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Herbs & Teas

Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot if you can heal the patient with food

- Hippocrates

Herbal Tea and Salt Blends

Herbal Apothecary

activated charcoal, andrographis, burdock root, organic, cacao, caraway, cardamom, catnip, celery seed, chamomile, chuchuhuasi, clove bud, cornsilk, dandelion, devils claw, dong quai, echinacea, ginger, ginkgo biloba, green tea, soursop, lavender, lemon balm, licorice, mullein, nettle, orange, peppermint, plantain, red clover, rose petals, siberian ginseng, slippery elm, smelly cat, tea tree powder, thyme, turmeric, valerian, yarrow
Choice of Herb & Spice
A$5.00

You will get $5 worth of which ever herb/spice you choose (weight is pre-selected). Select your option from the drop down list above.


Please be careful when selecting herbs. Some herbs may have an impact on medications (may make them more effective or render them ineffective). 

Activated Charcoal

Absorbs toxins, gentle exfoliator and used for teeth whitening. Can be ingested with water to help absorb toxins in the body. Beneficial after food or alcohol poisoning. Dissolve half a teaspoon in a glass of water and consume. Will work over a 24-36 hour period. Consume on an empty stomach and at least 2 hours from taking medications (it may absorb the medication too!)

Andrographis

Bitter herb, enhances immune system function, stimulates bile production and flow, protects the liver from toxins, counteracts the effects of free radicals, helps normalise blood sugar, anti-inflammatory.

Burdock Root

Pungent, blood purifier, controls fever by promoting sweating, detoxifying, antioxidant, may inhibit some forms of cancer, increases urine flow

Cacao Nibs - ORGANIC

Raw organic cacao nibs from Peru. Perfect for that chocolate fix without the calories.

Caraway - ORGANIC

Aids digestive issues, anti-spasmodic so useful for cramps, neuralgia and muscle spasms, helps relieve period pain, promotes lactation for breastfeeding women, tightens skin and muscle tissue in topical treatments and aids bronchial infections with expectorant properties.

Cardamom Pods

Typically used in Indian cooking, but this spice is useful for relieving nausea, upset tummy and vomiting. An aromatic spice that is calming and fragrant.

Catnip - ORGANIC

Calming, used for anxiety and depression, nerve tonic, reduces restlessness, sedative, beneficial for meditation.

Celery Seed

Anti-rheumatic, diuretic, commonly used for gout, antiseptic, soothing for digestive issues, calming and can be used as a sedative, promotes menstrual flow. Use in combination with red clover to normalise menstrual activity.

Warning: Not for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Chamomile - ORGANIC

Sweet. Anti-inflammatory, promotes wound healing, mild sedative, anti-ulcer, helps stabilise mood.

Chuchuhuasi - Peru

From Peru – muscle relaxant, aphrodisiac, pain-reliever, for adrenal support, as an immune stimulant, menstrual balance and regulation, arthritis, possible reduction in cancer growth.

Clove Bud - ORGANIC

Is commonly used to numb the gums and treat tooth aches and infections. Warming, stimulating, assists digestive issues, reduces feeling of nausea, antiseptic and can be used as a gargle for halitosis.

Cornsilk

Treats bladder infections, UTI’s, prevents gallstones and kidney stones, inflammation of the prostate, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diuretic so useful for inflammation caused by fluid build-up. High in fibre.

Dandelion Leaf

Diuretic, useful for gout specifically, anti-rheumatic, laxative, tonic

Dandelion Root

Diuretic, cleanses the body from toxins, prevents bile and kidney stones from forming, anti-rheumatic, laxative, pain relief

Devils Claw

Anti-rheumatic, beneficial for arthritic pain, pain relieving, anti-inflammatory. Caution: may cause diarrhoea, check medications and not for use with gallstones or peptic ulcers.

Dong Quai

Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-rheumatic and antispasmodic. Regulates menstruation, alleviates heavy periods, treats blood deficiency, relieves constipation, lubricates bowels, treats and prevents heart health issues, protects the liver, blood purifier (especially when paired with Andrographis). Bitter and warm.

Echinacea

Anti-inflammatory, immune enhancing especially for allergies and autoimmune diseases, enhances resistance to infections especially upper respiratory, assists chemotherapy recovery, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, assists lymphatic function, wound healing

Ginger

Help digestion, treat nausea, often used for motion sickness, antibacterial and anti-viral so helps fight colds and flu, warming, lowers blood sugar, assists blood circulation especially where digestive function is compromised, blood thinning properties. Caution: No more than 2g per day if pregnant or on blood thinning medication.

