Monday, March 28, 2011

Herbal Plant

Also known as Butternut, White Walnut, Lemon Walnut, Oilnut. It
influences, with great energy, the liver, small intestines, colon and rectum,
causing and increased manufacture and elimination of bile, as well as
increased activity of the glands of the intestinal tract.

Cascara Sagrada
Also known as Sacred Bark, Chittem Bark, and Cascara. The part to use
is the bark after aging. Best use is for chronic constipation.

Also known as Catmint and Catnep. This is a traditional cold and flu
treatment. Can also use it to drive your cat crazy!

Also known as Capsicum, Chili or Chili Pepper, Hot Pepper and Tabasco
Pepper. This is an effective treatment for pleurisy, kidney problems, skin
and colds.

Celery Seeds
Use dried ripe fruits to use as an anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic,
diuretic or anti-spasmodic. Great for treating rheumatism, arthritis and

California Poppy
Use dried aerial parts. A non-addictive alternative to the Opium Poppy.
Used as a sedative for children where there is over-excitability and

The part of this to use is the seeds. A calming herb that will help to ease
flatulence. This use is particularly helpful in children. It also stimulates
the appetite and because it is also an astringent it will help laryngitis,
bronchitis and bronchial asthma.

Use the root to treat fever, stomach ailments, sores, burns, ulcers. Also
known to destroy a taste for tobacco!

You probably know this as Marigold. Use the whole flower tops or just the
petals. One of the best herbs for treating local skin problems and may be
used wherever there is an inflammation on the skin.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Herbal Plant

Excellent strengthening energy to nerves and limbs, Damiana has a
reputation as a great sexual rejuvenator, particularly in lethargy of the
sexual organs. Whether that old wives tale is true or not, it does have a
definite positive effect on the central nervous system and the hormonal
system as well as a being useful as an anti-depressant.

Also known as Coughwort, Horsehoof and Foals Foot. Use the dried
flowers and leaves. There are useful levels of zinc in the leaves of this
herb, which has been known to have anti-inflammatory results. Use for
coughs, bronchitis, whooping cough and asthma.

Also known as Knitbone. Comfrey has high levels of allantoin which is a
healing chemical that stimulates cell growth. This makes it wonderful for
internal and external use. Works well for gastric ailments including
duodenal ulcers and colitis. Is also beneficial for bronchitis.

Myrrh Gum
Valuable for bronchial and lung diseases. Excellent for pyorrhea.
Removes halitosis or bad breath when taken internally. Excellent remedy
for ulcers, piles and hemorrhoids.

Oregon Grape
Use the root and rhizome. Similar to both Golden Seal and Barberry.
Main use is in the treatment of chronic, scaly skin conditions such as
psoriasis and eczema. Also effective for the liver, gall bladder and as a
laxative for chronic constipation.

The Nettle is another one of those “universal” plants. They are found all
over the world and they strengthen the entire body. Rheumatism, arthritis,
eczema, nosebleeds, arteries, lessen blood pressure are just a few
applications. Nettles contain calcium, chlorine, iron, potassium, silicon,
sodium and sulphur.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Herbs for Health

Bilberry (vaccinium myrtillus) is rich in numerous benefit for the eyes and cardio vascular system. Rich in antioxidant compounds, it is believed to increase overall health and support health of the circulatory system.

Black Cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa) a native american medicinal plant is widely regarded for its beneficial effects on the treatment of premenstrual symptoms and numerous menopausal symptoms. Numerous studies suggest that black cohosh is a safe, effective alternative to hormone replacement therapy for menopause.

Parsley, Petroselinum sativum, being a widely used garnishing and culinary use, is a diuretic herb. It helps kidney, urinary problems and water retention. It is rich in iron and other minerals. Iron is essential for blood cell formations and liver functionality. Parsley also contains vitamin A for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and eyes.

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, another commonly used herbs in pasta baking, is popular for its antiseptic qualities. The oil is steamed and distilled from the flowers and leaves, and has a powerful, woody aroma. Rosemary helps counter obesity, bronchitis, colds, diarrhoea, flatulence and headaches. It has therapeutic effect of a stimulant used to stimulate memory and circulation.

