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!

ECHINACEA (lat. Echinacea Purpurea)

Echinacea is also known as Purple Coneflower. It is a plant native to eastern and central North America. The plants have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. Some species of Echinacea are used in herbal medicines.

ECHINACEA Benefits and uses:
Echinacea, is a herb widely used to fight the sniffles, helps reduce the risk of getting the common cold and shortens its duration. The World Health Organization recognized echinacea as a cold treatment in 1999. It also is believed to stimulate the immune system to help fight infections. Lately it has been used for wounds and skin problems, such as acne or boils.
The jury is still out on Echinacea as there are as many studies attesting to its benefits as there are studies saying it works no better than a placibo.

Don't use for more than 10 days. The use in children below 1 year of age is not recommended, due to the possible undesirable effect on the immature immune system. Use for children between 1 and 12 years of age as well as pregnant women is also not recommended, since the benefit is still under review and the risks haven't been properly assesed.
Echinacea's side effects include nausea, dizziness, dyspnea, rash, dermatitis, pruritus, and hepatotoxicity. Although infrequent and mild, Echinacea should not be taken by persons with progressive systemic and auto-immune disorders, connective tissue disorders, or related diseases. It can also interfere with other drugs. Always check with a Medical Doctor before taking Echinacea or any herbs.


EVENING PRIMROSE (Oenothera Biennis)

Evening Primrose is known by many names, Fever plant, Great Evening Primrose, King's cure all, Night willow herb, Scabish, Scurvish and Tree Primrose to list a few. Used in by North American Natives for centuries and brought to Britain and the rest of the world by settlers.

Evening Primrose is a North American native biennial plant which grows about five feet in height.The flowers open in the evening and close during the day, hence the name.

The entire plant is edible, with the roots, flowers, buds and seed pods being utilized most. Evening Primrose Oil is by pressing oil from the tiny seeds and usually put into capsules. The seeds of Evening Primrose can be ground and used the same as flax seed. The leaves can cooked and eaten as greens, the roots boiled like potatoes, and the Primrose flowers can be added to salads.

Benefits and uses:
Evening Primrose seeds contain the Gamma Linoleinc Acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid. This fatty acid is said to help prevent hardening of the arteries, lowering cholesterol levels, heart disease, high blood pressure, eczema, cirrhosis of the liver, menopause, PMS, multiple sclerosis, and help relieve pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis.

Evening Primrose Oil has been shown effective in women's health, easing menopausal and PMS symptoms, as well as relieving breast pain associated with the menstrual cycle.

It can give a boost to the estrogen and testosterone hormones in the body and have a positive effect on the uterine muscles.

A finely ground powder made from the flowering stems is used cosmetically in face masks to relieve skin reddening.

When Primrose Oil and fish oil (omega-3) are used together, blood pressure and cholesterol levels can lowered even more. Consult your health care provider if using as part of a health treatment.

Evening primrose oil is considered safe and well tolerated by most people. Rare side effects include nausea, headache and diarrhea.

Consult your health care provider if also taking drugs that reduce blood clotting, such as aspirin. Evening Primrose Oil is also less effective if taking beta blockers used to treat high hypertension.

Individuals taking phenothiazines (chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, promazine, and thioridazine) to treat schizophrenia should not take EPO because it may interact with these medications and increase the risk of seizures.

Note: Evening Primrose Oil products should be kept in the refrigerator and out of direct sunlight to prevent the oil from becoming rancid. It should also be marked with a freshness date.

Evening Primrose Root Tea can be used to treat obesity. Evening Primrose Tea can also be used to help with alcoholism, arthritis, asthma, cough, sugar regulation, migraines and pre menstrual syndrome.

Evening Primrose herb medicinal tea is made from the crushed roots of plant. Evening Primrose tea is sold in most Health food stores, honey can be added to improve its flavour.

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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