Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
USES Indigestion, Digestive tonic, Gastritis, Leaky gut, Abdominal bloating, Wind, Food allergies.
DESCRIPTION Yarrow is classified as one of the bitter herbs. Other herbs in this category include Centaury, Gentian and Dandelion. These have the common ability to stimulate digestive processes and improving the breakdown of food.
HOW IT WORKS Yarrow contains volatile oils and flavonoids. These have an anti- spasmodic and anti-inflammatory action on the digestive system, easing colic and reducing flatulence.
Bitters stimulate the taste buds. This triggers off a reflex nerve action, which increases the flow of saliva and stomach enzymes. The sum total of this is an improvement in the digestive function of the stomach and small intestines.
Aloe Vera plants
USES – Healing of wounds and burns, sunburn, psoriasis; intestinal inflammation, stomach and peptic ulcers.
HOW IT WORKS – The plant contains anthraquinone glycosides, resins and polysaccharides.
When taken internally, Aloe Vera has a cleansing and healing effect on the body, by virtue of its action on the digestive tract. This makes it useful for a number of skin conditions, where the process of internal detoxification is deemed by naturopaths to be important.
Scientific use of Aloe in wound healing was first documented in 1935. Since then, there have been a number of studies showing its effectiveness as a treatment for burns, including sunburns and other wounds even internal ones.
Aloe Vera juice is also beneficial for internal inflammation like colitis, diverticulitis, stomach and peptic ulcers.