Known under names ranging from Berberis Vulgaris and Mountain Grape to Holy Thorn, Barberry has been known to possess medicinal qualities for well over 2500 years. In Indian folk lore it is mentioned as a potent treatment for diarrhea, the reduction of fevers and the improvement of appetite. It is also believed to aid in relieving upset stomachs while promoting vigor and well-being. Not all of the properties it was said to possess were benign however. Some farmers used to believe that any wheat planted within a few hundred yards of a barberry plant would develop rust or mildew. This was perhaps contributed to by the fact that birds, horses, and swine seem to avoid the plant due to the acidity of its fruit. Eventually, however, this belief was overcome and Barberry became applied to a wide variety of uses, including the making of jellies, garnishes, and even wool dye.
Today it is generally uses as medicine in Iran, particularly in treating gallbladder diseases and heartburn. Bayberry also often sees use in treating hypertension, tachycardia, and epilepsy. Some studies have found however that it should not be utilized by pregnant women, as it can, in some cases, induce uterine contractions.
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Bay leaves, from the plant known in Latin as Laurus Nobilis, are derived from a plant that is quite favored as a shrub for hedges and topiary sculpture. They are also widely known throughout the world as a flavoring agent for a wide variety of culinary crafts, where they are frequently used to wrap other spices and then removed from the dish in which they are used; the leaves are sharp and unpleasant to eat when left in a dish. They are also famous in myth and legend as the laurels worn by the glorious victors of Roman and Greek myth and legend. Some also hold that within magical traditions they are quite useful in spells of wisdom, clairvoyance, protection and healing.
Herbalists and the crafters of oils most frequently use bay leaves to help create essential oils that have somewhat of a spicy aroma. They`re also occasionally used to help keep linens fresh, adding their aroma and preventing insect infestation. Some also believe that they are useful in treating headaches, inflammation, infections, and digestive issues.
Used for thousands of years throughout the world, from Ancient Egypt and Greece to Ancient China to modern day, Bee Pollen Granules are yet another product created by the amazing Honey Bee. Mingling flower pollen with nectar and enzymes secreted by the bees, Bee Pollen is collected from the fuzzy back legs of a bee, usually with a special tool that brushes it from them as they enter a hive. The result is Bee Pollen Granules, which have been recommended medically since the ancients. Hippocrates of the Greeks, often considered the father of modern medicine, even recommended their use to improve energy and physical endurance.
Modern herbalists still recommend Bee Pollen for the same purposes. It is generally prescribed to increase strength, staminia and memory. Some also explore the possibility that Bee Pollen granules may aid in treating respiratory infections and difficulties such as asthma or allergies such as Hay Fever. A lack of scientific study leaves this suggestion somewhat uncertain. Some also caution the use of Bee Pollen granules if you possess an allergy to bee stings.
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Bay Laurel Leaves
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Beeswax is a natural wax secreted by honey bees. These marvelous little creatures actually produce it by converting the sugars within honey into the waxy substance they use to create the intricate hives. Bit by bit they use little bits of wax to create the corridors and chambers that house themselves, their young, and their tasty honey. It`s no small amount of work, either! It`s actually estimated that bees must fly somewhere around 150,000 miles to produce 1 lb of wax!
Not only is this substance amazing within its natural form, but bricks of it are wonderful for the creation of a wide range of cosmetic products. It is often used for lip balms, skin lotions, and a wide range of other body care products as it is gentle upon the skin and can help seal keep moisturizing agents working their magic. They are also popularly melted down to create an assortment of beeswax candles.
This is 1 lb of Domestic Beeswax.
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Also known by its Latin name, Monarda Fistulosa, and most commonly under the name Bee Balm, Bergamot is native to North America and has a long history of use among the native tribes as well as the settlers that came after. A wide variety of native tribes recognized Bergamot for its medicinal properties, most commonly using it to treat colds in the form of an herbal tea. It was also widely used in the treatment of minor wounds as an antiseptic, and was similarly used to treat infections of the throat and mouth. Similarly today you can find it being used as a common ingredient within commercial mouthwash.
Modern herbalists typically still adhere to the old wisdom concerning Bergamot. Despite modern medicine, it is still known to be a useful herbal alternative in treating both the cold and flu, and to this end it is still used within an herbal tea, much like the natives did before us; though a strong dose of honey is often added as well, to aid with the strong flavor.
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Found under a variety of names, Black Cohosh Root (also known as Black Snake Root, macrotys, Bugbane, bugwort, rattleweed, rattleroot, and in Latin, as Cimicifuga racemosa) is an herb whose lore can be traced back to the Native American Indians, who then taught their medicinal practices to the local settlers. This is where it became a traditional home remedy and gained most of its common names, as it was commonly used as a treatment for snakebites for quite some time. During the 19th century it was also used for treating kidney stones, malaria, malaise, rheumatism, sore throat, and many other symptoms.
