Valerian Root - Herbs For Natural Sleep
10:04 AM | Author: Atie
The problem of insomnia is as old as time itself and affects the lives of millions of people from just about every country causing modest irritation to some and severely affecting the quality of life for a large number of us.

Curing insomnia and getting back to night after night of natural sleep can be difficult however, for many of us, the answer lies in using time-honored traditional herbal remedies such as valerian root.

Valerian, a hardy perennial flowering plant with sweet smelling white or pink flowers, can be grown in many parts of Asia and Europe and now also grows naturally in areas of north America. Other names normally used for valerian include: garden valerian, and garden heliotrope (not related to Heliotrope - Heliotropum).

Valerian is also known by various folk names: Amantilla, Fragrant Valerian, St. George's Herb, English Valerian, Set Well, Capon's Trailer, Sets Wale, Cat's Valerian, Phu, Bloody Butcher, All-Heal, , and Vandal Root.

The primary components used for medicinal purposes are the roots, rhizomes (underground stems) and stolons (horizontal stems). Normally harvested in September, the dried roots can be used to brew teas and tinctures, while the dried plant materials generally find their way into capsules or tablets.

There is reference to the use of valerian as a medicinal herb as far back as the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Hippocrates wrote of its therapeutic uses and, in the 2nd century, Galen prescribed valerian for insomnia. The 16th century saw it used to treat nervousness, trembling, headaches, and heart palpitations. In the mid-19th century, many people considered valerian a stimulant which caused a few of the same complaints it was thought to treat and held it in low regard. During World War II the English used it to relieve the stress of air raids.

Unlike many other natural herbal sleep aids, to gain the benefits of the effects of valerian it should be taken on a regular basis, with the full effects coming slowly and steadily over time.

Results will normally appear after about a month and regular use promotes natural sleep and deep relaxation. Several studies suggest valerian as far and away the best natural solution for insomnia and general sleeplessness for many individuals.

Research at the Nestlé Research Laboratories in Switzerland showed that a 450 mg dose of valerian in an aqueous extract is the optimum dose as an insomnia treatment. A larger dose ordinarily results in grogginess without any increase in effectiveness, and therefore care ought to be exercised when taking that valerian is a treatment for insomnia.

In addition, a double-blind crossover study of 128 individuals undertaken in 1982, found valerian root to not only be effective as a sedative for insomnia, but also to be helpful in increasing the overall quality of sleep in the participants.

Typically prescribed as a calming sleep aid, valerian also plays a helpful part in taking care of anxiety-related sleeping difficulties.

Unlike other commonly prescribed sleep medicines, valerian is not toxic, does not impair your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery and does not exaggerate the effects of alcohol.

It has been documented that valerian acts as a delayed stimulant for some people dependant on body chemistry. In the case of certain metabolic conditions, the effect is one of initially calming you down only to cause a surge of energy some hours later - not an effect desired by those people interested in using valerian as a nighttime sleep remedy.

Various professional herbalists recommend using fresh valerian root extract rather than an extract of dried valerian, as this is less likely to induce such a reaction.


Astragalus herb was originally found in Asia. The name of this Chinese herb, huang qi, is translated "yellow leader", for of it's yellow root. The herb is a member of a large genus of over 2,100 types of herbs and small plants, and is part of the legume family. it may also be commonly known as milk vetch, goat's thorn, and sometimes locoweed.

This herb is considered one of the most effective and useful ancient Chinese healing remedies. These ancient remedies are generally produced from the root of the plant.

There are many types of astragalus, with over 2,000 species of the plant. Of the 2,000 species, only two are used for medical purposes.

• Astragalus membranaceus
• Astragalus mongholicus

These two types of astragalus may go under a number of different names including:

• Bei qi
• Huang qi
• Ogi
• Milk vetch
• Hwanggi
• Astragalus

The traditional Chinese medical practice is to boil the plant's root in water, to remove any impurities. It is then usually often combined with other herbs, and root plants such as ginseng, and maitake mushroom. Astragalus Herb can be found in many different forms such as supplements, extracts, and teas.

Traditional Uses

  • Intestinal Maladies
  • Night Sweats
  • Energy Drink
  • Improve the Immune System
  • Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cautions and Concerns

Landscaping and Gardening

You may also find several species used as decorative plants in many gardens.

Cautions and Concerns

There have been very few studies to this point on Astragalus, so please consult with a medical professional before embarking on any vitamin, supplement, or medicinal regimen. People with certain autoimmune problems, such as AIDS, arthritis, Crohn's disease, lupus, or diabetes, as well as transplant patients should not used any supplements unless approved by their physician. Additionally, people using certain medications which effect the immune system, need to consult with their doctor before suing this herb, or supplement derivative.

Recent studies have shown that Astragalus Herb may be beneficial to your health, and help strengthen your immune system.
Chives are part of a large genus of approximately 500 species of mostly strong-smelling perennials that contain bulbs or underground stems. These allium herbs include garlic, onions, scallions, leeks, and chives, and belong to the lily family. Various allium species have been cultivated since earliest times and are universally important as vegetables, flavorings, and medicinal plants.

These allium herbs were popular among the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. The strong odor, so typical of these herbs, is due to a variety of sulfur compounds, such as alkyl sulfoxides and allyl sulfides. They are reported to have beneficial effects on the circulatory, digestive and respiratory systems.

Chives Are Hardy

Chives are native to the cool regions of Europe and Asia. Now they grow wild in North America, especially around the Great Lakes region. They can even be found growing wild in your backyard lawn. Chives are a popular hardy garden plant that grows from 8 to 15 inches tall.

They have slender bulbs that grow in tightly crowded clumps. Chives can be propagated by dividing the clumps. They can grow with full sun or partial shade. Chives are winter hardy, drought tolerant, and can grow in almost any garden soil. Chives can also grow indoors during the winter in a container that is placed on or near the windowsill.

Chives are known to have several medical properties in the stems and flowers. They are similar to those of garlic, but weaker, hence the reason chive is not used for its medical purposes at a great extent.
  1. Step 1

    Control your high blood pressure with chives remedies. Chives are used for the control of high blood pressure and in improving the circulation of blood. The presence of organisulphide compounds such as alkyl sulfoxides and allyl sulphides in chives make the treatment of high blood pressure possible.

  2. Step 2

    Treat of stomach problems using chives. Chives are used to promote good digestion and to treat cases of indigestion. They can also ease stomach upsets and stimulate appetite. Traditionally, chives were eaten and used to treat and purge intestinal and stomach parasites.

  3. Step 3

    Use chives to prepare home-made insect repellent. Growing chives repel unwanted insect life, so the juices from the leaves can be used for repelling insects such as mosquitoes and aphids. They can also be used to fight fungal infections, mildew and scab.

  4. Step 4

    Alleviate pain using this herb. Chives are used to relieve pain caused by a sore throat. It has also been taken by people with a cold. Chives were used by the Romans to cure sunburns. It should however be taken in large amounts for the benefits to be seen.

  5. Step 5

    Increase your folic acid intake using chives. Chives are rich in folic acid and hence promote a healthy heart. They prevent the accumulation of homocysteine, an intermediary metabolite of protein metabolism, which promotes atherosclerosis by reducing the integrity of blood vessel walls and by interfering with the formation of collagen.

