Peppermint Benefits: Snapshot

Mint relaxes the peripheral blood vessels, calms smooth muscle spasms, dries dampness, expels phlegm, and clears the head. It is regarded as an excellent remedy for stomach cramps due to its ability to reduce hypercontractability of the intestinal muscles. It is often added to formulas using laxative herbs, such as cascara sagrada, to prevent intestinal gripe. Peppermint is considered the strongest mint medicinally, though the other mints have medicinal benefit as well. Peppermint has activity against a wide range of pathogens including streptococcus, staphylococcus, and candida.

Goat’s Rue Benefits: Snapshot

Goat's rue is chiefly used as an antidiabetic herb, having the ability to reduce blood sugar levels. The herb has the effect of increasing breast-milk production. It is also a useful diuretic.

Uva Ursi Benefits: Snapshot

Uva-ursi clears heat and toxins, reduces inflammation, stimulates kidney activity, and curbs infec- tion. In the urinary tract arbutin, one of this herb's constituents, is converted to hydroquinine, which helps to alkalinize the urine, thereby inhibiting urinary tract infection. Uva-ursi also soothes and promotes the healing of urinary tissue.

Marshmallow Benefits: Snapshot

Marshmallow root is an ingredient in many lung preparations and cough syrups, as well as preparations for urinary tract problems, stomach ailments, and wound healing.

Triphala Benefits: Snapshot

Probably the safest and best herbal remedy for most people with bowel irregularity is the ancient Ayurvedic formula "Triphala". This is a mild-acting, internal cleansing combination of three nutritive fruits called "myrobalans", including "amla" fruit, the highest known source of vitamin C.