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St. John’s wort flowers (Hypericum perforatum) *

Contain the red flavonoids Hypericin, Pseudohypericin and Hyperflorin which have antiviral activity against a broad spectrum of viruses including HIV (in vitro). This herb is used as an antidepressant and for anxiety. St. John’s wort is used locally and internally for nerve and spinal injuries, nerve pain, sciatica and shingles.

Lemon Balm fresh herb (Melissa officinalis) *

A mild, flavorful remedy appropriate for children's colds, stomachaches and headaches. Lemon balm is useful for mild depression, mild hypertension, herpes and hyperthyroidism.

Mimosa (Silk Tree) flower or bark (Albizia julibrissan) *

Used in Chinese Medicine for “disturbed shen” symptoms - depression, anxiety, bad dreams, insomnia, PMS irritability, and poor memory. It is also used for treating trauma injuries and hemoptysis.

Black Cohosh fresh root (Actaea racemosa) *

An emmenagogue, antispasmodic, oxytocic and partus preparator indicated for cases of dysmenorrhea with scanty flow, amenorrhea, muscular pain in the back, pelvis and thighs, post partum pain and pain from salpingitis. This herb is also indicated for rheumatic neuralgia, fibromyalgia and muscular pain especially in cases where the muscles feel bruised.

Night Blooming Cereus fresh stem (Selenicereus grandiflorus) *

Indicated for heart diseases of nervous or drug origin (coffee, tobacco, etc.), nervous tachycardia, palpitations, feeble and irregular pulse, and shortness of breath with mild exertion. Along with Black Cohosh, it benefits hormonal depression.

Holy Basil fresh herb (Ocimum sanctum) *

Has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic remedy for the mind and nervous system. It lifts the spirits while increasing clarity of thought and dispelling negativity. Traditionally it is also used for relieving cloudy thinking caused by drug use, menopause, and stress.

Lavender dried flowers (Lavendula angustifolia) *

A fragrant, aromatic herb that has antiviral, antibacterial, antidepressant, carminative and nervine activities. Lavender is useful for gas, nausea, dysbiosis, damp spleen, stagnant depression and anxiety. Studies using Lavender essential oil show it enhances sleep and reduces nocturnal waking in the elderly.


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Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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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.