Summarized: Research suggests that it increases serotonin release. It is used to stabilize mood, plus increase relaxation and happiness. Relieves stress, anxiety, and depression.
Body wide? It relaxes muscles, reducing pain and even headaches. Some researchers think it reduces inflammation in internal organs. It is absorbed through the skin. Don’t ingest this stuff, as it will give you the runs. And please don’t use on an open wound!
Summarized: Epsom salt, and the magnesium in it is used to reduce muscle spasm, and reduce inflammation, even in type 2 diabetes, chron’s and celiac diseases. Magnesium contributes to the synthesis and metabolism of neurotransmitters. Side effects are listed at the end of this article.
Summarized: Reduces inflammation, moisturizes dry skin, including in people with conditions such as eczema and sun burn. Promotes wound and injury healing. Appears to have antibacterial antifungal, and antiviral properties.
Touted for its strong anti-inflammatory properties. It’s good for skin and soft tissue repair.
It has been used for many years to break fevers, or to sweat out a cold or flu. For our purposes? It relieves aches and pains in joints and muscles, even during a cold or flu. It contains salicylates. Therefore, If you are already on a blood thinner, consult with your doctor before use.
Appears to be an anti-oxidant, reduces inflammation, and expresses antimicrobial properties.
From the NIH: “…Two hundred and ninety-five papers were searched and 93 papers were reviewed. Licorice extract, 3 triterpenes and 13 flavonoids exhibit evident anti-inflammatory properties mainly by decreasing TNF, MMPs, PGE2 and free radicals, which also explained its traditional applications in stimulating digestive system functions, eliminating phlegm, relieving coughing, nourishing qi and alleviating pain in TCM. Five hundred and fifty-four drugs containing licorice have been approved by CFDA. The side effect may due to the cortical hormone like action.”
It is used to reduce painful inflammation due to arthritis. Feverfew may help bring on uterine contractions to reduce the length of labor. (pregnant? Consider this). It may aid in starting menstrual periods and treating menstrual pain. Feverfew may relieve and soothe insect bites.
White Willow Bark:
Several varieties of willow tree bark have been used to make medicines. It appears to act a lot like aspirin, so is used for pain. This includes headache, muscle and joint pain, Menstrual cramps, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Osteoarthritis (OA or Overuse arthritis), Gout, and Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).
It has been used as far back as the time of Hippocrates. People used to chew it for relief. Willow bark has been used for the common cold, flu, and even weight loss.
Salicin, is the active ingredient in willow bark, as well as Aspirin. It is a blood thinner. It seems to have contributed to the death of the composer, Ludwig von Beethoven. Word has it, he ingested large amounts of salicin just before he died. I wonder if he had arthritis in his hands from playing the piano. His autopsy report is the first recorded case of a particular type of kidney damage that can be caused by salicin. Poor guy. For our purposes? This is related to blood thinning. We are not ingesting it, nor suggesting that you do. But, if you have kidney damage, or are already on a blood thinner? Consult with your doctor before use.
St. John’s Wort:
Used Topically for treatment of minor wounds, burns, sunburn, bruises, contusions, myalgia and other sprains and strains. It is also used to improve mood, causing an increased sense of happiness. Pharmacological research supports these uses.
Topical formulations of berberine hydrochloride appear to have a great potential as an effective and safe way to improve local antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. The sad thing, is, that this ingredient is bright yellow. We only use a small amount, so it doesn’t stain your clothes or skin. You can contact us if you want a special batch with extra. We would consider it.
For years, it has been praised for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Goldenseal is applied to the skin for rashes, ulcers, wounds, infections, itching, eczema, acne, dandruff, ringworm, herpes blisters, shingles, and cold sores. We still only suggest it for intact skin. This also, is yellow, so we can only use a small amount, as to not stain your skin or clothing. You can contact us if you want a special batch with extra. We would consider it.