Asafetida is available
as a resin or powder, the resin should be dissolved in oil before use
and only minute quantities are sufficient, a pinch or pea sized piece
is sufficient for a pot of stew.
Some European names refer to it as 'Satan's Faeces' for its strong and,
to most people, disgusting smell.
In India it is used as a substitute for garlic and onions. Some
religions and traditions proscribe onions and garlic (Brahmins, Jains
who are not permitted to use plant grown under the soil). Its use in
India is mainly with vegetarian dishes such as Dal
It is extremely sulphur-rich and is very beneficial as a detoxing
agent, even more effective than garlic, it is used in very small
quantities only a pinch being required. It is also credited with being
an antiflatulent. Indian tradition has it that those who do not use it
do not live as long as those who do
Farsi: آن غوزه (Anghuzeh or ح لتيت
Arabic: تيتلح Haltit
Balm of Gilead - A
member of the mint family, believed by the ancients to have aphrodisiac
Black Pepper - Peppercorns
are the seeds of the Asian vine Piper Nigrum, one of our most common
spices. The active ingredient is Piperine, Chemical formula: C17H19NO3,
Threshold of taste is approximately 700ppm.
Borage: Borago officinalis
Caution, Borage contains
minute quantities of serious liver poisons (pyrrolizidine alkaloids)
and should be used sparingly
Camomile: - German
camomile, also known as manzanilla (Matricaria recutita) Camomile (or
Chamomile) is used as a tea or a lotion. As such it is a mild sedative
and is sometimes called the nighttime tea and is believed to be
effective in cases of mild to moderate insomnia. The tea is made with
the flowers and leaves.
Camomile tea is used for a
range of ailments, including digestive problems and ulcers, colds,
toothache andsore throats, As a lotion Camomile is used for
insect bites, skin disorders; acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Some research has shown
anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties, it
contains an anticoagulant - Coumarin.
Caution: As with all
herbs your physician should be consulted. A Camomile user in Canada
suffered hemorrhaging caused by using both tea and lotion while also
being prescribed Warfarin for a heart condition.
Chondroitin - A
cartilage extract, can be extracted from fish or mammal
sources. Fish is claimed to be superior. It is often supplied
with Glucosamine. Chondroitin sulphate, is a substance that
is also found naturally in the cartilage's sponge-like shock
Cilantro - Popular in
Mexican and Far-Eastern cuisine, cilantro has in a few studies have
shown to be an effective chelating or purifying herb. Some researchers
believe that it can remove mercury from the brain and body.
Cobalt - An
element, cobalt is essential to all red blooded animals, it is involved
in the production of red blood cells via vitamin B12.
Cod Liver Oil -
contains important nutrients Omega 3 'fatty acids' that they contain.
The two most important are called EPA and DHA, heart, circulation
and brain function. It is also rich in Vitamins A and D, which are
essential for the maintenance of healthy joints, skin. hair and strong
Coltsfoot - (Tussilago farfara): Caution,
Coltsfoot sometimes appears in herbal remedies but contains serious
liver poisons (pyrrolizidine alkaloids)
Comfrey. - (Symphytum
officinale). Ofter prescibed for intestinal troubles and diarrhoea and
dysentery, also whooping-cough broken bones and bruises. Comfry is
prepared by boiling the crushed root in water or milk Comfrey is
elated to Borage Caution, This
too is a liver toxin in large quantities. The less common Russian
Comfrey is thought to be the more toxic. It seems to be unwise to use
the herb regularly.
Believed to contain a specific group of polyphenols called
proanthocyanidins Cranberry also possesses strong antioxidant
properties and can also help to deodorise urine. Believed by some to be
able to cure urinary infections.
Evening Primrose Oil
contains GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid). A natural fatty acid used by
the body to form prostaglandins Its purpose is to help control and
regulate cell growth and the maintenance of hormonal balance It also
helps maintain a healthy skin.
- Essential iin pregnancy and believed to be important in brain health,
especially for the elderly.
Germander. - (Teucrium
contains serious liver poisons (pyrrolizidine alkaloids)
Ginger - A remedy for
digestive disorders, relieve the aches and pains of arthritis and has
anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. Ginger is also widely
used to prevent motion sickness. The
active constituents are 'gingerols'.
