Free Radicals

Please note that all Ayurvedic Rasayana herbs are, in addition to being rejuvenative, also antioxidant in action.


Beet Essence, Organic Fresh Beet Powder, 5.3 oz.

Beets are free radical scavengers and can be very nutritional beneficial for anyone exposed to toxic metals, radiation, or any other source of free radicals. This powder is made from fresh, organic beets that has been stabilized so as to provide the same nutritional support as fresh beet juice. The carotenoids and bioflavonoids support nerve and eye health and the betalains are anti-inflammatory. Beets are also very high in vitamin C and manganese.


Contains: Organic beet juice powder, organic maltodextrin (a complex carbohydrate from tapioca).


Chaparral Extract, 2 oz.
Larrea tridentata herb

Other Medical Connections: Cancer researchers first became interested when an 87 year old man cured a facial cancer by consuming chaparral. Scientists at the University of Nevada investigated the activity of NDGA and found that it was a potent inhibitor of mitochondrial enzymes, which in turn inhibits cancer growth. While no clinical data exists to support using chaparral for cancer therapy, thousands of testimonials credit it for tumor remissions and complete cures. Other medical evidence indicates chaparral is an anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial agent and a possible treatment for asthma. Research continues to uncover it's mode of action and other potential therapeutic uses.

Current Status in the Marketplace: After allegations in 1992 of liver toxicity associated with chaparral consumption, manufacturers voluntarily restricted sales until the reports were investigated. Following a lengthy review, a panel of medical experts concluded "no clinical data was found... to indicate chaparral is inherently a hepatic toxin. " In late 1994 this report was submitted to the FDA and the product was subsequently given a clean bill of health by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA). After comparing the quantity of chaparral consumed each year to the number of product complaints, industry regulators concluded chaparral did not pose a significant threat to consumer safety.

Alcohol: 75%

Contains: extract of leafy tips of Larrea tridentata in distilled water, organic grain alcohol, and pure vegetable glycerin.


Chaparral Tea, 5 oz.
Larrea tridentata

The active ingredients found in the leaves of chaparral can be made into a warm tea for internal use or sun tea for topical applications. Use about 7-8 grams (quarter of an ounce) of bulk tea to a quart of water. If taking internally, drink at least three cups a day. At this strength, one pouch of tea will last about three to four weeks. Long-term use is not recommended.

Alcohol: none

Contains: wildcrafted Larrea tridentata leaf.


Chaparral, 180 capsules
Larrea tridentata

Chaparral has a long history of use among Native Americans. It contains a strong antioxidant NDGA and two dozen flavanoids that show antiviral activity. Each capsule contains 500 mg. of wildcrafted Larrea tridentata. The minimum dose for adults is two capsules once a day before meals.

Alcohol: none

Contains: powdered Larrea tridentata leaves in 500 mg. capsules.


Cinnamon Powder, organic, half pound
Cinnamomum cassia

Cinnamon is,of course, a wonderfully aromatic and exciting spice, but it has potent medicinal value as well. In Ayurveda, it is used to kindle digestive fire and remove toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. It is an important ingredient in Chyawanprash, usually being added towards the end of preparation. It is used to promote deep assimilation of nutrients as well as to nourish the reproductive systems of both men and women. It is antibacterial and antiviral as well as antifungal.


Contains: certified organic Cinnamomum cassia bark powder.


Haritaki Extract, 2 oz.
Terminalia chebula

Haritaki is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine and the most revered in Tibetan medicine. It is a parasiticide (intestinal worms) and one of herbs used in preparation for kaya kalpa, Ayurvedic rejuvenative therapy. It is a fruit and one of the three ingredients in triphala. It is the most purgative of the three fruits. It pacifies vata and helps to remove toxins, normalize lipids, and rebuild blood.

Haritaki has five of the six tastes. It lacks salt. As the primary herb for the first stage of regeneration, rasa dhatu, it is used both to purify, largely by promoting proper removal of toxic matter and waste, and to rebuild plasma, the foundation of all support to all tissues. It aids vision and neuromuscular function and supports the work of the kidneys and liver.

Alcohol: 24-26%

Contains: 1:4 extract of organically grown Terminalia chebula fruit in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

See also: ToxiFree and Triphala.


Hibiscus Flower Powder, organic, half pound
Hibiscus rosa

Hibiscus is considered to be a sacred plant, used devotionally to purify the first and second chakras. It makes an excellent tea, but can be used in churnas and jams. It is astringent and sweet and promotes hair growth, proper functioning of the kidneys, and clear skin. It is often used to reduce discharges of the uterus and vagina as well as to overcome impotency.


Contains: certified organic Hibiscus rosa powdered flowers.


Sangre de Grado (Dragon"s Blood), 1 oz.
Croton lechleri

Dragon"s Blood is made from the fresh resin of the South American Croton lechleri tree. In the bottle, the resin is a very dark and quite thick reddish brown color, but when put on the skin, it becomes transparent and makes a natural sterile bandage. It belongs in absolutely every medicine cabinet and backpack. When I was in Europe, we used this in the operating room to reduce (well almost totally eliminate) bleeding. I moved my hand behind the surgeon"s and dripped the resin into the areas where he was cutting. This made for much easier wound management, little or no blood loss, much less pain from cuts and injuries, and very quick healing. I absolutely love this resin and never cease to be fascinated by the gifts of Nature nor the traditions of ethnobotany.

Besides wound healing, studies suggest that dragon"s blood is useful for gastric ulcers. Among other things, it seems to result in the thickening of the mucous membrane of the stomach. It has also proved helpful for diarrhea, especially that suffered by persons with AIDS, and in vitro studies suggest that the latex has apoptotic effects on certain types of cancer cells. It appears to be antimutagenic also.

Alcohol: none

Contains: wildcrafted, sustainably harvested Croton lechleri resin.


Yucca Flowers Extract, 2 oz.
Yucca elata

Yucca flowers are natural free radical scavengers. The flowers also have antifungal properties.

Alcohol: 40%

Contains: extract of Yucca elata flowers in distilled water and organic alcohol.



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