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Reprinted with permission from the book From Magic to Medicine                  Alphabetical Herb List

RED CLOVER (Trifolium Pratense)

Blossoms are used for bronchial congestion. Valuable for treating skin conditions such as psoriasis, shingles and acne.

REISHI MUSHROOMS (Ganoderma lucidum)

Probably the most famous of medicinal mushrooms ... it is know as ling-zhi in China and reighi in Japan. Over the past couple of decades it has been tested in human clinical studies and determined to be beneficial in treating a wide variety of disorders including neurasthenia, insomnia, rhinitis, and duodenal ulcers. It has been used for liver pain, symptoms associated with anorexia, retinal pigmentary degeneration, and progressive muscular dystrophy. Other purported uses for the reishi mushroom includes the lowering of cholesterol, prevention of blood clots, prevention of tumor growth, arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, chronic fatigue syndrome.

Reishi has shown favorable results in treating hepatitis, chronic bronchitis, coronary heart disease, allergies, and altitude sickness.

Today it is used primarily for aging-related conditions, cancer, and as an immune stimulant.

Referred to in China as the “elixir of life”. Its use was reserved for the emperor.

Dosage: tincture, 10 ml 3 times per day (for insomnia) ... (qty. 3) 1g tabs per day.


A mild laxative which takes approximately 6-10 hours to take effect.


Rose hips are purported to be good for infections of all types, bladder problems and stress.
 See Chinese Rose Hips


Disinfects, astringent, heals.

Rosemary contains numerous compounds that might justify its reputation as a medicinal herb. It is said to possess the following properties ... antitumor, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, anti-bronchitic, and anti-asthmatic.

Rosemary contains many anti-oxidants. In 1987 scientists found two more ... carnosol and ursolic acid which prevents microbiological spoilage in foods better than what is currently used in the food industry. (BHT & BHA)

In 1984 Japanese scientists discovered the anti-oxidants ... epirosmanol and isorosmanol in rosemary ... both are about four times more active than BHT and BHA.

According to Jude´s Herbal Home Remedies it is also a cure for depression if you add a handful of fresh- chopped rosemary to a bottle of wine and allow it to steep for 4 days. Strain, store and use a tablespoon at a time as needed.

An excellent herb for states of chronic circulatory weakness and hypotension. It is ideal for elderly people as a tonic and an appetite stimulator.


Technically not a plant but it´s curative powers deserves mention.

Nourishes the skin.

When used internally the milky substance contains all of the B-complex vitamins ... minerals, enzymes, hormones, eighteen amino acids, and vitamins A, C, D, and E.

It is used to treat bronchial asthma, liver disease, pancreatitis, insomnia, stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures, and skin disorders.

Caution: Royal gelly spoils easily ... it must be combined with honey to preserve it´s potency. Keep it tightly sealed and refrigerated.

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