More modern herbalism has found that Black Cohosh root is still quite useful in treating gynecological disorders and various symptoms women experience during their normal bodily changes. Primarily this means that it is used in treating hotflashes, and other, similar, menopausal symptoms. The scientific community debates its usefulness in this and so their verdict is largely out until larger scale studies can be undertaken.
Black Cohosh Root
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Rooted in American traditions that blend Native American lore with the methods of early settlers, Black Haw Bark (Viburnum prunifolium) is one of those herbs that can be found in Folk Lore under a wide range of names. These include American Sloe, King`s Crown, Sheep Berry, Snowball tree, and stagbrush to name a few. Tradition holds that Native Americans used to use it in everything from the weaving of basket s to the creation of jams and medicines, but documentation we have on it comes from the lore passed down from the settlers.
In this lore, Black Haw Bark is widely believed to help increase fertility. In similar matters it is believed to aid a wide range of feminine issues, easing menstrual cramps and the physical symptoms of menopause and aiding aspects of pregnancy. Often it was prescribed as a preventative measure if there was believed to be a danger of miscarriage, or even to help ease morning sickness.
Black Haw Bark
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Bloodroot (Sanguinarian canadenis), an herb popular among American herbalists, might also be found under the common names of bloodwort, red puccoon root, pauson, and tetterwort. It is perhaps most well known for the rich red coloring it can produce as a dye, and for this reason it is often popular among a many Native American artsits. Interestingly, it has also shown antibacterial or antiplaque qualities which have made it a popular addition to a number of commercial toothpastes. In folk magic it is generally believed to aid in spells of protection, love, and purification.
Herbalists explore Bloodroot for these qualities, and will occasionally recommend it for heart problems and migraines. It is also supposed to be great topically as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and general treatment for skin worts and tumors. It is important to note that you should note use this herb if you are pregnant or lactating. Health specialists also note that Bloodroot can be fatal if ingested in large doses.
Contrary to what its name might imply, Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)is not actually used at all to mend broken bones. This name actually comes from the "Break Bone Fever" which it was used to treat. Indeed, Boneset (also known by the common names Agueweed, Crosswort, Feverwort, Indian Sage, and sweating plant) is most traditionally known for its use in the treatment of fevers.
From Native American lore to modern herbalism, Boneset is popularly used in treating colds, flu symptoms, and all fevers. In case of loss of appetite it is also sometimes taken as a hot tea prior to eating. Indeed, it is perhaps most commonly prescribed in tea-form though there have been reports that it can be difficult to ingest in this manner, and that cold infusions are less bitter.
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Native to Europe, North Africa, and Central Asia, Buckthorn Bark (Rhamnus Frangula) has been used medicinally for 100`s of years. Interestingly, it is only used in this manner if has been aged. If Buckthorn Bark is eaten without having been aged it can cause intense discomfort in the form of intestinal spasms and vomiting. However, when used properly buckthorn bark offers a much more gentle medical effect.
The medical uses of Buckthorn Bark have generally remained consistent since their first documented use hundreds of years ago. Typically, it offers herbalists a gentle herbal laxative that can ease symptoms experienced with hemorrhoids without the harsher experiences of other purging agents. It is also believed to aid in treating abdominal bloating.
Buckthorn Bark - Aged
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Most frequently classified as an herb by those who use it, Bromelain powder actually consists of a digestive enzyme that is extracted from the Pineapple plant. Derived both from the stem and fruit of the plant, it is a fascinating discovery that is receiving a lot of attention from herbalists and the scientific community, primarily as an aid to digestion and as an anti-inflammatory.
Though further studies are required for conclusive results, it is suggested that Bromelain is quite capable of helping to reduce swelling. Some herbalists prescribe this to ease breathing conditions, as the reduced swelling can often ease air passages. It has also been shown that it does this while promoting healthy inflammatory reactions. In digestion, Bromelain powder has also demonstrated some ability to help improve the absorption of protein which can aid greatly with muscle growth.
Most frequently viewed as little more than a common weed, Burdock is most recognized for their clinging burs that will stick to the fur and clothing of passing animals and people. Indeed, these little burs are so sticky that they were reportedly the inspiration for the creation of Velcro. However, the root is popular among herbalists in a variety of cultures. It is even cultivated in Japan where it is eaten as a vegetable in a manner similar to a carrot. Native Americans were also reported to have candied the root within Maple Syrup both for taste and as a preservative. In China it is sometimes used as an aphrodisiac.
Within herbal medicine, Burdock Root is generally considered to be useful in treating ulcers and sores. Within scientific study, it was used as part of a tea where it showed some ability as an anti-inflammatory and was exhibited to contain antioxidants.
Burdock Root Powder
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2 oz. $2.50