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Yucca Root Benefits Protects Against Oxidative Stress Supports Immune Function Promotes Skin Health Relieves Arthritis Pain Has a Low Glycemic Index 1. Protects Against Oxidative Stress Yucca is high in antioxidants, which are beneficial compounds that neutralize free radicals to prevent oxidative stress and damage to your cells. Research suggests that antioxidants play a central role in overall health and may be protective against many chronic conditions, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. (2) Yucca root also contains a concentrated dose of both vitamin C and manganese, two micronutrients that can also help minimize oxidative stress. A study published by the Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening National Cancer Center, for example, showed that supplementing with vitamin C for five years significantly reduced oxidative stress and free radical formation. (3) Another in vitro study out of Italy found that manganese was significantly more effective than several other nutrients at scavenging free radicals and preventing oxidative stress. (4) 2. Supports Immune Function There’s no doubt that maintaining a strong immune system is key to overall health. Your immune system is responsible for warding off foreign invaders and keeping harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi out of the body to protect against illness and infection. Loaded with beneficial antioxidants and vitamin C, adding yucca into your diet is a simple way to give your immune system a healthy boost. In fact, one study published in the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism showed that getting enough vitamin C was able to reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of respiratory infections like the common cold. It’s also been shown to improve outcomes for conditions like pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea infections. (5) Antioxidants, on the other hand, help fight free radicals and protect against oxidative stress to prevent damage to your immune cells. (6) 3. Promotes Skin Health Yucca root is a common ingredient found in many natural skin care routines. The peel can be used to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells while the roots can be mixed with honey or olive oil and applied as a skin mask to brighten the complexion. Even consuming yucca root in your favorite recipes can help keep your skin glowing. It’s packed with vitamin C, a nutrient involved in the synthesis of collagen that is believed to have anti-aging properties. Vitamin C can also protect against sun damage by scavenging harmful free radicals and has even been shown to suppress melanin production to aid in the prevention of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. (7) 4. Relieves Arthritis Symptoms Arthritis is a condition characterized by painful swelling and stiffness in the joints. Thanks to its rich content of both antioxidants and manganese, incorporating yucca root into your diet may be especially useful in providing relief from rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Manganese is often recommended as a natural remedy for arthritis, and one study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology even showed that manganese supplementation was associated with a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis in older women. (8) Similarly, the antioxidants in yucca root may also be especially beneficial in alleviating inflammation and reducing arthritis symptoms, with one study from India reporting that people with rheumatoid arthritis had significantly lower serum concentrations of antioxidants than those without arthritis. (9) 5. Has a Low Glycemic Index The glycemic index is a measure of how much a certain food can raise your blood sugar levels. Foods with a high glycemic index can shoot up blood sugar levels rapidly, which can lead to diabetes symptoms like fatigue and unintentional weight loss. Compared to many other starches, yucca has a fairly low glycemic index of just 46. Conversely, boiled potatoes have a glycemic index of 78, and white rice has a glycemic index of 73. (10) For this reason, yucca is often considered a “good carb” and may be a better alternative to many other carbohydrates when it comes to blood sugar control. Of course, keep in mind that yucca is still high in carbohydrates. If you have diabetes or are on a carb-controlled diet, it’s best to include this starchy vegetable only in moderation and pair it with plenty of healthy fats and proteins to help maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Copal incense is completely natural incense that is used to purify the energy of spaces, places and objects. It has a clean, light, woody scent that could be compared to pine or turpentine. One of the best copal uses is burning it to clear away all the negative energy and make positive changes. It brings a very positive and loving energy that will fill your home with peaceful energies. We use copal resin and incense as part of our jewelry and crystal cleansing and activation process in our sacred healing room. Using copal incense sticks is simple. Try one of these cleansing methods: To cleanse your healing crystal jewelry, hold the piece and allow it to fully submerge in the smoke. You may notice the jewelry moving in a circle or back and forth. Keep it in the smoke until all movement stops. If you’re using copal incense for cleaning crystals, hold the crystal in the smoke for a few seconds, rotating it so the smoke bathes all sides of the crystal. To cleanse a space, allow the copal incense to fill the room. If you have a feather fan, encourage the smoke to rise into the corners of the room. Tip: Light your Copal incense stick and set it in rice or sand in a bowl, cup or candle votive. Use Copal as an Offering The burning of copal is believed to call upon the God Tlaloc and the goddess Chalchiuhtlicue. Both of these dieties were associated with fertility and creation. You can light copal incense as an offering to this God and Goddess, if you feel connected to their energy. Lighting the incense in their honor will invite them inot your space and allow you to tap into the power of creation. Copal holds a deep history and has many uses. Copal incense is a useful resin to work with for creating a calm and clear space to live in.

