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💜 Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata) has a strong reputation as a bitter digestive tonic, used especially during convalescence, after infectious illness and also in parasitic infestation. It is a potent herb that can be applied during and after viral infection.⁠
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It is also becoming more recognised for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is a subject of much interest among the scientific community, particularly in the branch of pharmacology that is concerned with the search for ‘new drugs’. Therefore much of the available research on Andrographis focuses on isolated compounds extracted from the plant, mainly its diterpenes and flavonoids. ⁠
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🌿 Wild ingredients have the potential to connect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually to our living planet. However, how can we be sure that plants harvested from the wild are done so responsibly with sustainable offtakes and care for natural habitats? How can we be sure that those undertaking the harvesting — often from remote and marginal communities — are treated with respect, and have a fair stake in the value chains emanating from their harvests? This article shares the important work of @FairWild_foundation⁠
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#FairWild #Sustainability #HerbalRemedies #NatureConservation #Herbalism #EcoFriendly #Biodiversity #SupportFairTrade
🌿 Antispasmodic plants reduce or relieve smooth muscle spasm. They can be helpful for an array of issues including menstrual cramps. Also known as spasmolytics, these plants include aniseed (Pimpinella anisum), blue cohosh (caulophyllum thalictroides), cramp bark (viburnum opulus) and lavender (Lavandula angustofolia).⁠
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🎶 HERBCAST - Season 3 🎶 Bitter Herbs for Digestion: Insights from Guido Masé⁠
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Guido Masé RH(AHG) is a clinical herbalist, educator, and garden steward specialising in holistic Western herbalism with an eclectic approach.⁠
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In this episode, discover the fascinating mechanisms behind how bitters work in the body, from stimulating digestive secretions to modulating hormonal responses. Learn about the evolutionary role of bitter taste receptors and their presence not just in the mouth, but throughout the gastrointestinal tract and even within the heart and lungs. Guido explains how bitters can help with common digestive issues like gas, bloating, and heartburn, as well as more serious conditions such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.⁠
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Guido and Sebastian also delve into the importance of dosing and the energetic qualities of bitters and explore the concept of hormesis, the paradoxical effect where small doses of potentially harmful substances can strengthen the body. ⁠
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