ECHINACEA (ECHINACEA PURPUREA OR ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA)
This perennial herb is also known as the Purple Coneflower. It is a
very common and popular garden flower, and can grow up to five feet
high.. It contains vitamins A, C, and E as well as the minerals
copper, iron, iodine, sulfur, and potassium. Echinacea also has the
compounds inulin, sucrose, betain, echinacein, myristic acid, echina
coside, resins and other various fatty acids. This herb is
frequently called the "King of Blood Purifiers". Avoid use
of this herb if you are allergic to Daisies, or are suffering from
tuberculosis, collagen disorders or multiple sclerosis.
HISTORY: Native American Indians discovered this antibiotic herb
originally on the Central Plains of the United States. They used it
for it’s external wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
German researcher Dr. Gerhard Madaus imported the seeds to Europe
and did extensive studies on its immunositumulating properties. It
is one of the most popular over-the-counter remedies in the nation
of Germany now. In Germany alone, there are over 180 different
products from Echinacea sold.
INTERNAL USE: Use Echinacea as a tea, tincture, capsule or as a
fresh herb to help bronchitis, bladder infections heal wounds, sore
throats, improve the immune system, recover from colds faster
urinary tract infections and yeast infections. The betaine in
Echinacea has antiseptic properties. Betaine and caffeic acid
glycosides help rearrange and reorganize the enzyme system within
the body, which thus helps to remove viruses, as well as help heal
some forms of cancer. The myristic acid works on reducing fatty
tissues and lowers serum cholesterol.
EXTERNAL USE: A balm of Echinacea can reduce swelling of tissues,
and heal wounds and cuts.
ELDERBERRY (SAMBUCUS NIGRA)
This herb is also known as Black Elder. The fruit and flowers of
this tree are used medicinally. It contains the bioflavonoid
quercetin, which is the main component of Elderberry that gives it
strong medicinal powers. The fruit of this plant makes very fine
wine and jellies.
HISTORY: This plant has been used as a food source, wine, and
medicinal herb for hundreds of years in both Europe and North
INTERNAL USE: This herb is used to prevent cold sores, fevers,
herpes, infections, influenza, sore throats and sinusitis. It is
often used in conjunction with St. John’s Wort.
EXTERNAL USE: A poultice of Elderberry helps heal burns, bruises,
cuts and scrapes.
ELECAMPANE (INULA HELENIUM)
This perennial herb is from the ASTERACEAE family. Elecampane is
also known as Elfdock, Elfwort, Horseheal and Scabwort. This herb
grows up to five feet high and has golden colored flowers. The roots
and flowers of Elecampane are used medicinally, as it contains
calcium, potassium and sodium. It is one of the richest sources of
natural insulin to be found. Do not use this herb if you are
pregnant or breast-feeding.
INTERNAL USE: This herb can help with asthma, bronchitis, diabetes,
diphtheria, emphysema, hay fever, parasite elimination, poison
antidote, pneumonia, rabies, tuberculosis, worms and whooping cough.
It also helps to reduce tooth decay and tightens the gums.
EXTERNAL USE: A wash of Elecampane can help cure many skin diseases
including blemishes and scabies.
EPHEDRA MAHUANG (EPHEDRA SINICA)
This herb is from the EPHEDRACEAE family. It is also known as the
herb Epitonin. Ephedra Mahuang is a short plant found all over the
worlds arid deserts, with the stems and branches of this plant used
medicinally. It contains two very strong alkaloids, ephedrine, and
pseudoephedrine. This herb is routinely found in many diet pills and
over-the-counter medicines for allergies or asthma.
HISTORY: Ephedra Mahuang is one of the world’s oldest drugs. It
has been used for thousands of years to treat people with asthma and
other respiratory diseases. In China alone it has been cultivated
for over 5,000 years. It is an energy-inducing drug that is so
powerful that the Olympic Committee has banned its use. It is said
that the guards in Ghengis Kahn’s army used this herb to stay
awake. If they were caught sleeping, they lost their heads!
INTERNAL USE: Ephedra Mahuang is taken as a tea, tablet or in
capsule form. This herb is used for asthma, arthritis, bronchitis,
drug addictions, energy loss, fevers and to control weight. Care
must be used with this herb, as it can also increase blood pressure,
heart rate and cause heart palpitations. Do not use this herb if you
suffer from any heart conditions, high blood pressure or are
pregnant or nursing.
EUCALYPTUS (EUCALYPTUS GLOBULOS)
This tree is from the EUCALYPTUS family. This herb is found world
wide, and is popularly known as the favorite food of Koalas.
HISTORY: Eucalyptus has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy.
It has also been used for centuries in mining operations worldwide
to lower humidity levels deep underground.
EXTERNAL USE: Use the oil of this herb on burns, cuts, sunburns,
shingles and on sore muscles.
