RogersHood Apothecary is very intentional in the selection of the herbs and ingredients used in our cleanses.
All of the herbs are organic, ethically sourced/foraged. Most of these herbs are multifaceted and support other areas of the body simultaneously.
There is much skepticism about using natural or herbal medicine. RogersHood Apothecary bases all of its products on the priority of bioavailability and as a part of nature, our bodies recognize the properties of these botanicals for immediate utilization… which is why our cleanses are so effective.
We believe in purity and simplicity. We are obsessed with herbs: how deeply and cohesively they work together to clean and support the body so here’s a little deeper dive into our herbs.
Wormwood has a history of being used in absinthe and thought to be responsible for hallucinations but maybe the drinker was just experiencing a parasitic die off symptom from excessive drinking…could be a fun experiment but lets stay on target.
It is a bitter herb whose properties are most effective in eliminating intestinal PARASITES, PINWORMS, ROUNDWORMS, and H-PYLORI while balancing intestinal flora. It has also been successfully used in the treatment of malaria, salmonella and E.Coli.
Wormwood is an antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial which also treats bacterial overgrowth. This beauty is best used as a tincture and also found to accelerate remission of Crohn’s disease while treating IBS, flatulence, acid reflux, heartburn, and indigestion.
Black Walnut Hull #
Black Walnut Hull is kind of a big deal as it is one of few that actually KILL THE EGGS, LARVAE, ADULT WORMS AND PARASITES!
It’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral, astringent, laxative and pain killer. BWH is also very helpful in treating CANDIDA and YEAST infections found in the gut or on the skin.
Another fun fact is that a study published in Phytotherapy Research showed that it inhibited the replication of viruses such as HIV and herpes. While it is predominantly used as tincture with other antiparasitic herbs, topical applications can be used to treat athlete’s foot, eczema, warts, acne, and psoriasis.
Hawthorn Berry #
Hawthorn berry needs way more credit than it gets as a nutritive and medicinal little gem. It’s an overall tonic that offers substantial support while cleansing.
Of course its properties treat intestinal infections and parasites but specifically TAPEWORMS! Traditionally, hawthorn berry has also been used as a heart tonic. It lowers blood pressure, improves heart rate and cardiac output as it dilates the blood vessels, reduces heart palpitations and lowers cholesterol. But wait, there’s more! The high antioxidants contained strengthen the immune system and eliminate toxins from the body, while the excessive amounts of vitamin C assist the white blood cells in fighting infection.
We love this little berry as it is ideal to pair with our other herbs to help moderate the die off symptoms by aiding in blood circulation.
There is no denying the power of the clove! Traditionally used to fight infection and reduce pain but we couldn’t imagine our cleanse without it because of its potency against GIARDIA–the parasitic infection from contaminated water.
Clove is an antifungal and antibacterial with anti-viral properties which significantly REDUCE CANDIDA OVERGROWTH. It also helps protect the liver–even reversing cirrhosis and is also an excellent treatment for swimmer’s ear, toothaches, anal fissures, reducing blood sugar levels and treating the common cold cough and fever.
Ah, garlic… the swiss army knife of the medicinal world. There are few things garlic isn’t good for as it has been used for thousands of years medicinally and also culinarily. Garlic is hella aggressive against INTESTINAL WORMS, specifically PINWORMS. It’s a potent antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic.
Garlic has also been shown to reduce cholesterol and fat accumulation in the liver while also preventing liver inflammation. It can be eaten raw, cooked, fermented or used in a tincture and you’ll never have to sweat the return of Twilight although…we wouldn’t mind a love bite from Peter Facinelli!
Oregon Grape Root #
Oregon Grape Root is a magical addition for many reasons but we will hold back writing an essay about it. No wonder the ancestors used to chew like we do bubble gum: internally it targets worms and PROTOZOANS like GIARDIA. An antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal– another trojan herb we had to have as it cleanses and stimulates the liver, gallbladder, spleen and blood. OGR helps to alleviate symptoms like headaches and digestive problems that stem from weakness in these organs because it helps to balance intestinal flora, easing diarrhea, gastritis and dysentery.
Usnea…a naturelichen and one of Kim’s personal favorites for what it brings to the table. It’s this plant’s special combination of algae and fungus that has a symbiotic relationship to self assist in making medicine.
Usnea must be foraged because it simply will not grow in polluted areas–a great indicator of a clean ecosystem and typically found on dead trees. It actually rivals penicillin because its antibiotic properties are so hefty, but also an anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-protozoal and anti-inflammatory.
