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Black Walnut fresh green hull (Juglans nigra)*

A strong antifungal, antibacterial and vermifuge. It is used externally for athlete's foot, ringworm and cradle cap. Internally it can be used for amoebas and protozoans (Giardia, Blastocystis hominis, etc.), nematodes (pin worms) and systemic candidiasis.

Yellow Root rhizome (Xanthorrhiza simplicissima)*

A common shrub of the southeastern US, Yellowroot was originally used by the Cherokee and European settlers for treatment of thrush, vaginal candidiasis, and as a topical antibacterial. They also used Yellow Root as a digestive bitter and liver tonic.

Spilanthes herb (Spilanthes acmella)*

Also known as Paraguay Cress or Toothache plant, Spilanthes is rich in chemicals called isobutylamides which act as immune stimulants, antibacterial and antifungal agents. It can also be used as a local anesthetic to the mouth, gums, teeth and throat. Spilanthes inhibits spirochetes and is useful for urinary tract pain.

Usnea lichen (Usnea barbata)*

A lichen, a symbiotic life-form composed of an algae and a fungi. Medicinally usnea is a powerful antibacterial agent inhibiting gram positive bacteria (streptococcus, staphylococcus, pneumococcus, mycobacterium tuberculosis). It is also an antifungal agent useful in the treatment of ringworm and athlete's foot, and kills trichomonas and candida. Usnea is an antispasmodic to the lungs and large intestine. It is indicated for spastic colon, strep throat, bronchitis, pleurisy, pneumonia and cystitis.

Myrrh gum resin (Commiphora myrrha)*

An excellent astringent and antiseptic used topically for apthous stomatata, bedsores, herpes and as a gargle for strep throat, laryngitis and pyorrhea. Used internally, myrrh stimulates white blood cell activity and is specifically indicated for acute infections of the mucous membranes of the throat, stomach and bowels.

Cardamom seed (Elettaria cardamomum)*

Rich in essential oils, Cardamom inhibits yeast, fungi and bacteria. Traditionally used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, Cardamom is a carminative indicated for “damp spleen” conditions.


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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.