Beneficial Botanicals' Gold Label tinctures are made from fresh plants, not dried and re-hydrated to tincture at a later date. An organic bounty is ready and waiting in a remote and pristine area, where plants are harvested at peak season in the U.S. No need to hope for the best when you can get the best!



Plant of the Month

ARROWLEAF BALSAMROOT
stimulates production of white blood cells / antibacterial / expectorant

Balsamorhiza sagittata is one of the most outstanding flowering plants to be seen cascading across dry sunny slopes at elevations from 1,000 to 9,000 feet. This plant's showy flowers bloom for the welcome springtime sunshine, though it can also be a cheerful sight in the forest lands through its range.

We showcase this plant because it has not received the attention it truly deserves for beneficial medicinal qualities!

Herbalist Michael Moore describes the actions of Arrowleaf Balsamroot as a cross between Echinacea root and Osha root. That is to say that the root properties are noted to be an immunostimulant which increase the production of white blood cells; the root also contains antibacterial compounds (Matsuura and others, 1996); and it is commonly used as an expectorant which can clear the lungs by loosening phlegm.

The root is most widely used for tincturing as plant medicine. As you can see, it is a very, very large root! Unlike Echinacea, which has such tiny roots that to harvest them risks eliminating a sustainable source, Arrowleaf Balsamroot is hardy with much to offer --perhaps a much better selection. You can follow this link to buy Tincture of Arrowleaf Balsamroot.




A Staple for Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet


OSHA ROOT
Ligusticum porteri is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial agent that should be one of the staples in the herbal medicine cabinet for respiratory infections. Its anti-inflammatory actions work to alleviate mucous membrane inflammation, opening bronchial airways to ease breathing. Among its many benefits include the ability to clear mucus from the sinuses and lungs, relieving congestion and making breathing much easier, increasing oxygenation within the body. Osha root has the ability to cut through even the thickest phlegm, and provides so many benefits for infection relief that it comes highly recommended for common colds, flu viruses and coughs. One notable action of Osha root is its numbing effect, to soothe a sore throat. Available here: Osha Root Tincture



A Likeable Lichen


USNEA
Usnea lapponcia is a wispy little lichen that doesn't look like much but in the medical lab, it has demonstrated its strength!

Usnic acid, the main constituent of Usnea, has been extensively studied as an antibiotic that inhibits 16 known gram-positive bacteria (both the resistant and non-resistant strains) including streptococcus, staphylococcus, and mycobacteria. Usnea is used for acute and chronic lung infections, such as pneumonia, colds and flu, and as an adjunct to tuberculosis (TB) treatment. Usnea appears to kill bacteria by disrupting their metabolic function, cutting off energy supply to the cells. Unlike bacterial cells, human cells are less permeable to usnic acid and are not adversely affected. So let's give Usnea the top shelf rating it deserves!

photo credit: Botanical Blessings Organization

Buy Tincture of Usnea Here
Noteworthy: Usnea is sensitive to air pollution, especially sulfur dioxide, a by-product from combustion of petroleum and coal. The Usnea harvested for this tincture is from a pristine area, at an altitude of 5,000 feet, isolated from sulfur dioxide pollution.




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FLORA FACTS

The Milk Thistle
Silybum marianum

The only known antidote to mushroom poisoning classified as Amanita phalloides.




Plant Tinctures with Potent Antiviral Properties
Brown's Peony Root
Elderberry
Japanese Knotweed Root
Lemon Balm
Lomatium Root
Milk Thistle Seed
Osha Root
Scarlet Gilia
Usnea


Read this short article on how the pathways of viruses can be blocked. Fascinating!






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