Usnea helps ADJUST AND BRING BALANCE TO AN OVER OR UNDERACTIVE IMMUNE SYSTEM. This herb has also been used since ancient times to TREAT YEAST INFECTIONS in women, bacterial infections in the vagina, herpes, HIV and even reduce the toxicity of snake bites. Pretty dang versatile, we know…
It’s no secret that peppermint is phenomenal for relieving indigestion but it has a Hunger Games sized cornucopia of benefits. We especially love using it against INTESTINAL WORMS and ROUNDWORMS in addition to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Peppermint is hailed as the ‘digestive plant’ for the relief it brings for anyone suffering from diarrhea, spastic colon, IBS and Crohn’s by relaxing the muscles and soothing the mucous membrane which is what relieves the spasms. Let’s not forget that because of its ability to ease muscle constriction, it is also helpful in easing menstrual cramps, muscle pain and headaches. Peppermint is a great substitute for commercial bug spray with its ability to ward off ticks, spiders, mosquitos, lice and ants!
Just like our usnea, we forage another medicinal lichen called lungwort, for its resemblance to the human lung in appearance. The little baby was particularly selected for its ability to PULL MUCOUS and BREAK UP BIOFILMS THE PARASITES AND WORMS RELY ON FOR PROTECTION. Vulnerability is key to really killing these pests! This mucilage can also be used to treat respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, tuberculosis and laryngitis.
Something else of interest is lungwort’s anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer properties make it ideal without the gastric distress and constipation side effects prescription drugs are known to have.
Burdock Root #
Burdock Root packs a punch in the way of benefits and has been used for centuries in holistic medicine. We recruited it because it is a known BLOOD PURIFIER, DETOXIFIER FOR THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM and SPLEEN TONIC.
This root holds anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer properties and supports the organs of elimination. A NATURAL DIURETIC for the kidneys, burdock is most popularly used in tinctures and teas. This is important especially during cleansing to keep moving the lymph and waste out of the body as the parasites become eliminated. So keep an eye out for sediment and wormies in your urine as you cleanse!
Willow Bark #
The white willow is not only a beautiful tree to lay beneath while the weeping branches sway above but did you know that its bark has been used for over 3500 years medicinally to RELIEVE PAIN?! The bark contains salicin, which was extracted to alleviate pain and was so effective that pharmaceutical companies developed a synthetic version known as acetylsalicylic acid which is the main/active ingredient used in aspirin.
Willow bark is incredible pain management support during any detox to help relieve the achiness and discomfort that can accompany the cleansing process.
Cilantro…it’s not just for tacos and guacamole! This fragrant and delicious herb is widely used in cooking but it also possesses CHELATING AGENTS THAT BIND TO HEAVY METALS LIKE MERCURY and LEAD makes it unarguably one of the better herbs to eat on the regular.
Cilantro’s ability to dissolve and excrete these metals through the urine when combined with a binder (which we also have) is why we had to incorporate it into our Metal Flush tincture. It’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic and antimicrobial which has also been credited with helping lower LDL and slow blood clotting.
Dandelion Root #
Dandelion has long been annoying the manicured lawns to those unaware of what this underestimated ‘weed’ is actually capable of. A NATURAL DIURETIC, LIVER and GALLBLADDER TONIC and OVERALL DETOXIFIER.
If you know parasites, they love when those organs are compromised so dandelion root comes in clutch for protecting and supporting them. The entire plant is edible and medicinal but specifically the roots are antimicrobial, antiviral and a great source of Vitamin K! We could write a short novel of all the uses of this plant’s roots, stems, leaves and flowers to be honest but that’s a story for another time.
Red Belted Polypore #
Mother Nature is so interesting: she chose dead and decaying trees to be the perfect, furnished home for such lovely mushrooms like the Red Belted Polypore… but who can deny her perfection and irony?
This conk boasts quite the curriculum vitae in benefits. Most polypores are know for their ability to help with DIGESTIVE and IMMUNE FUNCTION, but RBP also REDUCES SYSTEMIC INFLAMMATION, is a CIRCULATORY STIMULANT, REDUCES DIGESTIVE INFLAMMATION/ULCERS and RELIEVES MENSTRUAL CRAMPS to brag a little more.
Double extraction is the recommended method for pulling its properties using water and alcohol.
Artist Conk #
A mushroom named for its white ‘drawing pad’ spore underside, Artist Conk is also known as Bear’s bread.
