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Carvone in Spearmint – How It Works

Herbal Nerd Society Exclusive Article Spearmint leaf (Mentha spicata) is an underutilized herb in the natural medicine field. It is used most often as a flavoring for teas or foods. Spearmint has a vast amount of carvone terpenoid which accounts for…

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Cardamon, Licorice, Anise

Glycyrrhizic Acid in Licorice – How It Works

Herbal Nerd Society Exclusive Article Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) has a bounty of healing properties but also sold without it's most effective constituents: glycyrrhizic acid. Store shelves host bottles of licorice supplements with the initials DGL (Deglycyrrhizinated licorice) printed boldly…

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Essential Oil

Terpinen-4-ol in Tea Tree Oil – How It Works

Tea tree essential oil is a potent topical antiseptic which is known as a anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial aid. The indigenous people of Australia relied on the medicinal properties of the leaves of these native trees, most commonly Melaleuca alternifolia,…

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Anthocyanins in Elderberry – How It Works

These pigments are not just responsible for granting elderberry their deep blue color. They make their mark in human health by decreasing inflammation and damage by free radicals. Combine this with antiviral effects and you have powerful medicine.
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