Diana Snider, LMT Massage Therapist-Allen, TExas

Elements of Health

Prescription for Nutritional Healing - 4th Edition
Author:  Phyllis A. Balch, CNCimage

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Herb:  Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium)
Part(s) Used:
  Bark, dried flowers, leaves
Phytochemical Content:  Beta-Carotene, parthenolide, santamarin.
Nutrient Content:  Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, C.
Actions & Uses:  Combats inflammation and muscle spasms, Increases fluidity of lung and bronchial tube mucus, promotes menses, stimulates the appetite, and stimulates uterine contractions. Relieves nausea and vomiting. Good for arthritis, colitis, fever, headaches, migraine headaches, menstrual problems, muscle tension, and pain.
Comments:  Chewing the leaves is a folk remedy, but this may cause mouth sores. Also called featherfew, featherfoil.
Caution:  Should NOT be used by pregnant or nursing mothers. People who take prescription blood-thinning medications or who regularly take over-the-counter painkillers should consult a health care provider before using feverfew, as the combination can result in internal bleeding.

Herb:  Gotu kola (Centella asiatica)
Part(s) Used:
  Nuts, roots, seeds
Phytochemical Content:  Beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, campesterol, camphor, kaempferol, saponin, stigmasterol.
Nutrient Content: 
Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C.
Actions & Uses:  Helps eliminate excess fluids, decreases fatigue and depression, increases sex drive, shrinks tissues, and stimulates the central nervous system. May neutralize blood acids and lower body temperature. Promotes wound healing, and is good for varicose veins and for heart and liver function. Useful for cardiovascular and circulatory disorders, fatigue, connective tissue (fascia) disorders, kidney stones, poor appetite, and sleep disorders.
Caution:  May cause dermatitis if applied topically.

Herb:  Lavender Fine (Lavandula angustifolia)
Part(s) Used:
  Flowers
Phytochemical Content:  Alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, beta-santalene, borneol, camphor, caryophyliene, coumarin, geraniol, limonene, linalool, luteolin, 1.8-cineole, rosmarinic acid, tannin, umbelliferone, ursolic acid.
Actions & Uses:  High in monoterpenols, analgesic, antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, antispasmodic. Calms Central Nervous System, which relieves stress and depression and anxiety over sudden change. Beneficial for children and the skin of its low toxicity. Good for burns, headaches, psoriasis, and other skin problems.
Comments:  Essential oil of lavender is very popular in aromatherapy.
Caution:  Should NOT be used during pregnancy. Lavender oil should NOT be taken internally.

Herb:  Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis)
Part(s) Used:  Rhizomes, roots
Phytochemical Content:
  Azulene, beta-carotene, beta-ionone, beta-sitosterol, borneol, bornyl acetate, caffeic acid, caryophyliene, chlorogenic acid, isovaleric acid, kaempferol, limonene, p-coumaric acid, quercetin, valepotriates, valerenic acid, valerenone, valeric acid.
Nutrient Content: 
Calcium, choline, essential fatty acids, iron, magesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C.
Actions & Uses:  Acts as a sedative, improves circulation, and reduces mucus from colds. Good for anxiety, fatigue, high blood pressure, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, menstral cramps, nervousness, pain, spasms, stress, and ulcers.
Comments:  A water-soluable extract form is best.
Caution:  Should NOT be combined with alcohol.