Osha root contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties and therefore supports health or healing for respiratory conditions (coughs, colds, tonsillitis, flu, and other types of viral infections). Its antiviral properties are well recognized today, and as an alternative medicine, it's often prescribed at the first signals of the common cold or flu. Osha can also be taken when traveling to higher altitudes or for long-distance hiking to promote easy breathing. Herbal supplements (capsules, syrups or tinctures, most commonly) are easily available from natural medicine sources, however Osha root itself is also accessible and preparing one's own "prescription" is simple and affordable. A decoction (essentially a long, slow simmer) will extract the medicinal properties of the root into a flavorful, dark tea, which can be sipped purely, or mixed into any variety of tea-lattes or broths. To make a decoction, simply add a handful of dried root to several cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a gentle simmer and allow to reduce for at least thirty minutes - though five to six hours is preferable as the longer the roots simmer, the stronger, and more beneficial the decoction. When finished, the water will be a translucent, grey-brown tint, reflective of the root's color, and rich in beneficial plant-properties. A member of the parsley family, Osha's seeds and leaves were food to indigenous Americans. It also served as a symbol for different beliefs: some communities burned Osha as a sacrifice for protection against dangerous spirits and omens; others washed it in waterways near vegetation during rituals for producing rain. Osha's roots were often chewed to increase endurance - which has since been attributed its respiratory system supportiveness. Native American Indian parents even used to wrap Osha roots with leaves and strings and placed them near newly born babies to cleanse the air they breathed. Osha root is also known as loveage, loveroot or bear medicine because bears, after chewing it for health reasons, are side-affected by its “lovage” properties and take to nuzzling each other. This perennial herb — Ligusticum porteri, known as osha or osha (<- cut) — is found in parts of the Rocky Mountains and northern Mexico. While immediately effective for many wellness-promoting purposes, Osha root's said side effects (quite benign and even cause alone to consume it) are a result of its containing oxytocin, a powerful hormone. “When we we hug or kiss a loved one, oxytocin levels drive up,” explains Psychology Today. “It also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. The hormone plays a huge role in pair bonding. This hormone is greatly stimulated during sex, birth, breast feeding—the list goes on." Primarily though, osha root is used to support the respiratory system.

Wound Healing Antibacterial Abilities Anti-Diarrheal Properties Possible Ulcer Remedy Anti-Aging Skin Care Dragon’s Blood as an incense or oil As the resin hardens the woodsy aroma is trapped within the hardened sap. If purchasing sap in this form, breaking chunks of resin and warming them will open up the sent of Dragon’s Blood. Upon heating, the resin resembles burning incense with a stronger woody and spicy floral scent that is said to be rich and smoky. If purchasing oils, these most likely have a synthetic incense as Dragon’s Blood oil does not naturally exist in this form. If you desire to make Dragon’s Blood oil, grinding resin and steeping in organic oils will create a deep red oil. (2) Historical uses for Dragon’s Blood Historically, Dragon’s blood served as a dye that was used in varnishes, plaster and color dye for clothing and arts. Dragon’s blood was also used for embalming. Medicinally, the resin was used to treat gastrointestinal and respiratory problems. In some cultures, the resin was used as a form of currency. Mystically, the resin was used in many pagan rituals to enhance protection, love, sexuality, evocation. (2) Metaphysical uses and beliefs surrounding Dragon’s Blood The resin from Daemonorops draco was used in Wiccan and witchcraft traditions the resin was used to entice love. In many cultures, women would burn the resin in their window to invite love or address impotency concerns. In Hoodoo and Southern Conjure, there is a dual belief that Dragon’s blood brings luck in money and love as well as wards off evil. Some believe that that burning Dragon’s Blood Resin with Camphor before moving will cleanse the new home. If seeking a marriage proposal, it is said that putting your “lover’s name on a small square of brown paper, cross it with their own name, fold DRAGON’S BLOOD powder into the Name-Paper, and throw the packet onto glowing charcoal along with Love Me Incense while saying their prayer” will bring marriage. Medicinally, Dragon’s Blood was thought at one time to be used to cure syphilis and was also used for catharsis. The resin cannot be taken internally in hard form. The Croton Lechleri sap is found to hold the most medicinal benefits.