Chives In Cooking
Chives should be used fresh and uncooked, otherwise they loose almost all their flavour. When used with cooked foods, add them after cooking. They can be dried, but their is little point because they then have no flavour. One way to store them is to chop the leaves into 1cm (half inch) lengths and place them in ice cue containers with some water. Freeze them, and then defrost an ice cube or two when need to use them.

Chives can be used to add flavour to a huge range of food, probably best known for adding to baked potatoes with butter. Other uses foods it goes well with include mixed vegetables, egg dishes, salads and dressings, broiled poultry, stews, casseroles and baked fish.

Benefits of Celery
3:12 PM | Author: Atie
Celery contains vitamin C and several other active compounds that promote health, including phthalides, which may help lower cholesterol, and coumarins, that may be useful in cancer prevention.

Rich in Vitamin C

Celery is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support the immune system. Vitamin C-rich foods like celery may help reduce cold symptoms or severity of cold symptoms; over 20 scientific studies have concluded that vitamin C is a cold-fighter. Vitamin C also prevents the free radical damage that triggers the inflammatory cascade, and is therefore also associated with reduced severity of inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. As free radicals can oxidize cholesterol and lead to plaques that may rupture causing heart attacks or stroke, vitamin C is beneficial to promoting cardiovascular health. Owing to the multitude of vitamin C's health benefits, it is not surprising that research has shown that consumption of vegetables and fruits high in this nutrient is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke.

According to Hippocrates (the father of medicine), celery calms the nerve – perhaps because of the high calcium content. It’s good on kidney and will help eliminate body’s waste through the urine. The seeds, leaves and edible root of the plant can all be used. Celery is used in aromatherapy and other traditional way of healing like Ayurveda. In Japan, rheumatic patients are sometimes put on a celery only diet.

1. Eating celery will reduce high blood pressure and give the effect of calmness.

2. Celery clears uric acid from painful joints and may help the treatment of arthritis and rheumatic problems.

3. Celery also helps the kidney an acts an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

4. Another benefit of celery is the fact that you can eat a lot of it without thinking much about your waistline. Celery actually has almost zero calorie.

The use :

1. Grated or raw celery can be used on swollen glands.

2. To reduce high blood pressure, eat celery raw.

3. For those who are trying to reduce their weight, drink celery juice before meals. It will help to suppress the appetite.


Tips :

1. The best taste celery is the one with light green ribs and glossy surface

2. Keep celery away from the coldest areas of your fridge since it freezes easily. You don't want to eat frozen celery, right? To store celery, place it in a sealed container or wrap it in a plastic bag or damp cloth and store it in the refrigerator. If you are storing cut or peeled celery, ensure that it is dry and free from water residue, as this can drain some of its nutrients. Freezing will make celery wilt and should be avoided unless you will be using it in a future cooked recipe.

Tips for preparing celery:

To clean celery, cut off the base and leaves, then wash the leaves and stalks under running water. Cut the stalks into pieces of desired length. If the outside of the celery stalk has fibrous strings, remove them by making a thin cut into one end of the stalk and peeling away the fibers. Be sure to use the leaves-they contain the most vitamin C, calcium and potassium-but use them within a day or two as they do not store very well.

Celery should not be kept at room temperature for too long since, because of its high water content, it has a tendency to wilt quickly. If you have celery that has wilted, sprinkle it with a little water and place it in the refrigerator for several hours where it will regain its crispness.

A few quick serving ideas:

Add chopped celery to your favorite tuna fish or chicken salad recipe.

Enjoy the delicious tradition of eating peanut butter on celery stalks.

Use celery leaves in salads.

Braise chopped celery, radicchio and onions and serve topped with walnuts and your favorite soft cheese.

Next time you are making fresh squeezed carrot juice give it a unique taste dimension by adding some celery to it.

Add celery leaves and sliced celery stalks to soups, stews, casseroles, and healthy stir fries.


The benefits of Tongkat Ali
1:45 AM | Author: Atie
Genuine tongkat ali extract is a wonderful enrichment of anybody's health and life. It's proven to help in preventing cancer, it lowers blood pressure (and thereby extends a person's life span), it works against obesity in women and men (and has even been patented for this), it gives men a more athletic appearance (proven in a scientific study with real people), and it makes for a better life overall because it improves libido and sexual pleasure ... and all of this without side effects worth mentioning.

With all these pluses, practically everybody has a good reason to add tongkat ali extract to one's daily diet. And actually, in Malaysia, the country that once had forests full of tongkat ali trees (all eaten up), most people indeed use tongkat ali every day. If one checks at a Carrefour or Tesco in Malaysia, one will notice that there are more brands of coffee on sale that do contain tongkat ali than there are coffees without. In Malaysia, even Nestle sells Nescafe with tongkat ali.


But tongkat ali has now become scarce. In Malaysia it's meanwhile a protected plant, specifically guarded by forest rangers. In Thailand, tongkat ali root powder, gram by gram, is more expensive than Viagra and weighted on gold scales. The only country where there still is some stock in the wild is Indonesia.


Everybody has a good reason to make tongkat ali part of his or her daily diet. But tongkat ali is already hard to find, and therefore expensive. So, what most people buy is not tongkat ali but cheap shit.


The international market for herbal supplements is totally under-regulated. Unscrupulous merchants, mostly on the Internet, can sell about anything and claim it's tongkat ali extract when in fact, it's just potato starch with some food colouring.


And to make sure their cheap raw materials have an effect at all, they may add some sildenafil analogues that can be bought cheaply from dealers of chemical raw products. You're a fool if you buy such junk that isn't even licensed as safe in pets, and you don't know whether in three years time, you get a brain cancer or a liver cancer (more likely).

Purported benefits for sexual stamina and muscle growth have made Tongkat Ali a popular supplement for bodybuilders and elderly men.

    Testosterone

  1. The most commonly discussed benefit of Tongkat Ali supplementation is increased testosterone production. Preliminary research has shown increased sperm count, size and speed.
  2. Fever Relief

  3. Substances called quassinoids found in Tongkat Ali extract are considered to be two times as effective as aspirin in relieving fever.
  4. Thermogenic

  5. Tongkat Ali is considered to be thermogenic because it increases your internal temperature by raising the heart rate and speeding the flow of blood throughout your body. Thermogenic agents are often used for dieting and weight loss.
  6. Antioxidant

  7. According to the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Tongkat Ali contains the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Antioxidants such as SOD can destroy waste products known as free radicals that can damage other living cells.
  8. Anti-Anxiety

  9. Although many testimonials describe Tongkat Ali use as increasing sexual aggression, the herb has been found in research to contain anxiolytic, or anxiety-reducing, capabilities. Studies have shown the herbal supplement to be medicinally comparable to diazepam.
Chrysanthemum flower for herbal tea
11:46 PM | Author: Atie




" Gek Huay " is one of dry flower for tea. This herbal tea is very popular in Thailand, I'm really love it... It can be taken over ice or hot tea - both of them are very great. Let's know more " Gek Huay " with me !!!

