Single Herbs

Nature's Sunshine sells over 80 single herbs or single herb extracts, in additon to the many herbs that are used as ingredients in their formulas.  This section contains articles about herbs sold as singles by NSP or used as important ingredients in their herbal formulas.

To learn more about NSP's single herbal products you can look them up in The Comprehensive Guide to Nature's Sunshine Products. We also have a course called Nature's Pharmacy, which teaches you about several hundred single herbal remedies.

Use the search box to look for articles on specific single herbs.

Paw Paw Cell Reg

Nature's Sunshine Products makes a unique and powerful product called Paw Paw Cell Reg, which contains a standardized extract of acetogenins from the twigs of the American paw paw tree. This product is one of the most effective, non-toxic natural products for cancer in the marketplace. It is also useful for viral infections, fungal infections, parasites and head lice.

St. John's Wort

St. John's wort from Author's Garden

When most people think of St. John’s wort they immediately associate it with depression. Beyond that, they know very little about the herb, which is a shame, because St. John’s wort is a valuable remedy whose best virtues are relatively unknown. So, in this article I want to educate you about St. John's wort, not only as an antidepressant remedy, but also as an antiviral agent, nerve healing agent, pain reliever, wound healer and more.

The Healing Properties of Turmeric Webinar

Turmeric is a spice that is frequently used in Indian cooking.  It imparts an earthy flavor and yellow color to foods, but it also has amazing benefits for human health.  It's chief constituent, curcumin, has been extensively studied as an anti-inflammatory agent and may be helpful for a wide range of health problems.  In this free webinar, The Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin, Steven Horne, RH(AHG) will share some of the research on this amazing herb and it's primary active constituent, curcumin.

Valerian (Valerian officinalis)

Photo by Steven Horne

Valerian is one of the herbal kingdom’s powerful nervines.  The root of this plant has been used since the 2nd century AD and continues to be one of the more popular modern herbal remedies for insomnia, stress and mild pain.

Guggul and Myrrh Gum (Commiphora mukul and C. myrrha)

Myrrrh Gum from Wikipedia

There are about eighty species in the Commiphora genus that grow from India to Greece, but two of the most well-known are guggul (C. mukul) and myrrh (C. myrrha).  Both plants produce a resin that has been used both as a perfume or incense and as a medicine. 

St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Photo from Wikipedia

St. John's Wort

Although commonly pigeon-holed as an antidepressant, St. John's wort is an amazing remedy for many different nervous system conditions.  It can ease anxiety and mild depression, stimulates repair in injuried nerves and regulates the solar plexus.  With its antiviral and vulneary properties, St. John's wort has been used for flu, herpes, mono and HIV and for healing injuried tissues. It's time to get acquainted with the numerous potential uses of this traditional herbal remedy.

Maitake (Grifola frondosa)

Photo from Wikepeida

Maitake mushrooms are an incredible immune-enhancing herb and a tasty food, too.  Here's some information about my adventures in gathering (and eating) these mushrooms with my friends Dawn and Kalman Markus.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Photo by Stephen Foster

Dandelions are a reminder that weeds can be both beautiful and useful.  This common weed is an aid to digestion, liver function and kidney function, three of the most common root causes of people's health problems. It's even a food that has been used for salads, a coffee substitute and the making of wine. So, let's bless, rather than curse, the sunny, yellow dandelions and appreciate the healing gifts they bring.

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens)

Photo by Stephen Foster

Most people think of these berries froma small palm tree as remedies for the prostate-and they are-but they are also much more than this. Saw Palmetto was used for indigestion, respiratory infections, snack bites, insect bites, skin ulcers. It was also considered a valuable remedy to counteract some of the effects of aging, incuding wasting (weight loss), lung weakness and urinary problems.

Psyllium (Plantago ovata)

Photo from Wikipedia

Psyllium is the most popular mucilaginous herb in use today. It is among the safest and most gentle laxatives and aids especially in cases of chronic constipation. It can help to reduce appetite for weight loss, lower blood sugar and reduce cholesterol. It is a key ingredient in many fiber blends and cleansing products.