1. Naturally Aids Sleep Studies show that valerian reduces the time it takes to fall asleep and improves sleep quality, so if you can’t sleep, it may be just what you’re looking for. Unlike many prescription sleep medications, valerian has fewer side effects and is a lot less likely to result in morning drowsiness. In one double-blind study conducted by the Foellinge Health Center in Sweden, the effects of valerian on poor sleep were significant. Of the study participants, 44 percent reported perfect sleep while 89 percent reported improved sleep when taking valerian root. In addition, no side effects were observed for this group. Valerian root is often combined with other sedating herbs, such as hops (Humulus lupulus) and lemon balm (Melissa officianalis), to treat insomnia. In one study of children with minor sleep problems published in Phytomedicine, 81 percent of those who took an herbal combination of valerian and lemon balm reported sleeping much better than those who took a placebo. How does valerian root help you sleep so well? Valerian contains a chemical called linarin, which creates a sedative effect. Valerian extract can cause sedation by increasing your brain’s GABA level. Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) is an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. In large enough quantities it can cause a sedative effect, calming nervous activity. Results from an in vitro study suggest that valerian extract may cause GABA to be released from brain nerve endings and then block GABA from being taken back into nerve cells. In addition, valerian’s valerenic acid inhibits an enzyme that destroys GABA, another way that valerian can improve your GABA levels and promote a great night’s rest. 2. Calms Anxiety Scientists have found that valerian root increases the amount of a chemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) through GABA receptors. GABA helps regulate nerve cells and calms anxiety. Drugs such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) also work by increasing the amount of GABA in the brain. The valeric acid, valerenic acid and valerenol contained in valerian root extract act as anti-anxiety agents. It’s pretty amazing that an herbal remedy like valerian root can have the same anti-anxiety effects of prescription drugs without all the serious side effects of psychotropic drugs. If you are taking other calming medications or antidepressants (such as tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline or tetracyclic antidepressants), do not take valerian at the same time. 3. Lowers Blood Pressure Now that you know that valerian root can be so calming to the mind and body, it’s probably not surprising to hear it can also help lower blood pressure, improving heart health. The same active components that make valerian root so effective for stress and anxiety management can also help the body properly regulate its blood pressure. High blood pressure is something you definitely want to avoid since it increases the chance of stroke and heart attack. Valerian root supplements can help naturally reduce blood pressure and keep it at a healthy level, which has a direct positive impact on your heart health. 4. Eases Menstrual Cramps The relaxing nature of valerian root can make it a smart choice for natural relief of menstrual cramps. It can reduce the severity and discomfort of menstrual cramps, which is a common problem for women who suffer monthly from PMS. How exactly can valerian root help? It’s a natural sedative and antispasmodic, which means it suppresses muscle spasms and acts as a natural muscle relaxer. Valerian root can effectively calm the severe uterine muscle contractions that cause the terrible pain many women experience during menstruation, as a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study from Islamic Azad University in Iran showed. 5. Improves Stress Management By reducing anxiety and improving the length and quality of sleep, valerian root can significantly help with daily stress management. Chronic stress can make you feel anxious, but anxiety can also make you feel more stressed out. By improving GABA levels, valerian makes it easier for both the mind and body to relax. Since relaxation is the antithesis of stress, valerian root is an excellent natural way to help keep your stress down and your quality of life up. Further, valerian root has been shown to suppress both physical and psychological stress by helping to maintain levels of serotonin, according to research in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood. Valerian vs. Melatonin Melatonin is a hormone made in the pineal gland and is highly correlated with the body’s sleep-wake cycle. When the sun goes down and darkness occurs, the pineal is “turned on” by the SCN and begins to actively produce melatonin, which is released into the blood. Usually, this occurs around 9:00 p.m. As a result, melatonin levels in the blood rise sharply and you begin to feel less alert. Sleep becomes more inviting. Melatonin levels in the blood stay elevated for about 12 hours — all through the night — before the light of a new day when they fall back to low daytime levels by about 9:00 a.m. Daytime levels of melatonin are barely detectable. Low melatonin levels are linked to insomnia. Valerian is a sedative herb that has been used for centuries for the treatment of insomnia. Because valerian increases GABA levels in the brain, it helps reduce brain activity and allow users to fall asleep more easily.

