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Historically, the root of the cimicifuga racemosa plant was used by North American Indians for addressing women's disorders, such as cramps. It is also among the natural herbs that were used to promote kidney function.
Cimicifuga racemosa contains compounds known as triterpene glycosides. These substances are thought to increase blood flow to the pelvic area. It also contains actein, a compound thought to have analgesic properties.
Aloe Vera Juice is derived from the Aloe barbadensis plant, containing over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids, and is also one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12. Aloe Vera plants are selected for harvesting by age and according to the drop of the leaves, indicating the maturity of the leaves, in order to keep all the active ingredients in full concentration. The leaves are inspected, and only the highest quality leaves are accepted and used. The leaves are then cleaned, rinsed, and filleted to separate the gel from the skin. The aloin is removed to begin the process of decolorizing the Aloe Vera. The gel is also inspected for skin cuttings, which are removed. The Aloe Vera is then filtered to remove pulp and any foreign matter, and deodorized by filtering the Aloe Vera through an activated charcoal system. Lastly, the Aloe Vera is tested for pH and temperature accuracy, to ensure a high quality product.
Aloe Vera Aloe Vera has both internal and external applications, including beverages, food, dietary supplement formulations, personal care, and cosmetic products.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root vegetable native to the high, harsh climate of the Andes Mountains in in Peru. For over 2000 years Maca Roots have been an important traditional food and medicinal herb to those in its growing region. Maca Root Powder is high in protein, dietary fiber, many important minerals, and amino acids (containing 19 different amino acids).
We offer gelatinized Maca Root Powder, which has been heat treated to remove the starch for easier digestion and is not considered raw.
We only source our Maca Root and all our other high quality bulk herbs from the best and most environmentally friendly growers worldwide. In this case, we only purchase true Peruvian Maca Root. Once our expert purchasers source our herbs, we also clean, mill, blend and package all of our herbs and spices ourselves so we can perform quality testing throughout the process. We are so confident that you will be satisfied with your bulk herbs order that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. That means that if you are ever unsatisfied with any natural herbs or organic herbs order from Starwest, we will promptly send you a replacement or issue you a refund or credit for your entire purchase price.
To learn more about our Maca Root or any of the superior quality bulk organic herbs we carry, please don't hesitate to call us toll-free at 1-800-800-4372. Our knowledgeable staff would be pleased to answer any questions you have or assist you with your order.
Cayenne pepper, by weight, is high in vitamin A. It also contains vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, and manganese. However, given the very small amount of cayenne pepper typically consumed in a serving, it makes a negligible contribution to overall dietary intake of these nutrients.
Cayenne pepper consumption dilates the blood vessels and speeds the metabolism due to the high amounts of capsaicin. With the consumption of cayenne peppers, the amount of heat the human body puts off is influenced. In animal studies, capsaicin has the ability to boost metabolism, which in turn causes weight loss. This increases circulation and blood flow to all major organs, facilitating oxygen and nutrient delivery. Capsaicin may support a healthy energy balance. while suppressing appetite. Capsaicin has been shown to increase energy expenditure, so acts as a metabolism booster and is beneficial in long-term weight loss. A correlation has been shown between substrate oxidation and capsaicin. Capsaicin treatment sustained fat oxidation during weight maintenance, but did not affect weight regain after modest weight loss.
Cayenne pepper is also claimed to be an aphrodisiac because it contains capsaicin. It has also been shown to aid in the oxidation of adipose tissue, regulate high blood pressure, promote healthy liver function and tissue production, help regulate the digestive system, and promote healthy mucus production in the membranes that line internal organs. - Via Wikipedia
The taproot of young burdock plants can be harvested and eaten as a root vegetable. While generally out of favour in modern European cuisine, it remains popular in Asia. Arctium lappa is known as "niúbàng" (牛蒡) in Chinese, which was borrowed into Japanese as gobō, and is still eaten in both countries. In Korea burdock root is called "u-eong" (우엉) and sold as "tong u-eong" (통우엉), or "whole burdock". Plants are cultivated for their slender roots, which can grow about one metre long and two centimetres across. Burdock root is very crisp and has a sweet, mild, and pungent flavour with a little muddy harshness that can be reduced by soaking julienned or shredded roots in water for five to ten minutes.
Immature flower stalks may also be harvested in late spring, before flowers appear; their taste resembles that of artichoke, to which the burdock is related. The stalks are thoroughly peeled, and either eaten raw, or boiled in salt water. Leaves are also eaten in spring in Japan when a plant is young and leaves are soft. Some A. lappa cultivars are specialized for this purpose. A popular Japanese dish is kinpira gobō (金平牛蒡), julienned or shredded burdock root and carrot, braised with soy sauce, sugar, mirin and/or sake, and sesame oil. Another is burdock makizushi (sushi filled with pickled burdock root; the burdock root is often artificially coloured orange to resemble a carrot). - Via Wikipedia
Black seed is a plant. People have used the seed to make medicine for over 2000 years. It was even discovered in the tomb of King Tut.
