- 1 teaspoon wild yam
- 1 teaspoon chaste tree herb
- 1/2 teaspoon licorice root
- 2 tablespoons nettle leaf
- 1 teaspoon ladies mantle
- Combine herbs. Pour 1 quart boiling water over the herb mixture and let set for 1 hour. refrigerate. Drink 3 8 ounce cups per day.
** Bearberry can make the tea for you an put in tea bags upon request.
Vitex agnus castus
Also known as Chaste Tree Fruit or Monk's Pepper
History: The Chaste Tree’s name originates from its use in Roman fertility festivals and its adaptation by the Catholic church as a sign chastity and celibacy. Traditionally, the berries are used to create a pulp and is used as a tincture for the relief of paralysis and limb pain and weakness. Chaste Tree extract has also been used to manage symptoms numerous gynecological issues such as premenstrual syndrome and menopause.
The Commission E approved the use of chaste tree fruit for irregularities of the menstrual cycle, premenstrual complaints, and mastodynia. The herb has been studied for use in cases of insufficient lactation.
Warning: Patients who have an allergy to or are hypersensitive to V. agnus-castus or patients who are pregnant or breast-feeding should avoid use. Safe use in children has not been established.
Uses: PMS, normalization of pituitary gland, dysmenorrhea
Active Ingredients: iridoids (agnuside and aucubin), flavonoids(kaempferol, quercetagetin, casticin), diterpenoids, progestins, essential oils, alkaloid vitricine and ketosteroids. Vitexlactam A, diterpene
Actions: Emmenagogue, tonic
Also known as Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Bugwort, and Squawroot
History: Black Cohosh is often planted in gardens for its pretty white blossoms; however, Its twisted, black roots are sought out for medicinal value. The Black Cohosh plant is native to eastern North American and was widely used by natives to promote kidney function and for addressing women's disorders, such as cramps. It is also used by Cherokee and other Native American tribes as a sedative.
ModernUses: diarrhoea, consumption, cough, fever, high heart rate, whooping-cough
Commission E approved the use of black cohosh root for premenstrual discomfort and dysmenorrhea or climacteric (menopausal) neurovegetative ailments. Acteina, a constituent in black cohosh, has been studied for use in treating peripheral arterial disease
Active Ingredients: Resin, bitter glycosides, ranunculin (changes to anemonin upon drying), salicylic acid, tannin, estrogenic principle
Actions: Antispasmodic, alterative, sedative, nervine, tonic, emmenagogue,Astringent, diuretic, expectorant
Complementary Herbs: Blue Cohosh, Bogbean
Warning: Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Overdoses produce nausea and vomiting.
Also known as Lion's Foot and Nine Hooks
$3.00 per ounce
History: Named for its medieval cloak shaped leaves, Lady’s Mantle is chiefly a garden plant today. However, the plant had a reputation, in ancient times, of having mystical and healing abilities. Lady’s Mantle have been used as a remedy for external and internal bleeding and as well as vomiting.
Modern Use: Today lady's mantle is recognized as a medicine for Light and nonspecific diarrhea.
Wild Yam Root, Wild Crafted
Dioscorea villosa L.
Also known as Colicroot, Devil’s-bones
$3.00 per Ounce
History: Wild Yam Root was widely used in North American folk medicine. Native Americans often used Wild Yam Root to treat colic which is why it was given the nickname Colicroot. Traditionally, it has been used to treat inflammation, muscle spasms, and a range of disorders, including asthma. Several studies show Wild Yam Root has powerful antifungal properties and may help fight yeast and other fungal infections.
ModernUses: relieve intestinal colic, rheumatoid arthritis
Active Ingredients: steroidal, saponins including dioscine, phytosterols, alkaloids, tannins, much starch
Actions: antispasmodic, anti- inflammatory, anti- rheumatic, cholagogue, anti-bilious, heptic
Complementary Herbs: Calamus, Chamomile, Ginger, Black Cohosh
Glycyrrhiza glabra, Glycyrrhiza lepidota
History: Licorice is known for its unique sweet taste that comes from the plant’s roots and is often used to flavor candy, foods, beverages, and tobacco. There are two main varieties. Glycyrrhiza glabra is native to Egypt but is also grown in Greece, Turkey, and Asia. The root was used to soothe coughs asthma, and lung complaints. Greek and Roman soldiers would chew on the roots to keep up their strength on long marches. Glycyrrhiza lepidota is the Native American species. Native Americans used the whole Licorice plant, including the burs, leaves, shoots, and roots. The Cheyenne, Montana Indians, and Northwestern tribes ate the tender spring shoots raw. Many tribes nibbled the roots to keep the mouth sweet and moist. The buffalo runners of the Blackfoot Indians were known to suck on the burs to keep from getting thirsty, while other tribes sucked on the burs to keep the body cool during sweat lodge or Sun Dance.