Slippery Elm Benefits In addition to mucilage, slippery elm contains antioxidants, making it a great remedy for wounds, burns, boils, psoriasis and other external skin conditions. Like high-antioxidant foods, slippery elm can help relieve inflammatory bowel conditions, making it a great addition to any IBS diet. It also may help protect against ulcers and excess acidity in the body because it causes reflux stimulation of nerve endings in the gastrointestinal tract, and that reaction leads to increased mucus secretion. Not only does this help most people, but it can actually give much relief to your dog too! (1) 1. Improves Constipation, Bloating, Diarrhea and Issues with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Slippery elm seems to improve symptoms of constipation and IBS. In one study, formula one was created consisting of a mixture of dried, powdered bilberry fruit, powdered slippery elm bark, agrimony aerial parts and cinnamon quills. Formula two was created consisting of a mixture of dried powdered slippery elm bark, lactulose, oat bran and licorice root. The aim of each formula was to normalize stool frequency and stool consistency. Formula one was associated with a small but significant increase in bowel movement frequency. Subjects also experienced reductions in straining, abdominal pain, bloated stomach and global IBS symptoms during the treatment phase of the trial. Subjects who took formula two experienced a 20 percent increase in bowel movement frequency and significant reductions in straining, abdominal pain, bloating and global IBS symptom severity, as well as improvements in stool consistency. (2) Ultimately, both formulas showed improvements. Likewise, it’s been shown to treat diarrhea as well, along with diverticulitis. (3) 2. Aids in Weight Loss Since slippery elm has the ability to improve digestion, this process can aid in weight loss. A study performed at New York Chiropractic College used normal participants from the faculty, staff, students and community members to participate in a 21-day weight loss program. All participants received freshly prepared, mostly vegan meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner. They included 1,200 to 1,400 daily calories for the women and 1,600 to 1,800 daily calories for the men. Nutritional supplements containing digestive enzymes that were intended to facilitate digestion, reduce cholesterol levels, increase metabolic rate and mediate inflammatory processes were consumed 30 minutes before each meal. The regimented supplementation program included daily supplementation with a one green drink that contained alfalfa, wheat grass, apple cider vinegar and fulvic acid throughout the study period. A cleanse supplementation containing slippery elm, magnesium, chia seeds, flaxseed, lemon, camu camu, cat’s claw, bentonite clay, turmeric, pau d’arco, chanca piedra, stevia, zeolite clay, garlic, ginger, peppermint, aloe, citrus bioflavonoids and fulvic acid was added before each meal during week two. During week three, the cleanse supplementation was replaced with prebiotic and probiotic supplementation. In addition to detecting clinically meaningful reductions in weight, subjects were also seen as having low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. (4) 3. Lowers Stress and Anxiety Many plants contain phenolics, which are aromatic benzene ring compounds that produce one or more hydroxyl groups, mainly for protection against stress. This makes slippery elm a great stress reliever. A study conducted by the Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology in India using analytical methods to undertake detailed phytonutrient analyses of eight contributing herbs included slippery elm, burdock, sheep sorrel, Turkish rhubarb, watercress, red clover, blessed thistle and kelp. Ultimately, the study indicated that contributing herbs predominantly contain phenolics that may make them great options for relieving stress and anxiety. 4. May Help Prevent Breast Cancer Since breast cancer is a major cause of morbidity, mortality and medical expenditures among women, slippery elm has become a go-to for many women battling it. It was first promoted as an option to treat breast cancer, including DCIS, in the 1920s. It’s the inner bark of slippery elm, Ulmus fulva or U. rubra, that has become one of the more popular herbal remedies for breast cancer treatment, secondary prevention, improving quality of life and controlling negative side effects of conventional breast cancer treatment. Though more studies need to be conducted, slippery elm, when combined with certain herbs such as burdock root, Indian rhubard and sheep sorrel, may improve conditions for women with breast cancer and improve depression, anxiety and fatigue. Because it has immune-boosting benefits and anti-inflammatory effects, it may help relieve pain associated with breast cancer, and it’s most common to find slippery elm in herbal tea mixtures and herbal dietary supplements. (6, 7) 5. Reduces Severity of Symptoms of Psoriasis Slippery elm has been shown to help patients with psoriasis, which is a big deal given that there is no cure for psoriasis. Five case studies were evaluated of patients with psoriasis following a specific dietary regimen. Evaluation consisted of a study group of five patients, both men and women between the ages of 40–68, diagnosed with chronic plaque psoriasis. The subjects were asked to follow a dietary protocol that included a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, small amounts of protein from fish and fowl, fiber supplements, olive oil, and avoidance of red meat, processed foods and refined carbohydrates. They were also asked to consume saffron tea and slippery elm bark water daily. The five psoriasis cases, ranging from mild to severe at the