Another addition to the Polypore family and related to Reishi, Artist Conk has been used medicinally for centuries in Chinese medicine. Like the Red Belted Polypore, it’s properties are best received when taken in a tincture or tea. This work of art possesses a special compound called beta-glucan: a polysaccharide which is a powerful immunomodulator that improves immune function. Another win for Artist Conk is its triterpenes that AID IN THE ASSIMILATION OF NUTRIENTS and the ELIMINATION OF WASTE PRODUCTS IN THE BODY; while also SUPPORTING DIGESTIVE AND HEPATIC FUNCTION. While some foragers like to use this mushroom for artistic purposes, drawing and painting on its tell-tale canvas underbelly, we feel it serves better as medicine.
Ceylon Cinnamon #
Ceylon cinnamon is the only true cinnamon recommended to be used medicinally–not to be confused with saigon cinnamon or cassia.
Ceylon is kind of a big deal….and is like a double edged sword in its ability to FIGHT INFLAMMATION and ASSIST IN FILTRATION which makes it a superb addition in our binder. Let’s not stop there though, because cinnamon also lowers cholesterol, helps control blood pressure, is an anticoagulant, strengthens bones and teeth, promotes collagen, fights nausea, assists glucose metabolism in the liver and reduces insulin resistance.
Cinnamon also reduces 11 strains of fungus, 4 forms of candida albicans and 3 forms of Aspergillus. There’s a literal laundry list for its benefits for the body so don’t be shy with it in your apple pies!
Coconut Activated Charcoal #
It’s no secret that charcoal is amazing for absorption. Many take it after a heavy night of drinking to combat potential hangovers but not all charcoal was created equal and your microbiome knows it.
Unlike Hardwood Activated Charcoal which can be harsh on the gut, we decided to go with Coconut because it’s much more gentle. The CAC acts as a sponge to absorb and has been used since the early 1800’s as emergency treatment for poisoning for its binding properties. Carbon being the main ingredient in charcoal, it combusts when heated in the presence of oxygen and expands the surface area making it more porous–which essentially activates it. This allows it to COLLECT THE TOXINS AND OTHER UNDESIRABLE SUBSTANCES RELEASED INTO THE BODY DURING DIE-OFF PHASE which lowers oxidative stress.
When you learn why safflower is used for this mold kit you will then understand the genius behind why RogersHood’s kits are so effective, but first what exactly is safflower? Safflower is a domestic thistle that is predominantly grown as birdseed, meal and an oil seed crop. Its medicinal uses aren’t really talked about, but a little known fact to anyone not in commercial farming is that this plant actually attracts the mold. Remember, we can’t kill mold straight out of the gate because the slightest disruption has it shooting millions of spores in an attempt to survive, which is why we need to lure it gently, like a moth to a blowtorch. Not that you needed yet another reason to stay away from seed oils, this natural mold magnet was ranked as one of the worst mold attractants so remember that while shopping for cooking oils: NO SAFFLOWER OIL!
Sunflower Lecithin #
Lecithin is a fatty substance that is commonly found in our bodies and other plant/animal sources. Did you know that 70 percent of the total phospholipids in the intestinal mucus layer are made up of lecithin? Sunflower lecithin, which is most commonly used as an emulsifier; we included it because it stabilizes the extraction while aiding in absorption. Sunflower lecithin has a multitude of benefits all on its own though: great source of choline, reduces viscosity of breastmilk to prevent mastitis and plugged ducts, and it also reduces cholesterol levels. So now you know it’s not just for fancy foams at restaurants!
Unmistakably part of the daisy family and one of the most ancient herbs known to mankind, chamomile is used predominantly for its sedative effects. How does this fit into a mold detox? Chamomile is going to help us reduce pain, inflammation, allergies and mucus. Our bodies produce two types of mucus: healthy mucus and pathogenic mucus. Reducing the excess mucus created by the body to protect itself by “encapsulating” pathogens that enter allows for the safflower to attract the mold, the Cinnabin can then adhere to it so the body can dispose of it. Mold is tricky and difficult to remove, but add a few key ingredients to a well thought out process and you will surely have it hoodwinked.
Flaxseed, another common name in the food industry, we usually think of crackers or adding it to smoothies. This omega rich seed also possesses antifungal qualities that inhibit mold growth.
Aside from being an awesome tincture ingredient, ground flaxseed is phenomenal for relieving constipation and is a bioavailable source for thiamine, copper, magnesium, omega3 fatty acids and many more nutrients.
Schisandra Berry #
Schisandra has earned a reputation for battling adrenal fatigue successfully and supporting the liver. Mold exhausts the body because of how greatly it affects the mitochondria (our energy factories). Considering our adrenal glands help to regulate the body’s metabolism, stress response and blood pressure- we wanted to give them a little love.
