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    American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) root
    American Ginseng is an herbaceous perennial plant in the ivy family, commonly used in Chinese or herbal medicine. It is native to eastern North America, though it is also cultivated in places such as China.‪ Since the 18th century, the roots have been collected by "sang hunters" and sold to Chinese or Hong Kong traders, who often pay very high prices for particularly old wild roots. American ginseng is a light tan, gnarled root that often looks like a human body with stringy shoots for arms and legs. Native Americans used the forked root and leaves as a stimulant and to treat headaches, digestive challenges, and infertility. American Ginseng remains one of the most popular herbs in the United States.

     

    Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) herb
    Gotu kola is a perennial plant native to India, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the South Pacific. A member of the parsley family, it has no taste or smell. It thrives in and around water. It has small fan-shaped green leaves with white or light purple-to-pink flowers, and small oval fruit. The leaves and stems of the Gotu Kola plant are used as medicine. It has been called "the fountain of life" because legend has it that an ancient Chinese herbalist lived for more than 200 years as a result of taking Gotu Kola. It is not the same as Kola Nut (Cola nitida). Unlike Kola Nut, Gotu Kola does not have caffeine, and is not
    a stimulant.

     

    Grindelia (Grindelia camporum) flower
    Grindelia is a plant in the daisy family with bright yellow flowers, nearly 3/4 of an inch in diameter. It is commonly known as Great Valley gumplant or curly cup gumweed. It is called gum plant because of the sticky substance covering the plant. It is coveted for medicinal purposes. This hardy, colorful plant is a perennial that grows in disturbed and altered areas such as ditches and along roadsides from the north coastal ranges in California to Baja. Grindelia was used by the native North American Indians to treat bronchial challenges and also skin issues such as reactions to poison ivy. It is still used in modern herbalism where it is valued especially as a therapy for respiratory challenges and for instances where phlegm in the airways impedes respiration. Grindelia attracts butterflies and other interesting insects.

     

    Siberian Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) root
    Eleuthero is classified as an adaptogenic herb, a truly sophisticated and powerful group of plants. Unlike so many herbs, these adaptogens seem to work subtly with the body in a systemic way to increase your overall health. They are known for helping your body adapt to changes in the environment. And they can be used safely over a long period of time. Siberian Eleuthero is such an important, complex, safe and powerful adaptogenic herb, Chinese herbalists called it “The King of the Adaptogens.”

     

    Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) herb
    Stinging nettle has a long medicinal history. In medieval Europe, it was used as a diuretic (to rid the body of excess water) and to treat joint issues. Stinging nettle has fine hairs on the leaves and stems that contain irritating chemicals, which are released when the plant comes in contact with the skin. The hairs, or spines, of the stinging nettle are normally very painful to the touch. When they come into contact with a compromised area of the body however, they can actually decrease the original pain. Nettle does this by reducing levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body, and by interfering with the way the body transmits pain signals to the brain.

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