Acacia - Acacia Farnesiana - Acacia Vera. - Acacia is good for digestive problems such as diarrhea and it is also a good astringent.
Achiote - Annato - Bixa Orellana. Achiote in addition to be a delicious ingredient in Mexican food Mayan recipes, Achiote is used to treat prostate and liver disease problems. Achiote is also good for the digestive system, astringent, cancer, coloring, diabetes, kidney and as a parasiticide.
Agar Agar. - Agar is a good source of iodine, calcium and iron. It has no calories, and promotes digestion and weight loss, treats hemorrhoids, and carries toxic and radioactive waste out of the body.
Agave - The Agave Nectar has a favorable glycemic profile, because Its sweetness comes primarily from a complex form of fructose called inulin. The Inulin fiber stimulates the growth of friendly and healthy intestinal bacteria which supports good colon health and it also has a very low glycemic index. Agave Syrup taste is comparable to sugar and can be used as a sugar replacer in food and beverages.
Agrimony - Agrimonia eupatoria - It is used as an astringent, diuretic, eyewash, asthma and blood purifier. It is also good in the treatment of digestive disorders such as diarrhea.
Albahaca - Basil. - Albahaca is used for headaches, for treatment of the urinary system of kidney and bladder diseases, and dizziness.
Alfalfa - Medicago Sativa. Helps reduce fever, purify the circulatory system and bad breath.
Aloe - Aloe Vera. Aloe is good for sunburns relieving pain and inflammation. Aloe has good cicatrization effects in burns and minor wounds. Aloe Vera is used to control constipation problems, digestive irritation, obesity problems and great way to control and cure stomach ulcers.
Amaranth - Amaranthus spp - Ataco - Alegria. Amaranth is a good source of calcium, phosphorous and iron. Amaranths contain high levels of proteins, mucilage and natural sugars. It has astringent properties, it's used as a diuretic, to stop menstrual disorders and spotting and to control sugar levels.
Anise - Anis - Pimpinella Anisum. Anis is good home remedy for breath refreshening, for digestion and calming stomach pain.
Arnica - Arnica Montana. - Arnica has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities, it helps to reduce pain, swelling and improves the healing.
Avocado - The avocado lowers the sugar level in the blood and helps you loose weight. The leaves of the avocado help to alleviate menstrual pains, asthma and bronchitis. The fruit also cures dysentery: A disease of the intestine when it becomes inflamed and causes abdominal pain, fever and diarrea. The avocado is considered an afrodisiac, specially in its seed. The word avocado comes from Nahuatl "ahuacatl" that means testicle. Make Guacamole Sauce with avocados and a Molcajete.
Barley - Barley helps to alleviate diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity.
Bay Leaves - Bay Leaf - Laurel. Bay Leaves have astringent, diuretic and digestive qualities and is also a good appetite stimulant. Bay leaves can be applied as an astringent to burns and bruises.
Belladona - Atropa Belladonna. Belladonna lessens irritability and pain, and it's used as a lotion, plaster or liniment in cases of neuralgia, gout, rheumatism and sciatica.
Boldo - Peumus Boldoa. Boldo helps the liver function better, it also help maintaining a good intestinal flora and eliminates intestinal parasites
Cactus - Cactus Nopal. Cactus is a natural source of fiber. Useful to enhance digestive disorders, control cholesterol, high blood pressure, colon cleanse, and overweight problems.
Calamus - Acorus Calamus. Calamus helps restore brain tissue damaged by stroke.
Calendula - Calendula Officinalis. Calendula helps circulate and cleanse the blood. It is also used for gastric and menstrual discomfort.
Castor Oil - Castor oil is a vegetable bean oil used to help ease constipation acting as a stimulant to the bowels. stimulant laxative.
Cat's Claw - Una de gato or cat's claw (cats claw). Uncaria tomentosa. Specie: Rubiaceae. Una de Gato is considered by many as perhaps the most important botanical of our time because of its ability to support the immune system.