Chrysanthemum tea is a flower-based tisane made from chrysanthemum flowers of the species Chrysanthemum morifolium or Chrysanthemum indicum, which are most popular in East Asia. To prepare the tea, chrysanthemum flowers (usually dried) are steeped in hot water (usually 90 to 95 degrees Celsius after cooling from a boil) in either a teapot, cup, or glass; often rock sugar is also added, and occasionally also wolfberries. The resulting drink is transparent and ranges from pale to bright yellow in color, with a floral aroma. In Chinese tradition, once a pot of chrysanthemum tea has been drunk, hot water is typically added again to the flowers in the pot (producing a tea that is slightly less strong); this process is often repeated several times.

Varieties
Several varieties of chrysanthemum, ranging from white to pale or bright yellow in color, are used for tea. These include:

* Hungshn Gngj , literally "Yellow Mountain tribute chrysanthemum"; also called simply Gngj
* Hngbij , originating from Tongxiang, near Hangzhou; also called simply Hngj
* Chj , originating from the Chuzhou district of Anhui
* Bj , originating in the Bozhou district of Anhui

The flower is called " gek huay " in Thai.

Of these, the first two are most popular. Some varieties feature a prominent yellow flower head while others do not.

Medicinal use

Chrysanthemum tea has many purported medicinal uses, including an aid in recovery from influenza, acne and as a "cooling" herb. According to traditional Chinese medicine the tisane can aid in the prevention of sore throat and promote the reduction of fever. In Korea, it is known well for its medicinal use for making people more alert and is often used to waken themselves. In western herbal medicine, Chrysanthemum tea is drunk and used as a compress to treat circulatory disorders such as varicose veins and atherosclerosis.

In traditional Chinese medicine, chrysanthemum tea is also used to treat the eyes, and is said to clear the liver and the eyes. It is believed to be effective in treating eye pain associated with stress or yin/fluid deficiency. It is also used to treat blurring, spots in front of the eyes, diminished vision, and dizziness. The liver is associated with the element Wood which rules the eyes and is associated with anger, stress, and related emotions.

Commercially available chrysanthemum tea

Although typically prepared at home, chrysanthemum tea is also available as a beverage in many Asian restaurants (particularly Chinese ones), and is also available from various drinks outlets in East Asia as well as Asian grocery stores outside Asia in canned or packed form. Due to its medicinal value, it may also be available at Traditional Chinese medicine outlets, often mixed with other ingredients.
Crampbark (Viburnum opulus)
1:53 PM | Author: Atie
Common names:
  • Crampbark
  • Cranberry Bush
  • Cranberry Tree
  • Guelder Rose
  • Pembina
  • Pimbina
  • Whitten Tree

Crampbark - native to both North America and Europe, crampbark was recognized in the US National Formulary as recently as 1960 as a sedative for nervous conditions and an antispasmodic in the treatment of asthma. As its name implies, the herb's primary medicinal use is to relieve cramps and other conditions, such as colic or painful menstruation caused by over contraction of muscles.


USES

Native American remedy - The Meskwaki people of North America took crampbark for cramps and pains throughout the body, while the Penobscot used it to treat swollen glands and mumps.
Muscle relaxant - Crampbark is effective at relieving any over tense muscle, whether smooth muscle in the intestines, airways, or uterus, or striated muscle (attached to the skeleton) in the limbs or back. Crampbark may be taken internally or applied topically to relieve muscle tension. The herb also treats symptoms arising from excess muscle tension, including breathing difficulties in asthma, and menstrual pain caused by excessive contraction of the uterus. For night cramps and back pain, lobelia is often mixed with crampbark. The herb also relieves constipation, coilic, and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as the physical symptoms of nervous tension.
Arthritis - In some cases of arthritis, where joint weakness and pain have caused muscles to contract until they are almost rigid, crampbark can bring remarkable relief. As the muscles relax, blood flow to the area improves, waste products such as lactic acid are removed, and normal function can return.
Other medical uses - Cramp bark is commonly used in treatments for high blood pressure and other circulatory conditions.

HABITAT AND CULTIVATION

Crampbark grows in woodlands, hedges, and thickets in Europe and eastern North America. Crampbark is propagated by seed sown in autumn. Bark from the branches is collected in spring and summer when the plant is in flower.

RESEARCH

Active constituents To date, crampbark has been poorly researched, and there is also some confusion over which active constituents it contains, and which occur in the closely related black haw.

CONSTITUENTS

Crampbark contains hydroquinones, coumarins, tannins, resin.

USUAL DOSAGE

For internal use as a decoction, crampbark is taken when spasm is present, rather than on a continuous basis. To relieve cramp from period or other sources, take 100 ml (4 fl oz) up to a maximum amount of six times daily. The tincture can be similarly used: take 2 1/2 ml (50 drops) up to six times in one day. For external relief of muscle spasm, add 2 ml (40 drops) of the tincture to 30 g (1 1/2 oz) cream, e.g. comfrey, and mix well in. It is possible to add 2 ml (40 drops) of lobelia tincture, which will enhance the antispasmodic effect. Apply up to three times a day.

HOW IT WORKS IN THE BODY

Crampbark acts as a muscle relaxant, particularly of smooth muscle. As mentioned, the opulus variety is thought to act on the body as a whole, while the prunifolium variety acts particularly to relax the muscles of the uterus. For this reason its main function has to do with the reproductive system, for example, to relieve the cramping which occurs during a period. It is also used in cases of threatened miscarriage, but should only be used in this context under the supervision of a qualified herbal or medical practitioner. Crampbark also has uses in many other systems of the body: in the stomach to relieve symptoms in conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome; in the respiratory system to help relax the airways in asthma; and for the musculoskeletal system to relieve the tension of arthritic pain. It is also employed in the cardiovascular system, together with other herbs to help reduce high blood pressure.

COLLECTION AND HARVESTING

The bark is collected in April and May, cut into pieces and dried.

COMBINATIONS

For the relief of cramp it may be combined with prickly ash and wild yam. For uterine and ovarian pains or threatened miscarriage it may be used with black haw and valerian.

The benefits of Aloe vera
10:48 PM | Author: Atie

Aloe Vera Benefits are astonishing. Health and beauty is an important aspect of our lives. Nutrition and overall regeneration is important aspect of our health. When we feel good, healthy and beauty and overal regenerated it is apparent in all looks. Adopting aloe vera into our daily nutrition habits is a great way to natural improve our body's regeneration and our beautiful appearance.

We can actually see the health benefits, which makes this supplement very appealing. The proprieties in this product have a profound effect on our skin, digestive system and energy levels. There is no wonder why health and food industry has adopted this natural component to its nutrition line, hoping for much further development.
The anti aging properties included in aloe vera also have a big impact on our health and looks. Aloe Vera is naturally regenerating on a cellular level. Anti aging products are enhanced when we have the added support of aloe vera working from inside. This comprehensive approach to skincare yields excellent results.

Nutrition, Health and Aloe Vera Benefits
Our daily nutrition habits have a lot to do with how our look and feel. There is a strong connection between healthy habits and a younger looking appearance. Proper nutrition is of the utmost importance in maintaining youthful looks, beauty and high energy.
Aloe vera is beneficial in helping the digestive system function properly. When we are able to absorb nutrients efficiently, we are better able to see the results. A healthy digestive system supported by aloe vera absorbs nutrients better, creating a more effective nutritional plan.

