rice bran oil. This movement shows that the industry leaders recognize rice bran oil’s oxidative stability. Gamma-oryzanol is effective in absorbing ultraviolet light, thereby inhibiting a number of adverse effects attributed to exposure to sunlight. A number of sunscreen formulations incorporating oryzanol have been developed and marketed for human use. The use of rice bran oil should be considered in formulations for the protection of animal coats; this oil is safe for internal consumption. If using it on animals, please start with a very small amount and watch for any adverse reactions such as loose stools, etc. This oil is used for dry and flaky skin and adds body and luster to hair. Typical use levels in skin care 0.5% to 7.0%, in hair care 0.5% to 3.0%, in sun care 0.5% to 10.0%.


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Rooibos Tea


Rooibos Tea

Forms Available: tea bag

Rooibos Tea – Rooibos has been shown to aid in health problems such as insomnia, irritability, headaches, nervous tension, and hypertension. Studies also show that Rooibos tea provides anti-spasmodic benefits which could relieve stomach cramping and colic. Rooibos tea has been used to treat allergies such as hay fever, asthma and eczema. It is also used to treat irritated skin by brewing the tea and placing it directly on the affected areas. Rooibos contains anti-oxidants which can help slow the aging process and boost the immune system. Rooibos tea doesn’t contain oxalic acid which makes it a good beverage for people prone to kidney stones.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Rooibos has been shown to aid in health problems such as insomnia, irritability, headaches, nervous tension, and hypertension. Studies also show that Rooibos tea provides anti-spasmodic benefits which could relieve stomach cramping and colic.


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