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Safflower [ Carthamus tinctorius ]
Safflower Powder

Safflower is most well known as a believed natural remedy used for weight loss and as a body building supplement. Either that, or in the culinary arts. That is only the beginning though. It has some very beneficial constituents, and a million and one uses. It contains Fatty acids, oleic-palmitic, linoleic linolenic, and stearic, to name a few. I became interested in it when I decided to learn about cooking, as a way to potentially improve my health naturally. It can be taken as a supplement though, and is even made into a tea by some herbalist. I'd blend it with something good tasting though, not that it's terrible, but still. It's very much like Calendula(marigold). Read more about how Safflower is used in herbalism.

Sarsaparilla ( Smilax regelii )

Sarsaparilla has so many applications in herbal medicine that it's unbelievable. To name a few, herbalist use it for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiscrofulous, and antiviral properties, as an appetite depressant for dealing with obesity, cancer, depurative and for its tonic properties. This is likely because of the phytochemical research that's been published on its active chemical constituents. It goes good with Mint, and any mucilage containing plant in my experience. The believed tonic properties that it has means it may potentially generate a sense of well-being and overall vitality. The Chinese refer to this concept as "chi". Learn more about Sarsaparilla in herbalism.

Sassafras [Sassafras albidum]

Rarely do you hear anyone mention that Sassafras is an oneirogen, yet I find it to be one of my favorites. It has applications in the culinary arts, medicinal qualities, and a history of use in the original root beer recipes, being a psychoactive ingredient. The FDA banned its use in anything for human consumption due to the psychoactive and mildly psychedelic safrole that the root contains. Regardless, it's still in demand to this day, and its historic reputation has never faded. My grandmother used to make a tea out of it when she or any other family was sick. I looked forward to it too! The leaves were also used as medicine, and as a culinary staple throughout history! Learn more about the history of Sassafras in recreational root beer!

Saw Palmetto Berry (erenoa repens)

Saw Palmetto is primarily known for its believed potential benefits in dealing with prostate issues. It does have other properties though, and is quickly gaining a reputation as a safe and what people consider effective remedy. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't consult with your doctor because you should! The plant produces some rather interesting looking berries, which are the part that's used the most by herbalist. This botanical grows wild in Florida and other regions of the United States. You may or may not be able to find some in the wild though. You'll definitely need to know what you're doing in regards to that as well. Learn more about Saw Palmetto in herbal medicine.

Shamanic Infusions That Utilize Cannabis and Hemp

This is a blog I wrote about some historic infusions or herbal blends made from different plants which also made use of Cannabis and or Hemp. They were used in various context including a shamanic context or entheogenic. It's very interesting to learn how different cultures would utilized various plants in combination for their synergy, which results in a specific type of property.

Schisandra Berries ( Schisandra chinensis )

Schisandra berries are well known in ancient chinese medicine. It's been used by herbalist for a number of believed potential benefits. Such beliefs include: to sedate irritated nerves, to sustain youthful vigor, for its adaptogenic properties ( may help the body cope with stress ), as a stimulant for the central nervous system, and a natural nootropic. This is only the beginning. I've noticed it's also added to a lot of aphrodisiac blends and supplements as well. In my experiences, I've found Schisandra to ogo great with other herbs like Kava, Blue Lotus, and Ashwaghanda. They share similar properties. I've become a self taught self herbalist over the years. Learn much more about Schisandra berries here.

Scientific Research On Kratom

There have been studies conducted on the Mitragyna speciosa plant. You can read a lot about them via Google Scholar and other databases. Claud Rifat was one of the first researchers to pop the study cherry on this majestic plant that grows wild all over south East Asia. Learn more in this great blog post!

Senna Leaf ( Senna alexandrina )
wikipedia senna leaf

Senna is not only an ornamental plant in the Arabic culture, but it's popular in herbalism as well! It's always cool to learn about the ethnobotanical and ethno-pharmacological facts surrounding these plants! This one, Senna, has know documentation of mainstream industrial grade use dating back to at least the 1950s as a laxitive. It can potentially have some adverse effects though, and I will write about them more on the page specific to it within this website. It can also be used as an herbal fungicide supposedly. This I believe as I like to use Mullein in one that I make at home.

