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Purple Sage Medicinal Herbs Welcome to Purple Sage Medicinal Herbs. This website is maintained by a Medical Herbalist as an information resource for those interested in medicinal herbs and their applications, including students of complementary and alternative medicine, botanists, gardeners, cooks, and anyone wanting to learn more about traditional herbal medicine. If you are intending to use herbal medicines yourself you should first read the safety statement. Site Contents Herb Profiles: An expanding database of monographs on individual herbs and their medicinal uses. These can be located by either the Common or Botanical name and are accompanied by a glossary of medical terminology used in the text. Treatments: This section deals with a selection of common ailments and possible herbal treatments. Shop: Buy dried herbs, herbal capsules, lotions & potions, books, gifts and much more. Books and Equipment shop: In association with Amazon, all the herbal books and equipment you'll need, all in one place. Back to top

hot peppers - The Right Rosemary Rosemary’s classic flavor enhances many kinds of food, making it a popular culinary herb in the garden. Not only are the plants beautiful, but, planted near the kitchen, they provide a fresh source of edible leaves at your fingertips. [Note: Most links in this article below will show you a 'mouse-over' pop-up image. Try it here]. In the National Herb Garden, we grow 51 different rosemary cultivars representing the many forms, flower colors, fragrances, and varying cold-hardiness. Plants may be upright, lax and sprawling, or prostrate, almost hugging the ground; leaves may be broad, thin, or short and stubby; flowers are generally blue, but also come in pink or white; and fragrances vary from plant to plant as well, ranging from a warm, rich pine to almost unnoticeable. If that’s not enough to consider, rosemary’s hardiness can be as variable as its physical traits. The two most commonly grown hardy rosemaries are Rosmarinus officinalis 'Arp' and R. officinalis 'Madelene Hill' (syn.

Reliable Herbal Medicine Information - American Botanical Council - American Botanical Council Update: Login to ABC Website For a limited time, you can access all of ABC's content without a password, so no login is required. The search button has been restored on all pages. Euromed Adopts Milk Thistle through ABC's Adopt-an-Herb Program The American Botanical Council welcomes Euromed's adoption of milk thistle (Silybum marianum, Asteraceae) through ABC's Adopt-an-Herb botanical research and education program. Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program Publishes Grape Seed Extract Laboratory Guidance Document The ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program announces the publication of a new Laboratory Guidance Document on Grape Seed Extract. ABC Announces Annual Herbal Community Builder Award Recipients The American Botanical Council (ABC) has announced the recipients of its annual ABC Mark Blumenthal Herbal Community Builder Award. ABC Publishes Monograph on Scientific and Clinical Research on Pycnogenol

Survival Food Series: Medicinal Plants for the Survival Garden Plants have been revered through out history for their magical healing powers. In a dire situation where over the counter medicine is no longer available, many will be forced to turn their backs on modern medicine and reacquaint themselves with more homeopathic and natural forms. In this type of situation, many will be turning to alternative medicines to alleviate and assist some of the more chronic health issues such as high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, migraines, anemia and arthritis. In the book, Herbal Medicine: The Natural Way To Get Well and Stay Well by Dian Dincin Buchman, Ph. 1. “Cayenne pepper is a powerful stimulant, producing a sense of heat in the stomach, and a general glow ove r the body without a narcotic effect. This pepper can assist as a digestion aid. 2. This herb is known for it’s uses as a mild sedative.Some homeopathic and natural remedies for children with ADD/ADHD have used chamomiles calming properties. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. St. 9. 10. 5. Google+

Herb history, education, and use: The Herb Society of America What Is Shatavari? Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), also called Satavar, is one of the most powerful rejuvenating herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. The plant is found native in India and is in the same family as the common asparagus. Shatavari has small, uniform pine needles and produces white flowers and blackish-purple berries. Sometimes translated as “she who possesses 100 husbands,” Shatavari has a reputation as a fertility-enhancing plant that improves the health of both male and female reproductive issues, in addition to other conditions. The Potential Health Benefits of Shatavari Shatavari has a wide range of benefits. The same study showed that Shatavari can help with female reproductive issues, including: Mood swingsIrritation associated with premenstrual syndrome Menopausal hot flashesFertilityBreast milk production The research also shown that Shatavari can help with the following conditions: HeartburnIndigestionDiarrheaInflammation of the urinary tractIrritable bowel syndromeImmune system response

Bulk organic herbs, spices & essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs New Catalog Our latest catalog for Spring/Summer 2014 is here! Enjoy over 20 brand new herbal recipes from our kitchen, fun how-tos, exciting new products, gorgeous color photos, farm stories, and plenty of herbal inspirations to explore. We have all of the essentials you'll need as the sun brings new growth our way. Request a free copy! Organic Tea Blends Our delicious herbal tea blends are made by hand in small batches each day. Herb Day Celebration Join us on May 4th for FREE herbal education and celebration! Salmon-Safe Certified Mountain Rose Herbs is the first business in Eugene to be certified!

