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HEART VIGOR - HERBS FOR HEALTH

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!



FRANKINCENSE
(Boswellia thurifera, Boswellia serrata, Boswellia carterii)

Franckincense is derived from the Boswellia tree, in the Burseraceae or Torchwood family. The Boswellia tree is native to the regions of Somalia, Yemen, and Oman. Other names for Franckincense are Olibanum, Indian Franckincense, Arabic Frankincense, and Salai guggal.
BOSWELLIA CARTERII Franckincense has been used since biblical times to create incense, and add to spices, seeds, roots and perfumes to create different aromas and tastes. As an herb it is also used medicinally.

Parts Used:
Boswellia thurifera oil is distilled from the gum resin collected by tapping the trunk of the Boswellia tree. The resin contains volatile oil, bassorin, boswellic acid and alibanoresin.
The Franckincense can be used as gum resin, oil, powdered resin, tinctures, or added to tea.

Benefits and uses:
Franckincense can be used topically to relieve aches and pains of the joints caused by Arthritis and treat gout. The boswellic acid is astringent and anti inflammatory.
Other common uses are to treat cuts and abrasions and use as a skin care product. It can also be used to treat gingivitis.

With vapour therapy, inhaling Franckincense laden steam will relieve bronchitis and laryngitis.

Since 2008 many universities have studied the Frankincense Herb found it kills off bladder cancer cells.
Enriched extract of the Somalian frankincense herb Boswellia carteri has been shown to be tumoricidal, which means it destroys the tumors formed by cancerous cells, U.S. researchers said.
A study at the University of California found that Boswellia serrata enriched with AKBA (3-O-acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid)can be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee.
Israeli pharmacologists have found that Frankincense also relieves anxiety and depression.

Cautions:
Frankincense oil is considered safe for use by most people. Always follow directions on label.




FENUGREEK (Trigonella foenum graecum)

Fenugreek is a bitter, aromatic herb native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East. This herb is also known as Greek Hay, Bird's Foot, and Goat's Horn. In China Fenugreek is known as Hu Lu Ba, and in Hindi as Methi.

The seeds, sprouts and fresh leaves of the Fenugreek are utilized. For culinary purposes fresh Fenugreek leaves can be cooked. The seed sprouts go well in a salad. The roasted and ground Fenugreek seeds are used as a spice to flavour vegetables, curries and meats.

FENUGREEK Fenugreek is a natural source of iron, silicon, sodium and thiamine, and is rich in lipids and protein. A small amount of alkaloids and peptides are also present.

Medicinally the dried seeds are ground and taken by mouth, or can be applied as a paste to the skin. Fenugreek can be purchased in capsules, pills, seed, tea bags and powder form at nutrition, health, natural food, and many Asian grocery stores.

Benefits and uses:

Internal:
- to increase breastmilk production
- for breast enlargement
- to ease painful menstruation, labour pains
- Fenugreek can be helpful to induce childbirth
- lowering fever
- lowering blood pressure
- reducing blood sugar, hydroxyisoleucine in the seeds may stimulate insulin secretion
- improving digestion and aiding with anorexia and poor appetite
- Fenugreek can be used as a mild laxative
- it is anti parasitic - relieves congestion of the sinus and lungs
- it acts against tumors
- Fenugreek aids the libido and with premature ejaculation
- treats painful testicles
- reduces edema (swelling) of the legs
- Studies show that Fenugreek Seed taken daily can significantly lower cholesterol levels and therefore the risk of heart attack

External:
- to soothe irritated tissues
- to promote healing
- to reduce skin inflammations, ulcers, boils, eczema and cellulite

Tea:
Fenugreek can also be taken in tea form for non therapudic doses. The tea has a bitter taste that can be improved with sweetners.

Traditionally, Fenugreek Tea is prepared by soaking 1 teaspoon of seeds in 1 cup of cold water for about 3 hours, then straining the seeds and drinking the tea heated or cold.

The modern method is to steep whole Fenugreek seeds in boiling water for 10 minutes (1 teaspoon per cup). Strain through a colander and drink. Fenugreek Tea can also be stored in the refrigerator and had later cold or reheated. Drink sweetened or unsweetened

Fenugreek Seed Tea Bags can also be purchased in health food and herbal stores.

Cautions:
Pregnant women should not use Fenugreek in therapeutic amounts. Always consult with a physician for before starting any treatments.

Side effects include gas, bloating, and diarrhea.



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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