Solidago – Golden Rod – Kidney Tonic

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Solidago – Golden Rod

 

USES: diuretic (fluid retention), improves renal function, kidney tonic.

HOW IT WORKS: Whilst Solidago has diuretic action, this is not the prime role of the plant. Solidago, aka. Golden Rod, has been shown to have important anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and antiseptic action and seems to strengthen kidney function.

This makes it useful as an agent to counter inflammation and irritation of the kidneys, when infection or stones are present. The diuretic action is also useful in helping to dissolve kidney stones.

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Solidago Virgaurea

 

Hawthorn – Heart tonic

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Hawthorn – Crataegus oxyacantha

USES: Heart tonic ❤️

Hawthorn berries have been used for many years to improve the efficiency of the pumping action of the heart.

HOW IT WORKS: The precise mode of action is still unclear – although we do know that the plant doesn’t contain digitalis-like compounds.

Flavonoids found in Crataegus have been found to be able to improve the circulation of the heart, and to a lesser extent, the circulation of other parts of the body.

Glycosides present are believed to increase the tone of the heart, improving the force of contraction whilst reducing the rate of contraction – in short, making the heart work more efficiently.

(NB: Let your doctor know if you are using Crataegus in addition to any other prescribed medication for the heart.)

Arnica Gel for Muscle Pain

The healing properties of Arnica are widely known and it has been used since the 11th century. Arnica grows in the mountainous regions of central Europe, where shepherds reported that sheep and goats would eat Arnica after a fall.

Even the most severely injured animal would soon be back on their feet fully recovered. The shepherds themselves then tried Arnica and, finding it helped to speed recovery from injuries, spread the word of its success.

Generally the herb is now taken internally only as >a homoeopathic remedy, mainly after injury; mental and physical shock; after operations, visits to the dentist, childbirth, etc.; Arnica is best known as an effective treatment for sprains and bruises.

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Arnica gel

Arnica gel can be used externally for aches and pains after physical pursuits such as cycling and gardening and for rheumatism and arthritis.

Arnica gel improves the local blood supply and accelerates healing. Arnica gel is made from freshly harvested, organically cultivated Arnica flower tincture.

Arnica’s herbal use as an anti-inflammatory was not widely known. Newest research is proving that Arnica is a very effective anti-inflammatory when applied topically. It helps with painful inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, stiff or sore joints, fibromalgia and RSI.

Research published in “Rheumatology International” demonstrates that Arnica gel is as effective as ibuprofen for topical treatment of osteoarthritis of the hand.

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