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Dandelion which is often dismissed as a pesky garden weed, has a long and respectable history as a medicinal herb. It is even called the “Great Blood Builder and Purifier!”
Dandelion tea, which is made from the leaves, is high in calcium, organic sodium, and other nutrients, and is considered by some to be a tonic to the entire system. Dandelion root, ground into a popular substitute for coffee, is renowned for its diuretic and mild laxative qualities.

Valerian root:
Valerian root steeped (but not boiled) into a dark tea, is believed by many to be a natural relaxant used to assist people who suffer from insomnia, pain, or nervous disorders. Some people feel a cup of valerian tea relieves headaches associated with menopause, and even soothes the entire system.

Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera plants grown in the home are sometimes used as first-aid treatment for minor burns. Users break off a leaf and apply the juice directly to the affected area, finding that the soothing liquid stops the pain and assists in healing.

Ginseng is called the “King of Herbs” in the traditional Chinese medicines. Herbalists often prescribe it as a potent anti-fatigue tonic. With regular use, they claim, ginseng builds energy by allowing the blood to carry more oxygen.
Several varieties of ginseng are available in tablets and liquid form, but the best ginseng comes in the form of a tea made directly from this wonderful root.
In fact, many ginseng purists believe that ginseng should never be taken in pill or processed form because “the king cannot march without his soldiers.” And what are his soldiers? Hot water!

Echinacea,a perennial plant that produces large, purplish flowers, is regarded by many as an enhancer of the immune system. Believers say that it dramatically increases the production of white blood cells in the body, thereby helping to eliminate infectious diseases.
According to researchers in Germany, Echinacea may also copy the actions of the body’s own interferon, which puts up a wall of resistance to bacteriological and viral infections. Hence, it is a popular preventive treatment for colds and flu.
Echinacea is usually sold in liquid form. A prescribed number of drops is mixed with warm water and taken several time daily.

Dried chaparral:
Dried chaparral, according to many herbalists, may eliminate dandruff. Six tablespoons of this hearty desert plant can be added to a quart of whiskey or wine, brought to boil in an enamel (not aluminum) pot, and then simmered for twenty minutes.
After allowing it to steep for several hours, herbalists suggest using a cup of this concoction as an after-shampoo rinse. If you leave it on your hair, they claim, you should see an amazing change in your dandruff problem after one week.

Cayenne pepper:
Cayenne pepper, which puts the spicy sting in Mexican food, is also believed by some to provide substantial relief to sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.
Herbalists think that capsicum, the active ingredient in cayenne, blocks a hormone that transmits pain signals to the brain, resulting in a major reduction in arthritic discomfort. Those who use it recommend two cayenne capsules three or four times a day, preferably taken with apple juice or milk.

Licorice, herbalists believe, helps you fight laryngitis. Some have found that a tea made from this super-sweeter twig (fifty times sweeter than sugar!) will restore a lost voice. It may also sooth sore throats and help control coughs.
Herbalists suggest placing about ten licorice twigs in water, heating it to boil, and letting it simmer for twenty minutes. The resulting tea can be reheated – and the twigs reused – at lease four time.

cranberry juice:
Drinking cranberry juice is thought by many to help fight urinary tract infections. Cranberry juice acidifies the urine, adherents claim, thereby creating an unfriendly environment for alkaline-loving bacteria to grow in. This juice is available in any grocery store.

Ginkgo biloba:
Ginkgo biloba, a popular herb in traditional Chinese medicine, is used by many throughout the world in an attempt to treat sleep disturbances, increase blood circulation, and help regulate the excretion of urine. It is available in any health-food store in tablet and capsule form.

Chamomile is often recommended by herbal practitioners to treat digestive disorders. Herbalists believe that this herb, usually consumed in the form of a pleasant and relaxing tea, tones the entire digestive tract. They also recommend chamomile as a liver cleanser.

morning glory:
Herbalists say that the leaves of the morning glory vine take the sting out if insect bites. Crushing the leaves and rubbing them onto the bite, they believe, can gently ease the pain and itching.

Dong quai:
Dong quai is widely used for “female problems”, including premenstrual tension and hot flashes.
This Chinese herb is believed to harmonize ch’i (the universal energy that is the core of traditional Chinese medicine), increases circulation, and provide an overall tranquilizing effect. It is available in pill or capsule form.

Garlic, eaten as part of your regular diet or taken in pills, is believed by many to provide natural antibiotic action.
Some scientific tests suggest that garlic is a natural antibiotic that may both enhance overall wellness and strengthen the immune systems. Some also believe that it helps to cleanse cholesterol from the blood and, in combination with cayenne, may help lower blood pressure.