Ginger Rhizome (Zingiber Officinale), a popular seasoning for many cuisines, provides excellent natural support for gastrointestinal health, especially when traveling. “Ginger contains high amounts of a powerful anti-inflammatory substance called zingibain. According to some experts, it’s even more potent than the bromelain in pineapple or the papain in papaya. Ginger reportedly contains 180 times more proteolytic enzymes than the papaya plant”. (Healing Foods, James A. Duke, p. 59) Ginger is also used to heal insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, allergies, gout, headaches, memory loss, menstrual cramps, hemorrhoid and main herb for nausea. “Ginger contains 241 different chemicals (at last count), many of which have various activities that can help with overall heart health”. (James A. Duke, Healing Foods p. 255)
Hawthorn Berry (Crataegus laevigata) – Hawthorn has high levels of flavonoid, which are antioxidants linked to lower blood pressure. “Hawthorn is used today to treat angina and coronary artery disease. It improves heart function and is useful for mild congestive heart failure and irregular heartbeat… Combined with Ginkgo hawthorn is used to enhance poor memory. It works by improving the circulation of blood within the head, thereby increasing the amount of oxygen to the brain”. (Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Andrew Chevallier p. 90)
Capsicum – contains capsaicin, carotenoids, flavonoids, steroidal saponins. Some of its key actions are stimulant, tonic, carminative, relieves muscle spasms, antiseptic, increase sweating, increase blood flow to the skin and analgesic. Capsicum “heating qualities make it a valuable remedy for poor circulation... Applied to the skin, capsaicin desensitizes nerve endings and acts as a counterirritant, stimulating local blood flow”. (Herbal Medicine, Andrew Chevallier p. 74)
Key actions: Antibiotic, expectorant, increases sweating, lower blood pressure, reduces blood clotting, anti-diabetic and expels worms.
Uses: Garlic is used to lower high blood fat levels, protect against blood clots, keep the blood thin, help prevent stroke, lower high blood pressure and reduce blood sugar. Other traditional uses are for treatment various infections, expectorant against cold and flu, remove parasite, and lower cholesterol.
Ginkgo biloba leaf and diterpenes are well know for their roles in promoting healthy circulation to the brain and to the extremities. In addition, the herb serves as a potent antioxidant. Ginkgo's effectiveness is attributed to flavonoid glycosides, which help explain the herb's broad range of beneficial properties on the body. Gingko is used in various herbal traditions to treat Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, depression, Attention deficit disorder, cancer, cataracts, floaters, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, impotence, diminished sexual drive, intermittent claudication, heart attack, stroke, tinnitus and multiple sclerosis. “The herb ginkgo may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities that make it useful in treating Alzheimer’s disease. It may also help neurotransmitters in the brain work properly”. (James A. Duke, Healing Foods p. 269)
Motherwort – latin name is “lion heart”. “Motherwort strengthens the heartbeat but does not increase pulse rate. Intead, it sedates and relaxes the coronary arteries, resulting in increased circulation to the heart”. (Herbal Healing, Phyllis A. Balch p. 98)