The peoples of the Huari, Tiwanaku and Inca empires held this tree as sacred. Commonly calling it “Arbol de la Vida” (the Tree of Life) and “Sanalo Todo”, (the cure for everything), these pre-Columbian peoples believed that the tree was literally a gift of the gods. It was planted near the entrances to shrines and temples, and was revered it for its ability to heal not only physically, but spiritually.
Anxiety / stress
PMS and PMDD
Irritability, excessive anger
Hot flashes / night sweats
Water retention / edema
Mood swings, tearfulness
Cystitis / urinary tract infections
Candida / yeast infections
Anise has been cultivated and prized as a medicinal plant for over 4,000 years. Egyptian papyrus dated as early as 2,000 BCE record that it was used to treat toothache, as a diuretic, and as a digestive aid. References to Anise are also found in the works of Hammurabi, Hippocrates and Dioscorides. Like fennel, Anise has a distinctive licorice flavor, and it is commonly used as a flavoring for candies, breads, cookies cakes and liquors. In Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, Anise is used to flavor soups and stews. The traditional medicinal uses of Anise include use as a cough suppressant and expectorant, and as a carminative to relieve gas, bloating, indigestion, and colic in infants. The antispasmodic effects of Anise have been used to counter menstrual pain, bronchitis and asthma. Demonstrating mild phytoestrogenic activity, Anise seeds have been traditionally used as a galactagogue to stimulate the flow of breast milk in new mothers, and to relieve the symptoms of menopause and PMS.
Fennel is one of the oldest known cultivated plants. It is said that the Romans valued it for weight loss and for its general tonic properties. Well known for its licorice-like flavor, Fennel has a long history of use as a digestive aid and carminative, and is commonly given to adults to relieve gas, and children to relieve colic. It has long been thought to improve eyesight, and recent studies suggest that it may help to relieve ocular pressure in persons suffering from glaucoma.
The mild phytoestrogenic properties of Fennel support its traditional use to relieve menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, as well as PMS symptoms, including bloating, cramps, and breast tenderness. It is also commonly used as a galactagogue, stimulating the flow of breast milk in new mothers. Other traditional uses include treatment for diabetes, bronchitis, chronic coughs, and for the treatment of kidney stones.
Believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region, Parsley has been used as both food and medicine for more than 2,000 years. Traditionally, it has been used to improve circulation, and its diuretic effects are often used to treat bladder and kidney ailments. As a feminine balancing herb, Parsley is used to normalize menstruation and to relieve premenstrual cramps and bloating.
Fenugreek has been used as both a food and medicine since ancient times. Charred seeds found in Iraq have been carbon dated to 4,000 BCE. In Egypt, dried seeds were found sealed in the tomb of King Tutankhamen, and written record of its use as a medicine date to as early as 1,500 BCE. Today, the herb is commonly used as a spice in various cultural cuisines, especially in the Indian subcontinent.
Fenugreek is renowned for its feminine balancing qualities, and has traditionally been used to ease menstruation, relieve menopause and PMS symptoms, facilitate child birth, and to increase the milk supply of nursing mothers. Fenugreek has also shown great potential as a natural treatment for diabetes, high cholesterol and many other conditions.
Fenugreek continues to be of great interest to modern scientists, with many laboratory and clinical studies supporting its traditional medicinal uses.