study onset, improved on all measured outcomes over a six-month period, proving slippery elm makes a great addition to any psoriasis diet treatment. (8) History and Origin of Slippery Elm The tree slippery elm, medically known as Ulmus fulva, has been around since the 19th century and was used by Native Americans in healing salves for various types of wounds as well as taken orally for the relief of flu and cold-like symptoms. The Iroquois scraped the bark of the tree to treat infected and swollen glands and used the inner bark as an eyewash to treat sore eyes. Some tribes used the inner bark as a slippery elm tea and in a poultice to heal sores on the body. It was believed to make childbirth easier when consuming as a tea and was used to treat sore throats. The versatility even shines through by making an excellent natural laxative by boiling the fresh inner bark. Medicinal purposes were not the only uses of this miracle tree either. The bark supplied material for the sides of winter houses and roofs of the Meskwaki. The inner bark was used by many tribes by boiling the bark to make fiber bags, large storage baskets, ropes and cords, making slippery elm one of the most versatile trees on the planet. Slippery elm is a medium-sized tree native to North America. It can reach well over 50 feet in height and is topped by spreading branches that form an open crown. The branches are typically red, brown or orange and grow downward to include stalkless flowers arranged in dense clusters. The plant’s leaves are long and green, and they darken in color during the fall. The bark has deep fissures, a gummy texture, and a slight but distinct odor. It’s the inner bark that’s key. This bark is dried and powdered to be used for medicinal purposes and typically found as tablets and capsules, slippery elm lozenges, slippery elm powder for making teas or extracts, and coarsely powdered bark for poultices. Slippery elm, identified by its “slippery” inner bark, may live to be 200 years old. Sometimes called red elm, gray elm or soft elm, this tree grows best on moist, rich soils of lower slopes and flood plains, although it may also grow on dry hillsides with limestone soils. It’s abundant and associated with many other hardwood trees but is not an important lumber tree. HThe hard, strong wood is considered inferior to the American elm even though they’re often mixed and sold together as soft elm. Slippery elm extends from southwestern Maine west to New York, extreme southern Quebec, southern Ontario, northern Michigan, central Minnesota, and eastern North Dakota; south to eastern South Dakota, central Nebraska, southwestern Oklahoma, and central Texas; then east to northwestern Florida and Georgia. Slippery elm is uncommon in the range lying south to Kentucky but is most abundant in the southern part of the lake states and in the corn belt of the Midwest.

Major Cold and Flu Relief Sinus Infection Aid Lower Blood Sugar Natural Diuretic Natural Laxative Encourage Healthy Skin Ease Allergies May Help Prevent Cancer May Improve Heart Health 14 Ways to Consume Elderberry Tea Wine Juice Jelly and jams Syrup Ointments Astringent Infusions Sprays Lozenges Pills Liquid Powder Capsules Historically, elderberry is known as a cure-all and has been called “the medicine chest of country people.” The Romans created hair dye from the juice. The wood of an elderberry tree is fine-grained so it polishes easily and has been used historically to make combs, toys, skewers for butchers, pegs for shoemakers and needles for weaving musical instruments. Native Americans used the plant for healing through medicines, foods, beverages, charms, ceremonial items, inks, dyes, body paint, jewelry, hunting whistles and musical instruments. During the 1995 Panama flu epidemic, the government employed its use to fight the flu. The berry’s juice greatly reduced the time of the flu as well as the severity, thus helping end the epidemic. Sambucus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae. The different species of Sambucus are commonly called elderberry or elder. The berries and flowers of the elder plant are used as medicine. Elderberry is native to Europe, Africa and parts of Asia, but it’s become common in the U.S. It has deciduous leaves, white flowers (elderflowers) and berries that turn from green to red to black when ripe. Elder is commonly found growing in woodlands and hedgerows. Sambucus nigra is the full scientific name of the most common variety used for medicinal purposes. Sambucus nigra is the species on which the majority of scientific research has been conducted. It’s a deciduous tree growing up to 32 feet tall with cream-white flowers and blue-black berries. Other common names for Sambucus nigra include black elder, European elder, European elderberry and European black elderberry. The elderberry bush or elder tree yields the berries that are commonly used in syrups, jams and wine, among other medicinal and culinary delights. European elder flowers contain approximately 0.3 percent of an essential oil composed of free fatty acids and alkanes. The triterpenes alpha- and beta-amyrin, ursolic acid, oleanolic acid, betulin, betulinic acid and a variety of other minor components have been identified. Elderberry fruit contains quercetin, kaempferol, rutin, phenolic acids and anthocyanins. Elderberry also contains flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties that can help prevent cellular damages, and anthocyanidins, chemical compounds that are known to have immunostimulant effects. The raw berries are made up of 80 percent water, 18 percent carbohydrates, and less than 1 percent each of protein and fat. Elderberries are naturally high in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, iron and potassium, among other essential nutrients.