Aloe and Immune Systems

Aloe vera has natural detoxifying properties that work to clean the digestive system and the circulatory system. The improved nutrient absorption paired with improved circulation feed the body on a cellular level. Healthy, oxygen-rich blood provides nutrients to the cell more efficiently.
Healthy cells are naturally younger looking and more efficient. They are also better able to fight against infection. Aloe Vera naturally kills bacteria in the body and its regenerating properties can work from the inside out.

Aloe Vera gels and extracts can treat many skin diseases. From relieving the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis, to making wounds and burns heal faster, the extracts of Aloe Vera are really something against skin diseases. It also can be used to cure or relieve more delicate conditions like genital warts or fungi. Aloe Vera is also a powerful anti-oxidant. There have been studies that Aloe Vera does indeed help against such conditions as arthritis, asthma, liver disorders and kidney infection. As Aloe Vera can help skin infection, arthritis, asthma, liver disorders, kidney infection; etc., it will probably help you with a cold, hence it acts as an immunostimulant.

The gel made from Aloe Vera can be used to treat various skin diseases and there is both a theoretical and practical basis on which Aloe Vera could act as a cure for symptoms of eczema. This is possibly because chemicals in Aloe Vera activate the immune system – eczema acts like an allergy, and when the immune system is more active, there is a good that eczema can be relieved.

Nigella Sativa
5:44 PM | Author: Atie
If you have ever woken with a pounding headache or an excruciating migraine, then Nigella Sativa is right for you. The Greeks and the Arabs have been prescribing Nigella Sativa for over 2000 years in the treatment of headaches and it works quickly and efficiently. By simply applying the oil around the eyes and nose, the headache usually disappears within a short period of time. Nigella Sativa(also known as black seed) has been shown to be effective against Pancreatic Cancer, one of the most aggressive cancers known.

Nigella Sativa has over 100 chemical compounds and has Vitamins such as calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium and Vitamins A, B, C, D and E in the seeds. Prophet Mohammad said, "Use this seed regularly, because it is a cure for every disease, except death." The use of Black Seed as a natural herbal therapy is increasingly recognized as Thibbun Nabawy (treatment of the Prophet), as one type of treatment proved to be the solution to human health problems, the more vivid is practiced and developed in various parts of the world.

Nigella Sativa has been regarded as a true "Miracle Cure" and was found in King Tut's tomb, suggesting that even centuries ago, the Kings thought of it as a valuable plant and herb of blessings.

As soon as the person gets the first sign of an attack, they must take their first dose of Nigella Sativa. Nigella Sativa comes two ways, in the original small tiny black seeds(that need to be heated) and the oils. The oil is what is needed for the migaine, as the oil is very concentrated. For migraines, you need to take the oil and rub it on the back of your neck and over the eyes and at the hairline. Also, if you have pain at the top of your head, dab some there. Then take a few drops and put in each nostril, not deep inside but at the bottom of the nostril, and then breathe in deeply. This needs to be done 3 times a day or as long as the headache remains. You also need to take 1 teaspoon of the oil with one teaspoon of honey when you wake up in the morning. Wait one hour before eating anything for breakfast.

It is best to use raw honey if you have that available in your area. This remedy must be done on the onset of the migraine. It will help a full blown attack, but it is easier to get rid of in the beginning stages. Also, it is very important to avoid all triggers during this period. Nigella Sativa seeds are fairly inexpensive and can be obtained from many sources but many companies do not have the same quality.

If you buy the organic seeds that have not been prepared, you must heat them to get rid of the bitterness and the hotness. This is a very simple procedure, but you must take precautions and do a small amount at a time, till you understand the process completely. Take a small portion of the seeds and place them in a heavy bottom skillet. Turn the gas or electric burner on low and heat slightly, stirring constantly. You must keep tasting them until the hotness is gone. When the seeds are very bland, remove them from the stove. Be careful not to burn them as they do burn easily. After they have finished, place them in a coffee grinder or blender and mulch to a very fine powder. This powder can be put in honey at this time or in vegetarian capsules. Always use vegetarian capsules, as gelatin is made from pork.

To make the mixture with honey, fill the jar halfway up with honey and then begin adding small amount of the black seed mixture at a time. Keep stirring the honey and black seeds and add till the top is almost full. You want the mixture to be a very thick consistency. By the next day, the honey and black seed mixture will be thick, almost like candy - extremely delicious. You will have no problem eating your minimum of 2 teaspoons per day.

Note: Nigella Sativa is toxic in high doses, so moderation is the key here. Nigella Sativa will increase your energy and take away your fatigue. Never take the oil on a full stomach as it will cause you distress.
Health Benefits of Tamarind
12:43 PM | Author: Atie
The Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) (from the Arabic: تمر هندي tamar hindi = Indian date) is a tree in the family Fabaceae. The genus Tamarindus is monotypic (having only a single species). The Tamarind in Hindi, is called *Imli* and is used in pickles and as dry spice. It is a tropical tree, native to Africa, including Sudan and parts of the Madagascar dry deciduous forests. It was introduced into India so long ago that it has often been reported as indigenous there, and it was apparently from India that it reached the Persians and the Arabs who called it "tamar hindi" (Indian date, from the date-like appearance of the dried pulp), giving rise to both its common and generic names. However, the specific name, "indica", also perpetuates the illusion of Indian origin. The fruit was well known to the ancient Egyptians and to the Greeks in the 4th Century B.C.E.

The tree can grow up to 20 metres (66 ft) in height, and stays evergreen in regions without a dry season. Being a tropical species, it is frost sensitive. It can withstand rather dry soils and climates. The tree has pinnate leaves with opposite leaflets giving a billowing effect in the wind. Tamarind timber consists of hard, dark red heartwood and softer, yellowish sapwood. The leaves consist of 10–40 leaflets. The flowers are produced in racemes. The flowers are mainly yellow in colour. The fruit is a brown pod-like legume, which contains a soft acidic pulp and many hard-coated seeds. The seeds can be scarified to enhance germination.

Nutritive Values: Per 100 gm.

  • Vitamin A: 30 I.U.
  • Vitamin B: Thiamine .34 mg.;
  • Riboflavin: .14 mg.;
  • Niacin: 1.2 mg.;
  • Vitamin C: 2 mg.
  • Calcium: 74 mg.
  • Iron: 2.8 mg.
  • Phosphorus: 113 mg.
  • Fat: .6 gm.
  • Carbohydrates: 62.5 gm.
  • Protein: 2.8 gm.
  • Calories: 239

Health Benefits:

  • Tamarind juice is a mild laxative.
  • Tamarind is used to treat bile disorders
  • Tamarind lowers cholesterol
  • Tamarind promotes a healthy heart
  • The pulp, leaves and flowers, in various combinations, are applied on painful and swollen joints.
  • Tamarind is use as a gargle for sore throats, and as a drink to bring relief from sunstroke.
  • The heated juice is used to cure conjunctivitis. Eye drops made from tamarind seeds may be a treatment for dry eye syndrome. Tamarind seed polysaccharide is adhesive, enabling it to stick to the surface of the eye longer than other eye preparations.
  • Tamarind is used as a diuretic remedy for bilious disorders, jaundice and catarrh.
  • Tamarind is a good source of antioxidants that fight against cancer.
  • Tamarind reduces fevers and provides protection against colds. Make an infusion by taking one ounce of pulp, pour one quart of boiling water over this and allow to steep for one hour. Strain and drink tepid with little honey to sweeten. This will bring down temperature by several degrees.
  • Tamarind helps the body digest food
  • Tamarind applied to the skin to heal inflammation
  • The red outer covering of the seed is an effective remedy against diarrhea and dysentery.
  • Juice extracted from the flowers is given internally for bleeding piles.


