Quassia, queen of the meadow, red clover, red raspberry, rhubarb root

Medicinal Herbs Q - R

Medicinal Herbs Q - R

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Quassia, also known as bitter ash, is obtained from the wood of a Jamaican tree. It has been used in the Caribbean and Central America for centuries as a digestive aid and to kill intestinal parasites.

Queen of the Meadow contains anti-inflammatory compounds including salicylic acid. Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) was named after Queen of the Meadow’s old botanical name, spiraea ulmaria. It has been used for reducing fever and easing the pain of arthritis. Queen of the Meadow is an effective diuretic and it has a strong reputation in the management of gout. This is due to its ability to help the body clear uric acid, the chemical that triggers gouty attacks.

Red Clover blossoms have historically been used as a cleansing tonic for purifying the blood of toxins. The name “clover” refers to its characteristic three leaves. Clover has a soothing effect on coughs. It has antimicrobial activities and has been used effectively to clear skin inflammations. One of clover’s constituents, stilbene, stimulates estrogen production and reduces menopausal symptoms. In addition, it stimulates production of digestive juices and soothes bowel inflammation.

Red Raspberry leaves are used primarily in formulations promoting reproductive health, normalizing menstrual flow, and reducing menstrual pain. Red raspberry is one of the safest and most effective treatments for nausea of pregnancy. It is said to promote breast milk production. Its analgesic and antiseptic properties make it useful in managing cancer sores and sore throats. The fresh fruit is helpful in removing and preventing plaque build-up on teeth.

Rhubarb Root refers to species of rhubarb grown in Tibet and China. The species of rhubarb grown for food in the United States is not used medicinally. Herbal rhubarb root is used primarily for its gentle laxative effect. It is also helpful in eliminating pinworms. Rhubarb root may cause the urine to turn deep yellow or red, but this is not harmful.

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