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 Benefits of Herbal Extracts   by Robert Levert

Have you ever wondered why herbs are available on the market in such a variety of forms?

Have you ever wondered why herbs are available on the market in such a variety of forms? Powdered herbs, herbal teas, salves, oils, tablets, gelatin capsules, extracts, and so on. Let me focus mainly on capsulated herbs and herbal extracts at this time.

As you probably know, Nature's Sunshine started with the encapsulation of capsicum and, since then, its production has focused mainly on capsulated herbs. Capsulated herbs have the benefit of providing a substantial quantity of powdered herbs for regular use. They are mainly used by adults for daily health maintenance and prevention of disease, as well as for acute conditions. Capsulated herbs can be taken regularly over a long period of time. Plus, you don't have the unpleasant taste of bitter herbs when you swallow a capsule.

Nature's Sunshine also manufactures a limited quantity of herbal extracts and other liquid products. Herbal extracts are easy to use for children and the elderly as they might experience difficulty swallowing capsules and tablets. They are convenient for first aid and emergency kits, but they are used mostly for acute conditions since the liquid form of herbs enables quick assimilation for quick results. In fact, our most popular infection fighters and immune stimulants are in liquid form, namely Echinacea & Golden Seal, Golden Seal & Parthenium, Ultimate Echinacea, CBG, and HRP-C (both liquid and capsules). Infants and babies quickly absorb the liquid herbs in their bloodstream when applied to their skin. When taken by mouth, the dosage should be diluted in water, tea or juice, as it may irritate the mouth. It is recommended that children take no more half the adult dosage.

An herbal extract, the liquid concentrated form of an herb, is manufactured either in a glycerin or an alcohol base. Glycerin and alcohol and known as solvents. Several herbal constituents are better extracted in glycerin, while others in alcohol. If for any reason, you are concerned with the presence of alcohol in an herbal extract, you may want to pour the quantity of the herbal extract needed in one teaspoon of hot water and let stand for two minutes while the alcohol evaporates, and then use according to directions.

Glycerin is a neutral, sweet-tasting, colorless, thick liquid. Its sweet taste covers the unpleasant taste of bitter herbs, but does not affect blood sugar like honey, sugar and other sweets. In fact, a well-known nineteenth-century American herbalist, Edward E. Shook, the author of Advanced Treatise on Herbology, preferred glycerites (glycerine base liquid herbal extract) for most of his medicines. Glycerine has toning, astringent, antibacterial, antiseptic, and emollient qualities which are added to the benefits of the herbs in the glycerine base herbal extracts. Nature's Sunshine uses only vegetable glycerin in its glycerin base herbal extracts.

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All herbal extracts are convenient, easy to take, easy to carry, and can be easily disguised in juice. You can use them to make an instant tea, and they make a great base for syrups and have a long shelf life. For your information, 1mL (20 drops) of liquid herbs is equal to 1 capsule of powdered herbs.

Below, you'll find a list of the NSP herbal extracts available in Canada with their benefits. Take time to review them, and become familiar with them. Post this list in a convenient place where you can access it quickly whenever an emergency or acute symptoms occur. Along with this list, make sure to have some of those herbal extracts handy to answer your family's basic health needs.

AL-J (horseradish root, mullein leaves, fenugreek seeds, and boneset herb in a vegetable glycerine base) Decongestant; expectorant; respiratory tract conditions; respiratory irritation; allergies; asthma; sore throat; fever; hacking coughs.

Black Walnut (walnut hulls in a water and  alcohol base) Antiseptic; thyroid stimulant; intestinal parasites; worms; constipation; skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis.

Catnip & Fennel (catnip herb and fennel oil in a vegetable glycerine base) Antiacid; appetite stimulant; colic; indigestion; upset stomach; gas; fever; teething pain; constipation; diarrhea; enriches mothers' milk.

CBG (black cohosh root, chickweed herb, golden seal root, desert tea herb, licorice root, valerian root, and passion flower in an alcohol and water base) Immune stimulant; antibacterial; earaches and ear infections (put a few warm drops in each ear); irritated tissues; cramps; aches; bites; stings; nervous tension; PMS.

Chinese Mineral-Chi Tonic (astragalus root, ginger root, gynostemma herb, DGL licorice root, lycium fruit, reishi mushroom, schizandra fruit, Siberian ginseng root, and ginkgo leaves with colloidal minerals, white grape juice and vegetable glycerine) Adaptogenic; immune stimulant; physical, mental and emotional energy; stress; burnout; exhausted adrenals; alertness; clarity; focus

Echinacea Ultimate (echinacea purpurea root and golden seal root in a vegetable glycerine base) Immune stimulant; antibacterial; antiviral; colds; flu; sore throat; strep throat; sinus infections; urinary tract infections.

HRP-C (dandelion root, purslane herb, indigo herb and root, thlaspi herb, bupleurum root, scute root, pinellia rhizome, Panax ginseng root, cinnamon twig, licorice root in a vegetable glycerine base) Immune stimulant; alterative; antibacterial; antiviral; canker sores; cold sores; herpes; stress; swelling; fever;  inflammation; warts; contagious diseases; Epstein barr virus; shingles; detoxification of vaccines.

LB (cascara sagrada bark, senna leaves, buckthorn bark alfalfa herb, psyllium hulls, licorice root, rhubarb root, barberry bark, ginger root, and slippery elm bark in a water and alcohol base) Laxative; abdominal cramping; gas; indigestion; jaundice; parasites.

Licorice (licorice root in a water and alcohol base) Adrenal tonic; alterative; antiviral; colds, coughs, sore throat; hoarse throat; food poisoning; ADD; ulcers; addictions (coffee, caffeine); arthritis; canker sores, herpes; hepatitis; menopausal complaints.

Lobelia (lobelia herb in an alcohol and water base) Analgesic; antispasmodic; expectorant; relaxant; asthma; epilepsy; whooping cough; teething pain; addictions (tobacco).

Olive Leaf Extract specifically enhances the immune system with its powerful neutralizing constituents, without harming beneficial bacteria. Olive Leaf Extract disrupts the growth of bacteria and viruses and also stimulates the activity of important cells in the immune system that fight infection.

Oregon Grape (Oregon grape root bark in a vegetable glycerine base) Alterative; liver and lymphatic congestion; colic; skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis; detoxification from vaccines.

Ultimate Echinacea (echinacea purpurea, echinacea angustifolia and echinacea pallida in a vegetable glycerine base.) Immune stimulant; antibacterial; antiviral; alterative; colds; flu; sinus infection; sore throat; strep throat; urinary tract infections; mononucleosis; blood poisoning; croup.

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