Fennel: The Uses and Nutrition Facts
2:08 AM | Author: Atie

The old Latin name for fennel, Fæniculum is derived from the word for hay. It has spread much as civilization has particularly where Italians have colonized and may be found growing wild in many parts of the world near the sea coast and upon river banks. Fennel grows to 5-6 feet tall The core of the fennel plant is similar in appearance to celery but more of a shape like an onion. The branches grow up the sides of this core into delicate, feathery branches like shown above.

Four Healthy Reasons to Eat Fennel

Fennel is full of beneficial nutrients including vitamin C, fiber, potassium, manganese, folate, niacin, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper. It also provides these other good-for-you benefits:

  • Amazing Phytonutrients: The phytonutrients in fennel -- rutin, quercitin, anethole and more -- have been found to reduce inflammation, help prevent cancer and protect animal livers from damage caused by chemicals.

  • Antioxidant Protection: The fennel bulb is loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect your body from free radical damage, is antimicrobial and helps keep your immune system functioning effectively.

  • Fiber: Fennel is a good source of fiber, which may help to reduce cholesterol levels and remove cancer-causing toxins from your colon.

  • Folate: Fennel is also a good source of folate, a B vitamin that helps convert the dangerous homocysteine molecule (which can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke) into a harmless compound.

Fennel is a mainstay in French and Italian cooking.

Seeds
Fennel seeds are used in cooking, confectionary and for flavoring liquors.

Fennel oil
Fennel seeds are usually distilled with water producing a pale yellow liquid with a sweetish aromatic odor and flavor used to scent perfumes and soaps. About 500 pounds of plants will yield enough seeds to produce 1 pound of oil.

Young & Tender Leaves
Often used for garnishes and flavoring for salads. Fennel leaves are also minced and added to sauces and soups.

Stems
Fennel stems are considered a great delicacy and are often served raw with the leaf stalks around them.






Noni Plant
1:42 PM | Author: Atie

Noni is the common Hawaiian name for Morinda citrifolia, also known as Indian Mulberry herb. The plant, indigenous to India, Malaysia, and Southeast Asia, is a type of evergreen ranging in size from a small bush to a tree 20 or 30 feet high. Approximately the size of a potato, the noni fruit has a lumpy appearance and a waxy, semi-translucent skin that ranges in color as it ripens from green to yellow to almost white. Native Hawaiians recognize it, sight unseen, because of the fruit's rancid smell when fully ripe. This smell decreases as the fruit is fermented and the juice is prepared. The taste is also improved during this processing.

Parts of the noni plant are used as a juice, a tonic, a poultice, and in tea. The juice, which has an unpleasant taste and odor, is used on the scalp as a treatment for head lice. Some proponents also advise drinking the juice, mixed with other juices and flavorings to mask its unpleasant taste. Noni juice contains nutritional enzymes, anthraquinones and polysaccharides, all known to have various health benefits. The leaves and bark are sometimes made into a liquid tonic for urinary complaints and muscle or joint pain. The unripe noni fruit is mashed together with salt and applied on cuts and broken bones. Ripe fruit is used as a poultice for facial blemishes or as a remedy for skin sores, boils, or infections. Tea made from leaves of the plant is used as a remedy for tuberculosis, arthritis, rheumatism, and as an anti-aging treatment.

Composition of Noni

Keio University and The Institute of Biomedical Sciences in Japan claimed the isolation of a new anthraquinone compound from Noni called damnacanthal which occurs in the fruit.

Noni delivers a precursor called “pro-xeronine” to the body which then changes into “xeronine” at the cellular level. It is a substance vital to the function of your body. Without xeronine, your proteins would not be able to function and you would not be able to survive. Most people do not get an adequate supply of xeronine in the food they eat and without a proper supply, many health problems will occur.

Xeronine regulates the rigidity and shape of specific proteins. Since these proteins have different functions, a deficiency of xeronine can affect an unbelievably wide range of physiological responses.

The liver releases just the right amount of proxeronine into the blood stream where it is distributed throughout various tissues in the body every two hours. It is these semi- hourly releases of proxeronine that is responsible for what physiologists call biorhythms, or increases in mental and physical alertness.

Noni increases body energy and has a positive effect on mild mood states. The action of Noni in making a person feel well is caused by xeronine converting certain brain receptors proteins into active sites for the absorption of the endorphones, the well-being hormones.





What the benefit of garlic?
9:44 AM | Author: Atie
Garlic (Allium sativum) is a member of the Amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae), which also includes leeks, onions, and shallots. It is a perennial with an underground bulb (head) composed of pungent bulblets commonly called cloves. The largest garlic variety, Elephant Garlic, has a very mild-flavored clove and is a close relative of the leek.

The pungent flavor of garlic is caused by a chemical reaction that occurs when the garlic cells are broken. The flavor is most intense shortly after cutting or chopping. This chemical reaction cannot occur after garlic is cooked, which is why roasted garlic is sweet rather than pungent.

Korea, China and countries of the South East Asia are among the many countries that consumed a lot of this pungent yet healthy spice. However, the beginning of garlic started with the Egyptians. Ancient Egyptians was the first to grow this pant intentionally which played an essential role in their life and exotic culture. Garlic too is among the oldest cultivated plant for which it has been grown ever since 5000 years ago. It has been since then, used as part of cultural element, medical and therapeutic purposes as well as a very important ingredient in many great cooking and cuisine.

Now you got all more the reason to love garlic because there were many researches being done on it that proves it’s plentiful health-concerned benefits. You definitely do not have to worry to have it raw, because all the more it’s best in that form. Alternatively you can have it crushed or finely chopped. Every ounce entitles you with about 15% of vitamin C and studies shows that aged garlic especially are the best source of antioxidant, protecting the body from ‘free radical’ existing in the bloodstream that can accumulate toxic within time in the human body system. Nutrition wise, there’s more than just being a good source of vitamin C and antioxidant. Garlic too, is a great source of sulfur ( thiosulfinates, sulfozides and dithiins ) - of which has plethora of health-promoting effects and goodness. Besides that, garlic is also a good source of manganese, selenium and vitamin B6.

