melissa officianalis- "source: this lemon-scented member of the mint family was used for over 2,000 years to soothe nervousness and treat insomnia. lemon balm was originally from the mediterranean regions, asia, and africa.
dosage: capsules: 300-400 mg, up to 9 daily. tincture: 10-60 drops, 1-6 times daily. a cream has been shown in research studies to decrease the time it takes herpes simplex lesions to heal. apply at first signs of an outbreak.
safety: unlike sedative drugs, lemon balm does not interfere with one's ability to drive or perform other duties. no adverse effects or toxicity is noted. safe for children" (hershoff & rotelli, 2001).
matricaria recutita- "source: the flowers of both german chamomile (matricaria recutita) and roman chamomile (chamaemelum nobile) have been taken for centuries as a digestive tonic, chamomile grows wild in much of europe and temperate regions.
standardization: 1.2 aperigenine, 1.5 mg.
dosage: capsules: 2-3 g daily. tincture: 1 tsp, 3 times a day.
safety: generally safe; toxicity is extremely rare, though occationally those with severe hay fever have had allergic reactions to chamomile" (hershoff & rotelli, 2001).
echinacea angustifolia/purpurea/pallida- "source: various species of this member of the daisy family (asteraceae) possess immune modulating effecs, mainly angustifolia, purpurea and pallidium. The root, leaves or whole plant may be used.
standardization: 4% echinacosoides, (e. angustifolia), 4% sesquiterpene esters (e. purpurea) 10 mg echinacosides.
dosage: capsules: up to 1,200 mg daily, tincture: 4-5 ml daily. in acute infections dose frequently, 1/2-1 ml of tincture or 1-2 capsules every 1-2 hours. reduce the dosage as symptoms begin to clear. may take preventitavely, continuing for at least 2 weeks, followed by 1 week off, then repeat cycle.
safety: acts to increase phagocytosis and as an immune modulator. no evidence exists to curtail use in aids, hiv, lupus, autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis, and tb. do not use in pregnancy. some people may have an allergic reaction to plants in the daisy family" (hershoff & rotelli, 2001).
calendula officinalis- "source: a european native, calendula or marigold is one of the most popular garden herbs. a useful household remedy that is suitable for everday applications. soothes chapped skin, hastens healing time, reduces infection and quiets irritation. it's bright orange flowers contain the highest concentration of active compounds.
dosage: tincture 5-20 drops, 3 times daily. external use: place flower and leaf directly on the affected area. use the cream, infusion, or ointment for topical skin conditions.
safety: no known side effects or contraindications. if allergic to other daisy family plants, test on a small area of skin, watching for symptoms of redness or itching before applying or taking internally (hershoff & rotelli, 2001).
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