Herb Blurb

Herb Blurb

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…
Mullein has many nicknames, including torches, candlewick plant, velvet dock and, my favorite, camper’s toilet paper. The names describe how the plant looks. Mullein is a tall stately plant. Once you recognize it in an uncut field or roadside you won’t forget it. Mullein is a biennial plant, so the…
Hydrangea is one of my favorite medicinal herbs. I have many testimonials of dissolved calcifications by way of its soapy action. This herb seems to have an affinity for the urinary system but I have also seen benefits for the gallbladder and prostate. Hydrangea is an aquatic plant of the…
Salvia officinalis, Salvia lavandulaefolia, Salvia lavandulifolia Sage has been used for centuries as a spice and seasoning in cooking and as a remedy for hoarseness, coughs, and sore mouths and throats. In ancient times it even was thought to extend life. Historically, sage was used as a fertility drug in…
Mistletoe has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat seizures, headaches and other conditions. Mistletoe is used mainly in Europe as a treatment for cancer. European mistletoe is different from American mistletoe, which is used as a holiday decoration. How mistletoe is used The leafy shoots and berries…
Aloe Vera is a succulent in the garlic family. It has been utilized for thousands of years for relief from burns and bites, and as an elixir for a variety of ailments. This traditional herbal medicine is composed of 99 percent water and over 200 different active elements that support…
The previous issue of Herb Blurb focused on the selection and the use of herbs according to the Ayurvedic tradition. Basic principles of herbal selection according to the general categories of human constitutions (Doshas), and corresponding plant and human tissues were discussed. In this issue, yet another dimension of the…
Noni has a history of use as a topical preparation for joint pain and skin conditions. Today, people drink noni fruit juice as a general health tonic, as well as for cancer and chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Traditionally, the leaves and fruit of noni have been…
The different methods used by the ancient Indian healing sciences of Ayurveda to select the proper therapies for healing individuals are fascinating. Consideration of an individual’s constitutional type is central to selecting the natural therapies that will best promote the health of an individual. This article will focus on the…
Bacopa monnieri is a creeping herb that grows in marshy planes. It is native to India, Australia, and has spread throughout the tropics. Knowledge of the nourishing effects of Bacopa comes to us mainly through traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda (the science of life). Bacopa was prominently mentioned in ancient Indian…
Elderberry, or Elder, (Sambucus canadenis, nigra L.) is a common North American small shrubby tree. The berries are most commonly used especially for colds and flu prevention, but the flowers, leaves, roots and bark can be used in various ways each having slightly different effects. Everything that we need to…
European elder is a tree native to Europe and parts of Asia and Africa, and it also grows in the United States. There are several different types of elder, such as American elder, but European elder is the type most often used as a supplement. Parts of the elder tree,…
Chasteberry is the fruit of the chaste tree, a small shrub-like tree native to Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. The name is thought to come from a belief that the plant promoted chastity — it is reported that monks in the Middle Ages used chasteberry to decrease sexual desire.…
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