Other benefits of garlic includes:-
  • It works in preventing common cold and flu. It works great as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral activity agent. Allicin which is a component in thiosulnates, when combined with Vitamin C is very helpful in killing harmful microbes in the body.
  • One of its best natural attributes is being a powerful natural antibiotic in general.
  • It is one of the many sources of potential ally to the human heart. There are some researches evidences that it can aid in managing high cholesterol levels as well as a food that may help in preventing atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease thus reducing the risk of person from heart attacks and strokes.
  • Being part of the onion family, garlic too can lower the risk of a few common cancers such as colon, ovary and breast cancer. It may not be the only thing that prevent but it certainly helps when putting other relevant factors aside.
  • Instead of warding of vampires, garlic is actually very effective in warding of mosquitoes. It is rather effective as a natural mosquito repellent.
  • It’s low in calorie and even better, it’s able to promote weight control. Allicin that existed in garlic do not only help in lowering blood pressure but can even prevent weight gain, as it served as a control means. But no, it’s never the total alternative to proper eating habits and sufficient exercise.
  • Beside that, the sulphur compound allicin provides not only many of the notable benefits of garlic, but also its notorious odor. Allicin is formed during the chemistry of chopping, crushing and chewing garlic, the more thorough the milling, the more allicin is created. Allicin has antibiotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, and is the reason why garlic has been used for skin infections such as Athletes’s foot, herpes and warts, digestive and lung infections such as diarrhea, coughs and colds, and Candida yeast and other microbes.

However, despite all these goodness, it doesn’t mean that you had to consume a lot of it. Especially in cases where a person has certain allergies, it is best not to overdo the intake. It’s good enough if you can have it as an extra add on to your salad or mix it together with sauces of your main course dressing. Some people do prefer to get it as an oral supplement. It counters the downside of eating fresh garlic - yup, it’s the garlic breath. But never get by with garlic pills without checking on the ingredients.



Benefit of ginger
12:36 PM | Author: Atie
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is an herb that is native to southeast Asia and has been used as a food additive for more than 4,000 years, and for medicinal purposes for more than 2,500 years. It is the "root" of the ginger plant (which is actually not a root, but a rhizome) that is most useful for medicine and for flavoring food. Compounds in the ginger rhizome, called oleoresins, have anti-inflammatory properties and are also known to have a positive effect on the muscles in the digestive tract. It has become well-known for its various health benefits including: its ability to boost bone health, aide digestion, enhance sexual activity, and relieve pains related to menstrual disorders, nausea, and flu.

Ginger, is inaccurately referred to as “ginger root”, although the edible section sold in the markets and used in dishes, is actually the stem or the rhizome. In Western culture, it is mostly used in sweets and alcoholic beverages such as: ginger beer and ginger wine. While in Asian cultures, it is directly used by chopping it up or using its powder in traditional dishes and in soft drinks such as coffee and tea. Ginger’s irresistible fragrance is due to an essential oil in its composition, coveted and extracted by perfumers since ancient times.

Not only is ginger known as an essence and spice, it is known to be one of the oldest remedies known to the herbal and aromatic traditions, especially in China, India, and the Middle East. In China, it has been used for over 2000 years for curing inflammation and diarrhea. A native to the Indo-Malaysia rain forests, ginger favors lush, moist, tropical soils for cultivation. Ginger’s perennial plant grows bright red flowers that come in different shapes such as: torch and honeycomb, and are often used in seasonal festivals in the South Pacific for decoration of stalls, houses, and even dresses.

Queen Elizabeth I of England, a fan of ginger herself, was the one to invent the gingerbread man in the 16th century- now loved by millions of children around the world. The gingerbread man was presented at a Royal ball, and several were made to resemble respected guests.

Today, ginger is on the FDA’s list of generally safe foods and is used to mask the taste of bitter medicines such as cough syrups. The various health benefits of ginger are given below:

  • Bone Health: Ginger is known to boost bone health and relieve joint pains. Two years ago, a study was conducted by the University of Miami, recruiting several hundred patients — from different backgrounds and ages — with osteoarthritis symptoms. The patients were then weaned away from anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications for cleansing purposes. The week after, they were split into two groups, one put on a placebo, and the other on ginger. After six weeks of intensive dosage, a survey was conducted among the two groups, both groups felt improvement, however; 63% of the ginger group felt a notable pain reduction, while only half of the placebo group recorded notable improvement. The last test was for the patients to walk the distance of 50 feet, which proved to be the lion’s share for the ginger group, since their results showed twice as much improvement than those on placebos.
  • Diarrhea: Ginger has been used since ancient times to cure diarrhea, and it was found by scientists that ginger indeed helps since it prevents stomach spasms and gases that contribute to and accentuate diarrhea. In China, ginger power has been given to those with diarrhea with success; scientists have concluded that the ancient ways are indeed beneficial in this case.
  • Digestion: Ginger has been discovered to be a facilitator to the digestion process. The elevated sugar levels after a meal may cause the stomach to lose its natural pace of emptying its contents. Ginger helps in regulating high sugar levels that may disrupt digestion and soothe the stomach, thus, maintaining its regular rhythm.
  • Sexual Activity: A known aphrodisiac, ginger has been used for years in arousing desire and enhancing sexual activity. Ginger’s scent has its unique allure that helps in establishing the connection. Not to mention, ginger also help to the blood circulation, hence blood flows more easily to the mid-section of the body.
  • Menstrual Cramps: Cramps are the body’s way of alarming an individual to danger or damage. In this case, prostaglandins — hormones that function as chemical messengers— are the key activators of symptoms such as: cramps, pains, and fevers. Scientists believe that high levels of prostaglandins contribute to the increased menstrual cramps. Ginger helps by reducing the levels of prostaglandins in the body, hence relieving the cramps.
  • Nausea: Studies have concluded that ginger helps in curing nausea connected with pregnancy, motion sickness and chemotherapy. Its quick absorption and rapid regulation of body functions cures nausea without the side effects of medication.
  • Flu: Ginger has been prescribed to fight inflammation for ages now. Its soothing effect, helps reducing the body’s alarm to the damaged cells in the body. While the white cells work on patching the cells, ginger acts a barrier to the high levels of prostaglandin that induce fever, headaches, and cramps.

Other health benefits of ginger currently under research are: reducing heart diseases, arthritis, migraine, depression, and curing stress-related anxiety disorders.

Ginger may, at times, have side effects for those suffering from gallstones since the herb incites the release of bile from the gallbladder. Therefore, it is advised if such a condition is suspected and to consult a doctor before consuming ginger.

Plant Herbs For Tea
9:24 AM | Author: Atie
Think about an herb tea garden! Wouldn't it be nice to have a little herb area in the sun near the kitchen door where you could snip fragrant pieces of fresh green herbs for tea. This garden would be pretty, fragrant useful and alive about nine months of the year. You can even do this garden in a series of large pots for a deck or patio. It is fun to grow your own herbs to use for tea and you can dry extra at the end of the season to use during the winter. Choose a place and plan what herbs you will plant.

I love to pick a few fresh, pieces of whichever herb I want to use and place the sprigs in a teapot. Some folks like to bruise the leaves so the aromatic oils will more readily be released into the boiling water. With most of the following tea plants, you can just pick off a few leaves whenever you want to make tea. As you pick you will find that a healthy, well cared for plant will constantly grow more new leaves. Having a few of each kind is a good idea, as it will allow the plant to grow in between pickings.

Some herbs are known for their health value and are grown to use for upset stomachs, the onset of a cold or to help one sleep. I know that a tangy pot of lemon balm tea with a slice of lemon on a cold day will really help ward off a cold. Our large patch of lemon balm covers an area under two old holly trees. We pick and pick and pick from spring to late fall and also dry bunches for winter tea.