Glucosamine - As
we get older, our cartilage gradually degenerates through wear and
tear. This can lead to osteo-arthritis; a joint disorder characterised
by Joint stiffness and pain. This condition must not be confused with
osteoporosis, which is characterised by brittle bones of low mineral
density. Glucosamine in its natural form exists in all of our joints
and muscles, playing a role in the everyday mobility and smooth working
of cartilage, tendons and ligaments. It is a major building block of
the complex proteins that form part of the structure of
Garlic - The
benefits include helping to maintain a healthy heart and circulation as
well as helping to maintain the body's immune defence. The most
important quality is perhaps the ability to assist in the elimination
of toxins. This is due to particularly effective sulfhydryl group
compounds. Some say that it is a good source of germanium which may be
beneficial trace element.
- Aids redistribution of fat. Helps nourish brain cells. Maximises
effect of vitamin E.
Iodine - A
mineral essential for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland, one
of the most important glands in the endocrine system. A deficiency in
this element can cause Cretinism in children also Thyroidism a swelling
of the neck due to enlargement of the thyroid.
Kava Kava -
Taken to relieve stress Kava Kava is derived from the root of the
Australasian shrub Piper methsticum. active constituents
in Kava extract are called Kava-lactones, (sometimes referred to as
Kava-pyrones). root. Kava supplements help reduce anxiety, aid
restful sleep help during menopause.
has a high Iodine content. Iodine is also used by the thyroid
gland to produce a hormone that regulates the metabolic rate, the speed
at which the body burns fats and sugars as well as controlling
cholesterol levels. It is needed to maintain healthy hair and skin. It
is not stored in the body so a regular intake of iodine is essential
Helps the body synthesise Acetylcholine, found in cell membranes
and essential for the functioning of the brain and nervous tissue. Also
aids the digestion and metabolism of fats.
Lycopene The substance
that gives tomatoes their red color. It is a powerful
anti-oxidant and has been found to benefit enlarged prostate
pokeweed. (Phytolacca americana)
serious liver poisons (pyrrolizidine alkaloids)
Q10 Co-enzyme Q10
is a naturally occurring substance found in all our body cells,
particularly those of the heart muscle. It is also called 'ubiquinone',
Its function is to help release energy from food. As we get older we
produce Q10 less efficiently so taking a supplement could help maintain
fit for a Queen, Royal Jelly is a highly nutritional nectar
produced by the salivary glands of the worker bees as a food source for
the Queen Bee. The fact that Royal Jelly enhances the growth, fertility
and longevity of queen bees has led many people to think that it will
do the same for humans. The Chinese view Royal Jelly with high regard
as a traditional medicine for its efficiency in restoring strength
after illness. Royal Jelly is a complex substance that is not fully
understood. It is known to contain bee hormones, B vitamins, minerals
and trace elements such as copper, iron, silicon, phosphatesand
potassium, . It also contains acetylcholine, essential for the
transmission of nerve impulses and inositol which helps with fat and
Savory - A plant
of the Satureja family, it is used as a flavoring for beans
and green vegetables. Popular in Italy it is often used in Salami
sausage. Yerba Buena is in fact a variety of Satureja.
Saw Palmetto -
Traditionally used as remedy relief of urinary problems. Gamma
Linolenic Acid (GLA) 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor is important for
prostate health and also for the maintenance of a healthy immune
element, selenium is important micronutrient and is required in the
functioning of all life forms, it has also been claimed that it can
reduce the deterioration due to AIDS and to enhance the effect of
several anti-cancer drugs. Natural sources include Brazil Nuts.
St John's Wort
A natural anti-depressant, the active ingredient is called
Hypericin. If you are taking prescribed drug consult your doctor
before taking this product. Herbs
should be treated with respect!
Starflower Oil like
Evening Primrose Oils another rich source of natural GLA
and is taken for similar reasons.
to help control heart rhythm and body temperature. Also thought to
absorb excess sodium and improves muscle metabolism. - an ingredient in
a popular stimulant drink - Red Bull.
Valerian is an aid to
a deeper, sleep. The root of the plant contains valerenic acid, which
are believed to be responsible for Valerian's soothing sleep inducing
(Epilobium ) Urinary problems, unlike cranberry this is not
thought to be able to work on infections but does ameliorate urinary
discomfort and reduces difficulty in passing water. Please note that
anyone experiencing urinary discomfort should visit a doctor as it is
frequently a symptom of something more serious.
Zinc is essential for
the maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails - and for an effective
immune system. It has also been found to shrink enlarged but
non-cancerous prostate gland. In men fertility, potency and testicular
function are all affected by deficiency. Most men only get two thirds
of their daily requirements. Zinc is believed to help reduce the
conversion of the male hormone testosterone into DHT which, in excess
affects prostate growth.