Tag Archives: Medicinal Plants

Ephedra Sinica

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Ma Huang  “Ephedra Sinica”Chinese Ephedra (Ma Huang) used there for over 5000 years to treat respiratory problems, has more ephedrine alkaloids and is stronger then American Ephedra.  Ephedra contains plant forms of adrenalin, ephedrine and nor-epinephrine.  In India Ephedra is thought to be the prime ingredient of Soma, a potent tonic and elixir of youth.  From the Rig Veda, c. …

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LOVAGE

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LOVAGE AKA: Ligusticum officiinale, Loveroot, Love Parsley, Wild Celery, Old English Lovage, Italian Lovage, Cornish, Lovage, European Lovage, Lovose, Sea Parsley, Common Lovage, Cajoler’s Weed, Maggi Plant, Smellage, Levisticum, Maggiwurzel, Sauerkrautwurz A member of the parsley family, Lovage is native to the Mediterranean region and grows wild as well in gardens, meadows and hedgerows throughout Europe. It has also made its …

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Echinacea

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What is Echinacea?Echinacea (also known as Echinacea purpurea) is an herb that is native to North America. Both the roots and the above-ground parts of the plant have been found to contain substances that stimulate our immune system and help fight off infections. What are the Benefits of Echinacea?Studies have shown that the active substances in Echinacea helps your body …

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Elder

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ElderSambucus nigraOther Names: European elder, Black elderDescription: A shrub to small tree withmasses of cream-coloredumbrella-shaped flowers andbright blue, edible berries.Part Used: FlowersAction: Diaphoretic, AntimicrobialCategory: Specific, CleanserSystems: Respiratory, Urinary, BloodTaste: Acrid, BitterEnergy: CoolPrimary Uses: Colds, Fever, Flu, SideEffects from InoculationsCaution: None notedPreparation: Infusion; Tincture; CapsulesDose: 1 cup 2-3 x daily; 1 teaspoontincture in a little water 3 xdaily; 1-2 capsules 2-3 …

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rose

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The rose is believed to have originated in Persia. There are ten thousand varieties of roses, but most of the medicinal ones are natives of Europe. The blooms are of different colors. In ancient Rome, a rose had multiple functions, and was popular as a tribute, blessing and decoration at feasts. The wild dog rose has been used from earliest …

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Barley

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Barley Scientifically research shown, intake of barley is very likely to help you maintain your overall health in the long term.  Barley grains are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, which are essentials for our health. Most importantly, barley is one of the richest sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber aids in proper excretion of …

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Tomato

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Health benefits of tomato include eye sight, good gut health, low hypertension, diabetes, skin problems and urinary tract infections. Tomato is considered both a fruit and vegetable and forms an integral part of the cuisine all across the globe especially in the Mediterranean region. Daily consumption of tomato provides a great boost to health apart from improving the flavour of …

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Greater calendine

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Greater calendine DescriptionPerennial herb, developing a thick, fleshy, bright-orange taproot. Rosette of basal, attractively lobed, imparipinnate leaves to 40cm long, that are dark green (grey/green on the underside). Thin, leafy, hairy stems, bear a terminal cluster of bright-yellow, four-petalled flowers 2cm in diameter, followed by fine seed capsules to 5cm long, bearing 12-20 brown, pin-head size seeds. As soon as …

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Passion flower

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Passion flower or Passiflora is a genus of about 500 species comes under the class Angiospermae (flowering plants). Passion flower is from the family Passifloraceae. Passiflora is the genus name of the passion flower. These plants are mostly vines, some are shrubs, and a few of them are herbs. Passion flower is also known as maypop. It is a woody …

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Nettle

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Nettle is a leafy herb that requires temperate climate for growth. It is often found as a weed on the rich soil in our house gardens. It is commonly known as stinging nettle. This is because when the plant comes in contact with our skin it gives a stinging sensation. The leaves and roots of this plant have an amazing …

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Lemon balm

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Lemon balmLemon balm is a perennial herb which grows up to 1 meter high. Lemon balm has an angular stem which branches. The leaves grow in opposite pairs and have a typical lemon flavour when bruised. The white to cream coloured small flowers bloom the whole summer and partly during autumn. Parts usedMainly the lemon balm leaves, which are harvested …

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