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Nettle Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Nettle Overview Nettle (Urtica dioica) is one of the most well-known and widely used medicinal herbs in the world. Its usage dates back to Ancient Egypt, China, and the Romans, who used Nettle teas for relief of arthritis and lower back pain, joint and muscle pain,...
Aged Garlic Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Aged Garlic Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Aged Garlic Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits Garlic (Allium sativum) Garlic (Allium sativum) is one of the most well-known members of the Allium or Onion family. It grows in many parts of the world and is one of the most popular culinary ingredients due to its...

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Strauss History as told by Peter Strauss

Strauss History as told by Peter Strauss

Strauss History as told by Peter Strauss In 1979 when I was fifteen years old, my dad had a heart attack and was hospitalized. It was left to me to look after our canopy shop that was a thriving business. When my dad finally returned home from the hospital, the did...

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Theories behind Strauss Formulas

Theories behind Strauss Formulas

Theories behind Strauss Formulas Nature has everything perfect and in perfect proportion. Nothing in nature’s proportion ever harmed us (i.e. almonds, apple seeds). Almond nut and apple seeds have considerable arsenic. Because nature’s proportion is perfect, they will...

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Uva Ursi Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Uva Ursi Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Uva Ursi Herb Overview The uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) plant grows throughout the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia, and North America. It is a small groundcover shrub with evergreen leaves and a white-pink flower, which produces a bright red berry. The...

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Juniper Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Juniper Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Juniper Berry Overview Juniper (Juniperus Communis) is a shrub that grows across North America, Europe and Asia. There are approximately sixty species of juniper worldwide, which grow primarily in the Northern Hemisphere. Juniper are often used in Traditional Medicine...

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Birch Leaf Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Birch Leaf Uses, Side Effects & Health Benefits

Birch Leaf Overview Birch trees (Betula spp.) are native to Europe, parts of Asia, and the Northern Hemisphere, in northern areas of temperate ecosystems and boreal climates. There are more than fifty species of birch trees globally, nineteen of which are native to...

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European Mistletoe Leaf Benefits

European Mistletoe Leaf Benefits

European Mistletoe Leaf Overview European Mistletoe (Viscum album) is a plant that grows on various trees such as apple, oak, pine, and elm. European mistletoe is not the same as American mistletoe, which is often used as a holiday decoration. It is Traditionally...

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Skullcap Herb Benefits

Skullcap Herb Benefits

Skullcap Overview Skullcap, also known as scullcap, is the common name for Scutellaria, a variety of flowering plants in the mint family. Derived from the Latin word scutella, which translates to "little dish," skullcap grows a cluster of tiny purple flowers with a...

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Hawthorn Herb Benefits

Hawthorn Herb Benefits

Hawthorn Overview Hawthorn (Crataegus sp.) is a common thorny shrub in the rose family, with small white, red, and pink flowers that bloom in May. Herbal medicines containing hawthorn leaves and flowers have been used for centuries, commonly made into a liquid as part...

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