News&Mags - It’s about thyme: good looks, resilience and guaranteed garden impact Most of the country, including Toronto, has just now survived a heat wave. It was hot, especially out on the roof garden, my little piece of heaven turned to hell by the scorching sun. It was only inhabitable after dark - we spent the week offering emergency critical plant care by flashlight. In that heat, some containers required watering three times per day! The lettuces, violas (miraculously still alive), and even typically resilient basil and tomatoes growing in larger pots put up a fuss of dramatic fainting, fretting, and impromptu wilting when the heat was at its worst. My once lush and healthy lemon tree mysteriously dropped all of its leaves on one side. For a tiny plant, thyme has got it all - looks, an easy going nature, a deliciously warm aroma, a pungent, complicated flavour, and it makes an impact in a cramped space. It's a very hardy plant that can survive a cold zone 4 winter, as long as the soil is not dense or soggy.

Root-based Iron Tonic Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus) grows profusely in my yard. It is a prairie plant and is also called curly dock due to its curled leaves. You can see rust spots on the leaves, indicating the plant pulls iron from the soil and thus is a good iron remedy. Last week I made up some very good Iron Tonic. Here's the recipe: 1/2 ounce each dried dandelion root and dried yellow dock root 1/2 cup blackstrap molasses 1/8 cup brandy (optional; to preserve) First harvest the roots and chop them into small pieces (about 1/4" thick rounds). Put the roots in a quart jar and cover with boiling water. The dose is 1-2 tablespoons daily.

Horizon Herbs-Organic growers of medicinal herb seeds, medicinal herb plants, organic vegetable seeds and organic garden seeds. Empowering Gardeners to Grow Roots of Sustainability Thank you for your interest in open pollinated vegetables, culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. We are here to serve you and to nurture nature. Our greatest joy is to provide you with GOOD LIVE SEEDS. We believe that the best way to support good health of friends and family is to get everybody out into the garden to do some work in the sunshine, then feed them up on fresh salads and vegetables that are the results of their own good labors. Naturopathic doctors tell us that the best way to avoid cancer is to eat organic, freshly grown green leafy vegetables. We believe that by planting diversity we can really help the earth to heal. Here at Horizon Herbs, we continuously clean and test myriads of seed batches, and these bright and viable seeds are then packaged by hand and made available by way of our paper catalog and on this website. We put detailed growing instructions specific to the plant on each and every packet of seeds.

News&Mags - Growing basil As I write this, about 30 basil plants are scattered around my apartment, poised to go outdoors permanently as soon as the weather decides to choose a season (preferably summer) and stick with it. Everyone, including the cat, is abiding by this inconvenient arrangement in anticipation of endless Caprese salads down the road. Basil is a versatile and fascinating herb. The very essence of summer is captured in the fresh aroma of a basil leaf. The key to growing good basil is patience. Transplants are an economical way to go if you're planning to grow only a couple of plants - Richters Herbs ( ships across the country - but seeds are also easy enough to pull off. When you do set plants out, put them in a warm and sheltered spot away from intense midday sun. About two weeks in, begin to pinch or snip off the growing tips to encourage lush, bushy growth. For more gardening tips, visit Gayla Trail's website,

In States With Medical Marijuana, Painkiller Deaths Drop by 25 Percent America has a major problem with prescription pain medications like Vicodin and OxyContin. Overdose deaths from these pharmaceutical opioids have approximately tripled since 1991, and every day 46 people die of such overdoses in the United States. However, in the 13 states that passed laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010, 25 percent fewer people die from opioid overdoses annually. “The difference is quite striking,” said study co-author Colleen Barry, a health policy researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The shift showed up quite quickly and become visible the year after medical marijuana was accepted in each state, she told Newsweek. As with most findings involving marijuana and public policy, however, not everyone agrees on a single interpretation of the results. Not so fast, said Dr. “You don’t have primary care doctors in these states [prescribing] marijuana instead of Vicodin,” he said.

Roselle (plant) The roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a species of Hibiscus native to the Old World tropics, used for the production of bast fibre and as an infusion. It is an annual or perennial herb or woody-based subshrub, growing to 2–2.5 m (7–8 ft) tall. The leaves are deeply three- to five-lobed, 8–15 cm (3–6 in) long, arranged alternately on the stems. The roselle is known as the rosella or rosella fruit in Australia. The plant is considered to have antihypertensive properties. The red calyces of the plant are increasingly exported to America and Europe, where they are used as food colourings. In East Africa, the calyx infusion, called "Sudan tea", is taken to relieve coughs. The heated leaves are applied to cracks in the feet and on boils and ulcers to speed maturation. In Andhra cuisine, Hibiscus cannabinus, called Gongura, is extensively used. In Burmese cuisine, called chin baung ywet (lit. sour leaf), the roselle is widely used and considered an affordable vegetable for the population.

Using Trees as Medicine Using Trees As Medicineby Ellen Ever Hopman Many common North American trees can be used as medicine. Their advantage over medicinal herbs is that tree medicines can be used year round. In fact, trees make amoung the most versatile medicine you will find. In early spring and summer the leaves of trees are useful healing agents. Preparing Tree Medicines for Use Here are several rules to ensure you are mindful in gathering tree medicines. Once you have gathered the bark of a tree you can use it immediately or dry it for later use. To use the bark, simmer two teaspoons of bark per cup of water for twenty minutes in a nonaluminum pot with a tight lid. When using the leaves they should be picked in the early spring no later than Summer Solsitice. A fomentation may be made of the bark or leaf tea by soaking clean cotton cloth in the tea and then applying it to an affected area. In a seperate pot melt beeswax, and bring to a simmer. Green Etiquette Tree Medicine Alder: Apple: Ash: Beech: Birch: Cedar: