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List of Herbs. Fungus. Garlic. Cayenne. Tea Tree Oil. Korean Ginseng – The Root of Immortality. By James Hartley Guest Writer for Wake Up World Korean (Panax) Ginseng is one of Nature’s true Super Herbs, otherwise known as the root of immortality or Asian/Oriental Ginseng. This herb has a very positive effect in making the whole body healthy. If you take it daily, it can balance all of the systems in the body and make you healthier in almost every way. Korean ginseng is considered an energizer, stress reducer. It has been used traditionally to ward off fatigue and stress. It’s also used as a general tonic to invigorate a person mentally and physically. It is considered to be an “adaptogen”. The root must be at least six years old to be effective. Korean ginseng has been used to lower cholesterol, reduce stress, decrease stress and boost energy, treat diabetes, treat depression and sharpen the mind and memory. History Of Korean Ginseng Panax ginseng was discovered and first used around five thousand years ago in the Manchuria, China mountains.

It’s considered an “Ultimate Tonic”. How to Grow Ginger | How To Grow Stuff. Ginger is popular in American food, but it’s practically a staple in Asian cuisine. Not only is it easy to grow and delicious in recipes, but studies show that ginger packs powerful health benefits. Although it is a tropical plant, it will adapt easily to indoor and container planting, making it possible for anyone to enjoy fresh ginger throughout much of the year. Here’s what you need to know to bring this favorite into your own kitchen. Before You Plant Choose the Right Type of Ginger: For practical purposes, ginger is most often home-grown from tubers. Your local grocery store is the best place to find ginger root to propagate.The most popular kind of ginger is basic ginger root (Zingiber officinale).

Find a Suitable Place: Plan to grow ginger indoors unless you live in the extreme southern portions of the U.S. or in one of the desert states. Prepare the soil: Planting/Growing Ginger What You Will Need: Ginger rootPrepared soil How to Plant Ginger: Harvesting/Pruning Ginger Related Posts. Preparedness - Homegrown Medicinals. While I’m out working in the garden, I’m not just tending standard food crops, I’m also tending herbs and “weeds”.

Some I use for culinary purposes, some for medicinal, some for both. (Don’t you love it when you can get multiple uses from one item?) With many medicinal herbs now being outlawed in Europe, and increasing odds that the US is likely to follow Europe’s lead (thank you, Big Pharma), I’ve been learning more about plants that I can grow in my own yard for medicinal purposes. You’d be surprised at how useful “weeds” can be. I dry an assortment of plants over the course of the season. Here’s a shot of the naked jars. From left to right we have chocolate mint, mullein blossoms, lemon balm, red clover blossoms, yarrow, catnip, chamomile, raspberry leaf, hyssop, and mullein leaves. The mints (chocolate mint, lemon balm, catnip) make lovely teas. Mullein is used externally for treating ear ailments, and internally for treating congestion.

Chamomile is a general relaxant. 40+ Things to do with Dandelions. Herbal Antibiotics. Herbal antibiotics have long been used by herbal healers to ward off colds and flu, clear infections and speed wound healing. Now, they may be moving back into the mainstream as an alternative for bacteria that have become resistant to synthetic antibiotics. This post is based on the book “Herbal Antibiotics” by Stephen Harrod Buhner, and related materials.

We’ll start with some background information and then discuss antibiotic herbs and their use. Note: Not all bacteria are harmful – many are essential to our health and well-being. Always exercise caution with the use of herbal antibiotics, just as you would with pharmaceutical antibiotics. What is an antibiotic? defines and antibiotic as: A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. Most of us think of antibiotics as liquid or pills you pick up at the pharmacy, but these compounds were originally developed from naturally occurring sources.

How do bacteria become antibiotic resistant? Aloe. 20 Unusual Uses for Herbs. More than just a garnish. Take these 10 herbs and you’ve got yourself 20 different ways to tackle everyday issues, from keeping mice away to treating the common cold. This list gives you reason to chew shamelessly on fresh tarragon leaves, re-establish Mojito Monday, and pass up your expensive and toxic perfume for slightly green-tinted wrists. Enjoy! Tarragon Toothache Treatment Back in the day, Greeks used to chew on tarragon to numb their mouths from toothache. Internal Cleanser Clean yourself from the inside out with tarragon.

Mint Mojito Makin’ Make a mint mojito with a kombucha base. Keep Mice Away Despite our predilection for the fresh aroma of mint, mice beg to differ. Marjoram Natural Perfume According to mythology, the goddess of love Aphrodite grew marjoram. Bone Building Marjoram offers some 520% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, making it one of the richest herbal sources of the vitamin. Rosemary Mosquito Deterrent Hair Rinse Oregano Common Cold Fighter UTI Treatment Thyme Basil. Why You Need Lemon Balm In Your Garden. Uses for lemon balm in your home, garden, beauty routine, cooking as well as lemon balm recipes, and Why You Need Lemon Balm In Your Garden. Last year Marie and Kim educated me about Lemon Balm, and all its goodness! I decided to look into the Lemon Balm plant a bit more, and discover why I needed lemon balm in my garden.

