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!

HAWTHORN (bot. Crataegus oxyacantha, Crataegus laevigata, Crataegus monogyna)

Hawthorn is also known as Mayblossom, Whitethorn, Red Haw and Mayflower, and it belongs to the Rose family. Hawthorn is a thorny shrub that grows wild in many areas of North America, Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. The Hawthorn shrub grows up to 5 feet tall and has white flowers in the spring which turn into red berries in the fall.
Hawthorn is one of the oldest known medicinal plants in Europe, where it has been used for hundreds of years for its medical benefits. The flowers, leaves and berries of the plant are used.

Benefits and uses:
The activ ingerients of Hawthorn include tannins, flavonoids, essential oil, triterpene-carbonic acids and purine derivatives. The dried leaves and flowers are normally used, but the fruits can also be used. Hawthorn berries have been used as a heart tonics for thousands of years, and remain one of our most valued herbal heart tonics. The herb is used in treating angina, irregular heartbeat, and Reynaud's disease as well. HAWTHORN It is said to dilates coronary arteries, improve oxygenation and energy metabolism in the heart, and decrease lactic acid, the waste product of exertion that causes heart muscle pain. Hawthorn has the ability to normalize blood pressure, lower high blood pressure and restore low blood pressure to normal.
It is also used to correct high cholesterol levels. It has been said that Hawthorne can actually strengthen the heart muscle.
Hawthorn is also valuable in insomnia and as a digestive aid. Both flowers and fruit and berries are astringent and useful in alleviating sore throats. Both flowers and berries are used in herbal medicine, but the berries are considered more potent.
This herb extract is also said to alleviate symptoms related to varicose veins.

A bitter tasting tea can be made from dried Hawthorn leaves, flowers, and berries. To prepare hawthorn tea, use one teaspoon dried hawthorn leaves or berries in one cup boiling water. Let steep for ten minutes, then strain and enjoy. It can be had in the morning and at night with out affecting sleep, work or play.

The benefits of using Hawthorn are usually seen after one to two months.

Hawthorn is safe, and is considered a medicinal food. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not use Hawthorn.
It may increase the potency of some heart medicines. When supplementing with Hawthorn or any other herb, make sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations.
Hawthorn extracts should not be used to replace existing therapies for cardiovascular disease, unless under the supervision of a qualified medical doctor.

HOODIA (Hoodia Gordonii)

The herb Hoodia is also known as Bushman's Hat and Queen of the Namib. Hoodia Gordonii is a succulent, cactus like plant (but not related to cactus family) native to Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. The flowering plant is part of the family Apocynaceae and is an endangered African plant.

HOODIA GORDONII For many centuries, the Kalahari Desert's San Bushmen have used Hoodia to naturally and safely to stave off hunger and thirst and provide energy during long trips across the desert. The Bushmen cut off a stem about the size of a cucumber and munch on it over a few of days.

In the Western world Hoodia Gordonii is usually sold in powdered form or in capsules. A bottle of 60 pills usually costs between $30 and $45. It can also be had as fresh Hoodia stems, dehydrated Hoodia extracts, and Aqueous alcohol extracts.

Benefits and uses:
Hoodia gordonii is an all natural powerful appetite suppressant and weight loss product with no known side effects. Hoodia works by copying the effect glucose has on the the brain. The herb sends a feeling of fullness to the brain, reducing appetite. Hoodia, unlike othe stimulants, will not make you edgy, irritable or increase your heart rate, therefore causing no lose of sleep.

In trials the average Hoodia test subject safely reduced their calorie intake by 1,000 calories daily over a period of 14 days, letting you lose fat and get trim by taking Hoodia in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet and moderate exercise. South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research identified and patented P57, the ingredient in the plant believed to curb appetite.

Hoodia Tea:
Hoodia Tea is widely promoted as an excellent way to stop midday snacking. It is usually sold as blends with Rooibos, or blended with Green Tea and Magnolia Bark. As an added health bonus it can be taken with Honey.

to make Hoodia Tea bring fresh, cold water to a boil. Pour over a bag of Hoodia Tea and steep 3 or 4 minutes to desired strength and flavour. Hoodia Tea is also delicious as an iced tea.

Hoodia Gordonii has no known side effects. as with most herbs and supplements pregnant or breast feeding women are advised against using hoodia without checking with a physician.

To insure quality and that a product is made with Authentic Hoodia, it needs a C.I.T.E.S certificate from South Africa. C.I.T.E.S stands for the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. They monitor the amount of Hoodia exported, in order to ensure the plant species survival.

HOPS (bot. Humulus Lupulus)

Hops are a perennial plant widely cultivated in France, Great Btitain, Germany, the United States Russia, Australia and New Zealand. The ripened cones of the female Hop plant are used in brewing brewing beer. They, along with Hop grain are used in traditional medicine as well. The Hops contain volitile oil and bitter resin complex which are better known as lupulin.

Benefits and uses:
HOPS Hops have been used to relieve the pain of bladder infections, and it is used as a potent sedative. Also hops have hormonal as well as anti-bacterial effects. They are said to relieve pain and relax spasms, toothaches, ear aches, as well as arthritis, gout, insomnia and lupus.
Fresh hops provide bitters that stimulate digestion and improve appetite. These bitters are also found in dried herb.
Hops have recently been used in the prevention of hair loss, the natural ingredients of hops invigorate and strengthen your hair.
As a food the young shoots can be eaten raw or cooked like asparagus, but the main application of hops is still the flavouring of beer.

A tea of Hops can be made to stimulate digestion. This tea is very bitter on its own,but very useful as an aid for indigestion. Hops teas are also used to relieve the pain of bladder infections. Drink a cup of warm Hop tea before heavy meals, or to aid in relaxation before going to sleep.
To prepare the tea pour two cups boiling water over one ounce dried herb, (1 or 2 tbsps), or one handful of the fresh herb and steep for 10 to 20 minutes.

Hops are generally considered safe. There are no known problems of interactions with other medications. Some individuals have experienced an allergic reaction to Hops when used topically, this is thought to be a pollen alergy.

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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