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Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!


ALFALFA (lat. Medicago sativa)

Alfalfa is believed to have originated in northern Africa. It had been used in ancient India and Arabia. The name is derived from the Arabic, al-fac-facah, meaning "father of all foods."
The parts of the alfalfa that used for consumption are the dried leaves, stems, unopened flowers and seed sprouts. Alfalfa contains protein, carotene, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. Nutrient analysis also shows the presence of calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc. As well, alfalfa is one of the richest sources of dietary fiber and chlorophyll.

ALFALFA Benefits and uses:
The alfalfa herb contains many nutrients, including high quantities of protein, trace mineral, vitamins, dietary fiber and chlorophyll, which act as an antioxidant in the bloodstream.
Alfalfa sprouts are a staple of salads and contain nutrients, but the leaves hold the best healing potential and contain phytoestrogens that could be beneficial in menopausal and breast feeding women. Alfalfa contains the plant worlds equivalents of human estrogens, meaning a woman going through menopause or breastfeeding a baby, may receive a benefit from it.
The leaf from of alfalfa decreases cholesterol levels and shrinks plaques that are already present in the arteries. Alfalfa also slows the progress of atherosclerosis by keeping cholesterol from entering the body from food. The alfalfa saponins- soaplike compounds- form an insoluble foam with cholesterol inside the intestine, without affecting heart-healthy HDL cholesterol.
Alfalfa also has important uses in counteracting the effects of cancer chemotherapy. Alfalfa extracts may increase the production of white cells by as much as 60 percent.
Alfalfa has been used by herbalists to treat ulcers, with good results. The bioflavonoids found in alfalfa build capillary strength and reduce inflammation of the stomach lining. At the same time the vitamin A in alfalfa maintains the stomach's health.
A pleasent side effect is that alfalfa also acts as as breath freshener.
Dried alfalfa may be taken as capsules or tablets.
This herb is also a popular tea having a very soft, delicate flavour that combines nicely with mint and lemon. To make a herbal tea- use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried alfalfa leaves in a cup of boiling water. You can drink it up to 3 times a day.

Cautions:
Alfalfa seeds should never be eaten unless sprouted because they contain high levels of the toxic amino acid canavanine. Alfalfa also contains saponins which could aggravate anemia. Use of the dried leaves of alfalfa and in recomended dosages of capsules is considered to be safe.

ALOE VERA (Aloe barbadensis)

Aloe vera is also known as Aloe, the burn plant, the lily of the desert and as elephant's gall. The Aloe vera plant is a member of the Lily family. The use of Aloe vera dates back to the ancient Egyptians who knew it as the "plant of immortality".

Today many people grow one or two small aloe vera plants in their homes to have the healing agent readily available. The gel from the inside of a cut leaf is ready to use as an ointment or supplement.

Benefits and uses:
Aloe vera is an excellent source of nutrients. It contains over 200 nutritional compounds, including 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins, including vitamin B12, anthraquinones, enzymes, minerals,lignins, monosaccharide, polysaccharides, salicylic acid, saponins, and sterols.

The most important use of Aloe vera is in skin care. It's found in countless skin lotions and sunblocks. Topically, aloe gel helps soothe dry skin, and promotes healing of burns (including sun burns) and abrasions. It can be applied straight from the plant without any processing.

Internally, Aloe vera is said to aid with coughs, wounds, ulcers, diabetes, cancer, headaches, arthritis and immune system deficiencies, but non of the claims have been substantiated.
The only proven oral use is as a laxative to aid with constipation.

Cautions: Use of topical aloe vera is not associated with significant side effects. Internally the laxative effect of Aloe vera can lower the absorption of many drugs.
For Diabetics, studies show internal use may lower blood glucose levels.

Lastly, never take Aloe Vera intravenously, it can lead to death. Injection of aloe vera is illegal in the United States, but in desperation, people have gone to other less regulated countries for unproven cancer treatments involving injections.

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Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!








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