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Thursday, April 8th, 2021


Valerian, Amantilla, Baldrian

Family: Valerianaceae

Medical use: Sleep-onset insomnia, weak kind uneasiness, stress or anxiety, waek sedative and painkiller, menopause, asthma, appetite-supressant

Parts: Roots

Side effect:

  • Might cause some gastrointestinal problems like vomit
  • Might cause dizziness, make reflexes weaker due to its sedative effect, therefore don drive or use any complex (dangerous) machine in first 2 hours after useing it

Drug interactions:

  • MAOI (inhibitor), sedatives, antidepressants might interact with valerian, so caffeine and warfarin (coumidine) too
  • Generally, drugs, chanced by liver would interact with it


  • Dont use under 12 age
  • Max 4 weeks
  • Dont drive in two hours after using valerian
  • Dont mix or drink together with alcohol

How to Use:


Sleep-onset insomnia, weak kind uneasiness, stress or anxiety, waek sedative and painkiller:

Tea: 2-3g grinded root, add 150ml boiled water, brew 15-20min, filter. Max 3 times a day. For sleep drink it half-one hour before going to bed.

Dry extract(3-7:1, %40-70 ethanol): Max 600mg, 3 times a day. For sleep, half-one hour before

Tincture(1:5, %70 ethanol): 30-60 drops a day, put in a glass of water to drink


Tea: 20g fine grinded root, add 200ml water in room temperature, brew 8hours, filter. Drink half hour before eat

Roots of name valerian can be based on latin ‘valere: strong’, but some other resources claims that it comes from Arabish language.

4. and 5. century before cristus, greek and roman doctors named it as Phu and used it to treat every kind of diseases, in middleage its used against plague and stimulate sexual drive, but today we know that these are just superstitions.

Poor people of north England and Scothland place a premium on valerian, because of believe in its benefits.

Some butterfly larvas feed on valerian

Content: Main effective companent is considered to be valerenic asid (effective on stress and uneasiness). Flavones (isovaleric acid [relaxant], linarin [makes sleepy], hesperidin), irodioids, some alcoholids (valerianin, valerin, actinidine, chathinine), GABA (one of main active inhibitor by mammals nervsystem


Sunday, February 28th, 2021


Licorice, Licuorice

Family: Papilionaceae

Medical use: Phlegm and ure remover, general stimulant, blood cleaner, respiratory problems, angina, asthma, cough, protective against bronchitis, aphtha

Parts: Root (with or without bark)

Side effect:
  • Rarely can cause dizziness, headache, tiredness and lack of water.
  • Glycyrrhizinic acid in it can increase blood pressure in high dose.
  • Not recommended by heart diseases, because of reducing water in body
  • Can act estorogene-like, therefore can cause lack of sexual drive by males. Also same reason makes it dangerous for womans with breast, uterine or ovarian canser
  • Can decrease level of potassium in blood, can cause problems by nerves and muscles
Drug interactions:
  • Can decrease effect of blood thinners like Coumadin
  • Can decrease level of potassium in blood, therefore using with drugs like Edecrin (also decreases potassium level) can be dangerous and increase side effects of Digoxin (Lanoxin)
  • Drugs, changed by liver, like ketamine (Ketalar), phenobarbital, orphenadrine (Norflex), secobarbital (Seconal), dexamethasone (Decadron), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Voltaren), fluvastatin (Lescol), glipizide (Glucotrol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), irbesartan (Avapro), losartan (Cozaar), phenytoin (Dilantin), piroxicam (Feldene), tamoxifen (Nolvadex), tolbutamide (Tolinase), torsemide (Demadex), etc, can interact with it
  • It effects stronger by females
  • Dont use longer than 2 weeks

How to Use:


phlegm and ure remover, general stimulant, blood cleaner, respiratory problems, asthma, cough, protective against bronchitis

Tea: 1 turkish tea spoon grinded root, add 150ml boiled water, brew 10min, filter. 2-3 times a day.

Soft extract (3:1, water): 1,5g a dose, 3 times a day

Licorice honey: Fine grinded roots should boiled in water, after water exhausts the rest called as licorice honey. Take 0,5-1g a day


Tea: 10g grinded root, add 450ml water, boil until water goes down to half, filter. Drink slowly once a day. Max 3 days


Tea: 20g grinded root, add 500ml water in room temperature, brew 10-12hours, filter. Drink as three parts in a day


Tea: 50g grinded root, add 1lt water, boil 5min, remove from heat, let brew 8-10hours, filter. Drink slowly in one day.

Tea: 15g grinded root, add 400ml water, boil until water goes down to half, filter. 2 times a day.



Tea: 50g grinded root, add 250ml water, boil 5min, filter. Rinse your mouth 4 times a day with it, not too long.

Its name considered to come from ‘glyks: sweet’ and ‘rhiza: root’. It originates in China and Russia, but growns in Europa, eastern Mediterranean and Anatolia.

By some ancient Egyptian papyrus, dated about 3000bc, has many medical reciepes includes licorice. It has a important place in chinese and mongolian traditional medicine.

Traditionaly a sherbet (sweet drink) produced from licorice is a beloved summer drink in southern provinces. It is the main taste in Cola. Its used to flavour foods and sweets.

Content: Glycyrrhizin (acts saponin-like) is the main component, anethole, tannen, starch (polysaccaride), aspargine, isoflavene glabrene and isoflavene glabridin


Thursday, February 25th, 2021




Family: Burseraceae

Medical use: asthma, ulcerative cholitis, crohn, rheumatoid arthritis, wound healer

Parts: resin, contains gum and a essential oil, harvested from scratched stem.

Side effects:

  • Can cause neusea, acidity in stomach, reflux, loss of flavour
  • Use under doctors control if you have gastritis or reflux
  • Can cause alergic reaction even when touched
  • Can cause miscarry by pregnancy!

Drug interactions:

  • Can interact with many kind of drugs, dont use when using any drug.


  • Not use under 12 age.

How to Use:


Asthma: Resin Extract (%60 boswellic acid): 300-400mg, 3 times a day. Ulserative cholitis Resin extract(%37,5 boswellic acid): 350-400mg, 3 times a day. Crohn: Resin extract: 1200mg, 3 times a day, max 8 weeks. rheumatoid arthritis: Resin extract: 400 mg, 3 times a day.


(Boswellia Carterii)

Resin traditionally used as ointment to heal wounds.

In China, Iran, Indiai middleeastern and some tropical cultures its used intense. Important part of ayurvedic medicine. It seems to be able to act antiinflamatory and antitumor due to clinical research.

Content: The resin contains, monoterpenes (α-thujene); diterpenes (macrocyclic diterpenoids [incensole, incensole oxide, iso-incensole oxide], serratol); triterpenes (such as α- and β-amyrins); pentacyclic triterpenic acids (boswellic acids); tetracyclic triterpenic acids (tirucall-8,24-dien-21-oic acids)