EVENING PRIMROSE (OENOTHERA BIENNIS)
This perennial herb is from the PRIMULACEAE family. This herb is
also known as Fever Plant. The bark, leaf, oil, and flower seed oils
are used medicinally. It contains Vitamin F, as well as potassium
and magnesium. The seeds oil is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids,
with as much as 9% gamma-lionolenic acid and 72% linoleic acid.
Polyunsaturated fats are essential nutrients for good health.
INTERNAL USE: Evening Primrose is often taken as an Oil. This herb
has been found to counter Wheat and Corn allergies, and help lower
cholesterol levels, cleanse the liver and spleen, eczema, diabetes,
multiple sclerosis, obesity, PMS and schizophrenic behavior
problems. Do not use this herb if you have Epilepsy!
EYEBRIGHT (EUPHRASIA OFFINALIS)
This annual herb is from the EUPHRASIA family. This plant is found
though out the entire European Continent and grows up to eight
inches high with bright purple and yellow flowers. It contains
vitamins A, B complex, C, D and E as well as copper, iron, iodine,
potassium, silicon, sulfur and zinc. It also has tannic acid,
mannite, glucose, and possibly saponins. Eyebright as its name
suggests is used to help the health of the eye. It helps provide
elasticity and resiliency to the nerves and optics of the eye.
HISTORY: It has been used in Europe for centuries as a poultice to
help with Conjunctivitis and sore, irritated eyes.
INTERNAL USE: This herb can be taken as a tincture or in capsule
form. Use Eyebright to improve the health of the eye as well as help
with sinusitis and allergies. It will help the tinsel strength of
all the eyes fibrous masses. When used as an eyewash with powdered
Yucca Root, it has helped reverse cataract formation in the eye.
When Eyebright eyewash is applied to the eyes, the compounds are
activated by sunlight to saturate the cornea, schlera, choroid,
ciliary muscle iris, supensory ligaments, conjunctiva, lens, reina,
optic nerve and other eye tissues. It has antiseptic properties that
fight infections such as opthalmia and other eye problems.
EXTERNAL USE: A wash of Eyebright also helps with measles, mumps,
and chicken pox. A tincture applied with a swap on a tooth will stop
1 to 3 years old: 6 milligrams
4 to 8 years old: 7 mg
11 to 51+ years old: 10 mg
11 to 51+ years old: 8 mg
CAN PREVENT –
- Cancer due to powerful
- Cardiovascular disease
- Retrolental fibroplasia-eye
disorder in premature infants
- Cell damage by inhibiting the
oxidation of lipids and formation of free radicals
- Age spots
ALSO CAN –
- Improve circulation
- Repair tissue
- Treating PMS and fibrocystic
disease of the breast
- Promote normal blood clotting
- Reduce scarring from some
- Reduce blood pressure
- Improves athletic performance
- Relax leg cramps
- Maintains healthy nerves and
muscles while strengthening capillary walls
- Promotes healthy skin and hair
- Protect fat-soluble vitamin
from destruction by oxygen
- Aids in utilization of vitamin
A and protects it from destruction by oxygen
- Retards aging
- Reduces inflammation; lessen
pain and stiffness
- Affect blood and muscle
function, reproduction, tissue inflammation, menopause and
bronchial disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and immune function
- Reduce LDL cholesterol in
bloodstream, work to eliminate triglycerides, increase artery
- Keeps cholesterol from
oxidizing – less oxidized cholesterol = less plaque = less
- Help male infertility
- Help control blood sugar in
diabetics, reduce insulin
DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS –
Infertility in men and women, menstrual problems, neuromuscular
impairment, shortened red blood cell lifespan, miscarriage,
uterine degeneration; deficiency has been linked to bowel cancer,
breast cancer, red blood cell damage, destruction of nerves
cold pressed vegetable oils, dark green leafy vegetables, legumes,
nuts, seeds, whole grains; also in brown rice, cornmeal, dulse,
eggs, kelp, desiccated liver, milk, oatmeal, organ meats,
soybeans, sweet potatoes, watercress, wheat, wheat germ
Alfalfa, bladderwrack, dandelion, dong quai, flaxseed, nettle, oat
straw, raspberry leaf, rose hips
seeds, 2 tbls (7 mg)
germ, 1/4 cup (5.3 mg)
butter, 1 tbls (1.6 mg)
salad dressing (1.6 mg)
dry roasted, 1 oz (1.6 mg)
or corn oil, 1 tsp (1.0 mg)
canned, with bones, 3 oz (1.2 mg)
white, canned, 3 oz (1.4 mg)
cooked, 3 oz (0.9 mg)
oil, 1 tsp (0.6 mg)
Needed for just about anyone, more so for heart disease, smokers
and strenuous exercisers; 100+ IU needed for benefits; natural
form of vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol) is better absorbed than
High amounts can interfere with vitamin K's clotting actions and
enhance the effect of anti-clotting drugs, potentially increasing
the risk of hemorrhage. Upper safe limit is set at 1,000 mg of
Vitamin E daily for individuals 19 years of age and older, who
consume adequate vitamin K and are not taking anti-clotting