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Chickweed aerial – Stellaria media – This early spring green is used externally for boils, abscesses, sores, cuts, wounds, itching, eczema and psoriasis. Internally it is suggested for, blood toxicity, fevers, inflammation, reduceing excess fat, rheumatism, bronchitis, and tonic for malnourished children. Also stated to be; Alterative, astringent, anti-rheumatic, carminative, demulcent, emollient, expectorant, laxative, refrigerant, mucilaginous, pectoral, discutient
Licorice root – Glycyrrhiza glabra – As a mild laxative, this herb is a gentle addition to this formula. It is a demulcent and emollient, so it greatly soothes inflamed gastric mucous membranes. A digestive stimulant, Licorice cleanses the colon. It also stimulates the adrenal cortex, counteracts stress, fights flues and colds, supports the liver and detoxifies the blood. It has anti-inflammatory cortisone-like effects, and stimulates the production of interferons. It is demulcent, phytoestrogen, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, emetic, emollient, pectoral, alterative, anti-arthritic, sedative, tonic, stimulant and anti-viral.
Mullein leaf – Verbascum Thapsus – This long, fuzzy leaf is very helpful in GI problems. It is and emollient and demulcent as well as vulnerary, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. This means it is healing, soothing, strengthening and nutritive, especially to inflamed mucous membrane tissue. It is also highly recommended for all sorts of respiratory conditions, as well as a general tonic for the lungs, glands and lymph.
Senna leaf – Cassia agustifolia – A native of Arabia, Egypt and Sudan, the leaf and pod of this plant is used for its laxative effects by stimulating peristaltic movement, while also being antibiotic. It is also a vermifuge and anthelmentic so is often recommended for expelling parasites.
Buckthorn bark – Rhamnus frangula – This herb is a wonderful bitter and cholagogue and is helpful to soften the stool and stimulate bowel contractions. Suggested as a laxative and ‘strong purgative’. It is also an emetic, diuretic, cathartic and anthelmentic.
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Sources and continued reading:
Prescription for Nutritional Healing James & Phyllis Balch, Weiner’s Herbal Michael Weiner, The New Age Herbalist Richard Mabey The Way of Herbs Michael Tierra, The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine Daniel Mowery, Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible Earl Mindell, Victoria Fortner, The School of Natural Healing Dr. John Christopher, Back to Eden Jethro Kloss, The Complete Medicinal Herbal Penelope Ody, A Modern Herbal Mrs. M. Greieve, The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal David Hoffmann, The Green Pharmacy James A. Duke, Ph.D., 20,000 Secrets of Tea Victoria Zak, The Herb Book John Lust, Various informative websites containing herbal and health information, including Wikipedia.