In Sacramento, you can buy herbal extracts to support your health at various health food stores and markets such as Elliot’s Natural Foods, Sacramento Natural Food Co-op, Sunrise Natural Foods, and Whole Foods markets. Some supermarkets in Sacramento and Davis as well as various ethnic food markets also may sell plant extracts.
These plant extracts usually come in a small bottle with an eyedropper and require only a few drops put in juice or other liquid. If you’ve wondered what the various plant extracts can do, here are some explanations for starters on the most popular plant extracts.
Numerous companies make herbal extracts. One of the best companies is a firm that is a pioneer in herbal extracts Bio-Botanica® which also has partnered with Swanson® to bring customers liquid herbal supplements. Most of the herbal extracts are free from alcohol except for the cayenne or celery seed, but in these two, the alcohol is certified organic.
Basically, the sugar-free herbal extracts are “holistically balanced®” and produced through the company’s biochelation® process that ensures consistency in each serving. Here’s how the liquid herbal extracts works for various purposes, according to traditional, folkloric medicine. Research the scientific findings on these herbs to see whether they work. And only take tiny amounts because you don’t know which herbal extracts will thin your blood too much if you’re taking other supplements that thin the blood, or interact with other conditions you have or your medicines.
That’s why when taking herbals used for centuries in folkloric medicines, you need to find out first what interactions there may be, whether you have adverse reactions to any herb, and what the research says.
For example, too much black cohosh has been found to affect your heart beat rhythm. So do your research on what science has found with these various herbs. Goldenseal in some instances can be toxic. Never give herbal extracts to your pets without first checking with a holistic vet to see which and in what amounts specific herbals are not toxic.
Each person responds as an individual to any herb. Here are some of the data that the liquid herbal extracts in traditional, folkloric medicine are said to support:
Liquid Herbal Extracts
1. astralagus root is supposed to help protect the liver, nourish defenses, and boost stamina. See Astragalus: Health Benefits and Side Effects of Taking Astragalus.
2. black cohosh is used for menopause symptoms in very small amounts. See Health Benefits of Black Cohosh and Black Cohosh – Health Benefits to Women.
3. cayenne liquid extract supports circulatory & cardiovascular health. See Side Effects of Cayenne Pepper.
4. celery seed liquid is supposed to support urinary tract health. See Benefits Of Celery Seed | LIVESTRONG.COM
5. echinacea liquid extract is supposed to support immunity. See Echinacea Information – Side Effects, Uses and Benefits.
6. ginko biloba in folk medicine is supposed to support mental abilities. See Download Ginkgo Biloba Health Benefits.pdf – Free Ebooks @PDF Library and Health Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba; Methods of Use and Dosages.
7. goldenseal root liquid extract is supposed to cleanse. Read the medical research on goldenseal for various immunity issues or as a cleanse. See Golden Seal Root- Side Effects and Benefits.
8. green tea liquid extract contains 150 mg of polyphenols in each servings. You can read up on the benefits of polyphenols in your diet. Compare the extract to a cup of decaf green tea to see which one offers you more polyphenols per serving. See Green tea liquid extract | Green tea health benefits.
9. hawthorn berry, leaf, and flower liquid extract, supports cardiovascular health, but be aware that in rare instances there have been cases of people experiencing a fast heart beat if they have an adverse reaction to hawthorn. But other people seem to benefit from it regarding cardiovascular support. See Hawthorn Supplement Health Benefits by Ray Sahelian, M.D.
10. licorice root liquid extract – don’t take this if you have high blood pressure. But if you don’t it supports the liver, digestive, and respiratory systems. See Licorice Root Extract Uses | LIVESTRONG.COM and Licorice Root – Side Effects and Benefits.
11. milk thistle liquid extract- in folkloric medicine, it’s the premier herb for liver support used around the world. See Benefits Of Milk Thistle Liquid Extract | LIVESTRONG.COM and Milk Thistle: Benefits and Side Effects.
12. mullein leaf liquid extract – an anti-inflammatory, sometimes used for hemorrhoids. To check out what it is supposed to be used for, see the sites, Side Effects Of Mullein Leaf | LIVESTRONG.COM , Mullein Uses | LIVESTRONG.COM , and Mullein Leaf Tea, Mullein Extract Benefit, Health Properties of.
13. oil of oregano – an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, but always dilute it 25 to 1 with olive oil. Don’t put it on your nose or tongue without diluting it with water or oil because it will burn and sting. Read up on what it’s used for. Also see, Oil of Oregano Health Benefits. Always check out the side effects and benefits of any home remedy or folkloric herbal.
14. passion flower liquid extract – in traditional folkloric medicine, passion flower has been used in Europe to calm anxiety, insomnia, seizures and hysteria. See the sites, Passionflower: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings – WebMD, and Passion Flower – Anxiety Treatment and Passion Flower.
15 . pau d’arco bark liquid extract- According to Dr. Sahelian, M.D.’s site, Pau D’arco supplement extract health benefit, side effects, “This extract comes from trees located in South America whose inner bark has been used as an analgesic (pain reliever), anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, and diuretic.
“Little research is available in the North American medical literature regarding the medicinal properties of pau d’arco. At present it is difficult to make any clinical recommendations with certainty regarding the medicinal properties and uses of this interesting plant.” See, Pau D’arco supplement extract health benefit, side effects.