Uses: stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic,chronic gastritis, sore throat, bronchitis, cough, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), liver disorders, malaria, tuberculosis, food poisoning, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
The Commission E approved the internal use of licorice root for catarrhs of the upper respiratory tract and gastric or duodenal ulcers.
The British Herbal Compendium indicates its use for bronchitis, peptic ulcer, chronic gastritis, rheumatism and arthritis, and adrenocorticoid insufficiency. The German Standard License approves licorice root infusions for loosening mucus, alleviating discharge in bronchitis, and as an adjuvant in treating spasmodic pains of chronic gastritis. In France, licorice preparations may be used to treat epigastric bloating, impaired digestion, and flatulence.
The World Health Organization recognizes no uses for licorice as being supported by clinical data; WHO recognizes the following uses as being described in pharmacopeias and in traditional systems of medicine: demulcent for sore throats; expectorant in treatment of coughs and bronchial catarrh; prophylaxis and treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers; used in dyspepsia; anti-inflammatory in treating allergic reactions, rheumatism, and arthritis; to prevent liver toxicity; and to treat tuberculosis and adrenocorticoid insufficiency.
Active Ingredients: Glycyrrhizin, resin, asparagin, Tannin
Actions: demulcent, pectoral and emollient
Complementary Herbs: Coltsfoot, Horehound, Marshmallow, Meadowsweet, Comfrey
Also known as Blue Vervain, Common Verbena, Common Vervain, Enchanter's Plant, European Vervain, Herb of Grace, Herb of the Cross, Pigeon's Grass, Pigeonweed, Simpler's Joy, Turkey Grass
History: There is nothing overwhelmingly unique about the appearance of Vervain. However, the plant has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb and was even used as ritual plant in Roman temples and homes and as an ingredient in charms, spells, and potions. Over the years Vervain has been used as a remedy for snake and insect bites, diarrhea, bleeding colds, fevers, and skin disorders.
Medicinal actions: Parasympathomimetic, anti-spasmodic, mild analgesic, nervous system tonic, bitter, emmenagogue.
Medicinal use: A digestive tonic that increases secretion of saliva, HCl, pancreatic enzymes, increased bile secretion and gall bladder contractility, and increased intestinal motility. Verbena is a mild choleretic and hepatic stimulant. It is useful in irritated, depressed states. It will tone and strengthen the whole nervous system while relaxing any tension or stress. It can be used to ease depression and melancholia, especially when this follows illness such as influenza.
History:Stinging Nettle gets its name from its ability to shoot you with a venom in its leaves or stem that leaves you with a itchy rash, similar to Poison Ivy. What is less known about the plant is that the leaves and stem can act as an anti-irritant to an already inflicted part of your skin. The root of the Stinging Nettle can be used to improve the overall health and wellness of an individual. In North America, many native tribes, such as the Ojibwe, Huron, Iroquois, Algonquin, Chippewa, Menomini, Meskwaki, and Potawatami, used the plant for a multitude of medical purposes.
Warning: Experts recommend taking no more than 1 dose a day for the first few days to make certain you are not allergic to it!
Uses: hay fever, allergies, runny eyes, running nose, osteo-arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, allergic skin conditions including eczema and contact dermatitis.
Active Ingredients: lycopene, histamine, protoporphyrin, serotonin, violaxanthin, and xanthophyll-epoxide
Actions: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-anaphylactic,anti-rheumatic, anti-asthmatic, anti-convulsant, anti-dandruff, anti-histamine, astringent, decongestant, depurative, diuretic, hemostatic, hypoglycemic, hypotensive, galactagogue, immunomodulator, prostate tonic, stimulating tonic
Complementary Herbs: Burdock, Figwort