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Edelweiss May 5, 2010

Filed under: Live Space — cnesgreen @ 5:30 pm

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Edelweiss, edelweiss,

Every morning you greet me.

Small and white,

Clean and bright,

You look happy to meet me.

Blossom of snow,

May you bloom and grow,

Bloom and grow forever.

Edelweiss, edelweiss,

Bless my homeland forever.

 

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Herb: Edelweiss

Latin name: Leontopodium alpinum

Family: Compositae

 

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Considered a symbol of purity, Edelweiss (aka ‘Beautiful Star’, ‘Glacier Star’ ‘Lion’s Paw’, ‘Glacier Queen’ or ‘Alpine Everlasting Flower’), is a perennial plant belonging to the Daisy family, native to the alpine regions of Europe.

In traditional Alpine medicine, Edelweiss was used to treat abdominal and respiratory diseases and as a soothing ointment against rheumatic pain.

In its natural habitat, Edelweiss grows in meadows and rocky limestone areas at high altitudes, where it is subjected to very strong UV light, low atmospheric pressure and extreme variations in temperature and humidity.

Edelweiss has a thick covering of soft woolly hairs that protect it from environmental extremes and, during its evolution over many thousands of years, has developed a range of metabolites that have useful protective qualities for the skin. In fact, in clinical analyses, Edelweiss extract displays potent antioxidant activity (ie. a free Radical Protection Factor (RPF) of 286, twice as much as Vitamin C), and collagen protection properties.

In addition, the presence of bisabolane derivatives, beta-sitosterol and a glucoside compound in Edelweiss extract make it a highly soothing herb for stressed and sensitive skin types.

 

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It is not toxic, but has been used traditionally in folk medicine as a remedy against abdominal and respiratory diseases. Extracts and individual constituents of Leontopodium alpinum  were tested for their antimicrobial activity in two different assays. Extracts were screened in agar diffusion assays, whereas the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) of single compounds were determined by the microbroth dilution method according to NCCLS criteria. Significant antimicrobial activities were found against various strains of Enterococcus faecium, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Streptococcus pyogenes strains. These results support the ethnomedicinal use of Leontopodium alpinum for the treatment of respiratory and abdominal disorders.

 

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Skin Care Benefits:

Soothing Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Astringent, Antiseptic

 

 

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Add 1-2 tsp dry Edelweiss into the glass (or teapot)

 

Wash them with hot water.

 

Pour hot water into the glass again and wait for about 3 minutes.

 

Strain the flowers.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.

 

An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.

 

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Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.

 

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The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.

 

In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.

 

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That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bag
s instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.

 

However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.

 

It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.

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