Also see the sites, Pau D’arco supplement extract health benefit, side effects, and Pau d’Arco Benefits and Cautions Explained in Detail. Also see, Pau d’ arco – Herbal Encyclopedia, and PAU D’ARCO: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings – WebMD.
16. peppermint leaf liquid extract – used in traditional folkloric medicine for digestion and gum ailments. Peppermint Leaf can help relax the bile ducts for improved bile flow of this digestive fluid.
Peppermint Leaf contains bio-flavonoids and exhibits antioxidant activity. The herb can also stimulate a sluggish liver or gallbladder into performing its functions in a more effective manner. It also helps to combat indigestion. For more information see, the Web MD site, “Peppermint.”
Peppermint is used for the common cold, cough, inflammation of the mouth and throat, sinus infections, and respiratory infections, according to the Web MD site. It is also used for digestive problems including heartburn, nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cramps of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract and bile ducts, upset stomach, diarrhea, bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine, and gas.
Some people also use peppermint for menstrual problems, liver and gallbladder complaints, and as a stimulant. Peppermint oil is applied to the skin for headache, muscle pain, nerve pain, toothache, inflammation of the mouth, joint conditions, itchiness, allergic rash, bacterial and viral infections, relaxing the colon during barium enemas, and for repelling mosquitoes. For more information, also see the Peppermint Leaf Benefits site. Some people inhale a tiny bit of the aroma of peppermint oil for treating symptoms of cough and colds, and as a painkiller, as it’s used in aromatherapy.
Never put peppermint oil up your nose or in any orifices. Some people rub peppermint oil on their hands to repel insects. But be careful to not spread this strong oil on large areas of your skin because it’s quickly absorbed into your pores.
17. red clover tops liquid extract. This tonic has been used in historic times to treat cancer, respiratory problems, skin problems and whooping cough. Today, in addition to containing vitamins like vitamin C and potassium, the isoflavones of this plant are being studied regarding the herb’s ability to improve health.
Before you consume red clover tops, ask your doctor whether it is safe for you to use, as people with a history of certain cancers or who are taking certain medications should avoid this herb. See more information on red clover tops liquid extract at the site, What Are The Benefits Of Red Clover Tops? | LIVESTRONG.COM.
18. red panax ginseng liquid extract – used in traditional Asian, Siberian, and Russian historic folkoric medicine for improving vitality and increasing immune system activity. But make sure you don’t get panic attacks from ginseng.
Check out the site, What Is The Health Benefit Of Red Panax Ginseng? | LIVESTRONG.COM. Talk to your health care professional if you have any chronic condition related to impairment of your immune system before using red panax ginseng.
19. reishi mushroom liquid extract – supports your immune system and your body’s defense. In traditional medicine, reishi mushrooms were used to boost the immune system. See the sites, Questions & Answers | Guide to Reishi Mushrooms, and 10 Health Benefits of Reishi Mushrooms | AstroNutrition. Also see, Studies show reishi mushrooms benefit people stricken with a variety of ailments.
20. saw palmetto liquid extract – traditionally used to support the prostate. But read the medical studies to see whether it works for men with prostate issues. Also see, Saw palmetto: MedlinePlus Supplements, SAW PALMETTO: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings – WebMD, and Saw palmetto doesn’t help enlarged prostate symptoms.
21. stinging nettles leaf liquid extract – promotes kidney and urinary tract health. For more information see, Stinging Nettle by Ray Sahelian, M.D., benefit for allergy, prostate, Eight Health Benefits of Stinging Nettle | Healthmad, Stinging nettle, and Stinging Nettle – Benefits and Side Effects.
22. St. John’s wort liquid extract – in folkloric medicine, traditionally used for helping depression. It is most commonly used, due to its anti-depressant and sedative properties, to treat milder forms of depression and anxiety. See, St. Johns Wort – Health Product Reviews, St. John’s Wort for depression, side effects by Ray Sahelian, M.D. , and St Johns Wort Dosage.
23. valerian root liquid extract – in traditional, folkloric herbal medicine, valerian root has been used to calm anxiety and encourage sleep. See, Natural Anxiety Treatment – Valerian Root Extract | Health Talk and Valerian Root: Benefits and Side Effects Of This Natural Sleep Aid.
24. artichoke liquid extract – Dr. Oz featured the health benefits of artichoke liquid extract for helping to lower cholesterol. Check out the information on artichoke extract, Herbal Healers: Artichoke Extract, Pt 1. | The Dr. Oz Show. Also see, Dr. Oz Artichoke Extract | Reduce Cholesterol With Artichoke Leaf Tea, and Dr Oz Artichoke Extract & Artichoke Leaf Tea for Digestion. See, The Herbalist: Artichoke Extract – Great for Fat Digestion.
Dr. Oz recently had a show touting the benefits of taking artichoke leaf extract for better digestion and to emulsify fats, thereby reducing gas and bloating. He also talked about how other digestive disorders such as irritable bowel could be helped with Artichoke extract. Check out more information on artichoke liquid extract, Health benefits Artichoke Extract Herbal Remedy-Studies, health.
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