Historically, black seed has been used for headache, toothache, nasal congestion, and intestinal worms. It has also been used for “pink eye” (conjunctivitis), pockets of infection (abscesses), and parasites.
Today, black seed is used for treating digestive tract conditions including gas, colic, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, and hemorrhoids. It is also used for respiratory conditions including asthma, allergies, cough, bronchitis, emphysema, flu, swine flu, and congestion.
Other uses include lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels, treating cancer, and boosting the immune system. You may read that a patent has been issued to cover the use of black seed to improve immunity, but don’t be misled. The presence of a patent doesn’t mean black seed has been shown to be effective for this use.
Women use black seed for birth control, to start menstruation, and to increase milk flow.
Black seed is sometimes used in combination with cysteine, vitamin E, and saffron to ease the side effects of a chemotherapy drug called cisplatin.
Some people apply black seed directly to the skin for joint pain (rheumatism), headache, and certain skin conditions.
In foods, black seed is used as a flavoring or spice. -Via WebMD.com
An extract of Ginkgo biloba leaf (GBE) is marketed in dietary supplement form with claims it can enhance cognitive function in people without known cognitive problems. Studies have failed to find such effects on memory or attention in healthy people.
A standardized medicinal extract of Ginkgo biloba leaf originally called EGb 176 has been studied as a possible treatment for dementia and Alzheimer's disease, with mixed results. Some reviews have concluded there is no good evidence supporting the use of Ginkgo in dementia, whereas others have concluded that the EGB761 extract may help people with dementia.
There is no good evidence supporting the use of Ginkgo for treating high blood pressure, menopause-related cognitive decline, tinnitus, post-stroke recovery, peripheral arterial disease, macular degeneration, or altitude sickness. - Via Wikipedia
Hawthorn is a plant. The leaves, berries, and flowers of hawthorn are used to make medicine.
Hawthorn is used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. It is also used to treat both low blood pressure and high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and high cholesterol. So far, research suggests that hawthorn might be effective in treating congestive heart failure, but there hasn’t been enough research on other heart-related uses to know if it is effective for them.
Some people use hawthorn for digestive system complaints such as indigestion, diarrhea, and stomach pain. It is also used to reduce anxiety, as a sedative, to increase urine output, and for menstrual problems.
Hawthorn is also used to treat tapeworm and other intestinal infections.
Some people apply hawthorn to the skin for boils, sores, and ulcers. Hawthorn preparations are used as a wash for sores, itching, and frostbite.
You will find hawthorn among the ingredients in candied fruit slices, jam, jelly, and wine.
According to the fossil record, Chlorella pyrenoidosa, a species of freshwater algae, may be one of the most ancient forms of life on the planet. Because it is dense in chlorophyll, Chlorella Powder may be one of the most effective medicinal herbs available as well.
Sadly, as is the case with so many natural herbs, few clinical studies have been done that would substantiate many of the claims made about the health benefits of Chlorella Powder. However, if you regularly purchase herbs and spices in bulk quantities, you may wish to keep a good supply of Chlorella Powder on hand in order to promote digestive health. Specific claims about Chlorella Powder have not been clinically substantiated.
Found in virtually all organic bulk herbs derived from the leaves and stems of green plants, chlorophyll is literally the "blood" of the plant, and similar in chemical structure to human blood. The main difference is that while human hemoglobin is based on iron, the chlorophyll found in natural herbs like Chlorella pyrenoidosa is based on magnesium. Chlorella Powder is commonly used as a breath freshener and deodorizer.
Sage Leaf is from a plant native to the Mediterranean, where it has long been used as a cooking herb as well as for therapeutic purposes. A member of the mint family, sage spice adds a pepper-like flavor to many savory dishes. Organic sage is used in the finest German and English sausages, and rubbed sage is a common flavoring for rich, fatty meats such as pork and lamb. In France, it is used for lighter meats, poultry and fish, while Italian cooks sauté it in olive oil and combine it with cheese to create the stuffing for a pasta dish known as buro e salvia.
The term Salvia is in fact the scientific name for sage leaf. If you think that sounds a little bit like "salvation" or "salvage," you're not far off. "Salvia" is the Latin word for "healing," and current research suggests that organic sage may in fact be useful in the treatment of bacterial and fungal disease as well as early stage Alzheimers. (It is not recommended for therapeutic uses in patients that are taking stimulants or tranquilizers, however, due to possible negative interactions.)
Senna glycosides, or sennosides, are used in modern medicine as laxatives. Senna drugs contain the dried leaves of S. alexandrina. The glycosides increase gastric fluid secretion and bowel motility, producing laxative action. Senna preparations are available in powders, granules, tablets, oral infusions, and syrups. It is also available in combination with the dietary fiber psyllium to add bulk to the bowel contents. Via Wikipedia
Spirulina, also known as Spirulina platensis, is a blue-green algae.
Today, Spirulina platensis is mostly grown in the United States, India, Thailand, China and Taiwan. Starwest Botanicals is proud to source its Spirulina from the best growers in China and the continental U.S., so you can easily enjoy its healing benefits using both our organic and natural Spirulina Powder. We also manufacture Spirulina Capsules that are made with organic Spirulina platensis and an organic green power blend, which can be taken as a superfood supplement.
