St Johns Wort

August 10, 2018

St John’s wort, scientifically known as Hypericum perforatum, is a flowering plant in the Hypercaceae family which has been used medicinally to treat depression and a wide variety of ailments for thousands of years. Other common names for this herb include: Johnswort, Amber, Touch-and-heal, Goat weed, Hardhay, Klamath weed, Rosin rose, Hypericum, and Tipton weed. St John’s wort gets its name from its traditional flowering and harvesting on St John’s day on the 24th of June. The name of the genus Hypericum is derived from the Greek terminology hyper (above) and eikon (picture) in reference to the traditional hanging of plants over religious pictures in the home on St John’s day in a bid to ward off evil. The plant has straight stalks and can grow up to 1m tall, with opposing, stalkless, narrow leaves approximately 1 – 2cm long. The leaves are green-yellow in colour and have scattered translucent dots which are highly conspicuous when held up to light. The flowers are yellow in colour, with 5 petals covered with black dots. It thrives in areas with either a winter or summer dominant rainfall pattern and will usually flower between late spring and early summer. While this herb is grown commercially in certain regions of south east Europe, it is considered a no

August 11, 2016

CINNAMON

Cinnamon is a spice that is made from the inner bark of several trees called Cinnamomum. Its medicinal benefits have been used throughout history, as far back as the Ancient Egyptians. There are two types of cinnamon: first Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum): known as true cinnamon, and Cassia or Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum): which originates from China and is generally less expensive.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Has loads of antioxidants
  • Anti inflammatory properties
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Dramatically reduces insulin resistance, allowing the hormone to do its job and therefore reducing blood sugar levels
  • Therefore cinnamon has and anti-diabetic effect by lowering blood sugar, reducing insulin resistance, and the presence of a compound in cinnamon acts by mimicking insulin
  • May help prevent Alzheimer’s disease by inhibiting the build up of protein called Tau in the brain
  • May help prevent Parkinson’s disease by protecting neurons, normalizing neurotransmitter levels, and improve motor functions
  • May help prevent cancer
  • Helps to prevent and treat bacterial and fungal infections due to the presence of Cinnamaldehyde which is a strong antibacterial/antifung

July 11, 2016

    St John’s Wort (hypericum perforatum): This herb has been used since the renaissance as an antidepressant. It is effective in treating other mental and sleeping disorders. This herb treats depression by preventing nerve cells in the brain from reabsorbing serotonin, or by reducing levels of protein in the immune system. In studies St John’s Wort is hardly ever less effective than any over the counter prescription medications. Some side effects include: dry mouth, dizziness, increased sensitivity to sunlight, gastrointestinal distress, and fatigue. Caution: do not use this herb with other drugs, alcohol, or other therapeutic drugs/herbs. Do not give to children or use when pregnant or breast feeding.

July 1, 2016

    Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza Glabra): Licorice root contains many anti-depressant compounds and has many health benefits such as: boosts the immune system by increasing levels of interferon; a chemical in the immune system that fights viruses, relieves pain and stress by preventing the breakdown of adrenal hormones such as cortisol (primary stress-fighting hormone), and combats hay fever due to being an anti-allergenic. It is also used for ulcers, indigestion, heartburn, respiratory problems, chronic fatigue symptoms and fibromyalgia, hepatitis, PMS, and heart disease.