Herb Blurb

Herb Blurb

  Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree and has been used medicinally for centuries by the aboriginal people of Australia. Today, tea tree oil is often used externally as a folk or traditional remedy for a number of conditions including acne, athlete’s foot, nail fungus,…
Hawthorn is a spiny, flowering shrub or small tree of the rose family. The species of hawthorn discussed here are native to northern European regions and grow throughout the world. Historically, hawthorn fruit has been used for heart disease since the first century. It has also been used for digestive…
The ginkgo tree is one of the oldest types of trees in the world. Ginkgo seeds have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and cooked seeds are occasionally eaten. Historically, ginkgo leaf extract has been used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions, including asthma,…
Noni is an evergreen shrub or small tree that grows throughout the tropical regions of the Pacific Ocean, from Southeast Asia to Australia. Noni has a history of use as a topical preparation for joint pain and skin conditions. Today, noni fruit juice has folk uses as a general health…
Saw palmetto is a fan-shaped palm that grows in the Southeastern United States. The berry of this palm is used medicinally by herbalists. Saw palmetto contains vitamin A, vitamin C and many minerals, including zinc, silicon, selenium and phosphorus. Saw palmetto is energetically warming and has volatile oils that contain…
Fenugreek was esteemed by the Greek, Roman and Egyptian societies for its culinary and medicinal uses. In India it is an important spice in curry powder. Fenugreek seed, once used by Hippocrates, is one of the oldest known herbs. Fenugreek is very nutritious and contains many constituents. This herb is…
There are two types of chamomile 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…
The acai (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) palm tree, native to tropical Central and South America, produces a reddish-purple berry that is related to the blueberry and cranberry. The acai berry’s name, which comes from a language of the native people of the region, means “fruit that cries.” What acai is used for…
All types of tea (green, black and oolong) are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant are steamed to produce green tea. What green tea is used for Green tea and green tea extracts, such as its component EGCG, have been used to prevent and…
Purslane is my favorite garden weed! This herb is quite unique. Purslane is a succulent herb and contains alpha-linolenic acid, one of the highly sought after omega-3 fatty acids. Some common names include green purslane, pigweed and garden purslane. Purslane grows close to the ground with a round, smooth, reddish…
Nettle is a one to four foot tall perennial plant with heart-shaped, finely toothed leaves. The stem of the nettle plant is covered with stinging hairs that will irritate and burn your skin if you rub up against it or grab it. Don’t let this deter you from using the…
Parsley (Petroselinum) may be best known as a garnish on dinner plates. However, parsley is packed full of nutrition, probably much more nutritive than the food it is lending the color to! Chefs, home cooks and scientists are all discovering parsley’s under-appreciated qualities. There are two common varieties: the flat…
Aloe is a succulent plant of the lily family (Liliaceae) that is indigenous to East and South Africa. It has been introduced across the warmer parts of the world and grows readily in the southern part of the U.S. There are quite a few varieties each offering varying amounts of…
Red raspberry is a member of the rose family and is cultivated across the United States. Some common names include Western Thimbleberry, Black Raspberry and Red Raspberry. Most species have similar medicinal value. The berries, leaves and root bark can all be used therapeutically. Red raspberry leaves are a rich…
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