Chicago-area Natural Pharmacy, North American Herb and Spice, Sends Natural Medicines and Pain Relievers to Hurricane Katrina Victims

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Herbal medicine manufacturer North American Herb and Spice has donated $100,000 worth of natural antiseptics, medicines and pain relievers to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The medicines were transported to the Gulf coast region and distributed to residents there by students of Illinois' Broadview High School. A company representative accompanied the students to provide instruction on how the medicines should be administered and instructions on how to sterilize water.

Herbal medicine manufacturer North American Herb and Spice has donated $100,000 worth of natural antiseptics, medicines, and pain relievers to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The medicines were transported to the Gulf coast region and distributed to residents there by students of Illinois' Broadview High School. A company representative accompanied the students to provide instruction on how the medicines should be administered and instructions on how to sterilize water.

"We are sending plant-derived medicines which are effective for the health problems typically experienced by flood and hurricane victims - remedies for everything from snakebite to dysentery," said Dr. Cass Ingram, the company's founder. "These extracts are safe enough for babies and require no special prescription."

Among the products sent are bottles of Oil of Oregano, which Dr. Ingram said can be taken internally to treat viral and bacterial diseases, and a spice spray called "Orega Spray" -- a combination of oregano, bay leaf, and lavender.

"This spice spray is an antiseptic spray which can be used in homes to stop mold growth or sprayed on skin as a convenient way to protect cuts from becoming infected. It can also be sprayed directly into the mouth for sore throats," said Dr. Ingram.

Also sent are bottles of Oil of Bay Leaf, which can be used to speed healing of topical wounds, and Oil of Cumin, which is effective against dysentery.

Dr. Ingram said the shelf-life of medicinal spice oil products are 10 to 20 years, more than three times the shelf life of prescription antibiotics.

Dr. Ingram said the cost of treating 100 hurricane victims for dysentery using spice oils amounts to about $200, which he estimates to be about one-fifth the cost of dysentery treatment using antibiotic pills.

"Spice oils are cheaper than pharmaceuticals, and produce several additional health benefits," said Dr. Ingram. The medicinal properties of spice oils have recently been reported in popular consumer publications, including Family Circle Magazine, (see July 12 Health Report entitled "Can Oregano Prevent Cancer: Surprising Remedies from Your Spice Rack)"

About North American Herb and Spice (http://www.p-73.com)

Located in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, North American Herb and Spice was the first company to bring wild edible oils to the United States. The company markets an assortment of herb and spice plant extracts, and is actively involved researching the health benefits of wild oregano oil extract, including its ability to kill on contact a wide variety of disease causing pathogens.

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