Chamomile - Manzanilla. Chamomile tea is used as a sedative and for insomnia and other nervous conditions. The tea has anti-inflammatory properties, it is good for rheumatism, arthritis, and other painful swellings. It is an antispasmodic for intestinal and menstrual cramps, relieving gas pains, acts as a very mild but efficient laxative, and loosens tight muscles.
Chaya - Chaya, The Mayan Miracle Plant according to the National Institute of Nutrition in Mexico City helps: improve blood circulation, help digestion, improve vision, desinflame veins and hemorrhoids, help lower cholesterol, help reduce weight, prevent coughs, augment calcium in the bones, decongest lungs, prevents anemia by replacing iron in the blood, improve memory and brain function and combat arthritis. Challa.
Cilantro - Coriandrum Sativum - Coriander. Cilantro Helps eliminate mercury. It enhances digestion and better liver function.
Cinnamon - Cinnamomum Cassia. Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon may reduce blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in Type II diabetes patients that are not taking insulin. Cinnamon is also good to treat nausea and flatulence.
Coffee - Cafe - Coffee contains caffeine that stimulates the brain to stay alert and focus, increasing your energy and strengthens your eye sight. Drinking coffee prevents prostate cancer, helps lower cellulite and controls the asthma.
Damiana - Turnera Afrodisiaca. Damiana is an aphrodisiac and mood elevator. It encourages good health and enhances blood circulation regulating the hormone production. It is useful against mild depression, sexual disinterest and menstrual problems.
Echinacea - Brauneria Angustifolia. Echinacea helps boost the immune system and to recover from colds and flus- influenza.
Epazote - Chenopodium ambrosioides. Epazote is a popular Mexican seasoning herb used to prevent flatulence caused by eating beans and to get rid of intestinal parasites. Epasote.
Fumatory - Fumaria Officinalis. Fumatory or fumitory contains the fumatory Acid, an essential component and a substance contained into the human body that helps purify the blood. It is used to relieve chest and respiratory problems.
Garlic - Garlic's active ingredient allicin, is a sulfur compound that boosts the production of white blood cells, acting as an antibiotic, anti viral and a fungicide. Fresh garlic is also used for treating high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, preventing cancer, and as an immune stimulant.
Ginger - Ginger Root is used to treat nausea to motion sickness.
Ginkgo Biloba - Ginko Biloba or Gingko Bilova helps improve memory, relief lung congestion, increase sexual energy, regulate blood flow and promote longevity.
Ginseng - Panax Quinquefolia. Ginseng helps regulate blood glucose lowering blood sugar and reduces the risk of developing colds. Ginseng means "essence of man" and it's used to increase energy and sexual stamina.
Green Tea - Green Tea is a healthy drink with powerful antioxidants, excellent to complement your diet, accelerates your metabolism to burn fat faster and helps control sugar and cholesterol levels.
Hibiscus - Hibiscus Sabdariffa. Hibiscus is also called Rosella (roselle, Jamaica sorrel, karkadé). It's good to soothe colds, open blocked nose, clearing up mucous, as an astringent, promoting proper kidney function, helps digestion, a tonic, a diuretic and helps reduce fever. Some people call Hibiscus the "other cranberry".
Honey - Honey helps healing wounds and ulcers, in the growth of new skin. Honey has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Honey mixed with cinnamon helps to cure many diseases such as: heart, insect bites, arthritis, hair loss, bladder infections, toothache, cholesterol, colds, infertility, upset stomach, gas, indigestion, influenza, longevity, pimples, skin infections, weight loss, cancer, fatigue, bath breath and hearing loss.
Horse Tail - Cola de Caballo. Horse Tail is an excellent supplement to control arthritic and rheumatic problems. Is a diuretic, helps clean urine system and heals and reinforce joints and bones.