Siberian Motherwort ( Leonurus sibiricus )
wikipedia siberian motherwort plant

Motherwort is a rather unique plant. It's generally a medicine used for feminine ailments, hints the name. It has believed potential emmenagogue, diuretic, and vasodilator properties, and has been used by herbalist for such things as heart conditions and hyperthyroidism. Talk to a health care professional anyway. Because of its potential for believed vasodialtor properties. I find it useful for headaches, for some reason. I'm not sure why it works for me but hey, that's enough. The herb produces quite a few known phytochemicals like: Cycloleonurinine, Leoheterin, Leonurine, Leonurinine, Leuronurine, Prehispanolone, Preleoheterin, and Stachydrine. Each one has been researched for an array of potential medical benefits. Learn more about Siberian Motherwort here.

Skullcap ( Scutellaria lateriflora )
skullcap wikipedia

Skullcap is an incredible herbal muscle relaxer and sedative. It's soothing to nerves and has a blissful quality to it. It has a wide number of medicinal uses and was considered mystical by Native Americans and various other cultures. Its purple flowers are an indication to shamans of its tranquil and mystic nature. This stuff used to be sold at a local shop in the mall here, well it was sold inside something there. It was used as an ingredient in an "herbal cigarette blend". These weren't laced with anything. They were all botanical based ingredients and, nothing like a real cigarette to be honest. Learn more about Skullcap here.

Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva)
slippery elm branch

Slippery elm is very much like Mullein, and Coltsfood. If you're familiar with them than you should already have an understanding of this one. It contains mucilage, which is an alkaloid thats believed to be soothing to irritated lungs, the respiratory system, and the stomach and GI tract. Many use it for dealing with ulcers. It goes great with Aloe vera and other similar plants. Don't think that's all there is too it though, Learn much more about Slippery elm here. It's actually something I suggest to everyone to grow. It's very easy to do as well! I especially like it when I have sinus congestion, and in combination with Chamomile, and Echinacea. I find it enjoyable when I have an upset stomach.

Spearmint ( Mentha spicata )

Spearmint literally contains menthol. The same menthol that's used in menthol cigarettes, and over-the-counter medications. It's also an active ingredient in Listerine. There's much more to the plant than most people think. It's believed to be great for the stomach, GI tract, digestion, and has properties that fight against certain harmful microbes some studies say may be so! It's also a natural insecticide and pesticide according to herbalist, and some research indicates this may be possible. It's very important to industry and the economy, that is for sure! I wish that the science behind these chemical-constituents was respected and acknowledge in the west like it is in Germany. People use products that contain this stuff everyday, they just don't know it came from an herb. Learn more about Spearmint here.

St. Johns Wort Hypericum perforatum
st johns wort

St. Johns Wort was an ancient alchemist favorite, including of Newton. The flowers literally contain melatonin. It's an SSRI though and can be dangerous if combined with certain drugs. On it's own, it's harmless. It's used to correct mood, and cope with anxiety, depression, and herbalist even suggest it to treat insomnia. It produces a very nice red oil that can easily be captured. This is a good one but also one that you absolutely need to know what you're doing with. I firmly believe that this plant has potential good and bad and must not be combined with certain other substances. Please look into precautions if you use any type of prescribed medication and talk with your doctor. Learn more about St Johns Wort Here.

Stevia Stevia rebaudiana
stevia plant

Some people actively try to avoid sugar. The only sugar that's really natural is found naturally in foods. When you buy sugar, you're actually buying a free-based substance. Stevia is a great way to sweeten your teas or infusions without using sugar, or even honey. It's supposedly taste 20-30 times sweeter than actual sweetners. There's a lot more to it than being an alternative sweetner though. It's believed to have many other potential health benefits. Note that there are some extracts out there which are white in appearance, and these are not the same as the leaf even though they are often sold as "Stevia". If you're worried about getting diabetes, ask your doctor if this stuff would be a good choice. It may help other conditions as well, but again, speak with your health care provider. Learn more about the use of Stevia.

Strawberry Leaf ( Fragaria ananassa )
starberry leaf

The Strawberry plant makes delicious fruit, this we all know. It's one of my favorites as well. Did you know the leaves are chalked full of pharmacological constituents though? There whole plant is pretty much believed to be a natural medicine in herbalism. There are even main-stream brands of herbal teas that are known to contain berry leaves and even Rose hips and common garden plants. There seems to be a hidden history of medicinal use by herbalist of a lot of common botanicals. Phytochemical analysis of the leaf and its chemical constituents has been researched! You don't see it in too many shops, but the ones that have "A through Z", so to speak, might have it. I first found out about it through Bouncing Bear Botanicals which was illegally forced out of business. Learn about the benefits of Strawberry leaves.

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