In fall herbs can be picked to dry. Just tie up 6 –10 inch stems and hang in a dry spot indoors. When they are crisp and dry place them in brown paper lunch bags and write name and date on bag. Store in a cabinet where it is dry so they will not mold. Then just add a sprig or two of the dry to your pot of tea. It is hard to tell one how much to use, this is matter of personal taste and varies. You will soon develop your own tastes and formula for herb tea.

The following list will discuss a few of the favorite herb teas

Chamomile

This sweet and also pretty herb is known as the relaxing herb. It is one of the ingredients in most "night time" teas. Roman chamomile is a low growing perennial and German is the self-seeding annual variety with more flowers to pick. They do need full sun but will grow well in most soils as long as it drains well. You can grow chamomile in containers on a balcony, but it doesn't do well indoors. Chamomile does well in my sandy soils in good of sun, but in order to grow all summer it needs plenty of water during the hottest parts of the summer. For tea, pick the golden flowers any time the white petals appear. Use fresh or place on paper towel or screen for a few days, store in paper bags or clean jars. Just be sure they are really dry before closing in a jar.

Anise hyssop

This plant has a licorice flavor and the square of the labiate family. The tall spikes of purple-blue flowers are really nice in any perennial garden and attract butterflies and honey bees. The plants are hardy and also reseed so you will have quite a few if you allow them to come back up. This plant reseeds but is not invasive. It prefers full sun and a rich soil, but here it grown in sand and in the shade. The plants are just not as lush as ones in good soil and sun. Both the leaves and flowers of this plant for delicious licorice-flavored tea.

Lemon verbena

People all over love this tea with its wonderful fresh, lemony scent. It is most often added to other teas to impart a lemon scent and flavor. Here in the Delaware Valley we have to either bring this one in or treat it as an annual. When I bring them indoors for the winter they most often lose their leaves in January, but I see that all are sending out new leaves from what looked like dead branches. They need full sun and make a wonderful patio plant in a very large pot.

Monarda - Bee Balm for herbal teaBee Balm (Monarda)

This herb makes a naturally citrus flavored sweet tea and is known as the Oswego tea plant (named after the first botanist who collected it). The colonial people learned of this plant from the natives soon use it. Legend tells us that it was the tea used after the local ‘Greenwich' N J tea party as well as after the Boston Tea Party as a form of rebellion. We often call this plant bergamot since it smells like the fruit from the Mediterranean plant of that name. But since a Spanish botanist named monarda in the late 1500’s found it, is correctly named Monarda. Attractive red, pink, or white flowers that look wonderful in the garden and attract both bees and hummingbirds are another plus for this hardy perennial. It enjoys fairly rich, moist soil that is slightly acidic in full sun to partial shade. You can use both the leaves and flowers for tea but if you leave the flowers behind the hummingbirds and bees will visit! It is best to use the young leaves as the older leaves may give a bitter aftertaste.

Orange mint

Orange mint has a pleasant citrus fragrance and flavor. One of the nicest things about this plant is that it isn't as invasive as most mints. If you're worried you can plant it in a container, but it grows much better in the ground. This mint likes partial to full sun, fairly rich soil, and lots of water. It usually grows about 2 feet tall, but can be harvested at any size for teas. It is also very pretty in the garden as it has deep green purple-tinged leaves and stems and spikes of lavender bloom. Butterflies love the nectar in the blooms

Other mints

There are many varieties of mint each with it's distinct taste: spearmint, peppermint, apple mint or even chocolate mint. Mint will grow readily indoors in a very cool, sunny window in a large pot.

Lemon Balm

This is probably my favorite of all the tea herbs. It is easy to grow and readily reseeds and makes a very healthy tea with a distinct lemon aroma. Lemon balm likes somewhat dry soil and partial shade during the day. We grow it out back under holly trees where it is the best ground cover ever, keeping out weeds and yielding plenty of foliage for tea. This is truly an immune boosting tea and one that dispels colds when they are just beginning.

Rose Hips

Colorful rose hips will make a citrus-tasting tea that is rich in vitamin C. Add to any tea for flavor and vitamins ! Most rose plants will create 'hips' but Rugosa roses produce the largest ones. The hips are actually seedpods that form at the base of the rose blooms. To make tea with rose hips slice them in half before steeping. Rugosa roses are hardy and cold tolerant and do not need spray which is important consideration for tea plants. These roses will grow just about anywhere in the sun.

Lavander for herbal teasLavender

Lavender is useful in any sunny garden and the butterflies like it too. Most Lavender will grow 2 or 3 feet tall in well-drained soil and direct sun. It is not often used for tea, but can be added to Earl Gray for a party tea. It does make a floral tasting tea that also blends well with other herbs (like chamomile).

Fennel

This is a large airy looking plant that I plant mainly for the butterfly larvae. But since ancient times the seeds have been used for a stomach tea. People have even given it to babies with colic. The seeds can be dried on the plant and then shook into a paper bag for storage. When dried, the seeds have a very strong licorice flavor. The plant will go to seed at the end of summer or in fall seeds can dry right on the plant and be shook into a bag. This plant can grow up to 6 feet tall so it is useful along a fence or at the back of the herb garden.

There are 100’s more herbs to grow for tea. Take some time to study them this spring.
About Centella asiatica (Pegaga)
8:41 PM | Author: Atie
This plant and its preparation have been in use since ancient times especially in the Ayurvedic medical system of India and in the folk medicine of China and Madagascar. The outstanding importance of the usage of this plant in the tradition medicine of India is implicated by its Indian name "Brahmi" which means 'bringing knowledge to the supreme reality" and it has long been used for its medicinal properties and as and aid to meditation. It is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the most important medicinal plant species to be conserved and cultivated. In Malaysia, although it has been used by our traditional healers in their herbal remedies, but its popularity is confined more as traditional vegetable or 'ulam' especially among the Malay communities rather than a medicinal plant.

Centella asiatica or the local name 'pegaga' grows wildly under a wide range of conditions, some races prefer light shade, while other do well in open sunny areas. Some even grow under more harch conditions like on stone walls. In the wild, most of these plant are found in wet or moist surroundings like swamps, along the margins of lakes, ponds and have also been seen growing in paddy fields.

Pegaga easily propagated asexually by using rhizomes/runners with at least 2 nodes. Although the plant can be grown in full sun but most of their races prefer at least light shade and moist soil. Growth is favored in sandy loam with high organic matter. Harvesting can be recommended after 60 days of planting. The whole plant is normally harvest when the reach full size.
About Manjakani Herb
12:53 AM | Author: Atie

Manjakani (Oak Gall) has been used widely in the ingredients of the traditional medicine for centuries by the Arabs, Persians, Indians, Chinese and Malays. It is believed that Manjakani has been used since 2725 BC by the ancient Egypt. According to research, the best manjakani is known as ‘Mecca Manjakani’ or ‘Allepo Manjakani’ which is originated in Allepo, Syria. Manjakani is formed from the leaves known as quercus infectoria (scientific name) with the presence of wasps known as cynips tinctorial or cynips gallaetinctoria.

