Maca is a small root plant that is grown mostly in the high mountains of Peru. For the most part, the plant has a very limited growing region and is organically grown (it is naturally pest-resistant) at elevations of 8,000-14,500 feet.
For approximately two thousand years, Maca has been used as a food and medicine in Peruvian culture. During colonization by Spaniards, the Maca plant was even used as currency.
Athletes have been known to use Maca to help increase energy, endurance and stamina.
Maca is said to increase muscle strength, blood circulation, stabilize hormones, and give a boost to the lymphatic and circulatory system. It also may be a way to improve libido and act as an aphrodisiac. Some report that Maca has been helpful at relieving long standing depression and anger. Whatever benefits you are looking for, this small root vegetable is a fuel-packed powerhouse.
Horny Goat Weed has been used to boost the immune system and as an anti-inflammatory herbal remedy, however most people associate the herb with its sexual health benefits.
A study conducted from the University of Milan in 2008 reported that Horny Goat Weed may show the potential to compete with medication taken for impotency, which may mean that some might be able to alleviate impotency by taking this herb.
Horny Goat Weed has many other holistic uses including: liver and kidney problems, hay fever, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) bronchitis, memory loss, high blood pressure, hepatitis, heart disease and fatigue. More research is needed to determine how effective Horny Goat Weed is on all of these ailments.
Velvet contains nearly 40 key nutritional compounds. Research indicates velvet may provide beneficial effects in several areas including cardiovascular health, mental health, and growth as well as strength enhancement.
Velvet has been used for centuries in Asian and New Zealand cultures. The first known documentation of velvet use was recovered from a tomb believed to be over two thousand years old. The ancient silk scroll outlined the medical recommendation for medicinal velvet use. It was thought to help control blood pressure, improve muscle functions and glandular health. Velvet was also used as an aphrodisiac and for balancing hormones.
Wild Yam has been used by the native Aztec and Mayan people in centuries past. They found the vine like plant to be useful in a wide range of ailments. Most notably the Wild Yam plant has been used to help females with menopause, hot flashes, night sweats, mood fluctuations, vaginal dryness and PMS. It was also used to relieve child birth pains, spasmodic cramps, painful menstruation, and with gallbladder difficulties.
Black Cohosh is a plant that is related to the buttercup, peony and larkspur. It can be found growing wild throughout the Eastern United States and Canada. As an herbal remedy, Black Cohosh was often used by the Native Americans to relieve female ailments and to treat inflammation, rattlesnake bites and body aches. It is often associated with hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women and many who wish to go the alternative route instead of taking prescription drug therapies have chosen to try this herb. It has also been used successfully in helping with the onset of hot flashes, PMS symptoms, and arthritic conditions and may even help lower blood pressure.
Saw Palmetto is an herb that comes from the berries of a palm which is indigenous to the Southern United States coastal areas. Since 1960, extensive research has been done involving the efficacy of this little berry. Saw Palmetto has many wonderful uses, including respiratory congestion, urinary tract issues, thyroid strengthening, natural breast enhancement, hair restoration, coughs and sexual vigor, and of course, prostate disorders.
Licorice is a small shrub-like plant that grows in North America and Europe. The plant is harvested for its root which contains a sweet juice that we all recognize from the candy made from it. As an ancient remedy, it was used by soldiers in Egypt to stave off thirst when long days were spent marching or training out in the sandy desert. Interestingly, the herb was also discovered with King Tutankhamen in his tomb.
Licorice is often found in cold medicines because it may help soothe the respiratory tract and act as an expectorant. It also helps soothe the intestinal walls, peptic ulcers, and chronic gastritis. As an herbal remedy, Licorice root may help relieve constipation discomfort when coupled with herbs that help create a peristalsis response in the intestines.
Capsicum (also known as cayenne), is a versatile plant with many different uses. This herb has long been regarded as one of the most valuable ever grown. When it comes to your heart, capsicum is a must-have for healthy function and improved circulation. Capsicum also increases the effectiveness of other herbs when they are taken together. As an aid to weight loss, a 2005 study in the Netherlands which was subsequently published in the “International Journal of Obesity” found that when subjects took capsicum with meals it decreased their appetites, and increased their energy levels for longer periods of time.
Capsicum is high in Vitamin A and C, calcium, potassium and the complete B-Complex.
Capsicum may be helpful with the digestive system and may aid in rebuilding the tissue in your stomach. It also helps your intestines work by helping more blood flow into the digestive areas. Capsicum may help get nutrients to all parts of your body through the digestive process.