Schisandra is an adaptogenic that cleanses the liver, nurtures the adrenal glands, removes waste, and can be a natural antidepressant. This little berry is also great for skin, stamina, concentration & fighting fatigue. Even if not doing a detox, schisandra could be a great addition to your daily routine.
Fennel has been used for years for medicinal purposes: upset stomach, insect bites, sore throats, liver pain, kidney issues and balancing pH. We adore fennel for its digestive relieving qualities, aiding in weight management and supporting healthy skin.
Recent studies have shown this pepita to be effective in the cleansing of a variety of aspergillus, cladosporium and botrytis cinerea, neutralizing mycotoxins. Fennel, like flaxseed, also inhibits the growth of candida, bacteria and viruses.
Passion Flower #
If you think the passion flower looks complex, wait until you hear what this beauty can do medicinally! Native to the Americas, passion flower has been used for centuries as a sedative and an anxiety and sleep aid by boosting the GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in your brain. It’s also used as a dietary supplement for pain and menopause, among other things. We thought it a good addition for our Immune formula- cleansing can stir up quite the collection of emotions, so including herbal support for that aspect was important. Detoxing is no joke, especially when it comes to mold.
Yucca Root #
Yucca root has over 40 varieties and is indigenous to the Caribbean and Americas. Yucca’s phenolics like resveratrol and Vitamins A, B, C, D & E are antioxidants and free radical scavengers, staunch contributors to its anti-inflammatory properties. Yucca extract has the unique ability to assist the bowels, dissolve out and eliminate intestinal mucus, encourage healthy bacterial growth and its natural cortisone helps to reduce pain and inflammation.
Mold hides in everything, especially mucus, so the more soldiers we have working to get it out, the better!
Mullein is a popular mucilage and heavy hitter in the herbal community for its emollient, astringent, antiseptic, diuretic and expectorant properties, which is why we needed it on our team. Mullein is used for aiding in fighting diseases and infections in the lungs because it reduces the formation of mucus, while also stimulating the expulsion of phlegm.
In fact, the leaves are so soft you can use them to blow your nose or even as toilet paper. Nature is so cool, she really does give us everything we need.
Eleuthero Root #
Eleuthero Root, also known as Siberian Ginseng, is a natural adaptogen so it can assist the immune system, eliminate free radicals, and increase blood flow to the brain. It’s been part of the Chinese medicine repertoire for thousands of years, known to reduce fatigue, boost metabolism, relieve stress and reduce neurological disorders. If you have mold, you already know how important it is to have versatile herbs while detoxing because the mold contributes greatly to systemic energy loss throughout the body.
Oyster Mushrooms #
They are esthetically one of the most attractive mushies out there, but Oyster mushrooms pack a mean punch once they enter the body. Just to name a few, these immunomodulating fungi lower blood pressure, regulate cholesterol levels, support the immune system, defend against neurodegenerative and heart diseases, and inhibit free radicals and cancer cells. Oyster mushrooms are known to be effective with anemia, strengthening bones and providing a bioavailable source for vitamins like B3, B5, B6, D, A, copper, potassium, calcium, folic acid and phosphorus.
Studies done in China and Japan on the effects of shiitakes have shown that patients receiving chemo/radiation treatment while taking shiitake mushrooms had higher tolerance levels and better physical and mental competency. These studies suggested the mushroom’s ability to absorb radiation in the body. Shiitake are little miracles at reducing inflammation and improving circulation, improving digestion, boosting the immune system and lowering blood pressure. Like the oyster mushrooms, shiitake is high in copper as well, which is a crucial component of collagen.
Milk Thistle #
Milk thistle is one of the most common natural supplements for its healing properties. This herb helps to protect the liver and kidneys which take a direct hit from the toxins that mold secretes. It can also help reverse and correct long term symptoms from mold damage, believe it or not, it helps the body to regenerate new liver cells! It’s also great for increasing bile production, breast milk, promoting healthy digestive function, soothing mucus membranes and promoting weight loss.
Pumpkin Seed #
Pumpkin seeds have been used to strengthen the muscle function of the urinary tract and sphincter muscles due to the high content of beta-sitosterol. Its high potassium content helps to stimulate the kidneys, which regulate the body’s potassium levels by expelling excess via the urine.
Pumpkin seed also has research supporting its effectiveness at stimulating new hair growth and reducing prostate size. Pumpkin seed is high in vitamin E, Omegas 3 & 6 , alpha hydroxy acids and zinc- which helps mitigate free radical damage, improve moisture retention, regulate oil production and mediate hormone levels.