Used to make 'Slow Gin' Helps in Detoxification of Body This herb is utilized for the purpose of detoxification and is known to have depurative properties. This herb tends to remove any toxic substances present in the blood and is known to be rich in rutin which is one of the prime compounds which helps in detoxification. It is also known to prevent issues such as gout and rheumatism from occurring. Helps in Improvement of Digestion This herb has been known to be beneficial in smooth digestion of the food and helps in prevention of numerous digestive issues such as constipation and diarrhoea. Herbal tea prepared from the leaves of this herb is known to be beneficial in stimulating appetite. Helps in Curing Numerous Bladder as well as Kidney Issues The flower of this herb has been known to help in the process of retention of fluid while at the same time tends to be beneficial in treating issues such as kidney stones. It also helps in prevention against numerous stomach cramps while at the same time relieves issues such as nerve pain. Is known to possess anti-inflammatory properties This herb has been known to be helpful in treating issues such as sore throat and hence reducing any inflammation caused in the pharynx due to same. Gargling with the decoction prepared from the leaves of this herb has proved to be beneficial in dealing with inflammation of tonsils. Helps in Treating Numerous Breathing Issues Decoctions prepared from the flowers of this herb have been proved to be beneficial in treating issues related to respiration. Due to the expectorant property of this herb it can relieve issue such as congestion and can clear out phlegm. Helps Bring Out Glow on Skin The pulp obtained from the berries is known to be utilised as a face mask and can hence be used in improving the glow as well as beauty on your face. Also, this herb can be used for increasing the flexibility of skin as it contains vital vitamins such as Vitamin C and tannins. Helps in Curing Issues such as Fatigue and Exhaustion Consuming water which has sloe berry powder mixed into it is known to have a calming effect on nerves. It tends to remove issues such as fatigue and can be used for increasing the vitality as well as strength in the body.

1. Analgesic – Noni has the nicknames of “The Tree For Headaches” or “The Painkiller Tree”. Studies have shown that noni reduced pain compared to the drugs tramadol and hydrocortisone, making it effective for arthritis and other joint pains. 2. Immune system booster – Noni activates macrophages and strengthens the immune system, which then produces more lymphocytes. It also contains antibacterial agents that fight infectious bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. 3. Antidepressant/sedative – Noni stimulates serotonin and melatonin, two very important hormones. Serotonin affects mood, emotions, and sleep; imbalance in levels of serotonin may contribute to depression. Melatonin regulates the Circadian rhythm, which helps you sleep; keeping this regular will help you get a good night’s rest, also improving your mood. 4. Skincare/hair – Noni’s properties are used on skin and scalp conditions, such as eczema and ringworm; also rubbed on scalp for lustrous hair; and will keep your skin young. Just rub some juice on affected skin/scalp, leave on for 15 minutes, rinse off. Ingestion of juice may help your nails to grow stronger. 5. Anti-tumor/anti-cancer – Noni stimulates the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is an extremely useful substance, one that is at the base of many of noni’s benefits. In this case, it reduces tumor growth and helps your body fight against the cancerous replication of cells. It also contains an immunomodulatory polysaccharide-rich substance known as noni-ppt that further fights cancer.