Hyssop - Hyssopus Officinales. Hyssop boiled with honey, helps coughs, shortness of breath, wheezing and rheumatic distillations upon the lungs.
Jojoba - Simmondsia Chinensis. Jojoba is a very good moisturizer. Jojoba is a liquid wax, that comes from the Jojoba bean and its "oil" most closely resembles human sebum (our own skin's oil that's produced in youth). It helps to trap the water in the skin acting as a humectant.
Kava Kava - Kava-Kava Piper Methysticum. Kava kava is a plant extract that helps reduce stress, anxiety and promotes a feeling of calm and well being.
Kidney Wood - Also called Palo Azul assists in eliminating toxins concentrated in kidney and bladder. Relieves symptoms caused by urinary tract and kidney infections, and traditionally used as a kidney cleanser.
Lavander - Lavandula Vera. Lavander is good for skin conditions such as burns, rashes, psoriasis, and it helps with insomnia.
Lemon Grass - Andropogon Citratum. Lemon Grass oil is used to help clear blemishes and maintain balanced skin tone. It is also used as an insect and mosquito repellent. Lemon grass helps cure colds, digestive upsets and lower fever.
Lemon Verbena - Simaba Cedron - Cedron. Lemon verbena helps with nervous conditions, stress and depression. Its good for digestion problems, as a liver tonic and helps to reduce puffiness.
Lentils - Lentils are an excellent source of folic acid, potassium, iron and phosphorus. Lentils are rich in vitamin A, B and C and regulating the digestive system, stopping diarrhea, supplementing the spleen and stomach, expelling the dampness heat.
Lingonberries - Lingonberry Lingon Berry originally from Sweden is a superfruit antioxidant that helps fight cancer, diabetes, cholesterol and aging.
Nutmeg - Myristica Moschata - Nigella Sativa. Nutmeg helps relieve stress, combat muscular pains and rheumatism.
Nopal - Nopalitos - Nopalitos (nopal cactus) properties is a natural diabetes and cholesterol medication, and its also used in the treatment of obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, skin ailments, and viral infections.
Oatmeal - Oat - Avena Sativa. Oatmeal is a product made by processing oats and its fiber's cancer fighting properties attacks certain bile acids, reducing their toxicity to reduce LDL bad cholesterol without lowering HDL good cholesterol. Oatmeal slows down the digestion of starch which is beneficial to diabetics because, it avoids blood sugar level to rise. Oatmeal protects you from heart disease, due to the phytochemicals in the oats that have cancer fighting properties. Oats are a good source of many nutrients including vitamin E, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium. Oats are also a good source of protein.
Oregano - Origanum Vulgare. Oregano oil helps cure upset stomach, bronchitis, toothaches and athlete's foot. Oregano freshens the breath helping combat infections of the gums.
Papaya - Papaya contains antioxidants and bioflavinoids, beta carotine, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and calcium. Papaya helps nourish the endocrine system and encourages the body to produce more arginine stimulating cell regeneration that benefits the skin.
Passion Flower - Passiflora spp. - Pasionaria. Passion flower helps reduce the anxiety, sleep well and relax to a good night's rest.
Plantain - Plantago Major - Llanten. Plantain helps to relieve pain of insect bites, cuts and skin infections. Plantain gives relieve with menstrual cramps and protects the liver against toxic damage, soothes irritation in the lymphatic system and exerts antioxidant effects.
Pomegrate - The juice of pomegranates helps fight prostate cancer. It is good to control diarrhea, dysentery, inflammation and ulceration of the lower part of the colon.
Psyllium - Plantago Psyllum - Zaragatona. Psyllium helps diabetics sugar level and lowers the cholesterol.
Quince - Cydonia Vulgaris - Cydonia - Membrillo. Quince can cure dysentary, constipation and diarrhoea. It is aromatic, astringent, cooling and also acts as tonic for heart and brain.
