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Carline Thistle

Scientific Name/Common Name: Carlina acaulis / Carline thistle Part(s) Used: Root Constituents/Active Ingredients: 1.5-2% essential oil containing approximately 80% carlina oxide (benzyl-2-furylacetylene) and about 15% carilene. The root also contains 18-22% inulin; bitter substances of the sesquiterpene lactone type; palmitic acid; tannins; resins; and flavonoids. Overview: Carline thistle is a short-stemmed perennial herb, often called stemless carline thistle, native to the mountains of central and southern Europe. The low-growing plant has spiny, toothed leaves and attractive off-white flowers encompassed by…

Camphor

Scientific Name/Common Name: Cinnamomum camphora / Camphor Part(s) Used: Volatile oil/resin extract from camphor tree parts. Constituents/Active Ingredients: Purified Camphor contains only the compound, camphor. Cinnamomum camphora volatile oil contains: Camphor as the most abundant component; azulene; bisabolone; alpha-bisabolene; beta-bisabolene; borneol; cadinadiene; cadinene; cinnamonol; cineole; p-cymene; cymol; citronellic acid; citronellol; cuminalcohol; cresol; cubenol; cuminaldehyde; eugenol; geraniol; kaempferol; linalool; alpha-pinene, and other monoterpenes. Overview: The camphor tree, Cinnamomum camphora, is an aromatic tree with all parts of it yielding the odor…

Blessed Thistle

Scientific Name/Common Name: Cnicus benedictus / Blessed Thistle Part(s) Used: Dried herb and flowers Constituents/Active Ingredients: Bitter substances of the sesquiterpene lactone type, including cnicin. The seed contains lignan lactones, such as trachelogenin, that also contribute to the bitterness of the herb. The plant also contains: up to 0.3% essential oil which includes n-paraffin, aromatic aldehydes (cinnamaldehyde, benzaldehyde, cuminaldehyde); phenylpropanes; benzoic acid; monoterpenes (citronellol, fenchone, p-cymene, citral, and others); and flavonoids. Overview: Blessed Thistle is a low annual plant, up…

Bitter Orange

Scientific Name/Common Name: Citrus aurantium L. subsp. Aurantium / Bitter orange Part(s) Used: Peel Constituents/Active Ingredients: Many bitter tasting flavonoid glycosides including neohesperidin and naringin; non-bitter flavonoids, such as hesperidin, rutoside, sinensetin, nobiletin, tangeretin; between 1-2% essential oil with limonene as the main component (>90%), perillyl alcohol and geraniol; pectins; and furanocoumarins. There are also many phenols contained in the peel including polymethoxylated flavones and numerous hydroxycinnamates.  Synephrine, approximately 1-3 mg/g. Overview: The peel of bitter orange (also known as…

Artichoke

Scientific Name/Common Name: Cynara scolymus / (Globe) artichoke Part(s) Used: Leaf and buds Constituents/Active Ingredients: Artichoke leaf contains: 0-4% bitter compounds of the sesquiterpene lactone type including cynaropicrin; up to 2% phenolic acids, mainly 3-caffeoylquinic acid (chlorogenic acid) and 1,5-di-O-caffeoylquinic acid (cynarin); caffeic acid; 0.1-1.0% flavonoids including scolymoside and luteolin glucosides; phytosterols including taraxasterol; sugars; inulin; enzymes; and a volatile oil consisting mainly of the sesquiterpenes beta-selinene and caryophyllene. Overview: Artichoke has been used traditionally as a food and medicine…

Angelica

Scientific Name/Common Name: Angelica Archangelica/Angelica Part(s) Used: Root Constituents/Active Ingredients: Approximately 0.35-1.9% essential oil comprising 80-90% monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes like beta bisabolene, bisabolol, and beta caryophyllene. Over 20 furanocoumarins, coumarins, psoralens, phenol-carboxylic acids, the flavonone archangelenone, sitosterol, fatty acids, tannins, and polysaccharides. Overview: Angelica has many medicinal virtues and was considered such powerful medicine by the ancients that they named it after the angels. More than 50 species of Angelica grow around the world, and each different variety is recognized for…

Anise

Scientific Name/Common Name: Pimpinella anisum / Anise Part(s) Used: Seed Constituents/Active Ingredients: Approximately 1.5-5% essential oil comprising up to 80-90% of a sweet compound called trans-anethole chiefly responsible for the taste and smell. The seeds also contain a fixed oil, organic acids, flavonoids, tannins, and polysaccharides. Overview: Anise seed is commonly used as a food and spice around the world, especially in India where it is recognized for its healing powers. The seed is often used as a licorice-flavored breath…

What to Eat When on a Winter Cleanse

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A winter cleanse can reduce our toxic burden and leave us feeling fabulous! Below are guidelines for a happy detox. They include; Pick the right winter cleanse program What to avoid What to include Troubleshooting tips Here we go! Pick the right winter cleanse: Is it right for the climate? Unless you are sunbathing on vacation, stick to a warming approach –> teas, soups and broths, cooked veggies. Why: Foods from different climates have nutrients that trigger different physiological responses. Cleansing with…

Exercise, Losing Weight

Losing Weight Without Cleansing Reactions

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Losing weight and feeling great? Dieters can feel as crummy as the cookies they aren’t eating. Why? Detox reactions are related to fat loss. Using diet to cleanse fat-soluble toxins may maintain our motivation and healthy weight loss. Yay! Toxins are either environmental (exogenous), or produced by the body (endogenous), and water soluble (hydrophilic) or fat soluble (lipophilic). We let go of water and water-soluble toxins more easily. Fat is so important to life, the body stubbornly retains fat (and…