Plant Pharmacology


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Coleus blumei Oneirogen
Starr 070830-8251 Solenostemon scutellarioides
Coleus blumei is an annual with colorful tripped out looking leaves. Traditionally, it was consumed by the Mazatec indians of Oaxaca for effects similar to Salvia Divinorum.

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Toothache Plant Acmella oleracea
Like many other medicinal plants out there in the mystical realms of nature, the Toothache plant obtained its common name from its most common use. When chewed, it produces a numbing sensation, like that of Kava Kava.



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Passion Flower

passion flower

Passion Flower is a tranquil sedative that eases nerves and calms tension. It contains the MAOI constituents harmala and harmaline. It's not bad tasting either. Did you know that it actually contains the same phytochemicals that Ayahuasca does which makes it interact with other plants? Not only is it good for anxiety or stress, but it also helps with insomnia, and without an extreme drowsy effect. You can drink it any time of the day and still be awake, just with lower anxiety levels. One word of caution though, don't combine this with prescription drugs, it can be dangerous when used that way. When making a tea out of it, use low heat and cover. Don't over-cook it.


Kava Kava

kava

Let's put the use of Kava as a natural way to beat anxiety into perspective.. On the Island of Vanuatu in the Pacific islands, where it grows naturally, alcohol is illegal. Instead, they have Kava bars where you can get a shell full of the drink any time you wish. It has properties that leave your body feeling euphoric, and in a state of blissful ecstasy. It causes a sort of "drunk", yet able to stand up straight inebriation. It has been clinically proven to reduce stress. Kava is not addictive or habit forming. There have been no health issues related to or caused from its use on the islands in which it originates, nor the cultures who traditionally consume it. It should not be combined with alcohol or other narcotics because of possibly dangerous interactions. Don't drive or operate heavy machinery after consumption!


Kratom

kratom

        When I first tried Kratom nearly twelve, thirteen years ago, it blew my mind. Sense then, it's become a regular part of my habitual life. It's a tree that's closely related to the Coffee species, yet it has a unique and amazing twist.. It doesn't produce Caffeine.. Instead, it produces a constituent known as Mitragynine which has opiate-like properties that ease pain, and elevate mood, while reducing anxiety. It works so good that big pharma and the law makers have tamed up in several states to ban it. Fortunately, it's still legal in the United States. I believe it's the cure for the opiate epidemic. If they really cared, then they would stand behind Kratom, instead of falsely condemning it.


Blue Lotus
nymphaea caerulea

        There is archaeological evidence that the Egyptians used the Blue Lotus as a drug. They depicted it often in their hieroglyphics. Modern phytochemical research proves that it has pharmacological value. It's used by many cultures as a way to relax, and even as an entheogen ( a religious sacrament for entering holy states of consciousness . Some suggest it as a tool to meditate with. Others simply enjoy it for its anxiety relieving properties. One thing's for sure, Blue Lotus works, and it's incredibility enjoyable. The effects are a lot like Kava with a unique twist. There are several varieties of the 'Sacred Lilly Of The Nile'.


Chamomile
chamomile

        Chamomile is stronger than many believe. A large enough dosage of it can actually cause a stupor like lethargy, resulting in a deep, almost coma like sleep. A respectable dosage easily calms nerves, anger, anxiety, and stress. It has many other benefits on top of its ability to lower anxiety as well. This means that not only are you calming down, but you're helping your immune system and body on a cellular level as well. Some herbalist suggest it for children who are hyperactive or have ADHD. Please feel encouraged to do further research on these plants, and check out the citations if you wish throughout the website.



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References & Other Resources

Miller, B. B. (1998). The nutrition guarantee: a complete guide to better health, disease prevention, and treatment. Arlington, TX: Summit Pub. Group.

Gottlieb, B., & Dollemore, D. (1995). New choices in natural healing: over 1,800 of the best self-help remedies from the world of alternative medicine. Emmaus, Penn.: Rodale Press.

Swerdlow, J. L. (2000). Nature's medicine: plants that heal. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society.

Quillin, P., & Quillin, N. (1998). Beating cancer with nutrition: clinically proven and easy-to-follow strategies to dramatically improve quality and quantity of life and chances for a complete remission. Tulsa, OK: Nutrition Times Press.


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