Elderberries have been used for their medicinal benefits for thousands of years throughout North America, Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. In the Middle Age, it was considered as a Holy Tree due to its ability to improve health and longevity. Elderberries are full of powerful nutrients and have some interesting health benefits.
Elderberries are a dark blue, purplish berry that is both rich in colour and nutrition. These berries contain very high amounts of the polyphenol anthocyanin, which give them their dark colour. Anthocyanin's antioxidant ability allows the berries to survive periods of intense UV light radiation from the sun.
Elderberry has a very high ORAC score: over twice as much as blueberry and cranberry. Elderberry also contains trace minerals and has more vitamin C than oranges.
The nopal or barbarian fig (Opuntia ficus indica), is a widely distributed cactus but mostly founds in Mexico and Mediterranean area. It produces edible fruits with many seed from which we extract oil (see our prickly pear seed oil here) from which we can also produce jams. In numerous dietary supplements, the Nopal pulp is used claiming a positive effect on the blood sugar regulation.
Lastly, the extracts obtained from the cladode (which include the pulp) are used as a fat-absorbed in order to manage the weight.
Epilobium angustifolium is known by various names, the best known of which are willow herb, wickup, and rose-bay. Commonly found across Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, willow herb is an attractive perennial that reaches one meter in height. Its small flowers bear four petals and please with their purple or pale pink colours. The fruits take the form of slender red capsules, while the tiny black seeds are encased in a fluffy fibber that facilitates their dispersal by the wind. Both the aerial (above ground) parts and the root of this botanical bear its medicinal treasures.
Its solid reputation for addressing problems of the prostate gland and urinary tract having been built up throughout many centuries. Willow herb has also earned additional praises. In Germany physicians will often advise that their patients suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, drink a tea brewed with willow herb. The swelling is quick to diminish, while toxins and bacteria in this tiny gland are effectively removed. Willow herb also is supposed to slow the growth of tumours in men who are challenged with prostate cancer. This green medicine shares several of the same important constituents for addressing the symptoms of BPH that make the more popular saw palmetto berry a proven herbal superstar. Possessing anti-inflammatory abilities, willow herb addresses both the pain and the infection of the urinary tract suffered by both men and women.