Herb Blurb

Herb Blurb

Two types of chamomile are used for health conditions: German chamomile and Roman chamomile. While the two kinds are thought to have similar effects on the body, the German variety is more commonly used in the United States and is the focus of this article. What chamomile is used for…
Aloe vera’s use can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egypt, where the plant was depicted on stone carvings. Known as the "plant of immortality," aloe was presented as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs. Traditionally, aloe was used topically to heal wounds and for various skin conditions, and…
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) rhizome is native to Southeastern Asia. Known as the golden spice, or the spice of life, turmeric has been held sacred and used medicinally in India for 4,000 to 6,000 years. Turmeric is the base component in many culinary spice blends, specifically curry powder. It has a…
The bitter orange tree is native to eastern Africa and tropical Asia. Today, it is grown throughout the Mediterranean region and elsewhere, including California and Florida. Bitter orange oil is used in foods, cosmetics and aromatherapy products. Bitter orange oil from the tree’s leaves is called petitgrain, and oil from…
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