Ginseng refers to eleven different varieties of a short, slow-growing plant with fleshy roots. Ginseng is believed to restore and enhance wellbeing. It is one of the most popular herbal remedies.
Valerian is an herb. It is native to Europe and parts of Asia but also grows in North America. Medicine is made from the root.
Valerian is most commonly used for sleep disorders, especially the inability to sleep (insomnia). Valerian is also used orally for anxiety and psychological stress, but there is limited scientific research to support these uses.
Vegetable glycerin, also called glycerol, is made from soybean, coconut or palm oil, so it contains no animal products. Glycerin is used to keep foods moist, help mix oil- and water-based ingredients and sweeten foods. It also has some medical uses and may have some beneficial effects on hydration during exercise.
CHAMOMILE Chamomile has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years to calm anxiety and settle stomachs. In the U.S., chamomile is best known as an ingredient in herbal tea. The potential benefits of chamomile tea, for which there is the most evidence, include: reducing menstrual pain, treating diabetes and lowering blood sugar, slowing or preventing osteoporosis, reducing inflammation, cancer treatment and prevention, helping with sleep and relaxation, treating cold symptoms and treatment for mild skin conditions.
SOLOMON'S SEAL Solomon's seal is used to treat lung disorders, reduce swelling (inflammation), and to dry out the tissue and draw it together (as an astringent). Some people apply Solomon's seal directly to the skin for bruises, ulcers, or boils on the fingers, hemorrhoids, skin redness, and water retention (edema).
Lady's slipper roots was a popular remedy for insomnia, anxiety, or general emotional tension. Native Americans generally collected the roots in the fall or early spring, dried them out and ground them into a powder.
Peppermint is a plant in the mint family. The leaf and oil are used as medicine. Peppermint oil is most commonly used for a long-term disorder of the large intestines that causes stomach pain (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS). Peppermint is also used for indigestion, spasms in the large bowel, nausea, and vomiting after surgery, headache, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these uses.
BLESSED THISTLE Today, blessed thistle is prepared as a tea and used for loss of appetite and indigestion; and to treat colds, cough, fever, bacterial infections, and diarrhea. It is also used as a diuretic for increasing urine output, and for promoting the flow of breast milk in new mothers.