Wounds, and abscesses, anti-diarrheal(eek sorry!), headaches, painful menstrual cramps, antispasmodic - "preventing or relieving spasms", spasms - "a sudden uncontrolled and often painful tightening of a muscle", indigestion, malaria and other fevers including typhoid. Infusions cause perspiration, emetic in poisoning ( emetics cause vomiting thus helping the body free itself from poison ), colic and abdominal troubles, tonic - "producing and restoring normal tone.", dysentry - "Dysentery is an inflammation of the intestine causing diarrhea with blood.", stomach carminative(An agent that prevents or relieves flatulence (gas in the gastrointestinal tract), antidote to food poisoning, cattle medicine for lumpy skin disease, cardiovascular tonic.
Personally I think this stuff blends well with regular tea, and black tea. It has a taste that's similar to that of Goldenseal, and I find it's properties to be on board as well. I mix it with Honey, or even "toss and wash" it, which is to take it raw and chase it with a drink. It goes great in tinctures with Chamomile and My Native American friends even add it to their shampoo. It's simple enough, add a few drops of Uzara tincture straight to the bottle. Actually, use more than a few drops ( a few dropper fulls ).
Origin: South Africa
Cultures who historically prized Uzara: Zulu people of South Africa, Xhosa people of Africa, Mpondo people, Tswana.
Phytochemical constituents: uzarin, xysmalorin; ( both glycosides ), two H-17beta isomers known as: allouzarin and alloxysmalorin.
Interesting Note: Uzara was introduced to the pharmaceutical market in 1911 as a new intestinal sedative (antidiarrhoicum).
Psychoactive Effects: "These cardiac glycosides may have psychoactive properties" - Department of Anthropology & Development Studies, Rand Afrikaans University , South Africa ( link in references )
Aside from personal experiences with Uzara, the science behind the phytochemicals is only well understood by the researchers fortunate enough to conduct the studies. Please understand that I don't want you to take anything on here as a medical claim My main points are that there is scientific research into the chemical constituents that "herbal remedies" create. The information is available to the public via .gov websites, however; it's nearly impossible to understand unless you are familiar with the terminology. I provide citations towards the bottom of every page of scholarly origins using Googles Scholarly Search Tool. Always talk with a doctor first, and research the potential negative side of natural substances.
Folk Lore History: Protective charm to divert storms, aiding dogs to be keen hunters. ( Got info with sources? Email
If you check out some of the references on this page you will notice several government websites called pubmed and pubchem. They know so much about these phytochemicals that it would blow your mind. For some reason, most of these chemicals never seem to make it to any sort of clinical evaluations. Even after researchers have studied plenty of them from various botanical species, classified them, and successfully used plenty of them pharmacologically in various studies. You'll also see a pattern of pattens on naturally occurring chemicals. Despite how much I back up my work, and actively avoid making false claims, there will be those who don't like what I do. I just want the western world to follow the foot steps of the Germans. In Germany, the science of herbalism is widely accepted on a mainstream level. Herbalism is practiced in their hostpitals! This could be us!
Uzara root has been known by various culutures ( cultures like the Native Americans ) as an "oneirogen", something to help them remember dreams but they ofted had dangerous doctrine tied in with it, that taught false god service, see the second commandment. "thou shalt not bow down thyselves to them, nor serve them." . I've dedicated an entire page of this website to herbal oneirogens, which is a term that means some type of supplement which seems to help with dream recall, memory ( kinda like Ginkgo, or Intellect Tree seed oil ). It can be found under the main menu ( top left corner of every page ). It's imprtant to note though and be warned about how some of these cultures were involved in likely unknowing false god service, by not understanding the concept of the "Most High". They do however, understand the reality of the supernatural and that it does exist and is real, as does the biblical scripture and teachings of Jesus. These are plants or substances which are believed to enhance your dreams or clarity there of. THIS is what got me interested in "xysmalobium undulatum" as it's scientifically referred to as. I decided to mix it with Calea zachatechichi, and Jasmine ( Because I've done research on them and found they have a history of use as oneirogens as well ) and give it a shot. I was thoroughly impressed with the results. The taste wasn't that bad either... It taste much better than Calea, I can tell you that.. Then again, just about any herb taste better than zachatechichi.
For sure be careful about sourcing stuff, especially on the internet. Just because it's plant material doesn't mean someone may not send you something that's not what you paid for. Certainly look for vendors who care about quality, fairness towards the consumer, and are righteous ( businesses that don't operate in a way which would offend God ). Shops that have shipping options in variety, and rewards and or coupons and sales etc are also a plus. There's always that one person out there that does it right beause they're more looking at it from the consumers perspective and they care about the industry their in, and want people to have good stuff. Organic is definatly a must in the herbal industry because potency and cleanliness matters, and organic is the more the way God intended it because it's not as tampered with and chemical and fake. Off of the top of my head ( and I link to my own shop but still don't mind supporting these other guys ), starwest-botanicals is good, mountain rose herbs is also top shelf quality. Honestly, those are the only two I can think of for quality because they're my Goto, and I came to this conclusion a long time ago, because I know the market as a consumer for many years, decades even, and I know who has the good stuff. They have bulk, and they have anything you can think of a-z, library style. In the next paragraph I will discuss some more biblical warnings about things you should be aware of when living in the world this day and age.
Plants like Uzara root, are kind of unique in a way. The scientific name is xysmalobium undulatum, and like a lot of others, it has been put into this genre titled "ethnobotanicals", a nich in the wide range of markets that sell stuff online. It refers to plants prized by various cultures, but typically in some type of religious or super-natural way. The word "ethno" refers to cultal study of X, and botanicals obviously plants. It seems to be a genre which focuses on shamanic-plants, which let's be clear is another way of saying something similar to witchcraft or sorcery, but the word "shamanic" has a less sinister ring to it as it reminds people more of Native American type culture, which is typically viewed by the west as much more innocent than other such cultures. ( nothing hateful is meant by any of this I am making the comparison between shamanism and other "supernatural" cultrues and belief systems. ) I am speaking of what the bible suggest and what the cultural stereotype in the west is. So because of all of this it is important to know a few things you should be aware of in able to avoid falling into the snare of the trapper. Dangerous doctrine is often spread that refers to divination as prophecy. The bible however, says that "no prophey ever came by the will of man, but holy man spake as they were moved by the holy spirit", 2 Peter 1:21 Prophecy is supernaturally obtained wisdom and knowledge and all of that but it comes from the will of God as stated, and not from trying to invoke it. These plants theirself probably really aren't evil, but when you take an object of any kind, including a plant, and then try to attribute some type of supernatural ability to it, then I believe it becomes what scripture condemns in Deuteronomy. So it is easy to see how some can want to think that it is ok because there is such a thing as stories in the bible of Angels tipping people off about future events in dreams and the like, but there are rules on God's side, and that is what the bible teaches. Keep this in mind when dealing with Uzara or any other plant, and know how to discern between regular herbs and these "shamanic plants", because in a way they are very very much like witchcraft. Psalm 91:1 "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High God, will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 91:3 For it is HE who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence." NASB By Zondervan bibles
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