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis, for a complete dissection, read the Lemon Balm Guide from the Herb Society of America) is easy to grow from seed, rooted cuttings or by root division. The herb thrives in full sun, but can be grown in partial shade. Lemon Balm is a perennial. Uses for Lemon Balm Lemon Balm Uses In Your Garden • Attracts Bees to your garden. . • Mosquito Repellent – It smells better than citronella. Medicinal Uses of Lemon Balm • Alzheimer’s Disease – Lemon balm is inhaled as aromatherapy for Alzheimer’s disease. • Cold Sores – Topical applications of lemon balm have proven effective at treating cold sores (oral herpes)

. • Tea • Aromatherapy. 13 Medicinal Plants Worth Planting. Aloe Vera The aloe vera grows only under the sun with well drained dry or moist soil. Although the plant tastes like turd, it’s still edible. The sap from aloe vera is extremely useful to speed up the healing and reducing the risk of infections for : woundscutsburnseczemareducing inflammation Apart from its external use on the skin, aloe vera is also taken internally in the treatment of : ulcerative colitis (drinking aloe vera juice)chronic constipationpoor appetitedigestive problemsMarsh Mallow The plant of which marshmallows are made of. Inflammations and irritations of the urinary and respiratory mucus membranescounter excess stomach acidpeptic ulcerationgastritis Externally, the root is applied to : bruisessprainsaching musclesinsect bitesskin inflammationssplinters The leaves are very edible, unlike the aloe vera. Great Burdock It requires moist soil and can grow shadeless.

Boilsrashesburnsbruisesherpeseczemaacneimpetigoringwormbites Pot Marigold Gotu Kola Globe Artichoke ulcersboilsabscesses. Adventures in Field Botany / Illustrated-Glossary. Leaf Morphology: Phyllode/ Cladode: modifyed stems that act as leaves. Ensiform: leaves sharp edges, taper into a slender point (fern) Stellate: hairs come up like fingers. Looks like cluster of hair. Peltate: "petiole joins to the center" in leaves. Glossary of Terms: WHORLED - more than two (2) opposite leaves. OPPOSITE - leaf nodes are on opposite sides of twig. ALTERNATE - leaf nodes alternate in pattern along branch. DECUSSATE - Arranged on a stem in opposite pairs at right angles to those above or below, resulting in vertical rows of leaves.

PALMATE - consisting of leaflets or lobes radiating from the base of the leaf. CAPSULE - a hollow dry fruit with 3+ locules (chambers) Dehiscent = splits open to release the seed. Indehiscent: remaining closed, do not split open at maturity. Capsule Types- Dehiscent: Capsule breaks to release fruit Indehiscent: This is a drupe, no hard capsule that is made to split open A walnut is a drupe fruit. OVATE (ovoid) OBOVATE (obovoid) ELLIPTICAL Root Index. Edible and Medicinal Plants. The information on this page is presented in an older format. We have vastly expanded our edible plants information with far more information, and far more plants. You can find this information at our new site Abal Calligonum comosum Description: The abal is one of the few shrubby plants that exists in the shady deserts.

This plant grows to about 1.2 meters, and its branches look like wisps from a broom. Habitat and Distribution: This plant is found in desert scrub and waste in any climatic zone. Edible Parts: This plant's general appearance would not indicate its usefulness to the survivor, but while this plant is flowering in the spring, its fresh flowers can be eaten. Acacia Acacia farnesiana Description: Acacia is a spreading, usually short tree with spines and alternate compound leaves. Habitat and Distribution: Acacia grows in open, sunny areas. Note: There are about 500 species of acacia. Edible Parts: Its young leaves, flowers, and pods are edible raw or cooked. Why Eat Wild Herbs and Edible Plants? The Benefits of Wild Edible Plants For hundreds of years people took advantage of the medicine cabinet at their doorstep. Before the advent of processed foods and modern convenience stores, wild plants were a common dietary supplement.

They were the ultimate natural multivitamin! Often the plants we call weeds have therapeutic value. Our pharmaceutical industry bases many new medicines on the healing factors in herbs. Why eat wild herbs? They are power packed with phyto-nutrients, hundreds of times the vitamin and mineral density of a supermarket lettuce. What if you live in the city? Not everyone lives in the countryside these days, with healthy spray free wild herbs at their doorstep. Drink herbal teas made from wild herbs, like nettle . If you do live rurally, how do you spot the good ones? People ask us, "how do you avoid the poisonous ones?”

