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!

GARLIC (Allium sativum)

Garlic is a member of the onion family. It is a perennial plant, but is for the mostly grown as an annual. Garlic is very hardy and can be grown just about anywhere in the world.

Garlic can be added to many dishes in cooking. By eating garlic as part of your regular diet you get all of its benefits, but if the Garlics odour offends you, it can also be taken as a supplement purchased from most health food stores.

Benefits and uses:
Garlic is one of the best natural remedies known to man. Garlic has been shown to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, thin the blood for the prevention of heart attack and stroke, and fight bacterial infections similar to an antibiotic.

As a potent antioxidant Garlic is presently also being studied by the National Cancer Institute as an inhibitor of tumor cell formation.

Garlic bulbs contain the amino acid allicin.

Crushing the bulb releases the allicin, which is the component that gives Garlic its strong odour and the powerful antibacterial properties.

Garlic has no known side side effects appart from its odour.

GINKGO (Ginkgo Biloba)

The Ginkgo Biloba tree originates in eastern Asia. The Chinese have been using Ginkgo seeds and leaves in traditional medicine for thousands of years.

Ginkgo is known around the world by many names. Ginkgo Biloba, Fossil Tree, Maidenhair Tree, Japanese Silver Apricot, Baiguo, Bai Guo Ye, Kew Tree, and Yinhsing (Yin-Hsing) are just some of them.

There are several flavonoids found in the Ginkgo Biloba leaf, which are said to be the main medicinal ingredients. The include quercetin, kaempferol, and isorhamnetine. Ginkgo Biloba also contains glycosides, nonflavonoid terpenes, carotenoids, and ginkolides.

- Extracts from the ginkgo leaf and are utilized to make tablets, capsules and Teas.

Benefits ascribed are:
- the treatment of asthma, enuresis, cough, and bronchitis
- to combat fatigue
- to treat tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Ginkgo Biloba is said to stimulate arterial circulation
- to improve memory and treat Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.
- to regulate urinary frequency
- it is used as an antioxidant
- It aids with symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that even high doses of ginkgo fared no better than placebo at slowing or reducing memory loss or improving mental performance in elderly people with dementia.

The Journal of the American Medical Association, in November 2008 had a six year study of 3,069 community volunteers 75 and older on which half were on placebo and half on Ginkgo Biloba. This study also found no differnce between both study groups.

The leaves are used for a Tea that is said to help delay the onset of senility.

To make herbal Ginkgo Biloba Tea. Pour one cup of boiling water over one Tea bag or package, cover and steep for five minutes. Drink one cup two or three times a day. For a stronger effect steep a little longer to 10 minutes.

Ginkgo may cause headache, nausea, gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, dizziness, or allergic skin reactions in some people.

Large doses the seeds are thought to have some toxic effect due to ginkgotoxin in the raw seeds, which could lead to skin disorders or mucous membrane irritation. Ginkgo leaf and Ginkgo leaf extracts contain little ginkgotoxin and are safer.


Asian ginseng was discovered more than 5,000 years ago in the mountains of Manchuria. The Chinese and Koreans have been using Ginseng Tea for their health for thousands of years It was called "Ren Shen" by the Ancient Chinese, meaning "Man Root"

Ginseng is now also cultivated in USA and Canada for domestic use and export to Asia. It was introduced to Quebec by a Jesuit priest.

The principle ingredients of American Ginseng Tea are panax quinquefolium, herba lysimachiae, radix glycyrrhizae. It should be used for maintaining health and not curing diseases or illnesses.

The list of alleged benefits is a long one, here are some of them:

- Ginseng helps build up an appetite
- helps with digestion
- aids respiration
- treats stomach ulcers and diarrhea
- aids with blood circulation
- the herb also strengthens the immune system
- it works against fatigue
- is used as an aphrodisiac
- Ginseng relieves head aches, physical and mental stress
- Ginseng Tea helps with diseases such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and Crohn's Disease
- Ginseng stimulates sexual activity
- another benefit is thelowering bad cholesterol (LDL)levels.

The Ginseng root is used fresh or dried. You can buy it whole, sliced, in powder form or in tea bags. Sometimes the Ginseng plant leaves are also used, but these are not considered as important as the root. The Ginseng Tea can usually be reused for about 2-3 cups of tea and then eaten if desired.

Prolonged use can lead to insomnia and high blood pressure. Pregnant women are advised not to take Ginseng at all. Consult your herbalist and medical practitioner on use.

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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