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The almond, which we think of as a nut, is actually the seed of the fruit from the almond tree. The almond is related to the peach, but the fruit toughens into a leathery coat, called the hull, which contains the shell and the edible kernel. Unlike the peach pit, the almond kernel is not only edible, but also quite nutritious. The flavonoids found in almond skins team up with the vitamin E found in their meat to more than double the antioxidant punch either delivers when administered separately, shows a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Aloe vera, also known as the medicinal aloe, is a species of succulent plant that probably originated in Northern Africa, the Canary islands and Cape Verde. Aloe vera grows in arid climates and is widely distributed in Africa, India and other arid areas. The species is frequently cited as being used in herbal medicine. Aloe vera leaves when cut exude two fluids, with differing effects and properties. The yellow/green sap predominantly exuded wherever the green surface of the leaf is cut is an irritant. This contains the latex-like compound, aloin. On the other hand, the transparent fluid exuded by the inner leaf wherever it is cut or crushed, is soothing and said to promote healing.

Arnica montana, commonly called leopard's bane is a perennial herb that grows in Central Europe. It grows a bright yellow Arnica flower which could be toxic if taken internally.

Arnica is commonly sold commercially in tablet or cream form. Arnica tablets have been widely used as supplementary homeopathic treatment for bruises, strains and sprains, for pre- and post-operative care, for muscular pain

The avocado is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Central and South America, although it can be grown in warmer North American states like California and Florida. Most domestic avocado varieties are grown in California, including the most popular variety, Hass, often misspelled as Haas. The variety of avocado grown in Florida is called either a Florida or a Fuerte, and is characterized by its watery texture and lower fat content. The Hass variety is usually considered the superior choice for recipes.

Balsam is a plant compound which is noted for its strong odor. Several plants produce substances which are classified as balsam, and an assortment of other plants have a balsam-like odor which leads gardeners to refer to them as balsams.

Honey is the complex substance made when the nectar and sweet deposits from plants and trees are gathered, modified and stored in the honeycomb by honey bees as a food source for the colony.

See glossary term "Chamomile"

Cascara sagrada has a long history of traditional use by native americans. Cascara sagrada contains compounds called anthroquinones, which are responsible for cascara's powerful laxative effects. Anthraquinones trigger contractions in the colon, called peristalsis, which causes the urge to have a bowel movement. Today, it is one of the most common herbal laxatives.

Chamomile is a common name for several daisy-like plants, the most common plant being the German chamomile plant in Europe. These plants are best known for their ability to be made into a tea which is commonly used to help with insomnia and cramps. Chamomile is often served with either honey or lemon. It usually works best for people who are sensitive to pain or suffer from cramps. In Latin America, chamomile tea is given to children that suffer from colics and women that suffer from menstrual pain also take it.

Chamomile is ever-so popular in soaps and shampoos for its ability to lighten hair and soften skin. Movie stars and TV stars in Latin America use chamomile daily as part of their beauty routine.

See glossary term "Cascara Sagrada"

There is a long history of sulfur use in ancient societies. It was known as brimstone in the bible and for centuries has been used for medicinal purposes. For over 2,000 years its success has been well documented in the treatment of scabies. Commercially, it is used in making fungicides, dyes and gunpowder but homeopathic physicians prescribe diluted doses of irritability, burning pains, intense itching and odors. These diluted doses are made from sulfur powder (sublimed sulfur) that is mixed with milk sugar, water/alcohol solutions and/or creams.

See glossary term "Sulfur"

Tepezcohuite is also known as Mimosa tenuiflora, an evergreen tree or shrub native to the northeastern region of Brazil and found as far north as southern Mexico (Oaxaca and coast of Chiapas).

The Mayans of Mexico have used roasted Mimosa tenuiflora "tepezcohuite" bark to treat lesions of the skin for over a thousand years. Powdered tepezcohuite bark contains large amounts (16%) of tannins, which act as an astringent, making the skin stop bleeding. This helps protect the body from infection, while the skin builds new protective tissue.


Tepezcohuite reduces the appearance of pigmentation imbalances, age spots, stretch marks, scars, cellulite and enlarged pores and gives the following uses:

- Rejuvenating natural for all skin types.

- Excellent tonic cleanser to remove makeup, dirt, oils and dirt that clog pores. Coupled with its bacterial activity makes it very useful in reducing acne.

- Exfoliates the skin leaving it smooth and radiant, removing dead cells and dry skin.

- Effect anti-wrinkle and expression lines. This is because it promotes cell regeneration, creating new cells in the skin while stimulating the production of collagen and elastin improving the elasticity and tone of the skin.

- Regenerates deep soft tissue and hair follicles. For this reason the tepezcohuite is used as a tonic anti-hair loss.

- Treatment of Psoriasis and Herpes I & II

- Reduction of scars

- The tepezcohuite also used as prevention of bacterial infections, fungal and viral infections.

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