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Lets take a look at a little herb that could be put to a lot more use
It is thought that the active chemicals in Baikal skullcap may be able to decrease inflammation, stop tumor growth, and prevent tumor cell reproduction. Baikal skullcap has been used as an antioxidant, immunoprotective, anti-cancer, antimicrobial, antiviral, and to treat circulatory ...
Many people are not aware of the varied medicinal uses of German Chamomile. It is an excellent herb for many digestive disorders, nervous tension and irritability. Externally, it is used for sore skin and eczema. Roman Chamomile, a close relative, is used similarly, but is not as stro...
My brother, Ronnie, never fails to find the unusual plant to introduce me to, and my visit with him last week was no different. He had purchased a plant to help our nephew who has a combination of health problems. Ronnie laughed stating that the plant was growing faster than Paulo was...
Bacopa has emerged from the recesses of a 3,000-year-old Indian medicinal tradition to claim its place in todays pharmacopoeia. It was used historically as a brain tonic for memory and learning, a nerve tonic for anxiety or epilepsy, and a cardiac and respiratory aid. Research continu...
The virtues of Angelica are praised by many. The name itself, as well as folk-lore, testify to the great antiquity of a belief in its merits as a protection against contagion, for purifying the blood, and for curing seemingly every conceivable malady.
Imagine a field full of dandelions. Remember as a child, blowing the seeds and watching them fly about on the wind? The powerful sun-like yellow color emits energy, reminding us that the dandelion is not just an ordinary weed or garden herb, but it is one of nature's miraculous treatm...
Anise is used for bloating, gas, colic, heartburn, digestive problems, restoring equilibrium, stress, tight chest, bronchitis, breath sweetening, and as an antispasmodic. As food, it is used for cooking sweet and spicy dishes. It has been used as an aphrodisiac since the Greeks' time....
I originally planted this because of the exquisite beauty of the flowers - and have since fallen in love with the plant as a whole. Passion Flowers primary use is for sedation and pain relief - so its useful way beyond its beauty.
I have to include Alfalfa in my listing of herbs for one primary reason - it’s one of my mother’s favorites! She absolutely LOVES alfalfa sprouts in her salads and on her sandwiches. I can’t remember my mom ever eating a salad without alfalfa sprouts. She’s so funny, sometimes...
Allheal (Prunella vulgaris), known as common selfheal, heal-all, heart-of-the-earth, is a medicinal (and edible) plant with many healing properties. Like so many wonderful herbs, Allheal falls into that ever so useful wound catagory. John Gerard́s Herbal (1633), says "the decoction ...
Was working on the Mullein article, but my mind started thinking about the dumplings on the way home because of Mark asking.... what else can you do with chives? So found myself just typing out a reply - and so, here's the next in a series of herb articles......will add photos later.
Calendula is not one of the major medicinal herbs, but it does have its place in the medicine cabinet. Besides being lovely, it has unique healing qualities. Also produces a yellow/orange dye, and is fun on salads! The article shares specifics on how to use Calendula petals. Photos w...
Yarrow is an herb I wouldn't be without. It will prove itself useful time and again in emergency situations with it's ability to stop most bleeding in seconds! Even a serious head injury has been addressed with a quick firm compression of yarrow, and was resolved as a problem within 3...
I've studied many modules of healing these past years from necessity. In time I will try to share all that I've learned, but for now, we will begin with a study of herbs. Most medicines had their beginnings in plants. They provide our basic nourishment, and medicine for when we're sic...
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