Rauwolfia serpentina; General uses: high blood pressure, snake bite, fever, dropsy, nervousness, insomnia;
Reserpine is the active ingredient in the plant and is effective in lowering high blood pressure. It's been used in India and the East for thousands of years. It was the first drug used for high blood pressure in western medicine. Rauwolfia has been used for anxiety and psychosis because at higher doses it tends to calm a person and slow them down. Several studies have shown reserpine to be effective in helping people with Cushing's disease. Tardive dyskinesia, a side effect of certain antipsychotic drugs, has been helped with reserpine.
Sandalwood The sandalwood powder is obtained from the sandalwood tree of Indian origin. The important property of this powder is being antimicrobial
Cardamom Cardamom belongs to the same family as ginger and turmeric. Cardamom has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It was popular in Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, India and China. It is renowned for its ability to help digestive and stomach disorders but is also used for other complaints, such as those listed below:
- Cardamom can help relieve indigestion and intestinal gas.
- In India it is used for chest disorders such as asthma and bronchitis.
- Some say that cardamom is an excellent tonic and pick-me-up.
- It also has diuretic properties.
- Cardamom can relieve bad breath and can help clear up teeth and gum disorders.
- The therapeutic properties of cardamom-oil have found application in many traditional medicines as antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and tonic.
- Cardamom is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.
- It is also an excellent source of manganese and iron. Manganese is a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.
Borage flowers Borage seed oil, a product of the borage plant, is high in gamma-linoleic acid, abbreviated as GLA, an omega-6 fatty acid that is essential for maintaining good health. GLA acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent and can reduce airway inflammation. The borage plant--its leaves and flowers--is considered a natural diuretic and so helps your kidneys filter and expel excess fluids.
Pomegranate seeds Pomegranate' s high antioxidant content has also made researchers wonder if it could help in heart disease. Pomegranate juice seems to protect LDL cholesterol's damage . Some scientists think that damage to LDL cholesterol causes plaque to build up in arteries, so stopping the damage might help keep arteries clear. One study of mice with atherosclerosis found that pomegranate juice slowed the growth of plaque formation. And a few small studies in people found that pomegranate juice improved blood flow and kept arteries from becoming thick and stiff. However, more and better studies are needed to see exactly what benefit pomegranate juice might offer. Pomegranate is loaded with tannins, anthocyanins, polyphenolics and antioxidant vitamins, A, E and C, all of which have a health effect on the body. These elements work together to benefit the arteries, plus it keeps the cardiovascular system healthy which is the chief health benefit of Pomegranate.
There is some preliminary evidence that drinking pomegranate juice every day may help lower systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading). It has also been found to increase levels of nitric oxide, which improve blood flow to the heart, reduce arterial plaque, reduce systolic blood pressure and help in erectile dysfunction.
Rose petals The reasons for the diuretic effects of the roses are they contain Vitamin C, pectin, malic and citric acids.
- It relieves fluid retention and hastens the elimination of wastes through kidneys
- It is a wonderful remedy for dysentery, diarrhea and gastro enteritis
- It has an uplifting effect on the nervous system and can relieve insomnia, depression and fatigue
Cinnamon bark Cinnamon has long been used in traditional Asian medicine and is used for joint pain, heart palpitations, and dysmenorrhea. Cinnamon has strong antioxidant properties; its essential oil has reported antibacterial and antifungal properties in vitro. It has been shown to decrease smooth muscle contractions in the trachea and ileum, colon, and stomach. In a study of 54 human subjects, cinnamon tea increased total serum antioxidant status and decreased lipid peroxidation.
A recent trial reported reduced serum glucose, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels in 60 people with type 2 diabetes. There were beneficial effects on angina with negligible adverse effects
Cumin seeds Cumin seeds contain numerous phyto-chemicals that are known to have antioxidant, carminative and anti-flatulent properties. The seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber.
This spice is an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. It also contains very good amounts of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and other vital anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin C
Fennel seeds Anti-inflammatory benefit of the plant. It significantly increases the plasma superoxide dismutase and catalase activities and the high density lipoprotein-cholesterol level. These results seems to support the use of fennel fruit methanolic extract in relieving inflammation.
Fennel showed evidence of decreased levels of serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin,helping in liver disease.
What's in fennel herb? Many substances have been identified in fennel including estragole, hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives, flavonoid glycosides, flavonoid aglycons, quercetin, kaempferol, chlorogenic acid, eriocitrin, rutin, miquelianin, rosmarinic acid, and caffeoylquinic acid. Most of these substances in fennel are antioxidants.
Coriander seeds Coriander has been used as a flavoring agent and medicinal plant since ancient times. Across many cultures, coriander was historically used for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders such as stomachache, indigestion and nausea. In parts of India, it has traditionally been used for its anti-inflammatory properties. In the United States, coriander has recently been studied for its cholesterol-lowering effects.
Control of Blood sugar, Cholesterol and Free radical production. Recent research studies (though still on animals) have confirmed all three of these healing effects. When coriander was added to the diet of diabetic mice, it helped stimulate their secretion of insulin and lowered their blood sugar. When given to rats, coriander reduced the amount of damaged fats (lipid peroxides) in their cell membranes. And when given to rats fed a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet, coriander lowered levels of total and LDL (the "bad" cholesterol), while actually increasing levels of HDL (the "good" cholesterol). Research also suggests that the volatile oils found in the leaves of the coriander plant, commonly known as cilantro, may have antimicrobial properties.