Ginkgo biloba

Enhances blood flow to arteries and brain, improves mental performance, may relieve nerve-associated dizziness and tinnitus. 

Green Tea - ORGANIC

Antioxidant, increases metabolism, may help to regulate blood sugar levels, reduces cholesterol, may reduce the risk of high blood pressure, anti viral and antibacterial, low levels of caffeine, stimulant, blood cleanser.

Guanabana (soursop) Leaf

Antioxidant, weight loss aid, anti-inflammatory, may help reduce and balance blood sugar levels, may reduce tumours. Immuno-stimulant. High in vitamin C, B1 and B2.

Warning: Not for long term use. Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Lavender

Calming and useful for restlessness. Balancing.

Lemon Balm – ORGANIC

Calms the mind and body, relaxing, anti-spasmodic, relieves anxiety and useful for nervous insomniacs, improves quality of sleep and mood, recommended for nausea in pregnancy

Licorice powder

Used for coughs and chest infections. A natural sweetener so beneficial for people wanting to sweeten their drinks without adding sugar. Take care when using blood pressure medication as it may lower blood pressure.

Mullein

Most commonly used with warmed olive oil for ear infections. Anti-inflammatory, reduces diarrhoea, anti-spasmodic and may help asthma, coughs and other lung-related ailments.

Nettle Leaf

High in iron, vitamin A and calcium. This is a herb known for its use on joints and muscles. Anti-inflammatory and blocks histamine, therefore useful in hayfever blends.

Orange segments

High in vitamin C, an excellent addition to cold and flu blends and adds flavour.

Peppermint

Cooling, reduces frequency of coughs and respiratory infections, used for digestive disorders such as flatulence, cramps, nausea, colic and vomiting, antiseptic, regulates body temperature during fever, useful for headaches and nervous disorders.

Plantain

Support and strengthen mucous membranes, supports tissue repair, antibacterial, useful for fever, colds, hayfever, coughs, sore throat, acid indigestion, peptic ulcers, diarrhoea and IBS, stimulates healing within the body.  

Red Clover

High in phytoestrogens so useful for menopause and thyroid issues, hormonal imbalances, cardio-protective, may prevent osteoporosis, useful in topical treatments for skin disorders.

Rose Buds

For use in cosmetic applications only. Softens and hydrates the skin. Calming and relaxing in bath blends.

Siberian Ginseng

My favourite herb for adrenal fatigue. Supports the adrenal glands in times of high stress and is an adaptogen. Supports bodily function and may help to balance hormones.

Slippery Elm

Aids digestive issues and IBS. Mucilage. Must be taken 1:8 herb:water/oil. Absorbs toxins in the intestinal tracts, improves GI functioning and can be used for colic, diarrhoea, urinary tract infections, ulcers, reflux, gastrointestinal inflammation, coughs and haemorrhoids.

Warning: Mucilage can decrease how much medicine the body absorbs. Taking slippery elm at the same time you take medications by mouth can decrease the effectiveness of your medication. To prevent this interaction take slippery elm at least one hour after medications you take by mouth.

Tea Tree Powder

Gentle exfoliating action which helps unblock pores and remove dirt and flaking skin. Use in skin care formulations.

Warning: External use only.

Thyme – ORGANIC

Antiseptic, antiviral, antimicrobial, treats bronchitis, chesty coughs, asthma, inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, flatulence, gastrointestinal disorders, colic in children, useful as a gargle for tonsillitis and tooth ache.

Warning: Large doses are not recommended for pregnant women as thymol may produce abortion (no more than 200g thyme)

Turmeric - ORGANIC

Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, assists heart functioning, promotes healing, neuroprotective, blood cleanser, effective in cancer treatment, IBS and infection.

Valerian Root

Pungent, improves sleep quality, reduces anxiety, relaxes smooth muscle so used traditionally for epilepsy, muscle cramps, spasms and neuralgia.

Yarrow

Cure-all, fights cold, flu, fever, heals cuts & bruises, stops bleeding and nosebleeds (would bode well with horsetail for this), stimulates appetite, treats IBS and reduces heavy menstrual bleeding. Remedy for circulation helps lower blood pressure and tones varicose veins. Promotes sweating during fever and improves waste cleansing.


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