The effectiveness of manjakani has been proven especially in treating vaginal discharge, sore throat, ulcer, and also skin problems. Studies have shown that manjakani is rich in tannins, vitamin A and C, calcium, and gallic acid, fiber, protein and carbohydrates. Besides that, manjakani also contains the elements of astringency, anti-microbes, and anti-inflammatory. Due to the rich contents of tannins in manjakani, it is widely used in the traditional medicine especially in healing external tissue damage and also tightening the vagina muscle due the childbirth process. Research also shown that the astringent properties in manjakani can help restore the vaginal tissue growth, strength and elasticity. Below are the benefits of manjakani in medicine:-

1.Be Young – The anti-oxidants in manjakani reduce the process of aging

2.Prevention on unpleasant odour – Due to its astringent properties, manjakani helps in eliminating bacterial, yeast and fungal infection, the main causes of itching and unpleasant odors in the intimate area.

3.Healing tissues in vagina – Tannins in manjakani has the properties of tightening the vagina muscle and helps reverse loss of elasticity caused by ageing, hormonal changes and childbirth.

4. Reducing excessive vaginal discharge – Astringent also helps in reducing excessive discharge which can cause unpleasant odours.

5. Cleaning the excessive menstruation – Astringent can also absorb the excessive of blood due to menstrual.

6. Healing external tissues – Astringent in manjakani also aids in healing external tissue damage after childbirth.

7. Firmer and smoother skins – Astringent in manjakani helps for a smoother skin and also prevents acne.

8. Breast treatment – Due to elasticity properties in manjakani in treating muscles, therefore the habit of drinking manjakani can help improve the breast elasticity.

9. Mouth – Astringent in manjakani maintains the cleanliness in mouth.

10. Dry and Oily Skin – Astringent also helps in preventing dry and oily skin.

11. Rich in food vitamins – Due to fibres which contains in manjakani, it helps in preventing constipation. Vitamins, minerals, carbohydrate, and protein are also beneficial for a healthy life style.
Traditional Herbs in Thailand
1:04 PM | Author: Atie
It views human as a part of nature and the universe and views health as a balance between person and the environment.

Human life is a combination of body and emotion. The four essential elements of the body are earth, water, wind and fire. 111-health is a result of imbalance among these elements together with a lack of harmony between patient, his circumstances in life and the world around him.

Earth element represents structural organs of the body: hair, nail, teeth, skin, brain, muscle, tendon, bone, bone, marrow, spleen, heart, liver, ligament, kidney, lung, intestine, early digested food and absorbed food together with the waste product.


Water element represents all liquid, phlegm and semisolid in the body: blood, bile, sputum, pus, sweat, thick fat, oily fat, tear, saliva, nostril fluid, urine and joint fluid.


Wind element means the energy that controls movement in the body: upward wind, downward wind, abdominal wind, wind in the bowel, wind the blood circulation, wind penetrating all over the body and breathe.


Fire element represents vital heat energy that makes the body warm, heat or burn, fire to warm the body, fire to warm the body, fire that causes anxiety, fire that cause aging and fire for digestion.


Disease develops from the imbalance of these elements. The imbalance is classified into three degrees: excessive, weakness, and deficiency.


For example:
Element Sample Balance Excessive Weakkness Deficiency
Earth/muscle Normal movement of the body Clamp, stress Weak, no elasticity convulsion Inflammation, painful feeling, bruise, spasm, fatigue, atrophy and paralysis
Water/salvia Soothe the mouth; normal speech, chewing and swallowing;
digest starch to sugar
Too much
saliva in the mouth, dripping saliva
Thick saliva, hard to speak, chew and swallow Dry, painful, bloody mouth, bad smell, dry teeth and throat, thirsty
Wind/ wind in the blood circulation Normal blood circulation High blood pressure, headache Low blood pressure, fatigue, fainting Circulatory failure unconsciousness, paralysis
Fire/ fire that cause aging Make tissue deteriorate in normal rate Faster deterioration
of cells and
organs
Lower rate of deterioration, the results such as thicker skin, thick tongue Bleeding and circulatory problems; blood vessel construction, brain atrophy, heart failure and can cause death.

Etiology of disease
As it has been written that most illness arise from prolonged problems in diets, exercise, etc. thus factors influencing the elemental imbalance are:
1. eating habit, too much, not enough or bad quality of food and water, etc..
2. imbalance action and work: overloaded working, standing or sitting for a long period of time, restlessness, sleep disorder, too long urinary and feces retention, etc.;
3. environment and climate, rapid change of temperature, pollution, etc and
4. emotions: sadness, depression, anger, rage etc.


Principle of the art of traditional compounding
The remedies used for ill-health are made from plants, animals of minerals. Each formula composes of many drugs which can be divided into 4 groups:
1. main ingredients to exert the main action;
2. auxiliary drugs to support the main ingredients keep balance of the four elements and restore the health;
3. controlling drugs to control the action and sometimes toxicity of the main ingredients; and
4. coloring and flavoring agents to make the whole formula more palatable.

Traditional herbalist usually possesses distinct knowledge of the history of the natural ingredients. He must understand clearly about the name, appearance, color, odor and taste. He also have the knowledge of tastes and properties which are divided into 2 categories;

1. Rot prathaan (chief tastes of the whole remedy); cold, hot and gentle.
Taste of the remedy Remedy contains these as main ingredient Remedy
Cold Leaves, flowers, stamens, heated drug to
charcoal, etc
Fever, toxic substances, etc
Hot Piper, Ginger, Galangal,
etc
Flatulence, constipation, etc
Gentle Kot Thang Ha (Selinum, Artemisia, Angelica,
Lovage and Atractylis),
Thian Thang Haa
(Cumin, Black cumin,
Garden cress seed, Fenel
and Caraway), Cinnamon,
etc
Fainting, blood disease, etc

2. Yaa Kao Rot (nine taste of the drugs): astringent, sweet, nauseating, bitter, nutty, fragrant, salty, sour and pungent.
Taste of Yaa Properties Incompatibilities
astringent Diarrhea, wound healing, stomachic Cough, constipation, flatulence, thirst
sweet Skin refresher, muscle
tonic, cardiac tonic,
demulcent, thirst
Diebetes mellitus, skin diseases, carries
nauseating Detoxificant, skin diseases, insect bites, depressant Cardiac disease, cough
bitter Blood and bile tonic,
antipyretic, tonic,
stimulate appetite
Flatulence
nutty Deficiency of tendon,
tonic for joint fluid, tonic
Astma, cough with sputum, fever, thirst
fragant Heart, liver and lung tonic,
tonic for pregnant
women, relieve thirst
Flatulence
salty Laxative, eliminate fatty substances from the
intestine, blood purified,
soften the sputum
Flatulence
sour Cough with sputum, blood purified, relieve thirst Fever, diarrhea
pungent Carminative, fire element
tonic, antiflatulent,
promote sweating
Fever, inflammation of the eyes.

Differing from modern medicine, traditional treatment is not limited to relieve or cure symptom, but also aim to restore the body's normal function, so that it can heal itself. This is an alternative, medicine for everyone to desire and design his own destination.
DISCLAIMER

There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained or cited in an article on this site touching on
medical matters is true, correct, precise, or up-to-date. The majority of articles on this site is written,
in part or in whole, by nonprofessionals based on information taken from various sources in the internet and
general media. Even if a statement made about medicine is accurate, it may not apply to you or your symptoms,
as treatment varies from person to person. The information provided on this site is, at best, of a general nature
and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical professional (for instance, a qualified doctor/physician, nurse,
pharmacist/chemist, and so on.