Boswellia is known for its fragrant resin - most commonly recognised as the resin-extracted incense, frankincense. The resin has many pharmacological uses, particularly as an anti-inflammatory, arthritis and osteoporosis treatment, a reliever of ulcerative colitis and a promoter of good joint health. Boswellic Acids, the active compound in the resin, has been used in treatments for asthma and other inflammation conditions. The bark has also been used to treat fever, rheumatism and gastrointestinal problems.
Despite it's name, Siberian Ginseng is completely different to the more commonly known American and Asian Ginseng and has different key ingredients. The active chemical component in Siberian Ginseng is called Eleutherosides and is known to stimulate the immune system.
It has been widely used to prevent colds and flu and in studies was noted to help dissipate symptoms of flu quicker than the pharmaceutical counter-part, in a 72-hour period. Another study showed that subjects taking Siberian Ginseng for 4 weeks had more t-cells, demonstrating a stronger immune system. It is also known as an adaptogen, a substance that assists the body in coping with mental and physical stress. Siberian Ginseng also seemed to reduce outbreaks of Herpes in those infected with Herpes Simplex (HSV) type 2. The double-blind study showed that when outbreaks did occur, they were less severe and did not last as long.
Chamomile has been used for centuries, gaining popularity in the middle ages throughout Europe and North Africa. Chamomile was used for a number of ailments and complaints including asthma, inflammation, colic, fever, nausea, nerves, skin diseases and even cancers. Chamomile’s key ingredients are volatile oils (including bisabol, bisabol oxides A and B and Matricin) and flavonoids, particularly apigenin.
Chamomile is widely known as a sleep aid and stomach settler but also has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antipyretic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-allergenic properties. It has been extensively researched and the therapeutic uses of the plant confirmed by many studies over the past 20 years. It’s calming properties assist in the relief of symptoms of PMS and its ability to relax smooth muscles allows it to ease the discomfort of menstrual cramps.