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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!


KOLA NUTS (Kola vera)

The Kola tree belongs to the family Malvaceae, and is cultivated in the tropical regions of West Africa, South America and Asia.

Other names for the Kola Nut are Cola acuminata, Cola vera, Sterculia acuminata, Kola Seeds, Guru Nut, Gurru Nuts, Bissy Nuts, and Cola Seeds.

The fresh Kola Nuts or Seeds are widely used as a condiment by the locals of the worlds tropical regions.

Benefits and uses:
Cola soft drink manufactures in the most part have switched to synthetic flavours, but Kola Nut found a new life as a common ingredient in energy drinks and diet supplements.

The medicinal ingredient its high caffeine content, which is only found in the fresh product.

Usually the Kola Nuts are chewed, but can also be taken in the form of a powder. To make a drink out of the bitter powder, stir 1 teaspoon into warm milk or coffee. To get a more serious energy boost, take 2 or 3 teaspoons.
A Kola Nut can be chewed before a meal to aid digestion and enhance the flavour of the meal.

The powder can be added to foul tasting water to make it palatable.

Many medicinal uses are attributed to the Kola Nut. Externally, the powder can be applied to cuts.

Taken internally, the Kola Nut is used to treat whooping cough and asthma, as the caffeine acts to open the bronchial air passages.

Other uses are as heart and general health tonic. It reduces fatigue and hunger, acts as an an aphrodisiac, to treat headaches, as a mild antidepressant, and to to relieve diarrhea.

Cautions:
Kola Nuts contain N-nitroso compounds which are carcinogenic. In ares where chewing of Kola Nuts is a common practice, the incidence of oral and gastrointestinal cancer is higher than the general population.

Overuse can cause insomnia, nervousness, and loss of sex drive. High doses of Kola can cause depression.

KUDZU (Pueraria lobata)

Kudzu is a vine in the Pea Family native to southern Japan and southeast China and was introduced to the western World in the 1800's. In many areas Kudzu has turned into a pesty vine. In the southern U.S. the plant is referred to as "the vine that ate the south" due to uninhibited growing conditions and no natural insect enemies.

KUDZU In China Kudzu is considered one of the 50 essential medicinal herbs. With Kudzu's Asian medicinal uses and recent scientific discoveries, this "weed" may end up being reclassified as our newest wonder drug.

Active ingredients of Kudzu are calcium, daidzein, daidzin, genistein, isoflavones, and riboflavin.

The main medicinal part used is the ground dried root, although the flowers and leaves are also used.

Kudzu Root Starch can also be used culinary. The foliage can be used as forage or animal feed.

Benefits and uses:

Internal:
- the ingredient Daidzin reduces alcoholic cravings
- Kudzu Root helps prevent hangovers
- Kudzu increases blood flow through the coronary arteries - One Kudzu compound acts as a beta-blocker (reduces pulse rate)
- reduces muscle pain and stiffness
- Kudzu is used in treating migraine and cluster headaches
- to ease cold and flu symptons
- treats allergies
- helps with diarrhea
- treats tinnitus
- eases vertigo
- aids Wei Syndrome
- Kudzu Root reduces cholesterol levels
- it improves cognitive function

Kudzu Root Starch is used as a daily tonic to build a healthier body, boost the immune system, and improve cardiovascular function. It is a great supplement to use when recovering from an illness.

Tea:
The Kudzu Root Powder can be added to other herbal teas to give them an extra boost.

For an easily absorbed carbohydrate rich health beverage try this drink:
Place 2 teaspoons of Kudzu Root Starch, 1 tablespoon of sugar with 1 tablespoon of cold water into a cup. Stir well. Then add hot water while stirring to create a smooth drink. Ginger powder can be added for extra flavour.

For a Kudzu Leaf Tea try this:
Take a hand full of fresh finely chopped Kudzu Leaves and simmer in 1 quart of hot water for aproximately 30 minutes. Strain, add sugar or honey, and serve with a sprig of fresh mint.

Cautions:
The are no side effects known with normal 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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