Sage, Salvia officinalis, and thyme, Thymus vulgaris, are both mild antiseptics and have a wide medical application in liver disease and respiratory tract infections. They helps to ease throat infection and bacterial infection. Sage also helps reduce water retention. Thyme is also good for helping to relieve fatigue and anxiety, ease aches.

Knowing all the benefits of such herbs, don't forget to sprinkle some of these leafy herbs at a moderate amount on your pasta recipes. When herbs are stated in a recipe, you can always consider alternative herbs or combination of herbs to cater to your personal taste.

Echinacea (echinacea purpurea) used for its ability to ward off colds and chronic infections of the upper respiratory tract. Enchinacea is believed to boost immune system function, and may also help some skin conditions.

Cranberry (vaccinium macrocarpon) is cultivated in North America. It is a top selling herb that is primarily used to prevent, treat, and minimize occurrence of urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Cranberry also possesses high antioxidant activity, and has been used to treat diarrhea, diabetes and stomach ailments.

Holy Basil (ocimum sanctum) is a traditional Indian herb that is widely used in ayurvedic medicine, is a tonic that boost overall well being. A powerful antioxidant, holy basil is believed to possess anti-inflammatory properties and support immune system function. Holy basil has also been used for its soothing, relaxing effects.

Dandelion (taraxacum officinale) the herbs young leaves are used for more than just salad greens, dandelion is a gentle laxative and diuretic, and is believed to support liver function and bile flow. Dandelion is also a natural stimulant.

Saw Palmetto (serenoa repens sabal serrulata) is a popular supplement for men, saw palmetto extract is frequently used to fight enlarged prostate, a common condition in men over 50. Saw palmetto helps to support urinary function by minimizing night time urination and boosting urine flow.

Cinnamon (cinnamomum zeylanicum) has been a favorite for thousands of years, used for its pleasing scent and health supporting properties, cinnamon helps stimulate circulation, relieve spasms, soothe upset stomach, prevent tooth decay, treat urinary tract infections and promote stable blood sugar levels.

Green Tea (camellia sinensis) is a powerful antioxidant herb that has in recent years gained much attention for its potential anticancer properties. Green tea stabilizes blood lipids, helping to support cardiovascular health and has been shown to prevent plaque formation on teeth.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

More information

Blue Cohosh
Also known as Papoose Root or Squawroot. Use the root and rhizome.
Interesting that the secondary names pertain to women and children. This
is an excellent tonic for the uterus and may be used wherever there may
be a weakness. Because it has a anti-spasmodic action, it will ease false
labor pains. When labor does ensue, using Blue Cohosh shortly before
birth will help in an easy delivery.

Black Cohosh
Also known as Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Rattleroot, Rattleweed,
Squawroot. The dried root is the part used. This is a powerful relaxant as
well as being extremely effective with easing painful menstrual cramps.
Ovarian cramps will be relieved as well as bringing on a delayed menstrual
cycle. It is also effective in the treatment of arthritis, osteo-arthritis,
rheumatic pain and neurological pan. In small doses, appetite and
digestion are greatly improved and is very beneficial for the nervous
system in general.

Black Walnut Hulls
Expels parasites and tape worms. Rich in manganese which is important
for nerves, brain and cartilage. Also used for many kind so skin diseases.

Blessed Thistle
Excellent for hormone balance. Helps in all types of female disorders.
Good for migraine headaches by improving on taking oxygen to the brain.

Black Haw
Used the dried root. A powerful relaxant for the uterus, is used to assist in
threatened miscarriage as well as false labor pains. Also good for
reducing blood pressure

Blood Root
Also known as Red Root, Red Indian Paint and Tetterwort. The part of the
plant that is used is the dried rhizome (root). It is effective for the treatment
of bronchitis easing the bronchial muscles. Also proven effective for the
treatment of asthma, croup and laryngitis.
Useful for treatment of rheumatism, osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid
arthritis. Also has a stimulating effect on the walls of the colon and
digestive juices.