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Plants used in our products

Catnip

Scientific name: nepeta cataria

  • The flowering tops are used.
  • Mode of action: helps in treating insomnia, agitation, coughs,  headaches and neurogenic gastric distress.
  • It contains an essential oil whose active ingredient is nepetalactone.

Chicory

Scientific name : cichorium intybus

  • The leaves are used.
  • It contains inulin, a prebiotic glucide that has a stimulating effect on the intestine.
  • Tonic, diuretic, laxative and hepatoprotective action.
  • The root is also active.

Strawberry

Scientific name : fragaria vesca

  • The leaves are used.
  • The leaves are indicated in the treatment of various disorders associated with poor intestinal function.
  • The active constituents include flavonols (quercetin and kaempferol),  catechins and phenolic acids. Chlorogenic acid and glutathione,  an antioxidant enzyme, are also present.

Fumitory

Scientific name : fumaria officinalis

  • The entire plant is used.
  • Bile stimulant.
  • The active constituents are not very well known.

Hop

Scientific name : humulus lupulus

  • The strobilus is used.
  • Action: aids in treating agitation, anxiety and sleep disorders.  Note: In India, Ayurvedic medicine uses the hop to sooth agitation  caused by nervous tension, headaches and indigestion. In Chinese medicine, its virtues are also recognized in treating insomnia,digestion troubles, intestinal cramps and loss of appetite.
  • Constituents: primarily flavonoids.

Malva

Scientific name : malva verticillata L.

  • The leaf is used.
  • Digestive, galactagogue and laxative action.
  • Primarily contains mucilaginous substances.

Passion flower

Scientific name : passiflora incarnata

  • The flower is used.
  • Constituents: various substances, such as alkaloids, indoles, flavonoids and glucosides.
  • Mode of action: several European pharmacopoeia recognize passion flower as an aid in relieving nervousness, agitation and irritability.

Dandelion

Scientific name : taraxacum officinalis

  • The root is used.
  • The root is the most active part of the plant. It promotes the secretion of bile, the body’s natural laxative. It stimulates the intestine and facilitates elimination.
  • It comprises astringent substances, terpinoids and sterols, primarily taraxine and taraxerine. It also comprises taraxerol, whose activity is structurally associated with bile.

Rosemary

Scientific name : rosmarinus officinalis

  • The leaf is primarily used.
  • The active constituents are not very well known; however they all come from the essential oil in the leaf.
  • Mode of action: aids in relieving liver and gastrointestinal dysfunctions.

Senna

Scientific name : cassia senna L. ou cassia angustifolia

  • The leaf is used since it is more active than the fruit.
  • Constituents: glucosides (primarily sennoside A and B) and  polysaccharides (namely mucilage).
  • Mode of action: laxative action through normal stimulation of intestinal peristalsis (increased intestine movements facilitating elimination).

Valerian

Scientific name : valeriana officinalis

  • The root is primarily used.
  • Mode of action: aids in treating nervous agitation and anxiety, as well as resulting sleeping difficulties.
  • It contains primarily iridoids, valepotriates, essential oils, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes (valerenic acid).
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