What to do with wild herbs and dark leafy greens? Wild herbs can be juiced (the forerunner to wheat grass juice!) What are your favourites? Hi Anna, Top 5 Herbs To Grow For Cooking & Medicinal Use. If you're new here, you may want to sign up for FREE weekly updates delivered to your inbox featuring Real Food recipes, nutrition & health articles, and special discounts or promotions. P.S. This post may contain affiliate links to products or services I use, enjoy, or recommend. By making purchases through these links, you are supporting the companies or products I believe in, and you're supporting Food Renegade. Thank you! The following is a guest-post by Brenda Scott of The Well-Fed Homestead. So you want to grow herbs for cooking and for medicinal use, but you’ve got a small space to grow them in. Sage Medicinal Uses of Sage Use sage internally to treat fevers, bronchitis, headaches, canker sores, sinus congestion, sore throats and bad breath.

More information about Sage’s healing properties: Recipes That Use Sage Peppermint Medicinal Uses of Peppermint More information about Peppermint’s healing properties: Recipes that use Peppermint Dill Medicinal Uses of Dill Recipes that use Dill Fennel. 10 Mosquitoes Controlling Plants for Home. Mosquitoes are among the biggest nuisance of monsoon that ruins the outdoor fun. Bites of mosquitoes are extremely itchy as well as spread diseases such as malaria. People use mosquito coils, mosquito repellent creams, electronic mosquito repellents and herbal mosquito lotions to keep mosquitoes at a bay. Some people are allergic to these things and get nasal cavity, skin and throat problems. People also use chemicals to control mosquitoes which cause bad effect to health and environment.

Mosquito Repellent Plants 1) Rosemary Rosemary herb contains oil which acts as a natural mosquito repellent. 2) Citronella Grass Citronella grass is excellent for controlling mosquitoes. 3) Marigold Marigolds have peculiar odor that many insects, humans and animals dislike. 4) Catnip Catnip is an herb which is connected to mint family. 5) Ageratum Ageratum plant is another mosquito repellent plant. 6) Horsemint Horsemint also helps to control mosquitoes. 7) Neem 8) Lavender 9) Basil 10) Lemon balm. How to grow herbs indoors this winter. The Most Popular Immune Boosting Herb Sold In The World. Cathy Margolin, GuestWaking Times Millions of kilos of this herb are sold throughout Asia every year, yet most Americans have never heard of it.

It is Astragalus Membranaceus, also know as Huang Qi, and it’s one of the greatest immune boosting, fatigue fighting herbs in the world. The functioning plant part is the root which has been native to Northern China and Mongolia for centuries. I’m excited to see Astragalus cultivation has begun in the U.S. Once found only in the wild, a wild root commonly grows 2-3 feet long and are more highly prized than a smaller cultivated root. Asian cultures will traditionally add Astragalus to various soups and stews. Astragalus has warming properties and is known for its fatigue fighting, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. If you are often fatigued, have cold extremities and seem to catch every cold going around, Astragalus is the perfect herbal supplement. About the Author For more information visit AilmentsMs - What Grandma Knew - Home Remedies for Common Problems.

Herbalism and Herbal Medicine Information. Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. Herbalism is also known as botanical medicine, medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy. Herb plants produce and contain a variety of chemical compounds that act upon the body and are used to prevent or treat disease or promote health and well-being. A herbalist is a professional trained in herbalism, the use of herbs (also called botanical or crude medicine) to treat others. The first Chinese herbal book, the Shennong Bencao Jing, compiled during the Han Dynasty but dating back to a much earlier date, possibly 2700 B.C., lists 365 medicinal plants and their uses - including ma-Huang, the shrub that introduced the drug ephedrine to modern medicine.

Sometimes the scope of herbal medicine is extended to include fungi and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts. Cite This Document. What Everybody Ought to Know About Medicinal Uses Of These 22 Common Spices. Top 5 Herbs To Grow For Cooking & Medicinal Use. Common Herb, Water Hyssop, Reverses Epilepsy, Treats and Prevents Other Brain Disorders. Bacopa monnieri, cropped. Photo by Forest and Kim Starr. (Image is a link to their website.) License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported. Bacopa monnieri is a lovely wild and garden plant that has recently been shown to completely reverse epilepsy in rats. Herbalists call it adaptogenic, meaning that it’s a plant with the ability to strengthen the immune system and help the body adapt to the environment. Bacopa m. is known in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for both epilepsy and asthma.

Mental decline associated with agingMental impairment associated with oxidative stressAlzheimer’s diseasePrevention of aluminum toxicity in the brainInflammationTumorsEpilepsyLiver protection The best documented benefits center around brain neurology, and the positive effect on epilepsy is stunning—likely better than pharmaceutical drugs and without their adverse effects, as discussed later. Bacopa m. is a perennial that favors wetlands and can readily be grown in garden bogs.

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