Did you know that this bushy seaweed, Chondrus crispus or Irish Moss, saved thousands of Irish from starvation during the potato famine of the mid-19th century?
Irish moss is a curly red, purple, or yellow green plant which is found clinging to submerged rocks. This tough and stringy seaweed grows in tidal pools along the northern Atlantic. Chondrus crispus is harvested commercially to make carrageenan, a thickening agent for jellies, puddings, and soups, and is also a well-known traditional herbal remedy in Ireland.
Chondrus crispus is considered by some to be a nutritious and remarkable gift from the sea. Full of rich nutrients, Irish Moss is used by some herbalists to make a tonic for promoting a vibrant glow. Irish Moss is used for its mild laxative properties.
Urtica dioic, is more commonly known as the Nettle root. Nettle Root Powder contains a high amount of iodine, and is a great source of vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and chlorophyll.
Urtica dioic is found growing throughout the temperate regions of Europe and Asia. The plant can also be found scattered along the countryside of Japan, South Africa and Australia.
Common topical applications for these bulk herbs range from shampoo, conditioner and hair rinse.
Medicinal herbs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and the Morinda citrifolia, or more commonly known as the Noni Fruit, is no exception. The Morinda citrifolia is grown from an evergreen shrub found all throughout the South Pacific, most predominantly in Tahiti and Hawaii. Noni Fruit Powder is a wonderful natural source of vitamin C and enzyme enhancing alkaloids, along with many other added natural health benefits.
The Noni Fruit is a plant native to Polynesia and the islands of South Pacific. This evergreen shrub thrives in the volcanic soil of the Hawaiian Islands, and was once the most commonly used natural herbs of the Pacific for medicinal purposes. Recently, the fruit is still widely recognized for its natural health advantages.
Noni Fruit Powder is a great source of helpful acids and alkaloids for the body and is an abundant source of vitamin C, which possesses numerous benefits to your overall health. Morinda citrifolia traditionally was used in Polynesia as a dye
One of the most easily recognizable spices used in middle eastern cuisine, turmeric (Curcumas longa) has a slightly bitter, warm taste. A close relation to ginger, the turmeric shrub is primarily cultivated in southeast Asia and parts of Africa. It is often used as part of food seasonings for spicy curries and pungent mustards. Like other strong organic spices, turmeric is typically used in a ground form for culinary purposes.
Although turmeric has a particularly distinctive flavor, it does diminish over time. To insure the most robust taste from this organic seasoning, it is a good idea to purchase enough for use rather than long-term storage. Use an airtight container kept away from direct sunlight to maximize the lifespan of turmeric's potency.
Turmeric is more than a popular organic seasoning, however, it's distinctive orange-yellow color has made it useful in fabric dyes.
Hibiscus Flowers are well known to gardeners in Southern California and Florida, where the colorful blooms adorn many garden. These herbs come from a member of the mallow family known as Hibiscus sabdariffa, or more commonly the "rosemallow." The mallow family is a genus of tropical and sub-tropical plants that includes cocoa, cotton and okra as well as other natural herbs from such regions.
Dried Hibiscus Flowers have many uses that include commercial, culinary and medicinal. Commercially, these dried herbs are used in the manufacture of paper. The organic herbs are also quite edible; fresh, cut Hibiscus Flowers are eaten in salads, while the dried pedals are frequently brewed in tea. In fact, in Mexico, Hibiscus Flower Tea served sweetened and served over ice is a popular and refreshing beverage, which is known in that country as agua de Jamaica, or "Jamaica water." The tart flavor is reminiscent of mild cranberry juice; in Jamaica itself, Hibiscus Flowers are used to make jam.
In India (where whole Hibiscus Flowers are offered to the Hindu deities Kali and Gonesha), a dried powder make from such organic herbs is made into a paste and applied to the scalp. The tea made from the wild crafted herbs is also drunk unsweetened. Although there are no known adverse effects from the use of Hibiscus Flowers, be aware that any reported therapeutic effects have not been scientifically proven.
Echinacea is an herb. Several species of the echinacea plant are used to make medicine from its leaves, flower, and root.
Echinacea is widely used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other upper respiratory infections. Some people take echinacea at the first sign of a cold, hoping they will be able to keep the cold from developing. Other people take echinacea after cold symptoms have started, hoping they can make symptoms less severe. The people who use echinacea to treat symptoms have the right idea. Research to date shows that echinacea probably modestly reduces cold symptoms, but it’s not clear whether it helps prevent colds from developing.
Echinacea is also used against many other infections including the flu, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria.
Other uses not related to infection include chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), rheumatism, migraines, acid indigestion, pain, dizziness, rattlesnake bites, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Sometimes people apply echinacea to their skin to treat boils, abscesses, skin wounds, ulcers, burns, eczema, psoriasis, UV radiation skin damage, herpes simplex, bee stings, and hemorrhoids.
Echinacea also seems to contain some chemicals that can attack yeast and other kinds of fungi directly.