Rose Hips - Rosa Blanda. Rose Hips helps preventing and treating infections, bruises, poor circulation, colds and flu.
Rosemary - Rosemarinus Officinales - Romero. Rosemary cures upset stomach, digestive disorders and headaches. It is also used to prevent cancer and age-related skin damage, liver problems, it's a diuretic and helps reduce swelling.
Rue - Ruta Graveveolens - Ruda. A tea of Rue helps harden bones, teeth, relieves stomach cramps, bowel cramps, spasms, dizziness, and strengthens capillaries and veins.
Shan zhu yu - Chinese sour herb diuretic.
Shu di huang - Chinese sweet herb that helps tonify the blood, good as anti-hypertensive.
Spearmint - Spearmint helps digestion. It is used for the respiratory tract problems, for a tired mind and for skin problems. Spearmint also helps to relieve mental fatigue, improves mental clarity, memory and alertness. Spearmint is refreshing, stimulant and the vapors help breathing.
Spirulina - Artrospira Platensis. Spirulina contains high amounts of vitamin B-12. It helps to control sugar levels and encourages weight loss. It is high in chlorophyil and iron. Spirulina suports the immune system, protects the brain from oxidative stress and makes you feel more energetic. Spirulin.
Stevia - Stevia is a natural substitute of sugar with no calories, it stimulates the release of insulin and normalizes the response to glucose, especially in type 2 diabetes. Stevia also reduces high blood pressure without reducing normal blood pressure.
St. Johns Wort - Hypericon Perforatum. St. John's Wort helps promote sound sleep, when you suffer fatigue, low energy, or insomnia due to mild depression.
Thyme - Thymus Vulgaris. Thyme helps to revive and strengthen both body and mind. Thyme also stimulates the brain and improves memory in addition to combat infections of the upper respiratory tract.
Uva ursi - Arctostaphylos uva ursi - Pinguica. Uva ursi has antiseptic and astringent actions, helping flush out bacteria by promoting urination. It helps to reduce accumulations of uric acid and to relieve the pain of bladder stones and gravel; Uva ursi is also used to alleviate cystitis problems.
Valerian - Valeriana Officinales. Valerian is considered to be one of the best herbal tranquilizers. Valerian helps people who can't sleep due to stress.
Violeta - Viola Tricolor. Violeta is used for headaches, coughs, colds, bronchitis, nervousness and general debility.
Yerba Sante - Ercyction Glutenosum. Yerba Santa helps restore the mucosal function and stimulates the production of saliva to reduce dry mouth. Yerba Sante acts as a respiratory stimulant.
Yohimbina - Yohimbine. Its supposed to have aphrodisiac properties.
Zapote - Calcarpum Zapota. Its used for insomnia, hypertension and malaria. It helps control diabetes.
The Vitamins and Minerals in Natural Foods
Vitamin A - carrots, melons, sweet potatoes, spinach and tomatoes.
Vitamin B6 - bananas, carrots, lentils, tuna, salmon, flour comprehensive, sunflower seeds, chicken and soy.
Vitamin B12 - the main sources of vitamin B-12 is found naturally only in animal products: Meat, poultry and fish, eggs and dairy products such as cheese, milk and yogurt.
Vitamin C - oranges, lemons, grapefruit, kiwi, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, carrots, sweet potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, sour cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
Vitamin D - milk, orange juice, salmon, mackerel, tuna and sunbathe (take sun moderately).
Vitamin E - sunflower seeds, vegetable oils, whole grain cereals, avocados, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and wheat germ.
Copper - scallops, shrimp, whole grain cereals, beans, nuts, potatoes, giblets, dark green leafy vegetables, dried fruits, cocoa and pepper.
Selenium - Brazil nuts, giblets, fish, shellfish, chicken, wheat germ and brewer's yeast.
Zinc - oysters, eggs, dark meat of turkey, pumpkin seeds, crab, yogurt, milk, red meat, beans and nuts.